As usual, we’re expected to believe officialdom on responsibility for the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil production. Mike Pompeo, Trump’s former CIA boss and tank commander, reflexively blamed Iran minus any evidence whatsoever.
It took a couple days to get the narrative ironed out.
Trump is a reluctant to place blame for the attack on Iran. He understands a war with Iran will be catastrophic, not only for the entire Middle East, but the world economy as a whole. It will wreck Trump’s goal of making himself a peacemaker.
Trump is waiting on word from Prince “Bone Saw” Salman before he commits the US military to bombing Iran, likely targeting its oil production infrastructure in tit-for-tat fashion. Iran, of course, will not take this laying down. It will immediately retaliate by hitting oil fields and petrochemical facilities situated in the Persian Gulf Emirates. Iran will also target US military bases, installations, and warships within reach of its missiles.
On Tuesday, “senior officials” in the US said without a doubt the attack came from southern Iran which borders the northern end of the Persian Gulf.
The BBC reports Iran has “attacked Saudi oil facilities before, but US officials said on Sunday that they believed the drones and missiles did not originate from the south or south-west, and instead were launched from the north or north-west.”
If we consult a map, we discover Israel is situated to the northwest of Saudi Arabia. Iran is in the east and Iraq to the north. Because cruise missiles and drones have the capability of changing direction, we do not have a good idea where the missiles came from and the party responsible for launching them.
For the US, this is not a problem. It is now habituated to telling lies, releasing misinformation, and disseminating propaganda associated with false flag attacks. Much of what it reports is believed without question by millions of Americans. The state describes this mass credulity and inability to question authority as “patriotism.”
Iran has said it will shut down oil production across the Gulf if US sanctions on its export of oil remain in place. The sanctions imposed on Iran’s oil and economy are an act of war, so it makes sense Iran would be responsible for the attack—that is, if they’re crazy and want their country reduced to rubble and possibly an irradiated no-go zone. It is irrational to believe the leadership of Iran desires such a fate.
Chanting “Death to Israel and America” is rhetorical. Iran does not have the ability to destroy either, although in the event of a war, Israel will certainly suffer an onslaught of missiles from both Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon. It will need the US to fight on at least two fronts.
It is entirely obvious, even to the casual observer, that Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the war-obsessed neocon faction within the US government are working overtime to destroy Iran.
I don’t believe the fact this attack occurred within days of Trump firing the neocon John Bolton is a coincidence. Bolton failed to steer Trump into bombing Iran and this necessitated a neocon Plan B—yet another, far more serious false flag attack to finally push the US into bombing Iran. Israel and Saudi Arabia would love to do this, but they are incapable and need the US war machine’s help….