The Confrontation That Wasn’t
OK. [Having watched the video of the Iranian speed boats “swarming” the U.S. naval vessels](http://www.defenselink.mil/news/briefingslide.aspx?briefingslideid=320), I’m left with a strong sense of being underwhelmed. That’s it? Something out of “[Miami Vice](http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0430357/)”? Where are the white boxes that were spoken of in the initial reports? What’s the deal with the weird robotic monotone? And again, why was this put out when it was, on the eve of President Bush’s trip to the Middle East in a bid to round up opposition to Iran?
Mind you, I am *not* questioning the performance or patriotism of the sailors involved. They performed exactly as they’re supposed to. What I am saying is that something’s off about this on the Pentagon’s end.