Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Iran would close Persian Gulf oil exports if Israel attacks


The Washington Times, the DC area’s “conservative” paper, is warning that Iran might try to shut down oil shipping through the Straits of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf as an outcome of tensions over its supposed nuclear weapons program, which Iran insists is only for civilian purposes. 

The fear is that Israel will attack Iran, provoking retaliation. Then the Obama administration would have to contemplate war to keep the Straits open, put it in a position recalling Bush on Iraq.  Again, we’ll have “Obama’s War”, #2.

There was a lot of tension in the Straits late in 1980, just before the election of Reagan. 

During the Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s, PO Keith Meinhold, soon to become a figure in the debate on gays in the military, served on special planes that hunted for submarines in the Hormuz area. He says he was shot at once.   

The link for Rowan Scarborough’s story is here

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