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War drums: Iran threatens to close Strait of Hormuz if Trump admin cuts off oil exports

By Jon Dougherty

President Donald Trump campaigned on ending wars in the Middle East and southwest Asia, but he may have another on his hand if he goes through with a plan to end waivers for Iranian oil.

And in the meantime, he could cause a major spike in oil prices, which have been inching upward for six months anyway.

The White House is likely preparing to end Iranian crude oil export waivers after they expire May 2, which would take an additional 1 million barrels of oil off the market per day. If that happens, Tehran is threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz, according to the state-run Fars news agency, which quoted a senior Iranian military official.

“The Strait of Hormuz based on international law is a waterway and if we are prevented from using it, we will close it,” Fars reported, citing Alireza Tangsiri, head of the revolutionary guards navy force.

Iran has threatened to close the Strait in the past, mind you. In December, Tehran vowed to close the global oil export chokepoint, saying, “if someday, the United States decides to block Iran’s oil (exports), no oil will be exported from the Persian Gulf.”

That includes oil from the region’s other major producers — Iraq and Saudi Arabia, primarily.

Last fall, an Iranian cleric warned during Friday prayers in Mashhad, which is considered to be the country’s religious capital, that the country has the power to “instantly” create $400-per-barrel oil if it decides to act in the Persian Gulf.




Shia cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Alamolhoda declared, “If Iran decides, a single drop of this region’s oil will not be exported and in 90 minutes all Persian Gulf countries will be destroyed.”

Two things:

— No doubt the president is aware of what could happen if he decides to end the Iranian oil waivers.

— No doubt, as well, the Pentagon has long since been aware of Iran’s military capabilities in the region — what it could and could not do — and has drawn up plans to counter them.

Environmentalists and global warming hoaxers don’t like it, but the world’s economies run on oil. And one-fifth of all oil exports travel through the Persian Gulf and transit the Strait of Hormuz. Iran is dreaming if it believes a) that the country can indefinitely block the Strait; and b) that the United States would be the only country whose military would be deployed to reopen it.

Why Iran? And why now?

Because Iran doesn’t play well with its neighbors and has emerged as a threat to the entire region — not just to Israel, but also the Saudis, Jordanians, and Lebanese, all of which are U.S. allies or tentative allies.

The Trump administration may well have decided that now is the time to act to disrupt Iran’s quest to dominate the Middle East to the detriment of U.S. national security and foreign policy objectives.

That could mean war and, for a time, higher oil prices. Before he does something that could trigger an armed Iranian response, the president needs to address the American people and explain why it’s necessary.

Especially since Russia and/or China could always enter on the side of the Iranians.

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James Michael
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Good time to slap the mullas around.

tom
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With Trump as CiC this war will be over in minutes.

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If Iran “closes” the Strait of Hormuz, I think it woule be a fitting response for the US to launch a HEAVY air-raid on Iran’s oil terminal facilities, used to load ships with oil. Kinda like “Grab the Sunzabitches by the nose….and KICK ’em in the ass!

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Go for it Muzzies. It is about time we reduced our inventory of Tomahawks, Sparrows, Sidewinders, Mavericks, and Haarams. And for dessert, a couple of MOABs just for the Mullahs.

Admoral Lets Go
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Admoral Lets Go

Iran’s entire Bathtub Navy would be at the bottom of the Strait within 24 hours.

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william chandler

What a bunch of BLOWHARDS . … just like Trump …. I did not think it possible for there to be a worse government than Obama or W-rong Bush, but I do believe Trump is going to surpass them ……………… God Save America. Donald Trump and his christian.zionist CULT members are actually making Kim Jun Ill look honest, rational and reasonable. Can you grasp this? “No low IQ muslim would love the tormentors and crucifiers of their prophet.” But these C-Z idiots GROVEL to the Temple priests. Bolton, Pence, Haley, Pompeo, the Huckabees, Ivanka & Donald Trump, Betrayers of CHRIST,… Read more »

doni609
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What will be will be. It will all work out in the end and I suggest that the sand worms will not like the outcome.

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