Iran Flexes Its Muscles

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On Sunday, Iran test-fired a new medium-range surface-to-air missile near the Strait that it claims has advanced radar-evading abilities. On the same day, Iran announced that it created and tested its own nuclear fuel rod and installed it in a research reactor in Tehran. Fuel rods included pellets of enriched uranium and although they are not directly related to nuclear weapons, their production requires some of the same expertise and reflects Iran’s “increasing sophistication in nuclear fabrication,” explains Edwin Layman of the Union of Concerned Scientists. It has not been stated whether the fuel rod included uranium pellets.

Iran also said it wants to return to the negotiating table over its nuclear program but that ending its uranium enrichment is not an option. Further sanctions against Iran seem inevitable. The last International Atomic Energy Program disclosed that Iran has a secret enrichment program, is working on a nuclear warhead and nuclear “triggers,” and has even made preparations for an underground nuclear test. Furthermore, in October, the U.S. revealed an Iranian-sponsored plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington D.C. by blowing up a restaurant. The operatives also discussed attacking the Saudi and Israeli embassies in D.C. and Buenos Aires. And last month, two separate rulings blamed Iran and Hezbollah for Al-Qaeda’s 1998 embassy bombings and the attacks of September 11, 2001.

If further sanctions are enacted, Iran will have to decide how to respond and whether to make good on its threat to shut down the Strait of Hormuz. Military expert Anthony Cordesman said that Iran would only be able to shut it down for “a few days to two weeks.” If Iran is seeking to scare the West and make the price of oil spike to alleviate its economic woes, then it doesn’t necessarily need to shut the Strait down. It can just spark an incident that will drive the price up.

Iran has five mine-laying vessels, 200 missile patrol boats and about 2,000 mines, as well as a large fleet of speedboats, three Soviet submarines and an array of anti-ship missiles. Asymmetric attacks can also take place against oil tankers in the narrow passageway through attacks like the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole.  These types of attacks are much more likely than a full-scale assault on the Strait. An editorial in the Washington Times makes the point that “it would be the biggest mistake the mullahs ever made,” destroying Iran’s economy and providing a basis for military action against it.

The U.S. and its allies are finally talking about the type of sanctions that make the Iranian regime tremble, but time is short. Secretary of Defense Panetta says Iran may build a nuclear weapon within one year. We will be very lucky if 2012 passes without a major confrontation with Iran.

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  • Eighty Percenter

    Muslim Enemy,

    Your faith is false.
    Your hands are cut off.
    Submit to the will of Hashem.
    It's as easy as drinking a glass of water.

    • tanstaafl

      Eck. Never Submit.

  • watchfrogsboil

    Obama has filed his NDAA Signing Statement. Here is mine:

    Americans must not be distracted by Corporate Fascist Puppet Barack Obama saying "my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens" in his signing statement for the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 (H.R.1540). Presidential "signing statements" are political propaganda with no Constitutional basis. A President who breaches a signing statement covenant faces no more consequences than any other corrupt politician who renegs on a promise. By signing NDAA and attempting to give its unconstitutional provisions the force of law, Barack Hussein Obama became complicit with all of the bought-and-paid-for U.S. Senators and Representatives who voted for this bill, and along with them should be charged with Seditious Conspiracy under U.S. Code Title 18 Part I Chapter 115 Section 2384. Unless and until these vermin are arrested, charged and removed from office, I will no longer consider the government they infest to be legitimate. Nor will I respect any ruling to the contrary from a judicial system that grants rights of citizenship to corporate entities that treat settlements and penalties for criminal conduct as costs of doing business with no concerns about incarceration or execution to deter their illegal, immoral or unethical conduct.

    IronBoltBruce via VVV PR

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The only reason Iran is flexing its muscles is because it realizes it must make a mad dash for the acquisition of nukes before Obama is thrown out of office. Otherwise, it will never get them.

    • Bert

      Meanwhile Obama and his gang are preparing to steal the 2012 election. He is already close to ruling by decree and has far too much power that can be used to change the rules. It worries me that some 40% of the public still support this man and even more support his foreign policy.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Iran also said it wants to return to the negotiating table over its nuclear program

    And, of course, negotiate until after it acquires nukes, whereby it will morph over night into an overly aggressive monster forcing oil prices to skyrocket through the roof permanently at the same time.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Every military capable asset Iran has should be destroyed in their order of
    danger to the flow of oil and the ability to attack anyone. They have been killing
    Americans since "79 with increasing whimpery out of Washington. Our foreign
    relations have been a disaster, courting evil only begets evil and is self emolating.
    The obliteration of Irans military with no quarter to their leading Mullahs is
    a prime necessity to start peace in the world and end oil prices that support
    our enemies and Islamist expansionism……………………………William

  • steven l

    To pave the way with good intentions when is too late!

  • Ron Carnine

    The United States must remove Obama. This is the essential battle front. The Congress, Democrats and Republicans must come together over the issue of Iran. Iran has told so many lies and rattled so many swords that she is starting to believe her own propaganda. The time has come for the civilized nations to come together and blow her missiles out of the air as soon as they are launched. The kid glove treatment of this insanely ran leadership must stop. I agree with the actions taken against her Central Bank, however this needs to occur now not in six months. Iran is dangerous because she has no common sense. She believes if it can create enough confusion the Mahdi will come back to rule the world. Iran is another Nazi Germany rising her ugly head. We must cut that head off so that we don't have another attempt to destroy Israel and her Jewish population. The time to act is now.