The United States will respond if Iran tries to close the strategic Strait of Hormuz at the entrance to the Gulf, US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned Sunday, saying such a move would cross a “red line.”
“We made very clear that the United States will not tolerate the blocking of the Straits of Hormuz,” Panetta told CBS television. “That’s another red line for us and that we will respond to them.”
Panetta was seconded by General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who said Iran has the means to close the waterway, through which 20 percent of the world’s oil passes.
“But we would take action and reopen the Straits,” the general said on the same show, “Face the Nation.”
Meanwhile, gas prices here have gone from $2.99 a gallon to $3.49 a gallon in the space of 3 weeks just from Iran going "Oh yeah? I got your embargo right here." Any actual shots get traded in Hormuz, and that 3 becomes a 4 overnight. And Iran gets richer, the US oil giants get richer, and the American people get screwed.
Tell me how this is a bad plan from Iran's point of view again if they wanted to hurt our economy?