The Iranian regime is nothing if not consistent. It always manages to do the wrong thing, at the wrong time, in the wrong place, for the wrong reasons. Thursday brought more evidence that this woeful streak continues.
The day broke with reports of two oil tankers burning off the coast of Iran. Then, in an afternoon appearance before reporters in Washington, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced: “It is the assessment of the United States government that the Islamic Republic of Iran is responsible for the attacks that occurred in the Gulf of Oman today.”
Pompeo’s statement surprised no one. A month ago, National Security Adviser John Bolton cited “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” on the part of Iran.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was in Tehran when word came of the attacks. He’d flown in to try to calm things down. To little avail, it seems. Both of the tankers attacked were Japanese. The Iranian regime couldn’t look more guilty and reckless.
Or maybe it can, because that wasn’t all that was going on. Just hours before the tankers