Archive for Sunday, July 25, 2010

Iran says it has 100 vessels for each U.S. warship

July 25, 2010


— The former naval chief for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said the country has set aside 100 military vessels to confront each warship from the U.S. or any other foreign power that might pose a threat, an Iranian newspaper reported Saturday.

Such a military confrontation in the vital oil lanes of the Persian Gulf would be of major global concern. The warning builds on earlier threats by Iran to seal off the Gulf’s strategic Strait of Hormuz — through which 40 percent of the world’s oil passes — in response to any military attack.

“We have set aside 100 military vessels for each (U.S.) warship to attack at the time of necessity,” Gen. Morteza Saffari was quoted as saying by the conservative weekly Panjereh.

The U.S. and Israel have said military force could be used if diplomacy fails to stop what they suspect is an Iranian nuclear weapons program.


Tom Shewmon 7 years, 6 months ago

Military vessel = 25 ft. fishing boat w/ a 50 caliber machine mounted on the bow.

pizzapete 7 years, 6 months ago

Too funny, probably the truth though.

Stuart Evans 7 years, 6 months ago

you're right on the money. but it didn't start with Obama.

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 6 months ago

And the hits just keep comin'. Now I know why Porch Person laughs so much. Here, I'll stand on the corner and pass out the tin foil hats and Prozac to posters as they roll in.

jaywalker 7 years, 6 months ago

If they mean 100 containers of liquid, such as a glasses, goblets, cups, or bowls, I'm sure they're correct.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 6 months ago

Their Dear Leader is as much of a wack job as our Dear Leader.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 6 months ago

Onward, too much spam and fear-mongering here.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 6 months ago

Our Fear Monger in Chief is depending on his minions to keep spreading his word.

Cait McKnelly 7 years, 6 months ago

So who is your Fear Monger in Chief? Glen Beck? Because you sure as heck are spreading the manure thick.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 6 months ago

The Iranians most certainly can't take on the US Navy in any sort of direct military action, but they most certainly can make the Persian Gulf all but impassable for oil tankers.

The US is already militarily overstretched in the Iraq and Afghan/Pakistan wars. Israel can certainly cause great damage in Iran, but its military power is barely adequate enough to maintain its nearly permanent military occupations of its immediate neighbors.

The only effect that a US/Israeli attack on Iran would accomplish would be to merge the wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq with a new one in Iran into one giant conflagration which would bring oil production in that region to a grinding halt, along with the world economy.

jaywalker 7 years, 6 months ago

"but they most certainly can make the Persian Gulf all but impassable for oil tankers"

Almost a perfect post, bozo, with the exception of the above. Not a chance in hell that could ever happen nor would the world allow it.

Boosh 7 years, 6 months ago

100 Boston Whalers packed with c4 vs 1 guided missile cruiser. The odds would not be good. 'Course I don't know what kinda radar signature a Boston Whaler presents.

Boosh 7 years, 6 months ago

No matter how big I'm sure the Navy could make quick work of 'em :)

Stuart Evans 7 years, 6 months ago

I say we send every good ol' boy with a john boat and as much ammo as they can carry. we'll be 1000 vessels for every one of theirs.

Flap Doodle 7 years, 6 months ago

Wednesday's forecast for Tehran, clear to partly cloudy, afternoon high around 5000 degrees with a gusty wind up to 400 miles an hour from the direction of the ex-nuclear bomb factory.

HaRDNoK9 7 years, 6 months ago

It would be folly to disregard the threat of the Iranian Navy. Regardless of the ratio of "vessels" to warships they may have. Does anyone recall the damage that can be done to a US Naval Destroyer by an inflatable boat packed with 1/2 ton of explosives? How soon we forget. Despite that, I can't believe that Iran would stand a chance of crippling our naval fleet in this way.

Regurgitating census information is not my goal here either, but let's explore. @680k Iranian Americans estimated in the US in 2004. Almost double the number from the 2000 census. It is safe to assume that that number went up at least 25% between '04 and '08 and probably topped a million in 2010. 96% of which are US CITIZENS or Permanent residents. 60% of that million people living in the US have family interests living in Iran.

My fear is that the real threat to the US brought on by military action against Iran would not be realized in the Persian Gulf, but right here. When US elementary schools and shopping malls start getting bombed from the inside out. Regardless of what we perceive their military strength to be, (which is spoonfed to us by mainstream media and is probably, like everything else, far from accurate) we should all expect to be very personally affected by such an arrogant attitude when it comes to war with Iran.

All that logic aside, War is not healthy for children and other living things. We shame ourselves with such a "bring it on" attitude when it concerns war with anyone.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 7 years, 6 months ago

An open letter to Iran:

It would be an air war, so you'd lose in your sleep.

Sincerely, OldEnuf.

jimmyjms 7 years, 6 months ago

It's amazing - the amount of lilly-livered fear mongering morons on here.

HaRDNoK9 7 years, 6 months ago

Even more amazing I think, is how many one-line wonders' can squeeze two insults into half as many sentences. Expert really, how those same people can sling insults all day long and walk away feeling like their contribution was worthwhile and still not commit to one side of the fence or the other. Not advocating war is not "lilly-livered fear mongering." Clearly, the Government has forced me to kill a lot more people than you, or you would not be so enthusiastic about winning a race to the bottom.

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