Saudi Arabia Says It’s Seeking to Avert War, But Ball in Iran’s Court

By Marwa Rashad and Stephen Kalin RIYADH, May 19 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it wanted to avert war in the region but stood ready to respond with "all strength" following last week's attacks on Saudi oil assets, telling Iran that the ball was now in its court. Riyadh has accused Tehran of ordering Tuesday's drone strikes on two oil pumping stations in the … [Read more...]

Inside the Close Naval Encounters in the South China Sea

By Derek Wallbank (Bloomberg) -- The voice on the radio in the middle of the South China Sea follows a familiar script for Captain Eric Anduze, who helms the USS Blue Ridge. It’s China on the phone. “They’ll contact us and they’ll go -- ‘U.S. government vessel, this is Chinese Navy vessel’ number whatever -- ‘we will maintain five miles from you and escort you as … [Read more...]

Iran Guard Rejects Talks as Senior Cleric Threaten’s U.S. Navy Fleet

DUBAI, May 10 (Reuters) - Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Friday Tehran would not negotiate with the United States and a senior cleric warned that a U.S. Navy fleet could be "destroyed with one missile," as a U.S aircraft carrier headed towards the Gulf. The comments by hardliners appeared partly aimed at discouraging President Hassan Rouhani and his moderate allies in … [Read more...]

Editorial: Admiral, I Am NOT Ready For War

"It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war." -John F Kennedy by Captain John Konrad (gCaptain) As has been the case before every major world conflict a majority of citizens believe that peace will persist indefinitely and, as a civilian myself, I tend to agree that a large scale war with a major superpower like China or Russia is unlikely. … [Read more...]

U.S. Sends Aircraft Carrier to Middle East to Warn Iran

By Melissa Cheok (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. said it’s sending an aircraft carrier strike group and bomber force to the Middle East to send an “unmistakable message” to the Iranian regime, citing “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” it suggested were linked to Tehran. “The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully … [Read more...]