From remarks to the House of Representatives by Rep. Les Aspin (D-Wis.) on June 17:
The point is that the Iranian government has prepared its people for a policy that does not call for an open challenge to the U.S. and Soviet presences in the Gulf. The question then is: How can Iran attack us without leaving Iranian fingerprints? . . .
There are probably three real threats to the United States stemming from our increased presence in the Gulf.
First, terrorist attack upon American citizens on land in the Persian Gulf littoral states. That would include U.S. bases in Bahrain and Oman, residences in all the countries, embassies and hotels, bars and restaurants where Americans congregate.
Second, mines. On May 17, the Marshal Chuikov, the first Soviet tanker sent to support Kuwait, hit a mine.. . . Ten days later, on May 27, a Liberian-registered tanker, the Primrose, hit a mine while leaving Kuwait. It was in the same channel as the Soviet tanker. Last week, Reuters reported that on June 9 the Greek tanker Ethnic struck a mine -- and in the same comparatively narrow channel leading into the port of Kuwait.
Third, some original and novel means of shedding American blood without leaving Iranian fingerprints. The Khomeini regime has proven itself a master of ingenuity. . . . I expect the minds that dreamed up the truck bomb and that conceived an outboard navy to fight the Iraqis amid the marshes are probably hard at work right now trying to spring some novel surprise upon us