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Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Is the US a 98-pound weakling?

Those of us who grew up in the 1960's remember ads like the one above from comic books. On Tuesday, Iran is acting like the bully, kicking sand in the United States' face with a demand that the USS John Stennis not return to its Persian Gulf base. And unfortunately, the current occupant of the White House is the 98-pound weakling.
Iran's army chief told the United States that a US aircraft carrier which left the area because of Iranian naval exercises should not return to the Gulf, the state news agency reported on Tuesday.

"Iran will not repeat its warning ... the enemy’s carrier has been moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill. I recommend and emphasize to the American carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf," Ataollah Salehi told IRNA.

"I advise, recommend and warn them (the Americans) over the return of this carrier to the Persian Gulf because we are not in the habit of warning more than once," the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Salehi as saying.

Salehi did not name the aircraft carrier or give details of the action Iran might take if it returned.
JPost adds:
Also on Tuesday, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Vadim Koval told the Interfax news source that Russia doesn't believe Iran has long-range missiles. According to Koval, Iran does not possess the necessary technology to create these weapons in the near future and has so far only tested short and medium range missiles.

The statement came after Iranian state TV's website quoted on Monday a senior navy commander saying that the Islamic Republic test fired two long-range missiles during a 10-day naval exercise in the Gulf. Iran said that it is was using the test display its resolve to counter any attack by enemies such as Israel or the United States.

"We have test fired a long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader (capable), which managed to successfully destroy predetermined targets in the Gulf," deputy Navy Commander Mahmoud Mousavi told the official news agency IRNA. Later Monday, Mousavi added that "our Nour surface-to-surface long range missile was also successfully launched."
Yeah right.

The real question is why the Stennis got out of the way of those exercises in the first place. Who gave that order? Obviously, the coward who sits in the White House.

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At 7:29 PM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

Not directly concerned with this subject, but why are the Saudis only wanting to buy aircraft for their airforce but not carriers, if Iran is such a threat to them? They have equal rights in the Persian gulf, so would the Americans, as their proxies here, not have the right to remain in international law?
I think you know what I am thinking.


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