08 January 2008
Tension increases in Straights of Hormuz
What exactly happened yesterday in the Straights of Hormuz? According to the Americans, three U.S. warships were harassed by five or so Iranian fast patrol boats. The Iranians for their part say that they challenged three unidentified vessels, and once their identities were made clear the matter ended.
Neither side seems to want to take the issue any further. The Americans have not lodged any formal protests and the Iranians are not screaming for a United Nations Resolution or anything like that.
It's pure speculation on my part, but could the fuss be due to some continued infighting between the Washingtonian war party, headed by Dick Cheney and the adult faction which seems to have Condaleeza Rice as its head? In other words what happened was a fairly typical bit of posturing in the Straights, which the war party tried to use to increase tension. However, the fact that the USA is not lodging any protests over the incident, suggests to me that the warmongers have been slapped down pretty firmly by the State Department.
If this is what happened then perhaps the war party's star really is on the wane?