Update, September 17: This post seems to have gotten damaged, in which the last part of the post seems to have gotten cut off, in the process of being copied from where I had initially written it or in being subsequently edited. In the interim, it appears that Saudi Arabia is corroborating the claim that Iran is behind an attack on its oil facilities. Having needed to repair the post anyway, I wrote a new conclusion.
Yesterday [September 16], I wrote of U.S. accusations that Iran had launched an attack on Saudi oil facilities,
I think Donald Trump is running for re-election and may be seeking a “rally ’round the flag” bump like George W. Bush got with the 9/11 attacks. We see that Trump wants to appear at least as tough as John Bolton, who quit or was fired a few days ago, and has declared that the U.S. is “locked and loaded.” That said, I’m waiting for a refutation of the bit about “the scope and precision of the attacks [coming] from a west-northwest direction.” (The site of the attack, which is also near Kuwait, lies to the west, across the Persian Gulf, from Iran.) It could be that the Iranian government has offered Trump a gift, albeit a gift that may come at considerable cost to its own people.
And indeed, it turns out there’s a problem: “Saudi officials said the U.S. didn’t provide enough proof to conclude that the attack was launched from Iran, indicating the U.S. information wasn’t definitive.” (Update, September 17: Saudi Arabia appears to be corroborating the claim on its own.) Read more