You may recall that the drums of war beat pretty loudly only a few weeks ago.
Iran threatened to attack a U.S. aircraft carrier if it returned to the Persian Gulf.
Iran, responding to an international discussion about oil sanctions, threatened to shut down an important international waterway:
"If any disruption happens regarding the sale of Iranian oil, the Strait of Hormuz will definitely be closed," Mohammad Kossari, deputy head of parliament's foreign affairs and national security committee, told the semi-official Fars news agency.
... then the EU launched the sanctions program anyway.
... the United States sailed in the aircraft carrier.
And I haven't heard anything since. So much for a 'credible' Iranian threat. In the meantime, we rescued their sailors at sea.
All in all, I think President Obama deserves a lot of credit for managing this situation and making the Iranians look like idiots. While it is always very difficult to tell what goes on behind closed doors in international diplomacy - we'll only find out most of what happened in perhaps 20 years, and even then we'll never really know all of the parts of the story - this looks like it turned out pretty well for the Americans.
--- Stag Staff
I see Iran has a nice supply of sound and fury ready.