President Trump Scheduled To Announce U.S. Strategy Toward Iran Today…

At 5:00am on Friday the media will be allowed to discuss the White House Iran Policy Fact Sheet (below).  At approximately 11:30am U.S. media will begin reporting on a previously on-the-record, off camera (no audio), briefing on Iran policy with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and National Security Advisor McMaster .  At 12:45pm President Trump will deliver public remarks outlining the Iran Policy.

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMPS NEW STRATEGY ON IRAN

“It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction.”

~ President Donald J. Trump”

President Donald J. Trump, in consultation with his national security team, has approved a new strategy for Iran. It is the culmination of nine months of deliberation with Congress and our allies on how to best protect American security.

HIGHLIGHTS: Core Elements of the Presidents New Iran Strategy

The United States new Iran strategy focuses on neutralizing the Government of Iran’s destabilizing influence and constraining its aggression, particularly its support for terrorism and militants.

We will revitalize our traditional alliances and regional partnerships as bulwarks against Iranian subversion and restore a more stable balance of power in the region.

We will work to deny the Iranian regime and especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) funding for its malign activities, and oppose IRGC activities that extort the wealth of the Iranian people.

We will counter threats to the United States and our allies from ballistic missiles and other asymmetric weapons.

We will rally the international community to condemn the IRGCs gross violations of human rights and its unjust detention of American citizens and other foreigners on specious charges.

Most importantly, we will deny the Iranian regime all paths to a nuclear weapon.

BACKGROUND:

♦ The Nature of the Iranian Regime under Supreme Leader Khamenei

For 28 years, Ali Khamenei has been Irans Supreme Leader. Before that, he held the office of President for 8 years. In that time, he has shaped the Iranian regime in his image.

Khamenei and the IRGC have pursued a steady policy of spreading a revolutionary ideology aimed at undermining the international system and many states by force and subversion. His main enemy and rallying point has been and continues to be the United States of America, which he calls the Great Satan.

Under Khamenei, Iran exports violence, destabilizes its neighbors, and sponsors terrorism abroad. Within Iran, under Khameneis rule the Iranian government has oppressed its people, abusing their rights, restricting their access to the internet and the outside world, rigging elections, shooting student protesters in the street, and imprisoning political reformers like Mir Hussein Musavi and Mehdi Karroubi.

♦ The Threats from the Iranian Regime

The reckless behavior of the Iranian regime, and the IRGC in particular, poses one of the most dangerous threats to the interests of the United States and to regional stability.

The Iranian regime has taken advantage of regional conflicts and instability to aggressively expand its regional influence and threaten its neighbors with little domestic or international cost for its actions.

This occurred most recently following the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from the vacuum created by the Obama administrations ill-considered withdrawal from the region.

The full range of the Iranian regimes malign activities extends well beyond the nuclear threat it poses, including:

o Ballistic missile development and proliferation;

o Material and financial support for terrorism and extremism;

o Support for the Assad regimes atrocities against the Syrian people;

o Unrelenting hostility to Israel;

o Consistently threatening freedom of navigation, especially in the strategically vital Persian Gulf;

o Cyber-attacks against the United States, Israel, and Americas other allies and partners in the Middle East;

o Grievous human rights abuses; and

o Arbitrary detention of foreigners, including United States citizens, on specious charges and without due process.

♦ The Need for a Comprehensive Strategy

The previous Administrations myopic focus on Iran’s nuclear program to the exclusion of the regimes many other malign activities allowed Iran’s influence in the region to reach a high-water mark.

Over the last decade and a half, United States policy has also consistently prioritized the immediate threat of Sunni extremist organizations over the longer-term threat of Iranian-backed militancy.

In doing so, the United States has neglected Iran’s steady expansion of proxy forces and terrorist networks aimed at keeping its neighbors weak and unstable in hopes of dominating the greater Middle East. Recently, the Iranian regime has accelerated the seeding of these networks with increasingly destructive weapons as they try to establish a bridge from Iran to Lebanon and Syria.

♦ The Trump Administration will not repeat these mistakes.

The Trump Administrations Iran policy will address the totality of these threats from and malign activities by the Government of Iran and will seek to bring about a change in the Iranians regimes behavior.

The Trump Administration will accomplish these objectives through a strategy that neutralizes and counters Iranian threats, particularly those posed by the IRGC.

