JUST A WEE REMINDER OF TIMES PAST, NOT SO LONG AGO...
FROM ABC NEWS:
"Islamic Republic's army chief warns US to keep its aircraft carriers out of Persian Gulf waters, says warning will not be repeated"
"I advise, recommend and warn them (the Americans) over the return of this carrier to the Persian Gulf because we are not in the habit of warning more than once," the semi-official Fars news agency quoted Ayatollah Salehi as saying.
... the enemy’s carrier has been moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill.
Salehi did not name the aircraft carrier or give details of the action Iran might take if it returned.
[IT WAS THE USS JOHN C. STENNIS]
Iran completed 10 days of naval exercises in the Gulf on Monday, and said during the drills that if foreign powers imposed sanctions on its crude exports it could shut the Strait of Hormuz, through which 40 percent of the world's traded oil is shipped.
The US Fifth Fleet, which is based in Bahrain, said it would not allow shipping to be disrupted in the strait.
Iran said on Monday it had successfully test-fired two long-range missiles during its naval drill, flexing its military muscle in the face of mounting Western pressure over its controversial nuclear program.
Iran also said it had no intention of closing the Strait of Hormuz but had carried out "mock" exercises on shutting the strategic waterway. "
Ah, yes, the Strait of Hormuz, the most important choke point for oil shipments in the world.
15.5 million barrels of oil that pass through it each day representing 33% of the world’s total oil shipments.
Following speculation that sanctions would be placed on Iranian oil exports, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast warned last week that oil prices would soar above $250 dollars barrel.
HOW GREAT WOULD IT BE FOR WHINING, WHIMPERING WALL STREET, SO DESPONDENT OVER LOW OIL PRICES, SO CONVINCED ONLY SKY-HIGH OIL PRICES IS GOOD FOR AMERICA'S ECONOMY, IF IRAN DID SLAM THE GATE SHUT ON OIL TRANSPORTS THERE?
Iran earlier said it would test fire two long-range missiles on Monday, Qader and another system called Nour (light), to display its resolve to counter any attack by enemies such as Israel or the United States.
Both missiles have a range of 200 kilometers.
The test follows various threats made by Tehran to halt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz.
Iran has long-range missile systems, which could reach Israel and US bases in the Middle East.
AGAIN IN 2014, SAME THING, IRAN TEST-FIRED MORE MISSILES.
AND JUST THIS PAST SEPTEMBER...
"IRAN THUMBS ITS NOSE AT U.S."
03 SEPTEMBER, 2015
“Iran does not plan to issue permission for the [International Atomic Energy Agency] to inspect every site," Iranian Defense Minister Brig. Gen. Hossein Dehqan told Al Mayadeen News Wednesday.
"U.S. officials make boastful remarks and imagine that they can impose anything on the Iranian nation because they lack a proper knowledge of the Iranian nation.”
Iran’s official FARS news agency added that “Dehqan had earlier underlined that Tehran would not allow any foreigner to discover Iran's defensive and missile capabilities by inspecting the country's military sites.”
On the same day, a top Iranian general told troops preparing for a massive military drill involving up to 250,000 men that “the U.S. and the Zionists should know that the Islamic Revolution will continue enhancing its preparedness until it overthrows Israel and liberates Palestine.”
HOW INSANE IS THE OBAMA REGIME FOR IGNORING THIS AND KISSING IRAN'S BEHIND?
“Within the last 24 hours, Iran has said that the U.S. is the enemy of mankind," said Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies. "These highly jingoistic statements from Iran don’t bode well for the enforcement of the agreement."
WHAT DEGREE OF CRAZY IS ANYONE WHO WOULD BOW TO SUCH A NATION AS MADE THESE THREATS?
OH, SURE, THIS WAS OVER 2 YEARS AGO, ALL THESE THREATS, BUT THE SITUATION HAS NOT CHANGED, OTHER THAN THE FACT THE CURRENT POTUS HAS LIFTED SANCTIONS, RETURNED BILLIONS, AND ALLOWED IRAN TO CONTINUE ON ITS ROAD TO NUCLEAR CAPABILITY.
