An interesting set of observations is circulating on the Internet in a copyrighted essay authored by a fellow named Bob Lonsberry. Under the headline “Don’t give up the ship,” Lonsberry notes repeatedly the flaws in the official accounts thus far of how two stalled U.S. Navy river-patrol boats and their crews were captured last week in the Persian Gulf by weaker adversaries from Iran.

The U.S. crews were held captive for 24 hours and then released without further complications.

The international incident from the beginning was a shameful act of political theater.

As Lonsberry points out in his essay, there are too many nonsensical actions, too many coincidences in the narrative of how this seemingly inconsequential event occurred, igniting a mass media frenzy to report the latest “news alerts” supplied by government spin doctors.

But the biggest coincidence is the timing of the international incident that unfolded — just in time for the campaigner-in-chief’s State of the Union address. The incident gave him a perfect platform to note to the world how butter (“diplomacy”) is stronger and more effective than guns (indisputable might).

It’s as if the chief pacifist — er, the president — ordered the State Department to get with some top-drawer Hollywood left-wingers and script an international incident that, when played out, would earn Barack Obama the Nobel Peace Prize. But to be sure, the president could not know any of the scripted details so that in any setting after the “capture” of the U.S. sailors, he would have plausible deniability. But its not unlikely that Vietnam veteran and current secretary of state John Kerry knew everything from the beginning and perhaps was even the maestro of last week’s symphony in the gulf.

Now, that’s just a guess on my part. But it’s not only plausible; it’s also possible.

Why didn’t the skipper on one of our boats radio the U.S. group command in the region with a sit-rep (situation report) when the trip to Bahrain went south and the boats had to stop?

Why wasn’t a low-altitude Navy flyover launched immediately in such a hostile region, just to give our guys dead in the water some backup, some basic air cover?

Who was holding the I-phone that captured all of our guys’ (and gal’s) kneeling and bowing and scraping on the decks of our boats?

Unfortunately, we have a namby-pamby Fourth Estate (national press corps) these days, so such a theory and the answers to these basic questions likely will never be tested or pursued — unless some brave whistleblower or underpaid actor comes forward at some point and leaks the secrets.

Let’s keep a keen eye on how long this incident stays on the national press corps’ front burner — or even on the stove.

If you wish to read Lonsberry’s complete essay, go to: