Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard boats taunt US warship – because they can

Four tiny Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) boats “harassed” the U.S. warship USS Nitze operating in international waters near the Strait of Hormuz Tuesday.

A Defense Department official told Reuters Wednesday on condition of anonymity that two of the boats came within 300 yards during the high-speed runs in a manner that was clearly “unsafe and unprofessional.”

Reuters reported:

The harassment consisted of the Iranian boats “conducting a high speed intercept and closing within a short distance of Nitze, despite repeated warnings,” the official told Reuters.

NBC Nightly News social editor Mitch Grimes posted a video of the incident, in which one can clearly hear the destroyer sounding five short blasts of its horn, the international maritime danger signal , as a sailor announces warnings on the radio.

You can also observe the U.S. warship firing off flares to ward off the Iranians as they close in.

Many saw the harassment of the guided missile destroyer as yet another indication of the weakness of the Obama administration’s foreign policy.

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But others saw it as no big deal.


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