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  • Trump administration announces new sanctions on Iran

    01/10/2020 9:58:14 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 10, 2020 | Brett Samuels, Morgan Chalfant
    Video at link. The Trump administration announced new sanctions on Iran Friday targeting the country’s metals sector and several of its government leaders following Tehran’s missile attacks on Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops earlier this week. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held a press conference at the White House to detail the new measures, which President Trump promised were coming earlier in the week. The new sanctions target the Iranian aluminum, copper, iron and steel industries. The U.S. is also sanctioning eight senior Iranian officials who were allegedly involved in Tuesday’s missile attacks against U.S....
  • Ron Paul blasts Trump: ‘Foreign policy is in shambles’

    01/06/2020 11:27:31 AM PST · by RandFan · 54 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/3/2020 | Spencer Neale
    Former Rep. Ron Paul said he wished President Trump would "flip-flop" his policy on Iran and criticized Trump's loyalty to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia. "I think our country is not doing so well. Our foreign policy is in shambles," the Texas Republican said. "Unfortunately, the one place where I wish he would flip-flop every once in a while or change his policy completely is dealing with Iran. He is steady on it, he said it on the campaign. He's very loyal to Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia." Trump authorized airstrikes that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and...
  • Thanks to Trump, the Forty-Year Appeasement of Iran Is Over

    01/06/2020 4:53:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | January 6, 2020 | E. Jeffrey Ludwig
    The assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani is an unusual, possibly aberrant, event. The killing of this individual leader of a sovereign state may lead to all-out war between Iran and the U.S. — or, on the other hand, the assassination may bring an end to the cycle of Iranian violence countered by U.S. and world diplomatic flatulence and appeasement. Assassinating the leaders of terrorist organizations — i.e., non-state actors, such as Osama bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — did not lead to a greater war footing against the USA because, as terrorist organization leaders, not heads of state,...
  • With Netanyahu's fate in question, Israel poised for new election

    12/11/2019 7:47:25 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 11, 2019 | Staff
    Israel headed on Wednesday towards a third national election in less than a year with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing the fight of his life for political survival after a criminal indictment. After giving its preliminary approval, and barring last-minute progress in deadlocked efforts to form a new government, parliament was set to vote for its dissolution later in the day and approve a March 2 election date already agreed by the two major parties.
  • Trump speaks with Saudi king after Pensacola shooting

    12/06/2019 11:50:16 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 69 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12 06 2019
    President Trump on Friday said he spoke with King Salman of Saudi Arabia after U.S. officials said that a Saudi national was suspected of opening fire at a naval air station in Pensacola, Fla., killing three people and injuring several others. The Saudi leader expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in the shooting, Trump said. “It’s a horrible thing that took place and we’re getting to the bottom of it,” Trump said of the shooting during an event focused on deregulation. Officials said the gunman was a member of the Saudi Air Force, and they are investigating...
  • Protests grow in Iran, while regime threatens demonstrators

    11/20/2019 10:01:02 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 31 replies
    ANF News ^ | Tuesday, 19 Nov 2019, 16:12 | ANF TEHRAN
    Iran and Rojhilat'ta 'gasoline rebellion' continues. The regime cut telephone and internet lines, while Spay Pastaran and Khamenei's representatives threatened the demonstrators. The popular uprising that started last Friday after the increase in oil prices in Iran and spread to all of Iran's 31 provinces and Rojhilat in a short time has not stopped. The Iranian regime has cut internet lines but since yesterday morning has also cut landlines to avoid news of what is going on to be spread abroad and also to avoid communication among the demonstrators in different cities and regions. New cities joined the protests Despite the...
  • Is a New Arab Spring Unfolding in the Middle East?

