Daily Revolt

January 07, 2008

Iranian boats "provoke" U.S. Navy ships in Hormuz: CNN

This might've been the provocation the neocons had been looking for (assuming the event isn't a Gulf Tonkin incident) some time. The problem is White House has lost it's momentum, and support, for starting a war with Iran. Don't count Bush out. He, and his band of fascist thugs, could get a gift within the 11 months he still has left. Bush is a stubborn man. Additionally, the Iranians have a knack for doing crazy things:
Five Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats harassed and provoked three U.S. Navy ships in the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route off the Iranian coast, over the weekend, CNN reported on Monday.

Citing unidentified U.S. officials, CNN said the Iranian vessels came within 200 yards (meters) of the U.S. ships in international waters in the strait on Saturday, and U.S. sailors came close to opening fire.

Oil prices rose about 30 cents to over $98 a barrel after the CNN report, with traders citing increased risk of disruptions to oil shipments along the key shipping route.

U.S. military officials told CNN the boats were "attack craft" that they believed were operated by Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.

The Iranian boats made threatening maneuvers against the U.S. warships and threatening radio transmissions, the officials told

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