The announcement came today from Saudi Arabia that they had already recovered their oil refining capacity from the attack a few days ago and would be at full capacity in 2–3 weeks.
Now, there are a number of possibilities here. First, as mentioned in my first article on the subject, they had been running at reduced capacity for some time. So maybe that refinery or another not running at capacity simply increased output.
However, to be back at full capacity in 2–3 weeks would be beyond possibility. That attack reduced refining by 50% with fires so extensive that the smoke was seen in space. So, what? Did they just have enough equipment sitting around unused, enough to basically build half of a refinery? That doesn’t sound likely. Ordering new equipment, shipping from other countries, transporting massive pieces of equipment and installing it doesn’t happen in that time frame.
Then there is another possibility. That the whole thing was a ruse meant to portray Iran badly.
Or there is the possibility that they are lying and have not recovered capacity. They may do that to make it seem to their adversaries that the attack was ineffective, so as to discourage future attacks.
I am guessing the truth is a combination of the latter and having unused refinery capacity which they restarted. This would also discourage trading partners from seeking out other sources for oil products, which they had to already be doing.
No matter what the truth is, Saudi Arabia seems to be taking a passive role in the warmongering rhetoric coming from Israel and Washington, who were not attacked. Perhaps they think the US will take unilateral action against Iran without Saudis being directly involved. The rhetoric from DC is claiming that “intelligence shows” the attack was by missiles launched from Iran. By inserting the word “intelligence”, what they are truly trying to do is say the information is classified, so you don’t get to see it. None of it. No images, nothing.
Once again our government is trying to push this country into a war based on “information” which we do not get to verify or examine. There is nothing to gain for the people of this country. An actual conflict, as I noted previously, will diminish oil availability globally. The only people who gain would be US oil producers. Your cost on absolutely everything would increase substantially. Iran would actually attack Saudi oil refineries and fields. The environment would suffer horribly. The next “defense” budget would be even higher than it is now. Yet that would not stop other countries from seeking oil from other sources. Like Russia, who would be unaffected by this conflict.
Right now is the time that you need to call or write elected officials and tell them “Hands Off Iran”. That you do not support any form of attack against Iran or any other country. Don’t wait. Do it today.