How Trump’s arch-hawk lured Britain into a dangerous trap to punish Iran

Simon Tisdall – The Guardian July 20, 2019

John Bolton, White House national security adviser and notorious Iraq-era hawk, is a man on a mission. Given broad latitude over policy by Donald Trump, he is widely held to be driving the US confrontation with Iran. And in his passionate bid to tame Tehran, Bolton cares little who gets hurt – even if collateral damage includes a close ally such as Britain.

So when Bolton heard British Royal Marines had seized an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar on America’s Independence Day, his joy was unconfined. “Excellent news: UK has detained the supertanker Grace I laden with Iranian oil bound for Syria in violation of EU sanctions,” he exulted on Twitter.

Bolton’s delighted reaction suggested the seizure was a surprise. But accumulating evidence suggests the opposite is true, and that Bolton’s national security team was directly involved in manufacturing the Gibraltar incident. The suspicion is that Conservative politicians, distracted by picking a new prime minister, jockeying for power, and preoccupied with Brexit, stumbled into an American trap.

In short, it seems, Britain was set up.

The consequences of the Gibraltar affair are only now becoming clear. The seizure of Grace I led directly to Friday’s capture by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards of a British tanker, the Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz. Although it has not made an explicit link, Iran had previously vowed to retaliate for Britain’s Gibraltar “piracy”. Now it has its revenge.

As a result, Britain has been plunged into the middle of an international crisis it is ill-prepared to deal with. The timing could hardly be worse. An untested prime minister, presumably Boris Johnson, will enter Downing Street this week. Britain is on the brink of a disorderly exit from the EU, alienating its closest European partners. And its relationship with Trump’s America is uniquely strained.

Much of this angst could have been avoided. Britain opposed Trump’s decision to quit the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the trigger for today’s crisis. It has watched with alarm as the Trump-Bolton policy of “maximum pressure”, involving punitive sanctions and an oil embargo, has radicalised the most moderate Iranians.

Yet even as Britain backed EU attempts to rescue the nuclear deal, Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt, foreign secretary, tried to have it both ways – to keep Trump sweet. They publicly supported Washington’s complaints about Iran’s “destabilising” regional activities and missile programme, and berated Iran when it bypassed agreed nuclear curbs.

Crucially, the government failed to significantly beef up protection for British-flagged vessels transiting the Gulf after attacks in May and June. This was partly because a depleted Royal Navy lacks capacity to mount adequate patrols. But it was also because officials feared that by raising its military profile, Britain could be sucked into armed conflict with Iran.

For Bolton, however, drawing Britain unambiguously in on America’s side was a desirable outcome. So when US spy satellites, tasked with helping block Iranian oil exports in line with Trump’s global embargo, began to track Grace I on its way, allegedly, to Syria, Bolton saw an opportunity.

The Spanish newspaper, El Pais, citing official sources, takes up the story: “The Grace 1, which flies a Panamanian flag, had been under surveillance by US satellites since April, when it was anchored off Iran. The supertanker, full to the brim with crude oil, was too big for the Suez Canal, and so it sailed around the Cape of Good Hope before heading for the Mediterranean.

“According to the US intelligence services, it was headed for the Syrian oil refinery of Banias. Washington advised Madrid of the arrival of the supertanker 48 hours ahead of time, and the Spanish navy followed its passage through the Strait of Gibraltar. It was expected to cross via international waters, as many Iranian vessels do without being stopped.”

Although Spanish officials, speaking after the event, said they would have intercepted the ship “if we had had the information and the opportunity”, Spain took no action at the time. But Bolton, in any case, was not relying on Madrid. The US had already tipped off Britain. On 4 July, after Grace I entered British-Gibraltar territorial waters, the fateful order was issued in London – it is not known by whom – and 30 marines stormed aboard.

Iran’s reaction was immediate and furious. It claimed Britain had acted illegally because the EU embargo on oil supplies to Syria, which Hunt claimed to be upholding, applied only to EU states and not to third countries such as Iran. In any case, Tehran said, the ship’s destination was not Syria.

Iran’s outrage was shared, to a lesser degree, by Josep Borrell, Spain’s socialist foreign minister. Borrell resented the British incursion into Gibraltar’s territorial waters, which Madrid does not recognise. He also appears to have been annoyed that Spain was drawn in – in Tehran, the Spanish ambassador had been summonsed by the foreign ministry to explain Madrid’s role. His reaction was to distance Spain from the affair. The Iranian tanker had been seized “following a request from the United States to the United Kingdom,” he said. And even though Britain was supposedly upholding EU regulations, the External Action Service, the EU’s foreign policy arm, has remained silent throughout.

Iran’s retaliation in snatching the Stena Impero has further exposed Britain’s diplomatic isolation and its military and economic vulnerability. The government has advised British ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz, an admission it cannot protect them. But between 15 and 30 British-flagged tankers transit the strait each day. If trade is halted, the impact on energy prices may be severe.

