My Dear Extended Family,

From Jim Sinclair:

Has Iran Finally Overplayed Their Hand?

First: Coordinated attack against embassies of the West in the Middle East .

Second: Assassination of US Ambassador and personnel in Libyan US Embassy considered an invasion of US territory. Usually in tense spots the ambassador is the ambassador and more.

Third: MSM speculation that Israel will Attack Iran.

Fourth: Israel to be used as the pawn for an attack on Iran.
Now all that is required for a massive invasion and leveling of Iran is one Israeli jet to wind up the compressors, introduce fuel at 80%, compress to 100% and trigger the afterburners on takeoff. That will be interpreted as Israel's opening attack against Iran and therefore a threat against the Strait of Hormuz. A 25 nation armada has gathered, which means the USA and GB plus a few row boats. The armada will not wait for confirmation that Iran has been hit or is taking action against the Strait of Hormuz. They would be nuts to wait.

Maybe Iran has finally overplayed its hand. If a war before the election to make Iran glow in the dark for the next thousand years is desirable, for many reasons it certainly is now coming.

Armada of British naval power massing in the Gulf as Israel prepares an Iran strike

An armada of US and British naval power is massing in the Persian Gulf in the belief that Israel is considering a pre-emptive strike against Iran's covert nuclear weapons programme.

By Sean Rayment, Defence Correspondent
10:00PM BST 15 Sep 2012

Battleships, aircraft carriers, minesweepers and submarines from 25 nations are converging on the strategically important Strait of Hormuz in an unprecedented show of force as Israel and Iran move towards the brink of war.

Western leaders are convinced that Iran will retaliate to any attack by attempting to mine or blockade the shipping lane through which passes around 18 million barrels of oil every day, approximately 35 per cent of the world's petroleum traded by sea.

A blockade would have a catastrophic effect on the fragile economies of Britain, Europe the United States and Japan, all of which rely heavily on oil and gas supplies from the Gulf.

The Strait of Hormuz is one of the world's most congested international waterways. It is only 21 miles wide at its narrowest point and is bordered by the Iranian coast to the north and the United Arab Emirates to the south.

In preparation for any pre-emptive or retaliatory action by Iran, warships from more than 25 countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, will today begin an annual 12-day exercise.


Iran says will hit Hormuz, US bases, Israel if attacked

TEHRAN - The head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guards on Sunday warned of retaliation against the Gulf's strategic Strait of Hormuz, US bases in the Middle East and Israel if his country was to be attacked.

General Mohammad Ali Jafari, speaking in a very rare news conference in Tehran, also said that he believed Iran would abandon the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty should it be targeted for military action.

The warnings underlined the high tensions surrounding Iran and its disputed nuclear programme, which Israel has threatened it could seek to disrupt with air strikes, with or without US help.

Jafari said the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow channel at the entrance of the Gulf through which a third of the world's traded oil passes, would be a legitimate target for Iran should it be attacked.

"This is a declared policy by Iran that if war occurs in the region and the Islamic republic is involved, it is natural that the Strait of Hormuz as well as the energy (market) will face difficulties," he said.

Jafari suggested that 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.