As everybody knows, lots of shit has went down in the waters just south of Iran.
This would obviously piss lots of people off, because again, a fifth of the world's oil is taken through the straights. How exactly does this benefit Iran to make so many enemies and possibly create a coalition of world powers against them, on top of the already overwhelming military might of the U.S.?
Even if a coalition did not form against Iran, the U.S. would still hold a significant advantage over the Iranians in both numbers, and technology. Would this be enough to secure a decisive victory? Remember that recently the U.S. has had peace talks with the taliban, and they were significantly weaker than the Iranians at the start of the conflict. Given Iran's similar terrain, combined with the famous Islamic fanaticism, could they wage a protracted guerrilla war against the U.S.? The initial stages of the conflict would be devastating for both sides with 100,000's of thousands lost in the first month. It would be likely that most of these would be on the Iranian side, however, it isn't unreasonable to suggest that 50,000-100,000 american's could die, especially if Russia sent aid.
Lastly, how likely does pol think this to be a possibility in the upcoming year or two? With the way that the mainstream media has presented it, it sounds like we could be at war tomorrow!