For certain definitions of the term. Specifically, the one that implies defeat, humiliation, and disgrace.
Within hours of releasing 10 U.S. sailors who apparently had drifted into their territorial waters, the Iranian government was using footage from the incident as a propaganda tool – including images of sailors on their knees with their hands behind their heads and a video showing a sailor apologizing.
“It was a mistake. That was our fault. And we apologize for our mistake,” the sailor said, in a brief state TV clip posted on Twitter by a journalist with Iran’s Tasnim News Agency.
Secretary of State John Kerry and others have cited the peaceful resolution as a “testament” to diplomacy and the new U.S.-Iran relationship, as they welcome Iran into the “community of nations.”
Well, it’s a testament to something, all right.
In response, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Wednesday that the department would assess whether the video is authentic. He noted images of prisoners are not supposed to be shown under the terms of the Geneva Convention.
We’re going to have to apologize again for suggesting that.
Speaking with Fox News earlier Wednesday, a U.S. defense official could not completely rule out an apology at lower levels.
“If I say no and some iPhone video emerges from Iran with a 20-year-old sailor apologizing, I will look silly,” the official said.
And so you do.
However, a senior State Department official told Fox News that there was “no apology from Kerry” to the Iranians.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest also said Wednesday that a formal apology never occurred, and he wasn’t aware that one was ever even discussed.
Now that right there is a Profile In Courage, folks. Earnest knows full well that A) he’s lying, even as the falsehoods roll trippingly off his forked tongue, and B) our Iranian overlords will doubtless demand a reckoning for this outrageous attempt at diminishing their stunning victory over the Weakest Powerful Nation In The World. Possibly by “rescuing” more stranded American sailors and humiliating them with more internationally-disseminated surrender/apology video, possibly by removing Earnest’s head from his body and dragging his flayed corpse around the White House behind a rusty pickup truck, baying and yodeling the whole while. Either way, a lesser man wouldn’t have risked offending his bosses this way. Hats off to Earnest for his sheer unstinting boldness here. By Allah’s beard, he’s an example to us all.
According to a senior State Department official, the department first learned of the incident Tuesday at noon. Kerry spoke at least five times with his Iranian counterpart to
securebeg for the release of the crew.
Fixed it for ya to reflect what really happened.
According to the official, Kerry told the foreign minister, “If we were able to do this, we will make this into a good story.”
And so they have, no matter how much they had to doctor the ugly truth: that a supine, cowardly, weak US now deals with nearly 40 years of provocation, murder, and outright acts of war against us by a hostile sovereign nation by begging, apologizing, and pleading from its trembling knees.
This is known as “Smart Power.”
What a pathetic joke. What an utter fucking disgrace.
Update! They’re too stupid to know how completely they–and we–were just humiliated by a pipsqueak dirtball of a nation.
The Iranian humiliation of Barack Obama is now complete. Operation Whatever-The-Farsi-Word-Is-For-BOHICA was a success. This was no friendly maritime assist from an American ally. It was a coordinated public relations coup from a violent regime that wished to humiliate the very president who in just days will bless the transfer of tens of billions of dollars to the terrorists in charge of Iran’s government.
The Obama administration told us it was just two friendly countries helping each other with a broken boat. The Obama administration told us there was no “hostile intent.” The Obama administration told us no apology was demanded.
None of it was true. Our military personnel were captured, forced to surrender on their knees, and photographed. Their images were then broadcast to the world on Wednesday morning by the Iranian regime, a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions. The American woman who was captured was forced to submit to Islamic law and don a hijab. State-run Iranian media announced that the whole affair was meant to be a “lesson” to “troublemakers” in the U.S. Congress.
And the presidential administration of Barack Obama went right along with the whole charade.
It wasn’t enough to make him bow down. Iran wanted Obama on his knees. Iran wanted him and the country he governs humiliated before a global audience.
Unfortunately, Iran got exactly what it wanted. The Iranian humiliation of Barack Obama is now complete.
Davis is being entirely too kind to the rest of us by insisting that it was Obama who was shamed here. America allowed this disgusting pissant to ever con his way into high office in the first place. Twice. This disgrace is by no means Obama’s alone. Millions of Americans share fully in it–millions–for allowing themselves to be taken in by such a miserable worm as he. No distinction should be made between the cringing cur and those who, even after as mortifying a spectacle as this, still support him. You can bet the Iranians won’t waste a second splitting hairs that finely–and nor will the rest of the world.
The upstarts just tweaked the nose of the giant yet again–hard–with absolutely no adverse consequences. They’ve been doing it for forty years. They’re going to go right on doing it. We’ll never respond appropriately, in a way that might actually put a stop to it, no matter how abjectly we end up debased by them. It’s now officially been declared open season on Americans, all over the world, and you needn’t kid yourselves that our enemies will hesitate to take full advantage of it.
