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US Secretary of the Interior’s idiotic idea for naval blockade against Russian energy supplies (Video)

The Washington Examiner reported that US Internal Secretary Ryan Zinke said that the United States could use its Navy to prevent Russia’s potential energy supplies to the Middle East.

Zinke alleged that Russia’s engagement in Syria is in actuality a pretext to explore new energy markets.

“I believe the reason they are in the Middle East is they want to broker energy just like they do in eastern Europe, the southern belly of Europe,” Zinke reportedly said.

According to Zinke, a US blockade of Russian energy exports is a good way to deal with Russia’s energy distribution…

“The United States has that ability, with our Navy, to make sure the sea lanes are open, and, if necessary, to blockade … to make sure that their energy does not go to market,” he said.

Zinke further stated in Pittsburgh at an event hosted by the Consumer Energy Alliance that “Russia is a one trick pony”.

According to RT, Zinke went on to compare Washington’s approaches to dealing with Russia and Iran, noting that they are effectively the same.

“The economic option on Iran and Russia is, more or less, leveraging and replacing fuels,” he said, while referring to Russia as a “one trick pony” with an economy dependent on fossil fuels.

Zinke’s statements provoked an angry response from Moscow, which equated a potential maritime blockade to an “act of war,” while calling the internal secretary’s assumptions “nonsense.”

“A US blockade of Russia would be equal to a declaration of war under international law,” Russian Senator Aleksey Pushkov said, commenting on Zinke’s words. Russia does not currently export any energy to the Middle East, which itself is a major oil exporting region. The whole idea is an “absolute nonsense,” the Senator argued.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the merit and meaning of the US Secretary of the Interior’s comments, and ask the hypothetical, what if the US dared to follow through on Zinke’s naval blockade idea?

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Via The Hill

What does the secretary of the Interior have to do with foreign policy? Well, nothing.

The law that established the Department of Interior gives the secretary widespread authority of major areas, like the Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.

So then why is Zinke publicly discussing U.S. maritime strategy and possible naval deployments against an adversary like Russia?

It’s completely unclear. While we don’t know why Zinke was making this reckless comment, we do know that his words have an impact. At least one senior Russian official has decried Zinke’s proposal as a potential declaration of war.

Earlier this week I wrote to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer requesting information about the scope of Zinke’s portfolio as it relates to the Navy and Department of Defense — if such a portfolio even exists.

While we have yet to hear from the Defense Department, we know that Zinke is the most scandal-plagued member of the Trump administration. Naval policy aside, he has created numerous crises on issues that are actually his responsiblity.

Just this week, the beloved public lands, access and parks program, Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), expired on his watch, which could lead to the loss of thousands of public land projects across America. He is also allowing millions of acres of critical wildlife habitat to be leased for oil and gas development in a lease sale process that a judge recently ruled did not include the public.

Zinke’s Interior Department has also become a morass of ethical problems, including staff members jumping ship for lucrative oil and gas industry jobs, potentially violating an executive order on ethics. All this while Zinke mysteriously disappeared to Turkey on a two-week vacation.

He also essentially gutted a commonsense methane waste prevention rule, costing taxpayers and local governments an estimated $800 million in lost royalties over the next decade in the process.

Zinke should focus on getting his own house in order before interfering further in geopolitical disputes.

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October 5, 2018

A blockade would be an act of war. Only american waters can be blocaded by america legally. Saying that Iran and Russia aren’t as far away from each other as America is from both. Best move is to get the stans on side and for China to approach from the East and the US will be blockaded from the Middle East. Russia and China would be best to work between each other now and consolodate what they have to keep the US at bay.

You can call me AL
You can call me AL
Reply to  Cudwieser
October 6, 2018

You are of course correct, but I believe “A blockade would be an act of desperation”. They have lost and are in denial that a war will between the US or even Nato against Russia only :- unfortunately for the normal people of the World, they somehow forget China, Iran and a few other Countries. If the US fired the first missile, undertook a naval blockade, you can kiss the US Navy, the outside bases and the US nuke sites (Worldwide) eliminated.

PS I still find it strange how 15 years ago, I would have felt the exact opposite.

Reply to  You can call me AL
October 6, 2018

That’s kinda the problem. Morallity and factuality doesn’t apply. We really are dealing with such a perverse logic that any action is damning. An insane child with a WMD is what we’re dealing with. How the fuck do you convince the US to look the other way?

You can call me AL
You can call me AL
Reply to  Cudwieser
October 9, 2018

Sorry for the delay in responding.You are absolutely correct. As for “How the fuck do you convince the US to look the other way?”, you cannot – they are a rabid dog backed into the corner.

Reply to  You can call me AL
October 10, 2018

A rabid dog can be convinced that nothing else but you matters. The US is a little too schizophrenic to be rabid. You just have to play on it’s fears in the right place and time, but guessing either is the trick.

October 6, 2018

Because Zinke is a good little Zion’s Jew being told what to say and do.

Wayne Blow
Wayne Blow
Reply to  TheCelotajs
October 7, 2018

this “idiot” is just another BAD JOKE ! just like dufous Trump !!

Vince Dhimos
October 6, 2018

What happened to the navy’s nculear option, sanctions? You know, like the sanctions threatened for India if it bought the S-400. Oh wait, India went ahead and bought it anyway.

Wayne Blow
Wayne Blow
October 7, 2018

Zinke, rhymes with “dinky” as in reference to thr size of this idiots brain !!! Some body must be embarrassed , no ???

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