Iran accused the United States on Wednesday of fabricating video and audio released by the Pentagon showing Iranian boats confronting U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf.I invite those who have bought into the "new Gulf of Tonkin" allegations to explain to me in simple terms (so that I can understand them) the differences in the videos (except for perspective). And, yes, I mean you DU fans and CBS's Harry Smith.
The video from Sunday's incident shows small Iranian boats swarming around U.S. warships in the Strait of Hormuz. In the recording, a man speaking in heavily accented English threatened, "I am coming to you. ... You will explode after ... minutes."
"The footage released by the U.S. Navy was compiled using file pictures and the audio has been fabricated," an official in Iran's Revolutionary Guards was quoted as saying by the state-run English-language channel Press TV.
First, the Iranian video:
Iranian on radio:
Iranian boat parallels U.S. Navy ship:
Seeming near collision between Iranian boats (U.S. video at 3:30) as boats A and B seem to be trying to occupy the same water space:
As far as the audio? There are probably a zillion explanations, ranging from some U.S. sailor goofing on the net to an elaborate U.S. plot or one of the Iranians goofing on the net or an elaborate Iranian plot (what about those mysterious dropped boxes?)... Apply Occam's Razor.
For that matter , how do I know that was really Harry Smith?