by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor,  … October 06, 2019

[ Editor’s Note: Since I sent this to NEO on September 30th, much of what I covered has come to pass. Some weeks are just better than others.

Who would have guessed how the world has been turned upside down since the Aramco attack, Trump’s impeachment, the Houthis kicking the Saudis’ butts, and Crown Prince bin Salman wanting to de-escalate tensions with Iran?

For new information we had the new story that control over Yemen’s water rights and weather control to provide more water for the Saudis by taking control over eastern Yemen played a major role in the Saudis going in with the UAE.

They want to put anti-ship missiles all long the Yemen coast to be able to control the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden. They also want to build a pipeline terminal on the Yemeni coast so they both don’t have to ship all their oil through the Strait of Hormuz JD ]

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– First published … October 06, 2019

While heads of state enjoyed their few minutes of limelight at the UN podium last week, the Persian Gulf continued to sizzle. Fortunately, we had verbal cruise missiles and drones flying that don’t cause as much damage or kill people.

There was endless chanting of “we think Iran did it”, and US military assets being moved into the US’ Gulf-State allies to protect them from possible additional stealth drone attacks launched by God only knows who, despite the Houthis claiming full credit for the attack on Saudi Arabia and their obvious motive, retaliation for the Saudi coalition’s genocidal war against Yemen.


Absent in all the Iranophobia in the West was anyone presenting a motive for Iran to do such an attack now, when it has its hands full combating the sanctions already in place, while mounting a strong diplomatic defense.

Trump team backs off military action on Iran

The “Iran did it” chorus seemed so orchestrated that whispers began right away about how this could be the false-flag trigger that so many have been fearful of, i.e., something big enough to justify launching a big counterstrike on Iran. But that did not happen.

That left conflict analysts wondering what had happened in the prevailing 24 hours, as Trump and Pompeo backed off their “Iran did it” cheer leading. NATO was not rushing forces into the region in the volume needed for a major shooting war.

American moves were token – 200 hundred troops, four radars and another Patriot battery to the Saudis, possibly even one that would work. But the weapons analyst consensus was that they don’t work against low flying threats, due to the ground clutter at that level.

And then some movable assets were put in, such as the EC-130 electronic warfare plane and an Aegis destroyer with the US’ best radar on it. The good news is no air attack was launched against Iran, which would definitely have made the situation worse.

All quiet on the Israeli front for a change

John McCain is dead, so we don’t have to listen to his “bomb bomb Iran” silliness anymore, although I had been expecting Netanyahu to take over that function.

Bibi tried to orchestrate a major retaliation on Gaza for two rockets fired, one that the Iron Dome took out and the other landing in a field. The military chiefs and the Israeli attorney general fought him to a standstill, with the consensus being that Bibi had wanted to use the IDF to portray him as the tough guy on the Palestinians just before the election.

Now that he has six weeks to form a new government and try to stay out of jail over his three corruption charges, I suspect he will not be instigating an attack on Iran using his favorite tool, the American military.

Iran shared some credit for dampening the war fever when it made its simple statement through Zarif that, if Iran were attacked, it would retaliate against the US Gulf states coalition. The Republican Guard followed that by stating that ever since the US surveillance drone shootdown, it had been prepared to execute a full retaliatory strike if the US had launched one, which would have included US bases in the region and ships. No one thought this was a bluff.

Yemen asks for ceasefire and is rejected

After taking full credit for the Aramco attack, the Houthis stated that they would launch another if it was deemed necessary; and then began a unilateral ceasefire, which the Saudis quickly broke by violating the UN truce on Hudayda by bombing buildings inside the city where alleged missiles were stored, but there were no reports of secondary explosions.

The Saudis kept bombing and paid for that dearly when the Houthis surrounded a large Saudi force on the border, consisting of three brigades of rag-tag Yemini mercenaries and a regiment of Saudi armored vehicles backing them up.

The Houthis surrounded the entire force and began a general attack, which caused the Saudi armored regiment to jump into their vehicles and run for their lives, only to find themselves running a gauntlet of Houthi IED ambushes waiting for them.

The Yemini mercenaries, abandoned by the Saudis, began surrendering in droves, all captured on Houthi video, an estimated 2000 of them.

Where is the proof that Iran did it?

