Iran: Our Navy Will Patrol Off US East Coast
'Arrogant' US to get a taste of its own medicine, admiral says
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2011 3:00 AM CDT
Updated Sep 28, 2011 7:53 AM CDT
An Iranian warship docked at the Syrian seaport of Latakia earlier this year after traveling through the Suez canal.   (AP Photo/IRNA, Davoud Poursehhat)

(Newser) – American ships patrol close to Iranian coasts, so the Iranians are going to send their own warships to patrol near the waters of one of the world's most "arrogant" powers, vows the head of Iran's navy. Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, speaking at a ceremony marking the anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq War, said that "with the help of our sailors who follow the concept of the supreme jurisprudence," Iran will establish a strong presence near the US East Coast, Reuters reports.

Iran—which sent warships through the Suez Canal earlier this year for the first time since 1979—also plans to send ships to fight piracy in the Gulf of Aden. "We've been pushing freedom of the seas for years and the Iranian navy can go wherever it wants," a Pentagon spokesman said. Of course, another official added that if Iranian warships choose to approach America's marine borders, "they might have some company."

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Sep 29, 2011 7:54 PM CDT
Good idea. This way the day we want to sink their ships we won't have far to travel.
Sep 29, 2011 4:55 PM CDT
Good thing Iran is doing the dirty work us. This war hungry country is out of money and we need one to pop up so we can refill the coffers. For once we won't look like the bad guys when we send this cocky SOB's navy to play a quick game with Davey Jones. Sail the waters all you want Iran, but know this...not even China could stop us from wiping you out completely.
Sep 29, 2011 12:37 AM CDT
I see NO reason why the USA or the UN should oppose this. After all, those tree-hugging liberals endorsed Turkish ships bring "humanitarian aid ", aka bombs and weapons, to break Israel's blockade of Gaza in 2010. I would endorse the Iranians, Saudis et all sail into NY harbor to deliver "aid" to the poor and starving in NYC. (sarcasm intended )