On Sunday, as the world ponders what’s next after an unprecedented attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil infrastructure, Americans were anxious to hear from credible, authoritative sources.
Instead, we heard from Kellyanne Conway, who showed up on Fox News to discuss a number of topics, not the least of which was Iran.
After extolling the virtues of US energy independence (and we say that sincerely – energy independence is certainty a good thing), Fox pressed Conway on whether the administration is considering Lindsey Graham’s “advice” to strike Iran’s oil refineries. Here’s the clip:
So, first, Conway did not rule out strikes on Iran’s oil. But assuming you find a seat-of-the-pants approach to war funny, the punchline came when Conway, unironically, told America that “this is why it’s so important to have a president who isn’t a typical politician, because he and his team don’t sit around and say ‘Let’s study it, let’s have a commission about it’, Secretary Pompeo went right out there and pointed the finger”.
He sure did, Kellyanne. And as we noted on Sunday morning, Pompeo’s assertion that Iran was behind the attack is of course accurate, because the idea that the Saudis or the US would deliberately sabotage Abqaiq for the purposes of justifying strikes on Iran during the same week that Trump fired his most hawkish foreign policy advisor seems far-fetched even as false flag conspiracy theories go.
But the veracity of Mike’s latest indictment of Tehran notwithstanding, the idea that what you want in a president and a secretary of state when it comes to making decisions about war is an approach that says you never “sit around and study it” but rather just skip straight to bombing oil refineries, seems a bit strange – like saying “this is why it’s so important when a brown patch shows up on your lawn to just go ahead and smash your neighbor Bob’s windshield with a sledgehammer rather than ‘sit around and study’ whether Bob’s dog was actually responsible”.
On the bright side, Conway didn’t rule out diplomacy either. Trump could still meet Rouhani, she said, depending on how things pan out between now and the end of the month.
“I’ll allow the president to announce a meeting or a non-meeting”, she said.
Suffice to say if the US bombs targets inside Iran anytime soon, there will be no “meetings” – unless you mean on the battlefield.