Jack Kelly at Real Clear Politics, on Britian's tepid response to last Friday's hostage taking along the Shatt al-Arab, and the rules of engagement that (apparently) helped facilitate the incident.
According to Mr. Kelly, U.S. vessels also patrol the waterway, but our Navy (thankfully) allows a more aggressive response to such provocations. Maybe that's why the Iranians have steered clear of our forces in the Shatt al-Arab. But if I were the U.S. Navy, I wouldn't be too complacent. If Tehran achieves its goals in this hostage drama, we can expect more incidents of this type.