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The most plausible explanation for the 10 riverine sailors captured by Iran
American Thinker ^ | January 17, 2016 | Thomas H. Lipscomb

Posted on 01/17/2016 6:06:27 AM PST by Travis McGee

See also: Calling BS on the official story of the Iranian capture of two US riverine boats I have separately heard from two experts, both high ranking Marines, one on active duty and the other working in DC at a foundation, the following.


 When I pressed them on the Fars News Service statement from Iran that the 10 captured on the two US vessels were all Marines, they countered: No, they are part of a Rivierine Squadron based in San Diego. Further they are support crews for SEAL missions from the US Navy and highly trained. The Iranians probably mistook “Riverine” for “Marine” in doing the story. So that explains several things. Why the captured sailors were so much more fit than the average sailor these days, and how a woman could be among them. While not special ops personnel directly engaged, they have to be extraordinarily fit and well-trained, as indeed these sailors appear to be. It also raises the question as to whether they had been on a...(Read Full Post)

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KEYWORDS: farsiisland; iranseizesussailors
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I'm very pissed today. This is the comment I just posted on the new American Thinker article. Please go to the article and consider giving my comment an up-arrow, to force Lifson to respond to me. He has ignored all of my comments to him in yesterday's "Calling BS" article.

You guys are getting further from the truth, not closer to it.

But I'm still pretty PO'd about Lifson using my content as the "meat" in his bylined story yesterday, putting blog "bookends" around my content, all to put his own byline above my information. He could have contacted me easily, but chose not to, and he would have found out that I have much more information from inside sources than what I posted last week (and Lifson used yesterday). He didn't even respond to any of my comments to him about it, comments now buried in the middle of about 700+ comments.

But if this is how American Thinker is going to run its ship, then forget it, you can just stumble around in the dark with knuckleheads who think that the "Rivierine Squadron" (sic) supports the SEALs.

It is to laugh. Adios to American Thinker, and it's mendacious and unscrupulous editors.

1 posted on 01/17/2016 6:06:27 AM PST by Travis McGee
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To: Eaker; afnamvet; AK2KX; Ancesthntr; An Old Man; APatientMan; ApesForEvolution; aragorn; archy; ...

I’m very pissed today. This is the comment I just posted on the new American Thinker article. Please go to the article and consider giving my comment an up-arrow, to force Lifson to respond to me. He has ignored all of my comments to him in yesterday’s “Calling BS” article.
You guys are getting further from the truth, not closer to it.

But I’m still pretty PO’d about Lifson using my content as the “meat” in his bylined story yesterday, putting blog “bookends” around my content, all to put his own byline above my information. He could have contacted me easily, but chose not to, and he would have found out that I have much more information from inside sources than what I posted last week (and Lifson used yesterday). He didn’t even respond to any of my comments to him about it, comments now buried in the middle of about 700+ comments.

But if this is how American Thinker is going to run its ship, then forget it, you can just stumble around in the dark with knuckleheads who think that the “Rivierine Squadron” (sic) supports the SEALs.

It is to laugh. Adios to American Thinker, and it’s mendacious and unscrupulous editors.


2 posted on 01/17/2016 6:07:18 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

bttt


3 posted on 01/17/2016 6:11:49 AM PST by txhurl (I'm with the Canadian '16)
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To: Travis McGee

BUMP!


4 posted on 01/17/2016 6:14:36 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Travis McGee
Bttt.

5.56mm

5 posted on 01/17/2016 6:15:25 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: Travis McGee

Upvoted and commented.

You da man Travis! :)


6 posted on 01/17/2016 6:17:55 AM PST by mkjessup (Trump is kicking the ass of the GOPe, RINOs & the media. Don't like him? He must be kicking YOUR ass)
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To: mkjessup

Thanks, here’s another comment I dropped on their thread, after this from Flavius Maximus:

Matt,

Let me give you some good advice that has always stood me in good company, “the best revenge is living well.”

I have been fortunate to see this sage advice act out in real time and it always puts you in a serene condition to see the truth and be able to sleep at night without rancor.

In the grand scheme of things your nation and country need you now more than ever. I am reminded by the statement of General Morgan at the battle of Cowpens to the militia, “stay the course.”

In Liberty

My reply to him:
I will, but not here on “American Thinker/Idol,” where Lifson’s stable of pet writers can post commentary about their most recent breakfasts as above-the-fold articles on any given day, while for the rest of us, Lifson plays Simon Cowell. It’s okay to have submissions rejected with form emails, fine. But this is not the first time they have used my content as the meat of a story without contacting me or crediting me in a byline. It’s sleazy, mendacious, and I’m calling them out on it.


