Can Iran close the Strait of Hormuz?
An Iranian Army soldier stands guard on a military speed boat during navy exercises in the Strait of Hormuz this week.
December 29th, 2011
12:54 PM ET

Can Iran close the Strait of Hormuz?

While the Iranian vice president maintains it would be "very easy" for the Islamic Republic to close the Strait of Hormuz, thereby eliminating an important route for the global oil trade, such a move may be easier said than done.

In an article on the Battleland blog at Time Magazine, Mark Thompson dissects the intersection of global commerce and U.S. military superiority, and the possible outcomes if Iran carried out its threat.


Filed under: Iran • Security Brief
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    October 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  2. Tim

    yes they can , and they will too. it will lead every countries to a huge war which may even be considered as World war III. i don't think iran could win this possible war by any chance , sure they can make it as hard as possible with their fellow allies such as syria and lebanon and maybe even russia and china , but there's no way they will win this thing. they only gonna kill they're innocent citizens , and by the recent events on iran , everyone in the world know that most of the citizens of this country are anti regime and they're helplessly stuck with their most hated governors.
    the thing that i don't get , is that how no one can see this is a part of the history which has happened again and again and again , and it is happening again now , and it will happen again in future , and no one is learning anything from it. it was always like this , britains pressure iran to make a profit of this country , and on the other side russians pressure iran some other way , and it is obvious that iran is becoming a puppet for the two big and hungry puppet masters. and at the end , iran would be in war with both of them and can't win the war , so iran would make an agreement with both sides , and at the very end , not britains nor russians do anything on their agreements and iran is so weak and helpless that they can't do anything about it. how in the world no one can see the coming again?? only this time on the left side "USA – Israel – France – .... (England of course!)" and on the other side "Iran -Lebanon – Syria – Russia – and maybe China"

    January 23, 2012 at 4:31 am | Reply
  3. Rob

    Can Iran close the Straits, in the short term, in a word, yes. It is a narrow, target rich enviroment. However, the US Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force would be able to push back the Iranian forces out missle range, sink their Navy and shoot down their Air Force in fairly short order. The question would be how long the US forces have to be there?

    January 15, 2012 at 7:09 pm | Reply
  4. Davehuckleberry

    Iran can try to close the Strait of Hormuz but in doing so they will be starting a war that they could not possibly win. This is exactly what Israel is hoping for because when the USA strikes Iran, Israel will take out all of iran's nuclear sites.
    Iran has to be stopped and put in their place before it is too late and they have developed several nuclear weapons which would destabilize the entire mid-east and this is something that most countries will not allow.

    January 3, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  5. BOBBY

    No...they can't

    January 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Reply
  6. whatislife

    just wait for the big 1 syria is on the hit list less than 6 months we will also be there watch and c

    January 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
  7. EuphioTGank

    the Iranian president need to keep the war talk going to hold power, even if he miscalculates and war comes he wins, even if the US crushes his navy he wins. since the US won't send in ground troops, there is no scenario where he loses

    January 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  8. kam

    Strait of Hormuz can be close by iran in sample way to sink their two vessels in to sea and its closed. This is the reasom y they are saying this. But after no one knows what happen..........

    January 2, 2012 at 6:27 am | Reply
    • BOBBY

      that won't work...they can't close it and survive

      January 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  9. james

    We can only hope they try. Our Navy needs some practice. Does this ever end ???

    January 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  10. rebel41

    try it you might not like the taste in your mouth in the mornning . im thinking

    January 1, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Reply
  11. Igor

    I am not an expert. But as I read history I learn that there is no way to make peace. Peace is just an ideal that never will become true. Why? Men is naturally greedy. All superpowers throughout history had to conquer other nations because if they hadn't done that another greedy country would! Come on people! Let's be real! Let's stop wasting time discussing how things has to be and just let it be. Nothing will change. Hope in this regard won't work and never will, it might help some hundreds, two, one... "Deliver us from evil"

    January 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • BOBBY

      If every country had a government like the US there would be peace

      January 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
      • Expendable

        Are you retarded? The United States has never in its less than 200 years of ratified history experienced an extended peacetime. Not to mention we're the only country EVER to drop a Fatboy in the war climate, despite dozens of our allies and enemies alike possessing such weapons and engaging in their own conflicts. If every country had a government like the United States, there wouldn't be anything left to govern.

