After last week’s attacks on Japanese oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, the neoconservative war hawk wing of the Republican Party is trying use the events as an excuse to start war with Iran.
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is leading the charge, calling for a “retaliatory military strike” against Iran despite the fact that they did not attack the U.S. in any tangible manner last week. He wants the U.S. to play world police, George W. Bush style.
“These unprovoked attacks on commercial shipping warrant a retaliatory military strike,” Cotton said during a Sunday appearance on “Face the Nation.”
Cotton is urging President Donald Trump to commit acts of war to “defend American interests.” He believes that Iran attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman because of a declaration by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo based on U.S. intelligence despite eye-witnesses on one of the downed vessels claiming otherwise.
“The fastest way to get the fire and fury of the U.S. military unleashed on you is to interfere with the freedom of navigation on the open seas and in the air. That’s exactly what Iran is doing in one of the world’s most important strategic choke points,” Cotton said.
It doesn’t matter to Cotton that the U.S. intelligence community was incorrect about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, which led to a war that President Trump has called the worst blunder in U.S. history. Cotton is convinced that the intelligence community has it right this time, so bombs away.
“In 2002, our intelligence agencies, just like every Western intelligence agency, was trying to assess the state of a weapons of mass destruction program, one of the things that states worked the hardest to keep secret,” Cotton said.
“There’s really not much to assess right here. Everybody can see with their own two eyes, those Iranian sailors going up to a ship and taking a mine off of it,” he added.
This grainy video is what Cotton and other members of the war party are claiming that is the smoking gun proving Iran conducted the attacks:
President Trump has stated frequently that he does not want to start any more wars, but members of Congress and his administration will not be making that easy for him. They smell blood in the water, and Iran may be next on the hit list of the military-industrial complex.
Biden’s Syria Strikes Killed at Least 22 People – More than Both of Trump’s Strikes on the Country
Biden’s airstrike killed 22 people.
President Joe Biden has surpassed President Trump’s body-count for US involvement in Syria’s bloody and seemingly endless civil war- killing more people in one batch of airstrikes than were killed in both of Trump’s military actions targeting Syrian government forces in the country in 2017 and 2018.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has indicated that 22 pro-Assad militia fighters were killed in the airstrike, which reportedly struck three trucks after they crossed the Iraq-Syria border. The airstrikes were staged in response to missile attacks that killed an international contractor and injured US military service members earlier this month, with the Biden administration pointing to Iranian backing of Shia militias in both Iraq and Syria.
Trump’s first missile strike on Syrian government facilities in response to a chemical weapons incident in 2017. Ranges of causalities range from nine to 16 deaths. President Trump oversaw a far more aggressive military campaign to destroy the ISIS caliphate, while dealing with the Syrian government in a more conservative and measured fashion.
Observers maintain that President Trump’s second missile strike on the Syrian government didn’t even kill anyone, with the Syrian government describing six soldiers and three civilians as having been injured in the series of missile strikes that targeted scientific and alleged chemical munitions facilities.
President Trump was in office for four years and avoided inflicting casualties of the kind Biden has in just over a month- on a questionable intelligence basis. Biden’s action may suggest his administration intends to further pursue aggressive action and regime change in Syria, a long-sought priority of the western globalist establishment.
Someone should ask @PressSec her own question verbatim about Biden’s Syria bombing at tomorrow’s briefing (and while the context of her tweet was Trump’s bombing of Syrian forces, the question still applies): https://t.co/9ebYPywQPB
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 26, 2021
This military action was by every indication more lethal and serious than anything Trump implemented in Syria or Iraq during his presidency- including the killing of Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani. The corporate-establishment media has largely glossed over the event, refusing to scrutinize the questionable intelligence behind the consequential airstrikes.
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