Iran Threatens Sending Warships to U.S., Pentagon Not Really Concerned

Mike Schuler
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September 28, 2011

According to several reports this morning, Iran is threatening to send warships to the U.S. East Coast in a shocking threat to the United States.  The threats come as Iranian Navy Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari spoke at a ceremony marking the 31st anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq War.

At the ceremony, Sayyari declared “Like the arrogant powers that are present near our marine borders, we will also have a power presence close to American marine borders.”

Iranian navy officials said their ships may go as far as the Gulf of Mexico, and Iran may seek to establish a direct military hotline with the U.S., according to reports from the Iranian press.

The Pentagon, however, does not seem to concerned, dismissing any claims that Iran can pull off an operation of this magnitude.

A report from the ArmyTimes quotes Pentagon spokesman George Little, “We’ll have to see what they do or don’t do after these statements… Whether they can truly project naval power is a question in itself.”

Last week Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at the United Nations Generally Assembly in New York, giving a controversial speech causing a number of U.S. and European diplomats to walk out.  In his speech, Ahmadinejad blamed Western powers for a number world problems including slavery, the two world wars and drug trafficking, and also questioned the Holocaust and the circumstances of the 9-11 attacks.


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