US proposes tanker protection force in wake of Gulf attacks

Introduction – June 24, 2019

On the back of 9/11 the U.S. was able to build a military coalition that went on to invade Afghanistan and Iraq.
Now the Trump administration is trying to set a similar process in motion in the wake of alleged tanker attacks in the gulf. No matter that the U.S. has yet to provide a shred of hard evidence that Iran was behind the attacks. All we have are unsubstantiated allegations from warmongers like Pompeo and Bolton that Iran was responsible.
Despite many unanswered questions the Trump administration is adamant: Iran was behind the attacks
On the basis of that the Trump administration now appears trying to form an international force. Ostensibly it will be used to guard tankers against Iranian attacks. However, once formed it would only be a short step for the military alliance to actually strike Iran. Ed.

US proposes tanker protection force in wake of Gulf attacks

Patrick Wintour – The Guardian June 24, 2019

The US is to propose an international maritime Gulf protection force, its special envoy on Iran has said, as the Trump administration prepared to announce fresh economic sanctions on Tehran.

Brian Hook said he had been holding extensive talks with US allies in the wake of the Gulf of Oman tanker attacks, when two vessels were damaged by explosions. He believed a global coalition to protect shipping was required.

“There have been too many attacks. We could have had an environmental disaster and extensive loss of life due to reckless Iranian provocations,” he said.

Hook said the G20 summit this week in Japan would be a good forum for discussions. As many as 17 countries had been adversely effected by the recent tanker attacks either directly or through crew, insurance or contracts, he said, and an international force might isolate Iran diplomatically as well as make it more perilous for Tehran or its surrogates to mount further attacks.

Iran has denied responsibility for the blasts.

Hook, seen as one of the hawks on Iran inside the US administration, said Tehran faced a choice: “They can either start coming to the negotiating table or they can watch their economy continue to crumble.”

Tensions with Iran have been mounting since Donald Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal last year and began applying pressure on Tehran through economic sanctions.

On Monday the US president said other countries, including China and Japan, should protect their own oil tankers in the Middle East. “Why are we protecting the shipping lanes for other countries …for zero compensation,” he wrote on Twitter. “All of these countries should be protecting their own ships on what has always been a dangerous journey.”

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, met Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince for talks on Monday as the US sought to promote an anti-Iran alliance.

“You are a dear friend,” King Salman told Pompeo, who was due to fly to the United Arab Emirates later on Monday for further discussions.

Before his departure from the US, Pompeo had said Saudi Arabia and the UAE were “great allies in the challenge that Iran presents”.

He also reiterated Donald Trump’s offer of dialogue to improve relations with Iran. “We’re prepared to negotiate with no preconditions. They know precisely how to find us,” Pompeo said.

Last week, the US pulled back from the brink of a military confrontation with Iran after Trump called off strikes ordered in retaliation for the shooting down of a US drone.

Iran has said it will not enter into discussions until sanctions are lifted. The fresh round of US sanctions is however an attempt to force the Iranian leadership to hold talks with the US. A near-total ban on oil exports is already in place.

On Sunday, the hawkish US national security adviser, John Bolton, said Tehran should not “mistake US prudence and discretion for weakness”.

A drone strike on an airport in Saudi Arabia by Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels, which left one person dead and 21 injured, will have coloured the mood among Gulf states. It follows another attack on 12 June.

Hook is also to meet officials from Britain, France and Germany this week, but declined to say what pressure he will putting on those countries to follow the US out of the nuclear deal with Iran if, as Tehran has threatened, it breaches its permitted uranium enrichment stock levels on Thursday.

The EU has the choice of either putting the issue in the nuclear deal dispute mechanism, or threatening its own retaliatory measures.

The British foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said the UK was focused on de-escalating the dispute and refused to comment directly on claims that London had not been consulted before Trump sanctioned and then cancelled the planned strike on Iran last Thursday. Hunt said the UK had the closest possible intelligence relationship with the US.

Germany appeared cool towards US talk of building a global coalition against Iran. A foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday that Berlin had “taken note via the media” of Pompeo’s comments and added that “our top aim is and remains a de-escalation of the serious situation”.

Hook claimed the EU was being subjected to nuclear blackmail by Iran, and claimed Iran had rejected the opportunity to take various diplomatic “off-ramps” in the past year.

The UK, together with France and Germany, is urging Tehran to wait for European countries to set up the much-delayed financial mechanism designed to help businesses in Europe trade with Iran, circumventing secondary US sanctions. Iran saw an increase in trade as one of the key benefits of the deal.

 

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5 responses to “US proposes tanker protection force in wake of Gulf attacks”

  1. !!!This is GREAT News!!!

