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Pompeo Stresses Iranian Threat in Saudi Visit, Meets New Sultan in Oman

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been on a world tour that brought him to Munich, parts of Africa and, most recently, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Not surprisingly, Pompeo’s visit to the two Gulf countries was mostly focused on countering Iran, although he was forced to address the issue of imprisoned US citizens inside Saudi Arabia.

Before traveling to Saudi Arabia, Pompeo talked to reporters in Ethiopia on Wednesday about the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran. “The pressure campaign continues. It’s not just an economic pressure campaign, it’s diplomatic pressures, isolation through diplomacy, as well,” Pompeo said.

After pressure from a group US Senators, Pompeo said he would bring up the issue of imprisoned US citizens to the Saudis. Among those imprisoned are Badr al-Ibrahim and Salah al-Haidir, two writers and dual US-Saudi citizens. Both were arrested in April 2019, amidst a crackdown on dissidents led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Al-Haidir is the son of women’s rights defender Aziza al-Yousef, who is currently awaiting trial for her activism.

Like most of Saudi Arabia’s human rights violations, the imprisonment of US citizens does not affect US support for the Kingdom. Pompeo told reporters on Thursday, “The Saudis share our strategic objectives. They are an important ally and partner, at the same time we continue to make clear our expectations with respect to a broad range of human rights issues.”

Pompeo also visited Prince Sultan Airbase, where 2,500 hundred US troops are currently stationed. US troops were deployed to Saudi Arabia last year, supposedly in an effort to counter Iran. Pompeo tweeted on Friday, “I visited #PrinceSultanAirbase to highlight the long-standing USA-KSA security partnership & to reaffirm America’s determination to stand with Saudi Arabia in the face of Iranian aggression.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More sound and fury, on the part of Pompeo against Iran, signifying.... absolutely nothing.

What, please, has Iran done to the world to make it the world's enemy, except to thrive economically, after the 1979 Revolution?!?

The short answer is, nothing.

And before it gets pulled from English speaking audiences, please bop over to the English language version of www.presstv.com, and see just what the Iranians are saying about themselves, and about world affairs.

I would politely suggest to both Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, and the US's President Trump, that although Iranian leadership may be many things (including being a theocracy, as is Israel Israel has evolved from democracy to theocracy) , one of them is not wild-ass crazy; they will not do something overtly aggressive, because they understand that should they do something stupid, it will result in that country being melted into green glass by a joint US/Israeli nuclear strike against it.