International free passage is none of the US business. Remember that is one of the terms of the Law of the Sea treaty. And the US has been a net exporter of oil for 4 years now.International free passage through the gulf insures American oil supply. The Iranians have a long history of impeding passage .
Israel and Saudi Arabia for that matter have a equal opposition to Iran and both countries are attempting to get the US more involved against Iran.One can only hope. A war between Iran and the USA is in the interest of neither country. However, with historically high inflation rates, high unemployment, and irrational statements by Iran regarding Israel and the U.S., I wouldn't rely on rationality to rule the day, particularly in Iran.
Article 43 of the Hague Convention.How so?
^^ Some persons in D.C. are not so concerned about laws, and about treaties negotiated by others . Guys like Mr. Bolton just want to kick butt. And others, like Mr. Cheney, never gave a thought to such mundane considerations in 2003. All he saw was Halliburton's profits going up. I'll say no more.Article 43 of the Hague Convention.
Art. 43.The authority of the legitimate power having in fact passed into the hands of the occupant, the latter shall take all the measures in his power to restore, and ensure, as far as possible, public order and safety, while respecting, unless absolutely prevented, the laws in force in the country
In a nutshell. You break it, you own it.
It was one of the reasons the coalition had to stick around in Iraq so long after the regime had been toppled.