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Whatever the details of this attack in the Gulf of Oman, the essentials are plain enough, as with the rocket attack on the Saudi airport, Fujairah, and the rest of it. #Iran is demonstrating that it can do as it pleases without incurring meaningful reprisals from U.S./allies.
For all the talk of "maximum pressure", all the sanctions and the threats from U.S. officials, the reality has long been obvious: where it matters, on the ground in the northern Middle East, #Iran runs the show, and does so without the U.S. really even trying to inconvenience it.
Putting aside the sheer confusion of the Trump policy and messaging on #Iran (just look at this ) the focus on the sanctions was always bizarre. Cash is fungible and IRGC is (relatively) cheap to run. Once the U.S. opted out of hard power, that was that.
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