American warship seizes what U.S. says are Iran missile parts headed to Yemen

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/12/04/american-warship-seizes-what-u.html

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But but but, tRump criminal org. said the USA wasn’t going to police the world any longer…

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I wonder what action will be taken to prevent illegal smuggling of weapons from the USA defense industry into Saudi Arabia…

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In a word or 3, none, nada, zilch…

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I’m having flashbacks…

It’s not the first time this sort of thing was heading to Yemen. In 2002 a N. Korean ship was intercepted sending SCUD missiles, buried under bags of concrete. At first the USA claimed the shipment was going to Iraq, but later Yemen claimed the the missiles and the USA let the ship go. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2002/dec/12/yemen.northkorea

There’s weirdness surrounding the whole event, and the whole thing has fell down the memory hole, but if anyone is interested: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2002/12/scud-d14.html

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I wonder what action will be taken to prevent illegal smuggling of weapons from the USA into Canada.

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Build a wall?

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Hey, look, we’re back in the piracy business!

Uh, what US coastline were they guarding between…[checks map] Iran and Yemen?

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Trump’s probably composing a tweet about his new colonization initiative.

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Would anyone like a nice fresh Gulf of Tonkin?
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What a wild time to be in the USCG, a part of the Dept. of Homeland Security.

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This should not be confused with US missile parts headed to Saudi Arabia. Two completely different things. /s

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It operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, and can be transferred to the U.S. Department of the Navy by the U.S. President at any time, or by the U.S. Congress during times of war.

Originally called the Revenue-Marine. Maybe they can get a good price for those missile parts?

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What? The Coast Guard? Is that really a thing? The US Coast Guard guarding coasts other than US coasts? Is this some other kind of trump scam?

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But is it illegal if the President says it isn’t?

/s

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The harshest and most comprehensive crackdown of all: We made it sufficiently legal and respectable that any would-be smuggler either finds himself brutally reclassified as a legitimate businessman; or in competition with people who use logistics options that provide efficiency rather than secrecy.

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Coasties can be detached to support DoD missions. It’s nothing scandalous. In this case, Coast Guard has the most experience boarding and searching smuggling craft, which is probably why they were there.

edit: You might be SHOCKED to learn the National Guard goes overseas too!

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Good lord. If that keeps up, how will American business retain its competitive edge when it comes to smuggling CIA weapons orders to fascist counter-revolutionary militias in Latin America? Won’t someone think of the child murderers?!

It’s a disgrace I tell you!

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Being good at searching smuggling craft in particular is why they get deployed to enforce UN sanctions like the arms embargo of Yemen, or the sanctions against North Korea. Drug interdiction is a another big foreign deployment; the Coast Guard does lots of patrols in international waters in the eastern Pacific to catch drug smugglers.

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