Iran blows up Saudi oil wells

Saudi Arabia Has ‘No Excuse for Its Military Failures’…
Oil spikes most in history…
OPEC, Russia Hold Off Pumping More…
Trump says USA does not need Middle East oil, but cargoes keep coming…

Is this really a one-day wonder? The story has virtually disappeared from the news. Maybe it’s just a ripple but maybe it’s not. We might soon find out how much we like things without cheap energy.

Of course, there is always this: Iran Dismisses US Claim It Was Behind Saudi Oil Strikes, Says Ready for War. Which might be looked at in the context of this: Pentagon chief blames Iran for ‘unprecedented attack’ on Saudi oil facilities as military considers options.

That’s what blogs are now for, to post the minor stories of the day while the media goes on about idiotic and obviously false claims of sexual harassment by Supreme Court justices by women who cannot even remember any such event.

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32 Responses to Iran blows up Saudi oil wells

  1. old bloke

    Iran Dismisses US Claim It Was Behind Saudi Oil Strikes

    Has it been established that the missiles were fired from Iran? Satellite tracking or whatever?

  2. Dr Faustus

    The timing of the attacks on the Saudi oil facilities will be giving China the shits.

    China is the major buyer of Saudi crude. China has also just agreed to invest US$400 billion in Iranian oil, gas and petrochemicals – to be purchased at a guaranteed 12% discount to average benchmark pricing, and paid for in soft currencies and renminbi.

    To secure this investment, ‘an Iranian source’ explains:

    “This will include up to 5,000 Chinese security personnel on the ground in Iran to protect Chinese projects, and there will be additional personnel and material available to protect the eventual transit of oil, gas and petchems supply from Iran to China, where necessary, including through the Persian Gulf,”

    Unfortunately for China and Iran, the Chinese garrison isn’t in yet place to deter bad stuff happening to bad people doing bad things.

  3. Could have been anyone.

    Extinction Rebellion making sure that evil oil doesn’t get used by the West.

  4. Zatara

    Might have been a birdstrike.

  5. cuckoo

    It struck me too how under-reported this was to begin with. Of course, once they’ve worked out the anti-Trump angle, then it gets more legs.

  6. Zatara

    Has it been established that the missiles were fired from Iran? Satellite tracking or whatever?

    The impact area was ~50km from the US fleet base in Bahrain. Any missiles launched from Iran would have flown between that base and the USAF base in Qatar. I’d say there is a better than even chance somebody has radar tracks recorded if that is what happened.

  7. Kurt

    As Tucker Carlson said today, the US is now energy independent. They don’t need to fight oil wars for anyone. Anyway, how many of the 9/11 attackers came from Iran again?

  8. Scott Osmond

    Well it’s just as well that Australia has a stockpile of oil isn’t it? Not just promissory notes from other countries? How long until someone does something similar to Iran’s facilities? This is why we should be drilling and investing in our own rigs and processing plants.

  9. Sean

    So the main pusher for war with Iran (Bolton) was sacked from the Whitehouse so Iran decides to attack Saudi Arabia?

    Seems legit lol.

  10. max

    Donald J. Trump as president:
    Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!

    Donald J. Trump before presidency
    Saudi Arabia should fight their own wars, which they won’t, or pay us an absolute fortune to protect them and their great wealth-$ trillion!

  11. old bloke

    This is why we should be drilling and investing in our own rigs and processing plants.

    Australia has untapped oil reserves equal to Saudi Arabia but unfortunately they are in South Australia so they won’t be touched. We must not offend Gaia.

  12. Iampeter

    That’s what blogs are now for, to post the minor stories of the day while the media goes on about idiotic and obviously false claims of sexual harassment by Supreme Court justices by women who cannot even remember any such event.

