Iranian Navy enroute to US
I suppose this should probably concern me more that it does, but for now anyway, it just sort of makes me amused:
An Iranian naval officer said a number of warships had been ordered to approach U.S. maritime borders as a response to the stationing of U.S. vessels in the Gulf, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Saturday.
"Iran's military fleet is approaching the United States' maritime borders, and this move has a message," the agency quoted Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad as saying.
Haddad, described as commander of the Iranian navy's northern fleet, said the vessels had started their voyage towards the Atlantic Ocean via "waters near South Africa", Fars reported.
[T]he Associated Press reported that the fleet, consists of a destroyer and a helicopter-carrying supply ship, and they began their voyage last month from the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. The ships, carrying some 30 navy academy cadets for training along with their regular crews, are on a three-month mission.
Lest anyone run to their underground bunker, apparently it doesn't pose much of a threat.
Iranian warships headed to the U.S. coast pose little danger to the USA, but could be a dry run for the future, according to former U.S. officials.
The ships pose almost no danger because “they have no capability whatsoever,” said Gary Samore, a former adviser to President Obama on arms control, prevention of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism.
John Bolton points out that this could be bad in the future:
The Iranian naval mission shows the danger Iran would pose if it possessed nuclear weapons, says John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush and an arms negotiator during the Cold War.
“It shows they could put a weapon on a boat or freighter, and if (Iran) has ballistic missiles it could put it anywhere on the U.S. coast,” Bolton said. “Down the road it could be a threat.”
The saber-rattling might concern me more if the threat was credible. Either way, it is somewhat troubling in the long term.