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. cb

    Looks like they have another problem. More than a goose, how can they keep their mind on war when they can't keep their mind off the other guy's but.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. Aaronb\s

    I wonder if Fidel Castro will mistake them for America's ships and launch his Isle of Weapons at them.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  3. Aaronb\s

    Eight Aircraft carriers versus a country that has none and probably most of their boats are made of wood...
    Plus on-shore artillery to add to the conflict... And predator missiles... And the F-18... And more Aircraft Fighters...
    And the biggest war fleet in the world. Wow, they're doomed.

    September 29, 2011 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. hancy

    hey us should inspect the iranian ship before it comes closure to us boarde because we can"t trust them. suspect nuke's..

    September 29, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  5. nur amabo nur

    Hey all U.S. Military- take a vacation, let their ships in! The responsible, well armed american citizen can handle this one.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. idea

    Yes, nur amabo nut just like they are handling it in Afghanistan?

    September 29, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  7. JOE

    Look at the third sailor from the right. He has his hand on the second sailor's but. I though Mr. Aminadijad said Iran has no gays. Or maybe it was just a tap to get sailor number two in proper alignment.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. fernace

    Oooh, Ahmadinejad is pi.s.se.d! No1 took his rantings seriously at the UN meeting, so now he's 1upping himself! Lol! Oh yeah, he's gonna send his lil' boats over here & take care of the Ugly Americans 1ce & for all! Teach them to ignore his "threatning, all important presence"! He's funny & not a threat! I like the posts saying we should charge them with hiking on our side of the border!Lol!This is as serious as a pesky fly buzzing around your head when you're trying to sleep!!

    September 29, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    Shoo fly don't bother me, shoo fly.....SWATTT!! 😉

    September 29, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ryy

    Im gonna buy a couple carbines from dunhams or gander mountain and mount them on my pontoon boat to scare em off. Stupid Iranians

    September 29, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Slack

    I doubt that These guys are trying to start any trouble, this is just the work of there leader flexing his mini-man muscles. Im pretty sure everyone will be online to blow something out the water if they get wrong! I have a brother thats on the biggest Carrier we(U.S.A) have in service right now and to my understanding they are in route to the Florida Keys and then to the New York Harbor or something close to that( Couldnt give me all the details)... We will be safe, No worries From me at all..Besides, Iran doesnt want to be the first Country to Make the USA made when its a Known fact that we have the Nuclear Cababilities that they are trying to capture!!

    September 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat2u.

    The mighty Iranian navy. How will we ever survive ?

    September 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. james r.

    In reply to TruVenezuela the PARAGUANA PENISULA resembles a Falcon's beak,thats where a future missile is being constructed.

    September 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dontlikethat

    I don't know why all you people think that because they have small ships they cant; do any damage. Sure if they attempted something we would destroy them, but what happens when the missles they fire hit the ground? Just because we stomp them doesn't erase that fact that if they fired missles before we dstroyed them the missles would still hit us. This could be a real threat involving an enemy with no intention of surviving. just like 9/11...

    September 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. usairman

    if they come they better right, we drop warheads on foreheads over here

    September 29, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
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