Prisoners of war are obliged to offer name, rank and serial number. They are not obliged to offer anything else.
Then again, this code of conduct is only really meant to serve as a hindrance to civilized countries who care about the agreements by which they have sworn to abide.
Though the Obama Administration has continually insisted that it is somehow in our national interest to provide tremendous economic benefits to the despotic regime in Iran, the Islamic militants in Tehran continue to push America around and assert aggressive posturing towards the U.S. and our allies.
One such slap in the face was the capturing of American Naval personnel that had ventured into waters claimed by the rogue state.
The 10-person crew was captured at gunpoint by Iran and reports from the Navy now assert that the captives offered their captors more than name, rank and serial number and gave the Iranians information like passwords for laptops and cell phones and even gave sensitive information about the technical details of their two ships, their capabilities and details of their mission.
“It is clear that some, if not all, crew members provided at least some information to interrogators beyond name, rank, service number and date of birth,” the report said.
The report blamed leadership for the debacle. Referencing the commander of the task force, the report stated that “He lacked a questioning attitude, failed to promote a culture of safety, and disregarded appropriate backup from his staff and subordinate commands.”
It may be true that the mission was a bad idea. However, the failures of leadership go well beyond the commander of the crew.
If Barack Obama had not so thoroughly groveled to the Iranians to secure a pitifully pathetic deal, Iran would have feared U.S. reprisal and may have never captured the vessel in the firstplace.
Truly, while we should all respect our fighting men and women, it seems clear that our military might has shriveled thanks to meek foreign policy that prioritizes cowering over displays of strength.