Recently, the Iranian Navy conducted “exercises” in the Gulf and declared to the world that if other countries imposed sanctions on Iran’s crude oil exports, it may close the Strait of Hormuz. Approximately 35% of all seaborne traded oil is shipped via the Strait of Hormuz (20% of the world’s total oil). In response to Iran’s wargames, the U.S. sent an aircraft carrier through the Strait of Hormuz. Upon our carrier’s leaving the area, the Iranians warned our nation not to return. As documented by Reuters, Iran’s army chief, Ataollah Salehi said,
‘Iran will not repeat its warning … the enemy’s carrier has been moved to the Sea of Oman because of our drill. I recommend and emphasise to the American carrier not to return to the Persian Gulf . . . 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.’
(emphasis added). Well guess what, Ataollah Selehi? We ARE in the habit of warning more than once! Way more than once! So be on notice, buddy . . . you’ve been warned, and you shall be warned again! After all, why was our carrier in the Gulf if not to warn you?