This is all regular political maneuvering, and the next part is pretty mundane, except how the announcements are delivered. Iran uses its state-owned television to make most of its major announcements, most of the time people have to listen to a two-hour speech just to get to the policy statements at the end. I think that the reason why the government uses it so much, is that it's one of the few countries where the media isn't owned and dominated by Rupert Murdoch... Fit in-between the pirated Walt Disney movies... Iran got a little shrill and said that it would block the Straight of Hormuz, all 23 miles of it, so no ship could get out of the Persian Gulf.
The US Fifth Fleet responded, by e-mail, that it would never happen, and they would do their best to keep it uncluttered and clear, since its considered to be international waters. I wonder if we are working towards one of those trigger events that the US and Israel agreed to, that would allow Israel to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities?
Weird how we are now using the Internet to announce official policy. Now I'm going to have to follow the Department of Defense on Twitter, and friend my favorite politicians on Facebook. I thought that Sarah Palin was a failure when she used Twitter to express herself, who knew that she impressed someone in the Pentagon?
If you are a believer in conspiracy theories, then Twitter becomes part of the unconscious brain--washing of the public mind. By limiting people's expressions to 140 characters, we either limit our thought patterns or are making a generation of haiku masters. But, it limits the ability to have coherent thoughts. Coupled with the passive operant conditioning that happens when we watch television, with its rapid jump cutting from one image to the next, we learn to have shorter attention spans, just in time when the new masters of the universe take over at the end of 2012. A country run by Rick Perrys, Michele Bachmanns, and Newt Gingriches, all cheered on by the masses addicted to sweet tea...