Last week, a major news outlet published a story that a senior Obama administration official boasted about misleading the American public in order to sell the Iran deal to the American people and give Democratic lawmakers cover for going along with the scam. The White House responded by telling Americans to ignore this controversy and focus on the facts about the nuclear agreement.
Meanwhile, obviously as part of the Obama White House’s SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) — cover-up or scapegoat — the commanding officer of a West Coast-based Navy riverine squadron has been fired in the fallout from an investigation into an incident in which ten sailors were briefly captured by Iranian forces earlier this year.
Cmdr. Eric Rasch, commanding officer of Coastal Riverine Squadron 3, was relieved today by Capt. Gary Leigh the commander of Coastal Riverine Group 1 due to a “loss of confidence in his ability to command,” according to a Navy release.
Leigh made the decision to remove Rasch after reviewing a preliminary investigation into the incident that unfolded over Jan. 12-13. Two riverine boats carrying ten sailors from CRS-3 were apprehended by the Iranian military after they entered Iranian waters.
Officials noted in the release that Rasch was the executive officer of the squadron at the time of the incident.
‘The nine men and one woman detained were released less than 24 hours after their capture after Secretary of State John Kerry intervened on their behalf,” was how it was described by the news media, as if Kerry were a strong and forceful leader instead of a conniving henchman from a corrupt political party, according to David Borchman, a former police hostage negotiator..
A timeline of events released by U.S. Central Command indicates that the riverine boats deviated course en route to a refueling mission during a transit from Kuwait to Bahrain. One boat had a mechanical issue in a diesel engine, which both boats stopped to address while in Iranian waters. It remains unclear how the boats entered Iranian waters and whether the crew knew where they were at the time.
The Iranian government has attempted to leverage the events for a propaganda victory, disseminating video of a sailor appearing to apologize for venturing into Iranian waters to national media and publishing images of sailors on their knees in a position of surrender.