So far, all we have is the Saudi claim that because Iranian equipment was found among some of the Aramco-strike missile parts, Iran was behind the strike. Saudi Arabian promises to confirm the locations from where the attacking Aramco missiles were launched have not been fulfilled, and remain in the Bigfoot-legend realm.

For balance, the Saudis forgot to mention that the Mideast is awash with weapons of every conceivable kind and country origin. In fact, the Syrian army continues to capture terrorist and jihadi weapons depots with Israeli and US weapons in them every week, but we do not hear of Syrian planned retaliation attacks on US and Israeli targets.

What really caused the war rhetoric to die down?

We had earlier reports that the two crude oil facilities would take several months to a year to repair, as custom milled parts could not be delivered quickly. Within a few days, that story changed to almost back to normal production – 90% by the end of September or first week of October. They stated 8000 people were working on repairs.

But that seemed suspicious. After the first round of photos showing the damaged section being disassembled, there were no more photos. Tight controls went into effect over all statements and visual access, which I would describe as a lockdown. Then we had the weird report that Aramco is looking for a short-term $1 billion loan.

I sensed that the Saudis were puffing up their repair progress by pulling oil out of their own reserves and doing some quick purchases from Gulf neighbors to be able to fill Saudi customer orders. But why the subterfuge?

It seems the Royal family decided that proceeding with the Aramco offering this year, selling 1% of the stock in the first round for $20 billion to establish a $2 trillion value for Aramco, was its top priority. They had pulled back from a larger plan to sell 5% for $100 billion.

Any talk about a military retaliation on Iran would have been followed by a retaliation so large as to make the Aramco attack look like a trash bin fire. All talk about attacks on Iran dried up in the media, except for more Trump sanctions.

US military sources reveal Saudi war on Yemen was doomed to fail

The American Conservative magazine published a blistering report, supported by highly placed military sources that admitted, “We didn’t see the [Saudi] invasion [of Yemen in March 2015] coming, and we were shocked when it happened. But we were pretty blunt. We told them, “you can’t win and you’ll bankrupt your country. It’ll be a quagmire. And we were right.”

The US Special Operations Command saw the Houthis as opponents to al-Qaeda in Yemen and even argued that America should take steps to support them. They went on to state that, at the time, the Houthis were only nominal Iran surrogates.

The US military perceived the Saudi military incapable of handling an offensive war, due primarily to having no experience and a military with no demonstrable capabilities, which VT sources have consistently confirmed.

The Saudi military is described as a “paycheck” military, where no one expects to really have to fight. Then there is the scandal of Saudi pilots hiring stand ins to take classes and even fly their planes, which has long been known, as they party with the babes in Las Vegas during “flight training” while their Pakistani pilots fill in for them.

Is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman the driving engine behind his country’s current military and financial mess? The former FM and PM of Qatar revealed on the Charlie Rose show that the US coalition had spent $160 billion trying to take Syria down, wasting money that inflicted huge damage on lives and property.

Was this recent Aramco strike specifically designed to take down the Aramco public offering that the Saudis desperately need? Is the Saudi wealth a house of cards, and it knows that a major shooting war would be its end?

Bottom line, the US military respects Iran’s ability to defend itself, which has only increased after the US pulled out of the JCPOA and put the squeeze on Iran with sanctions. From reading the American Conservative article, I conclude that no one in the American military wants to die or get maimed fighting for Bedouin prima dona princes.

After the recent military disaster, Crown Prince bin Salman owns the disaster. During CBS News interview on September 29, MbS said a war with Iran and the ensuing infrastructure destruction would collapse the world economy, and that a “political and peaceful solution is better than a military one.”

Then he went on to urge “the world” to act on easing tensions, like he had not had a major hand, including working closely with the Israelis to keep tensions high. The UAE foreign affairs minister, Anwar Gargash made a similar statement (obviously coordinated with MbS), calling for talks with Iran to “reduce the potential for miscalculation, missteps and retaliation on all sides.”

If this is sincere, and not a feint to buy time, then I would ask them both, what took you so long? And for bin Salman I would ask, why do you keep bombing Yemen while making these comments? And I would ask Gargash why the UAE is trying to split off Southern Yemen as a proxy state.

Iran has always been open for a political solution, doing more in the actual fight against terrorism than the US claims to have done. Trump and Pompeo insulted the American people by thinking we would believe their ridiculous claim than Iran is the biggest sponsor of state terrorism in the region.

