So, just to be clear..:
The United States Government has been trying to reassert its control over Iranian oil since 1979, when its (brutal) puppet dictator, the Shah of Iran, was deposed by a (Shia) Islamic Revolution.
Why would we care about Iran's oil NOW? America is the biggest energy producer in the World.
Face it, ME oil and the OPEC/Russian cartels don't have nearly as much influence as they did 20-30 years ago. Trump was interviewed yesterday basically swatting this whole thing away saying "who cares". Hitting a few non-American tankers has no big impact on the US.President Trump Calls Alleged Iranian Attack on Oil Tankers 'Very Minor'https://time.com/5608787/iran-oil-tanke ... ery-minor/
The only thing we care about in terms of Iran is that they are run my a messianic Theocracy who believes that their messiah (Hidden Imam) can only come back to the world if Man causes Armageddon. So we don't want Islamist nuts having nukes and the ability of starting Armageddon. And here is Iran claiming that they can begin enriching uranium for a bomb "all the smart people" claim Iran never intents to build.https://gizmodo.com/iran-says-it-will-b ... 1835603079
We are getting into Sandyhook conspiracy theory level here now. Are these Iranians "crisis actors"? Here are some better images of the boats and close up of the composite material that affixed the mine. Only the Iranian Revolutionary Guard have boats like that in the Region.https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... ages-photo
As to why the bombs were put above the water? I suspect Iran is just sending a message that they can fuck things up in the busiest oil shipping lane and didn't want to escalate with possible tanker sinking, human deaths and environmental damage.