US Flexes Muscles against Iran in Gulf (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu 07/03/12)
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The United States has deployed ships and aircraft in the Persian Gulf
region in a clear warning to Iran that “the military option is on the
table” if Tehran tried to block the strategic waterway uses by oil
and gas tankers, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
“Don’t even think about closing the strait. We’ll clear the mines,” a
defense department official told the newspaper. “Don’t even think
about sending your fast boats out to harass our vessels or commercial
shipping. We’ll put them on the bottom of the gulf.”
Another administration official was quoted as saying, “When the
president says there are other options on the table beyond
negotiations, he means it.”
The deployment of more American warplanes in the Persian Gulf would
give the United States a greater ability to strike deep within Iran
in the event of a decision by President Barack Obama to attack Iran’s
The other side of the coin is the possibility that the American
military force could cause Iran’s military generals to pull the
trigger finger and try to block oil tankers from Saudi Arabia and
elsewhere. a move that would cause the price of crude oil – and
gasoline at the pump – to spiral upwards less than five months before
the U.S. presidential elections.
In addition, the United States has deployed more warplanes have been
deployed at two regional bases.
The Obama administration continues to stiffen sanctions in Iran, but
Israel reiterated this week they are too little and too late.
Iran continues to try to try to show it is strong enough to defend
itself and also to launch attacks on U.S. bases and on Israel. It
announced Tuesdays that it successfully fired “tens” of missiles that
can strike Israel and regional bases, but the claims were made by the
Fars News Agency, linked with the Revolutionary Guards and often a
source of unsubstantiated claims.
Iran also has threatened to pass a law that would block oil tankers
on their way to countries that have joined the American embargo, but
there is no indication of how it could enforce such a law.
One major factor working against Iran is that virtually all of the
Gulf States are aligned with the United States and have a common
interest with Israel to prevent Tehran from obtaining nuclear ability
and advancing its dream of establishing an Islamic empire in the
Middle East. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 07/03/12)
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