Iran Allegedly Bombs Saudi Oil Refinery, NBC Blames U.S. for Fanning Tensions

NewsBusters | 9/15/2019 | Staff
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Overnight, one of Saudi Arabia’s oil refineries (one of the largest was in the world) was the target of drone attacks that caused the county to shut down roughly five percent of the world’s oil output. According to the U.S., the evidence pointed to Iran. But, during NBC’s Sunday Today, the network showed whose side they stood on and defended the Iranians.

“Overnight, Iran denied that it was behind these attacks on the Saudi oil processing facilities, but the Trump administration insists that Iran is to blame,” decried NBC correspondent Hans Nichols. “With two of the world's largest oil installations in flames, the Trump administration is blaming Iran and fanning regional political tensions.”

Fact - Willie - Geist - Houthi - Rebels

Despite the fact that anchor Willie Geist admitted that the Houthi rebels in Yemen were backed by Iran, Nichols appeared to chide Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for not believing their claim of responsibility. “Houthi rebels in neighboring Yemen have claimed responsibility for the pre-dawn strikes on two Saudi Aramco sites. But Pompeo isn’t buying it, saying: ‘There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen,’” he said.

A short time later, Nichols would add that “the U.S. has accused the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels of lobbing crude missiles from Yemen into Saudi Arabia during their four-year war” and “the precision of these drone attacks suggesting a new level of military sophistication.” The dots were there, but Nichols just didn’t seem to want to connect them.

National - Security - Advisor - John - Bolton

Even after former National Security Advisor John Bolton and the administration parted ways last week due to disagreements with the former’s hawkish worldview, Nichols tried to suggest President Trump wasn’t interested in peace:

Last week, Trump called off a peace summit with the Taliban after they claimed responsibility for an attack that killed an American soldier. Those negotiations over the war in Afghanistan are now dead and...
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