Hunt’s appeal for international support for Britain has so far fallen on deaf ears, France and Germany excepted. China, Japan and other countries that rely on oil from the Gulf show no sign of helping. The US plan for a multinational coalition to protect Gulf shipping has few takers. Meanwhile, Trump’s promise to back Britain has scant practical value – and carries inherent dangers.

The Bolton gambit succeeded. Despite its misgivings, Britain has been co-opted on to the front line of Washington’s confrontation with Iran. The process of polarisation, on both sides, is accelerating. The nuclear deal is closer to total collapse. And by threatening Iran with “serious consequences”, without knowing what that may entail, Britain blindly dances to the beat of Bolton’s war drums.

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6 responses to “How Trump’s arch-hawk lured Britain into a dangerous trap to punish Iran”

  1. How Chief Sitting Duck’s chicken-hawk lured Britain into a fictitious trap to punish Iran and got plucked

    John Boltoff, White Sepulcher House national senility buffoon and notorious Iraq-era quack, is a war pig on a mission. Given broad platitudes over policy by Big Chief Donald Sitting Duck, he is widely held to be driving the US terrorists towards the obliteration of Iran. And in his demented bid to blame Tehran, Dolton cares little who gets hurt. The Guardian Fox Hen House wants us to believe that the collateral damage includes relations with a “close ally such as Britain”.

    The Guardian Fox Hen House did not say that Britain, the US and israel are all in it together and are run by the RTO (Rothschild Terrorist Organization).

    When Bullton heard British Royal Pirates had seized an Iranian oil tanker off Gibraltar on Moronica’s Happy Slave Day, his joy was unconfined. “Excellent news: the UK has detained the supertanker Grace I laden with Iranian oil bound for Syria in violation of EU sanctions,” he exulted on QUACKER.

    Dolton’s delighted reaction suggested the seizure was a surprise. But accumulating evidence suggests the opposite is true, and that Boltoff’s national senility team was directly involved in manufacturing the Gibraltar theft.

    The Guardian Fox Hen House wants us to believe that “Conservative politicians, distracted by picking a new prime minister, jockeying for power, and preoccupied with Brexit, stumbled into an American trap. In short, it seems, Britain was set up.”

    What a boatload of steaming bullshit!!

    “The consequences of the Gibraltar affair are only now becoming clear. The seizure of Grace I led directly to Friday’s capture by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards of a British tanker, the Stinko Inferio, in the Straight of Whore Muse. Although it has not made an explicit link, Iran had previously vowed to retaliate for Britain’s Gibraltar piracy. Now it has its revenge.”

    That should be the end of the story but no, the Guardian Fox Hen House vermin want people to believe that “as a result, Britain has been plunged into the middle of an international crisis it is ill-prepared to deal with. The timing could hardly be worse. An untested prime minister, presumably Boris Johnson, will enter Downing Street this week. Britain is on the brink of a disorderly exit from the EU, alienating its closest European partners. And its relationship with Trump’s America is uniquely strained.”

    Unbelievabullshit!!!

    How can anyone put up with these putrid sickos?!

    “Much of this angst could have been avoided.”

    “Britain opposed Trump’s decision to quit the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, the trigger for today’s crisis. It has watched with alarm as the Trump-Bolton policy of “maximum bullshit”, involving illegal sanctions and an illegal oil embargo, has radicalized the most moderate Iranians.”

    “Yet even as perfidious Britain pretended to back EU attempts to rescue the nuclear deal, Treason Nay and Jeremy Cunt, foreign secretary, tried to have it both ways – to keep Trump sweet. They publicly supported Warshington’s complaints about Iran’s “destabilizing” regional activities and missile program, and berated Iran when it bypassed agreed nuclear curbs.”

    “Crucially, the government failed to significantly beef up protection for British-flagged vessels transiting the Gulf after attacks in May and June. ”

    What a pile of manure!

    “This was partly because a depleted Royal Navy lacks capacity to mount adequate patrols. But it was also because officials feared that by raising its military profile, Britain could be sucked into armed conflict with Iran.”

    More ultra dumb ramblings by sick criminals who should have been dealt with by courageous citizens a long time ago!

    The rest of this putrid article is just more unbelievably dumb shit from The Guardian Fox Hen House:

    “For Bolton, however, drawing Britain unambiguously in on America’s side was a desirable outcome.”

    They have always been working together for the RTO (Rothschild Terrorist Organization).

    “So when US spy satellites, tasked with helping block Iranian oil exports in line with Trump’s global embargo, began to track Grace I on its way, allegedly, to Syria, Bolton saw an opportunity.”

