Initial indications from U.S. officials were that a mechanical failure was to blame.
Yet both boats were able to exit the area once the sailors were released, raising questions about that explanation.
Late Wednesday, Fox News was told that a mechanical failure indeed had been ruled out as the cause for the two U.S. Navy vessels drifting into the hands of the Iranians.
Would it be too much to ask for our senior leadership to defend our forces oversees? Why not say, It wasn’t mechanical failure and sure as hell wasn’t navigational error. It looks like our patrol craft were ambushed, and we will not tolerate that again. How hard would that be?
Matt Bracken on WRSA weighs in. (And he has some experience in this arena.)
Oh, and on a related note, this is of course supposed to be humor, but it strikes a little too close to the truth– “Navy Downgraded to ‘Regional Force for Good’.”
I’ve got a new slogan for the whole Department of Defense– “Fundamentally Transformed for the Post-American Century.”