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 Trump puts Iranian boats on notice—’shoot them down’!

23.04.20. This week on MM we said that Iran was playing with fire as its Revolutionary Guard’s gun boats harassed the US Coast Guard cutter Maui passing within 10 metres of it in the Gulf. Read here. This morning Trump Tweeted his response. “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.” President Trump is in no mood to be heckled by Iran, especially so because just hours ago Iran launched its first military satellite into orbit, ending a series of setbacks for the nation’s space program. The two-stage Qassed rocket lifted off from the Markazi Desert in central Iran on Wednesday (April 22) and successfully delivered a military reconnaissance satellite called Nour to orbit.
President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that he had directed the Navy to “shoot down” Iranian gunboats that harass U.S. ships, but Pentagon officials said they had received no new directives. Trump created a stir when he made the announcement via Twitter just after 8 a.m. “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,” he wrote.

Source: Courtney Kube, NBC.News

Trump tweets order to ‘destroy’ Iranian boats. Pentagon calls it a warning.

The tweet came on the morning Iran launched a military satellite and a week after the Pentagon accused Iranian vessels of harassing U.S. ships in the Persian Gulf.
Three U.S. defense officials told NBC News they were caught off guard by the tweet because the president had not ordered a change in the policy or rules of engagement. One official compared it to his 2017 tweets announcing a surprise ban on transgender people openly serving in the military.
At a press briefing a few hours after the president’s announcement, Defense Department officials characterized it as more of a warning to Iran than a shift in policy.
“What he was emphasizing is all of our ships retain the right of self-defense, and people need to be very careful in their interactions to understand the inherent right of self-defense,” said Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist.
“It was a very useful thing he put out,” Norquist added.
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. John Hyten said “the president’s message was crystal clear,” adding, “I like that the president warned an adversary.”
An Iranian government spokesman said the country would not “succumb to intimidation and threats.”
“In the midst of a global coronavirus pandemic, while all governments are focussed on combatting this menace, the question is what is the U.S. military doing in Persian Gulf waters, 7,000 miles from home,” said Alireza Miryousefi, a spokesman for the Iranian mission to the United Nations.
“Iran has proven that it will not succumb to intimidation and threats, nor will it hesitate to defend its territory – in accordance with international law – from any and all aggressions.”
Trump appeared to be responding to an incident on April 15 when several Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels crossed in front of U.S. Navy ships at close range in the Persian Gulf.
The Navy said the interaction with the USS Lewis B Puller and USS Paul Hamilton was unsafe and unprofessional.
There were no injuries or shots fired, and a U.S. defense official said the military hoped the encounter was a one-off, not a trend. It was the first such maritime interaction since 2018.
The U.S. and Iran were on the brink of war early this year after the president authorized a controversial operation to kill a top Iranian general. The action was taken after Iranian-backed militias killed an American contractor in Iraq.
Just two hours after his Wednesday tweet on Iranian ships, Trump retweeted a message praising him for “reminding this regime that the Obama years are gone.”
The tweet was posted by an account belonging to a Heshmat Alavi. The Intercept reported last June that Alavi is not a real person but is in fact a persona created by members of the Iranian dissident group Mujahedeen e-Khalq.

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  • Muphin 23/04/2020, 7:27 am

    Pedantic Me.
    Bad phraseology on Pres.Trumps part.
    Boats can only be sunk, blown up and junkies shoot up.
    How does Pres. Trump intend “shooting UP a BOAT”??

    • Penguinite 23/04/2020, 8:06 am

      Semantics! The end result is what counts. The US has had a disastrous experience. The USS Cole bombing was a suicide attack by the terrorist group al Qaeda against USS Cole, a guided missile destroyer of the United States Navy, on 12 October 2000, while she was being refueled in Yemen’s Aden harbour. Several sailors were lost and a ship almost sunk! Don’t give these nutty Muslims any opportunity to gloat!

      • Geoff 23/04/2020, 1:19 pm

        But, but, he could be referring to ‘flying boats’.

    • MM Ed 23/04/2020, 8:16 am

      Muphin, it’s yankee talk: “shoot up” means shoot it up into the air with big guns and let it fall down in little pieces. Unambiguous really?

    • Theydon Wood 23/04/2020, 10:39 am

      M, did you never hear of the *~#*+ cowboy who rode into town and shot up the sheriff?

      • DT 23/04/2020, 1:03 pm

        Yes, and about he IRA member who tried to blow up a London Bus and burnt his lips.

    • seadogger 23/04/2020, 2:46 pm

      Fact check Muff.. DJT said to “shoot them down” according to MMed article intro.

  • Lorraine 23/04/2020, 9:06 am

    Trump may just do what he says he will do..We know that, you would think Iran would also know this. Surely not all The Mullers are idiots.

  • DT 23/04/2020, 1:02 pm

    I watched a video of gunboats circling a US Navy vessel and heard a sailor comment to his ship mates to be careful, the gun is unpinned.

    And the Iranian gunner was swinging the gun around.

    Good on President Trump for issuing that instruction.

  • seadogger 23/04/2020, 2:42 pm

    A big chance for the yanky navy to practice in real time with the newly fitted laser guns… all the ragheads will know is the sense of noise and heat as their lives are terminated. No visual concept of what is going on until it happens. Also multiple targets ca be engaged simultainously…therefore no warning to others. Sounds like a turkey shoot to me

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