You are pointing to an interesting fact, Mark. If most of USN is at sea aned you know it, then all countries know it too. I take it that this was done as a warning signal sent out by Bush. Who could be the intended recipient of the message? My speculation is that this was intended mostly for China and Russia. The question of a new round of sanctions is coming up. These two veto-wielder countries resisted, but have recently changed their mind. Perhaps the message worked. Bush is announcing: If no UN sanctions, then I will have to attack by myself, as I did in Iraq. And Bush may be believable. Perhaps he is not crazy, but everybody knows he is stupid enough to do it. Cheney is indeed crazy enough.
from the article: Report: Washington concerned Israel gearing up to attack Iran