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US Seeks Access To Naval Passage Through Straits

The United States government is seeking approval from Turkey which would allow American naval ships to pass through the Straits of Dardanelles in order to bring supplies to Georgia. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said “Surface vessels give us capability to provide larger amounts of relief supplies and they also give you the platform to operate off aerial assets,” but he did not specify the type of vessels that America wants to send through the straits. Turkey has now been drawn into the fiasco arising from Georgia’s invasion of South Ossetia because American officials are insisting on the right to send humanitarian aid to those who are suffering. As a member of NATO Turkey is in a double bind of wanting to cooperate but at the same time not wishing to antagonize its Russian neighbor.

John McCain is once again acting the tough guy from some western motion picture by urging strong action against Russia in order to protect oil supplies from the pipe line that runs through Georgia. As of this date, the Russians have not done anything to cut off oil, but McCain wants to come across as the man who knows how to handle Russia. One can assume his expertise is equal to that of George Bush who knew how to handle the tough guy named Saddam Hussein.

Kuwait Experts Fear An October Surprise

In an article appearing in the Kuwait Times, military experts from that nation predicted there is a strong possibility of war by November or even by mid-October. Many believe Tehran will be devastated by an unprecedented air assault such as previously never undertaken against any nation. However, these experts are still debating if the United States would place itself in a situation requiring opening a third front in addition to Afghanistan and Iraq while few believe Israel has the military capability of pulling off such an air attack on its own.

Kuwait is worried an attack on Iran will result in closing the Straits of Hormuz and block its export of oil. They envision, Kuwait has three alternatives if the sea route is blocked. One would be sending oil through Saudi Arabia, another is through Iraq pipelines that lead to Syria and the Mediterranean and the other is via a pipeline to Oman. However, none of these alternatives is as yet a possibility and such an approach would require years of construction.

There is no good scenario if an air assault is undertaken. The Middle East would be plunged into new terrorist activities for years to come.