We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Now that the Brits have decided to dismantle the Royal Navy, I suppose any questions about it are moot. Still, I do not understand why, during the apparent ambush of the Brit inflatables by several Iranian gunboats, the Iranians were not picked up on the Cornwall's radar.
I understand that the Cornwall was ordered not to defend with fire, but surely the closer presence of the Cornwall, plus recalling her helo, could have been discouraging to the Iranians and driven them away.
(Of course, the notion that a warship could be forbidden to defend their ship and crew verges on insanity.)
Iran today: "Brits must admit trespass." It's the mullahs playing the same games with the Brits that they do inside the UK. Will the Brits ever learn that the Moslems play according to different rules than the West? The next demand will be that Blair himself come to Tehran and bend over his backside to Al Khameini.