Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Wall Street: "Oil’s big price spike isn’t the bad news that many are assuming it to be."


I heard Christopher Greene of AMTV say that the attack on the Aramco oil production facilities in Saudi Arabia was a false flag.
At first, I thought it was "stretching the bow"


USA PREPARES FOR WAR WITH IRAN!! LOCKED AND LOADED!

 
Watch video HERE

Then I saw Kim Dotcom's tweet


And then I saw this item and realised that Christopher was not so far from the truth.

"When all else fails they take you to war" - war is good for the economy.
Murder, rape, blackmail - it all goes with the pursuit of the bottom line.


"Oil’s big price spike isn’t the bad news that many are assuming it to be."

To the extent the U.S. is a net exporter today, of course, then by definition a higher oil price will be a net positive for the U.S. economy as a whole. And insofar as imports and exports of petroleum products are in a rough balance, then there should be little net economic effect of a higher oil price.


The bottom line? Don’t automatically assume that oil’s price hike spells the end of the economic expansion or the bull market. It might actually keep both the economy and the bull running strong.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/why-stock-investors-are-overreacting-to-the-saudi-oil-attack-2019-09-16?mod=mw_theo_homepage&fbclid=IwAR0IXOtwcB8C5LNuWhR_LxcU7aOfJ4jbzXrp7CbWnEGIcXt2ZoiYz8eiEGo

Now, listen to the introduction of Doc Burkhardt of TruNews.
I am not a Christian and not "born again" but every word of this introduction resonated with me.
Please note: embedding is not working for me tonight.

