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James Stavridis

Trump, Iran and the New Guns of August

A serious conflict in the Strait of Hormuz is more likely, and closer, than people think.

Deadly pests.

Deadly pests.

Photographer: Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

In the hot summer of 1987, I was a young Navy officer sailing into the Arabian Gulf via the Strait of Hormuz onboard the Valley Forge, a brand new and heavily armed Aegis Cruiser. Our mission, code-named Ernest Will, was to escort merchant ships in and out of the Gulf, protecting them from the threat of Iranian cruise missiles and air attack.

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