Just months ago, the United States was bending over backwards, alienating half the world to extend an olive branch to Iran in the form of a sweet nuclear deal to help kickstart the nation’s dormant nuclear energy program
(And also probably let them build an atomic bomb they can use to hold immense sway over the entire Middle East, but what are you gonna do?)
It would seem like Iran doesn’t understand the concept of a Thank You card, because on Sunday, instead of putting their gratitude onto a little piece of pastel stationery and mailing it to United States, they sent missiles. At a U.S. aircraft carrier.
The USS Harry S. Truman was crossing international waters in the Strait of Hormuz when Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRCGN) conducted a live-fire exercise right nearby, according to a statement.
An Iranian navy attack craft fired several unguided rockets near the carrier, officials said. A French frigate, the U.S. destroyer USS Bulkeley and other commercial traffic were also in the area at the time of Saturday’s incident.
Only 23 seconds warning was given before the weapons were fired, according to U.S. Navy Cmdr. Kyle Raines, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command.
Man. That seems like some bullshit. Is that some bullshit, Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, spokesman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet?
“The IRGCN’s actions were highly provocative,” Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, spokesman for the U.S. Fifth Fleet, said Wednesday in a statement.
“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.”
That’s official speak for some bullshit, which this is.
Perhaps maybe an Edible Arrangement instead, Iran?
UPDATE: Some are reporting that the U.S. was given a 23 minute heads up, and not 23 seconds as originally reported.
[Via NBC News]