Explosions off the UAE Coast 🔥

Kamran Jebreili / AP

Kamran Jebreili / AP


On Sunday, the UAE government issued a statement that four commercial ships off its eastern coast “were subjected to sabotage operations.” The statement came hours after Iranian and Lebanese news outlets falsely claimed that explosions had occurred at a nearby Emirati port.

Deal or no deal

President Trump’s decision to pull out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and restore sanctions have resulted in increased tensions between the two nations. Just last week, Iran issued a warning that it would increase its uranium enrichment efforts in two months, should the world powers fail to negotiate new terms for the deal.


Fox News: First assessment blames Iran for Middle East ship explosions, official says

Washington Examiner: Initial US analysis shows Iran likely behind attack on Saudi oil tankers

The right highlights content that emphasizes the narrative that Iran or Iran-backed proxies are to blame for these attacks. They also point out that the US led investigation was carried out at the request of the UAE government. The right also emphasizes that President Trump has stated that Iran will “suffer greatly” should they engage in “anything” that could be construed as an attack. Trump also ordered a B-52 bomber, a Patriot anti-missile battery, and USS Abraham Lincoln to the region as a response.


New York Times: White House reviews military plans against Iran, in echoes of Iraq War

Consortium News: Bolton leading Trump on reckless war agenda

The left focuses its reporting on an updated military plan being put into place to counter the potential threat from Iran. They emphasize that the potential plan consists of deploying around 120k troops in the event that Iran attacks American forces or ramps up development of nuclear weapons. The left highlights that the updates were requested by national security adviser John Bolton, who they call a “virulent Iran-hawk.” Furthermore, the left highlights the different US installations within Iran’s strike-range that Iran could retaliate against.

Where's the common ground?

The sides cover different aspects of this topic, with no overlap. The right does not mention the updated military plan to counter the Iranian threat or the potential risk of being mired in another long drawn-out war. The left does not mention the explosions that occurred on 4 ships off the UAE coast or the results from the US-led investigation into them.

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