Tell me again all about how we’re the “world’s lone superpower,” the “strongest nation on earth,” the “home of the brave.” Do it up right: put on a pair of big, floppy ears and a long swishy tail, prancing and braying like a jackass while you do it. Then get real busy forgetting it ever happened–why, in two weeks it’ll be almost as if it never did.
Overview update! Steyn sees the bigger picture:
There’s no point pretending the illegal seizure and release of America’s sailors is anything other a huge propaganda victory for Iran – and a humiliation for the United States. Insofar as there was a strategic calculation behind Obama’s outreach to the mullahs, it was that the nuclear deal and the lifting of sanctions would incentivize the Islamic Republic to start behaving like any other house-trained member of the community of nations. In other words, they’d stop pulling this stuff.
I’m appreciative for the quick and appropriate response of the Iranian authorities… and I think we can all imagine how a similar situation might have played out three or four years ago.
We don’t have to imagine how a similar situation might have played out, you botoxicated buffoon, because it’s played out before, with mind-numbing regularity. This time round they seized ten US sailors. Nine years ago they seized 15 Royal Navy sailors and Royal Marines. One of the Brits was of the female persuasion. Here’s what I wrote in 2007:
The token gal was dressed up as an Islamic woman…
Does that sound familiar? Why, golly, here we are in 2016, and this time round the token US gal was also made to wear a hijab.
I wonder what other videos Iran took. With the British hostages, I recall they mocked one of the lads because he reminded them of Mister Bean. I’m not sure that’s specifically mentioned in the Geneva Conventions, but I reiterate my point: The ayatollahs can’t – yet – beat our tanks and planes, so they pick battlefields where they can win, very easily. We should know that by now, and train our guys to act accordingly.
In fact, the Iranians are doing exactly what they’ve always done. They got their nuclear deal, and it’s business as usual. The only difference is that, a decade ago, they did it to America’s allies but they never quite dared to do it to America itself.
Now they do.
And will go right on doing it.
None but a purblind masochist would serve in the armed forces under such feckless leadership as this, where loyalty only goes one way and honor is nothing but an empty word to be used in lying, propagandistic speeches–where you must expect to be abused and humiliated by enemies, or sent to die a coward’s meaningless death, never to be properly and honorably avenged, in a pointless conflict waged by civilian superiors who have no clue what victory will consist of, a deep distaste for what it will require, and no intention of pursuing it anyway. None but a delusional fool could see this as anything other than what it is: another in an incredibly long chain of resounding, disgraceful defeats whose consequences will be as far-reaching as they are devastating.
If you’re a soldier serving under the stained, washed-out colors of Amerika v2.0, you should expect sooner or later to spend a fair amount of time on your knees, your hands locked behind your head, begging for mercy from your barbarian vanquishers and apologizing to them on video so that the world will see just what kind of nation you’re fighting for. If you’re a female, you can expect to be forced into the degradation of wearing the hijab at the very least, very likely to be sexually assaulted into the bargain. I’m deeply sorry to have to say it–believe me, I am, and angry as hell about it too–but that’s the long and short of it. You may deserve better, but we don’t have any “better” left to offer. To restate and rephrase Davis’s assertion above, our humiliation is complete.
Devil in the details update! Bracken has ’em:
I rarely pull out my dusty old trident, but in this case, here goes. I was a Navy SEAL officer in the 1980s, and this kind of operation (transiting small boats in foreign waters) was our bread and butter. Today, these boats both not only had radar, but multiple GPS devices, including chart plotters that place your boat’s icon right on the chart. The claim by Iran that the USN boats “strayed into Iranian waters” is complete bull$#it.
For an open-water transit between nations, the course is studied and planned in advance by the leaders of the Riverine Squadron, with specific attention given to staying wide and clear of any hostile nation’s claimed territorial waters. The boats are given a complete mechanical check before departure, and they have sufficient fuel to accomplish their mission plus extra. If, for some unexplainable and rare circumstance one boat broke down, the other would tow it, that’s why two boats go on these trips and not one! It’s called “self-rescue” and it’s SOP.
This entire situation is in my area of expertise. I can state with complete confidence that both Iran and our own State Department are lying. The boats did not enter Iranian waters. They were overtaken in international waters by Iranian patrol boats that were so superior in both speed and firepower that it became a “hands up!” situation, with automatic cannons in the 40mm to 76mm range pointed at them point-blank. Surrender, hands up, or be blown out of the water. I assume that the Iranians had an English speaker on a loudspeaker to make the demand. This takedown was no accident or coincidence, it was a planned slap across America’s face.
Well, you know Obama, devout Christian that he is, was only too happy to turn the other cheek to ’em. And he’ll go right on doing it until he’s run out of cheeks. He only has 300-some-odd million pairs to go.