Trump suggests Iran is lying when it denies involvement in drone strike on Saudi oil industry

It’s fairly clear that this was a strike at the Saudi oil industry in retaliation for sanctions on Iran. Did the Iranians model their drones on the U.S. drone they seized and refused to give back while Obama was President? Did they finance the strike with the billions Obama showered upon them?

In any case, as U.S. energy output has improved, there is no reason to get involved in a conflict between these two jihad-exporting states. But that doesn’t mean we won’t.

Donald J. Trump✔@realDonaldTrump

Remember when Iran shot down a drone, saying knowingly that it was in their “airspace” when, in fact, it was nowhere close. They stuck strongly to that story knowing that it was a very big lie. Now they say that they had nothing to do with the attack on Saudi Arabia. We’ll see?80.5K6:15 PM – Sep 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy36.7K people are talking about this

“Saudi Arabia Shuts Down About Half Its Oil Output After Drone Strikes,” by Summer Said and Jared Malsi, 

Coordinated drone strikes on the heart of the Saudi oil industry forced the kingdom to shut down half its crude production on Saturday, people familiar with the matter said, potentially roiling petroleum prices and demonstrating the power of Iran’s proxies.

Yemen’s Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels claimed credit for the attack, saying they sent 10 drones to strike at important facilities in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province. The production shutdown amounts to a loss of about five million barrels a day, the people said, roughly 5% of the world’s daily production of crude oil.

Officials said they hoped to restore production to its regular level of 9.8 million barrels a day by Monday.

The strikes mark the latest in a series of attacks on the country’s petroleum assets in recent months, as tensions rise among Iran and its proxies like the Houthis, and the U.S. and partners like Saudi Arabia. The attacks could drive up oil prices if the Saudis can’t turn production back on quickly and potentially rattle investor confidence in an initial public offering of the kingdom’s national oil company.

President Trump called Saudi Arabia’s day-to-day ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, on Saturday and said the U.S. was ready to “cooperate with the kingdom in supporting its security and stability,” according to the Saudi Press Agency, the official news service.

Prince Mohammed told Mr. Trump that Saudi Arabia “is willing and able to confront and deal with this terrorist aggression,” according to the agency….

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