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Iran War Imminent? Trump Says US “Locked And Loaded” To Respond To Saudi Attack

Via Zerohedge…

Just as the price of oil was settling down from its record surge, it spiked once again, following a tweet by president Trump which has made war with Iran virtually inevitable.

Just before 7pm, Trump tweeted that “Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!”

Setting aside the implicit admission that US foreign policy in the middle-east is now inexplicably run by Saudi Arabia, what is far more troubling is Trump’s statement that the US military is “locked and loaded”, and set to attack the country which instigated the attack on Saudi facilities, which according to Mike Pompeo was not Yemen, and its Houthi rebels, but rather Iran.

Now, as Bloomberg’s Javier Blas correctly notes, Trump’s tweet has left Saudi crown prince MbS boxed: “if he doesn’t point to #Iran, he’s likely to dissapointing Trump, but he does, he could start an all-war with Tehran of unknown end.” Needless to say, it is clear which option Saudi Arabia – which has been needling for war with Iran for years – will pick.

And just in case it is unclear how Saudi Arabia will order the US “to proceed”, back in May, The Arab News – a newspaper that has long been chaired by various sons of King Salman until 2014 and is regarded as reflecting official position – published an editorial in English on Thursday, arguing that after incidents this week against Saudi energy targets, the next logical step “should be surgical strikes.” One can be certain that this time, it will be even more vocal.

Meanwhile, one wonders just how credible the official narrative of Iran being behind the attacks is. Here are some thoughts:

https://twitter.com/hks55/status/1173342077284958208

The irony here is that just last week, Iran suddenly seemed on the cusp of renewed talks with the US after Trump unceremoniously sacked John Bolton, who had been pushing for an attack on Iran for years. And yet, with Bolton gone, his most desired outcome has been achieved with the US military now “locked and loaded” to attack Iran… One almost wonders where Bolton was when “Iran” was launching drones at Saudi Arabia.

Incidentally, anyone hoping that oil prices will drop once the US invades Iran will be very disappointed.

For now, the market is clearly aware of what such an outcome would mean to oil prices, and not even Trump’s subsequent tweet that “PLENTY OF OIL!” will do anything to ease fears that a full-blown middle-eastern war may be coming.

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Dr. Phil
Dr. Phil
September 16, 2019

Trump’s easy to manipulate. You just have to play to his ego. Bolton wasn’t adept at that game but we know the rest of the warmongers in his circle are.

Dan Kuhn
September 16, 2019

One certain outcome of a war between Saudi Arabia and Iran will be that the rest of the Saudi Arabian oil industry will be wiped off the map and that of its allies as well. ( Hint: Patriot Missile System did not save you over the weekend, it certainly wont save you when Iran starts firing their state of the art missiles at you) And Israel, the more likely culprit behind the weekend drone attacks against Saudi Arabia ( false flag operation) ( The other false flag operations I.E. the attacks against the four oil tankers) did not acheive the… Read more »

Hobgoblins R US
Hobgoblins R US
Reply to  Dan Kuhn
September 17, 2019

The US likes to back anyone protesting by throwing molotov cocktails so I think it should start backing the Houthis. At least it’d score high in consistency.

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