Ex-Navy SEAL Lawmaker Says Iranian Capture of Sailors 'Doesn't Add Up'

Ex-Navy SEAL Lawmaker Says Iranian Capture of Sailors 'Doesn't Add Up'

January 29, 2016

Ex-Navy SEAL Lawmaker Says Iranian Capture of Sailors 'Doesn't Add Up'

A former Navy SEAL serving in Congress is speaking out on the Iranian capture of U.S. sailors which happened earlier this month. Simply put, the Navy SEAL lawmaker is saying that the story the public was told just 'doesn't add up."

"It doesn't add up to me that somehow two boats are stranded within the territory of Iran waters," Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., told the Washington Examiner in a recent interview.

"There's a lot of questions out there that we have and I think Congress and the American people should know the answers."

What does the former Navy SEAL, who ended a 23-year naval career in 2008 before being elected to Congress, find suspicious?

Well, let's take a look at what the public was told and what the congressman has an issue with.

Stroy Behind Iranian Capture of U.S. Sailors

Secretary of State John Kerry and other U.S. officials told the American public that the combination of navigational errors and engine trouble on one of the boats led to the sailors drifting into Iranian waters.

This story is flawed and suspicious according the former Navy SEAL.

Zinke said it shouldn't be possible for a mechanical failure to cause a patrol boat to drift into Iranian waters, because the vessels travel in pairs and carry towing bridles to ensure that one vessel can keep the other out of harm's way.

The lightly armed patrol boats also should have been on high alert given recent Iranian actions, such a military exercise that involved launching rockets approximately 1,500 yards away from a U.S. aircraft carrier.

"I think America needs to know the truth about whether or not the situation was from a lack of training or something more," he said. "Where did the Iranians intercept them? Did they intercept them with a superior force? Were they actually in Iranian territorial waters or were they in international waters?"

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2 Responses

Cesar Medrano
Cesar Medrano

February 22, 2016

Human error, inexperienced CO

Vince B
Vince B

February 22, 2016

I agree. If a seal sees holes in the official story, you cant dismiss that. As a vet myself, I felt something didnt add up either.

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