Earlier this week, the Pentagon disgraced Captain Kyle Moses, commander of Task Force 56 in the Persian Gulf. It was personnel from his unit whose poltroonery in front of the Iranian Coast Guard in January led to a major international humiliation for the LGBTQ-friendly US Navy and Marines.
Stripped of its legalese, the Pentagon's report essentially found Moses guilty of dereliction of duty.
Yesterday, Admiral John Richardson addressed the media with further updates on the investigation---which has now dragged on for six months. "Our actions on that day and that incident in January did not live up to our expectations of our Navy." he said, as though that statement was some great revelation, "Big incidents like this are always the accumulation of a number of small problems."
With intellects on the level of Admiral Richardson and Captain Moses commanding the Navy, it is truly surprising that incidents like these are not more frequent. Richardson goes on to tell us that "It is clear that some, if not all, crewmembers provided some information to interrogators beyond name, rank, and serial number." Well, since the Iranian media broadcast them doing exactly that on public television and proliferated the videos on the Internet---why did it take you 6 months to reach this conclusion, Admiral?
In March, sources connected with the investigation leaked to foreign media claimed that the crew of the captured ship was under a 24-hour deadline to reach Bahrain via Kuwait. Among other of Captain Moses' blunders, the ship needed refueling at a midway-point and the crew had no training in refueling and no communications with the tanker. The source also noted that one of the captured ships had to be retrofitted with parts cannibalized off a third ship before the voyage began. The Iranians did report that one of the crew was observed struggling to fix the engine when captured.
The source noted that the GPS on the captured ships did not notify the crew that they were entering Iranian waters. The Iranian Coast Guard believed them at first to be a spy-ship. But as the Marines---according to the Iranian account---broke out in tears and groveled before their captors, the Iranians began to realize it was probably an accidental entry into their waters.
The incident should, in reality, have been a warning to Americans that our military is in substandard condition now; and a war with even a medium-level military power like Iran
would end in disaster for us. Our military is, to put it bluntly, incapable of fighting a conventional war and even a non-conventional conflict is debatable. The military's primary purpose is to defend the nation---whether they could do so is doubtful.
But has this incident led to major military reforms? Of course not. Senator John McCain said of this week's reports: "The Navy investigation confirms what has been obvious from the beginning. That Iran's obstruction, boarding, and seizure of sovereign US Navy vessels at gunpoint and the detention, interrogation, and recording of 10 American sailors was a flagrant violation of international law!"
And so, the politically-correct party-line is to blame Iran's military for behaving like soldiers, while overlooking the disgraceful conduct of ours. No wonder the Iraqis evicted our forces from their soil, and the Okinawans and Bahrainis want to. But such is the way of the New America.