Watch video HERE 

Yemen warns foreigners to leave Saudi oil plants


Breaking: Yemen’s military 
warns foreigners to leave 
Saudi oil plants
PressTV-Saudi oil output halved after Yemeni raids; US blames Iran
16 September, 2019
Editor’s Note: This morning finds Yemen wanting full credit for the ARAMCO attacks, insisting that US radars in Saudi Arabia cannot stop their drones. The other side of the story by late last night found the US trying to pin it on Iranian militias in Iraq, claiming a N by NW incoming flight route.
As usual, no independently certified evidence is presented to support this – something that is becoming routine operating procedure and a dangerous one. Iraq stepped in saying it would not allow such attacks to be conducted from its territory.
A quick review of the US Patriot batteries in the region last night, looking for where its radars should have tracked missile paths if the claims from being fired from Iraq are true, did not reveal a specific location; but I found lots of reports that the Patriot system has a huge failure rate.
As for the Houthi missiles, when approaching near the target, the war head separates and the resulting debris of falling missiles has always been claimed as a Patriot hit. With full military censorship, the Saudis have no problem hiding the truth. Their drones do not do this, being suicide drones.
The Houthis were brash enough this morning to threaten Saudi Arabia that its attacks would continue until it stopped its attacks and lifted the Yemen blockade.
We will be tracking this story carefully, as in my recent NEO posting yesterday, I had posed that we were one event away from a major shooting war in the Mideast; with the usual bad actors looking to benefit. I will let you guess who they are… Jim W. Dean ]
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Yemen is proud of its missiles
– First published … September 16, 2019 –
Yemen’s military has warned foreigners in Saudi Arabia to leave Aramco’s oil processing plants, saying they are still a target and can be attacked “at any moment.”
The warning came after Houthis and their allies in the Yemeni army deployed as many as 10 drones to bomb Abqaiq and Khurais oil facilities run by the Saudi state-owned oil company before dawn Saturday.
Spokesman for the Yemeni armed forces, General Yahya Sare’a, said in a tweet Monday that the attacks in the kingdom’s eastern region had been carried out by drones with normal and jet engines.
He said Saudi Arabia should stop its “aggression and blockade on Yemen,” or see the Yemeni army hit the kingdom “anywhere and anytime” it chooses.
Other Yemeni officials dismissed claims that the country is incapable of carrying out on its own the kind of attacks that targeted two plants at the heart of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry.
Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, pledged that Yemeni forces will continue to pound the Saudi oil industry until the kingdom ends its deadly war.
The unprecedented attack knocked out more than half of Saudi crude output, or 5% of global supply, prompting Saudi and US officials to claim without any evidence that it probably originated from Iraq or Iran.
Bukhaiti told Iran’s Tasnim news agency that blaming the attacks on other countries shows “cowardice” in facing up to the reality of Yemen’s military power.
“Saudi Arabia declared war against Yemen on the grounds that our missile inventory posed a threat to its security,” he said. “Today, we are surprised to see that when we hit Saudi oil wells, they exonerate Yemen from conducting these strikes and accuse others of doing them.”
“This is viewed as an own criminal decree of conviction. It also shows their cowardice,” Bukhaiti added. 
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo was quick to blame Iran for the brazen attacks, claiming there was no evidence the drones had originated from Yemen.
Bukhaiti mocked the proposition, saying Washington resorted to such rhetoric to hide the fact that their radars were simply incapable of tracking Yemeni drones.
“America and Saudi Arabia’s radars cannot intercept Yemeni aircraft. If they could intercept them, they would have shot them down,” he argued.
PressTV-Saudi oil output halved after Yemeni raids; US blames Iran
Bukhiati said the fact that Pompeo did not produce evidence to substantiate his claim showed they were “bankrupt” both politically and militarily.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi dismissed Pompeo’s allegations as “blind and fruitless remarks” that were “meaningless” in a diplomatic context.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also responded to Pompeo, saying the United States had failed in its campaign of “maximum pressure” and was now “turning to ‘max deceit’.”
Bukhiati made it clear that the Houthis would only stop attacking Saudi Arabia once it abandons “serving US interests” and starts respecting the interests of its own people.
“Ending the war now is no longer a shared interest of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Rather, it benefits Saudis more than it does Yemen because Yemen doesn’t have much to lose,” he said. “Yet we are witnessing Saudi Arabia’s stubbornness because it is the United States that decides for them.”
“These attacks will automatically stop when Saudi Arabia ends its aggression and lifts its blockade against Yemen,” he said. “These operations will only expand and target facilities that are more vital and more sensitive than oil facilities.”
Iran, Iraq not involved in Aramco attacks: Yemen air force
Yemen’s air force also issued a statement on Sunday, denying reports that Iran and even Iraq might have played a role in the attack.
“We confirm that these operations were carried out from Yemeni territories and by the Yemeni Army and Popular Committees,” said Brigadier General Abdullah al-Jefri, head of the Yemeni air forces.
“Therefore, whatever is being said about Iran’s support for us or allegations that these attacks were carried out from inside Iraq or through Lebanon’s Hezbollah are absolutely wrong,” he said. “Such statements and blind and fruitless accusations are unfathomable and meaningless,” he added.
Iraq denies allegations on Aramco attacks
The Iraqi cabinet said Sunday that claims about its territory being used as a base for the attacks held no value, stressing that the country would never become a platform to attack other countries.
“Iraq denies what has been circulated by some media outlets and social media about the use of its territories to attack Saudi oil installations by drones, and affirms its constitutional commitment to preventing the use of its territories for aggression on its neighbors, brothers, and friends,” the Cabinet Office said in a press statement.
“The Iraqi government will deal firmly against anyone who tries to violate the Constitution. It has formed a committee of the relevant Iraqi parties to follow up information and developments,” explained the Cabinet Office.

The statement also called on warring parties to stop hostilities, expressing concern that “escalation and military solutions would complicate the humanitarian and political situation, and threaten our common security as well as regional and international security.”

The attack on Saudi: if not the Houthis then who? Israel


NEO – The Strange Case of the Burning Saudi Refineries
Who bombed Saudi Arabia?

By Gordon Duff

Editor’s Note: VT has pinged all of its sources, and the consensus is a question. How could a swarm missile/drone attack get through the air defenses of the Saudis who spent big money for them?

