Washington asks Russia for a big favor
I would say that Washington politicians are shameless, except that this is beyond shameless. You have to be totally divorced from reality to do this.
Despite thorny U.S.-Russia relations, the U.S. may press Russia and other producers to expand on their just-announced deal to increase crude output, as the U.S. attempts to cut off Iran from the world oil market.
That's right. "Russia, we need you to pump more oil and drive down the price of your primary export, thus putting a squeeze on your budget, in order to make up for the oil that we are taking off the market by sanctioning Iran, who did nothing to deserve those sanctions.
Oh, and BTW, don't take the new sanctions we just put on you personally. It's only because we want regime change in Iran and Russia."
There are other reasons why we want Russia to pump more oil.
However, Perry told reporters Monday the agreement “may be a little short” of what is needed to prevent shortages. Analysts expect sanctions against Iran to remove about 500,000 barrels a day from the world market by the end of the year.
But other outages are also a concern. Venezuela, for example, was down about a half million barrels a day this year, as of May. Libya lost 450,000 barrels per day in June because of attacks on its two largest export terminals.
Iran = our sanctions
Venezuela = our sanctions + our regime change efforts
Libya fighting = our regime change
All oil shortages in the world can be blamed on Washington.
...“It’s not a big leap to think he’s going to ask Novak for more oil after today’s commentary," said John Kilduff of Again Capital. Kilduff said the request would be unusual, “but these are strange times.”
Cohen said, “The broader thing is the sanctions have a potential to get much worse on Russia. I don’t know how friendly a meeting it will be."
At the very same moment we are asking Russia for a huge favor, we are sanctioning a NATO ally for doing business with Russia.
A top U.S. State Department official warned Turkey on Tuesday that its purchase of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jets would be jeopardized if it does not drop a plan to buy S-400 missile defense systems from Russia.
If it buys the system, Turkey would also be subject to sanctions under a bill President Donald Trump signed into law last summer, Wess Mitchell, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, testified in the Senate.
Congress is extremely unhappy with Turkey, and recently sent them a stern letter.
Pentagon officials have also expressed frustration with signs of an Erdogan rapprochement with Iran.
Last week, members of the U.S. Congress issued an open letter criticizing Erdogan.
“Contrary to its NATO obligations, Turkey is actively operating to undermine U.S. interests around the world. Turkey’s repeated military actions against American interests, relentless degradation of human rights and democracy under President Erdogan, and clear intention to build a strategic partnership with Russia have completely eroded the U.S.-Turkey relationship,” they said.
I can't help but laugh any time politicians in Washington lecture people about human rights.