December 28th, 2011
10:50 AM ET

U.S. Navy won't tolerate Strait of Hormuz disruption

The U.S. Navy said Iran's threat to block the strategically and economically important Strait of Hormuz is unacceptable.

"The free flow of goods and services through the Strait of Hormuz is vital to regional and global prosperity," Navy 5th Fleet in Bahrain spokeswoman Cmdr. Amy Derrick Frost told reporters on Wednesday.

"Anyone who threatens to disrupt freedom of navigation in an international strait is clearly outside the community of nations; any disruption will not be tolerated."

The 34-mile narrow shipping channel leads in and out of the Persian Gulf between Iran and Oman. It is strategically important because tankers carrying oil travel through it.

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  1. banasy©

    I'm shocked that Iran would do such a thing; who'da thunk?

    December 28, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    Careful Iran. This is how wars start. Open a history book.

    December 28, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank ( R - OHIO ) "Яight Wing Иutcase"

    The Straight of Hormones....oh my garsh! Just goes to show, Iran wants power and control.

    December 28, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Is Iran trying to tell us it wants the US to come in and kick it's ass ? This is so stupid. Seems like they would've learned after the first time it tried this.

    December 28, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    lmao @ Jeff, you are NOT implying that hormones *rule* are you??

    December 28, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. Andreas Moser

    There is no easier target than ships that aren't moving.
    (Just remember Pearl Harbor.)

    December 28, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. bigwilliestyles

    So! We've gone from "they have weapons of mass destruction" to "they're GOING to have weapons of mass destruction"; that is progress.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©


    We'd better attack; they may have WMD someday..over the rainbow...


    December 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Capt Petey, open seas free marketeer

    34 miles. I'm pretty sure I can run that blockade.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shahin

    Ridiculous... Preventing an entire country from doing business with anyone else in the world is accepted, but this is enough to go to war with Iran...
    You imperialist b@st@rds would invent anything to get your greedy wishes...

    December 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      Can you elaborate? I'm interested to know WHICH country is "prevented from doing business with anyone else in the world and WHO cinsiders it to be "accepted"? In return I'll remind you how Egypt tried to block the Tiran Strait in 1967 and how this enterprise ended. Deal?

      December 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shahin

      The US and United Nations have been choking the Iranian people for over 30 years now and NOTHING has changed in Iran. Innocent, good, hard working people just lost their jobs, lost their homes and had to live in the poorest of standards. You can say whatever you want about Egypt or any other GD country, THIS HERE is WRONG. The US has NO right to interfere in other affairs and if it hadn't pushed Iran to this point, none of this would/could happen. No matter how many lives are lost, in the end, the US and the international community was responsible for it. It all began 40 years ago when these so called democracy loving countries installed a dictator and overthrew the iranian government and it will end when those same countries invent another lie to bring down a country they don't agree with.
      It's BS and you know it.

      December 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Surely we can find better excuses than this to invade and occupy Iran.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    It's not like they developed Kuwait's oilfields and then began illegally seeling oil to Iraq's OPEC contract customers. Sheesh.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philibuster

    It looks to me like Iran is in-between China and China's oil supply. Exactly who supplies energy to China? They "only" produce 53% of their own. Is it possible that Iran is in the way somehow? Only so much oil and natural gas can flow through Afghanistan ya know. And China grows thirstier for oil ea. time you shop at Wal-Mart and just say "charge it" to debt. Debt covered by, you guessed it, China.

    December 28, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mardi Gras

    Duly warned.

    December 28, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Idiot

    Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, and then Venezuela. And in that order. (The last few nations on earth that are occupation worthy) Over 130 countries are currently occupied ya know. Sidenote: What will the CIA be doing once the last nation is occupied?

    December 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
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