Iran Sends Warships Toward US In "Message To America"

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The strategy of appeasement, such as the one recently enacted by the US toward Iran, has its pros and cons: the pros are that the thawing in traditionally icy relations may lead to better trade relations and the spread of the debt-funded Pax Americana to one more country. There are also cons, like for example the "appeased" country no longer terrified of the "appeaser", whose resolve it will then commence testing until the credibility of its presumed superpower is tested by increasingly more. This is precisely what America's enemy number 1 (if mostly for public consumption) until recently, Iran, has just done.

Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time, a senior Iranian naval commander said Saturday. The fleet, consisting of a destroyer and a helicopter-carrying supply ship, began its voyage last month from the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. The ships, carrying some 30 navy academy cadets for training along with their regular crews, are on a three-month mission.

The commander of Iran's Northern Navy Fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, said the vessels have already entered the Atlantic Ocean via waters near South Africa, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Reuters reports, citing Admiral Haddad, that "Iran's military fleet is approaching the United States' maritime borders, and this move has a message."

The message is simple: you give an inch, and they take a mile. For now Iran is just testing how much it can get away with as the US seeks to appease the nation as part of its latest diplomatic directive. And as long as the US does not respond vigorously, Iran will continue testing.Then again considering that the US 5th naval fleet is positioned in Iran's backyard just across the Persian Gulf, can anyone blame them?

More from Reuters:

Haddad, described as commander of the Iranian navy's northern fleet, said the vessels had started their voyage towards the Atlantic Ocean via "waters near South Africa", Fars reported.

 

Fars said the plan was part of "Iran's response to Washington's beefed up naval presence in the Persian Gulf.

 

In Washington, a U.S. defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, cast doubt on any claims that the Iranian ships were approaching U.S. maritime borders. But the official added that "ships are free to operate in international waters."

 

The United States and its allies regularly stage naval exercises in the Gulf, saying they want to ensure freedom of navigation in the waterway through which 40 percent of the world's seaborne oil exports passes.

 

U.S. military facilities in the region include a base for its Fifth Fleet in the Gulf Arab kingdom of Bahrain. Iran sees the Gulf as its own backyard and believes it has a legitimate interest in expanding its influence there.

 

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Fars said the Iranian navy had been developing its presence in international waters since 2010, regularly launching vessels in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden to protect Iranian ships from Somali pirates operating in the area.

And while we await to see what the US response to this unprovoked Iranian aggression (as it will be penned by the media) will be, here is the most recent breakdown of US Naval forces around the world protecting all of America's national interests.

 

Finally here is the just tweeted take by the Pentagon:

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Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:40 | 4417091 nmewn
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A fleet...of two? ;-)

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:39 | 4417095 Sardonicus
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Yes, one is a floot, I think.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:43 | 4417105 max2205
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3 months of ass fucking.....Iranian Disneyworld crusie

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:50 | 4417112 AlaricBalth
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Just as long as they stay the hell away from my gold...

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-02-22/guest-post-worlds-biggest-gold-...

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:50 | 4417122 gmrpeabody
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I was not aware that their naval maps extended beyond Carthage...

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:52 | 4417127 Motorhead
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The Iranians should just stick to the Arabian Gulf....

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:05 | 4417147 InjectTheVenom
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yaaawwwwn .... who's worried when WE got THIS guy !  http://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/d/w/2/obama-lightsabe-pic2.jpg

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:15 | 4417167 Stackers
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The Los Angles Class attack sub following the ships should do a live fire exercise about 500 yards off their side to give them a "message"

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:43 | 4417222 HyBrasilian
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GET.OFF.MY.LAWN. [Oh Wait!]

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:04 | 4417264 FinalEvent
Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:08 | 4417272 Son of Loki
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A "Gaggle" of Iranian boats.....

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:38 | 4417329 Keyser
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Silly Iranians. I guess they've never learned that you don't tug on Superman's cape. Especially considering that he's a psychopathic maniac. 

