Commander may have breached Navy code of conduct by saying 'sorry' for drifting into Iranian waters
This guy has drawn more wrath than Bergdahl. If you're going to go down this road then Barry should be impeached for the Iranian deal, not imposing the red line in Syria...let alone "you can keep your insurance period".
In a perfect world... sailors adrift approached by the Iranian military:
“Hey, American sailor I’m Hamed what are you up to?”
“Damn engine broke down.”
“You Americans better stop buying shit from China.”
“You can say that again.”
“You Americans bett…"
“ Just kidding, we have a rope. We'll tow you back to your ship.
“Thanks, Hamed I owe you a beer.”
“I don’t drink.”
“Okay, I’ll send you a virgin.”
They both laugh as they tie the tow line to the cleat.
Of course, we’re dealing with Iranians which make's the above scenario impossible.
The U.S. sailor filmed apologizing after two Navy vessels drifted into Iranian waters and were captured could face disciplinary action, it has been reported.
The sailor, who has not been identified, was one of ten crew members aboard two Riverine patrol boats captured in the Persian Gulf yesterday after apparently losing power.
In footage broadcast on Iranian state television the sailor, who appears to be in command, is filmed saying: 'It was a mistake. That was our fault. And we apologize for our mistake.'
The U.S. sailor filmed apologizing on Iranian State television could be disciplined after appearing to breach the Navy Code of Conduct, it has been reported
The serviceman, who has not been identified, was one of nine men and one woman captured in the Persian Gulf yesterday after their two patrol boats apparently lost power and drifted into Iranian waters
His statement directly contradicts comments from Department of Defense spokesman Mark Toner, who said there was not 'a need for any kind of apology here' before the video emerged.
The sailor's apology also flies in the face of assertions from John Kerry that he did not personally apologize to Iran in order to have the ten captured service personnel released.
Kerry's spokesman John Kirby insisted the Secretary of State did not say sorry to his Iranian counterparts - because there was 'nothing to apologize for'.
Vice President Joe Biden also backed Kerry's claims he didn't apologize, telling CBS' This Morning: 'There's no apology and there's nothing to apologize for.
'When you have a problem with the boat do you apologize to the boat having a problems? And there is no looking for any apology. This was just standard nautical practice.'
Despite assertions by the Department of Defense that the situation did not require 'any kind of apology', the sailor (left) was shown on Iranian state television just hours later issuing an apology
According to the Navy Code of Conduct, prisoners are required to give their name, rank, service number and date of birth, but should 'evade answering further questions to the utmost of [their] ability'
According to item five of the U.S. Navy's Code of Conduct, available via their website, captured personnel are required to give their 'name, rank, service number, and date of birth.'
It then says: 'I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.'
The Daily Caller reports that the sailor's apology appears to breach this part of the code, and as such could be subject to disciplinary action.
Attempts by the Dailymail.com to contact the State Department for comment were unsuccessful.
The Navy personnel were captured yesterday near Farsi Island, an area of land in the Persian Gulf shut off to the public, after being accused of snooping on Iranian forces.
Iranian television also released images of the service personnel kneeling on the deck of one of the captured vessels earlier today, before they were taken to a compound and held for 16 hours
John Kerry, who had a hurried series of telephone conversations with Iranian officials after the boats were captured, also insisted today that he did not apologize - and was backed up by Joe Biden
(Two known liars collaborated)
Iran captured these two Riverine patrol boats yesterday afternoon near Farsi Island after accusing them of trying to spy on their operations, though the U.S. maintains a technical fault was to blame
The nine men and one woman were held for more than 16 hours by the Revolutionary Guard before being released earlier today.
Footage released this afternoon shows the sailors being forced to kneel on the deck of one of their craft before being taken ashore.
More film, taken inside a military compound, shows them sitting in a circle before being fed, while it appears the female sailor has been forced to put on an Islamic head covering.
The standoff came at an embarrassing time for President Obama after he trumpeted closer relations with Iran following a much-criticized deal over the Middle Eastern nation's nuclear program.