U.S. Adds Forces in Persian Gulf, a Signal to Iran

July 3, 2012 at 12:44 pm

The United States has quietly moved significant military reinforcements into the Persian Gulf to deter the Iranian military from any possible attempt to shut the Strait of Hormuz and to increase the number of fighter jets capable of striking deep into Iran if the standoff over its nuclear program escalates.

The deployments are part of a long-planned effort to bolster the American military presence in the gulf region, in part to reassure Israel that in dealing with Iran, as one senior administration official put it last week, “When the president says there are other options on the table beyond negotiations, he means it.”

But at a moment that the United States and its allies are beginning to enforce a much broader embargo on Iran’s oil exports, meant to force the country to take seriously the negotiations over sharply limiting its nuclear program, the buildup carries significant risks, including that Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps could decide to lash out against the increased presence.

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  1. Bob Marshall says:

    Exactly what the war hawks wanted.

  2. boccagalupe says:

    “O” might have put them there, but if push comes to shove , O won’t allow them to shove back.

  3. brianjconway says:

    O wouldn’t have the balls to stop his degenerates from throwing babies off rooftops.

  4. American Thinker says:

    Obama may launch against Iran in August to gain approval from the American people so he will win the election. He will probably just wipe out their infrastructure like Israel did to Lebanon in 2006 and leave (going 90% of the way like Bush Sr. did in Iraq). Watch out for this move.

  5. It’s just a game of poker. The Iranians will continue to chuck and jive. The Americans will agree to set up a new dialogue date, and the pressure will be off. There will never be a new negotiation. However, just in case the Iranians will make our day by doing something stupid, like trying to blockade the Straits, the Rules of Engagement  will force us to continue to play this game of cat and mouse. What we need is an ultimatum. But you know that isn’t going to happen until Romney becomes President. The, just like Reagan’s ascension to the Presidency before Romney, the Iranians will fold like a camel tent in its 75th year of service. Remember, “trust but verify.”

  6. El Dee Bee says:

    Yes, it doesn’t hurt to let
    them know who they are fooling (F’ing) with.

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