米国ドローン撃墜の次に来るもの 1: ずくなしの冷や水

2019年06月21日

米国ドローン撃墜の次に来るもの 1

SPUTNIK2019/6/21
Saudi Foreign Minister: We Don't Want War With Iran
Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have expressed grave concerns over the recent string of sabotage attacks on oil tankers off the UAE coast and the Gulf of Oman, and accused Iran of involvement in the attacks. Tehran has vehemently denied the claims, and accused the US and its allies of escalating the crisis in the region.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not seek a military confrontation with Iran, but is committed to working with its allies to stop Iran's "aggressive" behaviour, Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has said.

"I think the situation is very grave because of the aggressive behaviour of Iran," al-Jubeir said, speaking to reporters in London on Thursday.

"When you interfere with international shipping, it has an impact on the supply of energy, it has an impact on the price of oil which has an impact on the world economy. It essentially affects almost every person on the globe," the foreign minister said, reiterating Riyadh's previous charges about Iranian involvement in the tanker attacks.

Al-Jubeir challenged claims made by the Iranian side and by others that some other power was trying to drag the US into a war with Iran, suggesting this was a 'ridiculous' assertion to make.

The diplomat also reiterated that Riyadh and its allies were still contemplating "various options" regarding how to respond to Iran in protecting regional waterways. He warned that any attempt to close the Strait of Hormuz would generate a "very, very strong reaction." Iranian officials have previously warned that the strategic strait, through which an estimated one third of the world's seaborne oil supplies are transported, might be closed in the event of aggression against Tehran.

SPUTNIK2019/6/21
US Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer 'Worried' US May 'Bumble Into War' With Iran
Following an Iranian shootdown of a US spy drone, federal lawmakers and leaders of the US military and intelligence communities met with US President Donald Trump for a closed-doors briefing on the incident at the White House.

The meeting in the White House Situation Room Thursday afternoon was attended by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, as well as the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees and the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

Others present included CIA Director Gina Haspel, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and his nominated replacement, Army Secretary Mark Esper.

Schumer told reporters following the meeting that "these conflicts have a way of escalating ... The president may not intend to go to war here, but we're worried that he and the administration may bumble into a war."

Earlier Thursday, Trump had said Iran "made a very big mistake" by shooting down a US RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance drone and promised the public would "soon find out” whether or not the US will respond to the incident with force. The US claims the drone was over international waters at the time of the engagement, but Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says it was over the country's Hormuzgan Province.


RT2019/6/20
US should stop sending troops to Gulf ‘before it’s too late’ – Moscow
Deploying troops to the Persian Gulf risks igniting a powder keg in the troubled region where tension is mounting, the Russian Foreign Ministry has warned, advising Washington to stop “before it’s too late.”

Russia is hoping that the US buildup in the Middle East “won’t become a spark that creates a blaze,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters on Thursday. Otherwise, the situation will spiral out of control, he warned.

Destabilization is such a dangerous thing, especially in this region. Anyone who undertakes such actions too easily should stop and use common sense… before it is too late.

The warning comes as the US beefs up its assets in the Gulf. Just last month, the Pentagon deployed a battery of Patriot missiles, nuclear-capable bombers, and an aircraft carrier strike group to the area. Washington cited a growing threat from Tehran to justify the buildup, whereas Iran blamed the US for eroding its own security.

Deploying troops to the Persian Gulf risks igniting a powder keg in the troubled region where tension is mounting, the Russian Foreign Ministry has warned, advising Washington to stop “before it’s too late.”

Russia is hoping that the US buildup in the Middle East “won’t become a spark that creates a blaze,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters on Thursday. Otherwise, the situation will spiral out of control, he warned.

Destabilization is such a dangerous thing, especially in this region. Anyone who undertakes such actions too easily should stop and use common sense… before it is too late.

The warning comes as the US beefs up its assets in the Gulf. Just last month, the Pentagon deployed a battery of Patriot missiles, nuclear-capable bombers, and an aircraft carrier strike group to the area. Washington cited a growing threat from Tehran to justify the buildup, whereas Iran blamed the US for eroding its own security.

