Yesterday Iran seized two U.S. Navy patrol boats and was holding ten crew members for “trespassing” in Iranian waters near a major naval base. The White House rushed to assert that “there is nothing to indicate this was anything hostile on the part of any entity in Iran,” or, as Pete put it,

Because NOTHING say “not hostile” like seizing the armed forces of another country.

The White House said that President Obama would not mention the incident in his State of the Union speech.

Now, I have made it a policy to not watch SOTUs, no matter what POTUS is in office, At best,

The State of the Union (STFU) is a sordid spectacle of self-congratulation and excess more appropriate to an Imperial Autocracy than a Constitutional Republic.

Besides, since the most compelling news story of the day broke late enough to not be entered into the teleprompter, we already knew every word of what was going to be said.

As it turns out Iran released the sailors today,

The U.S. military said early Wednesday that the sailors left Farsi Island aboard the same two patrol boats they were traveling on before losing contact with the Navy and being taken into Iranian custody. After leaving Iran, the two U.S. boats were met in international waters by the USS Anzio, a cruiser. New crews were placed on the two smaller U.S. boats to complete the trip to Bahrain. The original crew members were given quick medical checks onboard the Anzio, then were transferred to the U.S. carrier Harry S. Truman, and placed on flights to a shore location in the region.

Anyone watching the SOTU has to expect to see partisans jumping up and applauding vigorously at prefabricated presidential bromides that had been filtered through focus groups reactions for fuller boredom. The more inane the speech, the bigger the applause. It’s quite a disconnect.

Instead of watching, I read the transcript (if you want, here’s the video). About the only thing that was mildly interesting was that Obama appears to have put Joe Biden in charge of curing cancer,

You know, last year, Vice President Biden said that, with a new moon-shot, America can cure cancer. Last month, he worked with this Congress to give scientists at the National Institutes of Health the strongest resources that they’ve had in over a decade.


Well, so — so tonight, I’m announcing a new national effort to get it done. And because he’s gone to the mat for all of us on so many issues over the past 40 years, I’m putting Joe in charge of mission control.

Joe Biden may have “gone to the mat for all of us on so many issues over the past 40 years,” but none of those qualify him for such mission. It’s just another instance of many where Obama says something and believes the problem is “taken care of” because he spoke about it – especially if increases government spending and involvement.

Not mentioning the Iranian boat incident appears to have “taken care of ” that. Government spending apparently was not increased; not sure about government involvement.

So instead of watching the SOTU, I rented Shaun the Sheep, the Movie based on the Aardman tv series. Unlike the SOTU, it was is fun, fast-paced, funny, and, best yet, it has no dialogue.

Shaun won the night.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.


The 11th Doctor: It’s all wrong. President Obama taking questions from the press? The press challenging him on issues? The TARDIS taking us to Washington when we are supposed to be in Bermuda…

Rory: You’ve got to admit that last one isn’t unusual.

The Doctor, Obama and the Press Corp

I had planned to spend my Tuesday evening finally making it to game night with friends before getting to work for 10:30 PM work time but when I woke from an odd dream ( Involving a Train, A Fedora, Robert Stacy McCain in a Fez an a missing pair of trousers and Baltimore and Washington because as Stacy McCain put it, dreams are like that) and found that reality was even weirder.

Ten American sailors were being held in Iranian custody after two small U.S. naval craft entered Iranian territorial waters, defense officials said Tuesday.

That was a shock, but not as much as what followed in the story (emphasis mine)

The White House expects the situation to be resolved quickly. A senior administration official said there is nothing to indicate this was anything hostile on the part of any entity in Iran, adding that the U.S. has received high-level assurances that the sailors will be released promptly.

Because NOTHING say “not hostile” like seizing the armed forces of another country.

So instead of seeing my pals & find myself at 8:10 PM typing this story and bumping my planned Wednesday morning post to Thursday to talk about a state of the Union speech I planned to skip.

Now one would think that Barack Obama would be saying: “Why Me” because the new Iranian Hostage situation came just in time to step on the message he wanted to deliver and as we know without a Teleprompter this President is not one who can think on his feet.

However if there is one thing I have learned in the last seven years that there is nothing Barack Obama can do that will affect either the MSM’s preferred narrative concerning him.

So here is what I expect to see when I get home from Mass after work at 9 AM or so tomorrow morning.

All night the narrative is going to be how well Barack Obama in not letting the Iranian situation distract from his forward looking message.

If the Iranians choose to release the sailors by 9 AM EST the media will paint this as a major victory  for the administration justifying their deals with Iran (If Iran want to prop up Obama they would time the release so Obama can announce it during his speech).

Democrats will attack (in fact on twitter have already started to attack) conservatives for their hateful comments on the issue and If the sailors are not released the it will be blamed by the MSM on the hardline rhetoric of GOP candidates hampering our diplomacy .  If the MSNBC and CNN have candidates on TV they will be asked if the republican rhetoric is endangering our troops.

Any release of these sailors before Saturday will be spun as a great diplomatic victory.

One last thing, note these two tweets from two different twitter threads

Apparently even on twitter the left has decided that it’s not possible to defend Obama on the new Iranian crisis so the decision has been made to put it all on Reagan.

Expect a lot more of this if the crisis goes on longer than a few days.

I’d be disgusted by all of this if I expected better.


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