Vice President Dick Cheney addresses nearly 4,000 Sailors and Marines in the hangar bay aboard Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). During his visit, Cheney thanked Sailors and Marines for their support of coalition operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations. Cheney is aboard Stennis as part of his six-day tour to meet with key Middle Eastern leaders and speak with U.S. troops in the Persian Gulf. U.S.

It looks like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may approaching the point of going too far in regard to how much turmoil he is going to be allowed to create before the U.S. and our allies finally put a stop to it.

On Friday Vice President Dick Cheney stood on the deck of the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis, which is positioned just 150 miles off the coast of Iran, and issued a direct warning the Iranian regime saying that the United States is prepared to use its naval power to keep Tehran from disrupting oil routes or “gaining nuclear weapons and dominating this region.”

“With two carrier strike groups in the Gulf, we’re sending clear messages to friends and adversaries alike,” he said. “We’ll keep the sea lanes open. We’ll stand with our friends in opposing extremism and strategic threats. We’ll disrupt attacks on our own forces. We’ll continue bringing relief to those who suffer, and delivering justice to the enemies of freedom. And we’ll stand with others to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons and dominating this region.”

Although there is not much of a chance that U.S. and coalition forces would make any sort of direct attack on Iran, there is the strong possibility that a naval blockade could be in Ahmadinejad and company’s not so distant future.