If the incoming missiles were tracked, why was the tracking not printed out for proof, as the Iranians did in their shootdown of the US drone over the Gulf – something that most Americans have never seen or heard because US media blacked it out?
The Houthis were quick this morning for claiming full credit for the attack, and even warning foreigners to stay away from ARAMCO facilities, as they have promised more attacks, stating that Saudi Arabia has no way of stopping them.
There is also the possibility that the Houthis did launch an attack and someone else took advantage to attack as well to make sure the damage was huge and to blame on Iran to stimulate a US retaliation.
Gosh, what part of the Mideast would do something like that? On Gordon’s list is the Israelis, not because he is mean, but because they have the F-35, and they might be using their stealth capabilities to have them called drone attacks.
As Gordon has published before, the F-35 cannot carry a large weapons load, but can do fine when taking out the four Iran warehouses on the al-Bakumal border area. Who stands to gain the most by stirring the war pot now, just before the Israeli elections?… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … September 16, 2019 
ARAMCO burns
15 September, 2019
The September 2019 attack that cut Saudi Arabia’s oil production by up to 60% and has thrown the world into chaos was not a surprise.  The claim by US Secretary of State that “Iran did it” is no surprise as well.
That Yemen did it, destroyed the world’s largest oil refinery that has the world’s best air defenses, almost, is a surprise.  It is also quite possible that some other “player” is responsible.  Let’s postulate about that a bit, perhaps even delving into the kind of conspiracy theories that, of late, have turned out to be correct over and over.
First of all, Saudi Arabia had recently asked Russia for the S400 air defense system.  Saudi Arabia has spent endless billions on air defenses and, periodically, drones and missiles from Yemen get through.
The same thing happens to Israel as well, which has led that nation to make “under the table” deals with Hamas over and over while the Likudists play out their “goosestepping” militarist roles for Israel’s misled population, one subject to military censorship over everything they read and see.
You see, the S400 is for defense against lots of things, but for Saudi Arabia with highly robust defenses already, the S400 would be used to stave off attacks from stealth aircraft, its specialty.  Of regional players, only Israel has such aircraft.
But then, aren’t Saudi Arabia and Israel good friends, after all, each secretly aided ISIS and al Qaeda for years.  But are they really friends or was this a “marriage of convenience?  For those who read MSM, even those questions will be unfamiliar as the terror pact between those nations has been censored widely.
What might drive things to get to the point where Israel might bomb Saudi Arabia? Well, Israel is facing an election and a key part of that election is the meltdown Israel is having over its “first couple,” the Netanyahus.
Money dictates politics there as everywhere else and the Adelson family, richest Israelis, have been picking up the political bills for the Netanyahus for years.  That’s over.  The Adelsons now say the Netanyahus are crazy and Miriam Adelson is a psychologist.  This is no small problem as the Adelsons are the biggest political contributors in the US as well.
To get past this, Netanyahu promised to declare most if not all the West Bank as part of Israel, a deal-breaker for nations that had, temporarily at least, begun looking at rebuilding relations with Israel, that being Turkey, Saudi Arabia and maybe even Iraq.  That’s all done now.
Then the issue of random and continual bombing of Syria by Israel, bombing attacks supposedly on Iranian troops but too often killing civilians or clearly intended to aid operations of terror groups.
Let us add, by terror groups, we mean groups officially banned in Russia as terror groups, a list you don’t casually get on as in the US.  Russia really hunts down terrorists.
According to reports from the Jerusalem Post, Russia has expressed extreme “concern” of not only Israel’s attacks on Syria but their move to seize the ad hoc Palestinian State on the West Bank and “ethnically cleanse” its Palestinian population, causing an unprecedented humanitarian disaster.
Netanyahu returned from his September 2019 visit to Moscow with his tail between his legs, all reports indicating that he was deeply chastised by Putin.
Then there’s the loss of John Bolton, former presidential advisor who, for the past few decades, has been on the payroll of one Israeli run special interest group or the other, a man many if not most Americans consider the worst presidential advisor ever, one that keeps coming back to life like a zombie.
The answer was simple.  Israel is at the end of the road with Saudi Arabia.  ISIS is defeated and their cooperation in backing ISIS against Syria and Iraq is now an embarrassment.  Saudi Arabia is now seeking peace with Yemen, a disaster for Israel’s regional policy of “keep all wars going.”
Worst still, the UAE and Iran are now openly cooperating in Persian Gulf security. Thus, when a huge Saudi oil complex was hit over and over in a 9/11 style attack, figuring out who might well have done this is relatively easy.
It doesn’t benefit Iran.  This would be a direct attack on Saudi Arabia and Iran has been winning the political war, not just with the UAE but Russia and the EU as well along with continued support from China. Iran had no reason to attack.
F-35 Bay Doors Open
Yemen is at war with Saudi Arabia and has some capabilities but not these capabilities, not to obliterate the biggest cash producer Saudi Arabia has.  Only one nation in the region has the F35, a plane designed to take out oil facilities.
You see, along with stealth, the F35 has limitations.  If it operates without other aircraft along, like the F15E bomber, the limited bomb load of the F35 is only useful against targets that are vulnerable to smaller weapons, targets like oil refineries.
This proves capability.  I think we have more than proven Israel’s motivation and timing. We can still claim Yemen did it and Yemen would be happy to take credit except for no military expert remotely accepts that Yemen did this.
We do know that, for Iran, there would have been no reason.  Iran was already winning. We could also look for recent analogs.  Why did Syria turn to poison gas whenever they were in the last stages of crushing areas controlled by terrorists closely tied to Israel?
What are we saying or perhaps not saying here?
Thus, when Russia took 40 members of the White Helmets organization to The Hague to testify to their complicity in staging fake gas attacks on behalf of unnamed Western powers and Israel, when dozens of witnesses, parents of children kidnapped by the White Helmets or doctors threatened by them testified, the press blacked it out.
In the long run, the now two-decade war that involves fake terror events, staged color revolutions and endless political misdeeds, at the center of it all we find Israel and their political allies who hold power in the US, Britain and France due to financial support from sectors tied to Israel, not just lobbyists but criminal groups as well.
Keeping the lid on this is the army of fake think tanks, bribed and blackmailed politicians, press operatives, wholly-owned media groups, and politicized social media monoliths.
Still, in the end, Israel seems to be circling the drain, more hated than ever, more Isolated and, oddly enough, less and less of a “Jewish state” and more of a “criminal state.”
Proving this point, we need only refer to the statements by Donald Trump of the betrayal of Israel by American Jews, people who put ethics above politics, who put America before a brutal Israeli regime.
Trump calls American Jews “traitors.”  Some simply call them Americans like others.  At one time, Israel was defended by its ability to draw on the holocaust and smears of anti-Semitism when their brutality against their own people was exposed.
Time is now closing in.  Did Israel bomb Saudi Arabia?  Will Israel’s remaining “man in Washington,” Mike Pompeo get the war Israel is asking for, a war where Israel will be destroyed as well?
Wait, who would want Israel destroyed to save himself?  Are the Netanyahus as “crazy” as Shelly and Miriam Adelson claim?
Would they “burn Israel to the ground” to save themselves from prison for corruption charges?  Who benefits if even Israel is destroyed in a war seemingly begun to advance Israel’s interests?
Do understand this, it is necessary to think of the world as being in a “post-nation-state” phase. When one does that, conspiracies are easier to understand and accept.


Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War that has worked on veterans and POW issues for decades and consulted with governments challenged by security issues. He’s a senior editor and chairman of the board of Veterans Today, especially for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.”

America makes its case for WAR

Today is the first day of America making its case to attack Iran. 

When considering any of this "evidence" the following should be taken into account (from 2003)




Attack on a major Saudi oil facility originated in Iran, U.S. intelligence indicates

A congressional source says Democrats familiar with the details don't dispute Iran carried out the attack — an important signal of bipartisan agreement.

Image: Smoke rises following a fire at the Aramco facility in Saudi Arabia on Sept. 14, 2019.

NBC,
17 September, 2019


American intelligence indicates that the attack on a major Saudi oil facility originated in Iran, three people familiar with the intelligence told NBC News — an assessment that is likely to escalate tensions between Washington and Tehran.

A congressional source says Democrats familiar with the details do not dispute that the attack was carried out by Iran — an important signal of bipartisan agreement amid great uncertainty about claims made by the Trump administration.

This attack had a level of sophistication we have not seen before,” the congressional source said. “You will not see Democrats pushing back on the idea that Iran was behind it.”

Read more on this story at NBCNews.com and watch "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt" tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT.

Three U.S. officials said there was extremely compelling evidence showing the origination point of the strikes, and one official with direct knowledge described that evidence as imagery.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted Saturday that Iran “launched” what he called “an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply.”

Iran’s goal “is to cause short sharp spike in the commodity markets so the world will cause the Trump admin to change its policies,” one former senior intelligence official told NBC News

A Saudi military spokesman says initial investigations show Iranian weapons were used in the attack.

Col. Turki al-Malki also told reporters in Riyadh Monday that the early morning strikes on Saturday were not launched from Yemen, despite claims from the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who are at war there with Saudi Arabia. Al-Maliki did not elaborate.

The attacks on Aramco's main crude processing facility knocked out 5.7 million barrels of daily oil production for Saudi Arabia, or more than 5 percent of the world's daily crude production, analysts said.

