By Jim Emerson, staff writer
This week Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized control of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo ship during its transit of the Strait of Hormuz. The MV Maersk Tigris initially ignored Iranian orders to head into its waters until the Revolutionary Guard patrol boats fired warning shots across its bow. The Iranians boarded and confiscated the ship after an Iranian court had ordered the ship to be impounded.
The MV Maersk Tigris left the Red Sea port of Jeddah bound for the United Arab Emirates before it was detoured by the Iranians. Iran claimed the ship will be impounded at the Gulf port of Bandar Abbas because of alleged unpaid debts. The debt, $3.6 million, is owed by the Maersk Line for undelivered cargo in 2005. The cargo was delivered to an Iranian company in Dubai, United Arab Emirates but was never collected. It’s a safe bet that it was disposed of by local authorities. The devil in the details the Iranians undoubtedly don’t care about is the fact that the cargo ship doesn’t belong to Maersk but to Rickmers Ship Management in Singapore.
As the Islamists were boarding the ship, the crew sent out distress calls over open channels which were heard by U.S. Central Command. The command dispatched a P-3 Orion and the destroyer USS Farragut to the last location of the MV Maersk Tigris. The United States and the Marshall Islands have a security compact in which the United States is responsible for the security and defense of the Republic and its flagged vessels. Mullah Obama would not lift a finger to prevent 4 Americans being murdered by his fellow Muslims in Benghazi. Swell chance the Marshall Islands have getting Barack to honor a security compact. (1)
The Obama administration is so desperate to have a nuclear agreement that it will throw anyone under the bus to allow the Islamic Republic to have its own nuclear stockpile. They are willingly ignoring a protectorate in favor of Islamists. To date the State Department has refused to condemn the actions of the Revolutionary Guards act of thinly veiled piracy. (2) America’s friends are being abandoned, not by the nation at large but by Muslim, White House ideologues. Valerie Jarrett tells Obama what to do and he passes her instructions down the line.
Several days after seizure of the Tigris the U.S. Navy will “accompany” all flagged ships going through the Strait of Hormuz. The Navy will not escort ships but will only monitor them as they transit the narrow strait from the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea. Don’t want to upset the Iranians as John Kerry is more than willing to give them anything they want but the Grey Poupon. Need that for the Nobel committee, don’t ya know. When Obama gets finished, Iran will have a new cargo ship to fetch missile parts from China and North Korea.