But why are we complaining about the Iranians blasting the image worldwide and reveling in the discomfiture of our sailors? Why blame the Iranians? We know very well who they are and what they’re capable of. It’s idiotic to shriek and whine and demand that they conduct themselves as „professional mariners,“ and it sadly points to what I have long suspected but was very reluctant to state– is the US Navy up to the task of fighting? I refer to the moral aspect of combat, the willingness, if not the eagerness, to come to grips with the enemy.
Someone in khaki needs to reverse the decay, immediately. Otherwise, the US Navy will find itself adrift, anemic, fearful and timid when boldness and daring are called for.