by Dr. Ed Berry
Congressman Ryan Zinke of Montana, a former Navy SEAL, questions the public story about how Iran captured 10 US Navy sailors and detained them for 16 hours two weeks ago. The Iran navy confiscated all evidence of navigation from the US sailors, including cell-phone memory chips.
Iran turned the incident into a propaganda victory. They published photos of the sailors in custody. Ayatollah Khamenei tweeted.
“It was in fact God’s deed that took Americans to our waters.”
Secretary of State John Kerry claimed the release of the sailors shows improved relations between the United States and the Iranian regime. U.S. officials say navigational error and engine trouble caused the boats to drift into Iranian waters.
Congressman Zinke thinks otherwise.
Zinke said he can only think of two possible explanations. Either the sailors did not execute basic seamanship or Iran might took custody of the patrol boats as a hostile act.
Zinke said in case of mechanical failure one patrol boat can tow the other boat. These patrol boats should not “drift” into Iranian waters.
“It seems to me that a number of very straightforward planning considerations either weren’t planned, or the plan wasn’t followed,”
Zinke told the Washington Examiner.
“I think America needs to know the truth about whether or not the situation was from a lack of training or something more.”
“Where did the Iranians intercept them? Did they intercept them with a superior force? Were they actually in Iranian territorial waters or were they in international waters?”