Tankers to Venezuela Are Part of Iranian Strategy to Mess With Trump in an Election Year as Payback for Soleimani

Getting payback in a way that helps its friends and dares Trump to engage in open piracy, and it's only just the start

Editor’s note: Very interesting information. This helps explain why the Imperial navy has been conducting live-fire drills off the coast of Persia and threatening Iranian vessels.


Iranian tankers were 2200 km from the US coast when the Iranian-flagged “Fortune”, followed by “Forest”, entered Venezuelan waters, challenging the US embargo and the US’s threats. The Islamic Republic was broadcasting loud and clear a strong message.

The first message was dispatched to the US administration after Gulf and Arab Leaders conveyed a direct message to the Iranian leaders: “Washington is determined to stop the Iranian tankers sailing to Venezuela”. Iran responded to all messages received that “its five tankers will sail to Venezuela and if any of these tankers is intercepted, Iran will respond in the Straits of Hormuz, the Gulf of Oman or anywhere else it sees fit.”

“These five tankers – the Clavel, Fortune, Petunia, Forest and Faxul- are only the beginning of the supply to Venezuela. Iran has the right to send any of its tankers anywhere in the world and any US interception will be considered an act of piracy and will trigger a direct response,” said an Iranian decision-maker who revealed the Iranian response to the US administration via message-carriers.

“Iran had decided to avoid the horn of Africa because the plan was for the first tanker to reach the Venezuelan waters on the first day of Eid el-Fitr. The aim was to share an important day of the Islamic Republic’s defiance to the US in its backyard and to break the sanctions imposed on one of Iran’s main allies. It is a message for the “Axis of the Resistance” that Iran will not abandon its friends and allies anywhere in the world whatever the challenges. It is directly confronting the US by imposing a new rule of engagement”, said the source.

Iran shut its ears to all threatening messages from the US menace and instructed its five tankers to go not round the horn of Africa but through the Gulf of Aden via Bab al-Mandab strait, the Suez Canal and Gibraltar into the Atlantic Ocean- where the US has a strong presence and influence. This shortens the distance and it tested the intentions of the American Navy. Simultaneously, Iran informed its allies of its readiness to confront the US if ever an escalation should loom on the horizon so that these allies within the “Axis of the Resistance” are ready for a wider confrontation if needed.

The first Iranian tanker, “Fortune”, reached the Caribbean Sea on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, on Sunday 24th of May, with US Navy ships in the vicinity. The tankers are carrying over 10 million barrels of [refined] oil but also Alkylate and spare parts to start repairing any of the eight “out of order” refineries, to enable oil-rich Venezuela to be self-sufficient in the future. The US sanctions on Venezuela had paralysed Venezuelan refineries and caused gasoline shortages, with the aim of overthrowing the legitimately elected President, Nicolas Maduro.

Iran is challenging the US administration and considers it a victory that its first tanker went through without being intercepted. Tehran considers this challenge to US authority much more significant than the downing of the US’s most sophisticated drone or the bombing of the US’s largest military base in Ayn al-Assad, Iraq.

“Our allies used to wonder why Iran was not confronting the US dominance face-to-face. In fact, we were preparing for this day, and what helps us the most is the US sanctions that force this country to be autonomous on many levels. Today, Iran and its allies are all equipped with strong ideology and motivation to face down US hegemony, with sufficiently advanced military and financial support to stand up to the US and its allies, both in the Middle East and outside the Middle East. Since World War II the US has not faced a challenge to its hegemony similar to the one Iran is representing, particularly when the main enemy, the US, believes that 40 years of sanctions and maximum pressure have crippled Iran’s capabilities. Imam Khamenei informed all our allies that the military and financial support to all of them will increase and will meet all their needs in Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. The Axis of the Resistance is now ready and united as one front”, said the source.

Venezuela had asked President Vladimir Putin for help. Russia said clearly it was not willing to send ships close to the US coast because that might support President Trump by triggering a false threat which could lead to unifying the national feeling behind him. This is why Putin had to refuse Venezuela’s request. Iran came forward at the first demand and was grateful for the opportunity to challenge the US and to pay back the support Venezuela offered in the year 2008 when Iran was in need and under heavy US sanctions that forbid technology transfer to build or repair its own refineries. Since then, Iran has built 11 refineries (and 3 more in Pars, Anahita and Bahman Geno which are still under construction) and is considered the third most important country in the world to have developed Gas to Liquid technology (GTL).

Since the US assassinated Brigadier General Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad’s airport, Iran has imposed new rules of engagement on the US. Its message consists in the inevitability of a response against its enemies if they hit Iran, and the threat that no attack will go unanswered. It seems Iran is no longer ready to turn the other cheek and has decided to take special measures to respond to any attack against its troops or interests, including in Syria (more details will be provided in another article). Also, Iran and its allies have raised the level of readiness to maximum in case the US administration decides to attack any aspect of Iran’s interests, particularly the flotilla heading to Venezuela.

Iran is not facing the US directly, and is not asking its allies to do the job on its behalf. The “Persian rug weaver” waited through 40 years of sanctions for this day, until its capability and preparations were completed. This means that now Iran will be tougher and harder, and that is manifest in the election of the new parliament and the new government. President Trump has abused and exhausted all the avenues used by President Hassan Rouhani. Therefore, any new negotiation between Iran and the US will be very difficult: there is a total lack of trust in any document signed by the US.

Whether a Republican or a Democrat reaches the White House at the end of 2020, they will be waiting by the phone for many long years if they imagine that Iran will take the initiative and call the US for a meeting. It will now be up to the US to prove to Iran that it is worth holding any negotiations at all.

