Following a major ramp up of America’s military presence in the Persian Gulf based on intelligence, likely from defector Ali Nasiri, that Iran was planning attacks against the United States and our allies, non-essential personnel were ordered to leave Iraq Embassy and.consulate.
Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq | U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Iraq
"U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. Government employees from Iraq."
— ☆ Peace Through Strength ☆ (@DavidWareHawaii) May 15, 2019
Now, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has taken to Twitter to repeat the administration’s claims that we are not provoking war with Iran.
More importantly, he gave the first real details of a possible plan to attack American interests using proxies in Iraq and Yemen.
These actions are not the prelude to a U.S. attack against #Iran
There is clear & persistent evidence,supported by observable movements on the ground,that Iran’s proxy forces in #Iraq & #Yemen plan to attack Americans with the intent of inflicting mass casualties https://t.co/NqQB3R8tXD
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 15, 2019
His full Twitter thread:
These actions are not the prelude to a U.S. attack against #Iran.
There is clear & persistent evidence,supported by observable movements on the ground,that Iran’s proxy forces in #Iraq & #Yemen plan to attack Americans with the intent of inflicting mass casualties.
#Iran’s #IRGC has spent years building the capability to attack us using proxy forces. They believe they can inflict casualties on the U.S. without international condemnation because world will see it as the actions of independent Shia groups instead of Iran itself.
The also believe that our internal political divisions combined with the legacy of the #IraqWar will lead a substantial % of Americans to doubt #Iran’s role in such attacks or blame Trump. & they have built propaganda capability to spread narrative in social media.
The idea @POTUS is creating a pretext to start war with #Iran makes no sense. While I may not agree with him on it, @realdonaldtrump wants to wind down U.S. military presence in Middle East, not expand it..
We can debate whether designation of #IRGC provoked all this. But right now Americans serving us in #Iraq are facing a serious & imminent threat. #Iran need to know that if they are attacked a UNITED States of America will respond decisively.
This is obviously a very disturbing development. Iran has been backed into a corner after being treated so kindly by President Obama and the United Nations, who essentially bribed them to cease their nuclear program. But repeated missile tests that went against the Iran Nuclear Deal and an unwillingness to comply with U.N. inspectors prompted President Trump to pull out of the deal and slap sanctions back on Iran. Now, he’s planning to tighten the grip on the Middle Eastern nation by cutting loopholes that have allowed others to keep trading with them.
With oil being the primary export of Iran, such sanctions will devastate an economy that has been floundering for over a year.
#BREAKING: Iraqi Former Vice President Iyad Allawi: US official informed me that the Israeli intelligence has satellite images of Iranian ballistic missile platforms in Basra city directed towards the Gulf, this is why Mike Pompeo suddenly visited Iraq last week- @Mustafa_Habib33
— ELINT News (@ELINTNews) May 15, 2019
To exacerbate the situation, U.S. military intelligence along with others have said initial indicators implicate Iran in last weekend’s sabotage attacks on four oil tankers. If it’s true, then it could represent the first stage of a much broader attack in the near future. Iran is known for using proxies to do their dirty work. In the Middle East, their proxies are embedded in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon. Their reach is wide and their capabilities are sufficient to do real damage.
And that doesn’t even take into account their cozy relationships with Russia, China, and North Korea.
Rumors of war are rumbling. This does not appear to be the standard saber rattling we’ve come to expect from Iran. They are cornered and they’re getting desperate. Pray for peace. Be ready for war.