One might think the US and EU would have enough economic problems already to risk oil soaring to stratospheric heights by an embargo of Iranian oil.
Unfortunately, common sense never gets in the way of bureaucrats and fools or their foolish missions.
European Union governments moved closer to halting oil purchases from Iran, stepping up the confrontation over the Islamic republic’s nuclear program.
EU foreign ministers are aiming to announce harsher sanctions on Iran’s energy and banking industries at their next meeting on Jan. 30 after Greece lifted its objections to an oil embargo.
“We want to tighten sanctions on Iran — the things that have been mentioned are the oil sector and the financial sector,” EU spokesman Michael Mann said by telephone in Brussels today.
French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said in Lisbon today that he hopes a decision about an embargo on Iranian oil exports may be adopted at the Jan. 30 meeting of foreign ministers.
The U.S. today welcomed the push toward an embargo.
“This is consistent with tightening the noose around Iran economically,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said at a briefing in Washington. “The place to get Iran’s attention is in the oil sector.”
US, EU Wage Economic War on Iran
By some misguided thinking it is OK for the the US to block Iranian oil but not OK for Iran to defend itself or retaliate.
As far as I am concerned, an embargo is an act of war, and only Congress can declare war.
Thus, one seriously has to wonder if the the US is purposely attempting to goad Iran into blocking the Strait of Hormuz, just so the US can flatten Iran.
Flushed with the “success” of wasting trillions of dollars in Iraq, fighting weapons of mass destruction that did not exist, the US now wants to do the same to Iran.
Oil is Fungible
The best news out of this mess is that oil is fungible, and perhaps embargo disruptions are already priced in. Regardless, as long as Iranian oil gets through, anywhere, prices will not get out of hand.
With that in mind, it would not surprise me one bit to see China send ships to the Gulf, stating flat out that China will defend its right to not have the US interfere with China’s oil needs.
Will Cooler Heads Prevail?
I would love to see someone cram this illegal action so far down Obama’s throat it makes him puke. The only problem I see with China asserting Iran’s right to ship oil (and it’s quite a major problem), is that such actions by China could lead to WW III, just what neocon nutcases want.
By the way, the only candidate from either party against these illegal military and economic actions is Ron Paul.
In an addendum to my Predictions for 2012, under the category of Energy, I stated “My prediction is cooler heads prevail.“
Perhaps I will be quite wrong on that particular call, quite soon.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock
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