Contrary to international reputation, Americans are occasionally capable of rising to Middle Eastern standards of subtlety. As you've no doubt heard, yesterday our navy rescued 13 Iranian sailors from a hijacked fishing boat:
U.S. sailors from a carrier strike group whose recent presence in the Persian Gulf drew the ire of Iranian military officials have rescued 13 of the Middle Eastern country's sailors from a hijacked fishing boat, a military spokesman said Friday.
The destroyer USS Kidd came to the aid of the ship Thursday in the North Arabian sea, near the crucial Strait of Hormuz, according to the Navy.
The rescue prompted the captain of the freed ship to offer his "sincere gratitude," according to Josh Schminky, a Navy Criminal Investigative Service agent aboard the Kidd.
"He was afraid that without our help, they could have been there for months," Schminky said.
The rescue Thursday came two days after Iran said the United States should not send any more warships into the Persian Gulf.
But for those of you who don't speak "subtle," let me translate: In American English, this means "Don't even think about closing the Strait. We'd waste you in ten seconds flat."