Skip to comments.U.S. Navy Hangs Back in Persian Gulf as Questions Mount About Defecting Iranian Revolutionary Guard
Posted on 06/23/2009 8:08:02 AM PDT by PhiKapMom
Members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard are showing "discontent," according to the former crown prince of Iran, as the U.S. Navy sits back in "non-incident mode" in the Persian Gulf.
The U.S. Department of Defense is "on edge" over the turmoil in Iran, and has directed U.S. naval assets in the Persian Gulf to be, in layman's terms, in "non-incident mode," military officials told FOX News Monday.
Meanwhile, the former crown prince of Iran contended that members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard are showing "discontent" and some are "contemplating the contingency" of defying the regime in the wake of the Islamic Republic's disputed presidential election.
U.S. military commanders are said to have been instructed to be alert to any possibility of a clash with Iranian naval assets, and to position themselves in such a way as to diminish the ability of Iran to stage an incident, however small, that could be used to rally the support of the Iranian people to the regime and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose backers are accused of voter fraud in the national election 10 days ago.
A Defense Department official told FOX News that U.S. Central Command has sent a message to all Navy service members in the Persian Gulf region that they are "expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and to avoid any unnecessary escalation or confrontation" with Iranian ships or other military assets.
"Given the heightened sensitivities in Tehran we don't want to feed into what is already a very tense situation on their side," the official said.
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Just waiting for whom to feed. Under dem’s our military are just a food distribution network for humanitarian needs.
If the Revolutionary Guards get pissy the Mullahs are toast.
Now, would be a good time for Israel to take out their nuke facilities.
The only surprise is that '0bama The Coward' hasn't ordered them to surrender yet.
If members of the Revolutionary Guard defect, it will not be because they have received encouragement from this end.
Why would he need to get involved in something as trivial as Iran?
“hangs back...” I have a feeling that’s going to be the cornerstone of BHO’s foreign policy. The good thing is that it puts him out front and center, and the failures of such a policy are his alone. “Hanging back” has never been the American way of doing thigs,Carter being the exception.
From persiankiwi (very reliable tweeter)
Mousavi - We will not expend any more energy talking to the Gov in the streets - we must change course
confirmed IRIB - Iran expels 2 UK diplomats - #Iranelection
19 minutes ago from web
CONFIRMED - Musavi facebbok - Wed march Baharestan Sq 4pm Mousavi will attend too #Iranelection 27 minutes ago from web
yesterday we saw a 10 years old child die from teargas in his face - #Iranelection - could not film becos militia everywhere
about 1 hour ago from web
travelling thru Tehran now is worse than Bagdad - any moment u can be beaten or arrested - #Iranelection
about 1 hour ago from web
some embassys provided protection b4 but now they are all surrounded by militia - also if u are injured then they arrest u - #Iranelection
That's a pretty accurate summary. Try telling it like that a Lib and watch his head spin.
Or provoking Israel...
They could close the Straits of Hormuz and then rally the country when the Americans intervene.
Thank God you aren’t in charge.
If Israel attacked Iran right now, Ahmadinejad would suddenly have the full support of the Iranian people. He would love nothing more than have The Great Satan or The Lesser Satan (Israel) attack his country. He would consider it a gift from Allah, because it would unite the fractured government like nothing else would.
Sooner or later, no matter what happens with this revolution, those sites need to be taken out. I am sure Israel has a better feel for what is going on in Iran than we do.
If the mullahs really crack down and start wholesale slaughter of people in the streets, it would be a good time to tip the scales. The Revolutionary Guards would bail on the mullahs in a heartbeat.
And the mullahs are already accusing the West of interfering, and that is falling on the deaf ears of the protestors.
Hit them now, hit them hard, enflame the population that they might be next. You will see the government change.