Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ruled out cooperation with the U.S. against ISIS. (Photo: Newscom)

The Obama administration is so desperate to push through a nuclear deal with Iran that it is turning a blind eye to the rogue regime’s hostile actions in international waters.

On Tuesday, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps boarded, hijacked and diverted a cargo ship, registered in the Marshall Islands, to an Iranian port — essentially performing an act of piracy.

Iranian authorities claim the hijacking was due to a commercial dispute with the ship’s owner. Heritage Foundation expert Jim Phillips rejects this pretext involving a commercial dispute and noted that “even if true, that would not legally justify seizing a ship in international waters.”

Phillips believes that Iran has a more ominous motive:

[T]he Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has flexed its muscles to provoke a crisis in retaliation for U.S. backing for the Saudi-led coalition that is blockading Yemen, to prevent Iran from arming and supplying Yemen’s Houthi rebels, which Tehran has backed.

“If Iran violates international law and its own legal commitments in the strait,” Phillips asks, “why does the administration believe that it will suddenly abandon its longstanding effort to attain a nuclear weapon?”

If the Obama Administration ignores this aggression, it will be abandoning its responsibility to defend the interests of the Marshall Islands, a U.S. protectorate under a binding treaty, as well as its commitments to ensure freedom of the seas and free flow of trade.

The Obama administration needs to immediately demand the unconditional release of the hijacked ship and its crew. If they don’t, Phillips warns:

Turning a blind eye to Tehran’s latest provocation would not only betray an ally but would send a dangerous signal to Iran’s predatory regime that it can interfere with international shipping in the strait and violate international law with impunity.

CNN reports today that “U.S. Navy warships will now ‘accompany’ every U.S.-flagged commercial vessel that passes through the Strait of Hormuz.”

How do you think the administration should respond to the hijacking?

Comments (60)

Frederick Willis, Jr - May 1, 2015

enforce maritine and

Frederick Willis, Jr - May 1, 2015

enforce international laws of the seas

Gene DiBartolo - May 1, 2015

I’d think Iran would be foolish to engage the US Navy in the straits – it’s a battle that would be a disaster for them. If they block the straits, the US has the resources to supply oil products to friendly regimes (hello Keystone pipeline) and those that are not firiendlyh wold soon take steps to gain our favor.

Robert Wells - May 1, 2015

Obama is not capable of taking any military action in defense of our allies or Ameircan citizens. No one wants to face the fact that our president

Robert Wells - May 1, 2015

President Obama will never act in favor of oue allies or any American citizen unless the action

Joseph Powell - May 1, 2015

Obama should be forced to obey the laws passed by the Congress. If he doesn’t, the leadership in Congress should go before the American people and state clearly how the President is not abiding by the oath he took to uphold and protect America. Secondly they need to have the courage to tell the American people what they are going to do about it. Enough is enough. The president is destroying America.

uwe bartsch - May 1, 2015

the administration should get the

John Porter - May 1, 2015

Send a warning through dimplomatic channels. If Iran doesn’t release ship and hostahrd, follow through on the consequences prescribed in the warning. The consequences could be anything from increasing sanctions to complete scrapping of the recent nuclear agreement and possible

John Porter - May 1, 2015

The consequences should be three stages of increasing value with measured response time for each stage. All failures to meet the stages should be immediately followed by implementation of the staged warnings with military action being the highest ans last stage. It would be important to show Iran at each stage of non-compliance, they can expect an immediate consequence.

Art Dent - May 1, 2015

This makes any effort for an agreement with Iran even more absurd and dangerous! It is enough in and of itself to not only abandon a nuclear deal

Thomas H. Seigo - May 1, 2015

It is imperative that Mr. Obama start looking at the world situation, especially the Middle East with emphasis on Iran! This man appears to be completely ignorant of the real danger posed by Iran and its quest for a nuclear weapon! Either that, or he is covertly supportive of their Islamic ideology which in my very humble opinion, based in large part on the remarks that come fro the very leaders of that nation; is for the complete annihilation of both the United States and Israel! I do not think it takes a genius to see and understand what has transpired in our beloved United States over the past six years since Mr. Obama took office! He seems to be hell bent on assisting the Islamic State of Iran in bringing down our Constitutional Republic and creating a “slave state” for all inhabitants thereof! It is long overdue that this megalomaniac be stripped of his powers and made to stand trial for the numerous traitorous acts he has perpetrated on the American middle class and those corporations that have helped to make this one of history’s greatest and most powerful nations that promotes opportunity for those willing to advance his/her personal growth through diligence and hard work!

