You are forgetting, Iran's coast is on the Indian Ocean. What the Neo-Cons are talking about in regards to Syria is access to the Mediterranean Sea, and with it access to Europe and N. Africa, as well as a short-cut to the Atlantic.
>sailing through the Persian Gulf to the US would entail sailing around Africa >additional 11,000 or so miles to travel compared to sailing from Syria >5,500 gpm * 11,000 miles = 60,500,000 gallons of gas
Does he know that Britons are useless when it comes to logistics?
But nevertheless, all too true of many USA politicians and the failure of the education systems in the USA. Ridiculously high rate of illiteracy among high school students, etc... all quite well known.