Iran flexing

Iran is getting stroppy:

 Iran says it has successfully test fired a long-range missile during its naval exercise in the Gulf, the official IRNA news agency reported.

“We have test fired a long-range shore-to-sea missile called Qader (capable), which managed to successfully destroy predetermined targets in the Gulf,” the agency quoted deputy navy Commander Mahmoud Mousavi as saying.

The move follows Iran’s threat to halt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz.

“Today we will test-fire Qader and Nour long range missiles during the drill,” Mousavi told state TV earlier today.

Iran has been holding the 10-day naval exercise at a time of increased tension with Western powers over its nuclear programme, and Mousavi said on Sunday it had successfully test-fired a medium range surface-to-air missile.

Tehran threatened last week to stop the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz if it became the target of an oil embargo over its nuclear ambitions. The European Union has said it is considering a ban – already in place in the United States – on imports of Iranian crude.

The US Fifth Fleet said it will not allow any disruption of traffic in the vital oil shipping route.

They must be blessed with a whole heap of stupid. The US has wound down its Iraq deployment,¬†Afghanistan¬†is winding down too…they¬†have¬†plenty of battle hardened veterans, heaps of munitions and a stroppy anti-West country that wants nukes flexing it’s muscles.

Iran says they will close the Straits of Hormuz, I say a flight of B-52s, some B2s, a couple of carrier groups and the US Marines will make sure that won’t be happening.

  • Willsomers101

    ¬†Considering the US is flying over their country ( drones ) and in the past shot down a Iranian airliner when the US warship was inside Iranian territorial waters, Id say they are right to want to defend themselves….. then again they should be grateful the US stupidly invaded Iraq and got rid of their mortal enemy ¬†Saddaam. But hey no good deed goes unpunished

  • ConwayCaptain

    The US and Europe have now bought in sanctions against Iranian banks.  Their currency has plumetted and this will bring about inflation.

    They have massive unemployement and IMPORT most of their petrol which is subsidized.  With the drop in the currency this will cause problems.

    They may in fact collapse because of this along with Mossad killing off their scientists.

  • Peter Wilson

    Yep, the USA has violated their territory in the past. So what?

    We should look on the US like we do the police here. Sure, they will make mistakes and do stupid things; there will even be some corruption.

    But, at the end of the day, who would you rather be making the decisions. The USA, or the terrorists?

    And, to quote Steven Seagal: “Who else is going to do it? [pause] You?”

    • Willsomers101

      Lest for starters not kid ourselves the US isnt in for themselves, you have oil, then we are interested in defending/invading/controlling you baby.
      Just out today ¬†( 30 year rule but only in Aussie) is news even ¬†Anzus wasnt all it was cracked up to be, all they would¬†commit¬†to was a ‘response’.
      ‘ Defend’ , it was up to you baby.
      Tell me again what were were doing in Afghanistan for the last two years, at least Key came around to agreeing with labour  and bring the boys home

      • Peter Wilson

        It’s a little naive to think the USA is all pure and innocent. What police force is?

        As for ANZUS, I¬†would guess¬†“response” is a¬†military term, and much more accurate than “defend.”¬†

        Afghanistan? I think you’ll find they were trying to help in the reconstruction of a country torn apart by terrorists, something Labour didn’t appear to care about. My view is that Afghanistan is now a lost cause, they prefer to fight amongst themselves, and it is now time to move on.

  • thor42

    I saw an article elsewhere which said that Iran would be stupid to try to close the Straits. Income from oil makes up 60% of their exports, IIRC. Then again, you never know with the mullahs.

    • Willsomers101

      Do you actually read anything…?. They would only close the straits if the the west blocked their ¬†oil sales. The US is being rather cunning as they are looking to stop the money from oil getting to Iran rather than stopping the tankers ¬†from Iran.
      If I was  Iran I would pay Goldman Sachs to get around any financial obstacles, but not the NY branch.  GS Singapore would do it in a heartbeat

  • genesis 17:14

    israel has the circumcision knives sharpened and ready…

  • Anonymous

    It is a tragedy, the suffering that the scum leadership in power in Iran put their people through.
    If there is one country that has the potential to throw off the yoke of Islam, it is Iran.
    The easiest way would be for the Republican Guard to switch sides and turn on Ahmadinejad, the mullahs and the basij.
    Just imagine what a difference a free, pro-Western Iran could make to the region. Sadly, it’s hard to see it happening soon, though.

    • MrV

      And who overthrew the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953?

  • The old Bloke

    It might be an idea for your your rabid pro USA/ anti Iran posters to read something other than the usual western press. Unfortuntaly the western media/US spin machine are repeating the same stuff they did before IRAQ/Vientnam and a bunch of other wee conflicts(anyone remember Grenada?).¬†¬†¬† Broaded your minds people. I know it isnt fashionable to actually think but maybe start with something from mind candy land of CNN….http://articles.cnn.com/2011-11-22/middleeast/world_meast_iran-sanctions_1_tougher-sanctions-nuclear-program-military-dimensions?_s=PM:MIDDLEEAST

  • Anonymous

    The region is already a powder keg and the drums of war have been beating consistently in the western media. The chess pieces have been slowly arranged for such an encounter.
    Some pawns have to sacrificed for this insane appetite for destruction, by the same crusaders who went looking for WMDs.

    Here’s the run down:

    Syria also being softened up in the northern flank, by subversion.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/01/us-syria-idUSTRE7BO0B620120101

    US arms deal to UAE.

    http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/01/01/usa-uae-iran-idINDEE80002R20120101

    A casus belli in the form of a ‘false flag’¬† demonstrated in the USS Liberty would be the trigger.

    https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Gulf_of_Tonkin_Incident

    China also stated in will not hesitate to step in.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/china-will-not-hesitate-protect-iran-even-third-world-war

  • Anonymous

    I think this article pretty much sums up the Iranians mindset and intentions, and its fucking disturbing: 
    http://www.tehrantimes.com/politics/94167-campaign-against-zionists-is-main-priority-of-muslim-world-iran

    I regularly trawl through the not-so-popular places for stories, but I think I’ll be watching the Tehran Times a bit closer for the forseeable future.¬†

  • Anonymous

    On the other hand, the Israeli’s think they’re bluffing:
    http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/151353#.TwLTfzWP-rk

  • Bart

    All that needs to happen is a press release from the US Navy.

    “We can neither confirm, nor deny, that a Seawolf Class Submarine is on station in the Gulf of Hormuz.”

    Problem solved!

    • MrV

      Why all the drum-beating? Iran can’t even supply it’s civililan population with a reliable gasoline supply.
      It’s navy is an ant.

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