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Friday, April 25, 2008

Cowboys and Iranians anyone?

Navy-Contracted Vessel Fires Warning Shots on Iranian Boats
Friday, April 25, 2008

A vessel contracted by the Navy in the Persian Gulf fired warning shots Thursday on two Iranian fast boats, FOX News has learned.

The Westward Venture, a ship contracted by the U.S. Military Sealift Command to carry military cargo to Kuwait, fired upon the boats Thursday after attempts to get Iranian boats' attention failed.

A Navy security team, armed with M16 rifles and .50-caliber machine guns, was onboard at the time the warning shots were fired.

The ship was about 50 miles off the coast of Iran when the fast boats approached. The Westward Venture attempted to make bridge-to-bridge contact to warn the fast boats that they were too close.

The Military Sealift Command vessel then blew its whistle and fired flares before finally firing warning shots with the machine gun when the boats came within 100 yards of the vessel.

Bridge-to-bridge communication was established after the shots were fired, with someone claiming to be the Iranian Coast Guard contacting the Westward Venture.

Navy Releases Video of Strait of Hormuz Incident; Bush Calls Iranian Action 'Provocative' The Iranian Revolutionary Guard is suspected of being involved in this incident, officials told FOX News.

Defense officials said that typically the guard behaves in a very unprofessional and aggressive manner, using unmarked boats and uniforms, unlike the Iranian Navy.

Evidently, the Iranians are unaware of the results the last time we played Cowboys and Indians. Their tenacity (stupidity) is becoming more evident as the days go by, and challenging a US Naval Vessel (contract or otherwise) is probably not the most health conducive behavior individuals can engage in. Noticeably, with each engagement, the level of intensity has increased and our responses havealso increased. I believe it is safe to assume the next engagement will result in a new reef being established by the broken hull of the submerged Iranian gunboat, and the carcasses of the crew feeding the fishes.

My only question is do they really believe they can mount a formidable challenge to the U.S. Fleet??? Wait until we fire a real Tomahawk into their Tee-Pee. They’d better hope we didn’t ‘Hot-tip’ it with a ‘glow in the dark’ warhead.