Washington's Middle East policy is about to implode
At least that is where it appears we are headed.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz amid soaring tensions in one of the world’s critical energy chokepoints. Brent climbed more than 1.3% on the news.
U.S. President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House that he will be “working with the U.K.” on the incident. “This only goes to show what I’m saying about Iran: trouble, nothing but trouble.”
...Trump told reporters on Friday afternoon the administration had been hearing conflicting reports about whether a second tanker had been taken.
OK. This is bad. There will be a response.
Of course Iran did this in response to UK's piracy.
What is getting less attention than it deserves is Turkey's responses.
The Pentagon on Wednesday warned against new military action in an area of Syria where U.S. troops are deployed as Turkey appears to be massing for an incursion against American-allied Kurdish forces there.
"Unilateral action into northeastern Syria by any party, particularly as U.S. personnel may be present or in the vicinity, is of grave concern. We would find any such actions unacceptable," Pentagon spokesman Navy Cmdr. Sean Robertson says.
The statement comes amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Turkey after the NATO member began receiving Russian S-400 surface-to-air missiles last week in defiance of months of U.S. warnings that could result in new sanctions from the administration or from Congress.
Analysts fear that Turkey considers the credible threat of a military strike as its only deterrent against U.S. retaliation and that roiling tensions may overwhelm both sides' ability to prevent conflict.
Do not underestimate Turkey's willingness to escalate a situation.
Just look at their response to the killing of a diplomat today.
Turkey on Thursday launched an air attack on the Kurdish region in northern Iraq in response to the killing of a Turkish diplomat in the region, the country's defence minister said.