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:40 | 4417335 OutLookingIn
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A gaggle = more than 2 ships

A giggle = 2 or less ships

Fleet? Not so much!

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:21 | 4417406 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Are we supposed to be afraid when their sailors start throwing rocks?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:37 | 4417435 Beam Me Up Scotty
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The Mouse that Roared??

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:51 | 4417481 disabledvet
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Hopefully they head straight to Miami. I've got a whole load of girly mags I've been needing to unload for years now.

Hell I've got tickets to shows, escorts, limos...all I have to say is "hurry up." And bring a bigger ship next time.

Don't worry about the gun thing either. If it's Florida you'll have the requisite permits too. Might wanna lighten up on the Taliban look. We'll throw some flowery shirts in just in case.

Oh and..."shhhhh." We promise not to tell.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:20 | 4417568 AlaricBalth
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dv This ship is boarding now to greet them

Iranian sailors could be cruising the clear blue tropical waters of Miami on a luxury motor yacht, surrounded by beautiful strippers serving you succulent food & drink. Being entertained by the sexiest, most gorgeous exotic dancers performing the mildest to the wildest shows, non-stop for 2 hours.

http://stripcruise.com/

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:45 | 4417638 cifo
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I thought they (US and Iran) are friends now.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 17:55 | 4417957 BigJim
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 The strategy of appeasement, such as the one recently enacted by the US toward Iran, has its pros and cons...

The message is simple: you give an inch, and they take a mile. For now Iran is just testing how much it can get away with as the US seeks to appease the nation ...

I never dreamed I'd find myself saying this here: go fuck yourself, 'Tyler'.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 21:24 | 4418541 Unpopular Truth
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they just want shore leave at a place without islamic law.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 23:24 | 4418807 Lore
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BigJim: Don't shoot the herald.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 21:21 | 4418534 Bunders
Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:52 | 4417485 Pure Evil
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And if they really wanted to thumb their nose at the Imperium they should make a port of call their allies in Venezuela.

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 00:06 | 4418905 Dixie Rect
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Do they have glass bottom boats? Wait, that's the new Italian Navy. (So they can see the old Italian Navy).

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 02:17 | 4419079 thestarl
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LOL,but the Iranians are good enough to bring down one of Obarmarseholes RQ170 sentinel drones huh

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:40 | 4417336 smlbizman
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use people have about plucked my last nerve......leave iran alone....LEAVE IRAN ALONE...LEAVE IRANS ALONE....

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:37 | 4417432 LMAOLORI
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"HyBrasilion GET.OFF.MY.LAWN. [Oh Wait!]'

 

                                                NOT IN MY BACKYARD

 

lol

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:38 | 4417439 TheFourthStooge-ing
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yaaawwwwn .... who's worried when WE got THIS guy !  http://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/d/w/2/obama-lightsabe-pic2.jpg

Aaaaaahhh! Le light saber terrible!

http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/225459/le-light-saber-terrible

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:53 | 4417488 StychoKiller
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Somewhere in a galaxy far, far away, Mace Windoo is ROTFL!

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:22 | 4417183 Wahooo
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Quite an audience in the Middle East cheering on this tiny fleet. Iranians not doing it for our entertainment.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:47 | 4417345 Rusty Shorts
Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:29 | 4417414 cynicalskeptic
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Dumb move on Iran's part.  Makes it all too easy for the US to pull a flase flag effort and blame them- A US sub launches a missle from right next to the Iranian destroyer, blame Iran and sink the destroyer.  The US has bee trying to get a war with Iran going for soem time.  How many BS 'incidents' occurred under Bush II... speedboat 'attacks', 'Iranian' agents in Iraq (who turned out to be British SAS), and the never ending 'uranium enrichment/bomb building' (which makes complete sense for Iran - the US will fuck you up UNLESS you have a bomb - look at North Korea, still spitting in the face of the US)

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:02 | 4417490 Squiddly Diddly
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Remember the Maine, to Hell with Spain; Yes We Can false flag Iran.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 16:33 | 4417754 EscapingProgress
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Are there tickets available for the trip back to Iran? Persian chicks are sexy.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 17:04 | 4417834 New_Meat
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Squid, don't worry about it--he was talking about a Flase Flag.  onvm.