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday that the U.S. is “locked and loaded” and ready to respond, once it determines the culprit.


https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7469501/Saudi-Arabia-declares-Iran-drone-attack-oil-plant.html

US releases satellite images supporting accusation Iran was responsible for Saudi drone attacks

The US has released new satellite images supporting its accusation Iran was behind the attacks on crucial Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend.



18 September, 2019

The United States has released satellite images and cited intelligence assessments supporting its accusation that Iran was behind the attacks on crucial Saudi Arabian oil facilities over the weekend.

The Trump administration released satellite photographs of what officials said were at least 17 points of impact at various Saudi energy facilities, including damage at the heart of the kingdom’s crucial oil processing plant at Abqaiq.

They said the strikes came from the north or northwest, suggesting the attack came from the direction of Iran rather than Yemen, where the Iranian-backed Houthi militia had claimed responsibility for the attack.

The satellite images show the scale of destruction at the vital oil facilities.

The red boxes indicate the areas hit in the suspected drone attack, which the US believes involved 17 individual strikes:

This satellite overview shows damage to oil/gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Abqaig on September 14, 2019 in Saudi Arabia.
This satellite overview shows damage to oil/gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Abqaig on September 14, 2019 in Saudi Arabia.Source:AFP
Another image shows the Khurais oilfield, which is 98 kilometres west of the Abqaiq facility:

This image shows damage to oil/gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Khurais oilfield.
This image shows damage to oil/gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Khurais oilfield.Source:AFP
The image below shows a zoomed-in view of one of the two damaged buildings. Scorch marks from the fire appear to be visible alongside the damaged building:

This satellite overview image shows damage to oil/gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Khurais oilfield.
This satellite overview image shows damage to oil/gas infrastructure from weekend drone attacks at Khurais oilfield.Source:AFP
Saturday’s attack on Saudi Arabia was the most damaging blow on the Middle Eastern kingdom in more than four years of civil war in Yemen.

It helped drive world oil prices up by 10 per cent in what could cause a nightmare situation for Australia.

Abqaiq is the world’s biggest crude-stabilisation facility, refining some seven million barrels a day. Khurais produces about 1.5 million barrels of crude a day.
Overnight, Saudi Arabia has ramped up its rhetoric towards Iran, which continues to deny responsibility for the attacks.

SAUDI  ARABIA HITS OUT AT IRAN

Saudi Arabia has ramped up its rhetoric towards Iran, dismissing claims of responsibility by Yemen’s Houthi rebels and pinning the blame on the Iranian Government.

A Saudi military spokesman said a preliminary investigation had found the weapons used against the facilities were Iranian, according to The Washington Post.

In a televised briefing, Colonel Turki al-Malki, a Saudi military spokesman, said the attacks did not originate in Yemen and that investigations were underway to determine the launch location.

The preliminary results show that the weapons are Iranian and we are currently working to determine the location … The terrorist attack did not originate from Yemen as the Houthi militia claimed,” Col. al-Malki told a news conference in Riyadh.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani continues to deny Iranian involvement.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani continues to deny Iranian involvement.Source:AP
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said the kingdom is “willing and able” to respond to this “terrorist aggression”.

Iran has denied the accusations and said it was ready for “full-fledged war”.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the strike was carried out by “Yemeni people” responding to years of attacks by a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen’s four-year-old war.

Yemeni people are exercising their legitimate right of defence,” he told a joint news conference with his Russian and Turkish counterparts at a meeting in Ankara.

Some US officials, like Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have directly blamed Iran for the attacks, saying the assault did not come from Yemen.
President Donald Trump said the United States was “locked and loaded” to respond to the incident but initially stopped short of directly accusing Iran.
This morning he levelled a more accusatory tweet against Iran, referencing a missile strike on a US surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz earlier this year:
Mr Trump has since told reporters he thinks Iran was the likely culprit, but he wants to be sure and hopes to avoid war.

He said the US would be talking to Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and “many of the neighbours out there that we’re very close friends with”.


We’re also talking to Europe,” he said, “A lot of the countries that we’re dealing with, whether it is France, Germany, talking to different folks and figuring out what they think.

But I will tell you that was a very large attack and it could be met with an attack many, many times larger, very easily by our country.”

