Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pronounced Iran was responsible for the alleged limpet mine attack on two oil tankers earlier that day in the Gulf of Oman, showing grainy video supposedly featuring members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from one of the tanker's side.
This was the only "evidence" he provided, and he fielded no questions.
This comes conveniently one month after National Security Adviser John Bolton claimed, again without evidence, Iran launched ballistic missiles at small Iranian sailing vessels, unlikely due to the ships' sizes and lack of previous ship-based missile tests.
In May, Mother Jones reported:
"Tensions between Iran and the United States have been high for weeks, beginning with a menacing video Bolton released in February targeting the Iranian supreme leader and reached a boil last week when, according to the New York Times, he ordered the Pentagon to prepare to send as many as 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter Iran."
Bolton has argued for regime change in Iran for decades.
But here's what makes last Thursday's "attack" so suspicious.
Grainy video notwithstanding, the president of Kokuka Courageous, the Japanese company that owns the ship from which the supposed mine was removed, stated it was not a mine attached to the ship but two flying objects that caused the explosion.
He doesn't believe any objects were attached to the ship.
According to multiple news accounts, the Iranians helped rescue the tankers' crew members from the tankers.
Timing is also curious.
Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe was in Iran at the time--the first Japanese leader to visit there in 41 years--attempting to get Iran and the United States to negotiate after we reneged on the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal.
President of the National Iranian American Council, Trita Parsi, stated:
"Sounds like some are afraid Japan may succeed in starting diplomacy. The message appears to be: Don't you dare stand in the way of my war plans."