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Thursday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) spoke out against a U.S. strike on Iran as tensions are escalating due to incidents in the Persian Gulf over the last several days.
Brooks primarily spoke out about any U.S. action being justified by attacks on other nations’ tanker being attacked by Iran and for the United States acting unilaterally as a result of those attacks.
Transcript as follows:
Madam Speaker, recent Persian Gulf area tanker attacks do not, I repeat, do not, justify a unilateral American military action against Iran. On May 12, 2019, two Saudi Arabian tankers, a United Arab Emirates tanker, and a Norwegian tanker were attacked. According to a Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Norway joint report, explosions caused all four vessels to suffer hull breaches. The report states, “Limpet mines [were] highly likely placed by divers below or at the waterline” and the “placement of the mines [was] consistent with intention to disable the mobility, but not physically destroy, each vessel.”
Report - Attacks - State - Actor - Emphasis
The report concludes that, “These sophisticated attacks were most likely carried out by a state actor.” For emphasis, the report does not accuse anyone of conducting the attacks. On June 13, 2019, a Japanese tanker and a Norwegian tanker were attacked with explosive devices that caused considerable fire and hull damage to both tankers. Who is responsible for these two tanker attacks There is international disagreement.
America and the United Kingdom blame Iran. Iran denies responsibility. Other nations offer no opinion and caution against a rush to judgment. Perhaps more evidence will persuade the international community that Iran orchestrated these tanker attacks. Perhaps not. Regardless of blame, there are other factors to consider.
Example - America - Security - Interest - Tankers
For example, what is America’s national security interest in these six attacked tankers?
Not a single attacked tanker is owned by Americans....
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