Late last week members of Australia’s Turnbull Government told ABC they believed the U.S. was preparing to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities, perhaps as early as next month.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis called the report “fiction at best” saying …
“I have no idea where the Australian news people got that information. I am confident it is not something that’s being considered right now,”
Lara Seligman, an extremely credible journalist at foriegnpolicy.com, covered a small press briefing on Friday in which Mattis called concerns over a U.S unilateral strike on Iran - as not true…
“Defense Secretary James Mattis unequivocally shot down reports from an Australian news outlet that President Trump was getting ready to order a strike against Iran next month. Meanwhile, North Korea returned what may be the remains of 55 unidentified U.S. troops killed in the Korean War. Plus: rumblings among the Pentagon press corps about lack of access to information boiled over last week, prompting Mattis to stop by the press room for a gaggle (Q&A below), the Afghan Taliban made their first direct contact with a U.S. official in a preliminary discussion about future Afghanistan peace talks, and more.”
Mattis pivoted and warned that reports of Iran-backed Houthi rebels attacking oil ships off the coast of Yemen are genuine. These attacks Mattis said … which could lead Saudi Arabia to halt oil shipments through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait (the narrows at the southern end of the Red Sea through which about 5 million barrels of oil pass every day) underscore the threat Tehran poses to global energy choke points at a time of growing tension between Iran and the United States.
Trump, however, has to be thrilled with the collapse taking place in the Iranian economy as a result of his announcement of withdrawal from the Iranian Nuclear Treaty. Iran’s currency has plunged to a record low as renewed U.S. sanctions, slated to go into effect on Aug 7 –in just eight days!
Not discussed, will the Iranian’s live up to its repeated threats to close the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation to U.S. economic sanctions and is the United States willing to wage war with Iran if its Western Allies don’t go along.WallStreetRebel.com cautions investors that an outbreak of hostilities that does shut down the Strait of Hormuz, expect oil to catapult to over $100 a barrel. Something that would make both Vladimir Putin and Trump’s favorite Oil Sheiks and Kings in the middle east dance with glee. For American consumers that will translate to almost $5 a gallon for gas.