- Ned

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:52 | 4417242 TheFourthStooge-ing
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The Iranians should just stick to the Arabian Gulf....

You must mean the Persian Gulf, as there is no Arabian Gulf.

But hey, that would be cool, as long as US ships stick to US coastal waters.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:29 | 4417313 Oh regional Indian
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Zigackly 4th, zigackly! But there all that manifest destiny fantasy to deal with first.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:05 | 4417380 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Mandibular festering insanity?

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:05 | 4417377 Tim_
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The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) is the official news agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI).


Iran dispatches Navy’s 28th Naval Fleet to encounter pirates

"The Iranian Navy is dispatching its 28th Naval Fleet to the region’s free waters to encounter the pirates, the commander of Iranian Navy’s North Fleet and 4th Naval District said on Sunday evening."

"The Navy’s 28th Naval Fleet is comprised of two logistical warships and a submarine, said Rear Admiral Afshin Reza’ie Haddad in a press conference."

"Rear Admiral Reza’ie said that each of those missions takes three months on the average, reiterating, 'These naval fleets’ missions are not only safeguarding the security of the Iranian commercial ships, but also they have thus far assisted the other countries’ whose ships had been seized by the pirates.'"

"IRI Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, too, had said on November 28th that the brave Iranian Navy sailors saved a ship hoisting the Liberian flag, which was seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean."

"'The ship was sailing in the northern part of the Indian Ocean when it was attacked by pirates and sent SOS messages, which were received by the Islamic Republic of Iran naval forces in the region,' Rear Admiral Sayyari told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA)."

"He said that keeping in mind the mighty presence of the IRI Navy in the Persian Gulf, the Sea of Oman, and the free waters of the region, it supports the cargo ships which are attacked and transmit SOS requests, as one of its natural duties."

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 15:15 | 4417542 tenpanhandle
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Meanwhile, Irans 769th naval fleet from the south south west Naval district, region 34 is on maneuvers in the Ayatollah's bathtub.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:31 | 4417424 Joe A
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It you would give Saudi Arabia its way it would become the Arabian Gulf.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:00 | 4417141 Winston Churchill
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Isn't it difficult rowing up the Suez canal ?

Or do they get towed by herds of camels.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 12:16 | 4417170 Stackers
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dont kid yourself they have top of the line bass boats

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:04 | 4417260 Emergency Ward
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I wonder if Sacha Baron Cohen is aboard.....

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 16:21 | 4417731 tony wilson
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he is a hollywood jew.

why would he be on an iranian vessel ?

ahh joke i get it now funny keep laughing goy

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:26 | 4417411 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Isn't it difficult rowing up the Suez canal ?

Or do they get towed by herds of camels.

Come on, man, get with the times. That stuff went out with bell bottoms, pet rocks, mood rings, and the rest of the 70s.

Nowadays they have highly trained wolfpacks of Persian Gulf manatees to do that.

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 17:05 | 4417846 New_Meat
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Winnie, from the description, they went the long way, although it is summer time around the Cape of Good Hope.  Gonna' b some seasick bastards after that passage.  Presuming that they don't break down.

- Ned

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 11:51 | 4417123 Motorhead
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What's Rudi Bakhtiar up to lately? 

Sun, 02/09/2014 - 13:32 | 4417320 Z_End
Sun, 02/09/2014 - 14:06 | 4417379 buttmint
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...by chance, any of the boats named "The Minnow?"

They out on a three hour cruise? A three-hour cruise.....

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