President Bush condemned 's reckless provocation in the Strait of Hormuz:
"We viewed it as a provocative act. It is a dangerous situation. And they should not have done it, pure and simple," the president said. "And my message today, to the ians, is they shouldn't have done what they did."The U.S. Navy released video ian speedboats swarming around three American warships:
On the tape, the crew of the destroyer USS Hopper can be heard repeatedly warning the ian boats to identify themselves and move away.The ians call the incident "ordinary."
"I am engaged in transit passage in accordance with international law," a sailor on the bridge of the USS Hopper says. "I intend no harm."
As the ian boats get closer, the USS Hopper sounds its horns.
"You are approaching coalition warships," the USS Hopper's crew warns. "You are straying into danger and may be subject to defensive measures. ... Request you alter course immediately to remain clear."
It is at that point that a heavily accented voice can be heard over the radio, apparently coming from the ians.
"I am coming to you," the voice says. "You will explode after a few minutes."
An American voice can be then heard repeating the words, incredulously, "You will explode in a few minutes."
The following MSNBC video report contains video of the incident:
I'm still amazed at the restraint shown by the U.S. Navy.
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