        January 4, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
  12. Paul

    Its a good time for USA to sell air plane to Saudi Arabia and air defense to Dubai, this poppet called Iran that makes all
    these deals to go through/ funny people believe in this funny games between USA and Iran

    January 1, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
    • desert voice (troubledgoodangel or Nathanael or Bohdan or Voiceinthedesert)

      I do feel that peace is possible to a large extent. This means that, while there may be some epochs with major wars, there will also be epochs of extended peace. Much depends on the situation of individual nations. Just look at the Swiss. They are the longest country in the world to have gone without a war. As a matter of fact, their last war was in 1814 and that that was the Napoleonic War. If the Swiss can do, why can't other nations imitate them? I grant that the Swiss have been blessed with a country filled with natural defenses, great stability insuring wealth, and a small size. Few nations would want to mess with Switzerland, not even Hitler did. But ultimately it isn't natural defenses, wealth, or size what insures peace. In Switzerland's case it's the homogenousness of its people. There are no internal strifes except those related to immigration. And there is no religious division. That is the only way that a nation like Switzerland could be broken: by internal struggle. In short, peace is possible with God's blessing. The more vulnerable a nation is the more needs God!

      January 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  13. rob2tall

    We all know that Iran and its radical govt is about as bright as a box of rocks when it comes to politics. If they think they can close the area to play war games they are asking to lose their Navy. The international community wont allow Iran to disrupt oil and other goods as they flow through the area. It will be an interesting event if push comes to shove-we alone can sink their entire Navy in about 1 hour-as well as destroy a majority of Irans military infrastructure in less that half of 1 day with ease.

    December 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • Felicity

      Is this why your army is getting trashed in Afganistan for the past 12 yrs.

      January 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
      • spineless liberal crusher

        Dear felicity, first time commenter here...The audacity of your snide comment inspired me to make this comment actually. If you look at the numbers we tallied, along with taking into consideration the rules of engagement, you might note that the only crushing was infact done by my Army. I'm sure there are pleanty of trepid bigots that are bloated with the same empty liberal blabber/rhetoric that your composed of...don't worry I'll get to them eventually. Also on a final note, I consider civillian casualties to be just as good as a confirmed kill, know thy enemy. Genocide like a motha. Please defect to Iran.

        January 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
      • BOBBY

        We crushed Afganistan...in fact we did what no other power has ever done there created a reasonable peace. Hey Spinless Liberal Crusher...I was an MP and this person ain't from our country...so get it right you phsyco freak.

        January 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
  14. DOC

    I don't know about anyone else in the military but I am tired of picking up parts of my buddies and trying to put them back together......I think we should maintain our trade routes by show of force yes but not to the point of another war......We need to focus on ourselves for a bit and fix our economy and its problems and then think about how we are going to keep our people safe. I am currently in Afghanistan and this is a s&%thole that we are trying to make better.......you want to know a secret........they hate us........they don't want to be better. How are we going to turn around and try to change something these people have been doing since before the US was a glint in the eye of the world. We can't........and don't any of you crazy hippies out there say I am unpatriotic because of what I said........I wear the uniform and have the right as a service member of this great country of ours more then most to speak freely..........I am a patriot to the corps........I am done talking......lets see what happens and go from there.

    December 31, 2011 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • rob2tall

      I too agree with what you are saying-but we both know-that no president has made any effort since Clinton to fix our economy-and none will any time soon.Oil is the name of the game and if Iran causes an issue-our cruise missile capacity will deter Iran in a few hours from ever trying to cause any problem in the region again.We have plenty of firepower in the region to wipe any threat of Iran off the seas or shores with very little loss of American lives if any at all.

