The wages of a dithering, feckless foreign policy

  • 14 January 2016
  • NormanL
The wages of a dithering, feckless foreign policy

The U.S. military personnel who were taken prisoner by Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Tuesday were released Wednesday. That's the good news. The bad news is the Iranians release of the pictures of their handiwork.

The U.S. military confirmed the release of the naval personnel early Wednesday, saying that there was no indication that the sailors were harmed. The Navy said that it would investigate the circumstances surrounding the sailors’ detention. In images depicting their condition in captivity, the sailors appear to have had their boots, personal equipment, and weapons seized, and a female sailor appears to have been compelled to wear a Muslim headscarf.

Investigations? Yes, and rightly so. But the images are troubling echos of other incidents -- the U.S.S. Pueblo, and Mayaguez.

No lives were lost this time, and apparently, none of the captives were abused, and we can be thankful for that. 

But we're left to wonder whether the last year of the Obama presidency will bring with it more humiliation. The President was proud to say during his State of the Union address that America is more respected abroad than when he took office.

What happened in the waters off Iran this week tells a different story.

These are the wages of a feckless, dithering foreign policy -- where our allies are unsure of our support, and our enemies are confident of our weakness.