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Sun Jul 21, 2019, 10:21 PM

(No credibility left?) Allies Play Hard To Get On U.S. Proposal To Protect Oil Shipping Lanes

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JULY 19, 2019 / 2:57 AM / 3 DAYS AGO

Sylvia Westall, John Irish

DUBAI/PARIS (Reuters) - The United States is struggling to win its allies’ support for an initiative to heighten surveillance of vital Middle East oil shipping lanes because of fears it will increase tension with Iran, six sources familiar with the matter said.

Washington proposed on July 9 stepping up efforts to safeguard strategic waters off Iran and Yemen where it blames Iran and its proxies for tanker attacks. Iran denies the charges.

But with Washington’s allies reluctant to commit new weaponry or fighting forces, a senior Pentagon official told Reuters on Thursday that the United States’ aim was not to set up a military coalition but to shine a “flashlight” in the region to deter attacks on commercial shipping.

Because of fears of confrontation, any involvement by Washington’s allies is likely be limited to naval personnel and equipment already in place - near the Strait of Hormuz in the Gulf and the Bab al-Mandab strait in the Red Sea, two Gulf sources and a British security source said.

“The Americans want to create an ‘alliance of the willing’ who confront future attacks,” a Western diplomat said. “Nobody wants to be on that confrontational course and part of a U.S. push against Iran.”

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-tanker-allies/allies-play-hard-to-get-on-u-s-proposal-to-protect-oil-shipping-lanes-idUSKCN1UE0KI

The neocons/israelis "shot their wad" with the Iraq debacle...

Hats off to these "allies" that aren't falling for that shit again.

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Bob the Bilderberger Jul 21 #1
RCW2014 Jul 22 #2
batcat Jul 22 #3

Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 11:17 PM

1. Fake news

We don't get that much oil from the middle east anymore. None of the ships being taken over are U.S. tankers. The alleged "allies" are the ones with tankers being threatened, not the U.S. Trump couldn't care less that Teresa May's and Angela Merkel's oil is being endangered.

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Response to Bob the Bilderberger (Reply #1)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 12:02 AM

2. Oh but the US needs to play the "big dick" on the block remember or have you misplaced

your neocon crib sheet?

Shame on you!!!

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Response to RCW2014 (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 01:41 AM

3. Trump is not looking for war with Iran. That is one reason the Deep State is trying ...

to remove him from office.

Trump is more than happy to see the Iranians harassing the ships of European nations. He then can point out just how big of a problem Iran is without nukes and how it would be a much bigger pain in the ass with nukes. Perhaps then the European nations will be more willing to support even stronger sanctions on Iran. The Iranians then may decide to negotiate and give up their desires for nuclear weapons rather than face an uprising from the citizens.

The chances are slim but worth trying.

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