Iran warns closing strategic Hormuz oil route

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    US warns Iran against closing Hormuz oil route | General Headlines | Comcast

    U.S. Navy Ready if Iran Closes Oil RouteTEHRAN, Iran — Iran's navy chief warned Wednesday that his country can easily close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, the passageway through which a sixth of the world's oil flows.

    It was the second such warning in two days. On Tuesday, Vice President Mohamed Reza Rahimi threatened to close the strait, cutting off oil exports, if the West imposes sanctions on Iran's oil shipments.

    In response, the Bahrain-based U.S. 5th Fleet's spokeswoman warned that any disruption "will not be tolerated." The spokeswoman, Lt. Rebecca Rebarich, said the U.S. Navy is "always ready to counter malevolent actions to ensure freedom of navigation."

    With concern growing over a possible drop-off in Iranian oil supplies, a senior Saudi oil official said Gulf Arab nations are ready to offset any loss of Iranian crude.

    That reassurance led to a drop in world oil prices. In New York, benchmark crude fell 77 cents to $100.57 a barrel in morning trading. Brent crude fell 82 cents to $108.45 a barrel in London.

    "Closing the Strait of Hormuz is very easy for Iranian naval forces," Adm. Habibollah Sayyari told state-run Press TV. "Iran has comprehensive control over the strategic waterway," the navy chief said.

    The threats underline Iranian concern that the West is about to impose new sanctions that could target Tehran's vital oil industry and exports.

    Yea ,another war !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:clap:
     
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    5th Fleet says, "Nuh uh!"
     
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    If everybody's so worried about the Strait of Hormuz:

    Why don't all these rich oil producing countries get together and dig a canal across the UAE?

    That would settle that!
     
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    Lt. Rebecca Rebarich..........

    :eusa_shhh:

    What's A nice Jewish Girl doing in the USN?
     
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    Telling Iran they lack the horsepower to play with the big dogs.
     
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    I'm not sure who has more to lose in this conflict.

    If Iran cuts off the straight, that's going to send the price of oil through the roof. But we are in no real position to invade Iran right now and probably wouldn't get much international support.

    They tried the same stunt back in the 1980's during the Iran-Iraq war, and Reagan responded by sending the navy to protect the tankers and putting them under our flag. (Again, wasn't it nice when we had a president with balls?)

    Of course, Reagan had a 600 ship navy, Obama has a 300 ship navy.

    Worse, since Reagan, our domestic production has declined. So closing the straights would have serious impacts on the market.

    Iran, on the other hand, would not be able to get its oil to market if we imposed sanctions over their nuclear program. I doubt that would slow their program down that much, so the question becomes can we take it more than they can?
     
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    That's just it, In the 80's that was Reagan who knew what to do. Obama will not do anything and let prices spike. He'll ignore Rebarich and head for the hills. No balls for this man. Please let me be wrong. Just send in the ships, Obama.
     
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    If they would close it, wonder what the over/under in days would be for the total annihilation of their naval and air forces, ground artillery, etc. by the U.S.?
     
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    You need to ignore rhetoric.

    Obama clearly has the "balls" (whatever that means) to use our Military. He upped our forces in Afghanistan like he said he would, and he's signed off on more drone attacks than ever before. He's authorized the killing of pirates on international waters, he's authorized Military force to get Bin Laden inside of a sovereign Country, and he's imposed as many sanctions on Iran as Bush has.

    Where would you get the impression he tucks his tail and runs when IN ACTION and.........RHETORIC aside, he's shown just the opposite, is beyond logic. You're susceptible to anti Obama propoganda where it's undue.
     

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