Charlie L Wood - May 1, 2015

Retrieve the Ship and Blow those assholes out of the Water !

william wallner - May 1, 2015

Well, to quote Taggart (Blazing Saddles):

Well, that’s where we go a-ridin’ into town, a-whompin’ and a-whumpin’ every livin’ thing that moves within an inch of its life. Except the women folks, of course.

Sue Bishop - May 1, 2015

The US must stand up and give protection to the ship Maersk Tigris flying the flag of the Marshall Islands, who we are bound by treaty to protect. This is piracy the same as Pres. Jefferson fought when America stood by it’s pledges. Obama needs to demand they release this ship, crew and containers.

Helen K. - May 1, 2015

I agree that the Obama admistration need

Helen K. - May 1, 2015

I agree that the Obama administration needs to immediately demand the unconditional release of the hijacked ship and its crew. It sends a dangerous signal to Iran’s predatory regime that it can interfere with international shipping in the strait and violate international law with impunity.

Joan Mathews - May 1, 2015

We should force Iran to release the ship.

Ted Chase - May 1, 2015

Aircraft should have been immediately launched and ordered to sink the offending Iranian ships. Permitting the cargo ship to be taken to Iran is a disgrace.

David Pomeroy - May 1, 2015

Demand an immediate release of the ship, cargo, and crew, then add more sanctions, then end talks. Wishful thinking.

derrell - May 1, 2015

Realese the sip in 24 hrs.

derrell - May 1, 2015

release the ship in 24 hr. or we will bomb your nucular

Charles H King Jr - May 1, 2015

The admin. should definitely defend the righ

Nelson Whipple - May 1, 2015

Sink their navy and they will pull in their horns in fear and trepidation.

Veda Connolly - May 1, 2015

Islamic piracy in international waters is not new. This was happening over 200 years ago when their pirates where hijacking our merchant ships in international waters and our New Nation had to defend them. I believe the Marine Song has a stanza “to the shores of Tripoli”, for a

stephen palmer - May 2, 2015

First of all the intelligence organizations need a [erson in charge of intelligence

stephen palmer - May 2, 2015

All the intelligence organizations are disjointed and continuously back biting and laying claim to this or that. A small group of non military assets should be in charge and able to call on any branch of themilitary

Barbara Peacock - May 2, 2015

Why does the United States have rtreaties with other countires, if we do not abide by these treaties.

Barbara Peacock - May 2, 2015

If the agreements by treaty of the United States are to be ignored for any chosen country or protectorate, then how can the United States continue to make treaties? The United States becomes a rogue nation, not to be believed or trusted by nay other county or protectorate. Is that the image we the peopel want

Barbara Peacock - May 2, 2015

Is this th image We The People want the world to believe about our nation?

Barbara Peacock - May 2, 2015

Please allow me to correct my spelling errors Or you do it for me.

Malcolm Powell - May 2, 2015

We must demand that Iran release the Marshall Islands registeredship and crew

Malcolm Powell - May 2, 2015

We must threaten immediate reimposition of all sanctions on Iran if this Marshall Islands registered ship is not released with its crew and cargo within 24 hours. The Marshalls are a U.S. protectorate. Other sanctions would follow pending international support.

Patricia Hallstrom - May 2, 2015

International shipping and International law have always been two peas in the same pod. Today is no exception. If either is abandonded by world powers

Patricia Hallstrom - May 2, 2015

International shipping an international law have always been two peas in the same pod. The year 2015 is no exception. If either is abandoned by wold powers

Patricia Hallstrom - May 2, 2015

then piracy rules and dafety

FRANK - May 2, 2015


Roy - May 2, 2015

I believe obummer and the Progressive democratic party have and are doing everything possible to destroy America! Very few people care at all. I’m 78 and concerned about my family. America is very close to a one party system with great divisions between have and have nots. I Have complained to my Republican congress people, but that falls on deaf ears.

