Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw gave former Obama Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes an epic smackdown after he questioned America’s credibility on the current crisis with Iran. He got exactly what he deserved. Ben Rhodes was directly involved in pitching the Iran nuclear deal during the Obama administration. He opened his piehole to respond to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement on Thursday stating that the U.S. was blaming Iran for the attacks. Rhodes said America’s word alone was not enough. That’s rich coming from the likes of Rhodes.
“This definitely feels like the kind of incident where you’d want an international investigation to establish what happened. Huge risk of escalation,” Rhodes tweeted. Says the man who helped pay the largest purveyor of terrorism on the planet billions of dollars and actively gave them cover to finish nuking up to take out Israel. Fortunately, there is video showing Iranians removing limpet mines from one of the tankers after they were hit and then there is the matter of them firing a missile at our reaper drone. They missed by the way.
Texas Rep. Crenshaw proceeded to eviscerate Rhodes: “So, do or don’t believe the Intel community? And you’re not really a trusted source to weigh in on Iran… You sold the public the falsehood of a moderating Iranian regime – using your media “echo chamber” (your words)- & ignoring the true danger Iran presents in the region,” Crenshaw tweeted. Just epic.
You’ll remember way back in 2016 when Rhodes used the phrase “echo chamber” to describe the Obama administration’s efforts to ensure that arms control experts would say that backing the Iran nuclear deal would eliminate aggressive behavior from Iran. Crenshaw was a Navy SEAL and he calls it as he sees it especially when it comes to military matters. I’m so glad he called Rhodes out on this.
This definitely feels like the kind of incident where you'd want an international investigation to establish what happened. Huge risk of escalation. https://t.co/a2X18hNmmD
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) June 13, 2019
From The Western Journal:
“President Donald Trump campaigned against the Iran nuclear deal and has ramped up sanctions against Iran during his time in the Oval Office.
“Crenshaw further noted on Twitter that the recent attacks on the tankers in the Gulf of Oman bear all the hallmarks of Iran’s style.
“I’ve been watching for years as Iran moves weapons to proxies around the region, looking for opportunities to destabilize & wreak havoc, and then claim innocence. This is not new. And the Administration is right to strengthen our regional presence as a deterrence,” Crenshaw tweeted, referencing the buildup of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf region that began last month in response to fears of Iranian aggression.
“On Friday, a video of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from one tanker was released, backing up Pompeo’s initial claim that Iran attacked two tankers.
“The role of former Obama administration officials in taking Iran’s side was noted by David Harsyni in an Op-Ed published by the New York Post.
“(T)he Iranians — not only responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American servicemen but a player in nearly every destructive conflict in the Middle East today — already act with impunity,” he wrote.
“The attacks on shipping are meant to spike oil prices to damage the world economy and undermine Trump’s maximum-pressure campaign.
“An added bonus, of course, is that a campaign may undercut Trump’s electoral chances in 2020 and bring someone into the White House who would almost certainly reenter the Obama-era nuke deal with Iran and allow it a wide berth to destabilize the region,” he wrote.
“Perhaps Iranian leadership has been emboldened after listening to former Obama administration officials like John Kerry tell them to wait out the president,” he added.
“Although many European nations have been reluctant to blame Iran for the attacks, Britain on Friday joined the U.S. in attributing the attacks to Iran, according to The Guardian.
“It is almost certain that a branch of the Iranian military — the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps — attacked the two tankers on 13 June. No other state or non-state actor could plausibly have been responsible,” Britain’s Foreign Office said in a statement.”
So, do or don’t believe the Intel community?
And you’re not really a trusted source to weigh in on Iran…
You sold the public the falsehood of a moderating Iranian regime – using your media “echo chamber” (your words)- & ignoring the true danger Iran presents in the region. https://t.co/KriHBpOWtf
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) June 14, 2019
The Strait of Hormuz serves as the primary route for oil to be transported from the Middle East. Iran had suggested in the past that it could block the strait should its exports be stopped. That would be seen as a definite act of war and not just by the U.S. But the bombing of four ships last month and now two tankers in the Gulf of Oman are also acts of war. And both Russia and China are actively defending and supporting Iran on this. That should tell you all you need to know here.
It makes my blood absolutely boil that Rhodes had the nerve to say he doubted the intelligence community’s link between Iran and the recent attack on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz. But it’s vintage Obama and Rhodes is still an attack dog for him.
I’ve been watching for years as Iran moves weapons to proxies around the region, looking for opportunities to destabilize & wreak havoc, and then claim innocence. This is not new. And the Administration is right to strengthen our regional presence as a deterrence.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) June 14, 2019
Just In; A US drone tracked Iranian boats closing in on the 2
tankers prior to attack Thurs. Iran spotted the MQ-9 & launched a SAM missile but missed. Missile fell into sea Days earlier a Reaper shot down in Red Sea by Iranian backed Houthis. None of this been announced.
— Barbara Starr (@barbarastarrcnn) June 14, 2019
American officials released images they said show that Iran was involved in an attack on an oil tanker near the entrance to the Persian Gulf on Thursday https://t.co/bFIFSuXiGw pic.twitter.com/LffwsARZFV
— Bloomberg (@business) June 14, 2019