Things were starting to heat up now for Captain Shelanski off the southern coast of Iran. He had now teamed up with the USS Winston S. Churchill which allowed them to cover most of the southern coast of Iran. In the last few days several disturbing news items were making the rounds on the net that had the Captain concerned. Iran had announced publicly just this morning that they had put into service four new homegrown submarines with missile capability. The Captain knew of Iran’s piecemeal sub building project but this morning’s announcement was eight to twelve months ahead of schedule which had him guessing and that’s something a Captain shouldn’t be doing. As he pieced all of this new information together he mixed in last week’s attack on the Japanese tanker M. Star near the Strait that put a huge dent into its side. The United Arab Emirates released news that countered the Pentagon's opinion of a rogue wave hit. The UAE in their news release had the name and all details of a suicide bomber that drove his boat into the side of the bloated oil tanker. All of this was false, misleading and meant to soften the impact of an Iranian attack on the free flow of oil out of the Middle East. It was obvious to Captain Shelanski that Iran was playing target practice by using the tanker as a clay pigeon and their aim was dead on. With four new subs in the area now, he knew if he wasn’t on his toes, the next time they started shooting it wouldn’t be target practice and the lives of thousands of his crew would be on the line.
America’s schizophrenic foreign policy was now at each other’s throat as the military knew and understood Iran’s capabilities and threat while the executive branch wandered aimlessly through a vast nothingness of untested theories and worldwide apologies. The President’s efforts to quell the ever increasing Muslim uprising now overtaking the globe was working like a BP cook out on the beach in Louisiana. Everything he did was turning to shit and he knew it. Many of his critics from the right thought his incompetence was contrived and a clever cover-up for a master plan to destroy the country. The confusion was meant and worked while the President continued to complicate by deadlocking anything he didn’t want to happen. Doing nothing was doing something and the people were starting to understand the concept and its consequence, as the 555th day of the Obama Presidency continued to convolute.