Houthi Rebels Fire on US Naval Vessel

They certainly are feeling emboldened, aren’t they?  I wonder how they got that way.

As the Krampus noted to us when he sent the link, a few short decades ago– even a few short years ago– the launch sites for those missiles would have been made into smoking holes in the ground.

Are we capable of defending ourselves anymore? Or, even inclined to?

I want my country back.

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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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4 Responses to Houthi Rebels Fire on US Naval Vessel

  1. CooperEP says:

    In this case, the CO being fired upon, and deciding to use his ship’s defensive capabilities, is most certainly justified (UN Charter, Article 51) in defending himself by turning those launch sights into smoking holes.

    http://www.un.org/en/sections/un-charter/chapter-vii/

    I am purely guessing, but that area of the world could have had interfering contacts that made retaliation in kind impossible which was why the CO chose to only exercise defense. Perhaps CTF-54 will be able to provide more information when the investigation is over.

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  2. burkemblog says:

    If anything, it shows the dangers of fighting a war through proxies–we have a hard time controlling the Saudis, who just targeted a funeral with disastrous consequences; the Iranians likely have a hard time controlling the Houthis. Syria, of course, is the poster child for this issue–in spades. We have to remember that when we choose sides, we should expect to be a target. If we hadn’t taken up with the Saudis on this, we would be less likely to get shot at. But if our goal is regime change, we should expect to have to deal with this kind of action–it’s our own fault.

    The larger issue of “radical Islamic terrorism” is that we are not the real target of those jihadis–we are the easy mark for what is really a civil war inside Islam over its future. I think we’re looking more at the Thirty Years War, a war over whether Europe would be Protestant or Catholic–than we are looking at something like the Ottoman assaults on western Europe in the 16th century.

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  3. slater says:

    Not a ton of sources on the response, but the skipper launched three cruise missiles in response: https://news.usni.org/2016/10/11/uss-mason-fired-3-missiles-to-defend-from-yemen-cruise-missiles-attack

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