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    Default Dangerous mix: Iranian oil and U.S. sanctions

    Now this makes me really nervous .. fifth fleet is already present ..

    The USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier is seen as it allegedly went "inside the manoeuvre zone" where Iranian ships are conducting 10 days of wargames in the Gulf, accoridng to Iranian officials.




    The Iranian exercise is taking place in international waters near the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-sixth of the world’s oil supply.

    Beyond it lie vast bodies of water, including the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden. The US Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet is also active in the area, as are warships of several other countries that patrol for pirates there.


    Dangerous mix: Iranian oil and U.S. sanctions - CNN.com

    Iran says it recorded video of US aircraft carrier | World | DAWN.COM

    Iran has threatened that it will retaliate against the Obama administration's proposed new economic sanctions on Iran's oil exports by blocking the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf. "If sanctions are adopted against Iranian oil," said Iran's Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi, "not a drop of oil will pass through the Strait of Hormuz," the narrow waterway at the mouth of the Persian Gulf, which one-fifth of the world's oil supply passes through daily.


    Oil rises on shortcovering as market eyes Iran | Reuters
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    Iran has a clever strategy and has driven up the price of one of its resources.

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    Default Iran Proposes Nuclear Talks, Delays Missile Test

    thats some good news :
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    Iran has proposed a new round of talks on its controversial nuclear program while apparently delaying long-range missiles tests that it had said would take place Saturday.

    Iran Proposes Nuclear Talks, Delays Missile Test | Middle East | English

    Since the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, the geo-strategic situation has changed in this region. The government in Iraq was increasingly in Iran.Both in Syria and in Lebanon and in Bahrain the influence of Shiite Iran has increased. The rulers of Iran, whose population is 90 percent Shiite, encourage this development.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gio7707 View Post
    thats some good news :
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    Iran has proposed a new round of talks on its controversial nuclear program while apparently delaying long-range missiles tests that it had said would take place Saturday.

    Iran Proposes Nuclear Talks, Delays Missile Test | Middle East | English

    Since the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq, the geo-strategic situation has changed in this region. The government in Iraq was increasingly in Iran.Both in Syria and in Lebanon and in Bahrain the influence of Shiite Iran has increased. The rulers of Iran, whose population is 90 percent Shiite, encourage this development.

    The Iranians are getting a bit desperate. They know these most recent sanctions are going to do real damage if they pass. They are blustering, going a little North Korean. Perhaps as a prelude to negotiations. There is also a major power struggle going on in the country.

    I think the Iranians could maybe block the straight for a few hours at most. It would also provide us with all the necessary coverage if we wanted to strike at their Nuke program more blatantly then we are already doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by five apples View Post
    The Iranians are getting a bit desperate. They know these most recent sanctions are going to do real damage if they pass. They are blustering, going a little North Korean. Perhaps as a prelude to negotiations. There is also a major power struggle going on in the country.

    I think the Iranians could maybe block the straight for a few hours at most. It would also provide us with all the necessary coverage if we wanted to strike at their Nuke program more blatantly then we are already doing.
    ...and drive up the price of oil and slow or stop the US recovery.

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    Default Santorum Says He Would Threaten Air Strikes Against Iran

    Santorum is using this issue to boost his elections ..dangerous ..


    Santorum Says He Would Threaten Air Strikes Against Iran - Businessweek

    Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said he would use air strikes against Iran unless the country dismantled its nuclear program or allowed inspectors to verify that the work isn’t aimed at making a weapon.

    “I would be saying to the Iranis, you either open up those facilities, you begin to dismantle them and make them available to inspectors, or we will degrade those facilities through air strikes,” Santorum said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program today. “Iran will not get a nuclear weapon under my watch.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin P. Varga View Post
    ...and drive up the price of oil and slow or stop the US recovery.
    No worse then Libya did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by five apples View Post
    No worse then Libya did.
    Couldn't be worse? Could be just as bad? Do you have a crystal ball?

    Well, maybe the country with the largest known oil reserves could help us. That would be Venezuela.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gio7707 View Post
    Santorum is using this issue to boost his elections ..dangerous ..
    I don't think Pres. Obama has ruled out air strikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by five apples View Post
    The Iranians are getting a bit desperate. They know these most recent sanctions are going to do real damage if they pass. They are blustering, going a little North Korean. Perhaps as a prelude to negotiations. There is also a major power struggle going on in the country.

    I think the Iranians could maybe block the straight for a few hours at most. It would also provide us with all the necessary coverage if we wanted to strike at their Nuke program more blatantly then we are already doing.
    Why should we strike at their Nuke program?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin P. Varga View Post
    ...and drive up the price of oil and slow or stop the US recovery.
    What US recovery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gio7707 View Post
    Santorum is using this issue to boost his elections ..dangerous ..


    Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum said he would use air strikes against Iran unless the country dismantled its nuclear program or allowed inspectors to verify that the work isn’t aimed at making a weapon.

    “I would be saying to the Iranis, you either open up those facilities, you begin to dismantle them and make them available to inspectors, or we will degrade those facilities through air strikes,” Santorum said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program today. “Iran will not get a nuclear weapon under my watch.”
    If the Iranians are smart they would continue to give a big F U to America

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin P. Varga View Post
    I don't think Pres. Obama has ruled out air strikes.
    Of course he hasn't b/ he treats our armed forces as his personal war machine.

    How has his foreign policy differed from Bush?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colin P. Varga View Post
    Couldn't be worse? Could be just as bad? Do you have a crystal ball?

    Well, maybe the country with the largest known oil reserves could help us. That would be Venezuela.
    Because the Iranians won't be able to pull this off for very long. Saudi Arabia also said they would increase production to offset any disruption.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickTheCage View Post
    What US recovery?
    While things are bad the economy isn't getting worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickTheCage View Post
    Of course he hasn't b/ he treats our armed forces as his personal war machine.

    How has his foreign policy differed from Bush?
    Regarding the Middle East oil, Pres. Nixon set the policy and each president has followed it. Middle East oil is a matter of National Security and the US military can be used to secure it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by five apples View Post
    Because the Iranians won't be able to pull this off for very long. Saudi Arabia also said they would increase production to offset any disruption.
    Temporarily. Saudi Arabia has a long term perspective on their oil and national developement.

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    Iran Warns The US To Keep Its Aircraft Carrier Out Of The Persian Gulf

    whatever it is ..this doesn't look good ..I pray that it will be solved soon..

    Fars news agency reported that Ataollah Salehi said "We usually don't repeat our warning, and we warn only once. We recommend and emphasize to the American carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf."



    Oil up 3 percent on Iran warning and U.S., China data | Reuters
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gio7707 View Post
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    Fars news agency reported that Ataollah Salehi said "We usually don't repeat our warning, and we warn only once. We recommend and emphasize to the American carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf." ...
    It's easy for Iran to threaten when it knows that aircraft carrier has a mission planned well in advance of Iran's threat.

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    Default Iran's leader arrives in Venezuela to meet Chavez

    Chavez...you gotta be kiddin me..and he is heading to Cuba . Nicaruaga and Ecuador...Oh well let me have another drink ....



    He also dismissed speculation by some officials in Washington that Iran might eventually be able to use Latin American countries to stage attacks on U.S. interests.

    “That must be looked at carefully because it’s a threat against us,” Chavez said. “We aren’t a threat to anyone. We just have rights and we’re sovereign.”

    Ahmadinejad and Chavez both plan to travel to Nicaragua for Tuesday’s inauguration of newly re-elected President Daniel Ortega.

    and another drink ....
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