    Yep, LOL. That’s totally what you’re doing.
    For example, I’m sure you were going to cover Trump inviting the Taliban to Camp David to formally surrender to them on the anniversary of 9/11. Or how the floating mustache was able to stop this madness and was promptly fired for his efforts.
    Or his endless corruption, using the Presidency to farm money through his trash businesses, making democrats look honest by comparison?
    Oh and I can’t wait for the coverage from you Trump supporters when the election gets going.
    I mean, you’ve just supported one of the most blatantly left wing administrations in recent history. From regulating trade, immigration, private enterprise, forcing farmers further into state servitude as a result of idiotic subsidies made necessary by even more idiotic tariffs. Not to mention ordering businesses around on twitter and other shit you don’t even see from the nuttiest democrat.

    Can’t wait for supporters of such a left wing and crazy administration try to oppose democrats because they are…left wing and crazy…

    Conservatives have dug themselves a hole they will not be getting out of here and it’s going to be hi-larious.

    I’m sure you’re going to cover all this, as the brave, truth telling blogger that you are.
    You are totally not a mindless shill for a leftist president and administration, just like the rest of the MSM, except worse because you don’t realize how left wing you are and what you’re supporting. Someone whose only recourse is to double down, because there’s no recovering from such total Trump support.

    Speak truth to powa, Steve!

  13. Dr Fred Lenin

    Stop renewable subsidie and foreign aid ,spend the money ob storage ,fracking and exploration ,scrap submarine order and put the money into a National Missile Force direct research into missile technology for defence and response ,particulary anti submarine missiles launched from drones or land bases . Use the Navy for border control , take back control of our ports from foreigners .introduce a firm if National zservice for all youth of all 235 genders ,get a bit of discipline in place ,save our country from global communist fascism .

  14. Roger

    Donald J. Trump as president:
    Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!

    Tulsi Gabbard:
    Trump awaits instructions from his Saudi masters. Having our country act as Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not “America First.”

    I’m with Tulsi on this one.

  15. Mother Lode

    Might have been a birdstrike.

    Does that guy never give up?

  16. PB

    I see that AJAC have sent out the talking points and one of their top stenographers is onto it.

  17. egg_

    Who is this I-am-stupid sock?

  18. Tel

    Trump awaits instructions from his Saudi masters. Having our country act as Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not “America First.”

    Saudis happen to have an awful lot of money … which is something Trump is instinctively attracted towards. He runs the USA like a business and sees balance of trade like it’s his profit line … bringing in Saudi money makes him feel like a successful CEO … also provides jobs for Americans.

    The bi-partisan plan in Washington is to keep Sunni vs Shiite wars running for the longest possible time … thus occupying them as they whack each other. Iran has the upper hand at the moment (mostly thanks to the Iraq War shifting Baghdad from secular Baathist over to Shiite majority rule, but also Iran helped Assad in his time of need now he owes them). Washington has decided they need to beef up Saudi Arabia as their US proxy to counterbalance Iran’s various allies.

    Let’s not forget it was Obama & Hillary who started the Yemen war, and that’s what led to the pushback by Houthi tribesmen, probably with supplies shipped in from Iran, sneaking past the US blockade.

    Oh by the way there’s plenty of undeveloped offshore oil and gas nearby … might be quite valuable given the way oil prices usually trend upwards.

  19. Tel

    Who is this I-am-stupid sock?

    A while ago he was pretending to be Randian … but recently seems to no longer bother with the pretense.

  20. Oh come on

    Trump awaits instructions from his Saudi masters. Having our country act as Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not “America First.”

    Tulsi is being a bit hysterical here. Maybe.

    However, if Saudi Arabia is certain that Iran attacked its oil production and refinery facilities (and I think it very likely that Iran is the culprit), then surely it falls to Saudi Arabia to respond to this Iranian aggression in an appropriate fashion?

    I believe that American military action could be justified if there is a threat of a severe and sustained disruption of energy supply from the ME. That scenario very clearly runs counter to American interests, and America ought to respond accordingly if something like that happened.

    However, if there are a few fiery and splashy attacks on Saudi facilities that interrupt production for a day or a week or whatever, then that’s something the Saudis need to deal with. Spend a few more billion buying weapons systems to give the Iranians a bloody nose.

