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White House: Iran making threats on the Strait of Hormuz because itís weak
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Posted on 01/03/2012 5:13:59 PM PST by Sub-Driver

White House: Iran making threats on the Strait of Hormuz because it’s 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 it’s “in a position of weakness.”

“It’s the latest round of Iranian threats and it’s confirmation that Tehran is under increasing pressure for its continued failure to live up to its international obligations,” Carney said at Tuesday’s 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 world’s 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.

Iran’s 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 Iran’s 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.

Iran’s 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 Iran’s 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.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: downwithglobalists; iran; mutthameddogofislam; nukeiran; straitofhormuz; threats; usafirst
Really now?
1 posted on 01/03/2012 5:14:01 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

And “the Taliban is not our enemy” right?


3 posted on 01/03/2012 5:19:05 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (You can't invade the US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.~Admiral Yamamoto)
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4 posted on 01/03/2012 5:19:51 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Sub-Driver

5 posted on 01/03/2012 5:21:38 PM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: musicman
Your work? VERY good.


6 posted on 01/03/2012 5:24:03 PM PST by ex91B10 (We've tried the Soap Box,the Ballot Box and the Jury Box; one box left.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Iran making threats on the Strait of Hormuz because it’s weak Obama is weak.

Fixed.

7 posted on 01/03/2012 5:28:39 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: doc1019

Nice spin accusing them of being weak, but your “fix” is closer to the truth.


8 posted on 01/03/2012 5:39:13 PM PST by Venturer
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To: ex91B10

Thanks!!


9 posted on 01/03/2012 5:56:19 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: nuconvert

Ping.


10 posted on 01/03/2012 6:00:11 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Sub-Driver
Normally I would agree - the bigger the threat, the less to worry about. Saddam and his 'mother of all battles - blood will run in the streets' stuff is an example. But Iran's different... I'mADinnerJacket wants war. He sees himself as the match lighting the world on fire. Well, until Israel is destroyed - then he'll turn to the world and say, "what's there to fight about now? - it's over".

But, like all fires, they're easier to start than to put out... The guy's nuts - his threats need to be considered.

11 posted on 01/03/2012 6:01:09 PM PST by GOPJ (Lets make 'Corrupt Liberal Media' a household term. - - freeper Uncle Lonny)
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To: Army Air Corps

ha. that kind of talk pisses them off.


12 posted on 01/03/2012 6:05:23 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: musicman

Of course, the ship is equipped with thousands of teleprompters.


13 posted on 01/03/2012 6:09:04 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: nuconvert

You mean that Barack “The Rookie” Obama hasn’t fugured that out.


14 posted on 01/03/2012 6:10:48 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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15 posted on 01/03/2012 6:22:17 PM PST by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Sub-Driver

“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.”


16 posted on 01/03/2012 6:32:48 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~..... GO NEWT GO.....!)
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To: Nachum
"White House: Iran making threats on the Strait of Hormuz because it’s weak"
100% true, if the antecedent is "White House"
17 posted on 01/03/2012 6:44:54 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: Sub-Driver

Iran making threats on the Strait of Hormuz because we are weak due our leadership.


18 posted on 01/03/2012 6:45:39 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Sub-Driver
White House: Iran making threats on the Strait of Hormuz because it’s weak.

From the "Pretty Please?" POTUS


19 posted on 01/03/2012 6:53:18 PM PST by OrioleFan
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To: rockinqsranch

They sure as hell wouldn’t be doing it if the Gipper was in charge.


20 posted on 01/03/2012 6:56:25 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: eyedigress

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...


21 posted on 01/03/2012 8:41:40 PM PST by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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