      December 31, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Reply
      • DOC

        Agreed

        January 10, 2012 at 9:24 am |
    • lweba

      How will you keep your economy going if Hormuz is closed?

      January 1, 2012 at 4:35 am | Reply
      • DOC

        Iran.......lol i have first hand experiance against that ragtag bunch of miscreants.......they don't take care of their equipments enough to keep them opperating anywhere near optimul levels........yes they have 20-40mm cannons on most of their skiffs........yes skiffs.......or maybe a few patrol boats.....i don't think iran wants to deal with over 50 nations who benefit from the straits export traffic......i would say good luck......they would need every boat in there coast gaurd.....because they don't have any sorts of a navy......to cut off the straits.....and even then the us, the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, and the rest of our allies in Europe would be punching through them like they weren't even there.........I am not worried about the toy boats of iran........let them try but know this......if we are to go to war over this.....it is going to be the entire UN not just us.

        January 10, 2012 at 9:23 am |
    • Leo

      II agree 100% that they do not want us there. We cant change them simply because they do not want to change.
      But we have to keep a strong hand in the area, unfortunately the only way to do this is using our armed forces. Iran is looking for trouble and sooner or later is going to find it. What we need is a strong man in the White House. Our president has not done anything to improve the role of our country in the world scenario.

      January 1, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
      • DOC

        I wouldn't mind seeing someone who has been in uniform in the last 10 years as our President.........It would help congress and the house see where we are coming from......we do need to keep a strong hand in the area and we are.......right now they have aircraft carrier strike groups in the area.........that’s all we need.....we can launch any offensive we need to launch from a carrier......we don't need to be on ground if we have air supremacy........the gulf war as in the 1st one pushing saddam out of Kuwait, was won but air...........we bombed them back to the stone age.......after that and only after that we sent ground forces in.....and even then it was the UN in its entirety.......not just us and the UK.........i am done ranting......we don't need to keep major ground forces in this region....that's all i am saying

        January 10, 2012 at 9:15 am |
    • Kenneth Alley USMC

      Way to go. Say what we all know is true, and we are still Patriotic. Semper Fi .

      January 2, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
      • DOC

        Semper Fi Devil.......Rah!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        January 10, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • ranger 830

      Roger that DOC. I second that motion.....How copy. RLTW Former 68/w 1/75th

      January 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
      • DOC

        I copy Lima Charlie

        January 10, 2012 at 9:08 am |
  15. Edward

    I think the greedy Jews are driving up the price of oil. This will ruin gthe economies of many countries.

    December 31, 2011 at 6:38 am | Reply
  16. David, Tampa

    One would think that the Iranians would be more polite since the got their butts waxed by by Mr. G. Khan. in 1018. Some accounts say 10 to 15 million people got killed by Khan. So there is really no ancient culture there. Simply the remaining smart asses from the last time they smarted off to a superior force.

    December 31, 2011 at 1:16 am | Reply
    • quito_yume

      well said.. they are a gnat talking smack to elephants.. one false move and they will cease to exist

      January 3, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Reply
    • KOOROSH

      ONE MORE AMERICAN, WHO GETS RUBED BY THEIR POLITICIANS EVERYDAY. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT POLITICS?
      FACT: US CONSTITUTION WAS COPIED FROM PERSIAN EMPIRE(KOOROSH THE GREAT), YOU CAN RESERACH THAT
      IF YOU HAVE THE INTELLIGENCE FOR IT.

