how about we take 'hack the planet' one step further... 'nuke the planet'
There is no US security issue more important than making you piss your pants while living in fear.
According to World Oil Transit Chokepoints:
Strait of Hormuz
The Strait of Hormuz is by far the world's most important chokepoint with an oil flow of almost 17 million barrels per day in 2011.
Located between Oman and Iran, the Strait of Hormuz connects the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. Hormuz is the world's most important oil chokepoint due to its daily oil flow of almost 17 million barrels in 2011, up from between 15.5-16.0 million bbl/d in 2009-2010. Flows through the Strait in 2011 were roughly 35 percent of all seaborne traded oil, or almost 20 percent of oil traded worldwide.
It is ignorant to not take this into account, especially since Iran has constantly threatened to close it and would attack foreign vessels. 20% of world oil trade says it all right there. I am feeling better now as we sent an Air Craft Carrier through there and Iran did nothing.
Venezuela isnít exactly a great county to work with at the moment, especially since itís President is accusing the U.S. of giving him cancer through some sort of witch craft. The world is full of egotistical nuts and they only thing they understand is military might. The U.S. again gets in the face of a LOT of people and countries this is true but the lives and property protected by itís actions are unquestionable. All of Europe exists today in form due to the actions of the United States.
As for Europe being the way it is, are you going to talk about how the US government and IBM helped the Nazis conduct the holocaust by setting up the contracts for the census machines? I'm all for the US being the good guys, but in order to be good, it has to understand where it has been evil. Staring back with rose tinted glasses on will always fail to convert your enemies to friends.
The US could have better relations with Venezuela, but the Venezuelans refuse to be strong armed into contracts. When Iran refused to be strong armed into contracts, back in the 1970s, the CIA helped stage the coup that brought in the current band of misfits. Everyone now understands the deal with the US except Americans.
Let's hope that the rest of the world do not see the US as a threat to their national security. XD
I think these are too valid and deeply researched points for Supernaut to really counter guys, ease up..
This is a nice article I read the other day for those who care for a less sensationalized view on things - TL;DR for most but provides a fairly optimistic AND plausible theory of how it could play out.
From what I am seeing I doubt Iran would try anything too crazy. They have made many threats and the U.S. has called them on it and Iran has done nothing to back up any of its threats. I donít like being in bed with these a$$holes but these are the facts of life and how our society works. Sorry.
That kind of logic is what got the Taliban in power. The enemy of my enemy is my friend right?
Enemy or not we have a VERY large economy, just sit back and think about how many things and operations run off oil and how itíll be affected if we canít get as much?
That is the very definition of a National Security issue.
The thing about Iran is that it needs the world's gasoline more than the world need's it's oil.
The funny thing is, I don't know why we ever took Sadam our the Taliban out. They were such a nice buffer for Iran and each other.
Laugh all you want they hate jews and women and our freedom. I only hate 2 of the three.
The U.S., through many un-agreeable or possibly despicable acts, has kept the world in check and keep many nations from killing one another. One giant gaping flaw in all of this is Africa which we allow the worst carnage and rape and murder and nobody really cares. Back in the 80’s we did Live Aid and sent over 100 Million over to Africa, not an ounce of change, stolen by war lords and used to actually purchase weapons to kill more people.
The United States is bad at times, no doubt, but I’d like to argue that we are the Least Worst Nation on the planet.