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Owner of Downed Oil Tanker Disputes Pompeo’s Intelligence Report about Yesterday’s Gulf Attack

The war drums are beating heavily, and Trump’s foreign policy legacy is at stake.

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The Japanese man who owns the oil tanker Kokuka Courageous, which was struck in the Gulf of Oman yesterday, is disputing the official story from U.S. government officials about how his ship was attacked.

Kokuka Sangyo president Yutaka Katada said today that sailors aboard the vessel saw “flying objects” coming toward them just before it was struck. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is claiming that they have video showing Iranians extracting an unexploded limpet mine from the vessel that was struck.

The Kokuka Courageous was attacked two times yesterday, and the 21 crew members aboard the ship were forced to evacuate to safety afterward.

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Katada believes the flying objects may have been bullets, and calls the assertion that the attack was caused by an Iranian mine to be “false” because the damage came from above the waterline of the vessel.

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Iranian officials deny being culpable for the attacks and are accusing the U.S. of starting an “Iranophobic campaign” to gin up support for a war.

While Iran’s chatter may sound like a conspiracy theory, influential thinktank officials in Washington D.C. such as Patrick Clawson of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy are openly lobbying for a provocative incident, such as a false flag, as an excuse to start war with Iran.

In an article published last month in Haaretz – Israel’s longest running newspaper – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s “Iran dilemma” was discussed.

It reads as follows:

Ever since Trump was elected president two and a half years ago, Netanyahu has been urging him to take a more aggressive line toward Iran…

Trump acceded to this urging a year ago when he withdrew America from the nuclear agreement with Iran. That was followed by tighter sanctions on Iran, as well as publication of a plan by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo detailing 12 steps Tehran must take to satisfy Washington.

But Israel isn’t interested in being part of the front. That is why Jerusalem has issued so few official statements on the Iranian issue, and why Netanyahu has urged ministers to be cautious in what they say.

Another Haaretz article published in May named Netanyahu as the “prime suspect” if a U.S. war is launched with Iran:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the only world leader to openly express support for the escalating U.S. campaign against Iran, but his statement is an exception to the general Israeli rule. In the two weeks that have passed since the U.S. announced it was reinforcing its military presence in the Persian Gulf, official Israel has mostly taken on a vow of silence. “Luckily, we are not involved,” naively optimistic defense officials briefed reporters.

The attempt to distance itself from an American military operation in the Middle East, as if Israel was merely a fan sitting in the bleachers cheering its favorite team, inevitably sparks analogies to Yitzhak Shamir’s policy of restraint in the 1991 Gulf War and Ariel Sharon’s similar attitude during the 2003 war in Iraq.

Netanyahu was a cheerleader for the U.S. War in Iraq, a military intervention that President Trump has called one of the worst blunders in history. He appeared before Congress to push the long-debunked weapons of mass destruction fabrication from the Bush administration.

With Secretary of State Mike Pompeo being a man who revels in his ability to lie to the American public and an infamous war hawk in John Bolton serving as national security advisor, Netanyahu may soon get his wish, and the U.S. may get another trillion-dollar boondoggle with a war against Iran.

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Biden Shadow Secretary of State Urged Support of Iraq War in 2002

Meet the new boss, the same as the old boss.

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Joe Biden is yet to be certified as the President-elect, but that hasn’t stopped from from touting tentative cabinet picks.

Without exception, his cabinet appears to be largely liberal globalists with a lengthy track record of supporting the failed policy proposals of the 2000’s and 1990’s.

Biden’s Secretary of State pick, Antony Blinken, urged the then-Delaware Senator to support the disastrous Iraq War as a policy advisor to Biden in 2002.

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Blinken would go on to create an establishment political consulting company that secured cozy lobbying deals with Big Tech and a pharmaceutical giant during Donald Trump’s presidency.

Journalist Glen Greenwald pointed to Blinken as a textbook example of a neoliberal corporate Democrat, infamous for touting a Beltway elite agenda largely disliked by the general public. In similar fashion to neocon warhawk John Bolton, it appears that Blinken’s support for the most disastrous foreign policy mistake in American history isn’t going to prevent him from sauntering into the avenues of power, if he ends up getting confirmed as a President Biden’s Secretary of State.

Blinken would go on to support Barack Obama’s disastrous regime change operation in the 2011 Libyan Civil War, setting up the North African country for a decade of instability and eventually becoming a trafficking hub for exploited migrants seeking to reach Europe. Blinken was a National Security Advisor to the Vice President at the time.

If Biden ends up getting inaugurated, President Donald Trump will become the first US president in decades not to engage the United States in a new foreign conflict in office. (Bill Clinton and Barack Obama instigated US involvement in wars in Yugoslavia and Libya respectively.

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