The wording sailors is quite amusing. If two Iranian ships full of highly armed soldiers would have had the same kind of mechanical failure both at the same time and would accidentally enter US waters, they would rather have been called: militants, elite soldiers, Qods-Force or what ever seems more threatening.
But in this case all the international press is repeating “sailors”, and even though in this case like in other cases it is clear that these sailors were most probably on a spy mission like in this case (the source is referenced: The Guardian) or like US drones that regularly accidentally enter Iranian Air space.
Guardian story about CIA Agent: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/12/robert-levinson-iran-missing-cia-secret
Anyhow Iran’s reaction has been very mild. Looking back at what Turkey did as a Russian Airplane entered its Airspace for a few seconds, it shows how much Iran has actually softened its stance. While this is good for the “Sailors” it seems that some GOP candidates are quite frustrated that the Americans were set free as easily:
US “boats”: speed boats in full camouflage and highly equipped with weapons:
More info about the boats: http://www.popsci.com/what-were-boats-that-iran-captured?src=SOC&dom=fb
“On their way from Kuwait to Bahrain”:
These highly trained professionals should be trained better in navigation.
And here their weapons:
Great article by Glenn Greenwald in the Intercept:
Glenn Greenwald is the holder of multiple awards including the George Polk Award