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Headline: US and Iran — Battle of Boats and Videos

During last night's Republican debate, Fred Thompson let loose on the recent US/Iran skirmish at sea, saying, "I think one more step and they would have been introduced to those virgins that they're looking forward to seeing." Ron Paul then sharply accused his rivals of wanting to start World War III over Iran. Mounting recent events could suggest that tensions are indeed rising between the US and Iran.

Beginning last Sunday, this 30-minute encounter between Iranian patrol boats and US Naval vessels sparked a controversy now extending past the Strait of Hormuz. According to the Pentagon, five armed Iranian speedboats approached three US Navy warships in international waters. As they maneuvered aggressively, one of the Iranians allegedly issued a radio threat saying: "I am coming to you. You will explode after a few minutes."

To see each country's response to the incident, please


The Pentagon released a video on Tuesday, in order to support its version of the events. Iran claimed the video was fabricated, and just yesterday released its own video to prove that no confrontation occurred. However, the two clips don't necessarily contradict each other.

President Bush has called the Iranian actions a "provocative act." It seems to me that tensions are rising between Iran and the US. I hope that a 30-minute encounter isn't enough to ignite a full-blown confrontation between Iran and the US.


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I absolutely agree with those that say this is another example of the Bush administration beating their war drum. The fact that so many people agree with that, just goes to show that the US has lost all credibility. I read an article a couple months ago that mentioned that Cheney and Bush plan to attack Iran by the end of February. The closer it gets to the end of February, the more incidents that seem to pop-up. I do remember the USS Cole, and know that it is possible for a speed boat to blow a whole in the side of a war ship. However, I think this is just propaganda. How often does the Pentagon release information about anything, espcially within days of its occurence? The fact that this came out so quickly, makes it all the more questionable. For those of us questioning the truthfulness of this incident, it doesn't make us un-American. How terrible would it be too allow this administration to put us into another war based on lies, especially with our economy and military stretched so thin?
ebgirl ebgirl 9 years
Wow, I'm stunned that with all of the information that exists out there about how the U.S. (and other countries as well) uses propaganda to mobilize the citizens into supporting a war, not to mention all of the actual EXAMPLES of this (weapons of mass destruction anyone??) that there are people that still believe that this was a real threat. It's clear that Bush and Cheney are continuing their false rhetoric to promote a war against Iran despite even our MILITARY and INTELLIGENCE services saying they are not a threat. Now WHO is drinking the Kool-Aid??? By the way, look into the Northwoods Documents.
MissLee82 MissLee82 9 years
desertbanshee...THANK YOU!!! And I'm sorry but none of this is "fear-mongering propagana"...everything that we are facing is an actual THREAT! Over a year ago there was a video released of a huge crowd of Iranian's chanting "Death to America". It is scary, and we as a country need to be on the OFFENSE not the defense about this. And Ron Paul is drinking the same Kool-Aid as Rosie with "Golf of Tonkin".
desertbanshee desertbanshee 9 years
I guess no one remembers the USS Cole, October of 2000. Bombed and destroyed by "a little tiny speedboat".
dblgoldens dblgoldens 9 years
I am not Paul supporter, but he is absolutely correct that this video release is about starting WWIII. In fact, it is more fear-mongering propaganda to keep us blindly supporting the Iraq war. Disgusting.
pequeña pequeña 9 years
I'm not a Ron Paul supporter but he is so right about that.
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
I totally agree, Jillness.
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I think it is hysterical (in a tragic sense) that the Republicans are trying to trump these little tiny speedboats up as a huge threat. A speedboat against a Destroyer? Come on! I also think that the last person we need in office is someone who makes jokes about another's religion when discussing international relations. In order to make both the world and our enemies respect us, we need to show some class.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
If we somehow bumble ourselves into a war with Iran, I'm just packing my bags and moving. Weren't we in Iranian waters?
divinedebris divinedebris 9 years
I'm a Ron Paul supporter and I totally agree with what he had to say on this subject. This would not be the first time our country has cried provocation and proceeded to attacked then we find out that the incident never happened. I can see the writing on the wall that our government is trying to push us into something that most people don't want us to do.
minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
I'm not a Ron Paul fan, but I'm tempted to agree with his analysis on how the American government is looking at Iran. The problem here is the same as with Iraq - the American people are being forced garbage information down their throats by the media, and not able to really check the facts themselves. Yes, Iran is asserting itself dangerously, but has only been pushed by the U.S. to react - sadly, it is reacting, but we need to understand why. I've heard my friends criticize Iran because of its president, mostly - they hear on the news that women are beaten if they don't cover their hair. This is true - but it is not the Iranian government that does this, or the State police, it is small tribes and sects of people that are breaking Iranian law by harassing and beating innocent women who do not cover their hair. When the State police find these people, they are ARRESTED - the government does NOT enforce this sadistic cultural practice, and we need to know this. I've also heard people criticize Iran because they heard the president has stated Israel should be destroyed - this is again, not true. Ahmadinejad does not believe in the state of Israel, and this is wrong, but he has never threatened Israel with war, genocide, or any of the key-words that the American media puts into his mouth. He's a ridiculous man, and I don't agree with his politics or beliefs, but it is always important that we analyze facts before falling into the trap of misinterpretations or half-truths, as we did with Iraq. Also, people fear Iran's nuclear capabilities - however, they have broken NO laws as of yet, and their nuclear studies have remained within the legal limits of the nuclear armament acts that the United States itself proposed and backed. Furthermore, if we're worried Iran is going to break these laws and acquire nuclear weaponry, we should be worried about Israel's capabilities - they have a documented 20+ nuclear arms, which is BREAKING the very laws that the American media claims Iran had broken.
littlemissbaker littlemissbaker 9 years
Oh wow. Thanks for the update LibertySugar!
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