A second U.S. aircraft carrier strike group now steaming toward the Middle East is Washington’s way of warning Iran to back down in its attempts to dominate the region, a top U.S. diplomat said here Tuesday.
Nicholas Burns, U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, ruled out direct negotiations with Iran and said a rapprochement between Washington and Tehran was “not possible” until Iran halts uranium enrichment.
“The Middle East isn’t a region to be dominated by Iran. The Gulf isn’t a body of water to be controlled by Iran. That’s why we’ve seen the United States station two carrier battle groups in the region,” Burns said in an address to the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center, an influential think-tank.
The United States has been fecking around with Iran since 1979 and the Iranian hostage crisis. Yet, Iran continues its attempt to develop a nuclear weapon and become the hegemon of the Middle East.
This will NOT occur and if militrary force is necessary – so be it.
Flap has been talking about the “NUCLEAR POINT OF NO RETURN” for months now. It is apparent that the WINDS OF WAR are blowing in the region unless Iran immediately backs down on their uranium enrichment and submits to United Nations Resolution 1737.
The video above demonstrates what will soon be evident – the projection of American military force against Iran.
“Iran is going to have to understand that the United States will protect its interests if Iran seeks to confront us,” Burns continued.
Iran is in a standoff with the West over its defiance of U.N. demands to halt uranium enrichment, which can produce fuel for both nuclear energy and nuclear weapons. Iran says its atomic program is aimed solely at generating energy, but the United States and some of its allies suspect it is geared toward making weapons. The U.N. imposed limited sanctions on Iran last month.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said last week that Iran is “ready for anything” in its confrontation with the United States.
Iran conducted missile tests on Monday, the first of five days of military maneuvers southeast of Tehran.
U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said the U.S. buildup in the Gulf was intended to impress on Iran that the four-year war in Iraq has not made America vulnerable.
The American aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and several accompanying ships are heading toward the Gulf to join an aircraft carrier group already in the region, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Stennis is expected to arrive in late February.
The Stennis’s arrival in the Middle East will mark the first time since the U.S.-led Iraq invasion in 2003 that the United States has had two carrier battle groups in the region.
Iran and Ahmadinejad better be ready. The choice is theirs.
BACK DOWN or face the consequences.
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.