Iran has planted robust roots in Afghanistan, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen. It is now spreading towards Venezuela and will support President Maduro, a strategic rather than ideological ally, to stand against US hegemony and sanctions. More tankers are expected to follow in the very near future. Iran is eager to confront President Trump and tempt him into a confrontation only months before the elections. The Coronavirus mismanagement, the US’s rebuttal of its deals with Russia, Trump’s aggressive position towards China and the World Health Organisation, and his rejection of the Iranian nuclear deal (JCPOA): all these are striking possibilities for a challenge to his re-election. This is why Iran is preparing more surprises for Trump– to show that his Middle Eastern policy is jeopardising the safety and security of the US and its allies both in Europe and the Middle East, and indeed global world security.

Source: Elijah J Magnier

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itchyvet
itchyvet
4 months ago

jm74, The Man, your posts clearly demonstrate the American thinking that’s so prevalent these days, and the cause of so much strife and aggravation around the World. Putin, (luckily) is able to think outside the box, and that is the reason Russia is today, where it is after the devastating attacks against it from America and the Western nations. You guys need to ask yourselves, WHY is it, whenever Americans are faced with a problem, the first thing they go for, is the GUN ? This is clearly evidenced in everything they do, right from disputes at home, schools, at work ect, always end up with shootings and dead people. Even your Police, who are supposed to PROTECT the public, respond with deadly actions resulting in deaths, and then walk away scott free. What is resolved by such behaviour ? Nothing, simply perpetuating the problem. I don’t single out the people of America for such behaviour, as they take their guidance from their leaders, who behave in exactly the same manner. Witness the response to the Corona virus, the first thing your Authorities say in response to the threat posed by this virus, is to GO TO WAR against it. The people simply blindly follow in lock step, never ever considering what they are doing and the flow on of such behaviour. When, IF EVER, such a mindset were to change, I’m confident the World would be a better place.

SKA99
SKA99
4 months ago

This is a good article. It states :
“Venezuela had asked President Vladimir Putin for help. Russia said clearly it was not willing to send ships close to the US coast because that might support President Trump by triggering a false threat which could lead to unifying the national feeling behind him. This is why Putin had to refuse Venezuela’s request. Iran came forward at the first demand and was grateful for the opportunity to challenge the US and to pay back the support Venezuela offered in the year 2008 when Iran was in need and under heavy US sanctions that forbid technology transfer to build or repair its own refineries. Since then, Iran has built 11 refineries (and 3 more in Pars, Anahita and Bahman Geno which are still under construction) and is considered the third most important country in the world to have developed Gas to Liquid technology (GTL).”

This is what allies are all about – cooperation and having each other’s backs.
When one can’t assist – another puts their hand up and picks up the slack.
Bravo.comment image

ALTERNATE HISTORY
ALTERNATE HISTORY
4 months ago
Reply to  SKA99

Well said! Thank you.

itchyvet
itchyvet
4 months ago
Reply to  SKA99

Excellent post. I have been suggesting for many years now, what will happen on the World stage, when nations become seriously pissed off with the behaviour of America and it’s leaders, then combining their assets and working together to neutralise the actions of this rogue nation, that has cause so much damage and loss of life over the last 70 years that make Hitler’s little excursion look like a Sunday picnic ? I’m NOT talking of an aggressive military response that the Americans seem to think is the only way to deal with any issues that are not to their liking. Such a response would do one any good at all, nor the planet, but an economic combined response is most definately in the making, it’s only a matter of time now.

XRGRSF
XRGRSF
4 months ago

There is nothing the U$ can do so the entire incident will be ignored by the American press. My fellow Americans are too ignorant to care one way or another.

EmNotEx
EmNotEx
4 months ago

Just can’t help smiling that one of the tankers is called Petunia. I wish all five of Iran’s tankers a successful docking in Venezuela.

lromeo41891@hotmail.com
4 months ago

Sad to hear that Russia will not help Iran directly, hope China is there and also Russia in the back ground

XRGRSF
XRGRSF
4 months ago

Russia, and China are on board or Iran wouldn’t be pissing in the U$ back yard.

itchyvet
itchyvet
4 months ago

Once again, I must point out to people, STOP trying to insert YOUR WAY OF THINKING, into someone else’s head. Just because YOU would behave in such a manner does not mean it is the right thing to do, it also does not mean other people have the same priorities or thinking as you do. I fail to understand why folks like yourself are unable to see that fact. Russia’s leader must consider what’s good for ALL the people of his nation, not simply himself or his shares on the stock market, like is would seem, the majority of Western nations seem to do. IMHO, Putin is one of the very few, and probably the last REAL STATESMAN left on this planet to consider the welfare of his nation first. One thing’s for shore, America’s leaders, and American thinking cannot hold a candle to Putin.

chris chuba
chris chuba
4 months ago

If Iran was more PR savvy (btw I know they have a lot on their plate and are dealing with children that only do PR), they would have pointed out that the U.S. invokes the Monroe Doctrine to bully South America but is doing nothing to help them fight Coronavirus.

Seriously, we are always bellowing how we are the world leader in this or that and that China should have done this or that and Iran isn’t allowed to help Venezuela but we sat back and did nothing while Brazil, Mexico and the rest became the next epicenter of Coronavirus. I thought this was ‘our hemisphere’ but that is only true when we want to harm people.

jm74
jm74
4 months ago

Weak and pathetic excuse from Putin; one starts to have suspicion that Putin is not all what he made himself out to be.

ALTERNATE HISTORY
ALTERNATE HISTORY
4 months ago
Reply to  jm74

Starting a full force confrontation might not be the best asymmetrical way to beat the bully. Easy does it!

itchyvet
itchyvet
4 months ago

Absolutely. My beliefs exactly.

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