Of Course This Was Expected…

It should come as no surprise that the U.S. version of the events in the Strait of Hormuz last weekend weren’t quite what we were initially told.

POLITICS-US: Official Version of Naval Incident Starts to Unravel
Analysis by Gareth Porter*

WASHINGTON, Jan 10 (IPS) – Despite the official and media portrayal of the incident in the Strait of Hormuz early Monday morning as a serious threat to U.S. ships from Iranian speedboats that nearly resulted in a “battle at sea”, new information over the past three days suggests that the incident did not involve such a threat and that no U.S. commander was on the verge of firing at the Iranian boats.

The new information that appears to contradict the original version of the incident includes the revelation that U.S. officials spliced the audio recording of an alleged Iranian threat onto to a videotape of the incident. That suggests that the threatening message may not have come in immediately after the initial warning to Iranian boats from a U.S. warship, as appears to do on the video.

Also unraveling the story is testimony from a former U.S. naval officer that non-official chatter is common on the channel used to communicate with the Iranian boats and testimony from the commander of the U.S. 5th fleet that the commanding officers of the U.S. warships involved in the incident never felt the need to warn the Iranians of a possible use of force against them.

Read more here.


~ by swfreedomlover on January 12, 2008.

One Response to “Of Course This Was Expected…”

  1. LOL, so I read. But then, having heard Bush cry wolf with Iraq, I wasn’t buying it this time anyway, no matter WHAT the White House said. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me! NOT!

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