Did Iran destroy Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria after 911? Did Iran back the ISIS attack against Iraq? Oh no, the US and Israel that did that. Rouhani has made the best first steps for bring peace to the region, which is to get all the foreign military forces out.

Those who have been right all along should lead a correction effort, not those who were the problem all along. The Saudis and UAE could have been loved throughout the region if they had spent the money on development, rather than wasting it on war. But they chose to play king of the hill by being lieutenants in the US’ unipolar drive to increase its state puppet collection.

The Crown Prince should step down, as he has no credibility now. The Saudis desperately need new leadership. The money spent on its army was wasted. Now is not the time for medieval thinking or solutions.

MbS’ quest to become the Arab Lawrence of Arabia should have been a dream he had and saved a lot of lives. And if you behead the Saudi democracy activists, young Prince, you should have the world waiting and wanting to see you on your knees before the sword.

Jim W. Dean, managing editor for Veterans Today, producer/host of Heritage TV Atlanta, specially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.


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17 COMMENTS

  1. Very good article by yourself Mr Dean. It ties up with your recent Press TV interviews. A change you noted is that the Ansarullah attacks on the KSA brigades dated actually end of August this year. Nonetheless, I was not convinced that a war against Iran was going to happen. These warhawks in the West/Zionist entity/Gulf tyrannies will only attack weaker and defenceless countries. That is what they are good at! But I observed the events to see the geopolitical and world economy point of view, without taking out of my mind the desperate situations of Yemenis, Syrians, Iraqis. MBS should be hanged by his private parts and left hanging in pain for life, that is what that swine deserve together with Satanyahoo/Naughtynyahoo. As a final part but out of this subject, you talked from time to time about Bigfoot legend in some of your articles. It is not! I can assure you. This kind of walking upright primates very powerful do exist and have many names in many part of the world. As a start you can read the book of the late Lloyd Pye: Everything you know is wrong and its reedition: Everything you know is wrong. If you are interested, I can provide you more details.

    • If Bigfoot existed, there would have been evidence found by now, but no, not one single hair has been found, all we have are a lot of hoaxes and frauds.

    • Ian, I can confirm that this is the case. These creatures do exist! All the evidence you are pointing out to be faked is not entirely correct. I can cite you The 1967 Roger Paterson movie (no matter what bad publicity and ridicule against the film was done), Albert Otsman witness testimony and despite the deception made by its “owner” the Minnesota young Bigfoot was real as analysed By Ivan Sanderson. There are many real factual example, like their footprints. Now, with evidence, you have to understand that we have not surveyed the whole Planet by foot and there are area that are still pristine where human cannot live comfortably. These are the dense forests where these can be found. Finally, evidence of their existence is rejected and ridiculised because mainstream scientists are holding on tight to their Darwinian theory of evolution, while it is crumbling, on their face because their existence will put the status quo in the bin basket. The fossil found of so-called pre-human will need a serious review and finally our true origins (note that I am certainly no creationist in the religious sense). We simply did not evolve from a common ancestor 8 millions years ago, that is utter non-sense. DNA testing has also proven that we do not have genetic variations as the chimp and gorilla for example do.

    • You can’t confirm anything, you’re speculating which is all you can do, given the total lack of evidence. As for our genetics, we are 95% genetically identical to a chimpanzee, the mystery is where did the other 5% come from.

    • If Bigfoot/Sasquatch/Yeti giant humanoids have a basis in fact, it is likely they went extinct in the Paleolithic along with the other mega fauna.

    • Ian, since Mr Dean article was not really related to that, I do not want to linger on that.Again I can confirm the existence of the upright walking apes which can be mainly found in dense forest in all 5-6 continents. Once again, I do respect you/your work at VT, but all you are saying is non-sense. I do not speculate, I spend 20 years researching this, following witness accounts and being on the field in 3 continents. I saw evidence of their existence. Actually Lloyd Pye’s book had initially opened my mind. You can reject all the above facts I gave you but that fine by me, but I do not appreciate this being as a total lack of evidence/speculation because this is false. If you had studied this deeply as I did then you would understand. I know about human and chimp and Human/Gorilla DNA correspondence. I was not talking about that. I was talking about our all human overall genome variations. Unlike, the gorilla/chimp/orangutan overall genomes which are varied, ours are simply not showing variations, meaning that we are almost virtually clones- Akin to the cheetah.