    10/31/2019 10:36:04 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | October 29, 2019 | Jeremy Bowen
    In Iraq, demonstrators are being shot dead in the streets. In Lebanon, protesters have paralysed the country and seem set to bring down the government of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri. In recent weeks the Egyptian security forces crushed attempts to protest against the police state of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi... A rough approximation is that 60% of the region's population is under the age of 30. A young population can be a great asset to a country. But only if the economy, the educational system and the institutions of the state are functioning well enough to accommodate their needs, and...
  • The Arabs Don't Want Peace with Israel

    10/28/2019 6:28:24 AM PDT · by upchuck · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Oct 28, 2019 | Kenneth Eliasberg
    ... There will never be peace between the Arabs and Israel. Why not? Because, as noted, the Arabs don't want peace with Israel; they don't want Israel, and will look for any excuse to avoid any kind of peace agreement. As Netanyahu once observed regarding the prospects for peace in the area: "If the Arabs put down their weapons today there would be no more violence; if the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel." Or, as Golda Meir before him observed: "Peace will come when Arabs will love their children more than they hate...
  • Trump envoy Jared Kushner to lead US delegation to Israel

    10/18/2019 7:00:18 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 11 replies
    israelhayom.com ^ | October 18, 2019 | Israel Hayom Staff
    White House senior adviser Jared Kushner will lead a US delegation to Israel at the end of the month to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz, a senior administration official said on Thursday. Kushner has been leading President Donald Trump's effort to develop a peace plan for Israelis and Palestinians. After proposing a $60 billion aid package for the region last summer, he has yet to unveil a proposed political plan that gets at the thorniest issues in the decades-old conflict, with Netanyahu struggling to form a governing coalition. The official, speaking on condition...
  • 129 Republicans Disgrace Themselves in House Show Vote on Syria

    10/17/2019 6:39:19 AM PDT · by EyesOfTX · 52 replies
    DB Daily Update ^ | David Blackmon
    Remember those Republicans who supported Nancy Pelosi and betrayed the American voters with this vote. – I have very often been thoroughly disgusted with the behavior of spineless, disloyal Republicans in the U.S. Congress, but seldom as disgusted as I felt on Wednesday afternoon. That was when we got news that 129 Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives joined with Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat caucus in a vote to condemn President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. military personnel out of harm’s way as the Turkish military invaded Northern Syria on Sunday. That decision involved about 50 U.S....
  • Erdogan says Turkey's Syria offensive will end if Kurdish fighters withdraw

    10/16/2019 5:45:03 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 16, 2019 | Tuvan Gumrukcu and Ece Toksabay
    ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey’s offensive into northeast Syria will end if Kurdish fighters in the region drop their weapons and withdraw from a planned “safe zone”, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, but warned that no power could stop it until then. Erdogan said the quickest solution was for militants to drop their weapons and pull back from the area by Wednesday evening. The operation will end when the “safe zone” is established, he said, and Turkey was not open to negotiating this.
  • US to send 1,800 troops, dozens of fighter jets to Saudi Arabia amid Iran tensions

    10/11/2019 1:47:51 PM PDT · by tkocur · 117 replies
    Fox News ^ | Lucia I Suarez Sang
    Roughly 1,800 U.S. service members, as well as several dozen fighter jets and other air defense implements, will be sent to Saudi Arabia to help protect the Kingdom amid heightened tensions with Iran, the Pentagon announced Friday. Officials said the U.S. is set to ship two F-15 squadrons, two Patriot missile batteries, one anti-missile defense system known as THADD and other planes. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said he informed Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman earlier Friday about the additional troops “to ensure and enhance the defense of Saudi Arabia.” "Saudi Arabia is a longstanding security partner in the...
  • Critics Aghast As Trump Keeps Word About No More Wars

    10/09/2019 12:58:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2019 | Kurt Schlichter
    Donald Trump came into office promising to not start any new wars and to get us out of the old ones our feckless elite had dragged us into, and now that he’s doing it in Syria the usual suspects are outraged. How dare he actually deliver on his promise not to have anymore of our precious warriors shipped home in boxes after getting killed on battlefields we can’t even pronounce, while refereeing conflicts that began long before America was a thing, in campaigns without any kind of coherent objective? Conservatives like me still think of ourselves as hawks, but...
  • Rand Paul: It's Not U.S. Responsibility 'to Fight Every War and Find Every Peace'

