News sources are oozing today with the news that a cargo ship contracted by the U.S Military Sealift Command (source) fired shots upon Iranian vessels.
Apparently there were warnings to the boats that they were getting too close. Then, according to Cmdr. Lydia Robertson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, there were bursts of machine-gun fire and rifle warning shots. All of this occurring just 50 miles off the coast. Cmdr. Robertson then added:
“The small boats left the area a short time later. They were able to avoid a serious incident by following the procedures that we use.”
A serious incident? Sheesh. (source).
Because of this incident, there has been a $3 per barrel increase in the price of oil. However, Iranian navy sources in Tehran have denied that the incident even occurred. It’s hard to imagine that an increase in oil prices would miraculously occur after an event which didn’t happen.
Not to worry folks! Nothing to see here! The mainstream media, not always wanting to be the bearers of bad news, decided that the most important news for this week is the stimulus package rebates that (apparently) started going out on Monday.
U.S. CONTRACTED VESSELS ARE FIRING BURSTS OF MACHINE GUN FIRE AT IRANIAN VESSELS
There goes the neighborhood.