Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Iran does not fear Obama, nor should they
So the Iranians, flush with anti-US nationalism after capturing and humiliating 10 or so US sailors for a day, a few months ago, are threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz to all US petroleum shipping if we or our allies(Israel) "threaten the Islamic Republic". (About 1/3 of all commercial petroleum flows through the Strait)
Make whatever argument you like regarding US meddling in the region, their affairs are none of our business, we brought terrorism on ourselves, whatever, but such a move would likely do serious damage to our economy, at least in the short term. I think the US would be within its rights to defend our petroleum shipments out of the region and Iran would be wise to get out of the way.
Not sure Obama has the stones or desire to go toe-to-toe with Iran in their back yard, but if he cares about his legacy, he should consider what the historians will write about most, his aggressive defense of legal American assets in international shipping lanes, or his submissive obeisance to blood-thirsty mullahs who chant "death to America" every time there's a camera around.