Some people will blame President Trump for what happens even when everyone knows who the real culprit is and the evidence is staring them in the face. Is that because they’re so twisted by their own extremist politics they can’t stand the idea of POTUS not being to blame? Do they hate America so much they blame us for things they know other countries did? Or are they just stupid? It’s hard to say, sometimes. When it comes to Ilhan Omar (D-MN), though, we can take a pretty good guess — all of the above.
Right now, the US and our allies are reacting to Iran’s latest terrorist aggression in the Persian Gulf region. Last week, two oil tankers were attacked with limpet mines in the Gulf of Oman — close to the Strait of Hormuz, which a fifth of the world’s oil is shipped through. Iran has a long track record of attacking tankers in and around the Strait, so they’re the obvious culprit.
- The Strait of Hormuz is just 21 miles across at its narrowest point, forming a deadly bottleneck for tanker traffic. The northern side is Iranian territorial waters; the south is divided between the United Arab Emirates and — where the channel is tightest — Oman.
- Tankers avoid Iranian waters when they can, but Iran has shown willing to attack ships on the Omani/UAE side too.
- Last week, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps speedboat was seen removing an unexploded limpet mine from one of the stricken tankers, in an attempt to hide evidence of their guilt. Film of that incident has been all over the media for days.
- So Iran’s guilt is pretty clear, but that hasn’t stopped Representative Ilhan Omar from saying it’s all Donald Trump’s fault.
- Even Omar isn’t crazy enough to say Iran didn’t carry out the attacks (although she’d just love to accuse Trump of planting the mines himself) but she did claim that “none of this would be happening if Trump didn’t back out of the Iran nuclear deal.”
- The controversial deal between Iran, the UN Security Council and the EU was supposed to stop the Islamic Republic from developing nuclear weapons; in exchange, western sanctions on the renegade state were lifted.
- However, President Trump pulled the US out of the treaty in May 2018, following severe Iranian provocations. While Iran stuck to the letter of the deal, the regime still wants nuclear weapons — and Iran never stopped developing ballistic missiles and supporting anti-western terrorist groups.
- Omar claims the latest attacks — which now include the downing of a US surveillance drone — were caused by US withdrawal from the deal. She hasn’t explained why, if the US is the problem, Iran chose to attack Saudi and UAE-owned tankers instead of American ones. The truth is, Iran is a rogue state. Even so, Omar seems to prefer it to her own country.