I always like it when a think tank issues such dire ultimatums…..this time it is the Neocon think tank, the Heritage Foundation.
The headline of the their report on the US and the recent attack on Saudi territory…..”U.S. Must Lead Strong Multinational Response To Iran’s Extortion Strategy”…….
Now for the report that made the ultimatum possible…..
Iran has openly breached the limits on uranium enrichment set by the 2015 nuclear agreement, and is escalating pressure on European signatories of the agreement to shield it from U.S. sanctions—which were re-imposed after the U.S. withdrew from the nuclear deal in May 2018. Tehran is raising the stakes of its nuclear blackmail campaign every 60 days by ratcheting up its nuclear efforts to extort concessions from France, Germany, and the United Kingdom; drive a deeper wedge between the United States and its allies; and gain bargaining leverage for eventual negotiations with Washington on the nuclear issue.
Iran’s steadily escalating nuclear noncompliance has been accompanied by an intensifying campaign of maritime threats against gulf Arab oil exports. What Tehran wants is not only sanctions relief but unquestioned acceptance of its civilian nuclear program, which it has used in the past as a fig leaf to disguise its nuclear weapons program, and which it plans to use as a pretext for the future expansion of its uranium-enrichment activities.
They violated the agreement that Trump basically cancelled when he dropped out of the process……sanctions look like extortion as well…..
Diplomacy is always preferable that armed conflict….but some think that a bullying techniques will always work when they are the single most powerful country on the planet…..and yet that seems to never work these days.
Heritage is one of those think tanks that will take a desired conclusion and set about making the facts fit the needed end…..to be honest most think tanks operate this way.
The U.S. MUST lead the response….why?
The Saudis have the best and most of US weaponry…they have the best training and the best war chest….so again….why must the US do anything? Plus they bought the Israeli “Iron Dome” to protect against incoming missiles….that appears to be a absolute failure.
The US military is to be used to protect the homeland….and Saudi is NOT my homeland….is it yours?
Sorry but this recent attack could be turned into one helluva conspiracy theory.
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