Monday, October 30, 2006

U.S. led naval 'excercises' taunt, aim to intimidate Iran

A naval training exercise led by the U.S. and aimed at blocking smuggling of nuclear weapons began in the Persian Gulf Sunday.

"From Iranian news reports we know the exercise got the attention of Iran," said Robert Joseph, the undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, said Friday. Why would you want Iran to notice, unless you were trying to intimidate and instigate a situation?

The maneuvers were taking place under the U.S.-led Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), which is designed to counter trafficking in weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials, the U.S. Navy said.

Iran called the two-day maneuvers "adventurist," but the Foreign Ministry said the Islamic Republic's response would be "rational and wise." Also, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said, "We are watching their movements very carefully."

South Korea watched but did not get involved, "because there is a high possibility of armed clashes if the PSI is carried out in waters around the Korean peninsula," Smart, but why can't the Bush Administration try to avoid these confrontations? Oh! They don't want to avoid them, they want to create them.

Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown said the exercise was not openly aimed at any country and would not affect Iranian vessels or ships heading to Iran. But we have no reason to believe this since the Administration has a consistent history of pathologically lying. Full article via IHT

3 comments:

Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown said...

Deej,
I was disappointed to read your post, since the way you've worded it calls into question my personal credibility. I strongly support your right to voice your opinion, but I've been a Navy public affairs officer since 1996, and in that time I don't believe I've given you any reason to question my honesty.
If you would like information about the activities of coalition naval forces in this region, it is available on our Web site at www.cusnc.navy.mil .
Thank you.
Sincerely,
Lt. Cmdr. Charlie Brown
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command
Public Affairs

Deej said...

I was in no way questioning your "personal" credibility. I'm sure you're an honest person.

However, the jobs and postitions that we hold are rarely personal, with the exception of monetary gain.

I am sure what you said to the reporters was not your personal ideas, but what you were told to report by your superiors.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I think you are a little paranoid deej.