President Trump issued a Tweet today authorizing the US Navy to destroy “any and all” Iranian gunboats that harass them.
Watch as Iranian gunboats harass and cross the bow of the US Navy warship! This is great video footage. The US Navy definitely exercised some extreme discipline and patience during these tense moments. Will the Iranians challenge President Trump and do this again?
The Navy said that the Iranian’s dangerous and provocative actions “increased the risk of miscalculation and collision” and were in violation of international maritime “rules of the road.” The Navy also said they were not in accordance with international law to act safely with other vessels in the area.
The U.S. crews responded by issuing multiple warnings via radio — including five short blasts from the ships’ horns and long-range acoustic noise maker devices, but received no response from the IRGCN, the Navy’s 5th Fleet said in a statement.
After approximately an hour, the Iranian vessels responded to the radio queries, before maneuvering away from the U.S. ships and increasing the distance between them, according to the Navy.
Is President Trump right to authorize this action by the US Navy? We think so at RightFace! but what is your opinion on how to handle this situation? Comment below.