ONCE PROMISING NAVAL CAREER IS, FOR ALL
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It was simply awful to watch. There on video, was the gut-wrenching scene of ten American sailors, including their commanding officer, on their knees, hands clasped behind their head, rifles pointed at them.
Two Navy Riverine boats had been captured by our sworn enemy, the Iranians, and now the humiliation was complete. LT David Nartker was shown on camera saying the following scripted words:
"It (the craft "straying" into Iranian territorial waters) was a mistake. That was our fault. We apologize." The 2011 USNA graduate went on to say that, "We thank you for your courtesy and assistance. Our treatment was fantastic."
No reasonable person would believe the lieutenant meant any of what he was obviously forced to say, but just as sure as can be, those words will haunt him the rest of his life. Some of our readers have called for his court-martial, and we can understand their anger, but when all is said and done, the written reprimand Nartker has received will end his short naval career.
RECALLING VIETNAM AND THE CAPTURE
Don't forget, even Sen. John McCain in the Hanoi Hilton made broadcast remarks that he wishes he'd never said. Torture can be a powerful motivator. In the case of our Navy men taken prisoner in January, undoubtedly it was made clear to them - and LT Nartker - that if they didn't "cooperate," beatings and many years in prison lay ahead.
When USN CMDR Lloyd Bucher surrendered the spy ship Pueblo to the North Koreans in 1968 - the alternative was annihilation - he chose to save his crew and himself. However, there wasn't enough time for his sailors to demolish secret monitoring and intelligence-gathering equipment on board before their captors could seize it. Our spying capabilities, as a result, suffered a grievous blow.
In the case of the two small vessels grabbed by the Iranian Navy, we doubt the enemy got very much that was tremendously useful. But America -:The Great Satan" to Tehran - got a big propaganda black eye.