Iran rejected US accusations it was responsible, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi saying the allegations were “condemned as unacceptable and entirely baseless”.
Donald Trump has told reporters he thinks Iran was likely behind the attacks, but he wants to be sure and hopes to avoid war.
Donald Trump has told reporters he thinks Iran was likely behind the attacks, but he wants to be sure and hopes to avoid war.Source:AFP
Europe and China have warned against assigning blame prematurely. Russian President Vladimir Putin offered to sell Saudi Arabia its missile defence systems on Monday in the wake of the weekend attack on its oil facilities.

We are ready to help Saudi Arabia so that she can protect her territory. She can do so in the same way that Iran has already done in buying the S-300 Russian missile system and the same way that Turkey has already done in buying the S-400 Russian missile system,” he said at a press conference in Ankara, alongside the Turkish and Iranian leaders.


Oil prices have risen to six-month highs in the wake of the attacks, with gains as high as 20 per cent.

Brent crude oil, the international benchmark, went up $12 a barrel to reach up to $71.95 a barrel before dropping back down to $68.

Economists at London-based Capital Economics have warned a “full-blown US-Iran conflict” could cause oil to soar to $US150 a barrel this year.

However, they would expect the oil price to drop to $US80 per barrel by next year and $US60 by 2021.

with wires


U.S. "Locked and 
Loaded" to Proceed over 
Saudi Oil Refinery Attack 
UPDATED 6:58 AM EDT 
"ACT OF WAR"

U.S. "Locked and Loaded" to Proceed over Saudi Oil Refinery Attack UPDATED 6:58 AM EDT "ACT OF WAR"
17 September, 2019

UPDATED 6:58 AM EDT (see bottom)  "Act of War"   
President Donald Trump has confirmed the United States is "locked and loaded" over the attack upon the Saudi Oil Refinery and is awaiting verification amid discussion on "how to proceed." 
Sources in Washington are now openly saying War with Iran is now likely and could begin THIS WEEK.
Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!
54.4K people are talking about this
Vice President Pence and Defense Secretary Esper were summoned to the White House for unscheduled Security meeting which ended around 1:00 PM EDT Sunday afternoon. Trump tweets came shortly after.
INTEL ASSESSMENT
This could turn into all out war with Iran.  And worse.

If the U.S. strikes Iran, it is extremely likely Iran will fully retaliate . . .  with missiles raining down on US bases within 2,000 kilometers AND ON (US ALLY) ISRAEL.

At that point, anything can happen.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but this really could finally lead to global nuclear war; not immediately but some number of moves into the future, especially if Russia and China become involved on the side of Iran.

They might be sick enough of America that out of the blue THEY make a first strike against us.
The stakes are extremely high right now.  It is undeniable that "someone" launched an attack on the largest oil refinery in the world when they attacked the Saudi refinery and Saudi oil fields.  THAT was an attack upon the GLOBAL oil supplies, and THAT is an American national security interest.  
Put simply the Genie may be about to come out of the bottle for the first time since August 1945.
Just Keep in mind when this all goes down:

Saudi ARAMCO was about to make the world's largest

IPO on Wall Street next month, which China wanted...
Here is an image of the damaged Saudi Refinery:
Zooming-in, you can see very clearly these were missile hits; the holes in the tanks are visible:
UPDATE 6:27 AM EDT --
Missiles impacted the Saudi Oil Refinery from the NW through Kuwait.
One missile engine has been positively identified as an Iranian Howazey missile which crashed and was discovered in Kuwaiti desert.
Here are photos of that crashed missile from Kuwait:
Another angle:
Now, here is a publicly-released image of an Iranian Sumar Cruise Missile.   The booster section at the rear fires at liftoff, then detaches.  Look at the tail fins and compare them to the photos above:
U.S teams in Saudi are in possession of fragments of an Iranian Howazey missile at one of the Oil areas attacked.
UPDATE 6:58 AM EDT --
Iran launched nearly a dozen cruise missiles and over 20 dronesfrom its territory in the Aramco attack says senior US official

THIS IS IT
 ***** BULLETIN *****
7:02 AM EDT --
All military bases overseas have gone to DEFCON 3. Assets are rapidly being moved.
UPDATE 7:42 AM EDT --
Iran has warned that it is prepared for “fully fledged war” after the United States accused it of launching devastating drone attacks on two oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
UPDATE 3:05 PM EDT --

US DEFENSE SECRETARY TELLS RIYADH U.S. IS STUDYING ALL AVAILABLE OPTIONS TO CONFRONT THESE ATTACKS ON SAUDI ARABIA