Thursday, October 13, 2016

Our partner in patty-cake - today's edition

First, a US Navy destroyer came under missile attack - an unsuccessful attack, thankfully. Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen were deemed the probably culprit. The Navy fired back.

Now this:

 Iran sent two warships to the Gulf of Aden on Thursday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported, establishing a military presence in waters off Yemen where the U.S. military launched cruise missile strikes on areas controlled by Iran-backed Houthi forces.
"Iran's Alvand and Bushehr warships have been dispatched to the Gulf of Aden to protect trade vessels from piracy," Tasnim reported.
The U.S. military strikes were in response to failed missile attacks this week on a U.S. Navy destroyer, U.S. officials said.
Iran's key regional rival Saudi Arabia accuses Tehran of providing support to the Houthis, a charge the Islamic Republic denies.
Tasnim said the Iranian ships will patrol the Gulf of Aden, south of Yemen, which is one of the world's most important shipping routes.
Bear in mind that Iran and Russia are allies in the effort to keep Assad in power in Syria, and that tensions are currently high between Russia and post-America over the fact that their uncoordinated air efforts there are bringing to the fore the differences in their aims for that country. "(Wait. What exactly does post-America aim for in Syria?)

Post-America's foreign-policy apparatus has not made for a safer world.

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