Well, this strays from the usual silliness and less than credible work over at the Huffington Post and gets closer to a style of treasonous support for our espoused enemies than it does the normal fare. In a posting by one Hooman Majd, an Iranian born writer who dabbles in the music business, we are treated to the absurd conspiracy theory that the U.S. Military manufactured the incident last Tuesday in the Straits of Hormuz involving a few Iranian patrol boats and the the U.S. Navy. Majd seems to imagine that the Pentagon somehow faked the whole thing, and I'm not exaggerating. Catch the title of his posting: It's a Fake. No attempt at subtlety there!
Catch this claim...
The Pentagon's version of the encounter in the Strait of Hormuz on Sunday morning, involving U.S. Navy warships and Iranian Revolutionary Guard patrol boats is, at the very least highly suspicious. On Tuesday, the Navy released video footage and an audiotape to back its claims that the Iranian boats acted in a threatening and provocative manner, but neither the video nor the audio are particularly convincing as proof that Iran had hostile intentions.
Who is this guy trying to kid? The Iranians have made it a constant practice to buzz around ships of foreign registry. They have done so to the U.S. Navy in the past, and we shouldn't forget the incident just last March with the British ship the HMS Cornwall when the Iranians boarded the ship and forcibly kidnapped 15 British servicemen and held them for a few days.
This guy is outrageously a mere apologist for Iranian aggression. Catch this softpeddling of Iran's aggressive naval actions.
Iranian patrol boats do indeed, as Iran freely admits, check on ships that enter the Persian Gulf...
CHECK on ships? Try harass ships!
Majd also makes a fool of himself by seeming to be amazed that the Iranians "denied" something that the U.S. Navy said.
The fact that the Iranian foreign ministry downplayed the encounter as routine and minor, and that the Revolutionary Guards, not known for their moderation, actually denied the U.S. version of events, is curious.
Huh? It's "curious" that the Iranians would "actually" deny something the U.S. Government claimed? Is it really such shocking news to find out the Iranians tried to deny their own actions? Come on, let's be serious, shall we?
This Majd guy then says that he doubts that the U.S. wouldn't have fired on the Iranian boats because He would have, saying "I would have opened fire at those, wouldn't you?" So, he seems to conclude that this is enough reason to believe that the U.S. manufactured this incident.
Again, can I direct your attention to the HMS Cornwall? The crew of that British ship didn't resist violently. Who can doubt that the desire not to create an international incident was a primary concern to the officers both on the Cornwall and the U.S. ships in this case?
But, let's face the real truth here. Hooman Majd is only looking for a way to attack the Bush administration. He turns this Iranian aggression into OUR fault.
The Bush administration seems to have finally settled on a schizophrenic Iran policy; a policy that requires it to on the one hand send conciliatory messages to its foe, if for no other reason than to keep Iraq from imploding, and the other hand maintain pressure on Iran, threatening it from time to time and raising with a domestic audience as well as with the Arab states the specter of a bogeyman run amok in the world's most dangerous region.
Look, it was the Iranian's who perpetrated this incident, not the U.S.Navy. Only an apologist for the enemy could construe this matter in any other way.
So, the HufPo is going from mere looniness to traitorous support of the enemy by sponsoring this sort of anti-American tripe.