"Naturally every country under attack by an enemy uses all its capacity and opportunities to confront the enemy. Regarding the main route for exiting energy, Iran will definitely act to impose control on the Persian Gulf and Strait of Hormuz," IRGC commander-in-chief Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari told Jam-e Jam newspaper.Never mind that much of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz doesn't belong to Iran. My guess is that the U.A.E., Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and even Iraq might have something to say about that.
Now, it seems to me that an excellent way to get the entire world really, really pissed at you (hello, India, China, and Japan) is to cut off their oil supplies. The US would be OK if the Iranians shut down the oil flow from the Middle East. Sure, we'd have shortages and probably mandatory gas rationing, but we would survive. You'd be amazed how fast some of our marginal oil wells here domestically could be opened up, if we really, really had to.
Not entirely coincidentally, the US is the only power in the world that can prevent the Iranians from doing what they plainly want to do: exert military control over the critical waters of the Middle East.
I'm fairly well convinced that the Iranians will do something extremely provocative. I think some like Ahmadinejad over there really do want to bring forth the Twelfth Imam. And that means war. With us.