Iran ships are being deployed in Atlantic waters near the US border, says an Iranian news source. Is President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad threatening war with the United States?
It's a fair question, considering the long-time threats from the country to its hostile Middle Eastern neighbor at the center of the Palestinian conflict.
Remember in 2005 when the newly appointed conservative Isl?mic president made the controversial suggestion to "wipe Israel off the map"? Bear in mind that Israel is a strong and loyal ally of the United States. Obama, in a recent speech, reaffirmed the alliance with its Middle Eastern partner.
Mahmoud's latest move to send Iran ships near US borders is reminiscent of early February when the country's warships treaded very close to the Suez Canal.
That was the first time Iran has ever made such a move since 1979, according to a CNN report.
Nevertheless, according to a state-run Iranian newspaper, headlines in a daily edition read: "The Navy of the Iranian Army will have a powerful presence near the United States borders."
Essentially, a top Navy commander with the Army of the Isl?mic Republic of Iran said the decision to send Iran ships near US borders in the Atlantic is in response to the "world arrogant power."
The commander said that just as the United States deploys its ships to the Persian Gulf, it too has the right to defend its waters with a show of force.
This story sounds awfully like the response the country gives when the US and NATO accuses it of building a covert nuclear program.
Iran's response: The nuclear reactors are not for building weapons of mass destruction. Instead, it is for peaceful purposes, and is meant to generate an alternative power source.
But if you drill down for a moment, an election year is rapidly approaching in the US, and the Middle Eastern nemesis is watching. Voila!
This is the season countries like Iran and North Korea tests the will of the incumbent president, while measuring the resolve of the potential field of presidential candidates. In short, Iran ships deployed near US borders is just a distraction. Still, it warrants monitoring.
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