USS Carney (DDG-64), an Arleigh Burke-class Aegis destroyer, pulled into Haifa on Sunday for a port visit. As the DOD release notes, we do a lot of port visits in Haifa. If you’ve been there and done that, you know it’s great “libs.”
Carney is one of the ballistic missile defense destroyers we have home-ported forward in Rota, Spain to cover the European theater.
The Navy has released a number of images from the first day of the port visit, including the feature image for this post. Officers from the Carney are shown visiting an Israeli ship.
But our image of the day is actually below. It’s a side-by-side comparison of the Carney officers in Israel, and another group of American sailors being shown hospitality by President Obama’s most prized Middle East peace partner. Tweep Alex VanNess (@thealexvanness) put it together.
US Navy in Israel. US Navy in Iran. pic.twitter.com/ekw69GqIDt
— Alex VanNess (@thealexvanness) February 22, 2016
I don’t think we’ve bottomed out yet, in our Obama-brokered down-swing in global power and prestige. It will be well to take note of which nations treat us well on principle — because of shared culture and beliefs — rather than just having to fear us more than they despise us. The difference will be starkly evident sooner than we think.