Khamenei Says God Was Involved When IRGC Captured Sailors Of The ‘Great Satan’

“It was in fact God’s deed,” Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei said in a tweet posted Sunday.

The leader of Iran was referring to the capture of two U.S Navy vessels and 10 American sailors Jan. 12, the same day President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address.

“What you did was very great, interesting and timely and it was in fact, God’s deed that took Americans to our waters so that through your timely job they raised their hands over their heads and were arrested,” read the full text of the tweet.

Earlier, the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, Maj. Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi, said the capture of the sailors was meant to teach Congress a lesson not to impose new sanctions on Iran after it illegally tested a ballistic missile at the end of last year.

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Two other tweets showed pictures of a meeting of the Ayatollah with members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps who were involved in the action against the U.S. Navy near Farsi Island in the Persian Gulf. In one photo, Khamenei can be seen congratulating the IRGC soldiers.

In another tweet, Khamenei took aim at the American and Western “insistence on using ‘Islamic State’ title for some terrorist groups.” He wrote the title is an “insult at Muslims and indirectly strengthens these groups.”

Khamenei’s bellicose statements directed at the United States followed remarks last week in which he said he never trusted the West. Iran’s supreme leader also said the United States was “not honest” in the fight against terrorism in the region, and Iran remains wary of American deceit.

In September, Khamenei went even further and bragged Iran would deliver a defeat to the United States in the event of war.

If the news about Khamenei’s anti-US rhetoric might worry you, Secretary of State John Kerry says you can relax. During a television interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Kerry said the world is safer thanks to the nuclear deal with Iran.

When confronted with some of the bellicose anti-US rhetoric coming out of Iran, Kerry said he naturally wished the rhetoric were otherwise, but then said the Iranians were merely responding to American criticism.

“What I’m trying to do and what President Obama is trying to do, principally, is move us away from that kind of confrontation and put to test whether or not we can find cooperation,” Kerry added, giving the Iranian presence during talks about the future of Syria as an example of the Iranian-American ‘cooperation’.

It is unclear to what kind of American criticism Khamenei was responding to Sunday when he said the capture of the American navy vessels and crews was ‘God’s deed.’ After all, it was Kerry himself who had thanked the Iranians for the rapid release of the ships and its crews.

As for the Iranian-American cooperation, Kerry wishes to establish he apparently forgot what Khamenei and his closest advisor have said just three months ago. Khamenei’s top adviser, Ali Akbar Velayati, said on Press TV in November that Iran will not cooperate with the United States in the “fight against terrorists in Syria.”

Khamenei himself was even more blunt in September when he ruled out talks with the United States beyond the nuclear negotiations. “We approved talks with the United States about the nuclear issue specifically. We have not allowed talks with the U.S. in other fields and we will not negotiate with them,” Khamenei said at the time.

He added the U.S. remains the “Great Satan” and warned cooperation with America would allow it “to penetrate Iran.”

“The Iranian nation ousted the Satan. We should not let it back through the window,” Khamenei said, referring to the Islamic Revolution in 1979 when the U.S.-backed Shah was ousted in a revolt led by Ayatollah Khomeini.

 

What John Kerry Was Just Caught ADMITTING About Obama’s Iran Deal Is Dropping Jaws Everywhere

According to a CNN report, John Kerry admitted that some of the $150 billion given to Iran will be invested into state-sponsored terrorism. The Obama administration, in a nuclear deal with Iran, cleared the way for sanctions to be lifted, and for billions of U.S. dollars to be funneled to Iran. The admission came after Kerry was asked if the money given from the Iran deal would make it into the hands of terrorists.

Kerry reportedly said that there was nothing that could prevent those funds from falling into the hands of terrorists. “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists … You know, to some degree, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented.”

As the deal was being drawn up, critics contended the funds sent would undoubtedly end up in the hands of terrorist groups, making the Obama administration complicit in state-sponsored terrorism. Ironically, while President Obama maintains a position that Bashar al Assad must step down as the president of Syria, Iran is a bulwark for Assad. Thus, the money given to Iran will likely go into the hands of militants fighting the U.S. and coalition forces. If that happened the U.S. would, in essence, be paying Iran to attack U.S. forces, or at the very least, attack U.S. foreign policy interests. Kerry responded to that possibility.

“There is no way they can succeed in what they want to do if they are very busy funding a lot of terrorism,” he said. “If we catch them funding terrorism, they are going to have a problem with the United States Congress and other people, obviously … We are confident that this will not result in an increase somehow in the threat to any partner or any friend in the region.”

Stunning Revelations About Iranian Blackmail and Humiliation Of Obama Administration Could Shed New Light On Capture Of U.S. Sailors Last Week

Much has been written about the humiliation of U.S. Navy sailors at the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards last week. After the publication of photos of the sailors on their hands and knees, it would seem impossible anything more humiliating about the capture would come to light.

But Saturday, an Iranian general boasted the sailors cried when they were captured, only feeling better after the Revolutionary Guards treated them ‘with kindness’.

Brigadier Gen. Hossein Salami, deputy commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), scoffed at the Obama administration and claimed the Americans had humbly admitted that Iran is more powerful than the U.S.

“The Americans humbly admitted our might and power, and we freed the marines after being assured that they had entered the Iranian waters unintentionally and we even returned their weapons,” Salami said while in Geneva for a meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif to finalize the lifting of nuclear sanctions and a new secret side deal about a prisoner swap.

Another Iranian general claimed the “USS Truman Aircraft carrier showed unprofessional moves for 40 minutes after the detention of the trespassers,” and that Iran had been ready to strike the aircraft carrier.