      January 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  17. arcangel84

    Iran wants to be the country they once were rather “Achaemenid Empire”, they controlled Modern day Iraq , parts of Greece and Egypt .
    There empire encompassed over 8 million km at one point .
    The problem then is the culture was very diverse and that was there down fall , Alexander the great rolled in and the Persians where ripe for the picking .
    Today the Mullah’s control the country by sheer force of the Guard , The illegitimate government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is a Quisling entity that has betrayed its people, its traditions, its glorious pre-Islamic achievements, and is working against Iran's national interest. Iran, under the stranglehold and machinations of the Mullahs, has been transformed, in less than three decades, into a perpetrator of evil and of all that is abhorrent to humanity.
    Time for a change , at some point they will slip and the US and NATO and its allies will tire of the pushing and shoving and they will shove back .
    Iran will find the “Shock and Awe campaign in Iraq ratcheted up a hundred fold . The Terrain won’t matter , the Navy won’t matter nor will there aging air force .
    We have been playing with hundreds of scenarios and developing unique weapons over the last 10 years that make what we used in Iraq look like fire crackers in the back yard sandbox ..
    We have China and the ongoing war with Afghanistan to worry about- and they are long term problems that a small scale war like the one with Iran won’t solve .
    Remember Pearl Harbor anyone ?? “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve”
    Isoroku Yamamoto said that at the onset of world war II with Japan ..
    The American people are tired up the Islamic terrorist regimes , they impact the way we live our lives , they affect the world economy and most importantly they go against the freedoms that America was built upon .. One way or another Dictatorships like Iran will be erased , the people that lived under those dictatorships will thrive or they wont .
    History has a pretty good track record with religious/Political dictatorships .. they all go away …
    America may not last as long as the Roman empire did but you can bet that they learn from the Latters Mistakes .. Most of the Run & Gun regimes play the same old games century after century ..
    Iran , feel free to talk the talk Just like your great great great grandpappy Darius and Artaxerxes you never learn that freedom is precious and no american or really any human will bow forever ..
    Its coming fellas so wrap up in your head scarves and build lots off coffins you can drape your flag over .
    Please keep talking , cowards talk because they are afraid ..

    December 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • azar

      Every one in the world lives in his house and is free to enjoy its freedom, same it true when we talk about internatonal borders. I think it is not fair that america is fighiting war for Israeil or any other state and it should prove that we americans are peacful nation instead of a policeman.If iran is doing something to its people in its terroitory let it do it and we americans should call back our troops home and our war planes home and relax like china and work on the economy to get rid of loans

      December 30, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Reply
      • BOBBY

        those airplanes didn't fly into isreali buildings....!d!0t.

        January 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • ranger 830

      Fantastic statement for the CNN board! Very well put,I think you hit the nail on the head!!!!! Sounds like someone who has been their and done that????? Or maybe just well versed and well read? Either way bravo Arcangel84 RLTW !!!

      January 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  18. Benibiker

    Iran has been a pimple on the World's face for too long, we keep putting Clearasil and band aides on it but it won't go away, it's just festering, it's time for us pop that dirty nasty looking pimple once and for all!

    December 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  19. Mac Qurashi

    Most of the comments demonstrate our exceptionalism. God help us.

    December 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Reply
  20. Cindi

    Iran isn't going to do nothing to the US. I see Iran as being nothing more than trying to be a bully. In all reality, there is no such thing as a bully. A bully is made up in one's mind allowing in fear.

    December 30, 2011 at 9:51 am | Reply
    • nobody8123

      really cindi? there is no bully here? Quite the contrary. The United States is the bully, puting sanctions on the people of iran. let iran be. or else, do we want to go to war with a country that is no threat to us. Yes that sounds good. lets ruin our own country by goingto war with a country 100 times stronger than iraq. a war with iran would be the beggining of the end.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Reply
      • Rick

        nobody8123,,, Iran's leaders are a bunch of girly men trying to impress the world with their whining threats. They're all cowards and bully their own citizens. If they move just one ship into the Straits a US made cruise missile with annihilate that ship quickly.

        December 30, 2011 at 12:39 pm |
      • keith morris

        Go to California and hug some trees. I'm recently retired military of 23 years and you OBVIOUSLY have never done more than spout out your painfully ignorant opinions on world situations. Let the grown ups do the talking and go back to your bedroom til you grow up.

        December 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
      • rob2tall

        nobody is just another fool.The US alone in the area can wipe Iran off the map at sea or land in less that 1 day.By elimination of its infrastructures ability to utilize electricity by use of our newly developed EMP devices-or simply by gps guided munitions-Iran is very large but also a very large target-We do not need to put ground forces in Iran-I suspect that the govt would back down after its entire navy sank in 1 or 2 hours and every airfield,land based military facility,and all its sams and aircraft were wiped out.they would call for a ceasefire

        December 31, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • Cindi

      See, I told you Iran wasn't going to do anything !!!!!

      January 23, 2012 at 8:46 am | Reply
  21. Feast of Beast

    Of course they CAN close it, at least temporarily. No oil company is going to risk having their billion-dollar super tankers sunk.

    December 30, 2011 at 9:39 am | Reply
    • desert voice (troubledgoodangel or Nathanael or Bohdan or Voiceinthedesert)

      Iran could sink a dozen old oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz, blocking the waterways. f these tankers weren't enough, Iran could float thousands of anti-ship mines. I wonder how deep the water there is. It's an ideal milieu for wooden stealth minisumbmarines. Such could pose adire threat to the oil tankers. In short, Iran does not need to fire a shot to close the Strait of Hormuz. The floating bombs and minisummarines can do the job. These tankers are so dangerously exposed to aerial assalts, that the UN should have had long ago declared a no-fly zone over the Strait of Hormuz, to protect the international trade!

      December 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Reply
      • scott

        Even mines while effective would not close it for long.If you remember in 1988 the Ernest GoodWill convoys, where we escorted reflagged tankers. We had six mine sweepers in the gulf, they cleared out a number of minefields, including the Farsi Mine Field. This was a route used by Kuwait Tankers. I know I was on the sweeps over their.

        December 31, 2011 at 6:28 am |
      • rob2tall

        Irans dumb but not that dump.To attack any oil tanker would allow the world to respond and destroy Iran

        December 31, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
      • desert voice (troubledgoodangel or Nathanael or Bohdan or Voiceinthedesert)

        Scott does not explain how can these mine sweepers be protected in the Strait of Hormuz from the Iranian ground artillery? Any invasion of Iranian territory to destroy the rocket emplacements would mean a major war. So I wouldn't rely too much on the effectiveness of mine sweepers to keep the Strait navigable. Do even the Americans have an idea where the ground-to-sea artillery emplacements are?

        January 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
      • ranger 830

        Keep dreaming!!!!! You must be smokin some Afghani shit huh!!! The good stuff!!!!

        January 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
  22. Ttriac

    Are u idiots trolling? Whats with all the excitment about going to war? This is serious, This is not a case of their dik being bigger than yours. America just passed sanctions on Iranian oil which is 50% of their GDP ur gonna cripple and starve them, how do u expect them to react? Im sure u could easily obliterate them you have bases in every single country surrounding Iran except for Azerbaijan ur just itching for an excuse. U deposed Mohammad Mosaddegh in 1953 the only democratic leader of Iran for the crime of nationalizing their oil and u expect the rest of the world to buy that u are pro democracy? Then u funded a devastaing war against Iran buy supplying Saddam almost free of charge. Iranians have a right to fear and hate America u have brought them nothing but ruin, getting nuke's is a matter of surviaval to them now.

    December 30, 2011 at 7:22 am | Reply
    • nobody8123

      100% correct. some people dont realize it was our (america's) own doing.

      December 30, 2011 at 12:24 pm | Reply
      • Sucka Punch

        We created the problem and we'll Solve the problem !!!!

        December 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
    • Jason

      Waa waa waa, Americas foreign policy is appropriate to counter act the chaotic and volatile nature of the middle east populus. In other words you're a bunch of head cases that need to be dealt with brutally.

