Questions raised about whether Iran is to blame for Saudi Arabia attack
Questions raised about whether Iran is to blame for Saudi Arabia attack Questions raised about whether Iran is to blame for Saudi Arabia attackGoing to start here with a developing story that has serious implications for our national security and for the price of your next trip to the gas station of giant oil facilities over in Saudi Arabia. Overnight, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo directly accusing around of mounting the assault 3rd and George Stephanopoulos standing by 4 analysis, President Trump telling Saudi Arabian leaders, they have every right to defend themselves. The pressure in the region only intensifying more than 20 drones attached, the world’s largest oil processing facility, the Arabia and the major oil fields sparking massive fires are glowing Saturday. The smoke billowing in these satellite images houthi rebels in Yemen claiming responsibility for the attack Trump, calling the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Saturday to offer his support for Saudi Arabia’s self-defense. The White House said in a statement publicly blamed anyone for the attack on the stallion oil facility, Mike Pompeo, is calling out Ron. Tweeting tayron is behind nearly 100 attacks on Saudi Arabia. Amid all the calls 4D escalation of Ron has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world energy Supply. There is no evidence that the attacks came from Yemen. We call on All Nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn around attacks. The effect of these latest attacks already Rippling through Saudi Arabia, Saudi aramco, the state-owned oil giant, says these latest attacks resulted in production, suspension of 5.7 million barrels of crude oil per day. Roughly 5 % of global oil production could me a spike in oil prices. If Saudis can’t turn production back on quickly, which could eventually mean higher gasoline prices here at home Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo allies to ensure Iran is held accountable for its aggression mean, while a source tells ABC News. Saudi Arabia is threatening to raise oil prices because they’re having a difficult time trying to stop those drone attacks shut the White House. Thank you. We want to bring an ABC News: contributor, Steve ganyard of former Marine Corps fighter pilot also served in the state department. Steve thanks so much for joining us on this important story. We’Re already escalating between the two countries with us launching a maximum pressure campaign against Iran and the absence of a nuclear deal give us some context on the significance of these attacks probably gone for a long time. So this is a very big 40 step inside Saudi Arabia. Let’S talk about the drones that were used here. They seem to be getting more sophisticated and effective. What does this attack an asymmetric response, so these are $ 10,000 drones that are defeating the air defense systems that cost hundreds of millions of dollars. So it’s a very cheap, very effective way. We see the result of what, but it’s a very difficult thing to attack. Even now, the US military is just rolling out the capability to take down these drones and they’ll. Do things like that for their guidance system that uses lasers to shoot them out of the sky, it will knock these drones down, but it’s a very difficult asymmetric threat that nobody in the world really has come to grips with. You about. President Trump says that the u.s. support Saudi Arabia’s right to protect itself, but what steps could the u.s. take from here and How likely is we could see a military strike as a response questions. What I don’t think we’ll see a military response right off the bat. Maybe at some point Market open tonight we may see something around the $ 10 increase in the price of a barrel of oil, but it will be the first time that we see what is the new Trump Administration topless. At George, you heard a Steve reference. John Bolton, the outgoing National Security advisor, is quite hawkish. A lot of people see this story Steve left office. This idea of easing sanctions on Iran to get a meeting with President Rouhani at the UN General Assembly next week was probably one of the final clashes between the president and John Bolton was very much against any kind of easing sanctions. The president seemed to indicate he wanted that meeting said that’s off the table right now. What some of the presents Alisos, including Lindsey, Graham the senator from South Carolina putting on the table they stayed in attack on Iran’s oil refinery, should be on the table right now. Whenever you’re, having talk like this in that area, there is always a chance you could spin out of control lead to a military conflict, but I agree with Steve right now, not like Lake worth noting the last time we were close to launching a retaliatory attack on A Rhonda president fold back at the last minute we’re just a few days away from the democratic debate among the presidential candidates expertly code moderated by George Stephanopoulos. We are, after having had a minute to digest it, the race at all you’re getting closer to the New Hampshire coming up at the beginning of the year. I think, overall, if you look back by Joe Biden, had a strong first half of the debate petered out. A bit in the second probably use some fears from some of his supporters. I think Elizabeth Warren she’s had a lot of momentum, particularly on the ground in Iowa, and nothing happened. I think, on Thursday night. That would stop that momentum right now. I think all the people look in a Breakout I’ll from the pack of I think they all did pretty well, but but I don’t see it think you saw any kind of a breakout performance. So I think that idea that not much has changed in the immediate aftermath of the debate is probably right, but you also see that continuing fault lines revealed in that debate between Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren or calling for political revolutions transformation. The moderates on the stage you think they may be going too far better or work put out a lot on guns with a call from mandatory by back some Democrats concerned about that say. I think you see issues that are going to linger going for, but immediate little impact doesn’t seem like a lot of change. Thank you very much. I was great to see you on a Sunday morning. Out a remind everybody. George has a big show. 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