“What we say goes” is a lethal fantasy, full of hazard for (United States-of-) Americans themselves.
A “Routine” U.S. Coast Guard “Mission” in “the Gulf”
Just when I thought the news couldn’t get any stranger three weeks ago, I saw the following Associated Press (AP) headline on Yahoo News: “U.S. Coast Guard Fires on Iranian Boat in Gulf.”
The Coast Guard? My initial reaction was naïve. “What,” I thought, “is the Iranian Navy doing in the Gulf of Mexico?”
Then I caught myself, realizing that the “gulf” in the story had to be the Persian Gulf, more than 5000 miles from the eastern coast of the U.S..
Of course. On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, the AP reported, U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Monomoy fired “in self-defense” on an Iranian dhow in the Persian Gulf.
A dhow is not a military vessel. “Dhows,” the AP reported, “are traditional wooden boats common to the region that are typically used for trade.”