With the presidential election taking up the majority of the news broadcasts these days, one might think that the rest of the world came to a standstill. Obviously, that is not the case, even if the news takes place out of the spotlight of the nightly news. This election will eventually come to an end. This election has not been framed around issues, but rather the question: “Do you support the corrupt lying crook or the morally degenerate sleazebag?”
The next President will have to face serious issues, most of which have been ignored. While Americans decide who to turn the keys to the car over to, the Obama Administration funnels money to Iran, who then in turn supports those who attack our ships in the Red Sea.
On October 10 the USS Mason came under missile attack from Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in the Red Sea off the coast of Yemen. Mason deployed its defensive countermeasures and the missiles splashed into the water leaving the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer unharmed. On October 12 the Mason came under missile attack again, but again the missiles failed to strike the ship.
After the second attempt, USS Nitze fired tomahawk cruise missiles at and destroyed three Houthi coastal radar sites. On the 15th the Mason came under missile attack for the third time in a week. Once again, the missiles splashed into the water doing no damage to the ship or its crew. US ships in the region are tasked with maintaining freedom of navigation during the Yemeni Civil War.
It is not known whether the various attacks failed on their own or because of the Mason’s countermeasures. According to Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert, it is possible that this was the first time SM-2 surface-to-air defensive missiles were used in action and was definitely the first time an Evolved Seasparrow Missile was used.
Lost in the account of the Mason’s misfortune is the Administration’s policy towards Iran. The Administration recently came under heavy scrutiny for a $1.7 billion transfer to Iran. It is possible that the money was then funneled by Iran to its Houthi friends in Yemen. Even if the money from Iran to the Houthis did not come directly from the $1.7 billion ransom payment, the payment did give Tehran a free $1.7 billion to spend it otherwise would not have had.
From the nuclear deal, to the kidnapping of American sailors, to ransom payments, to harassing and funding attacks against US Navy warships, the opening of arms to Iran has failed. Iran should never have received the payment that we “owed” them. That deal was made between the United States and the pre-revolutionary government. The fact of the matter is that we are now subsidizing those who fund attacks against or servicemen and women.