    Or quietly pay the Israelis to do it. They’ll very likely do a (much) better job – and it’ll cost less.

  21. Oh come on

    The bi-partisan plan in Washington is to keep Sunni vs Shiite wars running for the longest possible time … thus occupying them as they whack each other

    This is the logic of the Iran-Iraq War. The ‘pity they both can’t lose’ war. The ‘great while it lasted’ war. And, to be fair, it was a perfect war for the Americans at the time. It still makes sense in hindsight. If the 2003 Iraq War was the pinnacle of idealism, then the Iran-Iraq War was the pinnacle of realism. Or neo-conservatism vs realpolitik. Both approaches have their merits, and both have their problems. The Sunni vs Shia gambit isn’t as clear-cut as it seems. Iraq was supposed to be Sunni. And Qatar *is* Sunni, but Qatari foreign policy doesn’t seem to give a rat’s about that.

    I think the answer lies in nationalism. Not the hackneyed pan-Arab nationalism that the Soviets were into, but the nationalism of the Kurds. They’re famously Kurdish first and Muslims second. Let’s focus our ME policy on making the Arabs more like the Kurds. It’s far better if the Arabs are Yemenis first, Omanis first, Saudis first, Egyptians first, Iraqis first, Kuwaitis first, Jordanians first…and Muslims second.

  22. Oh come on

    The bi-partisan plan in Washington is to keep Sunni vs Shiite wars running for the longest possible time … thus occupying them as they whack each other

    This is the logic of the Iran-Iraq War. The ‘pity they both can’t lose’ war. The ‘great while it lasted’ war. And, to be fair, it was a perfect war for the Americans at the time. It still makes sense in hindsight. If the 2003 Iraq War was the pinnacle of idealism, then the Iran-Iraq War was the pinnacle of realism. Or neo-conservatism vs realpolitik. Both approaches have their merits, and both have their problems. The Sunni vs Shia gambit isn’t as clear-cut as it seems. Iraq was supposed to be Sunni. And Qatar *is* Sunni, but Qatari foreign policy doesn’t seem to give a rat’s about that.

    I think the answer lies in national lism. Not the hackneyed pan-Arab nation alism that the Soviets were into, but the nation nalism of the Kurds. They’re famously Kurdish first and Musl ims second. Let’s focus our ME policy on making the Arabs more like the Kurds. It’s far better if the Arabs are Yemenis first, Omanis first, Saudis first, Egyptians first, Iraqis first, Kuwaitis first, Jordanians first…and Mu slims second.

  23. Oh come on

    Actually, make that

    It’s far better if the Arabs are Yemenis first, Omanis first, Saudis first, Egyptians first, Iraqis first, Kuwaitis first, Jordanians first…and Mu slims second, and Arabs third. Or Arabs second and Mus lims third.

    Nationalism first.

  24. Crossie

    However, if Saudi Arabia is certain that Iran attacked its oil production and refinery facilities (and I think it very likely that Iran is the culprit), then surely it falls to Saudi Arabia to respond to this Iranian aggression in an appropriate fashion?

    That lazy and inbred lot can’t even make their own beds but must have maids imported from poor Asian countries and the Philippines for that purpose. Their men are fat and stupid and their women have not seen daylight all their lives so not exactly fit to defend anything.

    They are also the people who have underwritten terrorism all over the world so let them deal with some blowback.

  25. Elderly White Man From Skipton

    Another example in which Kates totally misses the point. Being that his beloved Trump has barged about the most messy political environment on the planet and is now wondering what to do. Should he shut down the ME oil supply? Probably not. Should he bomb Iran and have them shut down ME oil? Probably not. Should he bomb the Houthi and have them shut down ME oil? Probably not. Is he worried that his buddy MBS might now get punted? Probably not.
    Are the Russians enjoying this? Probably. Are the Chinese enjoying this? Probably. Are the Japanese? Probably not. South Koreans? Probably not.
    Whose side is Trump really on? Trump’s side, for sure. But otherwise?

