?There’s an old saying in Tennessee ? I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee ? that says, fool me once, shame on ? shame on you. Fool me ? you can’t get fooled again,? Bush said many years ago, which seems applicable to the rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran by Donald Trump and his administration. We were lied to about WMDs in Iraq and we will not be fooled again.
Fortunately neither will our allies and Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has now publicly stated that Trump’s “evidence” that Iran was behind the attack this week on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman is simply not sufficient.
“The video is not enough. We can understand what is being shown, sure, but to make a final assessment, this is not enough for me,” Maas told reporters during a German press conference on Friday. Even one of the ship’s Japanese owner also revealed that he knows the Trump administration’s narrative is a lie because members of his crew had witnessed a flying object hitting his boat, not a mine.
FM @HeikoMaas in #Tehran: The #Iran conflict is one of the big conflicts of our time. Over the past few days I have had a large number of conversations with countries in the neighborhood. It has become clear that nobody wants an escalation. pic.twitter.com/Mik4awR2FN
— GermanForeignOffice (@GermanyDiplo) June 10, 2019
On Friday, Trump said on Fox & Friends that Iran was behind the attack, “Iran did do it. And you know they did it because you saw the boat. I guess one of the mines didn’t explode and it’s probably got essentially Iran written all over it,” Trump said during the early morning interview. “You saw the boat at night trying to take the mine off unsuccessfully. Took the mine off the boat. And that was exposed. That was their boat. That was them. And they didn’t want the evidence left behind. I guess they didn’t know that we have things that can detect in the dark that work very well.”
Even though the American public, the ship’s Japanese owner, and our ally Germany, all don’t believe Trump’s lies, the United Kingdom is sending “elite forces” to the Gulf of Oman to protect its warships and British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Friday said the U.K. believes the U.S. claim that Iran is behind the incident.
There are few things more profitable than war and after raking in billions upon billions of dollars off the “wars” in Iraq and Afghanistan, the military industrial complex obviously wants to rinse and repeat their money making formula again in the Middle East with Iran.