US oil imports from OPEC plunge to 30-year lows. China's are surging - CNNSurely US Policy since the Carter days has been to defend oil supplies - the 'Carter Doctrine'. Does the US no longer need Arab oil? What about Western Europe, Japan, etc?
Surely the US suffers if there is a global recession that hurts export markets?
So are “exports”. If Hormuz becomes a no-go zone then... “fracking hell!” Oil revenue heaven.
If they were a boarding party who had been searching the ship, the rifles may have been a normal part of their standard kit they had with them when they got called out.Why would they need rifles?
By all accounts it was a covert op to remove a Limpet Mine there does appear to be 4 soldiers on board, it stands to reason they would be armed.
It might help if we had a bit more context to put things in, rather than the video starting just at the point where someone is reaching up to remove whatever it was. Odd how they chose to start the video at that point, isn't it?The crews had all been lifted off.
We don't know what time the video was taken. It is known that the Iranians did help remove the crew. As the boat moves away you can see quite a few bodies wearing Life Jackets standing up. Later in a close up they are all heavily pix elated. I am in no way a conspiracy theorist but that video doesn't add up.
If things kick off in a big way in the Persian Gulf, whatever oil is available on the open market in the rest of the world will go to whomever is willing to pay the highest price for it, regardless of traditional markets. The same goes for refined products and natural gas, although the latter may take longer to react in some cases.So are “exports”. If Hormuz becomes a no-go zone then... “fracking hell!” Oil revenue heaven.
Why use an American torpedo when you can prevail on your ONLY regional ally to use one of theirs?The US would benefit massively if the price of oil went up. By your reasoning the US would be planting the mines.
“Our conclusion is this has only been possible by a state-sponsored attack,” Al Nahyan told reporters after meeting his Cypriot counterpart in Nicosia, referring to the May attack.
“We haven’t named the state, but we hope that we can further work with our friends and partners in preventing such escalations from moving forward,” he added.
It's ironic that Trump says that his intelligence department should go back to school when he doesn't know how to deploy the correct "their" instead of "there."It's OK, Trump has probably fired the intelligence staff.
Even though some might suit his agenda.
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I mean, it's almost like it is a complex issue...
As I consider Dubya a war criminal and Afghan and Iraq war crimes I am interested how you come to that conclusion.Goodie, you're catching-on......but you do realise that the "contra" part was the second, Ollie North led, leg of that dubious exercise? A bit of a bonus bolt-on if you will....two birds with one stone.
People like @javaguzzisti will accuse anybody who suggests malavolent US and/or Israeli influence in the region as being anti-semitic, but it was the US and Israel Governments who arranged for the sale of US arms in breach of the UN emgbargo.....and both went to extreme lengths to deny it, including the fallacious "arms for hostages" claim.
None of the above makes it any more of less likely that Iran is today's guilty party.
It does, however, demand that caution be exercised when considering contemporary US claims.
Oberst,There are enough other players involved, be it the KSA or the USA, the MKO or whatever. I don't know, but you don't know either. You just can guess. Sorry to speak out so open but the KSA isn't exactly trustworthy and I am a bit wary about the US governments communiques. They simply told to much lies in the past.
In my opinion and with the Information we have at this time there is a 60% chance that the culprit is indeed Iran but that isn't enough. I wouldn't bet 50 Euro on that chance.
No Oberst. To much honour, just a accidential former Uffz d. R. Was it Robert Duvall or Sean Penn who said this?Oberst,
I do tend to agree with you.....after trying to replicate Adlee Stevenson’s Cuban Missile Crisis moment in the run up to the Iraq War we kind of shot our bolt and just look like the Boy who cried wolf. It’s just reality........I give it a 90% it was the Iranians but with the caveat that it was IRGC freelancing. I do believe, as other posters mentioned, that there seems to be a power struggle internally in Iran (and to some extent the U.S. too). I am glad we are not just attacking yet.........if it is indeed the IRGC I would like to see something specifically targeted at them. There is no rush, no one is going anywhere.......
Two bulls sitting on a grassy knoll spot a herd of cows down in the field, the young bull says “let’s run down there and f**k one of those cows”. The older bull says “no let’s walk down there and f**k them all”
Well quoting from two movies..........No Oberst. To much honour, just a accidential former Uffz d. R. Was it Robert Duvall or Sean Penn who said this?
Re-read my post........you've managed to extrapolate wildly into a non sequitur.As I consider Dubya a war criminal and Afghan and Iraq war crimes I am interested how you come to that conclusion.
I was also glad the Trump won simply to stop another stupid war in the ME we do not need.