Rep. Forbes: True Story of Sailors Held in Iran Would Shock the American People
Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) is speaking out about the classified details concerning the treatment of a group of U.S. sailors who were captured by Iran earlier this year.
Forbes told the Washington Free Beacon that the Obama administration is still hiding the real story about the maritime incident and may do so for at least another year.
“I think that when the details actually come out, most Americans are going to be kind of taken aback by the entire incident, both how Iran handled it and how we handled it,” Forbes disclosed. “I think that’s going to be huge cause for concern for most Americans. That’s why I’ve encouraged members of Congress to get that briefing so they do know exactly what did take place.”
Forbes suggested that Iran’s treatment of the U.S. sailors—which included filming them crying and forcing them to apologize at gunpoint—may have been much worse than what has been publicly reported.
The group of sailors were held at gunpoint and Iran later released videos and photos of the sailors crying and apologizing.
Secretary of State John Kerry ended up thanking the Iranians for their "quick response" and applauded Iran's treatment of the sailors, who were released after about a day in custody.
The House Armed Services Committee member joined Martha MacCallum this morning, saying that Iran's actions violated international and maritime law.
Forbes believes the American people will be shocked and appalled by our response, urging other members of Congress to be briefed on the incident.
He said the capture needs to be viewed against the backdrop of other provocative actions by Iran, like live-firing within 1,500 yards of U.S. ships before this incident.
Forbes argued that the Obama administration does nothing in response to other provocative actions by Russia and China.
"They've adopted the strategy of bowing down to bullies or ignoring bullies around the globe," said Forbes, adding that the world's "bullies" are becoming stronger as a result.
Watch the America's Newsroom interview above.