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Spineless Obama Administration - no decisive reaction once again

by Alex Lockie
(United States)

(The USS Mason has been fired on twice this week, likely by Iranian-backed Houthi militants in Yemen.US Navy)

For the second time in two days, the USS Mason had to defend itself from incoming missile attacks launched from Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen.

In doing so, the Mason likely recorded the first ever use of the SM-2 interceptor missile in combat after more than 20 years of peaceful service.

These incidents come just a month after Iran made a habit out of harassing US Navy ships at sea.

Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, an expert on Iran and Yemen at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said that these incidents, by all indications, look "like an Iran-backed harassment strategy that has been carried out with weapons that are almost certainly provided by the Iranians."

"It's a provocation and challenge to a crucial waterway," Schanzer said of the incidents in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, one of the busiest waterways in the world and a choke point for crucial aide entering Yemen, where a war has raged for 18 months, causing mass starvation and a humanitarian nightmare.

According to Schanzer, these attacks are "a direct challenge to the US military," which is only becoming more dangerous for US sailors as they refuse to return fire.

"The lack of response on the part of the US might be emboldening the group," said Schanzer.

Read more: https://www.yahoo.com/news/obama-phobic-confronting-iran-even-214754606.html

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