Apparently the Iranians are feeling threatened by Iran. According to the American Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, the Iranians were the guilty party over the weekend when oil production facilities in Saudi Arabia were bombed.
Pompeo, speaking from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday, said that even if the “fraudulent claims” of responsibility by the Yemen Houthis rebels were true, “it doesn’t change the fingerprints of the Ayatollah as having put at risk the global energy supply.”
His comments come hours after President Trump tweeted that he had ordered Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to “substantially increase sanctions” imposed on Iran, amid escalating tensions between the two countries. Trump has not publicly stated that Iran was behind the weekend attack that knocked out almost half of Saudi Arabia’s oil capacity but others in his administration have.
Someone in the administration knows what happened, that’s for sure. And there’s a good bet the president is well aware of Iran’s involvement given that Pompeo is saying it outright.
The Iranians, of course, are rattling their sabers.
Earlier Wednesday, Iran on Wednesday warned that it would “immediately” retaliate against the United States if Tehran is targeted over a crippling weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities.
The threat, which was sent via the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, also condemned previous remarks made by Mike Pompeo and other high-ranking U.S. officials suggesting Iran was behind the move.
“Iran’s response will be prompt and strong, and it may include broader areas than the source of attacks,” Iran’s Mehr News Agency reported.
Tehran’s Fars News Agency added that any response would be “rapid and crushing.”
Maybe to the shell of a military Barack Obama left behind when he vacated the White House, but under President Trump, things have been rebuilt. Whatever they try to pull with the cash we sent…Iranian officials will be seeing stars for quite a while.