In the same week Israel indicated to the Sunni Muslim government of Saudi Aradia that it would be willing to collaborate to defeat the radical Shia regime in Iran, that same Iranian regime escalated tensions in the Middle East.
Until now, very few non-western powers dared to project their naval power outside their own sphere of influence.
Sending naval fleets on patrol around the globe has largely been the province of NATO powers, otherwise known as the US Navy.
But Iran made a very public display this week of its decision to send its navy on ‘visits’ to destinations in the Gulf of Mexico and in South America.
It’s a direct challenge to the two-century-old Monroe Doctrine, which was challenged last by the Russians during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
This won’t sit well with the Trump administration.
Look for some strong rhetoric and/or tweets from the CIC.
Here’s more from Newsweek…
Iranian warships are set to leave the waters of the Persian Gulf to sail across the world and tour another gulf—the one that lies between the U.S. and Mexico.
At a time when Iran is looking to expand and modernize its military in the face of what is seen as a growing U.S. threat, its newly appointed navy commander, Rear Admiral Hossein Khanzadi, held his first press conference Wednesday, announcing that a fleet of Iranian ships would soon depart for the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico en route to visits to a number of South American countries, Iran’s semiofficial Tasnim News Agency reported. The move is reportedly part of a push to project Iran’s military on a more global scale and establish international ties as President Donald Trump and his allies, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, seek to isolate the revolutionary Shiite Muslim power.
“Sailing in open waters between Europe and Americas should be the navy’s goal, which will be realized in the near future,” Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, who served as navy chief for 10 years before being assigned by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to deputy coordinator of the army, said earlier this month at his successor’s ceremony, according to the Tasnim News Agency and translated by Caspian News.