    Yeah right! Boltoff saw an opportunity to commit a crime and nobody in Shitstream Media calls it what it is: a crime; not one of these grotesque zewspapers calls for the immediate arrest of Boltoff & company… Where’s the ICC (International Criminal Court). Oh yeah, they must be busy fighting antisemitism…

    I long for the day when these God damn cocksuckers in the fake news media get their useless fucking skulls smashed against the nearest brick walls by hordes of super angry citizens who have come to ransack these sickening bullshit distribution
    centers.

    “According to US intelligence services”, who are certified liars like all of Shitstream Media, and who shouldn’t be believed by anyone, the tanker was headed for the Syrian oil refinery of Banias.

    “On the 4th of July, after Grace I entered British-Gibraltar territorial waters, the fateful order was issued in London – it is not known by whom – and 30 pirates stormed aboard.”

    “the fateful order was issued in London – it is not known by whom”…

    Let me guess: Jacob? Evelyn? Nathan?
    Yeah, the Rot Child criminal syndicate!

    So let me get this straight: Syria imports its oil from Iran in tankers that have to go all the way around the tip of South Africa, go all the way up to Gibraltar and cross the Mediterranean Sea from one end to the other to reach Syria. This makes real economic sense doesn’t it?!

    Meanwhile, the Genie Oil Rothschild gangbanksters have confiscated Syrian oil in the israeli occupied Golan Heights and are fixing on making a killing there. Eastern Syria has plenty of oil as well but it’s being stolen by the US backed terrorists in Syria.

    “Iran’s retaliation in snatching the Stinko Imperio has further exposed Britain’s diplomatic isolation and its military and economic vulnerability. The government has advised British ships to avoid the Strait of Hormuz, an admission it cannot protect them. But between 15 and 30 British-flagged tankers transit the strait each day. If trade is halted, the impact on energy prices may be severe.”

    What a bunch of dumbass shitheads!!!

    Even a child can see that if you don’t want Iran to commandeer one of your ships, just don’t seize one of their ships! How hard is that to figure out?!

    “Hunt’s appeal for international support for Britain has so far fallen on deaf ears, France and Germany excepted. China, Japan and other countries that rely on oil from the Gulf show no sign of helping. The US plan for a multinational coalition to protect Gulf shipping has few takers.”

    Good news!

    A statue of Boltoff the Pigduck
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    Terrified USS Hoaxer Downs Iranian Attack Duck in ‘Defensive Action’
    http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=191787#comment-935031

  2. Does Trump want war? No? Then why did he appoint arch warmonger Neocon henchman John Bolton? Is Trump a playboy or is a great general like General Patton as he imagines himself. It seems on the surface that Trump is a bag of confusion and contradictions. He constantly makes threats of war and backs off – and he has done this consistently since his first day in office.

    Here is a better question, is Trump actually in charge of his own administration or are outside forces pulling the levers of power and Trump is just an appointed middle level manager appointed to do the bidding of his Zionist masters, and he’s in fear of being outed for his past sexual misconduct?

    Why does Trump spend so much time sending inflammatory Tweets and battling it out on the social scene with junior congressional actors who got the jib by answering a casting call? Why is Trump taking on fledglings Ilhan Omar and AOC? Doesn’t he have better things to be doing as the President?

    And speaking of his Presidency, how did he manage to run up $102,000,000 golfing bill in only two years? How much has Melania blown on her wardrobe thus far? Why is the national deficit soaring out of control and no one addresses it, yet at the same time the jokers in District of Criminals are trying to start a big war with Iran?

    Feb 2019 deficit = $234 billion ( annual rate = 2.808 trillion)
    May 2019 deficit = $208 billion (annual rate =2.496 trillion )

    Total National Debt is going up exponentially, it is now over 22 trillion and interest rates are the lowest point in human history. Does that make any sense to you? How can the 30 treasury rate be 2.5% with record deficits? Why is everyone ignoring all of this? Is anyone really home, is the ship of state not being manned by anyone sane? Is anyone home? BTW interest rates were at record highs in 1980 and the debt of the United States had not exceeded 1 trillion.

    https://www.usdebtclock.org/

  3. YK:
    Does Trump want war? No? Then why did he appoint arch warmonger Neocon henchman John Bolton?

    The War Pig Devil made him do it. *

    YK:
    Is Trump a playboy or is he a great general like General Patton as he imagines himself?

    He’s a materialistic, narcissistic and incompetent fool, and his assigned job is to fool the people as much as possible without getting lynched. To get away with something like that, one needs plenty of ignorant people who are willing to be fooled and guess what: schools, universities, mass-media, politicians and priests are making sure there will always be more than enough ignorant and immoral people around.

    In their mob-rule democracy, that’s what you need if you want what’s unbelievable to be believed, what’s unacceptable to be accepted, and what’s unforgivable to be forgiven.

