The message was clear and direct, disrupt our commercial activities in the Strait of Hormuz and your navy assets shall become bottom-dwellers of the Arabian sea. Icheoku says it cannot be more direct than that and hopefully the mullahs in Tehran gets it that America does not make vain threats and therefore backs down from their threatened blockage of shipment in the Gulf.
America believes that if you must tell a person to go to hell, you must also be prepared to drag him to the gates of hell if need be to ensure he gets to hell. If Iranian leaders are sane enough, they must, following the Pentagon warning, by now be developing a face-saving Plan-B. It would be simply foolhardy for them to give the Americans reason to remember for Iran all their sins of these past decades.
The rule number one for those peoples of this world still sane enough, including countries and governments, is to understand when the tipping point has been reached with the Americans and never to cross the line. With the Americans, they gonna get you since no one messes with Uncle Sam and gets away with it. Iran has been put on notice that they have pushed their luck this far and must be stopped willy-nilly and it does not matter whether their spiritual leader or other mullahs in Tehran likes it or not. The super power has spoken and what America wants, America gets; and this now includes the safe conduct of all maritime activities in the Persian or Arabian Gulf; unconditionally and absolutely non negotiable. The choice for Iran is to either back-down or be smacked into backing down and Tehran has zero to practically no input now short of total compliance.
The message, don't mess with the Americans has never been clearer regarding the provocations of Iran dating way back to their Americans hostage taking in the early eighties. May be payback time is around the corner and we shall remember all the pointed fingers and thumbing of nose Iran has shown to the West especially America. If and when it boils down, we gonna get them and even if it means pursuing those Iranians right into their kitchens and bedrooms; and any of them in doubt should ask Osama Bin Laden, who luckily for the Iranians is sleeping with the fishes very close to them in the same Arabian sea where their ships will soon be providing watery caves for Osama to continue his hiding from hell-fire.
The Pentagon was reacting to an impending legislation in Tehran seeking the Iranian military to block and disrupt oil shipments in the strait, in retaliation to Iranian embargoed oil sales. From the Pentagon to Tehran, 'don't even think about it - closing the strait of Hormuz. If you lay mines there, we will clear them. If you send your boats to harass our vessels or any commercial shipping of any kind or of any country, we will put them on the bottom of the Gulf."