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IRAN: “Their oil refineries are the last thing they have in terms of an economy”

PortandTerminal.com, January 5, 2019

Senator Lindsey Graham says that the U.S. should target Iranian oil refineries, “the last thing they have in terms of an economy”

WASHINGTON – Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared via phone interview on Friday (December 3) on Fox & Friends to give his thoughts on where the conflict with Iran should go next. Senator Graham is considered to be one of President Trump’s most loyal allies and consults with him frequently.

Show co-host Steve Doocy asked Graham about the possibility of Iranian retaliation to the death of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and how to minimize that threat.

“How would you stop retaliation? Through deterrence,” Graham replied. “What’s the one thing the regime can’t afford to lose? The ability to refine oil. So what President Trump has done is up the ante as high as you can up it.”

What would take it to the next level would be to destroy the ability of the Iranians to refine oil and sell it. The oil refineries are the last things they have in terms of economy.”

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

“And if I were the president, I would put on the table targets in Iran, not Iraq and Syria,” Graham said. “Economic targets that would crush the economy. What would take it to the next level would be to destroy the ability of the Iranians to refine oil and sell it. The oil refineries are the last things they have in terms of economy.”

Map of Iran produced by the U.S. Engergy Information Administration showing the location of Iran's major oil infrastructure
Target list? Location of Iran’s major oil infrastructure

Graham told “Fox and Friends” that IRGC leader Qasem Soleimani and Iran gravely miscalculated President Donald Trump.

From Fox News:

“The intelligence was that Soleimani was orchestrating chaos in Iraq at our expense and throughout the region,” Graham explained. “The president was informed of these potential attacks and he acted. This was a defensive strike to neutralize future attacks that were planned and executed by Soleimani and the popular mobilization front: the Shiite militias in Iraq.”

Graham said Trump acted to prevent “holy hell” from occurring in Iraq and the region and Soleimani did not think the United States would take such a bold action.

“He’s not dead today because of what he did in the past, he’s dead today because he miscalculated what President Trump would do regarding future attacks,”

Senator Graham is considered to be one of President Trump’s most loyal allies and consults with him frequently.

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