Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Iran, fresh off its triumph getting President Obama to drop sanctions, is expanding its purview. A desert nation sends its fleet into the Atlantic Ocean.
I’d be worried if I hadn’t looked closely at the photo (expand for a better view). That boat is so low to the water, the fender is floating instead of hanging. The curve of the hull makes it look about 25 feet long. This isn’t even as large as a normal fishing vessel, it’s more like a Boston Whaler.
And the weapons those sailors are pointing have such short barrels they can’t possibly hit anything over 100 yards away, especially from the rolling deck of a boat on an ocean. Okay, maybe it’s a Small Boat Repel Boarders drill, something they practice in case the Captain’s Launch is attacked. But usually nations brag about the big ship that the Captain’s Launch comes from, not the little boat that ferries him to shore. Unless that’s the biggest boat they have, in which case I’m doubly unimpressed.
On the other hand, President Obama just gave a nation of Islamic Fundamentalists the green light to develop nuclear weapons. How big a boat do you need to float a nuke into Tel Aviv Harbor?
True about the nukes – and the general value of little boats in asymmetric warfare. The terrorists who killed 169 in Mumbai a few years back came to town on a stolen fishing boat.
But just in the interest of accuracy – I’m from North Dakota, and we’re a maritime people – the Iranians have been building a blue-water Navy.
Iran is building modern warships – plenty of nations are selling them technology. But the Iranian navy is the least of the west’s problems.