On Tuesday, Iran seized a Marshall Islands cargo ship called the Maersk Tigris, heading through the strategic Strait of Hormuz.
The Marshall Islands is a small country that gained independence in 1986.
However, in accordance with a treaty that was signed, the US has full legal responsibility for the defence of the Islands.
This is why this move is so provocative.
Because seizing this ship is analogous to Iran seizing a U.S. ship.
So there are huge stakes at play here.
Tom Rogan is a foreign affairs columnist with National Review who actually predicted this would happen.
I asked him how significant this incident is, whether or not Iran is trying to scuttle its deal with Obama and much more.
He notes that besides America's existing treaty obligation, many Marshall Islanders have served in the U.S. military, yet so far, the Obama administration is underplaying the significance of this incident.
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