  26. egg_

    Trump has barged about the most messy political environment on the planet

    The yanks should stay out of the ME, period.
    Especially now that they’re self sufficient in oil.
    Diplomacy has never been their strong suit.

  27. Bazz

    Knowledgeable opinion suggests that it will take 6 months to replace and or repair the steelwork.

  28. Nob

    Most skilled , specialist and professional work in Saudi is done by expats.
    They view defence in the same way: something you contract out.

  29. David from Canberra

    On Point: Proxies and Proximity: Iranian Drone Attacks on Saudi Oil

    Two previous Iranian-proxy drone attacks on Saudi Arabian petro-targets look suspiciously like rehearsals for the Sept. 14 attacks on the Abqaiq oil production complex and Khurais oil field.

    The attacks, on May 14 and Aug. 17, 2019, would have provided Iran with intelligence regarding Saudi air surveillance operations while combat-testing the strike and guidance capabilities of its armed drones and cruise missiles. Those attacks should have alerted the Saudis to quickly improve the local air defenses of key oil shipment “chokepoints” like Abqaiq.

    Turning to the previous attacks: On May 14, “explosive-laden drones” blasted two pumping stations on the East-West Pipeline linking eastern Saudi Arabia and the Red Sea port of Yanbu.

    The pipeline, just south of Iraq, was quickly repaired. The attack occurred two days after Iranian agents attacked two oil tankers — another type of petro-target. The tankers were near the Persian Gulf’s Strait of Hormuz — a geographic shipping chokepoint. Yanbu is an alternative export route circumventing Hormuz. The drone-delivered geopolitical message is obvious.

    On Aug. 17, 10 armed UAVs struck the “super-giant” Shaybah oil field in eastern Saudi Arabia at the edge of The Empty Quarter near the United Arab Emirates border. Ten arriving near-simultaneously signals a coordinated attack. The drones flew 1,000 kilometers from Yemen; they hit infrastructure but failed to disrupt production.

    Saudi officials called it the “biggest attack in the depth” ever conducted against the kingdom. It recalled a July 2018 long-range drone attack on the UAE’s Abu Dhabi airport. Yemeni Houthi rebels claimed Sammad-3 drones they manufactured (alleged range 1,400 kilometers) did the deed. The UAE denied the attack occurred. The Sammad-3 is an Iranian design.

    Media sources report over 20 drones and missiles conducted the attacks; U.S. photos support that. Abqaiq took 17 hits and Khurais at least two.

    Houthis quickly claimed they launched the attacks. However, to hit Abqaiq, Yemeni UAVs must cover 1,300 kilometers on a direct path. Blaming Houthi proxy forces smacks of shop-worn Iranian “plausible deniability” scams.

    Media report that American officials believe the mix of drones and cruise missiles employed in the attack were launched from Iranian territory. The U.S. has the satellite and electronic assets to back that assertion with facts but not for public display.

    The U.S. claim makes sense without the classified intel. Drones and missiles launched from southwestern Iran need only fly 600 to 650 kilometers, passing over Kuwaiti or Iraqi territory to attack. Shorter distances increase the likelihood of multiple UAVs arriving simultaneously, aiding attack coordination. Circuitous, low-level routes help mask launch sites. Attack from an unexpected direction can help evade air defense radar and surveillance detection…

  30. JohnJJJ

    The part not mentioned by the western press is that this is a Shia area of Saudi Arabia. The Shia inhabit many of the oilfield areas ( i.e. near the Gulf) and are employed by SaudiAramco. One report said that the Houthis (sort of Shia) got information from ‘locals’ to guide the strikes.
    This is the real issue.
    You can guess what is next. Of course the press won’t report the next action. They don’t have a clue.

  31. John JJJ:

    One report said that the Houthis (sort of Shia) got information from ‘locals’ to guide the strikes.

    Laser designators?

  32. classical_hero

    Why do so many people here listen to Gabbard? She has no idea what she’s talking about.

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