    10/08/2019 10:01:33 AM PDT · by xzins · 67 replies
    CNS ^ | October 8, 2019 | Susan Jones
    Some Republicans, including Trump allies such as Sen Lindsey Graham, have joined Democrats in sharply criticizing the president's decision to withdraw an unannounced number of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria. But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) strongly supports the president's move, even if the "neocon war caucus of the Senate" -- Paul's words -- does not. "We haven't been able to find peace for 18 years in Afghanistan," Paul told Fox News's Neil Cavuto in a telephone interview on Monday. "So I certainly don't think we're going to find peace in Syria. But I do think a couple of hundred people...
  • Pat Robertson ‘Appalled’ By Trump:(trunc)... May Lose ‘The Mandate of Heaven’ Over Syria

    10/07/2019 12:50:09 PM PDT · by Mariner · 95 replies
    MediaIte ^ | October 7th, 2019 | By Ken Meyer
    Televangelist Pat Robertson has joined the chorus of conservative critics lambasting President Donald Trump’s decision to pull U.S. forces out of Northern Syria — endangering America’s Kurdish allies. Trump was slammed by many of his usual defenders on Monday after the White House announced the U.S. will allow for a Turkish military operation in the war-torn region. Trump argued in a statement that Turkey will assume responsibility for all ISIS fighters captured in the region, many of whom were detained by Kurdish forces allied with America. The Turkish government views these Kurdish militias as terrorists — despite the U.S. supporting...
  • McConnell among Republicans criticizing Trump's Syria decision

    10/07/2019 3:16:40 PM PDT · by rintintin · 80 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 7 2019 | Alex Rogers
    Top Republicans in Congress -- including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- criticized President Donald Trump over his decision to remove US troops from northern Syria as Turkey plans a military offensive there. McConnell urged Trump to reverse his move, saying "a precipitous withdrawal of US forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime."
  • Trump’s making a big mistake in betraying the Kurds

    10/08/2019 12:14:38 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 134 replies
    nypost.com ^ | October 7, 2019 | Post Editorial Board
    Turkish jets struck a Kurdish base near the Iraq-Syria border late Monday night, the first grim fruits of President Trump’s decision to order US forces out of the way — a decision we fear Trump will come to regret. We’ll grant that the president is delivering on a campaign promise here: Like most Americans, he doesn’t want this nation serving as the world’s policeman; other countries should share more of the burden when it comes to both troops and money. Or, as he tweeted Monday, “it is time for us to get out of these ridiculous Endless Wars.” He has...
  • Turkey set to invade Syria; US to remove forces from area

    10/06/2019 9:10:07 PM PDT · by janetjanet998 · 61 replies
    Turkey is set to invade Syria, as the country had been threatening in recent months, with the U.S. saying it will remove all of its forces from the "immediate area," according to the White House. The news came late Sunday after President Donald Trump spoke to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by phone earlier in the day.
  • DJT's Twitter - The Peace and Prosperity President!

    10/07/2019 8:36:53 AM PDT · by JonPreston · 13 replies
    Twitter | 10/7/19 | President Trump
  • Trump knocks 'ridiculous Endless Wars' amid US troop pullout from Syria

    10/07/2019 11:03:33 AM PDT · by robowombat · 63 replies
    TheHill.com ^ | 10/07/19 08:42 AM EDT | MORGAN CHALFANT -
    Trump knocks 'ridiculous Endless Wars' amid US troop pullout from Syria 10/07/19 08:42 AM EDT Just In... Republicans urges Trump to reverse course on Syria withdrawal 2020 Democrats hit Trump's planned Syria withdrawal President Trump on Monday said it is time to remove the United States from “ridiculous Endless Wars" after he decided to pull back American troops from northern Syria amid an impending Turkish military operation there. “The Kurds fought with us, but were paid massive amounts of money and equipment to do so. They have been fighting Turkey for decades. I held off this fight for … almost...