If the Ayatollah thought that Trump’s removal of John Bolton as his National Security Advisor was a signaling of any softening in the Administration’s approach to dealing with Iran, he was wrong.
Iran is so furious about the sanctions already in place that they sponsored attacks on oil tankers. Instead of intimidating President Trump and his Mid-East Allies to back down, and ease the restrictions, the President ordered even more sanctions imposed. Saudi Arabia showed evidence that proves the September 14 attack on Saudi oil facilities was “unquestionably” the work of Iran.
The Saudi’s also said that the evidence proved that the attack was launched from Iranian soil. “The attack was launched from the north and unquestionably sponsored from Iran.” Saudi Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Turki Al-Maliki said at a news conference.
President Trump told reporters in Los Angeles, “there are many options. There’s the ultimate option, and there are options that are a lot less than that.” Trump spelled out that the ultimate option means, “go in — war.” Today, Trump used one of those lesser options, by imposing more sanctions.
“I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase sanctions on the country of Iran,” the President tweeted on Wednesday. Iran continues to deny involvement in the attack. Again, of course.
Saudi Arabia is the world’s leading oil exporter, so this attack, which knocked out half of the Kingdom’s oil output, will be detrimental to Saudi’s economy.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the attacks an “Act of War” on Saudi Arabia. In addressing reporters who were traveling with him, the Secretary said, “This is an attack of a scale we’ve just not seen before…the Saudi’s were the nation that were attacked. It was on their soil. It was an act of war against them directly.”
The President has said that he does not want war, but is seeking to build coalition of allies from Europe and Asia.
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