Details Emerging (Slowly) on Iranian Patrol Boat Grab

Mechanical problems not to blame now?

Initial indications from U.S. officials were that a mechanical failure was to blame.

Yet both boats were able to exit the area once the sailors were released, raising questions about that explanation.

Late Wednesday, Fox News was told that a mechanical failure indeed had been ruled out as the cause for the two U.S. Navy vessels drifting into the hands of the Iranians.

Would it be too much to ask for our senior leadership to defend our forces oversees? Why not say, It wasn’t mechanical failure and sure as hell wasn’t navigational error. It looks like our patrol craft were ambushed, and we will not tolerate that again. How hard would that be?

Matt Bracken on WRSA weighs in. (And he has some experience in this arena.)

Oh, and on a related note, this is of course supposed to be humor, but it strikes a little too close to the truth– “Navy Downgraded to ‘Regional Force for Good’.”

I’ve got a new slogan for the whole Department of Defense– “Fundamentally Transformed for the Post-American Century.”

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent OPFOR.com as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on OPFOR.com, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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