Bush: There will be consequences if Iranians attack our ships

The US President was speaking in Jerusalem Wed. Jan. 9, in answer to a media question.
Friday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen said that the incident of Jan. 6 “ought to remind us how real is the threat posed by Iran and how ready we are to meet that threat.” US Middle East commander Adm. William Fallon warned that Iran risks triggering an unintended conflict if its boats continue to harass US warships in the strategic waterway.
Earlier, The American military released recordings of Iranian harrasment of US Navy vessels on Jan. 6. They included video and audio recordings of the five Iranian boats and their threat to blow up US Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. The boats, belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, were shown approaching the three US ships at high speed, ignoring radio contact and dropping objects in the water.
The incident, termed provocative by the White House, occurred three days before President George W. Bush was due to begin a tour of the region.
The Iranian boats turned away just before the US captain gave the order to open fire. Iran played down the event as an “ordinary occurrence.”
The Strait of Hormuz is a key route for international oil shipments out of the Persian Gulf.

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