"unprecedented show of force"
naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that
Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran
unprecedented show of force
warships from more than 25 countries12 battleships, including ballistic missile cruisers, frigates, destroyers and assault ships
carrying thousand of US Marines and special forces. (sic)
The war games are the largest ever undertaken in the region.
They will practise tactics in how to breach an Iranian blockade of the strait and the force will also undertake counter-mining drills.
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/...-exercise.htmlWe have long been skeptical about incessant predictions from the Chicken Little crowd of an imminent US or Israeli attack on Iran. We've heard these predictions for years, and it still hasn't happened—yet none of those making the predictions ever seem to eat crow. And there has been plenty of evidence that the whole thing is a game of brinkmanship aimed at keeping Iran intimidated. But in recent weeks we have started to fear that the new circumstances in the Middle East may indeed be compelling the West towards war with Iran. Now, with two US warships headed for Libya, 25 nations led by the US are converging on the strategically vital Strait of Hormuz for naval maneuvers on an unprecedented scale.
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=54397“focus on a hypothetical threat from an extremist organization to mine the international strategic waterways of the Middle East, including the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Oman, and the Persian Gulf
However if Israeli jets or missiles did strike Iran, "nothing of Israel will be left, considering its size," he warned.
US military bases -- such as those in Bahrain, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia --
would also be fair game for retaliation by Iranian missiles or proxy forces.
“In the event of a [Israeli] military attack, there is more than [a] 50 percent chance they would attempt to close the strait or prevent others from passing through freely,”