Sunday, February 26, 2012

U.S. boosting military presence in Strait of Hormuz to fend off any Iranian attempt at closure

Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
Activist Post

The Western military buildup in the Persian Gulf region has been quite long and sizable. I have been doing my best to keep track of it and record it for my readers through my series “Iran: a quickly evolving geopolitical imbroglio” and many companion articles outside of that series.

It is now ramping-up even more with the Wall Street Journal reporting that the United States is planning to beef up their so-called defenses in the region.

They report that the U.S. is increasing defenses based on both land and sea in the Persian Gulf, and has notified Congress of plans to acquire new mine-detection and clearing equipment.

They also are looking to expand their surveillance capabilities in and around the Strait of Hormuz according to anonymous defense officials who were familiar with the requests, one of which was already submitted earlier this month.

The military is also reportedly looking to rapidly modify their ship-based weapons systems in order to optimize their efficacy against Iranian fast-attack boats and shore-launched cruise missiles which were tested in a previous Iranian military exercise.

While Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz in response to international sanctions over their nuclear program, I do not think that they are stupid enough to ignore the massive American presence in the region – which is only going to increase.

Western nations have been unrelenting in their claims that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons, even though it is contradicted by the majority of the American intelligence community.

Meanwhile, Iran has been consistent in their vehement denial of any such activities, and their claims are backed up by the facts – as evidenced by the opinion of intelligence analysts – while the claims made by Western nations are backed up by nothing but belief and rhetoric.

Iran has also been taking some steps to prepare for a possible Western strike with exercises being held just days ago which focused on defending nuclear sites from a possible attack.

Russian Information Agency Novosti (RIA Novosti) rightly points out, “There has been increasing speculation in recent weeks that Israel may carry out a military strike on Iran’s nuclear sites. The United States has also refused to rule out force.”

Indeed all signs point toward Israel and the United States gearing up for war, and there is substantial evidence showing that Israeli intelligence has already been carrying out covert operations in Iran for some time, which has actually been confirmed by unnamed American officials.

However, Iran hasn’t done the best job of putting Western fears (as unfounded as they may be) to rest by hinting at a possible pre-emptive attack.

Recently Mohammad Hejazi, a senior Iranian military commander, said, “Our strategy now is that if we feel our enemies want to endanger Iran’s national interests, and want to decide to do that, we will act without waiting for their actions,” according to Reuters.

Then again, you can’t really blame Iran for attempting to give the international community the impression that they are unafraid of a Western assault and would actually go as far as to take the first shot.

However, in reality I do not think that the Iranian leadership would be willing to watch their entire nation get bombed into the Stone Age unless they had a really good reason to.

I suspect that Iran is just trying to puff up its proverbial chest in order to intimidate and avoid an actual conflict. I think that the Iranian military and politicians are well aware of the fact that the United States, in concert with Israel, Britain and France, could absolutely eviscerate much of their country.

Say what you will about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but one thing he does not appear to be is ignorant and imbecilic. It would take someone who fully embodied both of those things to willingly put themselves in the crosshairs of the West with a green light to use any and all force they deem necessary.

I see Iran attempting to hold on to whatever legitimacy they can for as long as humanly possible, and a pre-emptive attack would likely sever what few ties they still have and cause them to lose what little support they have.

This is especially true as the United States just continues to build up military assets in the region, further showing just how brutal the destruction could be.

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Anonymous said...

First of all I am ignorant as to what is truly happening in the ME. I read many articles but I could be reading propaganda and in the end have no idea what is happening. As for keeping the Strait of Hormuz open we should have no problem. The problem is will any tankers enter when a state of war exists. I say no. So what are we protecting. Iraq and Iran with the help of Russia and China invading and taking over the area where Saudia Arabia and its allies are. Thus controlling the major oil producing area in the region.

citizen ron said...

the US' "defenses" are actually "offenses".

Tulsa Rob said...

President Ahmadinejad may not be ignorant, but he is definitely a very unwise imbecile! He and other government and military officials have stated on the record that they want to wipe Israel off the map, kill all Jews and Zionists, etc. Everyone MUST take what the Iranian officials have said as a statement of truth just the like millions of Iranians are. There is no "mis-speaking" over there. The Iranian government and military have put themselves in the position of having to take the necessary steps forward to doing what they have said, or losing face as cowardly liars. There is no middle ground or way out for them now. Therefore, the rest of the MUST assume that IRAN will follow through on their promises and stop them. Israel is the main stated target and they MUST do whatever it takes to make sure that Iran cannot fullfill the deeds that Ahmadinejad and others have stated as their intentions. Nobody can wait to see whether or not Ahmadinejad is a liar or not, but it is very obvious that he is a tremendous fool.

Anonymous said...

He is not a fool at all as any thinking person can tell from this interview:

And the famous "quote" was twisted from the original, roughly "Let the Zionist regime fall from the pages of history."

Israel has been shrieking about Iran getting a nuke since the 1990s. Israel that has hundreds of nukes itself and has never allowed inspectors!

Anonymous said...

Tulsa speak Farsi? You have personally translated what has been said?

Tulsa Rob said...

I have a personal friend who translates for me now as a favor. He is an Iranian electrical engineer that worked for me about 20 years ago. I have been a friend of his and his family ever since. So no, I don't speak or understand the Iranian language, but I do have my own trustworthy personal translator.

I already know about two previous translation problems by the MSM, that is why I quit listening to MSM translations and obtained my own. These statements by Iranian officials are not once or twice events, but multiple times, I know of nine. These statements are not all made by Ahmadinejad, but by other government and military officials too. I don't memorize their names or how to spell them, but you can look them up the same way I did, for your own reference.

Yes, Ahmadinejad is a fool. Only a fool would telegraph a strategic military event. Not only has he put himself in the position of having to attack another country, but he has also allowed his subordinates to also make statements like this.

Anonymous said...

Just because Iran says it won't strike first doesn't mean in actuality it won't, especially as they know they'll be attacked whatever they do to try and avoid it. I wouldn't be overly surprised if I wake up one day to the news that much of the US fleet was sunk in a 'surprise' attack.
Iran has so much decisive power it could take the initiative at a time of its choosing, in a manner that greatly weakens the West.

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