By: Brian Evans
Middle East tensions flared up, following the bombing of two Japanese oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday morning! The names of the two tankers were the Kokuka Courageous and Front Altair. The Front Altair sustained a major fire on board, but fortunately, all crew members were rescued, with only minor injuries!
Most eyes turned to Iran, due to the fact that Iran, as they had threatened to commit such acts, in the preceding few months. Also, the United States allegedly has evidence that points toward four tankers being bombed off of the coast of the United Arab Emirates, one month earlier! Also, the United Nations blamed what they called a state actor, although they refused to name which state!
By Thursday evening, the United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that evidence indicated that Iran was behind the attacks on the oil tankers! Pompeo said…
“This assessment is based on intelligence, the weapons used, the level of expertise needed to execute the operation, recent similar Iranian attacks on shipping, and the fact that no proxy group operating in the area has the resources and proficiency to act with such a high degree of sophistication.”
Iran immediately denied all accusations about their involvement in the attacks, both Thursday, and previously. However, the Iranian regime has a well-established history of not only violence and sponsorship of terror, but lying as well! In fact, the U.S. Central Command released both photographs and a video, which showed that the bombings involved magnetic mines or limpet mines were used in the attack and that those mines had been placed on the starboard side of the vessels. In addition, they revealed that the limpet mines were the same ones used last month, during the previous attacks on tankers!
Limpet mines were developed in World War II, by the British, and were used for covert sabotage attacks against the enemy! The same type of sabotage mission that was used against the Japanese oil tankers! However, the saboteurs ran into a major problem this week, as one of the mines didn’t detonate, leaving evidence that would have made it obvious, as to who attacked the tankers! The other mines on the Koluka Courageous exploded, which tore a hole in the hull! Fortunately, at 4:10pm local time, a United States CENTCOM spy-plane was able to catch live footage and pictures of an Iranian fast boat removing the unexploded mine, from the side of the hull! CENTCOM Spokesman Captain Bill Urban said that the boat…
“was observed and recorded removing the unexploded limpet mine from the Kokuka Courageous.”
FOX News reported…
An Iranian vessel removed an unexploded mine that had been attached to a Japanese-owned oil tanker which suffered serious damage after an explosion in the Gulf of Oman early Thursday, U.S. officials told Fox News, as the U.S. Navy released video purportedly showing the incident.
The imagery came from the USS Bainbridge, a guided-missile destroyer which rescued 21 sailors from the stricken tanker.
At least one other mine attached to tanker’s hull detonated, causing the blast. It happened near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a key route for oil shipments in the region.
FOX News added…
Another tanker, a Norwegian-owned vessel called the Front Altair, was also attacked in the Gulf of Oman Thursday. Its crew was being held in Iran, according to U.S. officials.
“This is what we’re out here for,” Cmdr. M. Kathryn Devin, the USS Bainbridge’s commanding officer, said of the rescues. “Our mission is to ensure maritime safety and to answer the call for aid when we can.”
Meanwhile, it is unknown what actions that the United States will take against the Iranians as a consequence of their warlike actions, but reports indicate that not only was the President considering on increasing sanctions before the incident against the rogue terrorist nation, but now he has a great deal more to consider! Sources inside the White House said he doesn’t want to rush to judgment, but instead, he wants to carefully consider all options! However, while the Trump Administration and military officials try to decide the best course of action, the Military Times reported that even before the Iranian attack on oil tankers, Democrats were plotting ways to strip the President of his ability to defend the nation. They reported that…
Hours before the attacks, during a House Armed Services Committee mark-up, a group of Democrats unsuccessfully tried to add language the annual defense authorization bill draft restricting the president’s ability to declare war on Iran.
“I fought against Iranians when I was in Iraq. If necessary, I’d do so again. But right now, going to war with Iran is not necessary,” said Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass. who is running for president. (Members of) the Trump administration are trying to drag us into Iran just as they dragged us into Iraq.”
Ultimately, as the President is putting forth every effort to secure the borders of our nation, defend our interests from enemies foreign and domestic, improve our nation’s relations around the globe, and re-establish America’s economic powerhouse, by bringing jobs back to American citizens, Democrats are working to undermine the President and his Administration. In fact, they are making every effort through dozens of lawsuits, countless investigations that have become endless, and through legislation that is designed to strip his power as President, despite their actions being in direct violation of the Constitution of the United States! In the end, their actions have become an embarrassment to our nation, and our system of government, as the Democrats have made it clear, that they no longer respect their own office, or the office of the President, let alone the Constitution of the United States itself!