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Pentagon chief claims with a straight face that US is trying to de-escalate tensions in Persian Gulf

Pentagon chief claims with a straight face that US is trying to de-escalate tensions in Persian Gulf

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Mark Esper, who has recently been sworn in as the new US defence secretary, said Washington sought to de-escalate the situation in the Persian Gulf area. Last week, the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) said the country was developing an intentional maritime security framework dubbed Operation Sentinel to enhance security in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, the Bab el-Mandeb Strait and the Gulf of Oman in the wake of various incidents involving tankers in the area. Comment: Military operations and the presence of aircraft carriers are not the way to de-escalate tensions. Someone needs to tell the SecDef that the presence of the American military does the opposite of what he thinks it does. “And so that’s the purpose of Operation Sentinel, as conceived, was to avoid those situations. So we don’t get in a situation where there’s a provocation where there’s a seizure of a ship and something like that, and then we — and then it escalates. We’re trying to de-escalate,” Esper…
Source: Pentagon chief claims with a straight face that US is trying to de-escalate tensions in Persian Gulf

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