within a given period, and the Shipping Control Committee thereupon
the Shipping Control Committee built its success.(22) According to Hurley, the turn-around time, which had been as high as thirty-eight days in France and thirty-four days in the United States, fell to nineteen days in France and to fifteen days in the United States by April 1918, and the tonnage handled increased nearly four times.
Hurley, ever the enthusiast, claimed that "The work of the Shipping Control Committee could not have been done without facts--facts about national resources, about what was essential and what non-essential, facts that would show the best method to employ ships," and it is in this context that he described Gay's man Dennison as "our economic mentor."(26) According to Hurley,
Tehran has said it will impose shipping controls
there if it is attacked, and has warned Gulf neighbours of reprisals should they take part in any attack."Merely talking about such a closure (of the Strait of Hormuz) creates a state of tension and will raise the insurance costs on vessels passing through," Sheik Mohammad said.The United States has refused to rule out military action against Iran if Tehran continues with attempts to enrich uranium.