Overheard on CNN.com: The Iranians are coming? Not likely
An Iranian state-run news agency reported that Iran is planning on sending ships to the Atlantic coast of the United States.
September 28th, 2011
04:47 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: The Iranians are coming? Not likely

Comment of the day:

As a U.S. Vet, I see no problem with them traveling near the East Coast as long as they are in international water, they are free to do so. If we go close to their country, they should be able to come close to ours. To say any different would not be fair and would be wrong. -MichDude

Iran may send ships towards the U.S.

According to a state-run Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran plans to send ships near the Atlantic coast of the United States. The story’s headline read: "The Navy of the Iranian Army will have a powerful presence near the United States borders.”

But the news didn’t rattle many CNN.com readers. Instead, most questioned or made jokes about Iran’s naval capabilities and commented about how they thought the U.S. would respond. A few readers said they were concerned.

USNavy818 said, “This is going to be pretty funny when they are thousands of miles from any friendly port and need to refuel, resupply, or get repairs and realize how expensive that will be. By the time they get to outside the U.S. they'll need more supplies unless all they bring are cargo ships.”

hopalong responded, “@usnavy, Where were you posted in the navy, in Utah? There is an island called Cuba 90 miles to the south of us, Venezuela is in northern South America and with money involved the nearest Exxon would probably be glad to help.”

SarahDerp said, “Upper atmosphere EMP attacks and low level sub torpedoes are the only things Iran could ever even dream of doing to us and those are limited enough to where they would only provoke us into stomping their country into the ground.”

erkinp said, “If this is true and not some B.S. bragging by the clerics that run the Islamic Republic of Iran, then the Iranian navel ships will most likely head for ports in Cuba. If not Cuba then to ports in Venezuela as they would run out of fuel and need to fill up on supplies.”

ModernWhig said, “This doesn't make sense. This could only be a red herring intended to distract the world from the Iranian navy's real target....Iran should know it can't get anywhere near our borders...and it DOES know.

tinwatchman responded, “ModernWhig – Just sabre-rattling, I suspect.”

reddog9500 said, “I'll bet Iran's sailors will be too tired to cause any trouble after rowing all that way.”

RatDiem responded, “Don't our attack submarines need some practice? We could always say they were hiking on our side of the border.”

couldbeprez1 said, “I hear they are bringing the biggest one they got... a 16 foot Lund.”

badidea said, “Their little boats are so cute!”

Todca said, “I'm sending a fleet of sea horses to meet them head-on.”

boxorayn said, “Hmmmm. So about six months ago the Iranian navy sends two ships through the Suez Canal to Syria (which is within missile range of Israel) and now they want to send ships to the Atlantic coast? Coincidence? Maybe, just very wary of coincidences.

Let's just say for argument's sake that one of their new friends 'in the area' (China, N. Korea, Russia and other former Soviet states, Pakistan, etc.) decided to supply them with a couple of nukes. Israel and half of the major East Coast cities could be gone instantly. Not liking this situation too much.”

raiders12 said, “And when the DoD budget gets axed, those $2-3 billion reactor refuels for the carriers might be on the board for cuts... "

soul357 said, “What's the possibility that they are going to try something? That they have a nuke?”

0HedgeTruth said, “Around the world Obama is perceived as such a weak and inept US President that every crackpot regime on the planet feels very safe to take a shot at the US without penalty.”

Guest responded, “No one fired a shot. And I'm guessing Osama felt safe, too. That worked out well for him.”

Guest said, “Biological warfare worries me some. I do hope we are ready to vaporize those ships if they stray a foot off course.”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Andreas Moser

    Maybe a delivery to Cuba?

    September 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio ) "Automatic Fanatic"

    Allow Iranian hikers in the Rocky Mountains just to see what happens to them. Hi...we're the Fockers, welcome to our house.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Zack

    (*sighs* CNN...just shut up...we cant pay for u idiots to start another war due to false INFO.)

    September 28, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sam

    No real danger. Whether from the air, through a surface ship following or from under water they won't be able to do anything before we find out. The opportunity for doing some electronic interception of their communications should be interesting (if there is something that we have not learned from our presence near their coast). That said, this could be their way to justify their nuclear ambitions by saying they need ships with nuclear reactors that will not hamper their 'defensive' concerns (extremely impractical and expensive but why should that stop them).

    September 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. citizen

    Now that the impending global financial collapse is imminent. It is high time we be scared by the Iranians.
    They are the last semi-legitmate villains on the globe whose country we have not conquered and rebuilt.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy

      And a big SIEG HEIL to you, too!!!!!!!!!

      September 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tommy Gunn

    I heard they had the new subs that have screens in the windows and sails for stealth. Could be a scary time ahead, not.

    September 28, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy

      Come on Tommy, don't let these people scare you by crying wolf about Iran. Do you remember the story about the boy who cried wolf? I certainly do!

      September 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. citizen

    And a new war could very well provide an economic shot in the arm as well as providing jobs to the millions unemployed.
    Where is dick c. And karl r. when you need them. They could make a tur d smell like a rose bush. That kind of underhanded sneaky-ness is what we need to show our preeminence in the world.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clint Eastwood

      Tell me something, punk. If going to war is so good for the economy, then why is our economy in such bad shape??? Do you think you can explain it punk, well do you???

      September 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tweedle

    Realistically, they can do stuff to us. If they are out of their minds, they might. A military attack on our shores would result in Uncle Sam getting the spiky boots on and stomping them into the ground. People act like all that DoD spending gets us nothing. In reality it gets us a lot of stuff that is just not terrifically useful at this moment. What it gets us the the single most advanced, most powerful standing military in the world. In a knock-down, drag-out fight with another active military, Russia and China could stand to us solo, perhaps. Iran on its own wouldn't stand a chance. Now an alliance between the countriies of the Middle-East? That would be more worrying

    September 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©


    Well said.

    The United States would blow them out of the water, literally.
    I'm not sure what their game plan is; I tend to think it's just that, a game.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mad Hatter

    Wow they are dumb. We would enjoy the target practice.

    September 28, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • fred

      Awwww, let them come play...really can't test any next generation naval weapons against the Taliban navy, now can we?

      September 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George Patton

    Now I suppose that the right-wing thugs in Washington are going to try to scare the public over this developement too. Since they murdered the purported Ussama bin Laden back on May 2 last, they now need a new bogeyman to serve their purpose. Anyone with half a brain would know that Iran does not and probably never will pose any kind of a threat to the U.S.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ George Patton

      Why are you back? It was soooooooooooo nice here without you!

      September 28, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    A powerful presence ?? How many ships they sendin again ?

    September 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio ) "Automatic Fanatic"

    Where does thier naval missle cache come from? Wouldn't they get nuclear tipped warheads at somewhat of a bargain, with all those nuclear breeder centrifuges, they have?

    September 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. citizen

    Dear banasy and clint erstwhile,
    If the economic malaise is not enough to scare us, we will have to find something that does.
    Like the Italians or ice cream with syrupy red cheries.
    Cris christine saved new Jersey so he could probably save the us.
    Just something to think about.
    New Jersey doing good, right?

    September 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. citizen

    I have heard it said there is also a link between the Koch (pronounced coke) brothers and the Caspian basin.
    This may explain our renewed, vigorous interest in the middle east.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
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