Iran's threats to close the Strait of Hormuz have been effective in the past.
On the word of E.U. sanctions, Crude oil prices rose and worldwide demand for gasoline isn't declining anytime soon.
Ali Velshi spoke with Karim Sadjadpour of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Spencer Ackerman who writes for the Danger Room blog on Wired.com.
Here are the two parts of that chat below:
Related post: CNN's Tim Lister explains why the Strait of Hormuz is so strategically important and why tensions are rising there.
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The Ferris Wheel has been spinning so long, before any of us were even born, that most Americans have forgotten they are along for the ride. In the meantime, the bolts have rusted away and the wheel is spinning out of control, and in real life- there are no heroes with superpowers to save us. This war will reach us all, I fear.
Tracie, tankhs for hosting this month. I look forward to reading each of the posts. It is encouraging to know that other survivors are out there.
You stupid americans don't bring 3rd world war we are tired of your stupidity anger towards islamic countries with the wrong excuses
Stupid Americans? We did not fly planes into buildings. We do not want to destroy a way of life for no reason. We do not hate a culture just because of religion. Who does these kinds of things? Radical Islamic countries. We are not stupid Americans. We do not want war. We want to be left alone and live our lives. But, we cannot do that because we always have to worry about stupid islamic countries. So, think before you call us stupid Americans.
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Is it true that only csonregs can authorize war in the US? I am not an American but I wonder whether Bush could actually do this, much as I might agree with the strategy. If he decided to declare war knowing that he would be impeached, possibly in mid mission, could the military continue on until the proceedings were finalized? I think it would be terrible if US forces came within days of overthrowing the regime only to be pulled back leaving things worse than doing nothing.
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Bravo, re mindset of the US that Iranians are cfrtay and that negotiations cannot succeed. So, push for sanctions in order to chalk up a win in the win column ( sanctions for their own sake). Even when they will be counter-productive, and even, apparently, when the failure of the sanctions is something many of those seeking the sanctions actually wish to see.
What are we talking about?why does Iran want a nuclear bomb when her citizens are lavishiing in poverty? The implicatiions of a nuclear Iran is a trigger of nuclear arms race in the middle east,Turkey,Saudi Arabi et all would all want theirs.Can't Iran bother and have an economy that can flourish like turkey instead they want to wipe out a fellow country(Israel), they fund terrorist organisations, they brutally maim their own citizens for speaking against government.I want to state here clearly that Iran is militarily incapable of closing the strait of Homuz.They should watch it before they end up worse than Iraq.
This oil embargo on Iran chieftained by U.S is basically modern day propaganda to suppress a section of the world and empowering another in military prowess. Why can't Iran get a nuclear weapon when a small jewish government called israel has?
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That would be all the pocvooatirn we need to not merely spike Iran's nuclear program, but force regime change in Iran itself, by force.Only the Left moonbats could object, and even the MSM wouldn't be giving them a megaphone.Harshen the ROE in Iraq, as our forces move to Iran, Syria and Hezbollah will need to be dealt with at the same time (Syria might well choose to cave, and be well behaved) . Meanwhile, Hamas and Fatah are keeping each other busy. Interesting times.
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According to Shirin Shafaie, writing for CASMII Media Watch On Forbes dot com, rrteepor Claudia Rosett wrote that she and President Abdullah Gul of Turkey sipped tea and had a disturbing talk that it resided next to one of the world's roughest neighbors, Iran.For his part, President Gul published a press release stating: Following today's reports by some press organizations that Mr President gave an interview to the Forbes Magazine, the announcement below was deemed necessary: Neither today nor in the past has Mr President ever given any interview to the Forbes Magazine. We respectfully inform the public.' Moral of the story: don't believe everything you read in the MSM, on line, in blogs, anywhere. Check the sources, cross-check information, evaluate the prior acts and credibility of parties presenting the information.Rosett is presently Journalist-in-Residence for Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the current project of ideologues formerly associated with neoconservative think tanks and publications, such as Michael Ledeen, Marc Gerecht, James Woolsey ,,, the usual suspects.
Something that Flynt said yesterday bears retaeping: neoconservatives and others who have long opposed U.S. engagement with the Islamic Republic and instead advocate military action and support for regime change in Tehran are using what we believe is an increasingly widespread misreading of Iranian political dynamics in the United States to promote their preferred policy agenda. Now, pray tell, what could their preferred agenda possibly be? According to the neo-con men, every problem has a military solution, which is almost always the preferred solution. For them, Iran is the perfect festering sore a problem that cannot really be solved militarily, but justifies a massive arms buildup, benefiting their underwriters.IMHO neoconservatives are shills for defense industries putting private gain ahead of public interest. How many times do we have to sing that particular refrain before people start getting what Washington is all about?
Kenner's piece gets sloppy in a coplue places. He characterizes Iran's nuclear program as rogue And I do not believe Gul opposes Iran's civilian nuclear program (as Kenner implies); rather the concern is with nuclear weapon proliferation as a whole.In the past, I've actually compared Turkey's rocky road to acceptance in the EU with Iran's very rocky road to Western acceptance of its nuclear rights under the NPT. Seems to be more than a cultural chauvinism at work here, extending beyond the Bosphorus as it were.
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