Score one for Obama.
An Iranian flotilla headed for Yemen on a resupply mission for Iran’s Houthi alliles appears to have been intimidated by a U.S. show of force ordered by President Obama.
According to reports, the nine-ship Iranian convoy, including two armed vessels, has switched course and may be headed home.
Obama had deployed the USS Theodore Roosevelt and other American warships off Yemen’s coast to track the flotilla. The White House had enigmatically indicated that the U.S. ships were dispatched to maintain the free flow of commerce, but everyone knew it was really an effort to warn the Iranians.
Apparently, despite Obama’s poor track record with setting red lines, the Iranians came to the conclusion that this time he might be serious. Or they didn’t want to do anything that might jeopardize the highly advantageous – to them – nuclear arms deal they’ve succeeded in negotiating with Obama.
The confrontation is not necessarily over. The Iranians could change their minds. But for now, they’ve turned tail.