Iran is attempting to flex its military might. On Saturday, the commander of Iran’s Northern Navy Fleet, Admiral Afshin Rezayee Haddad, said Iranian warships in the Atlantic Ocean would travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time. The following day, the Islamic Republic’s state television broadcasted a documentary simulating attacks on an American aircraft carrier and Israeli cities.
According to TheBlaze, IRNA quoted Haddad as saying the fleet is approaching U.S. maritime borders for the first time. The Islamic Republic considers the move as a response to U.S. naval deployments near its own coastlines. The voyage comes amid an ongoing push by Iran to demonstrate its ability to project power across the Middle East and beyond. The ships are on a three-month mission and are carrying some 30 navy academy cadets for training in addition to their regular crews.
The documentary, meanwhile, was first reported on by the Times of Israel and was presented as a demonstration of Iran’s potential retaliation to an American or Israeli strike on its nuclear facilities. Titled “The Nightmare of Vultures”, it video is set to the backdrop of a dramatic Hollywood-like soundtrack. The simulation involves Iranian drones launching missiles at and destroying the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf as well as American military jets and helicopters taking off from the vessel.
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While the simulation is utterly implausible given the Israeli and U.S. defense capabilities, one has to question what this means for foreign policy.
“It's cheesy. It's ridiculous. But it shows their intent,” Pat said on radio this morning. “They show these drones flying over Israel and just wiping the cities out and targets out. They're facing absolute no defense from the Israelis what is over. Then they show them attacking the USS Lincoln in the Gulf and just wreaking destruction on the U.S. and Israeli targets.”
Glenn couldn’t help but see the similarities between this unfolding incident and the Chris Stewart’s series Wrath and Righteousness.
“I really think you should read Wrath and Righteousness. It's a great book. It's a great series… Everybody on the staff read it when we first published it… and everybody said the same thing. I don't know the difference between fact and fiction anymore because of what's happening. It is so closely mirroring everything that's going on in the Middle East,” Glenn said. “Our president is claiming that, you know, we're on the road to really great things with the Iranians, and look at what they're doing.”
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