    • Lloyd Pye’s work was not about mythical Bigfoots or Yetis. Thousands of people have spent decades hunting for bigfoot and have failed to turn up a single photograph or hair. There have been many hoaxes, not one of which has stood up to examination. Continue to believe what you wish, but there is no evidence for bigfoot and it is extremely unlikely there ever will be.

    • To you, worker bee, there are witness testimony backed up by evidence from the native Americans of the US and Canada indicating that Sasquatch or bigfoot do exist. I have seen these evidence by myself during my summer researches. In the Himalayas, especially in Nepal, I have observed the badly damaged carcasses of yaks and the local sherpas told me that this type of damage is made by the yeti. Again, long distances footprint were visible and were confirmed. The same type that were found in 1951 and photographed then.

    • Ian, yes it was! Have you read the 2 books? Again, if you think that we have settled and survey all the Earth, think again. We, humans live by artificial means (technology) to cope on this Earth. We occupy roughly 1/3 of that planet. So these beasties who live in these dense forests can easily do that. We cannot survive. Even at the edge. The few hardy humans who can do that is when they encounter the beasties. I grant you there had been many hoaxes but the one I cited you above are accurate and proven, despite being ridiculised. Ian, I do not work by belief. My mind is always open to enquiry, I do not have prejudices. I look at the claim and then if interested I researched it using scientific methods, not speculations. The same is applied when |I research in archeology and history.

    • Of course you work by faith, otherwise you’d have given up long ago. In the absence of evidence, you have to have faith in what you seek, which is not scientific, but rather, religious; therefore this whole bigfoot nonsense is not a scientific inquest, it is a cult. What you cited is not evidence, just hearsay and speculation.

    • Ian, your last comment is simply BS to keep it polite on Mr Dean article, a person I do respect. Since, you went that way, my respect to you has now diminished. By all means, ridicule my work and the hard evidence I can present as much as you want, but these are there and cannot be denied, but to be tested to be proven right or wrong. Your comments about cult or a religion defies logic and reason. You can call this nonsense but the day there would be one of the beasty seen alive or dead and can be studied, the scientists can kiss their bottom good bye to non sense Darwinism/gradual evolution/genetic bottleneck (a farce to explain human/cheetah DNA low variation)… Because, when they will study it, they will see easily that the so-called pre-human bones fossils have nothing to do with us humans. As Lloyd Pye used to say, I am not 100% right, but I try a heck to be on side of scientific truth, not with theories which cannot be observed and tested and taught as gospel in classrooms. That is my last say.

    • Again, there is no evidence of Bigfoot, therefore the belief in it’s existence can be viewed as a quasi-religious phenomena and adherents to that belief as members of a cult. One researcher spent 50 years hunting the Yeti in Nepal and found absolutely nothing other than two sets of footprints that even he admitted could have been made by wandering barefoot Sadhus. Every hair sample purported to be from Bigfoot turned out to be either bear, dog or deer. Not one photograph or frame of film that can be verified as being a cryptid rather than a man in a suit or other hoax has ever been taken, not one bone nor even fragment of bone has been found. Therefore, you have to have faith Bigfoot exists, due to the complete lack of evidence. I could not care less whether you respect me or not, I deal purely in verifiable facts and evidence, so unless you have some of those to offer, which you plainly don’t, then why should I listen to what you have to say?

  2. The Port of Aden must have been the dream of the aggressor and even possibly the location of his wonderful city of heaven. Veiled language could be read as insinuating this all along.
    The Christians got the US, the Jews got Israel, now the Saudi’s want Aden and all will be square. You can’t give two children a lollipop and not give one to the third.

  3. If the Saudis are a paper tiger, how do we know the U.S. isn’t the same? How many U.S. servicemen want to get killed and injured and end up in corrupt VA Hospitals? Surely they mus also ask why they can’t go to local hospitals. What if the order was given but not carried out? War over there is not the same a defending the homeland. And how did they do defending the homeland on 9/11/01? Could all the government lies return to haunt them? Are American servicemen so stupid they did not see that the four star generals stood down on 9/11/01? Israel did it but blamed it on Muslims along with outlaws Bush and Cheney.

  4. Trump may not be using military might, but he is, nonetheless, attacking Iran with sanctions that directly impact innocent Iranians. At what point will Iran say ‘we’ve had enough’ of this bullying. Russia might be asking the same question at some point in the future.