Gulf Prankster at Issue in Iran Dispute<br><br>[color:blue] Sailors in the Persian Gulf have known him for years: a radio operator who taunts and insults passing ships. The rants are heard and logged, then mostly forgotten. But now the phantom voice has taken center stage in the latest flurry of claims and counterclaims between Iran and the United States following a tense high seas confrontation [and] raising new questions about whether Washington could have gotten a key element of the story wrong.</font color=blue><br><br><br> Washington? Getting something really important wrong?<br><br><br><br>[color:blue]Last week, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said there had been two or three similar incidents over the past year, but "maybe not quite as dramatic" as the Jan. 6 confrontation. None had been publicized until the eve of Bush's trip to the region, even though in one, in December, a U.S. ship actually fired warning shots toward an Iranian boat.</font color=blue><br><br><br>Like the comics say, timing is everything. <br><br><br><br><br><br>[color:blue]I always deserve it. Really.</font color=blue><br><br>
I always deserve it. Really.