Yesterday, it was reported that Saudi oil tankers in the Gulf were targeted in a series of ‘sabotage attacks.’
The Islamic Kingdom of Saudi Arabia claims that these were “acts of sabotage which targeted commercial and civilian vessels near the territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates.”
Iranian officials have denied any complicity in the attack, but the corporate media is assigning the blame upon them. CBS News has reported that ‘Iran or Iranian-backed proxies’ are responsible for the attack, according to an unnamed U.S. source.
NEW: Iran or Iranian-backed proxies used explosives to blow holes in four ships — two Saudi oil tankers and two others — near the Strait of Hormuz, according to an initial assessment of the U.S. team sent to investigate, @CBSDavidMartin confirms.
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) May 13, 2019
The Associated Press reported that the U.S. official spoke to the media under the cover of anonymity in an apparent breach of protocol.
The AP also noted that “American officials have not provided any details about what exactly happened or any proof as yet about the possible Iranian involvement in the explosions.”
This comes a week after national security adviser John Bolton presented a plan to Trump administration officials to deploy 120,000 to the Middle East in case Iran would decide to “attack American forces or accelerate work on nuclear weapons,” according to a New York Times report.
The attack fulfills a prediction made in an intelligence report shared to Bolton from the Israelis, who claimed that Iranians were planning to target U.S. interests in the Gulf with some kind of attack. This prompted Bolton to threaten the Iranians “with unrelenting force.”
“We are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or regular Iranian forces,” Bolton said.
This “sabotage attack” may be the catalyzing event that Bolton and other hawks in the Trump administration have been waiting for in order to finally draw the U.S. into a war with Iran, a long-time neoconservative policy goal.
While U.S. and Israeli intelligence point to Iran as being the likely culprit for this attack, they also made similar pronouncements about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in the build up to a war that President Trump has called “one of the worst decisions in history.”
Trump was elected as President in 2016 in part because he ran against the Iraq War and unnecessary military interventions abroad. A war in Iran, with the trillions of dollars and countless lives it would inevitably cost, would be a pivot that may harm Trump’s re-election chances in 2020.
Poland’s Nationalist President Declares Election Victory Over Soros-Linked Liberal Challenger
A victory for European conservatives and nationalists.
Polish President Andrzej Duda declared victory at a campaign rally following the initial exit polls in the nation’s presidential election on Sunday, as exit poll results showed him narrowly leading against Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski.
Initial exit polls showed Duda, of the national conservative Law and Justice Party, leading by a slim margin of 50.4% to Trzaskowski’s 49.6%. Final results are expected Monday, but Duda’s campaign is apparently confident enough in their victory to declare triumph in the election.
The Polish election had included a national debate on cultural issues, with Duda accusing Trzaskowski of supporting the introduction of western-style homosexual political movements into Poland. Duda, a continental skeptic of the European Union broadly comparable to Hungary’s Viktor Orban, had described LGBTIA+ ideology as “more destructive” than the Soviet-style Communism many Poles had experienced in the 20th century.
Trzaskowski was also scrutinized for his extensive links to western political elites, having received a scholarship from globalist oligarch George Soros and attending the California Bilderberg Conference.
If Duda’s claim of election night victory holds, his reelection as Polish president will serve as an embarrassment to the bureaucrats of the European Union, potentially forcing them to come to the table and negotiate concessions with Central European leaders such as Duda and Orban who insist upon their national sovereignty.
Duda is thought of as a European ally of President Donald Trump, having been the first global leaders to visit the White House after the coronavirus pandemic. Poland is also one of the few NATO countries to meet their treaty spending commitment, spending more than 2% of its GDP on its armed forces.
“Thank you to all my fellow Poles who voted for me and cast their votes. I want to thank you with all my heart because this turnout shows how much you care about our country,” said Duda at the election rally.
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