Michael O’Hanlon, USA Today: After Iran bombs Saudi oil infrastructure, should the United States retaliate?
Iran’s attack reveals weakness. Trump can do nothing and wait for sanctions to continue crushing the mullahs’ regime.
Should Saudi Arabia and/or the United States retaliate beyond a new round of sanctions? That is the question of the day. Iran is the strongly suspected perpetrator of weekend drone and missile attacks against key Saudi oil infrastructure at Abqaiq facility and Khurais oil field that temporarily cut the kingdom’s oil production by almost half.
Apparently, some 20 drones and several cruise missiles hit a total of at least 17 different aim points at these two general locations in the country’s east. The weapons may have been launched either from Iranian soil or a place fairly close by.
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