    Even after 9-11, the masses have accepted the hyper criminality and high treason of their alleged leaders or, they have chosen to not bother their beautiful minds with such “fringe” considerations; they might lose popularity among their oh so nice friends…

    YK:
    “Is Trump actually in charge of his own administration?

    There is no “administration” there; nor has there ever been any “administration” in the recent past. It’s a kleptocratic military junta disguised as some official authority. In spite of all the parasitic thieving they get away with, these charlatans can’t even manage a
    budget without incurring ever-increasing astronomical debts, which are then transferred to the struggling working classes and their descendants.

    Governments are not “administrations”: they are hyper-criminal, multi-level racketeering conglomerates that excel at extorting money, blackmail, assassinations, mass-murder, slander, war, waste, libel, lying, cover-ups and felonies of all kinds.

    YK:
    “Are outside forces pulling the levers of power and Trump is just an appointed middle level manager appointed to do the bidding of his Zionist masters, and he’s in fear of being outed for his past sexual misconduct?

    Yes.

    YK:
    Why does Trump spend so much time sending inflammatory Tweets and battling it out on the social scene with junior congressional actors who got the job by answering a casting call? Why is Trump taking on fledglings Ilhan Omar and AOC?
    Doesn’t he have better things to be doing as the President?

    The guy is in way over his head and he’s surrounded by organized crime manipulators whose main function is to prevent any positive, potentially illuminating influence from reaching him. For the junta, the agenda is what needs to happen because that’s what they’re paid for.

    YK:
    And speaking of his Presidency, how did he manage to run up $102,000,000 golfing bill in only two years?

    For these crooks, it’s just one more way to screw the taxpayers (who are made to pay for their enslavement and degradation)

    YK:
    How much has Melania blown on her wardrobe thus far?

    Probably less than Lady Michael….

    YK:
    Why is the national deficit soaring out of control and no one addresses it, yet at the same time the jokers in District of Criminals are trying to start a big war with Iran?

    That’s easy. The US is bankrupt in more ways than one and, being the shallow materialists that they are, they figure they will simply continue to do what has made them “GREAT” before…which is to terrorize countries into submission and slavery
    and steal all their stuff.

    They don’t tell Moronicans stuff like that just before they get up off their seats to mumble their national anthem at ball games.

    YK:
    Total National Debt is going up exponentially, it is now over 22 trillion and interest rates are the lowest point in human history. Does that make any sense to you?

    It makes sense if you understand that we are talking about a hyper criminal enterprise that lies all the time to get what it wants.

    YK:
    Why is everyone ignoring all of this?

    There is plenty to ignore apparently…

    Let’s see… There are the California Terror Fires, the dead and dying Pacific Ocean, the spread of radioactivity, microwave radiation, 5G, weaponized immigration, weaponized food, weaponized water, weaponized censorship, weaponized weather, weaponized information, weaponized technology, weaponized pretty well everything we need to live.

    YK:
    Is anyone really home, is the ship of state not being manned by anyone sane?

    No.

    The ship of state is a rotten sitting duck tanker begging to be put out of our misery. It needs to be sunk in the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean. There are plenty of good people throughout the People’s Republic of The Internet who understand how to run a sane meritocracy, but the fake authorities will do all they can to make sure these people remain unknown to the public…unless they are stopped.

    Paul English – A Declaration Of The Independence Of Cyberspace
    http://grizzom.blogspot.com/2019/07/the-andrew-carrington-hitchcock-show_19.html

    * The War Pig Devil or… a profile in evil…
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    2FKE4ly3l.jpg&sp=07df1a802e7af197c1ad44b29170a393

  4. ROTFLMFA @ Voltman and Yukon Jack

    It’s just a pity the people aren’t reading the articles and comments on The Truthseeker and their comment section.

    It’s a crock of utter BS.
    A Zionist Jew about to be UK primeminister and a Zionist as US president means ‘heads Jews win, tails non Jews lose’.

  5. John Bolton does not have much choise like John Mc cain the jews blackmailed him over sexual antics with young boys, i blame trump for not sacking him
    Boltons wigmaker said on the conspiracy hour that bolton is in the grip of the jews.
    Same as the fact there were almost 500 people working on the wartime enigma decrypts, but the jews are making a hero of Alan Turing becasue he was homosexual and had convictions for what is now called Boy-nobbing

  6. Ahh little John Bolton, the demonic chicken-hawk who never met a illegal, immoral war of aggression he didn’t like…unless he would personally have to actually fight in it, of course, What a disgusting, wretched bloviating coward. Bolton is more than deserving of the standard treatment I recommend for most enemies of humanity and traitors to the country, which is to be thrown into the street, stripped naked, dragged up and down the block by his ankles, flogged vigorously in front of the Israeli embassy, then nailed to a tree.