7 posted on 01/17/2016 6:24:36 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

AGREED. (you have FReepmail, btw)


8 posted on 01/17/2016 6:26:19 AM PST by mkjessup (Trump is kicking the ass of the GOPe, RINOs & the media. Don't like him? He must be kicking YOUR ass)
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To: Travis McGee

Bump for you Travis!!

I think some for of cargo was removed from those boats. It was a simple disguised delivery that went off exactly as planned. And conveniently there wasnt any of those pesky patriotic American CIA ex-Navy SEALs around to jam up the works.


9 posted on 01/17/2016 6:32:42 AM PST by Delta 21 (Patiently waiting for the jack booted kick at my door.)
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To: Travis McGee

Travis, you are on target! I’ve noticed the weak editorials at AT and their stable of coffee house experts!

Keep up the great work!

Terry L Walker
CWO5
Marine Gunner
USMC Retired


10 posted on 01/17/2016 6:32:49 AM PST by Gunner TLW
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To: Travis McGee

Excellent article. Thanks for posting.


11 posted on 01/17/2016 6:38:44 AM PST by plain talk (wages he means minimum wage=)
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To: Gunner TLW

I just posted this on another thread, and I’m reposting it here. Folks still seem to think the boats were on a covert op. This was my reply.

They were NOT dropping off, or picking up. These were just ten random sailors assigned to the bottom-rung of USN boats, the Riverine Squadron. They were created to replace the USCG who had been doing duty watching river inlets and ports in our areas of interest in the Persian Gulf.

It’s SWCC that supports the SEALs, not RS. That’s why there was even a lady sailor on board. Just pick ten random sailors off a ship, put them on boats, that is RS.

SWCC is part of NavSpecWar, they support the SEALs. SWCC sailors go through a mini-BUD/S. Their mission means they have to put their bows on the beach and shoot it out unto the death, while recovering SEALs who are being pursued by any number of enemy. SWCCs are warriors, shooters.

These RS guys were just on a routine transit/redeployment between Kuwait and Bahrain. Those boats have a standard crew of five, and that is what was on each boat: the normal crew, no troops, no spooks, no SEALs.

Even if they were dropping off some spooks or SEALs (NOT their mission, NOT their training) they would have had more than five crew on the boats. Even when SWCC is tasked to insert SEALs, some SEALs are still on the SWCC boat for comms and other support.

This theory would have a tiny air of plausibility if they had had more than five crew on the boats. They didn’t. They even had their PASSPORTS with them, because they were on a routine inter-national redeployment. On “cover ops,” you do NOT bring your fracking PASSPORTS!!!


12 posted on 01/17/2016 6:39:44 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

You seem to have a good deal of support in the comments. Kudos!


13 posted on 01/17/2016 6:40:47 AM PST by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: Travis McGee

They were no doubt drunk from too much partying and absolutely worn out from pleasuring the lone sailor amongst them who was different.

What a navy. What an Armed forces.


14 posted on 01/17/2016 6:41:40 AM PST by HomerBohn (Liberals and slinkies: they're good for nothing, but you smile as you shove them down the stairs.)
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To: Travis McGee

So, Travis, exactly what were the two boats’ mission?

I wonder if it wasn’t simply a piece of theater to show the world how nice the Iranians are. If that’s the case, would the sailors know they’re being used? Or did they volunteer?


15 posted on 01/17/2016 6:43:26 AM PST by VerySadAmerican
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To: Travis McGee
Disturbing...
"So that explains several things. Why the captured sailors were so much more fit than the average sailor these days, and how a woman could be among them.

Not a flattering statement...certainly, not one which could help allay concerns about their immediate surrender.

16 posted on 01/17/2016 6:45:35 AM PST by wtd
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To: HomerBohn

In this day and age the woman on the boat would not be the one the others would be interested in. If you believe the government at least 2 to 3 of the group was gay. So maybe some were tired from having their way with them while the woman was puking over the side of the boat.


17 posted on 01/17/2016 6:45:58 AM PST by VerySadAmerican
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To: Travis McGee
Thanks for the clarification.

I'm seriously disappointed in Thomas Lifson, both for "repurposing" your content and for his complete misunderstanding of the situation. A retraction and an apology would be appropriate.

18 posted on 01/17/2016 6:48:01 AM PST by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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This is the SWCC logo. They are the warriors who directly support the SEALs, as well as run other missions. The USN has a very good website with a kickass 40 second video right on top.


19 posted on 01/17/2016 6:51:35 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: wtd

See # 12.


20 posted on 01/17/2016 6:52:13 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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