Irrational Iran


By Mr. Curmudgeon

“The country will not adopt any irrational move, said Maj. Gen. Ataollah Salehi, commander of Iran’s army, “but it is ready to severely react against any threat.” And, as we all know, there is no more rational nation on Earth than mullah-controlled Iran.

Salehi’s irrational threat was in response to the redeployment of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis from its 5th Fleet anchorage at Qatar to the north Arabian Sea. Iran’s latest threat is a warning that the Stennis, which “left the Persian Gulf through the strategic Strait of Hormuz last week should not return,” the New York Times reported.

What Iran fails to grasp is that the Stennis weighed anchor and steamed southeast to give the U.S. carrier taskforce more elbow room to operate.  Like the U.S. carriers at Midway, our navy can reach out and touch Iran’s tugboat fleet from over the horizon.

But Iran’s fear is anything but irrational. Its currency, the rial, fell dramatically against the U.S. dollar after President Obama signed a defense authorization bill that imposes economic sanctions on Iran’s central bank. When the Reuters News Agency contacted currency trader Hamid Bakhshi in the Iranian capital Tehran, Bakhshi said, “The rate is changing every second … we are not taking any rials to change into dollars or any other foreign currency.”

And Reuters adds that average Iranians are the ones who are running to exchange rials – with the beaming image of the Ayatollah Khomeini – for George Washington greenbacks.

That means the Islamic Republic is threatening to wage war on the nation whose currency is now the coin of the Iranian realm.

Now that would be, well, irrational.