First, you have the obvious false flag in the Gulf of Oman, which Pompeo is already blaming on Iran. Even though one of the tankers in question was Japanese, with whose PM the Iranians were meeting on that very day. Plus there is the fact that the Japanese ship – which was coming from Saudi arabia – was hit above the waterline, which would appear to rule out a torpedo.
Second, you had the Houthi missile strike on a Saudi airport. That’s perfectly justified in light of Saudi bombing of Yemen, but the fact that there were 26 injuries but no deaths strikes me as a bit suspicious.
Third, you have the protests in Hong Kong, which seem to be rapidly acquiring major characteristics of a color revolution. This is not that surprising; not only is there a lot of pent-up social pressure (e.g. housing costs), but the extradition law with China may quash most of Hong Kong’s free speech privileges. All it takes is one misstep and the revolting students will be joined by ordinary citizens. There is no real question that China will send in troops should the local government collapse. Stepped up sanctions will then become inevitable, not just from the US but also probably from Europe.
Anyhow, discuss. Open Thread is tomorrow.