The 3-letter word that's missing from the showdown with Iran


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The US is in the middle of a showdown with Iran, stoked by incidents in the Persian Gulf and a protracted dispute over the 2015 nuclear deal.

But behind the present round of tensions is the US's long-running desire to the control the movement of a resource that Iran is in a unique position to challenge, writes Michael T. Klare.

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It's always the oil.

While President Trump was hobnobbing with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G-20 summit in Japan, brushing off a recent UN report about the prince's role in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Asia and the Middle East, pleading with foreign leaders to support "Sentinel." The aim of that administration plan: to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf.See the rest of the story at Business InsiderNOW WATCH: Scientists have developed a genius new way to soak up oil spillsSee Also:What the US needs to do to counter 'unprecedented' Chinese influence in its neighborhood3 awesome movie weapons that would actually get their users killedThese soldiers are going airborne with the Army's newest sniper rifleSEE ALSO: Trump and Bolton want a piece of Iran, but the Pentagon is planning for a much different enemy

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