The Iran/U.S. Navy “crisis” lasted about twenty minutes. Here, according to John Cole at Balloon Juice, is what happened:
Iran: Hey guys, whatcha doing?
Navy: Umm, uhh, fishing?
Iran: No, you’re not.
Navy: Ok. You got us.
Iran: Alright, come on now.
And then the sailors got to hang out for a while until our guy called their guy and they had a little chat and then everyone got to go on with their business. The end.
To hear the nutsery tell it, it was Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and the Cuban missile crisis all in one, and IT WAS ALL OBAMA’S FAULT!
Sometimes, to paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, it is better to let the news cycle play out and be thought a fool than to tweet and remove all doubt.
Secretary of State John Kerry thanked the Iranians “for their cooperation in swiftly resolving this matter” and suggested that the quick resolution of the issue was a product of the nearly daily back-and-forth that now takes place between Washington and Tehran, after three decades of hostility and stony silence. “That this issue was resolved peacefully and efficiently is a testament to the critical role diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure and strong,” he said in a statement Wednesday morning.
We got our people back and, this time, we didn’t even have to send them missiles! It’s a new era!
(And may I just say, those are some nice rugs there. They really tie the room together.)
Of course, this all happened in the middle of the night in the eastern United States, so a lot of the usual suspects had a full 12 hours to decide how far off the diving board they really wanted to go. They did not disappoint. They rarely do.
Wouldn’t it be a hoot if we found out that President Obama and Iran plotted this all out just in time for the SOTU speech so that he could make the Villagers and the nutsery look like the idiots that they are? That would have been perfect.