    The US is to propose an international maritime Gulf protection force, its special envoy on Iran has said, as the Trump administration prepared to announce fresh economic sanctions on Tehran.

    !!!Act now and SAVE!!!

    The Biggest terrorist organization in the world is offering special deals on their latest PROTECTION RACKET!! Yes sir! Help these poor useless Moronicans find a purpose to their wanderings in and around the Persian Gulf!

    Crian Kook said he had been holding expensive talks with US all-lies in the wake of the Gulf of Omen wanker attacks, when two vessels were damaged by explosions. He believed a glow-ballistic terrorist coalition collision was needed to extort money and otherwise intimidate the enemies of israHell and Shoddy Arabia who are known terrorist states who just happen to be backed, financed, armed and indoctrinated by the biggest terrorist organization in the world…

    “There have been too many attacks. We could have had an environmental disaster and extensive loss of life due to reckless Iranian provocations,” he said.

    He should have said:
    There have been too many attacks on Syria. We have had environmental disasters and extensive loss of life due to reckless Israeli bombings and provocations as well as US, israeli & saudi support for “Islamic” terrorist boogeymen, ISIS and company.

    If he knew what he was talking about, Frian Gook would have said the G20 plummit this week in Japan would be a good forum for discussions on what sanctions to apply to the US, israel and Saudi Arabia, just for starters.

    “As many as 17 countries had been adversely effected by the recent tanker attacks either directly or through crew, insurance or contracts, he said, and an international force might isolate Iran diplomatically as well as make it more perilous for Tehran or its surrogates to mount further attacks….”

    He could have said:

    As many as 17 countries had been adversely affected by the recent tanker attacks either directly or through crew, insurance or contracts, he said, and those same international gang banksters were trying to frame Iran (just like they once framed the Taliban, Afghanistan and Iraq for 9-11), blame Iran and isolate Iran diplomatically as well as make it more perilous for Tehran and its supporters to counter further false-flag attacks.

    “Iran has denied responsibility for the blasts.”

    “Hook, seen as one of the hawks on Iran inside the US terrorist organization, said Tehran faced a choice: “They can either start coming to the negotiating table or they can watch their economy continue to crumble.” ”

    In a sane and just world, Captain Crian Crook would be arrested and brought to a real version of the International Criminal Court. He, and the rest of the Washington Destroyers of Countries, would be hung for committing the worst crimes against humanity.

    “Tensions with Iran have been mounting since Donald Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal last year and began applying pressure on Tehran through economic sanctions.”

    Tensions with Iran have been mounting since Iran has shown itself to be way better than the US government at fighting the GREAT War on TERROR. They helped the Syrian Army, along with the Russians and Hezbollah, defeat most of the terrorists that Insane McCain, Killary and the Obamanator endorsed. Donald Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal thereby proving that you cannot trust the US government no matter what
    clown is put there to fool the people. The number one function of US presidents is to fool the people.

    They did not “begin last year applying pressure on Tehran through economic sanctions”. This has been going on for at least a century. The terrorists hate successful countries and want to destroy them. Just look at what these savages did to Libya! … This is completely unacceptable. No one should ever go close to any negotiating table where such demons are seated.

    The US secretarmy of state, Pike Pompedo, met Shoddy Arabia’s king and clown prince for talks on Monday as the US sought to provoke an anti-Iran terrorist alliance.

    “You are a dear fiend,” King Salmon told Plumpeo, who was due to spread his wings and fly away to the United Arab Epirates later on Monday for further bribing and arm-twisting. No doubt, we shall be updated soon with fresh accusations based on false assumptions and pure fabrication.

    Before his departure from the US, Pumpeo had said Sandi Arabia and the UAE were “great liars in the challenge that Iran presents”. He added: “I don’t think they need any more training courses from the CIA.”

  2. Trump is meeting with Putin and Bolton is meeting with Netanyahu. Gee I wonder what they will be discussing? Trump is gonna want to know what Putin will do if he launches 666 cruise missiles into Iran while stuffing down a beautiful piece of chocolate cake.

    Bolton is, no doubt, polishing his knob with Satan on the final details of a nuclear decapitation strike on Iran. “I promise you Bibi we will use at least one hundred tactical nukes and blow them Persian camel jockeys away”.

    For all of you who think the war with Iran is off and peace has been achieved with Trump you better pull your heads out of your ass because ZOG Emperor Trump is about to launch an all out attack on Iran any day now.

    And, oh yeah, what has Trump done for America today, or last week, or last month or for his entire Presidency? NOT A DAMN THING. The heartland rots and is now dying from trade sanctions and floods and all Trump can think about is saving Israel any way he can. DONALD TRUMP IS MOST SLAVISH WHORE OF ISRAEL EVER.

