Iran fires rockets close to US aircraft carrier; Navy complains that it was “unsafe” and “unprofessional”
“Unsafe” and “unprofessional.” Yes, so was the German invasion of Poland. “Firing weapons so close to passing coalition ships and commercial traffic within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane is unsafe, unprofessional, and inconsistent with international maritime law,” Navy Commander Kevin Stephens said, once again scolding Iran like a schoolmarm, which only makes the Iranian mullahs laugh and increases their contempt for the United States and confidence that it can be defeated and destroyed, as they have so often said would soon come to pass.
“Iran Unnerves U.S. by Firing Rockets Close to Carrier,” by Mark Thompson, Time, December 30, 2015:
It’s part of a decades-old pattern of Iranian provocations.
Nothing grabs the attention of the American military like a member of the “axis of evil” firing rockets close to a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, the biggest stick in the Pentagon’s massive arsenal.
That’s just what Iran did Saturday, shooting several unguided rockets about 1,500 yards from the USS Harry S. Truman and a pair of smaller U.S. and French warships in the Strait of Hormuz. That’s the bottleneck between the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea through which 17 million barrels of oil, 20% of world demand, flows daily.
“Firing weapons so close to passing coalition ships and commercial traffic within an internationally recognized maritime traffic lane is unsafe, unprofessional, and inconsistent with international maritime law,” Navy Commander Kevin Stephens said Wednesday from U.S. 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain. It marked the third time since October 2014 that an Iranian vessel had launched rockets “within visual range” of a U.S. aircraft carrier, he said, adding that the most recent launches were “much closer” than the earlier ones. The Pentagon would only say that “several” rockets were fired; it didn’t specify a number.
It’s part of a decades-old pattern of Iranian provocations. U.S. officials said the rockets were not aimed at the ships, which were headed
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