Mysteriously Iran Has Stopped Harassing U.S. Navy Ships in the Arabian Gulf

FILE- In this Monday, July 2, 2012 file photo, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat escorts a passenger ship, unseen, near the spot where an Iranian airliner was shot down by a U.S. warship 24 years ago killing 290 passengers. The U.S. Navy again has accused Iranian patrol boats of harassing an American warship in the Persian Gulf, this time with one Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel stopping right in front of the USS Firebolt and nearly causing a collision. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

FILE- In this Monday, July 2, 2012 file photo, an Iranian Revolutionary Guard speedboat escorts a passenger ship, unseen, near the spot where an Iranian airliner was shot down by a U.S. warship 24 years ago killing 290 passengers. The U.S. Navy again has accused Iranian patrol boats of harassing an American warship in the Persian Gulf, this time with one Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel stopping right in front of the USS Firebolt and nearly causing a collision. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

For the last couple of years of the Obama administration, the Iranian Navy, particularly the seaborne thuggery operated by the IRGC, went out of its way to harass U.S. Navy vessels operating in the Arabian Gulf:

Starting in January, this began to happen:
Iranian ships trying to interfere with U.S. Navy warships were scooted away by the use of warning shots.

Today the Wall Street Journal reports on a mysterious phenomenon:

The Iranian military has halted the routine harassment by its armed “fast boats” of U.S. naval vessels in the Persian Gulf, the U.S. military said, a turnabout that officials welcomed but were at a loss to explain.

The boats for at least two years would dart toward the U.S. vessels as they passed through the Persian Gulf, risking miscalculation, but haven’t done so for five months, U.S. military officials said.

The officials said they hoped the respite would continue. “I hope it’s because we have messaged our readiness…and that it isn’t tolerable or how professional militaries operate,” Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who heads U.S. Central Command, told reporters traveling with him in the Middle East this week. Iranian officials didn’t respond to a request for comment.

The apologists for the Iranian regime and the members of Ben Rhodes’ Echo Chamber all say this is just Iran showing up Trump.

Notice the nearly identical rational given by two members of the echo chamber (top) and a paid-for Iranian stooge.

Though I don’t have a lot of use for Bret Stephens, I think this is right. We’ll see what happens after the U.S. doesn’t certify the JCPOA in May.

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