Well, it seems Mr. Lonsberry was correct. Dr. William Hamilton, Ph.D., wrote in his weekly column on January 18, 2016 (link below) that indeed, these brave patriots WERE TOLD TO STAND DOWN BY THE WHITE HOUSE!
"Congressman Louis Gohmert (R) of Texas claims the Obama White House intervened, asked the Iranian Navy to provide assistance, and ordered the U.S. 5th Fleet to stand down."
"By long-standing naval custom, disabled boats found in territorial waters are rendered assistance, and simply escorted back into international waters. Their crews are not subjected to POW treatment or put on world-wide video display, looking like criminals."
"But, instead of being treated as distressed vessels exercising the mariners' right of innocent passage, the Iranians arrested the crew members, treated them as POWs, and, somehow, got the officer-in-charge to make filmed statements praising the Iranians and saying the treatment the crew received was: "Fantastic."
Why is Congress not all over this?
Where are these 10 sailors? I've not seen a thing about them since their release from Iran. Have they been told to stay quiet?
See the full text of Dr. Hamilton's article at this link: