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.

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