Iran Flexes Its Muscles

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


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Iran is flexing its muscles as the U.S. places new sanctions on its Central Bank. Before President Obama signed the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that included the measure, Iran began a 10-day exercise to showcase its ability to threaten the Strait of Hormuz. Iran later toned down its language but on Sunday, announced it tested its first domestically produced nuclear fuel rod and tested a new medium-range surface-to-air missile.

On Saturday, President Obama signed the NDAA that paves the way for sanctions on foreign businesses dealing with Iran’s Central Bank, potentially dealing a severe blow to the Iranian regime’s vital oil exports. The Iranian currency fell to a new low after it was signed even though it will be 60 days before any sanctions are officially placed and up to six months for the toughest sanctions to be enacted.

President Obama signaled that he would exempt some foreign businesses from punishment. He said that the legislation “would interfere with my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations” so “should any application of these provisions conflict with my constitutional authorities, I will treat the provisions as nonbinding.” This statement indicates that Obama might protect European, Russian or Chinese companies doing business with Iran if he feels sanctions will have negative diplomatic repercussions. Officials say that the sanctions will be implemented carefully in order to avoid damage to the world economy.

European countries are in talks with the U.S. right now about further sanctions and a possible oil embargo that could prove fatal to the regime. Sixty percent or more of the regime’s budget is derived from oil exports, about 18% of which goes to the European Union. The Iranian regime faces increasing political in-fighting, popular resentment, economic stress and strikes and protests by workers, including in the energy sector. The regime takes the threat of further sanctions seriously, so it threatened to close down the Strait of Hormuz through which 40% of the world’s oil transits. Iran launched military exercises to practice such an operation for 10 days.

Iran’s language softened this weekend. The Revolutionary Guards’ website carried a statement from General Masoud Jazayeri that said, “Discourse about closing the Strait of Hormuz belongs to five years ago. Today’s debate in the Islamic Republic of Iran contains new layers and the time has not come to raise it.” The second sentence leaves open the possibility of an attack in the future. A political official named Ismail Kowsari, on the other hand, said, “If we feel that the enemies want to prevent our oil exports, definitely we will close the Strait of Hormuz.”

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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.

  • http://ironboltbruce.blog.com/ 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.