- - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Iran, continuing to hold up the spirit of the Iranian nuclear deal (tongue firmly in cheek) has now threatened to close to Strait of Hormuz to U.S. vessels and allied traffic. A third of the world’s oil supply is still transported through this vulnerable waterway. Iran and the United States fought a brief naval conflict over the exact same issue in the late 1980s. Iran lost, but the U.S. Navy was much stronger at that point in time. We are now seeing the consequences of reducing American naval power to the current extremely low level of ships and capability.

“If the Americans and their regional allies want to pass through the Strait of Hormuz and threaten us, we will not allow any entry,” state media quoted Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, the deputy commander of the powerful Revolutionary Guard, as saying on Wednesday. “Americans should learn from recent historical truths”, most likely referring to the January capture of 10 US sailors who entered Iranian waters.

Brig. Gen. Salami went on to say, “Americans cannot make safe any part of the world,” reported Al Jazeera.

This type of Iranian behavior is all the more reason to develop American domestic energy supplies which are abundant. The simplest way to avoid being drawn into another conflict in the Persian Gulf is to make their energy supplies irrelevant. In any event, American naval power is a force for good and should be rebuilt as soon as possible under the next administration.

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