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Pompeo To Present Military “Options” To Trump As Iran Threatens Carriers With “Precision” Ballistic Missiles

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Echoing prior comments from Tehran’s leaders that a US aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf would set the stage for a “shooting gallery,” the commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) warned Tuesday that its ballistic missiles are capable of hitting “carriers in the sea” with great precision.

“These missiles can hit with great precision carriers in the sea… These missiles are domestically produced and are difficult to intercept and hit with other missiles,” Brigadier General Hossein Salami said in a televised speech, per Reuters.

A 2017 Iranian military drill involving missile test on a carrier mock-up in the Persian Gulf.

He also asserted that Iran’s ballistic missile technology had tipped the balance of power in the Middle East in Tehran’s favor, even with an increasing build-up of American forces in the region, including the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group deployed last month.

As we previously analyzed, it appears Tehran is now waging its own “maximum counter-pressure” campaign against the White House, given its been largely blocked from exporting its vital two million barrels per day, and the US economic blockade sending its economy into a tailspin. Tehran could force Trump to choose among two bad options: see global oil squeezed with soaring prices due to a “tanker war” and military threats in the Strait of Hormuz, or commit US forces to yet another disastrous regime change war in the Middle East.

Iran appears ready to match threat for threat, as we mentioned: a real war is fast unfolding in the Middle East today, a war where oil tankers and oil delivery to the world (30% of world oil supply goes through the Gulf) are the targets.

Brigadier General Hossein Salami

President Trump and his Middle East allies would have to bear the responsibility of the losses and the increase in the oil price worldwide due to attacks on oil tankers that are not likely to stop even in the face of US threats. This is what today’s IRGC threat against US carriers in the Persian Gulf is all about.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed reporters Tuesday after meeting with CENTCOM defense chiefs, saying he’s ready to present Present Trump with a full range of options. “We have to be tightly woven with our military,” Pompeo said, according to Bloomberg; however, he reiterated that “President Trump does not want war”.

Pompeo added that the present had sent Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe a message to take to Iran’s leaders, without disclosing details of the precise nature of that message. But likely Trump again tried to extend a hand to restart direct negotiations – something which it appears Tehran is unwilling to do again after the US unilaterally pulled out of the JCPOA.

via zerohedge

17 COMMENTS

    • THE PRESIDENT IS NOT GOING TO BACK DOWN. HE WILL GO IN FULL FORCE AND GET IT OVER WITH BEFORE YOU CAN SAY IT. HE IS NOT GOING TO SEE PEOPLE GET KILLED OVER AN OIL PASSAGE THREAT. IT WON’T HAPPEN

    • I would not like to see any type of war with Iran, even though the USA could overwhelm them with its massive power. We would probably lose many of our troops because Iran has ballistic missiles that can take out an aircraft carrier. If that happened it would be the destruction of Iran via the largest nuclear force even sent into a country. Iran would be radio active for hundreds of years; as would many surrounding countries. There will be a response to the shooting down of one of our drones, but what it will be should be painful and deep. We see, sanctions is not enough from deterring Iran from being aggressive against one of our allies; Japan and us. The whole world needs to get involved, but I am not sure they are up to the challenge. Stay tuned.

    • EXACTLY! BUT YOU DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH OF THAT IS A KICKBACK INTO OVOMIT AND KILLERY’S HANDS THROUGH MAYBE “THE HONEST NONPROFIT CLINTON FOUNDATION”?

  1. If they aim one of their “precision” missiles at one of our carriers, we should land one of our “precision” nukes right on top of whatever mosque or palace the MAD MULLAHS are in!

  2. “Walk softly and carry a big stick”, that is the best idea of the day. We don’t have to threaten Iran with anything, they know what our capabilities are and they are playing roulette with the wrong partner. No talk, no threats, just act when a event takes place with enormous power, such that has never been seen the our lifetime, turn IRAN INTO A PARKING LOT, period.

  3. Should Iran be stupid enough to attack retaliation should be swift and massive. No nukes. Not needed. A preemptive attack by swarm of Tomahawks could take out their nuke facilities, communications, military bases, missile facilities and launch areas and navy. No sailors or airmen need to be in harms way. Then let the AF use the big conventional bomb to take out the facilities in the mountains. If the Israelis desire to take part, let them do the clean up of secondary targets after the Tomahawks do their job.

    • I UNDERSTAND THAT COCKROACHES AND RATS CAN SURVIVE A NUCLEAR BOMB. WE WILL HAVE TO COME UP WITH A BETTER IDEA AND I HAVE IT. SEND IN THE KILLERY CLINTON SUICIDE SQUAD.

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