8 Navy minesweepers are in the region.
F-22 fighter jets have moved into two separate bases in the Persian Gulf.
A converted amphibious transport and docking ship, the Ponce, has been moved into the Persian Gulf to serve as the Pentagon’s first floating staging base for military operations and could be used as a base for Special Operations forces to conduct a range of missions…
The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and its battle group are now on patrol in the Strait of Hormuz.
Even as Iran began missile tests on Monday to show off its preparedness against possible airstrikes, the US says “Don’t even thing about it” to Iran’s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz in response to the oil sanctions imposed against them. The embargoes on Iranian oil that went into effect on Sunday are gutting Iran’s oil exports, which make up half of the government’s revenue.
Iran test-fired the medium-range Shahab-3 missile – which has a range of up to 2,000km and which is believed to be able to hit Israel. The short-range Shahab-1 and Shahab-2 missiles, which have a range of 300km and 500km respectively, were also test-fired.
Iran has warned that U.S. naval warships could be “easily reached and attacked”, reported by WND.com
Iran has threatened to destroy U.S. military bases across the Middle East and target Israel within minutes of being attacked. “These bases are all in range of our missiles, and the occupied lands (Israel) are also good targets for us,” “We have thought of measures to set up bases and deploy missiles to destroy all these bases in the early minutes after an attack,” said Amir Ali Haji Zadeh, commander of the Revolutionary Guards aerospace division, and quoted by Fars news agency.
Desperate people do desperate things.
Will the embargo corner Iran into desperation as its revenue source is squeezed dry?
Will this be the end of the recent decline in oil and gasoline prices?
Will this be the opportunity that Obama has been looking for to flex his military muscle prior to the election?
Will Iran bait the US into a strike so as to be the opportunity that they have been looking for to strike Israel?
Will Russia and/or China choose to side with Iran?
Will this be the spark that ignites the beginnings of WWIII?
We shall see…