Officials at the U.N. are claiming the United States is planning a “tactical assault” on Iran in response to the alleged attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with the head of CENTCOM to discuss “military tactics.”
“Diplomatic sources at the UN headquarters in New York revealed to Maariv that they are assessing the United States’ plans to carry out a tactical assault on Iran in response to the tanker attack in the Persian Gulf on Thursday,” reported The Jerusalem Post.
The attack would supposedly involve an “aerial bombardment” of a facility linked to Iran’s nuclear program.
While the unnamed diplomats note President Donald Trump is not enthusiastic about a military response, he has “lost his patience on the matter” and would give Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “what he wants.”
The notion that Secretary of State Pompeo is pushing hard for a military strike on Iran is backed up by reports he traveled to the Tampa, Florida headquarters of CENTCOM – which overseas all US military operations in the Middle East – to discuss “military tactics.”
It is concerning that the US government is on the verge of starting a major war with Iran based entirely on grainy and inconclusive video and images the military claims show Iranian sailors removing a limpet mine that failed to explode from the side of a tanker.
Even the crew of the Japanese-flagged tanker Kokuka Courageous are disputing the suggestion the ship was mined, claiming they observed a flying object heading towards the ship, followed by an explosion.
“The crew are saying it was hit with a flying object. They say something came flying towards them, then there was an explosion, then there was a hole in the vessel,” said Yutaka Katada, president of Kokuka Sangyo shipping company, which owns the tanker.
“Then some crew witnessed a second shot.”
Despite their bellicose rhetoric, the Iranian government is aware a war with the United States would result in their destruction.
A deliberately provocative act such as attacking two tankers in one of the most strategically important waterways on earth would be foolhardy at best, as Iran would gain nothing.
While it is impossible to determine with absolute certainty who was directly responsible for the attack, it was all but certainly a false flag.
Neo-Cons have sought war with Iran for over a decade, and using false flag attacks to provoke a confrontation was one option discussed under the Bush Administration.
After an incident in the Straits of Hormuz involving three US ships and five Iranian patrol boats in January 2008, then-Vice President Dick Cheney noted how the incident galvanized public support for a military response, and convened a meeting in his office to discuss how to “create a casus belli between Tehran and Washington.”
According to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh, who first reported on the meeting in Cheney’s office, one proposal involved having Navy Seals dress up as Iranians and use speedboats similar to those used by the Revolutionary Guards to attack US naval vessels.
“There was a dozen ideas proffered about how to trigger a war. The one that interested me the most was why don’t we build — we in our shipyard — build four or five boats that look like Iranian PT boats. Put Navy seals on them with a lot of arms. And next time one of our boats goes to the Straits of Hormuz, start a shoot-up,” he said.
“Might cost some lives.”