Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Navy Admiral ready for war with Iran

Via NewsHog, this interview by our Navy Admiral in the Persian Gulf:

"Although our presence in the Arabian Gulf is for defensive and not offensive purposes, the US will take military action if ships are attacked or if countries in the region are targeted or US troops come under direct attack," Patrick Walsh yesterday told journalists in Bahrain.

The three-star vice admiral said that there was increasing concern about the intention of Iran in the region.

"The question is not what the US is planning, but rather what Iran is planning for the region," he said.

"When you look at the exercises conducted by Iran in the last nine months, you see the open display of suggestions. They are using mines in their exercises and, very importantly, they are conducting sea manoeuvres in the proximity of the Strait of Hormuz. Why would Iran conduct them in that region when they have so much space elsewhere?" About 40 per cent of all the world's traded oil passes through the strategic waterway, and last month, an Iranian newspaper warned that retaliation by Tehran could include stopping oil traffic through the Strait.

'Why would Iran conduct them in that region when they have so much space elsewhere?' Could it be because...you know... it's their coastline and their waters? Just because we've packed our warships into the Gulf and have been mooning Iran in hopes of creating a convenient international incident doesn't mean Iran can't play wargames, too.

(Stupid, yes. But with all our nyah nyahing outside on his lawn, he feels he has the right to turn on the sprinklers..... It just means the next step is we get to burn down his house...)

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