George Bess - May 2, 2015

Release the ship, crew and cargo immediately or we are coming to get it

George Bess - May 2, 2015

Release the ship, crew and cargo immediately or no deal on the nuclear
discussions, all fiancial

James King - May 2, 2015

The time has come to end all talks with Iran and reimpose sanctions as the mullahs

James King - May 2, 2015

are enemies of democery.

Bob Hamilton - May 2, 2015

Here is what I would do, and I guarantee it would stop all this nonsense: I would pull those fools off the negotiating table today and then give the Iranians a small taste of what they so desparately

Bob Hamilton - May 2, 2015

desire; I would nuke their nuclear facilities. See, the problem is that nobody takes America seriously anymore. A blow dealt to the enemy would surely

fred ionata - May 2, 2015

R. Reagan and I would have isolated the pirate ship, give crew 12 hours to leave, and then sink it!!!! This would be the only time that we would give a warning to the crew.

Glenn Patterson - May 2, 2015

If I were President that hijacked ship would have been taken to Iran

Glenn Patterson - May 2, 2015

I would never have allowed that hijacked ship to make it to an Iranian port. Irans ships

Ron Gregory - May 2, 2015

We should retake the ship & the crew from Iran. Cease all negotiations with Iran for a Nuclear Treaty and increase sanctions on Iran. In other words, bring Iran to it’s knees. Let the world know that this behavior is not going to be tolerated. We all know Obama is an Islamist at heart and refuses to take action against radical individuals or nations.

Mark Muth - May 2, 2015

The response to Iran’s various acts of aggression should be that we pack up our BS & leave the “negotiating table” immediately & increase our sanctions.

Rachel Verdon - May 2, 2015

What was the cargo on this ship from the Marshall Islands? Where was this ship to dock? Did President Obama ask Iran to assist in defending the Shiites in Iraq from ISIS? Meanwhile, we blocked an Iranian delivery of weapons to Yemen and have sided with the Saudis to restore order in Yemen. America’s relationship with Iran is so confusing, who on this board is informed enough to make a rational call? .

werner keil - May 2, 2015

afte 30 yr.s of dealing with Iran our gent. does not understand the lying/cheating that they do–tell them no nuclear weapon-that’s the deal-don’t like it-end of negotiating-we walk away & tell them to to prepare to be bombed-case closed.

Robert Hammons - May 3, 2015

we need to respond the same wayThomas J

Robert Hammons - May 3, 2015

we need to respond the same way president Thomas Jefferson did in the 1800’s and not knuckle under to pirates and ransoms. I think a couple of carriers and a couple destroyers would get their attention along with the resolve to use them and not turn tail and run.

Anthony J. Brienza - May 3, 2015

Should enforce remedy under international law for piracy The Obama administration desires this treaty that would seriously jeopardize our national security as well as that of ISREAL. That’s their Real intention. The moment they refused inspection, lifting of sanctions and “Death to America’

Adrienne Jacobson - May 3, 2015

American navy escort of American-flagged ships through the Straits of Hormuz and through the Persian Gulf if necessary. No waffling

Henry C. Holder - May 3, 2015

The current procedure of having American warships accom[pany cargo ships flying the American flag.

Richard - May 3, 2015

The administration shouold politely ask the Ayatollah

Richaad - May 3, 2015

The administration should politely ask the Ayatollah to stop hijacking ships then advise him to place his head between his lags and kiss his rear goodby as we send a message that we’ve had enoughj of their lies and

Gene Underwood - May 3, 2015

Military Force

Evelyn & jerry visor - May 5, 2015

Do not ever trust Iran. Protect the ship they are keeping from the delivery to the Marshall Islands!!

Evelyn & jerry visor - May 5, 2015

Free the ship Iran stole from international waters & let it continue o to Marshall Islands!!!!!

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