In the first few days after the captives were seized and British diplomats were getting no news from Tehran on their whereabouts, Pentagon officials asked their British counterparts: what do you want us to do?How telling that the main help the US government offered was to use our military in a provocative and aggressive way. Of course, the British government had as its goal the return of the hostages. I have no idea what goal the Pentagon was pursuing by offering to "mount aggressive patrols over Iranian Revolutionary Guard bases in Iran."
. . .The British . . .said the US could calm the situation by staying out of it. London also asked the US to tone down military exercises that were already under way in the Gulf.
. . .The British government also asked the US administration from Mr Bush down to be cautious in its use of rhetoric.