ロイター2019年6月21日
トランプ氏、イランによる無人機撃墜は「誤射」 意図的でない
Reuters Staff
[ドバイ/ワシントン 20日 ロイター] - トランプ米大統領は20日、イランが米軍の無人偵察機を撃墜したことについて「誤射」によるものとの見方を示した上で、有人飛行機が撃墜されていたら状況は大きく違っていたと発言した。
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2019年6月21日 / 03:53 / 1時間前更新
トランプ氏、イランによる無人機撃墜は「誤射」 意図的でない
Reuters Staff
[ドバイ/ワシントン 20日 ロイター] - トランプ米大統領は20日、イランが米軍の無人偵察機を撃墜したことについて「誤射」によるものとの見方を示した上で、有人飛行機が撃墜されていたら状況は大きく違っていたと発言した。
トランプ氏は記者団に対し、イランの行動は容認できないとする一方、「おそらく間違いをやらかしたのだと思う。将校か誰かが誤ってドローンを撃ち落してしまったのだろう」とした上で「ドローンには誰も乗っていなかった。(もし誰かが乗っていたら)状況は大分違っていたと言っておきたい」と語った。「正直なところイランが意図的にやったとは到底思えない」とも明かした。

SPUTNIK2019/6/21
Trump Approves Strikes Against Iran on Thursday but Abruptly Backtracks on His Decision - Report
Tensions between the US and Iran have escalated after the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps downed a US Global Hawk surveillance drone that Tehran claimed was in violation of Iran airspace, particularly, in the coastal Hormozgan province. US President Donald Trump initially said Iran made "a very big mistake", later walking back his comments.

SPUTNIK2019/6/21
US Wants to Avoid ‘Unwinnable’ War With Iran - Former Pentagon Adviser
WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US military is incrementally building up forces in the Middle East to ensure the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz but is unlikely willing to start an unwinnable war with Iran, according to former Defence Department adviser Karen Kwiatkowski.

"It [US troop deployment] is part of an incremental buildup to be seen as preserving the transportation lines and oil flow in the region", Kwiatkowski said. "The Pentagon has long understood that no sustained ground or air war against Iran is winnable or desirable".

Earlier in the day, Tehran and Washington took a step closer towards full blown confrontation after a US drone was shot down by the Iranians who claimed it violated the country’s airspace. The incident comes on the heels of the Pentagon deploying more than 1,000 troops to the region over recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.

Although US President Donald Trump initially said Iran made "a very big mistake" he later told reporters he doubted the drone shoot down was intentional. On Wednesday, US envoy Brian Hook told Congress the latest Mideast troop deployment was a defensive move and no offensive operations are being considered.

Kwiatkowski, a retired US Air Force lieutenant colonel who worked in the Pentagon's Near East and South Asia directorate (NESA), said the most recent troop increase is likely part of a longer term US strategy.

"The Pentagon defaults, in a strange way, conservatively - meaning to get as many troops in a safe forward location as soon as possible with a minimum of publicity and public comment and risk of embarrassment", she said.

Kwiatkowski also observed differences in signals being sent to Tehran by Trump and some of his advisers. She also pointed to signs of infighting including between militants like US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House National Security Adviser John Bolton.

"There is a palpable desperation in US foreign policy and increasing friction between the warmongering chicken-hawks Pompeo and Bolton, with his recycled team of Iraq war engineers placed in key policy making positions in DC", Kwiatkowski suggested.

The former Pentagon adviser also speculated that the US moves may not be about Iran per se but rather about the Trump administration staying relevant with "erstwhile" allies in the region in terms of arms sales, prestige, and oil and gas production.

Kwiatkowski also doubted that Trump even grasped the significance of US tensions with Iran.

"Trump has no fundamental or honest idea why Iran is ‘important’ to the US and at some point he will tweet about this and revert to his successful Jeffersonian/Jacksonian/Teddy Roosevelt themed messaging in order to simultaneously dump the neocons in his cabinet and get re-elected in 2020", Kwiatkowski concluded.

Kwiatkowski also worked for the National Security Agency (NSA) and is a founding member of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, a group of former US intelligence and military officials opposed to Washington’s aggressive foreign policies.

Views and opinions expressed in this article are those of Karen Kwiatkowski and do not necessarily reflect those of Sputnik.
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