The timing couldn't be more obvious, not with a US navy carrier task force bearing down on the Persian Gulf and Trump spoiling to kick a little Iranian butt.
Four commercial vessels have been targeted by "sabotage operations" near territorial waters of the United Arab Emirates, its foreign ministry says.
The sabotage attempt occurred in the Gulf of Oman, the statement said, but the ministry gave no details of what form it took.
There were no injuries or deaths.
Tensions are high in the area - a crucial oil and natural gas corridor. In recent days the US has sent additional warships there.
The UAE foreign ministry called the attempted sabotage a "dangerous development" and called upon the international community to "prevent such actions" in future.From AlJazeera:
The incident comes as the United States has warned ships that "Iran or its proxies" could be targeting maritime traffic in the region, and as the US deploys an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the Gulf to counter alleged threats from Tehran.
The US navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said it was aware of the report but referred queries to UAE authorities.America has a dodgy history of interfering in the Middle East including manufacturing a convenient 'casus belli' out of thin air. But, hey, with a team like Donald Trump, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo gunning for Tehran what are the chances they would do it again?
Apparently Iran is a bit nervous. I wonder if this map showing US military installations in Iran's neighbourhood might have something to do with that?