Trump wants a war. Before taking the photos and claims we’re being fed at face value, we might think about a couple of things, historical and factual, that make this whole incident appear to be very dubious.
“We can easily build, right now, distributed energy production systems that are almost impossible to knock out by
Moreover, there is a striking similarity between the Internet and these systems: when attacked and damaged, they route right around the problem and keep on ticking.
In 1992, during the early stages of the first “Gulf War,” we discovered something that seemed very strange, almost magical, about the Internet (called “TCP-IP” at the time): it was hit and damaged in several places, and without even being asked, it stayed up.
It was designed that way, but for very practical reasons: complex electronic devices occasionally heat up and fail, and have to be replaced. Since DNS is always busy determining the best route, it’s perfectly natural to just “x” off the list temporarily a failed link, then automatically add it back when it’s working again. The routers and switches were just made that way.
Distributed energy farms are the same; and almost exactly the same in principle. And, they don’t require some trillion dollar appropriations bill for “infrastructure,” or increases in the already bloated defense budget. (They could certainly use some seed money.) But we don’t use these amazing technological advances.
There’s an interesting parallel to this in today’s news. We can assume that the Saudis know all of this, and they may (and do) feel that Americans in particular waste their country’s life’s blood – oil!
One problem. It hasn’t worked! GM claims to be gearing up for another major round of giant pickup building. The President, in his dotage, does everything that he can to make us even less efficient and effective in oil use.
So, the upshot is, that the cutting of immediately available supplies (in half?) could be a very good thing for Saudi Arabia, and timely. It serves both purposes, reducing the amount of oil available to be wasted on cars, and increasing prices to further slow sales. (I won’t even mention that these extremely precise, “surgical” strikes look suspicious as hell, because they could be repaired in a week: and the diplomatic response is incomprehensible.)
Presumably Pompeo is just blowing smoke, and has no “proof,” or “confirmation.” That’s his style. His objective is obviously to start a war under any pretense to keep Trump in office. That won’t work either. Not if we watch them like hawks, and hold them to account for their deceptions when they leave office.
This is the big gambit, and its intention and purpose are to start a war. A “Bush-Cheney” war, predicated on lies.