Trump Regime Blames Iran For Tanker Attack, Tanker Owner Says Not So Fast

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Two oil tankers were sabotaged in the Gulf of Oman yesterday and the Trump regime almost immediately blamed Iran for the attack, but several elements of the story don't add up.

The White House released an extremely poor-quality video that they're presenting as evidence that Iran was responsible for the attack, but the owner of one of the two tankers says the video does not show what they're saying it shows.

The video, which I'll embed below, does not show Iran placing a mine on the Japanese-owned ship; it shows them removing a mine. Furthermore, the ship's owner says they weren't struck by a mine.

From The Daily Beast:

Yutaka Katada, the owner of one of the stricken oil tankers crippled in explosions in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, says the U.S. is wrong about the way the attack was carried out. Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo on Friday, he contradicted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the U.S. Navy, which released a video that purports to show an Iranian patrol boat removing a limpet mine from the port side of the Kokuka Courageous. Katada said his ship was attacked on the starboard side by a flying object, not by a mine. “It seems that something flew towards them. That created the hole, is the report I’ve received,” Katada said, according to the Financial Times.

Here's the video released by the Trump regime which looks like it was filmed in 1945. You cannot clearly make out what the men in the video are doing, what uniforms they're wearing, or if their uniforms are even authentic.

There's another part of this story that makes no sense.

The Japanese tanker was attacked while Japanese President Shinzo Abe was visiting Iran. Why would they attack a Japanese ship while he's visiting? Why would they ever?

Blaming Iran for the attack, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Iran is the only actor with the sophistication necessary to carry out the attacks, but if the attackers actually did use limpet mines, that wouldn't make sense either. Limpet mines were invented in the 1930s and are known for their ease of use.

Allow me to strap on my tinfoil hat for a moment and say that this is all highly suspicious.

  • Decades of Republican cries of “False Flag!” have made me very leery of any conspiracy claim, but damned if this doesn’t feel like a False Flag Operation.

  • muselet

    There are several state actors in the region, including some *ahem* allies of the United States, which would be eager to embroil Iran in a war.

    Not that Mike Pompeo or John Bolton need an excuse, mind.

    Nothing about the Trump administration’s accusations makes a lot of sense. Yes, Iran is (rightly) peeved with the US, but the other signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action remain committed to it; attacking civilian ships would make the JCPOA even more difficult to maintain.

    Juan Cole is right: these attacks might be coming from Iran. It just seems unlikely.