President Trump had a moment of merciful humanity last week as he contemplated, and ultimately decided against a military response to Iran’s latest attempts to disrupt the flow of Middle Eastern oil out to the rest of the world.
While the US is climbing the global oil-output ladder under President Trump, crude from the Middle East is still very much an integral part of America’s, (and the world’s), fossil fuel economy. Iran, who occupy a strategic geographical space in this international scheme, have been lashing out at the US and world by executing several explosive attacks against tankers and pipelines in the area hoping to bring Trump back to the negotiating table regarding sanctions on the Persian nation.
Well, be careful what you wish for.
“Today’s action follows a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks including shooting down a U.S. drone,” the president said in the Oval Office, calling Khamenei “responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime.”
Trump said the sanctions “will deny the supreme leader and the supreme leader’s office and those closely affiliated with him and the office access to key financial resources and support.” Speaking to reporters in the White House briefing room Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions “lock up literally billions of dollars more of assets.”
The sanctions arrived just hours after it was revealed that The Pentagon had done a little damage of their own over the last week.
The U.S. military carried out a cyberattack against Iran last Thursday even as President Trump nixed plans for airstrikes in response to the downing of an American drone, officials confirmed to Fox News.<
Sources said U.S. Cyber Command launched the cyberattack targeting the Iranian intelligence and radar installations used to down the U.S. Navy drone last week.
Iran has remained obstinate in the face of American and international pressure over their actions, after attempting to portray the oil-targeted attacks as “false flags” by the US military meant to drum up support for toppling the Iranian regime.
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