Posted from Mexico City by Fullcouch on December 31, 2011, 10:45am
President Obama has decided to give Iran a wide birth and let them posture up in the critical Straits of Hormuz. Establishing our presence there is a no-no to him. Heaven forbid we show military superiority.
From Newsmax – Respected Middle East expert Walid Phares says that Iran is playing a “very dangerous game” by threatening to close the vital Strait of Hormuz oil route – a move that the Obama administration is unprepared to stop.
“The Iranian regime does saber rattling, thinking this is a good strategy. But at the same time this is a very dangerous business because they may choose to stop shipments coming to the [Persian] Gulf or through the Gulf as a result of our sanctions and that of course is going to draw United States, Eurpoean, NATO and international response.”
“The Iranians are playing a very dangerous game here even by issuing those statements and by deploying some of their ships in the Gulf.”
And, Phares said, the Obama administration has clearly failed to contain the Iranian regime thus far. The situation in the Middle East is looking increasingly bleak just as the nation is pulling out of Iraq.
“The Obama administration tried. It had done some sanctions. It made statements, but the results are in what we see on the ground,” according to Phares. “The Iranian regime today is stronger than it was ever before.”
While the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq has been accomplished, Phares says that the country is now much more vulnerable to Iranian influence and is being used to help bolster Bashar Assad’s besieged government in Syria.
Let’s just keep fueling that fire, people.
Obama fails to contain Iran. By design?