    For you stock market investors, what is stock worth when the first nuke is lit off? Eh? Ever think about that dumbasses?

  3. Are The Saudi Oil Reserves Finished, Is This What This Is Really All About?

    So lets analyze this. Iran after all these years, all of a sudden decides to attack ships, and for what reason? I would like someone in the US administration to explain that. But more importantly, why doesn’t anyone in the Western media ask that question?

    What is so important about now? Its been bugging me all day. Then I did some checking. Yep Iran has the 3rd largest oil reserves behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. BINGO! It started making sense. Listen to my theory…..

    You, I am all sure know of the complete utter failure of just a few months ago how the US administration tried to get a coup d’etat going in Venezuela. It failed spectacularly! And as I just stated earlier, Venezuela has the 2nd most oil reserves in the world behind the Saudis. So what happens next? The country with the third most oil reserves is being false flagged into a war with the US. It sounds all too convenient.

    Things I do believe are worse than people release around the world and with what the Saudi’s are admitting to with their oil reserves, as illustrated here, Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil field is fading faster than anyone guessed.

    This is no coincidence folks. The US are looking for a new source of petroleum for themselves. That’s what all this is really about, I am almost sure of it. The US have been told by the Saudis, I bet, that time is running out, and they need to procure a new source of oil reserves.

    Venezuela was the initial target, and that failed spectacularly. They, that is the US, can’t go back there and try again, because the Russians have now got ships in Havana and Caracas.

    So the Americans moved onto the next target…Iran! First attempt to initiate war has failed. Time is now running out! Why? Watch the Russians everybody! If the Russian Navy get an invitation by the Ayatollah of Iran, and the Russians end up coming to Iran, very soon, like in the next several days! You know what is going on! Its Russian block, to US attempt for check or check-mate on Iranian oil reserves.

    Ladies and gentlemen, we may well all be witnessing a major play for the remaining oil reserves of the world! If this is true, this is ******** serious!

    This is all starting to add up. This is not a coincidence. The big news is this, it may very well be, Saudi oil reserves are almost dry! This entire circus with Iran is really an oil gambit!

    THIS UPS THE STAKES NOW TO ALL OUT WAR! THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING! NEXT MOVE IS SERIOUSLY RUSSIA’S! IF THEY SEND SHIPS TO IRAN THEN I AM RIGHT, AND THE US ARE DESPERATE TO SECURE MORE OIL RESERVES!!

    I hope I am wrong. But we shall see. It is definitely Russia’s move now! We will see now in the next few days what transpires.

    WATCH RUSSIA EVERYONE. IF THEY DO IN THE PERSIAN GULF WHAT THEY HAVE JUST DONE IN THE CARIBBEAN….

    WE HAVE A NEW WORLD OIL CRISIS ON HAND!

    I hope I am wrong. But this can’t be a coincidence, Venezuela and now Iran. The number two and three oil reserves in the world behind Saudi Arabia. Or are they really number one and number two!

    Watch Russia make a move! It has to be quick.

    I don’t want to scare, seriously. But all the recent events are starting to add up. Something is going on here. Something big. I truly hope I am wrong.

    Watch Russia…then we will know. [and don’t forget China!]

  4. @ Dorian

    As per your reply in the other thread, here is some info on the Saudi oil fields.
    Saudi Arabia is no longer number one in oil reserves. It is number 3 eclipsed by Venezuela (#1) and Canada (#2). And Saudi royals are lying their damn asses off about their reserves. let me explain why.

    See my essay Amerikan Oil Bandits in Venuezula: https://whatilearnedsince911.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/amerikan-oil-bandits-in-venuezula/

    Saudi oil fields are being rapidly depleted, but to keep their credit rating up they have drilled more wells as the recovery rate (oil/water) coming out. They pump seawater in some wells and pump the mix out of others – over time they get more and more sea water and less and less oil and the engineers call this the recovery rate.

  5. @Yukon Jack

    Yeah its going along with my thesis also (yes I read your link).

    The questions that are really at play right now are these:

    – Since this Iran event, came so close to the heals of the Venezuela event, does this mean, time is starting to run out? How much time is left? I don’t think we have till the end of the 2020s, for why now with all this naval activity?

    – Is Trump aware of this, that is, the play for oil resources? I think Trump a glory seeking hound, but he’s no analytical genius!

    – Russia has played a powerful hand; they have moved a very serious and formidable war ship to Havana, and another one in Caracas. This checks any more US interference in Venezuela. Does this mean Iran is all or nothing? And Russia?

    – I kid you not Yukon, I’m seriously reconsidering my future right now. This has now gone serious. I don’t like the smell of all this.

    This story bears watching. Russia’s next move needs to be watched now. Then we will know, how close we are to … I dare not say it.