      December 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply
    • MikeJones

      I expect them to respond by correcting the "issues" that brought the sanctions to begin with. That is what the sanctions are intended to do.

      January 1, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
  23. deejay

    We all know that the Iranian government is only mouth-making. If they attempt to close the strait of Hormuz, their action will be similar to a person who is looking to commit suicide by cop. The cop will try the restrain the person wanting to commit suicide, but if a threat is perceived by the cop, he will have no choice but to use deadly force.

    December 30, 2011 at 6:21 am | Reply
    • Felicity

      The Iranian have every right to close the strait of Hormuz, CNN, BBC and other western media is just lying and calling the strait of Hormuz an international water ways. 50% of the strait of Hormuz belong to iran and the other 50% to Bahrin Oman and the UAE. So all Iran need to do is close it part of the strait and by the this is the deeper end.

      January 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  24. RCDC

    Iran's cruise missles could pose a threat to our US ships. I pray there will be no war anytime in the future. We don't need war. All of us should help hand in hand towards mutual and prosperous goals.

    December 30, 2011 at 12:59 am | Reply
  25. Mike

    Iran will drive us to the brink but I suspect that if we stick our guns, they will back down. They don't want to close the strait and I don't think they could actually blockade it. It's 34 miles wide! They could disrupt the flow of oil but that would hurt them too and make enemies out of Gulf nations they are on friendly terms with. It would also risk war with the west. Let's face it, the western powers cannot afford to allow Iran to mess with the free flow of 90% of the oil coming from the Middle East.

    Strong sanctions against the Central Bank of Iran will drive them to the negotiating table and we will be able to address their development of nuclear weapons. The question is: will Obama be strong or will he cave? If he caves on this issue, the Israelis will have no alternative but to launch an airstrike.

    December 29, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  26. sinifay

    Let Iran try and deny us our oil...they need only look to Iraq and now Africa of what we do to those threaten our addiction to oil...LOL Plus you'd our allies furious as well...Egypt tried this many years ago with the Suez Canal..and France and Great Britain smacked the living daylights out of them... Not going to happen...They have a small airforce and navy that doesnt have the numbers/talent or technology to stop us... word ;)

    December 29, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Reply
    • UNC Tarheel

      Does everyone believe america can even afford another war? Even if it isnt a war. It cost well over 1 million to pull a ship in and out of port. Then to travel half way across the world. Dont get me wrong America has one of the most powerful military forces ever, but the buget would not match the force we need. Look at what iraq has done to our economy. the us isnt a super power it once was. and to regain that would require us to back down and just take care of our selves. No matter how big or small the problem america has always tryed to put thie rnose in it and change the course of action. this cant always been done. look at what it has done to countless military family, and friends. How about every one set down and think about a problem and the bigger sight.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:29 am | Reply
  27. Antoine

    hey us here in Canada dont have a very large armed forces but what we have i'm sure we'd like to help kick there butts!! Oh yah can someone tip me off a couple days before so i can buy oil futures??? haha

    December 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Reply
    • Jim S

      I totally agree. I'm a US veteran and I've worked with the Canadian, British, and just about every military in the country. If IRAN were to attempt to close this route, it would be a huge mistake on their part. I'm a big believer in the peace process but when your talking about 1/3 of the world oil going through the Straight, it would affect the world economy. I really have a lot of Iranian friends whom I respect but I think the military and their Government will make the citizens suffer because of the Governments tactics and Ignorance. Obviously were are a super power military wise but it's better to work things out peacefully.

      December 29, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply
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    • BOBBY

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      January 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  29. Mohammed

    Just to satisfied the illegitimate son of USA, we are doing every thing to please Israel, and God know when this will end, we are suffering for years with one act or another, and that crying baby is so hungry that what ever we feed and still hungry every time and crying and worst thing is unfaithful to.

    December 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • str8vision

      Errr...come again? I think something was lost in the translation.......

