After Iran took 10 sailors hostage, seized their communications equipment, and released them the next day, the US Navy blamed the sailors.
In a statement, the Navy said:
MANAMA, Bahrain (NNS) — Ten U.S. Navy Sailors safely returned to U.S. custody today, after departing Iran. There are no indications that the Sailors were harmed during their brief detention.
The Sailors departed Farsi Island at 8:43 a.m. (GMT), aboard the two Riverine Command Boats (RCB) that they had been operating when they lost contact with the U.S. Navy. The Sailors were later transferred ashore by U.S. Navy aircraft, while other Sailors took charge of the RCBs and continued transiting toward Bahrain, the boats’ original destination.
The Navy will investigate the circumstances that led to the Sailors’ presence in Iran.
So not only did the President not mention their capture in the State of the Union speech, his Navy will investigate them for being captured.
If Obama wants to take credit for the work of the Navy SEALs who killed Bin Laden, he has to take credit for the Navy blaming sailors for being captured at sea.
If the United States wants to show power in the Gulf, the Navy must be allowed to go where it wants, using whatever vessel it wants, and not worry about what the Iranians want.
As it stands, Iran knows that for the next 307 days it can slap America around and the feckless boy in charge will blame his troops.