(National Sentinel) Threats: On the campaign trail in 2016, then-GOP nominee Donald Trump vowed that he would pull the U.S. out of the “terrible” deal President Obama made with the terrorist-supporting Iranian regime.
After taking office, POTUS Trump was talked out of reneging on the deal several times by advisers who were taking their cues from European allies more dependent on Iranian oil.
But finally, trusting his own instincts in the matter, the president pulled out of the deal in May, announcing that he would also reinstate sanctions against Tehran over its continued support for terrorism and its meddling in the Syrian civil war in an attempt to gain a territorial advantage to strike Israel.
According to USA Today:
Declaring that “the decaying and the rotten structure” of the 2015 agreement does not block Iran from developing nuclear weapons, Trump said during a speech at the White House that “the Iran deal is defective at its core.”
Now, Iran is leveling threats of its own that, frankly, will lead to war if Tehran carries them out.
As Reuters reports:
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday backed President Hassan Rouhani’s suggestion that Iran may block Gulf oil exports if its own exports are stopped and said negotiations with the United States would be an “obvious mistake”.
Rouhani’s apparent threat earlier this month to disrupt oil shipments from neighboring countries came in reaction to looming U.S. sanctions and efforts by Washington to force all countries to stop buying Iranian oil.
“(Khamenei) said remarks by the president … that ‘if Iran’s oil is not exported, no regional country’s oil will be exported,’ were important remarks that reflect the policy and the approach of (Iran’s) system,” Khamenei’s official website said.
Iran’s oil exports could fall by as much as two-thirds by the end of the year because of new U.S. sanctions, putting oil markets under huge strain amid supply outages elsewhere in the world.
Iran has threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz in the past, but never under threat of losing its primary source of income: Oil. The loss of nearly all oil revenue would only deepen the unrest that is already gripping the country.
It could lead to war. Understand that the Ayatollah holds all power in Iran. If he is backing Iran’s president, then he’s also backing the threat.
In 2012, then-Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey said Iran had the capability to block the Strait, at least temporarily.
“They’ve invested in capabilities that could, in fact, for a period of time block the Strait of Hormuz,” Dempsey said in an interview aired yesterday on the CBS “Face the Nation” program. “We’ve invested in capabilities to ensure that if that happens, we can defeat that.”
Should Iran try to close Hormuz, the U.S. “would take action and reopen” the waterway, said Dempsey.
Closing the Strait would trigger a global economic crisis as oil is the lifeblood of the world.
Neither the Trump administration nor our European allies would stand for it.