President Obama showed a little backbone with Iran, sending an aircraft carrier through the Strait of Hormuz in defiance of Iranian threats to attack American ships.
From Fox News:
The USS Abraham Lincoln on Sunday passed through the Strait of Hormuz — the first time a US aircraft carrier has been through the strategic waterway since Iran threatened to close it earlier this month.
The US Navy said the passage of the vessel was “routine” and had been completed without incident.
Meanwhile, Europe borrowed some backbone from somewhere – they lost their own backbone years ago – and slapped an oil embargo on Iran. The Iranians curled their lips and spit.
In response to the EU announcement, one senior Iranian politician said Tehran should halt all oil sales to European countries immediately.
Ali Fallahian was quoted by the semi-official Fars news agency as saying that Iran should stop the export of oil before the 1 July deadline “so that the price of oil soars and the Europeans… have trouble.”
These are good first steps. Obama is right to try to exhaust all options before attacking Iran – and to not be cowed by threats. But he will need to demonstrate that he is serious about the sanctions, even if the price of oil goes up during an election year.
And then, if Iran doesn’t fully relinquish its nuclear program, he needs to take care of business.