The threats are part of international diplomacy. That threat was to close the strait if we stopped them from selling oil, thereby crippling their economy. <Link>
They understand the consequences of attacking anyone with a nuclear weapon. Hysterical types like yourself are more likely to start a war than prevent one.
The Israel thing is a purely political. Everyone who matters has recognized Israel.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
I have a DD214 to prove my service. I have a complete copy of my 201 file. Did my basic and AIT at Ft. Benning GA., Sand Hill barracks. Did my MP training at Ft. Leonard Wood. You're online bravado and CIB avatar don't impress me. The posts you make give reasonable people concern over your state of mind. You may live under the illusion that you impress people with your military credentials but seriously, nobody can be sure about anybody else with regard to the truth on these forums. So far I am no more convinced you are a combat vet than any other poster. You seem to go too far in making sure people get the word you served. Maybe you think it serves as a qualifier for your irrational rants. Who knows?
Iran's ****ed up but I don't view them as the 'bad guy'. At least not any more so than we are. To date, the US remains the only nation on earth who ever deployed nukes against anyone else. This controversy is always sickeningly hypocritical. We have nukes up the ass but anyone else who wants them is a 'threat' whereas we're the 'good guys'. Ya know, because our nukes explode with the scent of jasmine and shower the earth in love and peace. Same **** with North Korea. You can't militarily **** with a nuclear nation. That's the top and bottom of it. There's nothing else.
Power politics BS.
That being said, during my service I learned what a "probe" is, or it could be a "reconnaissance in force". Conventional wisdom dictates that he should be treated as such and met with the appropriate response. Prudence dictates that we should consider this a dry run, to see how hard it would be to deliver a nuke to, or within close proximity of the US coastline.
This isn't just a day cruise. There are hundreds of thousands of square miles of ocean, where the Iranian navy can train and never come within a few thousand miles of the United States. But, does that matter to some folks? Of course not, they hate America and encourage any country in the world to challenge us.
Now, troop, get with the program and discuss the topic. A real 11 bang-bang doesn't do all the poor mouthin'.
We have a history of rejecting any kind of normalization of relations with Iran. Our rebuff of their offer to assist in dealing with Al Qaeda and Iraq after 9/11 is a prime example. American hubris under the Bush administration all but murdered any chance of rescuing any kind of civil relationship with Iran.
And before the "'MURICA!" crowd starts in, no I don't believe we should have slapped them in the face like we did. Their government may be belligerent towards the west but there is a population in that country that needs to see that the U.S. doesn't hate Iran, we simply disagree with their government...as much of their populace does.
Ahh, those are the new ships of the Iranian Navy. They are glass-bottomed boats. I know, sounds insane, but they built them so they can look down at the old Iranian Navy. LOL.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
They have as much right to be in the Atlantic as we do in the Persian Gulf.
It's not a matter of hating the United States or any such stupidity. We cannot act in one fashion and demand others differently.
Quo usque tandem abutere, Trump, patientia nostra?