Republican Randy Forbes, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said that the people of the United States will be shocked to learn the details of how Iranians abducted several American sailors at gunpoint.
“I think that when the details actually come out, most Americans are going to be kind of taken aback by the entire incident,” the congressman of Virginia said in an interview with The Washington Free Beacon as quoted by the New York Post.
“I think that’s going to be a 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,” he added.
According to Forbes, who received a briefing on the classified matter, it could be another year or even more before the Americans get to know the facts surrounding the sordid affair in which several American sailors were abducted at the gunpoint.
“I’ve had a full classified briefing,” Forbes told the Beacon. “We did almost nothing in response. In fact, to have Secretary [of State John] Kerry actually thank them for releasing our sailors after the way they captured them, I think was a slap in the sailors’ face.”
Fox News reported that the details of the incident, which experts said violated the international and maritime law, could call into question the Obama administration over the handling of the crisis and give rise to an uproar across the US. “I think clearly there were violations of international and maritime law that took place here,” Forbes said, as quoted by the Washington Times.
He added that instead of thanking them for releasing the American sailors, the administration should stand up against it and say it was wrong.
According to analysts, the Obama administration is determined to strike a deal with Iran despite their aggressive behaviour. Under the current agreement, Iran will be able to acquire nuclear weapons at a date which is to be determined in the future.