      December 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  30. str8vision

    Big talk no action, typical Iranian BS. In the coming days Iran will ramp up the inflammatory rhetoric but in the end, they will stay safely at home, tails tucked between their legs claiming victory. Iran should "man up" and demonstrate it's true faith in Islam and Allah by directly engaging/attacking the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet in the strait of Hormuz. With Allah's protection, what could possibly go wrong?...................

    December 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Reply
  31. Salty dog

    there are a couple of things to think about here. First, Iran and the world know the US Navy power is unmatched. So, why would they instigate? It may be a small piece to their grand scheme of things. I have been through the straights multiple times and seen their Navy provoke us by having their subs follow or their helos fly over. they are constantly challenging us. they want us to initiate. its too easy to take them out. Im curious to see what this was all really about.

    December 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  32. Joe

    Yeah, such an awesome idea. Let's provoke the best trained, best equipped, most motivated, battle hardened all volunteer army into a conflict. It would end up shorter then the first Gulf War once the rain of fire commenced and our guys would open a can of kick ass on them. They only provide 2.2% of the total oil production so I doubt it would have any long term effect on the world economy....oil would spike but drop soon after once the the oil speculators and traders figure it out.....come and get it!!!!

    December 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • Mac Qurashi

      That is exactly we said before invading Iraq. President Bush declared "Mission Accomplished" just few months after the attack. After almost nine years of occupation and $trillion we are leaving a country that is devastated with no viable serves and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dead and thousands of US military families disrupted. We can not call it a "Mission Accomplished". To boot, our economy is in shambles and there is no relief in sight. A war with Iran will occupy our attention for decades and the western economy will become non existant because China, India and Brazil will find easy pickings.
      Just like Iraq, Iran poses no direct threat to US.

      December 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Reply
      • MikeJones

        Let me enlighten you to some facts about your statement. At the time Bush declaired "Mission Accomplished" the mission, as originally intended was accomplished. After this point the mission changed. The violence in the country spiralled out of control due to sectarian violence whom's flames were fueled by external players...Iran being one of them coincidentally. If you think our country would be willing to shed the same blood/money to attempt fixing another one of these problem, I hope you're wrong. It could, and should be a quick job.

        January 1, 2012 at 10:59 am |
  33. michaelfury

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/04/07/payback/

    December 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  34. jtr2323

    I hope we wipe out their entire country. Screw anyone who hates on the US too. We are the keepers of peace and freedom for this world. I say we reduce all foreign aid and all of these spoiled countries talking smack will come crawling back to us with many of sorries.

    December 29, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • xoxo

      How can you talk about being a "keepers of peace and freedom for this world" when you start off talking by saying "hope we wipe out their entire coutry"? Very peaceful!!!! Just because they have a f****ed up goverment doesn't give you the right to give such an ignorant comment. Please take your head out of your a** so you can see things with a better perspective!

      December 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  35. Hahahahahahahaha

    Ahhhh. No. That's like asking if islam is peaceful. Hahahahahahahaha.

    December 29, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  36. 2ND Airborne Pilot

    Let them try. I am confident that Obama will take off the handcuffs and let us set that entire ratfuck infested cointry on fire. Like that great American Patriot Clint Eastwood said ...... GO AHEAD MOTHERFUCKERS !!!!! MAKE OUR MOTHERFUCKING DAY !!!!!! MAKE OUR MOTHERFUCKING DAY BITCH !!!!!!!!!!! You raghead motherfuckers are dealing with the baddest nation the world has ever known.

    December 29, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • Gdog

      Don't sugar-coat it, tell us how you REALLY feel. And while you're at it,, let me know and I'll assist.

      December 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply
    • michaelfury

      "A man's gotta know his limitations."

      - Clint Eastwood

      http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/by-their-fruits/

      December 29, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Reply
    • str8vision

      Don't hold back on my account, go ahead and tell us how you really feel about Iran and their BS. You'll feel better afterwards.

      December 29, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • BOBBY

      ya thats pretty much true I'll give you that.

      January 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Reply

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