Reports yesterday stated that both cargoes on the damaged ships were destined for, or associated with Japan. Yet today, Japan announced that they would NOT be sending any ships or troops to the gulf. If Japan, or any other country, is not willing to defend their own interests, then I don’t see why we should spend blood and treasure to guarantee safe passage thru the straits. We are energy independent. We don’t need gulf oil. Should we defend our troops and sailors in the area? Absolutely! Should we defend oil shipments to Japan? I don’t think so.