Skip to comments.White House: Iran making threats on the Strait of Hormuz because itís weak
Posted on 01/03/2012 5:13:59 PM PST by Sub-Driver
White House: Iran making threats on the Strait of Hormuz because its weak By Jeremy Herb - 01/03/12 04:41 PM ET
In yet another ratcheting-up of the back-and-forth between the United States and Iran on Tuesday, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Iran is making threats on the Strait of Hormuz because its in a position of weakness.
Its the latest round of Iranian threats and its confirmation that Tehran is under increasing pressure for its continued failure to live up to its international obligations, Carney said at Tuesdays press briefing. Iran is isolated and seeking to divert attention from its domestic problems.
U.S. and Iranian officials have been lobbing rhetorical volleys since Iran threatened last week to close the Strait of Hormuz, a key oil passageway in the Persian Gulf through which nearly 20 percent of the worlds oil travels.
The U.S. Fifth Fleet, which is based in Bahrain, said it would stop any attempts to close the strait, and sent the USS John C. Stennis through the strait last week in what the military said was a pre-planned trip.
Irans army chief then warned Tuesday that U.S. carriers should not enter the Persian Gulf region, adding that Iran would not issue another warning.
Pentagon press secretary George Little responded that the military would not stop its operations in the gulf, where it has operated for decades.
Carney said Irans threats are a sign that sanctions against the country are working, pointing to the Iranian rial dropping against the dollar.
At the same time, oil prices rose to their highest level in seven months on Tuesday, in part because of the tensions. Financial analysts have warned that even an attempt by Iran to cause problems in the Strait of Hormuz could shoot up oil prices.
Irans threats have come as the country conducted 10 days of military exercises in the gulf, which included missile tests.
The tensions stem from the threat of economic sanctions that could harm Irans oil-reliant economy. President Obama signed into law a measure Friday that includes sanctions on the Iranian central bank, and the European Union is considering an oil embargo against Iran.
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Nice spin accusing them of being weak, but your “fix” is closer to the truth.
But, like all fires, they're easier to start than to put out... The guy's nuts - his threats need to be considered.
ha. that kind of talk pisses them off.
Of course, the ship is equipped with thousands of teleprompters.
You mean that Barack “The Rookie” Obama hasn’t fugured that out.
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Iran is isolated and seeking to divert attention from its domestic problems.
That needs a couple of changes.
Obama is feeling isolated and seeking to divert attention from his domestic problems.
Iran making threats on the Strait of Hormuz because we are weak due our leadership.
They sure as hell wouldn’t be doing it if the Gipper was in charge.
What do you mean weak? They could fly the stolen USA drone over the carrier force! You know...the one nobama pleaded with them to return...