Fox Host: "Somebody Had To Give A Stand-Down Order" For US Sailors To "Surrender" To Iran

Fox Host: "Somebody Had To Give A Stand-Down Order" For US Sailors To "Surrender" To Iran

Andrea Tantaros: "Was There A Side Deal Done That We Allowed The Iranians To Do This To Humiliate Us?"

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From the February 11 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered:

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ANDREA TANTAROS: I think the most important question that needs to be asked is that -- we were not outgunned. The Iranians were woefully outgunned in that moment. U.S. Navy are directed to never abandon their weapons, never to stand down. So look at this situation. We were not outgunned. They left their weapons, and they surrendered on their knees. Somebody had to give a stand-down order. This is the question everyone in the media should be asking, and no one's asking it. Who gave the order, the stand-down order to abandon their weapons? I talked to many folks in the military, and they say it had to be someone with authority to do something like this. Or, Harris, we talk about these side deals. In Islamic culture, so many times you see them trying to flex their muscles and be strong and use this as propaganda. As you wisely mentioned, was there a side deal done that we allowed the Iranians to do this to humiliate us for a reason that we would put up with this?

HARRIS FAULKNER: And it wouldn't have to be quite that spelled out and specific. It could have been wording of rules of engagement in the future --

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TANTAROS: No. This is unprecedented that U.S. Navy sailors would be so, so -- I mean, in a position of power with their weapons and leave them on their hands and knees and surrender, and then cry. I'm sorry, someone gave a stand-down order for them to do this.

Previously:

No Benghazi "Stand Down" Order Was Given: Another Fox Narrative Falls Apart

Right-Wing Media Use Brief Detention Of US Sailors To Erroneously Criticize Iran Nuclear Deal

Hannity: Obama Should Have Threatened To "Bomb The Living Crap" Out Of Iran To Secure Sailors' Release

Fox's Tantaros: President Obama "Took A Blame America" Approach To His Iran Speech

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