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    Iran army declines comment on MP's Hormuz exercise remarks

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    Reuters – Mon Dec 12, 2011
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - A member of the Iranian parliament's National Security Committee said on Monday that the military was set to practice its ability to close the Gulf to shipping at the narrow Strait of Hormuz, the most important oil transit channel in the world, but there was no official confirmation.

    The legislator, Parviz Sarvari, told the student news agency ISNA: "Soon we will hold a military maneuver on how to close the Strait of Hormuz. If the world wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure."

    Contacted by Reuters, a spokesman for the Iranian military declined to comment.

    Iran's energy minister told Al Jazeera television last month that Tehran could use oil as a political tool in the event of any future conflict over its nuclear program.

    Tension over the program has increased since the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on November 8 that Tehran appears to have worked on designing a nuclear bomb and may still be pursuing research to that end. Iran strongly denies this and says it is developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

    Iran has warned it will respond to any attack by hitting Israel and U.S. interests in the Gulf and analysts say one way to retaliate would be to close the Strait of Hormuz.
    I think it's going to be critical how Obama responds to this development. I think it critical to inform Iran, in polite but firm terms, that they ponder what they please. But closing the strait isn't going to happen, ever.
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    Re: Iran army declines comment on MP's Hormuz exercise remarks

    Can we please avoid another war in the middle east? Let China fight it. They need middle eastern oil more than we do.
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    Re: Iran army declines comment on MP's Hormuz exercise remarks

    In the case of Iran shutting down middle eastern oil supply....yeah, dumb. They would be facing practically the whole world of net importing oil companies. That's a world of hurt.
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    Re: Iran army declines comment on MP's Hormuz exercise remarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
    Can we please avoid another war in the middle east? Let China fight it. They need middle eastern oil more than we do.
    Carter Doctrine:

    The region which is now threatened by Soviet troops in Afghanistan is of great strategic importance: It contains more than two-thirds of the world's exportable oil. The Soviet effort to dominate Afghanistan has brought Soviet military forces to within 300 miles of the Indian Ocean and close to the Straits of Hormuz, a waterway through which most of the world's oil must flow. The Soviet Union is now attempting to consolidate a strategic position, therefore, that poses a grave threat to the free movement of Middle East oil.
    This situation demands careful thought, steady nerves, and resolute action, not only for this year but for many years to come. It demands collective efforts to meet this new threat to security in the Persian Gulf and in Southwest Asia. It demands the participation of all those who rely on oil from the Middle East and who are concerned with global peace and stability. And it demands consultation and close cooperation with countries in the area which might be threatened.
    Meeting this challenge will take national will, diplomatic and political wisdom, economic sacrifice, and, of course, military capability. We must call on the best that is in us to preserve the security of this crucial region.
    Let our position be absolutely clear: An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force.
    It's been this way since even before Carter, nevertheless.....I think this doctrine could be reasonably extended to an "inside force".
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    Re: Iran army declines comment on MP's Hormuz exercise remarks

    I hope Iran pulls a stunt like this.

    We could defeat the Iranian navy in about 15 minutes. LOL

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    Re: Iran army declines comment on MP's Hormuz exercise remarks

    "If the world wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure."

    He's so 90s. We don't want insecurity, we want more Arab Spring.

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    Re: Iran army declines comment on MP's Hormuz exercise remarks

    This reminds me of a nine-year old kid threatening to hold his breath if he doesn't get his way.
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    Re: Iran army declines comment on MP's Hormuz exercise remarks

    Quote Originally Posted by EagleAye View Post
    This reminds me of a nine-year old kid threatening to hold his breath if he doesn't get his way.
    He might as well banged a shoe at a UN meeting.
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    Re: Iran army declines comment on MP's Hormuz exercise remarks

    Quote Originally Posted by Blue_State View Post
    He might as well banged a shoe at a UN meeting.
    Hehe. It didn't turn out so well for him did it? At least Kruschev had something to back up his threats with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
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    I think it's going to be critical how Obama responds to this development.
    And like usual, I'm sure Obama will proceed in a way that you would expect of the Nobel peace prize holder, and in line with the Yemen precedent of calling no-fly zones, bombing runs, and supporting terrorist organizations and all the rest of his "humanitarian"ventures.


    I think it critical to inform Iran, in polite but firm terms, that they ponder what they please. But closing the strait isn't going to happen, ever.
    I see... You're going to stop that from happening??

    Put 3-4 ships lined up and blow them up and the straight is effectively blocked... Then if they keep firing at that area they could keep that straight blocked for MONTHS, as a best case.

    What's more, analysts have shown that by blocking the straight there would be a spike in oil price up to around 250$/barrel. So, how long do you figure the us economy could be sustained with that surge in price??

    Remember, oil prices hit around 150$/barrel and that was the spark that pushed the economy into a contraction, and if you're not aware you can thank the Russians for increasing their production and reducing the price to current levels.

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