Dog-wagging on deck, John Bolton sets the Brits up, puts US in position for Gulf War III

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Again the US becomes the tool of forces poised to make money and foment sectarian strife. This time the Brits have been manipulated with the seizure of a UK-flagged tanker by the Iranians. It was perhaps retaliation for a prior incident near Gibraltar.

The window for a US-led bombing campaign in 2019 or 2020 remains open, depending on the domestic reelection needs of Individual-1, with or without a coalition of the willing.

With the seizure of a supertanker off Gibraltar, distracted UK government was set up by John Bolton as collateral damage

Bolton’s delighted reaction suggested the seizure was a surprise. But accumulating evidence suggests the opposite is true, and that Bolton’s national security team was directly involved in manufacturing the Gibraltar incident. The suspicion is that Conservative politicians, distracted by picking a new prime minister, jockeying for power, and preoccupied with Brexit, stumbled into an American trap.

In short, it seems, Britain was set up.

The consequences of the Gibraltar affair are only now becoming clear. The seizure of Grace I led directly to Friday’s capture by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards of a British tanker, the Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz. Although it has not made an explicit link, Iran had previously vowed to retaliate for Britain’s Gibraltar “piracy”. Now it has its revenge.

As a result, Britain has been plunged into the middle of an international crisis it is ill-prepared to deal with. The timing could hardly be worse. An untested prime minister, presumably Boris Johnson, will enter Downing Street this week. Britain is on the brink of a disorderly exit from the EU, alienating its closest European partners. And its relationship with Trump’s America is uniquely strained.

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The Bolton gambit succeeded. Despite its misgivings, Britain has been co-opted on to the front line of Washington’s confrontation with Iran. The process of polarisation, on both sides, is accelerating. The nuclear deal is closer to total collapse. And by threatening Iran with “serious consequences”, without knowing what that may entail, Britain blindly dances to the beat of Bolton’s war drums.

Trump may increasingly confront two choices: act military and risk a wider confrontation, or back down and lower declared aims. That’s a terrible spot for any president particularly when it results from a policy that Trump himself seems not to fully support or even understand.

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DHG
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The declaration of “peace & security” immediately precedes “instant destruction shall be upon them”. Looks like its getting all set up for that, though there may not actually be no wars at the time its said.

Lone Wolf
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The rectum in charge and his GOP anus are betting on war with Iran being their “Reichstag fire decree” to unite the masses, and get themselves re-elected to continue their unfettered looting and pillaging of our country, ala Putin, Kim, Saudi prince Salami, etc.

Dick Panico
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..AMERICAN TROOPS IN SAUDI ARABIA. That was the “reason for the attack” on 9/11 , or so it was stated . It’s is supposedly “illegal for American troops” or any foreign troops, to be on sacred ground !! We’re looking for another 9/11 , created by (the JERK ), JOHN BOLTON —???? ——We’re going to war , to save Israel??? At the end of the day , ..Saudi Arabians are … (Islamic fundamentalist’s) and will turn on Israel !! All the money in the world ,won’t make a difference!! …:This is insanity , Congress ,should stop this now !!! Why… Read more »
Independent
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Where does putin fit in all this? It appears the Saudis are quite Involved. Freaking scary