Skip to comments.US: We were ready to act against Iranian arms shipment but Israel volunteered
Posted on 03/05/2014 12:43:11 PM PST by shepardspie33
US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed on Wednesday that "the Israeli government interdicted a shipment of illicit Iranian arms," adding that the US was ready to act before Israel made its move.
"The White House directed the Department of Defense to monitor the vessel," Psaki said, adding that the US prepared to take "unilateral steps" to stop the shipment. Israel volunteered to handle the ship itself, she added.
The transfer of arms would amount to a violation of UN Security Council resolutions, Psaki noted.
The Israel Navy intercepted an Iranian arms smuggling ship carrying dozens of long-range rockets to Gaza near Port Sudan early on Wednesday.
Iranian and Hamas denial
An official source in the Iranian armed forces told Iranian Tasnim news agency on Wednesday that the IDF accusation that arms found on a ship came from Tehran is "baseless and false."
Gaza was quick to deny knowledge of the incoming shipment of arms, saying that Israeli claims were a "dangerous move" to justify Israel's naval blockade of the coastal enclave.
Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Interior Islam Shahwan told journalists to avoid "being tricked by the Israeli narrative about capturing a ship carrying weapons to Gaza."
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And then when the shipment got through you were going to say "Whoops!"
“...the US prepared to take “unilateral steps” to stop the shipment. ..”
Really???? how out of character is that!!??
“ready to act” might mean that the State Dept actually
supplied the missiles, or helped moving them,
just like the 20,000 MANPADs it treasonously gave
to al Qaeda at Benghazi.
sure we were .....
I’m sure that was one of the pre-written announcements. If the Israeli mission had failed, the other announcement would have been “we implored them not to attempt this dangerous mission”.
Israel didn’t trust this administration to ‘do what needed to be done’...
Ready NOT to act is more like it. Obama ask’s John Kerry, “Is it time for another Quiche Summit yet? I love quiches and Eggy Flans!”
Lots of loud blather about “green shoots” of the new Obama economy, and how we’re all just abouuuuuuut to get filthy rich cuz of Obama’s economic genius, but then?
Ah, yeah, the weather interfered. Or pollution. Or the republicans. Or whatever —ANYTHING will do. But the point is that we were SET for Obama’s GREAT ideas to work.
Yeah, Obama was juuuuuust about to step in militarily and bravely save the day, but then the Israelis did. So Obama should still get SOME credit. I mean, he was GOING to, right?
VERY TRANSPARENT PATTERN.
MORE EXCUSE MAKING FOR THE DIVERSITY PREZ.
...once again the ODUNGO lead intelligence people “missed”....the reason Israel acted was self preservation.
They have absolutely no confidence in pajama boy.
“The White House directed the Department of Defense to monitor the vessel.”
“Monitor.” Monitor seems to be what they enjoy doing most.
No “action,” just “monitor.”
Clapper: “London?...what bomb?”
so now we have this second version of this b.s. story, eh?
Hold me back!
Hold me back!
If this wasn’t so frightening it would be hilarious. Does ANYONE believe this??? Seriously? Anyone?
"Ready to Act": Obama was gearing up to express deep concern about the arms shipment, but then Israel took action.
Can our State department get any more disgusting?
wait, don’t answer that.
Smart move by Israel to step in and take care of it regardless of representations they may have received from Washington. They have to know by now that Obama is trying to wrong-foot them at every turn and would have purposely dropped the ball on this interception.
oh man your comment made me laugh pretty hard, because that is exactly something he would say
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We knew about it, we would have done something, but Israel volunteered. Why is the administration talking about this. Israel captured an illegal shipment of arms. Great. They should. We should too, but it's OK if Israel does. The apologetics tell me the administration wouldn't have acted. What other reason for excuses rather than kudus to an ally for a job well done. Related threads
Sure. We all believe you./sarc