“If the world wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure”

They sense weakness… and they’re looking to take advantage of it:

A member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security Committee said on Monday that the military was set to practice its ability to close the Gulf to shipping at the narrow Strait of Hormuz, the most important oil transit channel in the world, but there was no official confirmation.

The legislator, Parviz Sarvari, told the student news agency ISNA: “Soon we will hold a military maneuver on how to close the Strait of Hormuz. If the world wants to make the region insecure, we will make the world insecure.”

Contacted by Reuters, a spokesman for the Iranian military declined to comment.

Iran’s energy minister told Al Jazeera television last month that Tehran could use oil as a political tool in the event of any future conflict over its nuclear program.

Tension over the program has increased since the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on November 8 that Tehran appears to have worked on designing a nuclear bomb and may still be pursuing research to that end. Iran strongly denies this and says it is developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.

Iran has warned it will respond to any attack by hitting Israel and U.S. interests in the Gulf and analysts say one way to retaliate would be to close the Strait of Hormuz.

About a third of all sea-borne shipped oil passed through the Strait in 2009, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), and U.S. warships patrol the area to ensure safe passage.

Is there a link to the tepid response by the U.S. to the captured drone in Iran?  

Time will tell but Dick Cheney isn’t tepid about criticizing how the Obama administration has handled events:

Iran-droneFormer U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney on Monday criticized Obama’s decisions on the drone, but for an entirely different reason. He said that, after the aircraft went down, the president should have ordered an airstrike over Iran.

“The right response to that would have been to go in immediately after it had gone down and destroy it,” the Republican, who served with President George W. Bush, told CNN’s Erin Burnett. “You can do that from the air … and, in effect, make it impossible for them to benefit from having captured that drone.”

Instead, “he asked nicely for them to return it, and they aren’t going to,” Cheney said.

Not only are they not going to, they’re going to test us further and closing the Strait of Hormuz is a way to do it.

2012 won’t get here soon enough, meaning Obama may have to face down the Iranians himself rather than pass this problem on to the next guy.

Lord help us.

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  • Anonymous

    “….meaning Obama may have to face down the Iranians himself rather than pass this problem on to the next guy.”

    Was there a humor or sarcasm tag I missed?

    More seriously, I tend to think Obama would love to see the oil supply disrupted.
    It will encourage his push for a green energy solution, and some of his solar-related cronies will benefit greatly. It’ll also provide another excuse he can use to explain why our economy sucks, something he really needs now that he’s lowered himself to blaming Clinton indirectly for it (the policies of the last 2 decades…..).

    Then again, maybe by face down you meant bowing.
    In that case, yes, he will face down the Iranians.

  • herddog505

    We’ve got to rely on BARRY to deal with a militant Iran???

    Jebus, isn’t there somebody else we can get?  What about Sarkozy?  I’d trust a Frenchie more than I trust Barry.  At least the Frenchie has to pick up the rifle to drop it…

  • Anonymous

    Is Congress going to vote on this War With Iran?  Youse were all ranting and raving about Libya a couple months ago, and I agreed with you.  Congress should have approved that operation.

    But now it appears we’re waging a covert war with Iran now, invading their airspace and maybe blowing shit up, and we might end up in an a  big open war with Iran.  That will be ten times the order of magnitude of the little adventure in Libya.  For starts, get ready for $10 gallon gas, and rationing.

    I suppose our master Netanyahu is calling the shots.  That weakling Obama will pander to him and wag the dog to get reelected.  If more Americans die in the Gulf and Afghanistan as a result, too bad, so sad, right?

    • Joe

      Our master Netanyahu……  wow, put down the crack pipe and back away from the keyboard!

      • jim_m

        Chica’s mask is slipping.  His antisemitism is showing. Scratch a lefty, find an antisemite.

        • Anonymous

          Jews have nothing to do with it, this is about a foreign government.  Most American Jews are against war with Iran, because it’s insane.

          I know you believe that Netanyahu is “the leader of the Jewish people,” as you said, but that’s not true. He is the leader of the Israeli government and a party which got about 21% of the vote in the last elections.

          American Jews are against another war because they are recognize that such a war is not in the interest of the United States. There are a lot of Israeli Jews against a war too, like the former head of Mossad.

          This has to do with a foreign government using propaganda and people supporting war with Iran — an assorted lot of right wing warmongers and apocalyptic religious types who want to bring the Messiah.

          • jim_m

            I’m sorry.  When did we go to war with Iran?

            What straw man are you erecting saying that everyone wants to go to war with Iran?  As far as I can tell the only one’s going to war are the Iranians and obama.

    • retired.military

      Nope.  Your bud Obama is calling the shots.  And this would be another unannounced war with another country.  Only this time it may actually do some good.

      But of course you will vote for Obama anyway next year no matter what.

    • Evil Otto

      I suppose our master Netanyahu is calling the shots.


  • Anonymous

    This a bad play by the Iranians.

    They are correct in assuming that Obama doesnt have the stones to back them down if they actually do it. But they forget that he also won’t have the stones to avoid another ‘lead from behind’ scenario if the rest of the world gets antsy about oil supply.

    Anybody think Obama would pass up another “Bin Laden” bump in the polls these days?

  • Anonymous

    I apologize for being totally and completely off topic, but………is anyone else having trouble getting to Wizbang?  For the last two days, I cannot get to Wizbang via my typical “favorite” shortcut, nor by searching google and clicking.  I can only get on by the shortcut on “Brutally Honest”, and then only about 1 out of 4 tries. 
    Ever since the site changed some months ago, I’ve had error messages come up every time I try to get on, but after one or two clicks, I get on.  Same thing every time I tried to move around on the site, or go to Wizbang’s “home” – a couple of error messages, but what the hey, what are a couple of clicks among friends, no? 
    But now, I can’t even do that.  Once I get on via Brutally Honest, I cannot go anywhere on the site, or I’m stuck with endless error messages.  This is the only site that has ever done this.  And yes, I am an old fart who has trouble with this innertubes thingy.
    Oh,……..are you trying to tell me something?  Have I been dispatched to the nether world for lack of techno savy?
    I hope not.  I’ll try to get back later, to see if someone has an answer.  Thanks.

    • jim_m

      I haven’t had any problems but I’m sure that Chico will blame the Jews if you ask him.

    • Anonymous

      Firefox works fine, it is Internet Explorer that has the problem.

  • Evil Otto

    I wouldn’t worry about it. After all, we have a tough, take-charge president who the entire world respects and out enemies fear.

    Oh, wait…

  • Anonymous

    Do we have another Regan/Carter scenario developing here?

  • Finally Obama returned to his core beliefs and voted “Present” …

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see. Barry is weak. That of course is why he increased troop levels in Afghanistan and gave the order to go into Pakistan to get OBL.

    What haters you are. You make no freaking sense.

    Iran gets a drone that crashed (or was shot down) and WWIII is about to break out and Obama is going to go hide in a bunker or something.

    Do you actually believe some of the sh** you put out?