US and Iran do not mind fighting a little in the Persian Gulf

The Middle East is again troubled. The US-Iranian passions, caused by the assassination of the IRG General Kassem Suleimani, had hardly had time to subside, when the parties exchanged bellicose statements. Washington and Tehran have publicly promised to stoke each other's ships.

What is this, another step towards a military conflict, or is it a "PR" during the "plague"?

The head of the White House traditionally announced his decision via Twitter:

I instructed the U.S. Navy to open fire and destroy all Iranian military boats, creating obstacles at sea for American ships.

Apparently, we are talking about the maneuvers that the ships of the Iranian "mosquito fleet" made several days ago around American warships. 11 boats maneuvered dangerously around the Fifth Fleet of the US Navy in the Persian Gulf region, without responding to radio signals. An hour later they called back and left. The parties interpret the incident differently, blaming the opposite for provocative actions.

General Hossein Salami, commander of the IRGC, immediately responded to President Trump’s threat:

I ordered our Navy to destroy any American terrorist forces in the Persian Gulf that threaten the security of Iran’s military or non-military ships.

It sounds quite formidable, however, Iran’s “mosquito fleet” is hardly capable of sending the Fifth Fleet of the US Navy to the bottom due to the large difference in weight categories. Tehran has several corvettes and frigates, high-speed missile boats, mini-submarines of its own production and three projects 877EKM “Halibut” (“Varshavyanka”) of Russian production. In a certain situation and the proper level of professionalism of the crews, their torpedoes and missiles can cause considerable damage.

But nevertheless, the main purpose of the "mosquito fleet" is "anti-tank", the fight against the enemy in his communications. If anything he can send to the bottom of the AUG of the US Navy, then these are ballistic missiles, which Iran is actively developing. Last summer, the IRGC commander announced that Tehran could now hit aircraft carriers at sea. However, their use will mean the beginning of a full-scale war between the Islamic Republic and the United States with its allies.

So why do Americans and Iranians openly provoke and provoke each other in such a difficult time?

In fact, neither the United States nor Iran needs a full-scale war, but a small mess is paradoxically beneficial to both sides. Both Washington and Tehran are experiencing serious problems with the economycaused by the coronavirus pandemic. The latter’s affairs are much worse due to the Western sanctions regime on oil exports. A small “war” can shake the population, forgetting about pressing problems, and rally around the government against an external enemy, albeit for a while. The Americans will sink the Iranian boat, the Iranians will shoot back, the entire world press will switch to this topic from the coronavirus.

A nice bonus from President Trump for his tweet for the American shale is some leap in oil prices caused by the risk of conflict in the Middle East. It seems that the war in one form or another is becoming an increasingly profitable solution for all parties concerned to raise the price of black gold and cope with economic difficulties. The only question is who will beat whom and where.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 24 2020 14: 10
    Oh, all this bullshit. Bravely threatened with Chinese warnings.
    Otherwise, it is impossible, otherwise loss of face.
    1. Observer2014 Offline Observer2014
      Observer2014 April 25 2020 08: 33
      Quote: Sergey Latyshev
      Oh, all this bullshit. Bravely threatened with Chinese warnings.
      Otherwise, it is impossible, otherwise loss of face.

      yes laughing Little of -

      US and Iran do not mind fighting a little in the Persian Gulf

      Well, let them fight a little. Maybe he will. Yes, and how? Probably, they will fight in medical masks and gloves ?! belay
  2. Alexander Semenov (Alexander Semenov) April 24 2020 14: 17
    Why is Iran not clear? To unite the poor people .... and hang noodles about the evil West and enemies. At the same time, do not mind borrowing from a bad West.
    1. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
      Marzhecki (Sergei) April 24 2020 15: 49
      Quote: Alexander Semyonov
      To unite the poor people .... and hang noodles about the evil West and enemies. At the same time, do not mind borrowing from a bad West.

      Sound familiar?
      1. Alexander Semenov (Alexander Semenov) April 24 2020 17: 09
        Yeah, like a carbon copy.
      2. The comment was deleted.
  3. 123 Online 123
    123 (123) April 24 2020 15: 44
    It is unlikely that they want to fight seriously, but knocking on the "drums of war" affects the price of oil, and in a direction that is beneficial for both.
    There are other reasons, Trump is hardly pleased with Iran's actions, the launch of a military satellite is an underestimated event. Once, by launching the first Soviet satellite, they subtly hinted at the possibility of delivering "Kuz'kina's mother" to any point. Iranian hint from the same series, it remains only to create a "payload". It also means that either Iranian missiles can now fly more accurately, or they have space reconnaissance, or both together.
    In addition, the Iranians are helping Venezuela, which is also annoying Washington.

    Iran will supply Venezuela with the catalyst needed to launch a catalytic cracking unit at the Cardon refinery.

    People are trying, imposing sanctions, and here some Persians send airplanes with chemicals for cracking. All the work in vain.
    All this annoys America; it simply cannot not respond.
  4. bear040 Offline bear040
    bear040 April 24 2020 21: 40
    If the US has little history with frigate Stark, let them still fight ...
    1. Oyo Sarkazmi Offline Oyo Sarkazmi
      Oyo Sarkazmi (Oyo Sarkazmi) April 25 2020 09: 22
      In the Strait of Hormuz, several cannons may be enough. What for a 150 mm howitzer 25 mm aircraft carrier side? A couple of hits, and the ship turns into a trough for years.
      You can, of course, crush them with a hundred Tomahawks, a million each, but rolling in return for five cannons for 200 thousand is a matter of several hours.
  5. shinobi Offline shinobi
    shinobi (Yuri) April 28 2020 10: 20
    You can spoil in the Strait of Hormuz without using a large fleet at all. Pour active mines to the bottom and there will be a full hacking for everything that floats. The Iranians claim that they have simply collapsed this good. The Pentagon knows this. Trump can puff out his cheeks and puff up on Instagram, no one really is going to fight and is not going to. I doubt that even missile exchanges will be. This is not a killed general and a couple of destroyed hangars. One even the most overwhelming destroyer or missile boat is a very expensive pleasure.