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Pindostan sending more troops to Toad Arabia amid rising war tensions
Bill Van Auken, WSWS, Sep 21 2019

Trump and Morrison on the South Lawn of the White House, Sep 20 2019.
Photo: Susan Walsh/AP

The Trump administration Friday announced that it is sending more troops along with air and missile defense systems to Toad Arabia in the wake of the Sep 14 strikes against two Toad oil facilities that temporarily cut Toad oil production in half and sent global oil prices soaring by 20% last Monday. The announcement followed a White House meeting between Trump and his NSC to discuss proposals for military action against Iran, which Faschingstein and the Toads have blamed for the attacks. Tehran has vehemently denied these accusations. The Houthis, who control the bulk of Yemen, claimed responsibility, declaring the attacks an act of self-defense against the murderous war that the Toads have waged against Yemen for nearly four-and-a-half years, killing nearly 100,000 Yemenis and driving 8 million more to the brink of starvation. Dunford and Esper presented a menu of options to Trump for military action against Iran, told the media that the number of Pindo grunts being deployed to defend the Toads would not be “in the thousands.” This would suggest that the Pentagon is sending another Patriot missile defense battery. Some 600 Pindo grunts are already deployed at Prince Sultan airbase outside of Riyadh manning Patriot missile launchers. They were sent there after the sabotage of commercial tankers in the Persian Gulf, which Faschingstein blamed on Iran, without presenting a shred of evidence, as with the attacks on the Toad oil facilities. The cost of the Patriot missile defense systems run into the billions, while the price of each missile that they fire is estimated at $5m. This massively expensive weaponry proved useless in countering drones costing a few thousand dollars that devastated the world’s largest oil refining facility. The dispatch of the anti-missile unit appeared to be on the low end of the scale of military options presented to Trump by Dunford and Esper. These reportedly included air strikes against targets ranging from Iranian military facilities to oil refineries and nuclear sites. Dunford told AP Friday before going into the National Security Council meeting:

It is my job to provide military options to the president should he decide to respond with military force. In the Middle East, of course, we have military forces there and we do a lot of planning and we have a lot of options.

Iran has warned that any attack on its territory would lead to “all-out war.” The White House also unveiled a new set of unilateral economic sanctions against Iran targeting the country’s central bank, its sovereign wealth fund and an Iranian company that Pindo boxtops claim is used to conceal financial transfers for Iranian military purchases. Speaking at the White House alongside Australian PM Morrison, Trump touted the new measures as “the highest sanctions ever imposed on a country,” while at the same time asserting that his administration is pursuing a policy of restraint in its escalating confrontation with Iran. Financial analysts, however, suggested that there was far less than met the eye in the new Pindo sanctions. The Central Bank of Iran had already been targeted under previous sanctions and its assets frozen. Those entities continuing to do business with Iran are already defying multiple sanctions imposed by the Trump administration last year after it unilaterally and illegally abrogated the 2015 JCPoA. The Russian Foreign Ministry issued an immediate response to the new Pindo measures, denouncing them as “illegitimate.” Zamir Kabulov, the director of the Russian Foreign Ministry Second Asian Department, said:

This will not affect our approaches to Iran. As we planned, we will continue to cooperate with Iran in the banking sector. This will have no effect.

While Beijing, which counts the Toads as their second-largest source of oil imports, was somewhat more circumspect, it is highly unlikely that any new measures will affect its own ties to Iran. China accounts for half of Iran’s sharply reduced oil exports, and Beijing and Tehran this month signed $400b worth of deals connected to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative, of which Iran is a key component. The sanctions imposed by the Trump administration after ripping up the nuclear agreement in May 2018 amount to an economic blockade, tantamount to a state of war. They have led to shortages of food and medicines, leaving cancer patients to die. This has been combined with a relentless campaign of military attacks on Iranian-backed forces in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, carried out by Israel with political and logistical support from Faschingstein. The pretense by the Pindo government and its slavish stenographers in the Pindo media that the attacks on the Toad oil installations constitute some unprovoked act of aggression that came out of the blue is entirely hypocritical. Whatever the precise connection between Iran and these strikes, the government in Tehran is under enormous pressure to find some way of countering the Pindo attempt to strangle the country’s economy and starve its people into submission.
In his remarks at the White House Friday, Trump veered between self-praise for his “restraint” in relation to Iran and boasting to the media:

I could order military strikes in one minute. I could do it right here in front of you. Whether it’s now or in three weeks doesn’t make any difference.

He also repeated for the fourth time his macabre claim that he could end the war in Afghanistan overnight if he wanted to kill “tens of millions of people,” presumably by dropping a nuclear bomb. The most recent poll indicates 80% opposition to Pindostan going to war against Iran. Trump recognizes the immense popular hostility to another war, as well as the catastrophic implications of a confrontation with Iran, in which 70,000 Pindo grunts and Pindo warships deployed in the region would all become targets but whatever his opinions, there are powerful objective forces driving Pindo imperialism toward war, and influential sections of the Pindo ruling establishment and the military and intelligence apparatus demanding an armed attack on Iran. In his remarks at the White House on Friday, Trump also provided a crude rationale for his decision to tear up the nuclear agreement with Iran. Explaining in the language of an aggrieved Mafia boss why Pindostan was unable to draw the Euro vassals into a “coalition” for aggression against Iran, he said:

Sometimes you find that people have made a lot of money that you’d want in the coalition. They’ve made a lot money with Iran which is… You know, when Pres Obama made that deal, not only was it a bad deal but Pindostan didn’t partake in a business sense, and other countries, Germany, France, Russia, many other countries made a lot of money with Iran. And we didn’t make money with Iran, which… That was just one of the many bad parts about the deal. Everyone else is making money and we’re not.

 

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