Another Rush to Judgment: Pompeo Joins the Fool's Parade

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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo blames Iran for attacks on a massive Saudi Aramco oil facility.

Drone Strike Shuts Half of Saudi Production

In case you are new to this story, here is the background: Drone Strikes Shut Down Half of Saudi Arabia Oil Production

Administration and Senatorial hawks are out in force.

As noted a bit ago, US War Hawk Nut Case Senator Graham Responds to Saudi Refinery Attack

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo is now in on the act.

No Evidence Drones Originated in Yemen

Another Rush to Judgment

Excuse me for asking, but where the heck is the evidence Iran did this?

I do not rule out Iranian involvement, even though it makes little sense.

Rather, I cannot stand another warmongering rush to judgement accusation with no evidence presented or even discussed.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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Six000mileyear
Six000mileyear

The timing is too coincidental to Bolton's departure.

2banana
2banana

Libya - America invading a peaceful/sovereign Libya and killing their internationally recognized leader and destabilizing the entire region is the real source of the problem. Today's drones have nothing to do with their problems.

Afghanistan - America uses drones 95% for intel gathering and the rest of time for selected strikes on Taliban/ISIS leadership. If every drone was removed from Afghanistan tomorrow - exactly what problems and sources of problems would go away there?

Iraq? What exactly is the "source" of the problem with drones there? I don't think there has been a drone in Iraq for over a year now.

"US drone policy, Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq etc. are the real source of the problem"

Mish
Mish

Editor

"The timing is too coincidental to Bolton's departure."

Amazingly so

Greggg
Greggg

It's also just coincidental that the price of crude will increase and so will the shares of Aramco... which are for sale. Inside job maybe?

lol
lol

Iran bringing the heat,they ain't playin,next move use Isis/Al Qaeda/Houti fighters to seize those Saudi oilfields.Iranians with Chinese help could possibly gain/destroy a healthy chunk of Riyadh's oil manufacturing capability...….and quick!

numike
numike

Nothing has an uglier look than reason, when it is not on our side Lord Halifax

Ahearn
Ahearn

Wouldn't Iran share some of the blame regardless, Albeit through financially backing the houthis?

Casual_Observer
Casual_Observer

This will be interesting to see if Trump takes the bait.

WarpartySerf
WarpartySerf

Just another gift to America from the "No More Wars" President.

No more wars..... (unless for Israel). Enjoy

Webej
Webej

No evidence that Yemen did it?

Let's see if any evidence of anything will be presented. Otherwise we may as well conclude that Pompeo did it.

ksdude69
ksdude69

Maybe Saudi did it to themselves? Repay pretty fast @ 150. Who knows. Only thing im sure about is the US drooling for war with Iran it seems. Not a lot of ba backing public wise but since when does that matter? Being near an army base im quit amused with the number of guys serving/retired that call BS on 9-11. Hard to build morale when your own buildings seem to fall down on there own it would appear. One of them told me they all know it's an inside job and that we are all just cattle and that it's just a job that you hopefully get through to retirement. What a great country.

CautiousObserver
CautiousObserver

Regardless of exactly who launched the drones and who supplied the drones, this is a 100% predictable outcome from an extended blockade or sanctions that cause a country to starve. Saudi Arabia has had a blockade around Yemen for years and the US with its allies has had sanctions on Iran for years. Does anyone in a decision making position honestly expect there will no nationwide resentment and no military response when a country which views itself as independent is held in an economic chokehold long enough?

Perhaps the people running this scenario should acknowledge that the strategy they are using is antithetical to getting a peaceful outcome and is likely to lead to military escalation. I am not saying the US and Saudi Arabia are villains, but neither are they blameless. To the extent they respond indignantly, Senator Graham and Secretary Pompeo are being hypocrites.

abend237-04
abend237-04

Upon overnight reflection, the Iranian crisis isn't as bad as it appears on the surface...it's much worse: To review, Iran became cold war roadkill in 1953 and never recovered. It lurched from the Shah's police state to the current Mullah's police state in 1979. The barrier to doing a deal, any deal, with the temple keepers lies with their Republican Guard corporation. They're the guys on the bass boats hanging bombs on tankers, etc. They began as a volunteer militia organization and quasi-praetorian guard, but have morphed into a massive corporation now starved for revenue by sanctions. I believe they now constitute an Iranian shadow government and have begun freelancing, first with bombing, then seizing tankers in the straits, yesterday with coordinated drone attacks...all lashing out like a cornered, wounded animal. No deal can be done now; it'll get worse before it gets better. The praetorian guard brought down multiple Roman emperors. I think it's modern day equivalent is insensibly, (as Gibbons was maddeningly wont to write), dragging the region into general war.

HubbaBuba
HubbaBuba

Was reading in an oil publication that Iran is supplying ~ 1/3rd of Iraq's electricity needs via NG & 1,300 megawatts electricity, while Russia's Rosneft is in the bidding for boosting Iraq's NG to offset this. I mention b/e WT* was solved in Iraq? And they're leaning in Iran and everyone but us to get by! A total FUP by us. And they NEED Iran b/e we left their needs short - AND they are not using us to solve things. What a HORRIBLE multi-trillion black hole for us.

RonJ
RonJ

Saddam had nothing to do with the Saudi oil refinery fire.

Boot6761
Boot6761

Why can't it be Iran Mish? Their economy is in shambles due to sanctions...ALL Mideast countries and other oil producing countries (US Included) need oil to be at at least $80 per barrel to seek out a profit...even the frackers need $80 per barrel...this type of oil disruption is long overdue...and the blame game is just part of the political process...Iran will benefit just as much as any other oil producing country...

fuster
fuster

there's nothing at all foolish about assessing that the drone aircraft used in the attacks were made in Iran and supplied by Iran

and nothing foolish in thinking that Iran would not have supplied them without knowing how they would be used

Pater_Tenebrarum
Pater_Tenebrarum

Pompeo is no stranger to making stuff up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfrhATD4nM0

Sechel
Sechel

Looks like it was Iran but doubt the U.S. responds directly. There's no end game if we do and Iran holds too many cards and a U.S. response would come with a price I doubt Trump would pay in the general election. Trump is further constrained since he has no allies to work with on this issue. Europe won't join any U.S. response. Trump is learning its easier to start a crisis than to contain it.