The real state of the union after seven years of President Obama: an international joke.
While Obama tried to get America to hop on board his delusion train one last time during his State of the Union speech Tuesday, the Iranian government seized two U.S. Navy boats that entered Iranian waters and held the crews captive.
The Iranian government accused the crews of “snooping” but said it will release them “promptly.” (Update: The sailors were reportedly released this morning.)
Older readers may remember the last time Iran took a bunch of Americans hostage and promised repeatedly to return them, under President Jimmy Carter. “Promptly” was a year and nearly two months. By sheer luck, that wasn’t the case this time.
Occurring just hours before the State of the Union, the situation was completely ignored by Obama, who talked about his nuclear agreement with the Muslim dictatorship, saying, “We built a global coalition, with sanctions and principled diplomacy, to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. And as we speak, Iran has rolled back its nuclear program, shipped out its uranium stockpile, and the world has avoided another war.”
Since the deal was sealed — apparently with some spit and a handshake — Iran has gone right on claiming there was no deal and vowing to destroy America. Now they’ve taken some American hostages.
Until the sailors were actually released, it sounded a lot like it could be deja vu all over again, to paraphrase Yogi Berra.
A lot of people are angry that Obama didn’t even mention the capture of U.S. military personnel for transparently political reasons.
“Ten American sailors have been taken into custody in Iran,” Sen. John McCain said. “But President Obama completely omitted this latest example of Iran’s provocative behavior so as not to interfere with his delusional talking points about his dangerous nuclear deal with Iran.”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “I was very concerned that he’s missing where the challenge of the world is with security — he sits and talks positively about Iran when they just took 10 of our Navy sailors.”
Secretary of State John Kerry, who by the way fought in Vietnam, said Tuesday he expected the sailors to be released “very soon.”
Oh, well if Kerry says it, it’s OK then.
Kerry’s still sitting on an inflatable doughnut from the last time he had any dealings with Iranian negotiators.
CNN reported that “senior level” Administration official said there didn’t appear to be any hostile intent on the part of the Iranians.
Sure, they just wanted to invite the U.S. Navy over for tea and scones.
Administration officials said they expected the sailors to be returned in the morning, and it turns out they were — but the boats were delivered separately just out of spite.
OK, I get that the Traitor-in-Chief doesn’t want to use phrases like “Islamic terrorism,” but come on. Saying there was no hostile intent?
The Iranians just kidnapped 10 sailors and took their stuff!
This couldn’t be more embarrassing if Iranian President Hasan Rouhani had walked up to Obama during the State of the Union and slapped him in front of the whole country.
Just to make the timing even funnier, the international sanctions against Iran’s oil sales are expected to be lifted this week, which might be the only reason we got the sailors back.
So, our dear President Obama, just stop talking. Pick up your pants, go home and have yourself a good cry. Channel your inner victim while the admirals and generals wrap this one up.
But please don’t blow any more smoke in America’s face, telling us what a good job you’ve done. Nobody with even a single functioning brain cell is buying it.