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Wag The Dog - Iran version
Author: BobR    Date: 05/15/2019 12:33:42

In what looks to be a potential "wag the dog" scenario to distract from the Mueller report and ongoing House/Senate investigations, pResident tRump is ratcheting up the rhetoric with Iran. An oil pipeline system in Saudi Arabia was attacked by drones controled by a Yemeni militia. Naturally, tRump used that moment to criticize Iran, a move intended to imply to his followers that it was Iran who initiated the attack. tRump has been on the warpath with Iran since before the election, and the facts just don't matter.

An Iranian official spoke out against this ratcheting up of tension:
The United States is playing a "very dangerous game" as it attempts to "drag Iran into an unnecessary war," a senior Iranian official said Tuesday.

Hamid Baeidinejad, Iran’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, said the Trump administration made a "serious miscalculation" in deploying an aircraft carrier strike group, B-52 bombers and other military personnel and equipment to the Persian Gulf to counter alleged, unspecified Iranian threats.

[...]

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, said neither country wants a war.

"This is not a military confrontation because no war is to happen," he said, according to Iran's state television and a government Twitter account. "We don’t seek a war nor do they. They know a war wouldn’t be beneficial for them."

To further inflame the situation, the State Department ordered all "non-essential" personnel to leave Iraq. In case that isn't bad enough, indicted leader of Israel Bibi Netanyahu thanked tRump for "sanctioning Iran at his request". Yes, that's right - tRump declared the complete sanctioning of Iranian oil at the behest of the leader of another foreign nation in that region. Nothing like throwing a little tinder on the fire.

At around the same time as the sanctions, tRump declared that Iran's military is a terrorist organization. Based on what? Based on nothing, of course. All of this saber-rattling may be a means to provide a rationale for yet another war in the Middle East. Or - it may simply be a campaign strategy.

It could also be a typical tRump move like he did with N. Korea, where he pushes us to the brink, and then suddenly becomes pals with his adversary, claims a moral victory, and praises his own supposed negotiation skills. That may have worked with Kim Jun Un, but I don't see it happening with the Imams in Iran. They aren't in a financially desperate situation.

This may be wag the dog, but it's with a dog that bites. Here's hoping it's only tRump who ends up bleeding.
 

13 comments (Latest Comment: 05/15/2019 17:26:26 by wickedpam)
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Comment by wickedpam on 05/15/2019 13:16:41
Morning


Current Mood:

Comment by trojanrabbit on 05/15/2019 13:27:55
Morning.

First time I've been warned that BG is low AFTER eating, instead of just before a meal. Might be a fun day.

8 days to staycation.

Comment by Scoopster on 05/15/2019 13:40:43
Mornin' all..

I guess it's replace your technology week here at Hacienda del Scoop.. my phone's busted, my gaming headset is dying..

what's next the coffee pot?!

Comment by Scoopster on 05/15/2019 13:43:39
Comment by wickedpam on 05/15/2019 13:44:10
Quote by Scoopster:
Mornin' all..

I guess it's replace your technology week here at Hacienda del Scoop.. my phone's busted, my gaming headset is dying..

what's next the coffee pot?!




Shhh - don't say it aloud, you'll jinx it! Don't give it ideas.

Comment by trojanrabbit on 05/15/2019 13:45:58
It seems that the reliability of the power grid at Chez Rabbit has been down a little of late. Unfortunately, a power failure wreaks havoc with Alexa as the Dots become unresponsive because the Comcrap router takes so long to come back up. Might need to apply some UPS action there.

And it's not like it goes down and stays down. It goes down, comes up for a few seconds, goes down, comes up half-assed, then goes down for a while. Just what your sensitive electronics wants, though actually most electronics don't give a shit what you give them as long as it's between 90-240V

Comment by Raine on 05/15/2019 14:03:44
Quote by trojanrabbit:
It seems that the reliability of the power grid at Chez Rabbit has been down a little of late. Unfortunately, a power failure wreaks havoc with Alexa as the Dots become unresponsive because the Comcrap router takes so long to come back up. Might need to apply some UPS action there.

And it's not like it goes down and stays down. It goes down, comes up for a few seconds, goes down, comes up half-assed, then goes down for a while. Just what your sensitive electronics wants, though actually most electronics don't give a shit what you give them as long as it's between 90-240V
I've been having issues like that this week as well.

Strange.


Comment by Raine on 05/15/2019 14:04:38
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning


Current Mood:

I am at a slow boil--- I m livid today.

good morning everyone.

Comment by Scoopster on 05/15/2019 15:43:43
Comment by Scoopster on 05/15/2019 15:47:39
Comment by Raine on 05/15/2019 16:29:09




Comment by Raine on 05/15/2019 16:30:41
Quote by Raine:



The utter arrogance from this assknob is infiriating.



Comment by wickedpam on 05/15/2019 17:26:26
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:



The utter arrogance from this assknob is infiriating.



"that's my prerogative" whaa-whaa-whaa - gawd they are all such rude mansplaining whiny babies.