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September 17, 2019

The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition


See that headline in the link? That is our proper function in the Middle East right now. We have the intelligence-gathering capability that can assist our allies against the Iranian regime. And we have the logistical capacity to move huge quantities of whatever may be needed; whether that is resupply of armaments or oilfield and refinery equipment remains to be seen. And we have air power and anti-missile technology that Iran would find difficult, if not impossible to counter.

Notice what is missing? Troops! Aside from naval support and air power, we should not...must not...put boots on the ground in the Middle East. "No Blood For Oil" may sound like a leftist screech, but in this case it is 100% correct.

US shares info with Saudi Arabia that blames Iran for oil field attack

President Trump has said the U.S. is “locked and loaded” and able to respond to the threat but also said he wants to avoid war. Iran has denied any involvement in the attack. Ahead of UN meeting, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said "there will be no talks with the US at any level," the Associated Press reported.
Let the Saudis bleed for a change.We should treat them as allies who are involved in a regional war, but we should not treat an attack on Saudi oil facilities as the casus belli for an American move against Iran.

Sure, pump up the Saudis and their neighbors to do the heavy lifting (if they are even capable)...that is fine, and we can make clear that we stand behind them...but not in front.

Oil futures are already coming down sharply, so the hysterical media reports about oil spikes are mostly bullshit. And I will happily pay more at the pump to keep American troops out of harm's way. Besides, I have heard rumors of a newfangled American technology called "fracking."

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