Even with Bolton Gone, the Trump Administration Pushes for War with Iran After the Oil Field Attack

Over the weekend, a drone strike carried out by an unknown culprit took out Saudi Arabia’s oil facility and fields at Abqaiq and Khurais, which may disrupt over five percent of the world’s global daily oil production (or about 5.7 million barrels of daily crude production) until the facility and oil fields can become operational again. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo immediately put out a statement suggesting that Iran was the culprit, and President Trump tweeted that the United States is “locked and loaded” once Saudi Arabia confirms that Iran was responsible. Yet, the Houthis in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attacks, but no, it automatically has to be the Iranians because they are responsible for everything bad that occurs in the Middle East. Why would the Houthis lie about this? What would be the benefit of that?

Even with National Security Advisor John Bolton out of the picture, the Trump administration is eager to attack Iran. This goes to show that the aggression and bullying committed by the United States government is a product of the culture of arrogance and Empire-building in Washington, D.C. and less based on individual politicians or officials.

First of all, the Iran-backed Houthis and the Saudi Arabian coalition are engaged in a war over the future of Yemen, so an attack like this should not surprise anyone. Saudi Arabia’s military campaigns, which have had the blessing and logistical and intelligence support of the United States government, have slaughtered countless civilians and caused destruction of infrastructure and starvation across Yemen. Somehow, the Saudi attacks are permissible, and any attack against Saudi Arabia is considered a terrorist attack. Instead of taking sides on this conflict, why does the United States not look to end the war in Yemen or pull support from the brutal Saudi government? Nah, let us escalate the conflict by placing the blame solely on Iran without clear evidence or an investigation. Going to war is more important than the facts or safety of Americans, silly.

The military policy seems to be bomb first and ask questions later, and although this is a good strategy for politicians and their cronies in the military-industrial complex, this is actually detrimental to the interests of the American people. The United States does not need another Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, or Syria, but it seems as if that is the direction that the United States is being dragged down. American officials and politicians erroneously believe that a war with Iran would be a cakewalk. However, Iran’s population is about one quarter of the size of the United States’, and its military is nothing to underestimate. Plus, a wrong move could bring Russia into the fight. Yet, the United States government keeps pushing the envelope towards a potentially dangerous war.

In the upcoming days, the Trump administration will plan out its strategy of retaliation against Iran, and this will likely mean an air or drone strike on Iranian territory, even if there is not enough evidence to condemn the Iranians. Since the United States government is so adamant that the attack came from the north or northwest (indicating Iraq or Iran), there is no stopping the anti-Iran rhetoric that will be used as justification to further provoke conflict. Will President Trump de-escalate the situation before it is too late, or will he insist on a conflict with the Persian nation that puts Americans in jeopardy?

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Published on September 17, 2019 03:16
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