The Marshall Islands’ Cautionary Tale

On Tuesday, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps forcibly commandeered the Maersk Tigris as navigated its way through the Straits of Hormuz. Iran controls the strategic waterway through which 40 percent of seaborne oil and a quarter of seaborne gas transits to global markets.

The Maersk Tigris is flagged to the Marshall Islands. The South Pacific archipelago gained its independence from the US in 1986 after signing a treaty conceding its right to self-defense in exchange for US protection. According to the treaty, the US has “full authority and responsibility for security and defense of the Marshall Islands.”

Given the US’s formal, binding obligation to the Marshall Islands, the Iranian seizure of the ship was in effect an act of war against America.

  • Brett_McS

    They sooooo respect Obozo.

  • chayisun

    Should be interesting to see how Obama handles this. Will he demand that the ship be released or else? Will he call Israel and ask what he should do? Will he plead with the United Nations for assistance? Nope. He will plead with Iran to pretty please give the ship back. Will write a cheque for $60 billion dollars. And then wait…..And wait…..

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    “Peace Partners” can be such rascals.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    The Iranian regime has weighed Obama in the balances and found him wanting.

    • Jim Horne

      Obama is playing checkers while the other world leaders are playing chess.

  • Jim Horne

    Would the U.S. leave Canada high and dry? Kind of makes you wonder what would happen if Putin invaded Canada.

    • Minicapt

      Wait a year, then go looking for the bodies.


  • c w

    1986 Ronald Reagan sank the Iranian Navy, this president wont even try.