“We were highly prepared with our coast-to-sea missiles, missile-launching speedboats and our numerous capabilities. The U.S. and France’s aircraft carriers were within our range and if they had continued their unprofessional moves, they would have been afflicted with such a catastrophe that they had never experienced all throughout the history. They could have been shot, and if they were, they would have been destroyed,” IRGC Navy commander Ali Fadavi claimed according to Fars News

Other news about humiliations of the United States at the hands of the Iranian regime came from JNI media, which ran a story about Iranian blackmail during the negotiations about the prisoner swap that was intended to be the cherry on the top of the nuclear deal.

According to the report, just before the Obama administration would impose new sanctions on Iran after it violated a UN resolution on the ban of development of ballistic missiles in late December, Zarif called Kerry and told him there would be no prisoner swap or further implementation of the nuclear agreement if the administration went on imposing the new sanctions. Kerry and Zarif held several telephone conversations on the subject and, in the end, Obama decided to ‘delay’ imposing of the new sanctions.

The Iranians were very open about their blackmail. The chief of the Iranian Judiciary Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani, for example, said this: “For them to say, ‘we have lifted sanctions as regards enrichment, but we can adopt new sanctions for missile activities and the human rights issue’ is not sensible or acceptable. With such an approach, they would take the Islamic Republic of Iran to the point of a revision on the JCPOA issue.”

The story about the Iranian blackmail during the period leading up to the implementation of the nuclear deal (JCPOA) this weekend could also shed new light on the official narrative on the capture of the 10 U.S. sailors. The timing of the incident that coincided with Obama’s State of the Union address in which he touted the JCPOA as a major foreign policy achievement could mean two things.

First, the Iranians wanted to show Obama that on the day he would deliver his State of the Union speech who’s really in charge in the Middle East, and especially in the Persian Gulf after the implementation of the nuclear deal.

Second, by capturing the U.S. sailors, the Iranians could have tried to extract a new last-minute concession in the secret negotiations about the prisoner swap. As has been reported by Fars News, the Iranians originally demanded Interpol end its investigations of Iranian involvement in the bombing of the Jewish IMIA Center in Argentina in 1994. The report about this demand was later removed from the Fars website.

Could it be the Iranians overplayed their hand by using a sort of blackmail that was unacceptable even to Kerry and President Obama?

What is for sure is the official narrative about “two U.S. Navy boats straying inadvertently into Iranian waters, with the Iranians sort of implicitly seizing the boats because they were stranded at sea,” cannot be true as analyst and Navy expert Jennifer Dyer has pointed out.

She thinks the story is a lie and pointed to remarks made by the Iranian Chief of Staff Major General Hassan Firouzabadi who said the incident was meant to teach the Americans a lesson.

“This incident in the Persian Gulf, which probably will not be the American forces’ last mistake in the region, should be a lesson to troublemakers in the U.S. Congress,” Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, head of Iran’s armed forces, was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

 

h/t: Times of Israel

Watch: Navy Captain Just Blew The Lid Off Of Why Iran REALLY Captured US Sailors

The Iranian regime detained 10 United States sailors to publicly embarrass America, according to retired Navy Capt. Chuck Nash.

Nine men and one woman were detained by Iranian officials for 16 hours after they drifted into Iranian waters.

Nash, now a Fox News military analyst, said in a Thursday interview on Fox’s American Newsroom the footage of a sailor apologizing was a deliberate attempt to show U.S. weakness. Nash said he believes Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei made the decision to release the footage because the group detaining the sailors was the Iranian Republican Guard Navy, which reports directly to Khamenei.

“This was done intentionally and it was done to further embarrass the United States” Nash said. “And to send the clear message to the Gulf Arabs: If the Americans won’t stand up for themselves, they’re certainly not going to stand up for you. We’re the big dog now.”

Nash also questioned the apologizing sailor’s training in code of conduct and rules of engagement in enemy territory. Nash said someone in that position should have been fully trained on handling enemy situations.

“If he hasn’t, I would want to know why somebody in that position was not sent through SERE (Survival Evasion, Resistance and Escape) school because he should have been and I think, had he been, he may not have been as free with the information,” Nash said, adding that no one knows the duress the sailor may have been under.

Nash’s comments are in direct contrast of those coming out of the State Department. State Department spokesman John Kirby said in an interview on Hannity the quick release of the sailors occurred because of improved relations between the U.S. and Iran. Secretary of State John Kerry issued the same comments earlier.

Watch The Reaction Of US Military Leaders As President Obama Touts Military Power

Video Transcript:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I told you earlier all the talk of America’s economic decline is political hot air. Well so is all the rhetoric you hear about our enemies getting stronger and America getting weaker. Let me tell you something, the United States of America is the most powerful nation on earth. Period. Period. It’s not even close. It’s not even close. It’s not even close.

His comments seem ironic in light of news that John Kerry and DoD Ash Carter called Iran to help when U.S. sailors had boat trouble.

LOUIE GOHMERT: I understand that John Kerry has indicated that look, when he got word, he and Ash Carter called the Iranians to, you know, help take care of our Navy guys ’cause they had some mechanical problems. When our Navy ships have problems, we don’t call Iran, we call the rest of the Navy. We can call the Air Force, the Army, the Marines, Coast Guard. We don’t call Iran. There are secrets on every military ship we have that has no business being in the hands of the Iranians. So for the Iranians to even issue a statement at all saying, “We are going to release them soon,” tells you that they control whether or not they can leave. That situation should not be allowed to happen.