This Sounds Oddly Familiar

The “president” declares Iran is responsible for attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman yesterday. As evidence, U.S. Central Command has released a fuzzy video of a little boat next to a big boat. This allegedly shows a North Vietnamese torpedo boat Iranian patrol boat removing an aluminum tube unexploded mine from one of the tankers, but for all I can tell the footage was shot in Barron Trump’s bathtub. Or maybe Donald’s.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard patrol boat fleeing the scene?

Update from Charles Pierce:

I am not buying this in the least. I remember the Iraq lies. I know this administration is truthless from top to bottom and all the way out both sides. I don’t trust the Saudi government as far as I can throw a bone saw. And this president* feels very much like he’s being run to ground at the moment and needs a distraction. And his Secretary of State is a third-rate congresscritter from Kansas who once advised American soldiers to disobey lawful orders, and who’s fighting way above his weight class. Also, too, John Bolton is eight kinds of maniac.

Update: See also Japanese ship owner contradicts U.S. account of how tanker was attacked. Do tell.

Update: From the Onion — Bleeding John Bolton Stumbles Into Capitol Building Claiming That Iran Shot Him.

10 thoughts on “This Sounds Oddly Familiar

  1. Does anyone know if the boat was ever a prize in a Happy Meal? If so the picture was taken in Donald's tub.


  2. Pompous pompeo no facts. 

    Bolton check his bank account for MEK deposits.

    Trump, don't you have enough distractions this week?

    I read the damage was too high to be a mine. And why would Iran attack a Japanese tanker with pm Abe in town?

  3. Charles Pierce turns a good phrase.  I especially liked how he wouldn't trust the Saudis further than he could throw a  bone saw.  I agreed with his comment on Mike Pompeo until he got to the part about him being out of his weight class.  I would not have used that sports analogy in his case.  Just does not seem to fit much like his suit coats.

  4. Trump and everyone in his administration has zero credibility.  That the Japanese owner of the tanker disputes their story, and that the attack purportedly occurred while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was meeting with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani in Iran makes the idea of Iran attacking a Japanese tanker even less plausible.  If Trump is thinking about putting together a "coalition of the willing" he needs to be ready to go it alone, because the US is no longer trusted on the world stage.

    Attacking Iran in any way is not going to be just, as the odious Lindsay Graham said the other day, "putting points on the board."  Unlike Iraq, Iran is much larger and consists of all one people, Shi'a.  In the Iran-Iraq war of the 80s, they fought human-wave style, so there would be a lot of casualties on both sides.  And for what, so President Dumbass can play wartime president and distract people from his criminality?  

  5. Speaking of aluminum tubes…Judith Miller is back on the war hawk trail over at Fox news speaking with authority about how she knows the Iranians are responsible for the attacks on the oil tankers, and what a piece of cake it would be for the US military and it's European allies to protect shipping lanes in the Straights of Hormuz. Seems Jim Mattis drew up a plan at Centcom a few years back that's guaranteed to work providing the situation doesn't escalate. And even if things went south only 30% of global supplies of crude would be affected in a worst case scenario. No big deal….Trump holds all the cards to Make America Great Again!

  6. Are you really old enough to personally recall the Tonkin Gulf incident?

    Never mind. Indiscreet question.

    • “Are you really old enough to personally recall the Tonkin Gulf incident?”

      Yes. I was a teenager by then. I didn’t understand what was going on at the time, but I remember the subsequent war pretty damn well.

  7. Starting a war with Iran would be totally stupid.

    So we'll be starting a war in…

    3… 2.. 1!!!!!

  8. Maybe they heard Reagan got some cocaine there and they had, HAD to check it out.

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