The US Navy makes overseas deployment LOOK easy…
…so easy even the Ayatollahs can do it;
The Iranian navy plans to move naval vessels out of the Persian Gulf and into the Atlantic Ocean, “near maritime borders of the United States,” the Tehran Times reported Tuesday.
“As the global arrogance (forces of imperialism) have a (military) presence near our sea borders, we also plan to have a strong presence near the U.S. sea borders with the help of the soldiers who are loyal to the vali-e faqih (supreme jurisprudent) [my link],” said Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, as quoted and paraphrased by the Tehran Times. Read more–
Now, maintaining an active naval force overseas is no mean feat, a naval patrol force is tougher still. Ships at sea need fuel and constant re-provisioning, a neat trick with a massive navy like the United States (so far) maintains. Iran? Not so much.
Now, Iran has been making friendly with Hugo Chavez for years, repair and replenishment could be handled in Venezuela or even Cuba, if the ties are strong enough between Ahmadinejad and El Fidel, which I’m not sure they are.
But interesting to me, all kidding aside about Iranian tugboats needing to travel 12,000 miles to pick up a broken-down flagship of the Iranian Navy, are the words “vali-e faqih” I linked above in the second blockquote from the FNC article. See if this looks problematic to you;
The vali-e-faqih is empowered to abrogate the religious commitments he has undertaken with the people should he find them contrary to the interests of the nation and Islam. Governing is one dimension of the absolute authority of the velayat-e-faqih and takes precedence over all secondary commandments, even prayer, fasting, and the hajj.
-Khomeini’s open letter to Ali Khamenei, January 7,19881
I don’t know, I may have been seeing things, but on first read that seemed to be saying their naval presence would be assisting those “loyal soldiers”, but reading again it’s more “with the assistance of” those loyal soldiers. Meaning what? The crews on the Iranian ships? Or…
Over a year ago, I noticed this bit about an Iranian presence in Venezuela, called it “FOB Hugo”, and wondered what would become of it. To refresh;
Now for the monkey wrench, courtesy of Bill Gertz;
Iran is increasing its paramilitary Qods force operatives in Venezuela while covertly continuing supplies of weapons and explosives to Taliban and other insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the Pentagon’s first report to Congress on Tehran’s military.
The report on Iranian military power provides new details on the group known formally as the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), the Islamist shock troops deployed around the world to advance Iranian interests. The unit is aligned with terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, North Africa and Latin America, and the report warns that U.S. forces are likely to battle the Iranian paramilitaries in the future.
Been a couple years now. I don’t want to be accused of “scare-mongering”, but is there anyone but a complete leftist loon who could argue that none of those Qods forces who were in Venezuela could have found their way North to the US by now? None?
Well, some weird stuff is definitely coming together, but as yet it’s still all bits and pieces, but at least you have a few of those pieces for later use. Hopefully they won’t be needed.
- Iranian Navy Plans to Move Ships Near U.S. Borders (foxnews.com)
- Iran Mulling Naval Presence Near US Coast (israelnationalnews.com)
- Iran planning to send ships near U.S. waters (cnn.com)
- Iran open to “hot line” with US (sfgate.com)