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Hormuz Blockade: Not as Easy as Iran May Think

Iran's navy chief boasts that closing the Strait of Hormuz to oil traffic would be "easier than drinking a glass of water." Hardly, U.S. analysts say. 

Iran's navy does not have the size for a sustained physical blockade of the Strait, but does have mine-laying and missile capability to wreak some havoc, analysts said.

"It wouldn't be a cakewalk" for Iran, said Caitlin Talmadge, a George Washington University professor who has written about the Strait of Hormuz. "If Tehran really wanted to cause trouble, it could."

But the Bahrain-based U.S. Fifth Fleet is nearby and keeping a close eye on Iran's activities in the Strait. Mine-laying or missile activity would not go undetected and would likely generate a U.S. response.

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Comment by Cat Lover
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 1st of all Iran would have to get approval from the top capstone of the Pyramid with the Bankers (Rothchilds, Bilderbergs, Rockefellers, Harrimans, and Koch Family) to Block the Water Passage. Without approval, no Blockage and No WW3. End of Story!!

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