Trump Puts 'Highest Sanctions Ever' On Iran, Sends Troops And Air And Missile Defense to Saudi ArabiaChris Menahan
Sep. 23, 2019
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The Trump administration is maxing out sanctions on Iran and also sending US troops and air and missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia even though both chambers of congress voted to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia earlier this year.
From Politico, "Trump announces 'highest sanctions ever' targeting Iran's central bank":
President Donald Trump on Friday shared details of his administration’s newest sanctions on Iran, targeting the Islamic Republic's national bank over Tehran’s alleged involvement in a series of drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities last weekend.These sanctions are also limiting Iranian's access to medical supplies.
The whole scene, with Mnuchin coming in to talk for Trump, was very cringe:
It needs to be noted that these sanctions are not only targeting Iran but every country which does business with Iran. The entire world is supposed to respect these sanctions to be on good terms with the US empire.
Enigma Public has a useful "sanctions tracker" showing how the US now has sanctions on what looks like 30 percent of the globe:
Trump also ordered US troops be sent to Saudi Arabia along with air and missile defense systems.
The US announced Friday it would send additional troops along with enhanced air and missile defense systems to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in response to the attack on Saudi oil facilities, which the US has blamed on Tehran.Our troops are supposed to fight and die to protect global finance capitalism. Nice of Esper make that explicit.
Here's the exact quote:
"The purpose of the additional defensive support we will provide is as follows. First, to send a clear message that the United States supports our partners in the region. Second, to ensure the free flow of resources necessary to support the global economy. And third, to demonstrate our commitment to upholding the international rules-based order that we have long called on Iran to obey."CNN continues:
Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters Friday the US hadn't "decided on specific units" for air defense assets but said "it would be capabilities to enhance their air and missile defense."We need to do whatever the Saudis want, as Trump said last week.
We need that "mutual defense treaty" with Israel ASAP too!
Boris Johnson threw his support behind the US:
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday blamed Iran for the recent attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia and said that the U.K. would consider taking part in U.S.-led military actions to support Saudi defenses.The Japanese, on the other hand, have said there's no evidence Iran was behind the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities.
As Reuters reported on Wednesday:
Japan has not seen any intelligence that shows Iran was involved in the recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, Japan’s new defense chief said on Wednesday.Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said Thursday that any attack on Iran would be met with "all out war."
Nancy Pelosi, perhaps not so surprisingly with 2020 around the corner, criticized Trump's move:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed the Trump Administration's plans to accelerate arms sales and send additional forces to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as bypassing Congress' intent.Republican Rep. Warren Davidson of Ohio also spoke out against the decision:
As did Republican-turned Independent Justin Amash:
In November 2018, President Trump gave an interview to the Washington Post (which they buried) where he said he'd like to pull out of the Middle East entirely but Israel is "one reason" to remain.
Trump also said his support for the Saudis is because they provide a "counterbalance to Iran" and "without them, Israel would be in a lot more trouble."
No doubt our brave soldiers being sent off to guard Saudi Arabia will take solace knowing they're being shipped off to the Middle East to defend a foreign power.
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