MY ASSESSMENT ON THE OIL TANKER PICTURED WAS WRONG
IT PROBABLY WAS HIT AND IS NOT A DEEP FAKE, THE CARGO WAS METHANOL WHICH IS WHY IT DID NOT SHOW UP AS AN OIL SLICK. THE BURN MARKS ON THE SIDE STILL NEED EXPLAINING.
I would have continued to call B.S., but Iran did the rescue of the crews of both ships, and Iranian media itself is saying it. So obviously my assessment is wrong, my error is mostly explained by the fact that the ship was carrying methanol, which would instantly totally combine with seawater and not be visible at all. The other one hit was carrying gasoline, which would have been more visible but not like crude oil would be.
So I am going to post a big OOOOOPS, they were NOT carrying oil, which I assumed they would be if they were oil tankers. BONUS: Neither one of them sank, and (random) Iranians are saying they were tracking an Israeli sub in the area when the attacks happened. I have not seen an Iranian military assessment say that directly yet. That did not stop Pompeo from blaming Iran.
Yes, I am embarrassed, but there is at least an explanation for why I made such an error. I still don't think the hole pictured was a hole in one of these tankers however, that hole should have sunk whatever it hit and both are fine and floating, preserving all evidence for future investigation.
Fortunately I do not screw up like this often, and when I do, I post a clear correction.