DID IRAN DECLARE WAR ON THE UNITED STATES?

Two oil tankers were torpedoed yesterday in the persian gulf.

It seems eminently clear that Iran was behind the attacks.

From David D. Kirkpatrick, Richard Perez-Pena and Stanley Reed’s article in the New York Times:

Explosions crippled two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday in what the United States called “unprovoked attacks” by Iran, raising alarms about immediate security and potential military conflict in a vital passageway for a third of the world’s petroleum.

Iran called the accusations part of a campaign of American disinformation and “warmongering.”

By afternoon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that American intelligence agencies had concluded Tehran was behind the disabling of both ships. He pointed to the weapons used, the expertise and resources required and the similarity to other recent attacks attributed to Iran.

The most compelling evidence to support Mr. Pompeo’s claim was video footage released Thursday night by the United States Central Command. A military spokesman, Capt. Bill Urban, said the video showed an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps patrol boat pulling up alongside the Kokuka Courageous, one of the stricken ships, several hours after the initial explosion, and removing an unexploded limpet mine in broad daylight.

Senior American officials had already blamed Iran for similar attacks last month against four tankers on the same waterway. Iranian officials, who denied any involvement in those attacks, also rejected assertions they were behind the events on Thursday and said Iran had been framed.

If the above-mentioned video is accurate – and I have no reason to believe it isn’t – then Iran has committed an overt act of war.

I don’t know what President Trump and his team are deciding to do about this.  But you can bet it will be something significant.

And you can bet it won’t involve surreptitiously delivering $150 billion dollars to the terrorists in Tehran, which is what the last President did – and which is, no doubt, funding Iran’s attacks on United States interests in the Gulf…and its terrorist activities around the world.

At this point all we can do is wait to see where this goes…with the knowledge that it will not be in a good place.

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CORRECTION:   in this blog’s original form, I referred to the attacked ships as being United states tankers. Apparently they were not. This, however,  Is still a threat to the flow of tankers through that area, including United States tankers, thus does not change the prospect that United States is going to do something significant about it

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