Friday, December 30, 2011

Only US Navy Can Check Iran, But Impending Cuts May Change That

An F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from the USS John C. Stennis in the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 15, 2011. The John C. Stennis is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations and support missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Benjamin Crossley

High-Seas Diplomacy: Only US Navy Can Check Iran -- Arthur Herman, New York Post

Anyone wondering if we still need a strong US Navy should consider the current commotion over the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran has decided to raise the tension over its nuclear-weapons program by threatening to shut down that all-important waterway at the mouth of the Persian Gulf if Washington and its allies tighten sanctions on its crude-oil exports.

“Closing the Strait of Hormuz for Iran’s armed forces is really easy,” Iran’s top navy commander told Iranian TV Wednesday, “easier than drinking a glass of water.”

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My Comment:
Arthur Herman's concerns are justified .... but for Congress (and for most of the American electorate), the priority is that the money in the US budget (or what is left) should be spent elsewhere .... and not on the military. What is my take .... in the long run this is a prescription for disaster .... but for now .... most Americans (quite frankly) do not care.

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