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. james r.

    Too bad these myoptic!,lacking in intellect! Pentagon 'experts?' are unable to realize that the future Iranian Naval threat won't come in the form of cruisers,destroyers,frigates, yet manifest itself in the shape of simple longhaul cago &, tanker ships. These vessels will outwardly appear to be carrying cargo containers, which shall in fact be hiding! mobile missile launch systems. There are 3 Iranian missiles with ranges of 2,000 kms., Fajr-3 can carry 3 multiple independent target rentry vehicles, Shahab-3b has five 280 kg., warheads, Ashoura missile is armed with a single 990 kgs., HE warhead. All of stated missiles travel at speeds of 'Mach 2.1', and also have 'radar suppression', meaning as that Cargo/Tanker ship lingers! in international waters 250 miles off coast, the roof of the cargo container retracts, a TELE array launches one of the above stated missile system towards either Washington D.C.,or New York, and take no less than some nine minutes, 16.2 seconds to reach it's intended target! Densely populated being struck by either a ton of high explosives! maybe 3 to 5 warheads carrying biological, perhaps chemicals agents??, Tehran must have learned something during it's 8 year conflict with Iraq which did used such weapons on Iranians. Don't fret! the 'boys & girls' at the Petagon think! there is a real threat???,that should comfort the mournful wails of the ghosts of a future 911, remember no expert ever thought hijacking jets,turning into missiles was a real threat.

    September 28, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • jd

      Paranoid much? Iran isn't doing anything except following up their UN speech with even more talking. Put down the pipe man.

      September 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. citizen

    James, James, James,
    Mucho take it easy guy, huh!
    What the?

    September 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. swayzee

    I've always felt for a for a few years now that a number of countries could be plotting to take the US down. Think about it...over the last 10 years some of these countries that don't like the US have been meeting. Chavez has arranged to get war planes from Russia and has been in Cuba for Chemo. No telling what they could be talking about. It was Russia and Cuba that were a threat during the Cold war days, plus Putin is coming back in power. China has a lock on all the goods shipped to the US. They are a rising military threat and could lace these imported goods with anything that could spread a serious epidemic in the US. North Korea is mysteriously quiet...the US and their allies are going for broke and steadily falling..there are many other things I could mention but I'm not trying to post a novel here but think about it..this could be a serious possibility.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe

      I think that Iran is smart enough not to do such thing.

      September 29, 2011 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Dear citizen:

    My only post was at 6:56.

    Sincerely, banasy©

    September 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lynn

    Who are we kidding? They should be allowed to come near the USA? This is known as a terrorist country and we are going to let them come near us? Don't think so.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. james r.

    In Reply to "swayzee" Chavez is building a missile base in an area of Venezuela called the Falcon's beak, that facility shall house Iranian produced missiles systems, Russia won't sell. Moscow recognizes Chavez as a belligerent

    September 28, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • TruVenezuela

      Don't be ridiculous, there is no place in Venezuela called "the falcon's beak" and there is no missile base being built anywhere in Venezuela

      September 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. swayzee

    @ James R...right now, this could be true but with Putin coming back in power (and of late he has been critical of US international policies) he could change this. Chavez and Cuba do have the capabilities of keeping these Iranian vessels fueled and stocked for a while. Chavez already ships his oil to the US. Alaska was Russias until sold to us, which still leaves them very close to one of our main oil supply lines. We are already stretched thin on wars in Iraq and Afganistan. Cuba is not to far from our oil supplies in the Gulf..I'm not saying that this will happen but you can't underestimate any of these countries wanting to come together to take the US down..one country can't take us alone..(if we don't take ourselves down first). We have been too strong for too long and a lot of these countries don't like it..and may feel its time for a change.You just never know.

    September 28, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Look for the ©, pumpkin.

    September 28, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jd

    Nobody Is taking us down. This post section rivals info wars. Iran does not have any international capability. Cuba,Brazil and Iran would get a beating by the state of Rhode Island. We could sink the Iranian Navy with bottle rockets.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  10. s kel

    I hope they come. I want a good plate of lamb and cous cous.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bijan

      There is no cous cous in Iran sorry . You flunked geography didn't you ?

      September 29, 2011 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
  11. swayzee

    True..I don't dispute that we could blow any of these small countries out of the water with bombs or bottle rockets fool but all it takes is a few missles with biological chemicals attached to get a lot a people in NY on a bad epedimic since they're stacked on top of each other like sardines. Ok after the damage has been done u blow them out of the water so what. They would lose a few ships and some sailors, meanwhile you got people dying by the dozens from unknown gases without enough people to help them all. Its a terrorist mindset..a few of us for a lot of you..it took a hand full of them to kill over 5000 people on 9/11..remember? To them..that was a great accomplishment.

    September 28, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. swayzee

    Oh and by the way..I got some good Kush in my pipe and aint putting it down just yet...LOL

    September 28, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bijan

    Calm down everyone , calm down please get hold of yourself . A navy ship from another country is passing by on its way to somewhere what's the big deal ? isn't this exactly the hysteria that governments world over love to see . ?

    September 29, 2011 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. sea

    Take a closer look at that pic...I believe I see a goose going on...

    September 29, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mmmmm

    a punch is a punch no matter how small the fist...

    September 29, 2011 at 6:56 am | Report abuse |
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