17 Sept 2019 – 7m AL MONITOR – State Iran envoy (and Nat’l Security Advisor contender) Brian Hook made this same argument about Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in June, but didn’t make clear who the US would negotiate with.
Marco Rubio@marcorubio – · 12m
You can’t do deal with Rouhani because he isn’t real power in #Iran. The power resides in the Ayatollah who believes the U.S. is withdrawing from the region & therefore believes he can pursue a policy of incremental escalation without triggering open war.
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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS COMMENTARY BY SETH FRANTZMAN
September 17, 2019 6:30 AM NATIONAL REVIEW
A sophisticated drone and cruise-missile attack on Saudi Arabia’s largest oil-processing facility on Saturday has sent shock waves through the world’s oil markets and leaves the U.S. and allies at a crossroads about how to deal with a growing threat from Iran and its supporters. This is the crisis Iran has been waiting for, with pro-regime media tweeting about the “unprecedented attack” and parroting the threats of Yemen’s Houthi rebels against Saudi oil infrastructure.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS “SAMPLER” : THE IRANIAN AGGRESSION CONTRA SAUDI ARABIA & UNITED STATES / PUTIN OFFERS WEAPONS TO SAUDI ARABIA
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 – Center on National Security at Fordham Law
U.S. Intelligence Indicates Attack on Saudi Oil Originated in Iran
U.S. intelligence reportedly indicates that the attack on two of Saudi Arabia’s oil processing facilities on Saturday originated from Iran, according to sources familiar with the intelligence. U.S. officials shared with Saudi Arabia the intelligence reports and their assessment that Iran launched more than 20 drones and at least a dozen ballistic missiles at the Saudi oil facilities, but Saudi officials said the United States didn’t provide enough proof to conclude that the attack was launched from Iran. Saudi Arabia said it would invite United Nations experts to investigate and would wait for the results before deciding how to respond.
Jim Sciutto@jimsciutto – · 23m
New: US and Saudi Arabia believe “very high probability” this weekend’s attack on Saudi oil facilities were low altitude cruise missiles — assisted by drones — launched from an Iranian base near the border with Iraq – @NicRobertsonCNN reporting
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Another Iranian Hijacking in Strait of Hormuz – By Hana Levi Julian – 17 Elul 5779 – September 16, 2019 THE JEWISH PRESS
The Stena Impero oil tanker
Iranian state piracy is continuing in the Persian Gulf, with naval commandos of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) once again having hijacked a vessel transiting the Strait of Hormuz, this time seizing a crew of 11.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS TODAYS OPINION BY MICHAEL KNIGHTS
by Michael Knights – PolicyWatch 3180 – September 16, 2019 – The suspected missile attack is the most significant strike on Gulf energy targets in decades, and consequences need to be levied on Iran, whether in the military or diplomatic spheres.
The September 14 attack on Saudi targets in Abqaiq and Khurais—one of the world’s largest oil refinery complexes and the kingdom’s third-largest oil field, respectively—could take up to 5.7 million barrels per day off the global market for the next several months. This makes it the most comprehensive blow against the global energy sector since Iraq’s seizure of Kuwait in 1990 and the subsequent destruction of both countries’ energy infrastructures. Now, as then, U.S. and international commitment to the security of global energy supplies is being tested.
ANATOMY OF THE ATTACK
16 Sept 2019 22m
BREAKING: Hardcore trolling from #Putin: “In order to defend their country,we prepared to help #SaudiArabia. Political leadership in Riyadh only has to take wise state decision,as did #Iran by purchasing our S300s& #Turkey w/ S400.The systems will defend any Saudi facilities”
16 Sept 2019 – 52m
Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif flashes a smile as Putin floats S-300 and S-400 to defend Saudi oil facilities after US intel reportedly found Tehran responsible for the attacks. Zarif is in Turkey with Russian leaders for talks on Syria.
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In response to devastating US sanctions, Iran is choosing confrontation over surrender. – By Tony KaronTwitter – July 25, 2019 – THE NATION
What’s the point of having the world’s most powerful military if we never use it, then–Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is said to have shouted at Gen. Colin Powell in 1992, over his reluctance to commit American force to the Balkan wars. President Donald Trump clearly agrees with Albright that the military is there to be used, but also with Powell that it should be kept out of quagmires in harm’s way. He has wielded the US military as a political prop—at the border, in symbolic air strikes against forewarned Syrian targets, and in a July 4 DC extravaganza. But, despite his bellicose tweeting, Trump has declined every chance for expeditionary adventurism.
MESOPOTAMIA NEWS INDEPTH : Cipher Brief Exclusive: The Drone Attack on Oil and the Larger Iran Problem