Virginia Representative Randy Forbes, member of the House Armed Services Committee, told the Washington Free Beacon Monday that the treatment of US sailors in January by Iran would disturb Americans – if they knew the full story:
“I think that when the details actually come out, most Americans are going to be kind of taken aback by the entire incident, both how Iran handled it and how we handled it…I think that’s going to be huge cause for concern for most Americans. That’s why I’ve encouraged members of Congress to get that briefing so they do know exactly what did take place. I think clearly there were violations of international and maritime law that took place here…We [the United States] did almost nothing in response, in fact, to have Secretary [of State John] Kerry actually thank them for releasing our sailors after they way they captured them, I think was a slap in the sailors’ face.”
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Obama administration is classifying many of the details behind the incident. Critics of the administration charge that this has become a routine strategy to mitigate political damage from foreign policy failures.
Publicly available information disseminated by Iranian state media include videos showing the military personnel apologizing while held at gunpoint and a clip of one sailor crying. So Forbes’ assertion that additional details of the sailors’ capture will be even more shocking begs the question – what else were member of the US military subjected to during their ordeal?
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