GruntDoc has a pretty good summary of how I, and I hope most other American F1 fans, feel. I think David Hobbs had the best idea on the Speed coverage: Penalize the Michelin runners by docking them all their constructors championship points.
But, all joking aside, I can see both sides of the argument here. Michelin told the teams the tires they brought were not safe to race on. It took them time to identify the source of the problem and under the rules as they exist today, Michelin is not allowed to replace the tires the teams already have. Bridgestone runners, on the other hand, saw it as an excellent opportunity to gain some points on the dominant teams.
I’m fairly certain, sans all this political in-fighting and other various mine-is-bigger-than-yours-isms, a satifactory compromise could have been reached. The team principles, Tony George, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Bridgestone runners are not to blame. The FIA is probably blameless here too, but the chances of it actually playing out that way in the press are nil. Michelin screwed up, plain and simple. Somebody needs to step up and volunteer to fund at least partial refunds to fans.
I’m certainly glad I didn’t take time off to attend the race, pay for tickets or a hotel room in Indianapolis. And I have a feeling very few people will bother next year either.