Thursday, February 25, 2016

Patrick Leahy Kisses Iranian Ass

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He may as well just stand up and salute THIS flag instead...
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John Kerry was in Washington D.C. taking a break from screwing us over abroad to discuss the State Department's budget for FY2017.  Ordinarily this wouldn't be a newsworthy event, as Senate subcommittee hearings are about as exciting as watching your Aunt Myrtle suck on some diabetic candy while watching paint dry on growing grass.  Senator Patrick Leahy, however, decided to ask Secretary Kerry (ugh, I just threw up in my mouth a little) about just what would happen if an IRANIAN warship crossed into OUR territorial waters:
Well gee Pat it sure sounds like you're actually DEFENDING the Iranian regime's actions.  Yeah, sure they arrested our troops and detained them at gunpoint.  And yeah the Iranians put them on video and tweeted the pictures of their arrest out to the whole damn world.  It's not like we wouldn't have done the same thing if we were in their shoes, after all!

There is the pesky little fact that the Iranians arresting our troops was actually illegal and violated international law, though.  David Larter over at the Navy Times penned this piece a few weeks ago stating that yes, experts agree the Iranians arresting our sailors was illegal as hell:
The legal experts referenced the theU.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea, which the U.S. abides by and Iran has signed but not ratified. Under it, a warship has “sovereign immunity” and can transit the territorial waters of another so long as they move “continuously and expeditiously” and do not conduct any military operations, said Craig Allen, a professor of marine and environmental affairs at the University of Washington School of Law.

Iran had the right to query the U.S. assault boats and if they didn’t like their answer, they had the right to expel them from their waters. But they didn't have the right to arrest them.
By the way, displaying photos and video to the world was ALSO a violation of international law.  It's understandable, though, because Iran's totes our best buds now.  Or something.  John Kerry-sorry, I can't call him Secretary again-to his credit did state that we wouldn't treat the crew of an Iranian warship the way our sailors were treated.  However, we would most definitely detain them "until we figured out what they were doing."

That's a calculated move on Kerry's part, by the way.  What he's done is criticized Iran for the manner in which they treated our soldiers, while simultaneously legitimizing the illegal arrest that started the whole mess.  The U.S. would do the exact same thing Iran did, you see.  All they were doing was protecting their territorial waters.  Every nation has the right to protect their territory, after all, and Iran is no different than any other nation out there.  If we would do it, why can't they?  Kerry's statements effectively write off the arrest as no big deal.

Except we absolutely wouldn't do the exact same thing Iran did.  Why?  Because we actually abide by international law.  Yes we absolutely would protect our territorial waters from an Iranian warship-if that warship was engaging in hostile actions of course.  If that warship was just passing through we'd monitor them, probably fire some warning shots, but we'd abide by the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea.  If they encountered mechanical issues (as it's said our ship did) we'd stick around, render some aid, and get them the hell out of our territory.

Folks, Patrick Leahy and John Kerry are both fine examples of why you should vote Republican this election cycle.  Otherwise you can expect four more years of this nonsense from a Clinton or Sanders administration.

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