NOTHING WRONG HERE, SAYS THE "BIG O"... THE U.S. LOVES ITS NEW BED BUDDY, IRAN!
FORGET AMERICAN PRISONERS HELD BY IRAN!
IN FACT, OBAMA PROMISED TO VETO ANY BILL THAT TIED RELEASE OF AMERICAN PRISONERS TO THE IRAN DEAL!
"IRAN SENTENCES U.S. REPORTER TO PRISON"
22 NOVEMBER 2015
-Iran has sentenced Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian to prison for an unspecified period of time, the state news agency said on Sunday. The spokesman for Iran's judiciary announced the punishment in a statement, the Associated Press says. But as has become the norm with this case, details were scant.
There are also two other American hostages behind bars in Iran who have received less coverage: Amir Hekmati, a U.S. Marine, and Saeed Abedini, a Christian pastor. Hekmati, most likely targeted because of his U.S. military service (he served in Iraq before being honorably discharged in 2005), was thrown in jail in the summer of 2011 on trumped-up espionage charges. Abedini, apparently targeted for his religious convictions, has been incarcerated since 2012 for the crime of “undermining Iran’s national security” by participating in a Christian evangelical movement.
EVERYBODY SEEMS TO FORGET ONE AMERICAN WHO HAS BEEN "MISSING IN RAN" SINCE 2005...
Retired DEA and FBI official Robert Levinson is either imprisoned or DEAD in Iran, taken captive in either 2005 or 2007, depending on which report we care to accept.
LEVINSON'S SON, YESTERDAY, REMINDED US OF THIS FACT:
"It is widely known that my father, Robert Levinson, was detained on Iran’s Kish Island on March 9, 2007. Iranian state media even reported as much at the time, though Tehran now denies knowledge of his whereabouts.
Iran is holding four other U.S. citizens, including Post reporter Jason Rezaian.
It temporarily detained 15 members of the British navy two weeks after my father’s detention and several U.S. and European citizens in the years since. Any foreign national considering a trip to Iranian-controlled territory risks arbitrary detention, potentially without access to any basic human rights or their loved ones for years to come."
THAT MAKES 6...SIX!
FROM THE WASHINGTON POST, 5 NOV. 2015,
"Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese information technology specialist and permanent U.S. resident, disappeared on Sept. 18 while attending a government-sponsored conference in Tehran.
About a month later, Siamak Namazi, a Dubai-based oil industry consultant with dual U.S. and Iranian citizenship, was arrested while visiting a friend in Tehran.
That makes four Iranian Americans imprisoned by the regime, plus Mr. Zakka; a fifth American, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, has been missing since disappearing on a 2007 trip to the country. None has been shown to be guilty of any crime — much less the extravagant and ridiculous charges of espionage that, in the case of Mr. Rezaian, have been reported in the Iranian media. "
AND OUR DAMNABLE CONGRESS WENT RIGHT AHEAD AND BOWED TO THAT SWEET DEAL WITH IRAN, AS KERRY ONCE AGAIN SHOWED US HIS "LOVE OF COUNTRY" AND HIS ABILITY TO LIE IN FRONT OF CAMERAS!
THE REAL NATIONAL CRISIS IN AMERICA JUST MAY BE ITS DOCILE CITIZEN SHEEP ALLOWING SUCH AS THIS TO GO ON.
WHEN I LOOK AT HOW LOW AMERICA HAS SUNK IN THE PAST 15 YEARS, WHEN I SEE HOW LITTLE WE SEEM TO CARE WHEN OUR "LEADERS" REPEATEDLY SELL US ALL OUT, I HAVE TO TELL MYSELF..."YOU'VE LIVED TOO LONG...YOU SHOULD NEVER HAVE SEEN THIS...NOT IN 100 LIFETIMES...THAT AMERICANS PUT UP WITH ANY ELECTED OFFICIAL TAKING US TO SUCH A DEPTH OF RUIN."
LOOKING AT THE COMING MARCH SELLOUT TO THE UNITED NATIONS, WHEN MY COUNTRY WILL CEASE TO BE... YEAH, I MAY HAVE LIVED TOO LONG... BUT I'M NOT GIVING UP THE FIGHT YET!