This week, two oil tankers were attacked near the Strait of Hormuz. Within seeming minutes, US SoS Mike Pompeo was issuing a statement which blamed Iran for the attacks. No investigation, no evidence, no statements from any country or group that we know of. If any statements were made by another entity other than Iran, chances are we will never be allowed to know about it.
The Iranian government has denied any responsibility for the attack and there is no reason to doubt their innocence. There is every reason to disbelieve Pompeo.
Pompeo’s statement was, “This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high-degree of sophistication.
The United States will defend its forces, interests, and stand with our partners and allies to safeguard global commerce and regional stability. And we call upon all nations threatened by Iran’s provocative acts to join us in that endeavor.”
First thing to note is how precise his wording is. “no proxy group operating in the area” is far too specific. Perhaps there are no proxy groups with the capabilities to carry out such an attack in the area. However, there are several nations with the capabilities to carry out such an attack directly. Saudi Arabia, Israel and the US immediately come to mind.
He refers to recent Iranian attacks on shipping. That’s interesting because I don’t recall any attacks by Iran on any ships in decades, perhaps even in my lifetime. Do you?
Something else interesting is that he refers to “safeguard(ing) global commerce” and defending US forces and interests. That’s nice because nothing belonging to the US has been attacked.
There are a number of signs that this attack was a false flag operation. A video surfaced showing an Iranian vessel next to the ship after the attack. The US claims that the Iranian vessel was removing a mine from the ship which had not detonated. Thing to keep in mind about mines is that they will detonate against any ship that comes in contact with them. Besides, how would Iranians know there was a mine attached to the ship which had not detonated before they even got to the ship to see it?