Iran frees captured US Marines

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  1. baudwalk

    baudwalk Senior Investor

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    If you watch or listen to the news, you heard about two boats with 10 Marines taken by Iran when the boats were found in Iranian waters. Occurring shortly before the SOTU last night, the incident was ignored during the SITU speech and Secretary Kerry attended the speech. Kerry's thank you statement this morning was something to behold. Just for jollies, read the FARS News Agency version of the events.
     
  2. kgord

    kgord Senior Investor

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    Well, I am very glad they were released. Who knows? IF we had not had the Iran deal in place maybe they wouldn't have been. I believe Iran was the country that held those hikers hostage for months as they had accidentally entered the country. Sometimes diplomacy and deal making can be helpful. God knows we need some good will in the Middle East. Jordan and the Kurds can't be our only allies.
     
  3. JR Ewing

    JR Ewing Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Kerry and co actually apologized.

    If we had not done that stupid "deal" with Iran, and if Obama hasn't been showing himself to be such a puss, Iran would have never messed with them in the first place.
     
  4. Sandy2870

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    What about the two ships?
     
  5. baudwalk

    baudwalk Senior Investor

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    The two boats with all aboard were escorted to international waters and released. Whether GPS navigation failed or a mechanical failure was the problem, or was Iran just making noise at the time of the SOTU, that apparently is yet to determined.
     
  6. Corzhens

    Corzhens Senior Investor

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    Is that a sign that Iran is being friendly with the US. If that is the case, I hope all other issues will not be talked about and that friendly gesture should be in our minds. Maybe Iran is trying to be soft because they presently have a bickering with Saudi Arabia but still that release of the marines from captivity is something to behold. What's that, 10 lives saved?
     
  7. MakeDollarsSense

    MakeDollarsSense Well-Known Member

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    That's great news. Supposedly all of the sailors apologized on Iranian tv, and admitted it was their mistake. I think that may have been suggested by the Iranian govt.
     
  8. Susimi

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    From what I heard, one of the boats developed a mechanical or engine problem and ended up drifting into Iranian waters. I'm actually really surprised with how this situation turned out. It could have been a lot worse but it ended in a very civilised fashion. US pride might be hurt a little but I think this situation can be forgotten about and move on.
     
  9. phoenix2015

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    Yes it is a good thing they were released. I'm not familiar enough with UN or Geneva Convention laws to know if they were required to let them go or what. But keeping military personnel as prisoners is an extremely dangerous and sensitive issue. Especially, when the ones captured are members of a military that is extremely powerful and is already entrenched and involved in neighboring countries.
     
  10. Rainman

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    I suppose all Iran wanted is attention. They got it, the prisoners got released. I doubt they wanted to antagonize the U.S not when they don't have too many allies in the Middle East.
     

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