The rhetoric is rising in the Gulf. The latest outburst warns the US to keep its carriers out of the Gulf. Iran's army chief Gen. Ataollah Salehi said the following: Iran warns U.S. carrier to stay out of Persian Gulf | Journal and Courier | jconline.com Words will not cause a conflict and how many times through history have countries said something but could or did not back it up. When it comes down to it they will not attempt direct military force against the US because it would be suicidal. The only way anything would start would be if we or someone else attacked them and then they would respond.