♦ Countering the IRGC

Supreme Leader Khamenei’s primary tool and weapon in remaking Iran into a rogue state has been the hardline elements of the IRGC.

The IRGC’s stated purpose is to subvert the international order. The IRGC’s power and influence have grown over time, even as it has remained unaccountable to the Iranian people, answering only to Khamenei. It is hard to find a conflict or a suffering people in the Middle East that the IRGC’s tentacles do not touch.

Unaccountable to Iran’s elected leaders or its people, the IRGC has tried to gain control over large portions of Iran’s economy and choke off competition, all the while working to weaken and undermine Iran’s neighbors and perpetuate the chaos and instability in which it thrives.

The IRGC has armed Bashar al Assad and guided his butchering of his own people in Syria and has cynically condoned his use of chemical weapons.

The IRGC has sought to undermine the fight against ISIS with the influence of militant groups in Iraq under the IRGC’s control.

In Yemen, the IRGC has attempted to use the Houthis as puppets to hide Iran’s role in using sophisticated missiles and explosive boats to attack innocent civilians in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as to restrict freedom of navigation in the Red Sea.

The IRGC has even threatened terrorist attacks right here at home. Senior IRGC commanders plotted the murder of Saudi Arabias Ambassador to the United States, Adel Jubeir, on American soil in 2011. But for exceptional work by our law enforcement and intelligence officers to detect and disrupt this egregious act, the IRGC would have conducted this terrorist attack and assassination in our own capital and would have killed not only a Saudi Arabian diplomat, but a host of other innocent bystanders at a popular restaurant in Washington, D.C.

The IRGC, which repeatedly displays reckless hostility and disregard for the laws and norms that underpin the international order, threatens all nations and the global economy.

Our partners in the international community agree with us that the IRGC’s reckless behavior threatens international peace and security. They agree that the IRGC is fanning sectarianism and perpetuating regional conflict. They agree that the IRGC is engaged in corrupt economic practices that exploit the Iranian people and suppress internal dissent, human rights, and Irans economic prosperity.

For all these reasons, we want to work with our partners to constrain this dangerous organization, for the benefit of international peace and security, regional stability, and the Iranian people.

♦ The Iranian Nuclear Program and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

The Iranian regimes activities severely undercut whatever positive contributions to regional and international peace and security the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) sought to achieve.

Even with regard to JCPOA itself, the Iranian regime has displayed a disturbing pattern of behavior, seeking to exploit loopholes and test the international community’s resolve.

Iranian military leaders have stated publicly that they will refuse to allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections of their military sites. These statements fly in the face of Iran’s commitments under JCPOA and the Additional Protocol. Not long ago these same organizations hid nuclear facilities on military sites.

This behavior cannot be tolerated; the deal must be strictly enforced, and the IAEA must fully utilize its inspection authorities.

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162 Responses to President Trump Scheduled To Announce U.S. Strategy Toward Iran Today…

  1. Orygun says:

    We are so fortunate to have President Trump to represent us. The seemingly invisible Americans that are just trying to raise a family and survive.

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  2. POP says:

    Well you may say ” thanks for dealing with reality Mr President”.

    My main concern, however, is Obama’s and Kerry’s mental health / anxiety attacks over legacy / nervous breakdowns that reality can induce in a comrade activist.
    Relax comrades O and K, the adults are back in charge and you are just a bad US hating memory.

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  3. stinkfoot63 says:

    A case of mind over mullah.

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  4. SoCal Patriot says:

    Was there ever a President Obama? I can’t find too many of his “accomplishments” still around…

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  5. Bree says:

    Thank you again President Trump for protecting our country, our allies and our future generations. I type this while looking at my beautiful daughter with no care in the world right now. To know we can rest at ease with such a wonderful man in the Whitehouse is a blessing. I know my child’s future is already safer.

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  6. Iran is on the other side of the planet.

    It should therefore be pretty easy (a no-brainer, actually) for the USA and Iran to get along; how about we mind our business and they mind theirs?

    Ditto for Syria.
    Ditto for “North Korea.”
    Ditto for everywhere.

    And yet we are surrounded 24/7/365 by shills urging us to attack other countries that simply want to be left alone…

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    • POP says:

      Alas, son, we’d love them to leave us alone. They refuse to leave us alone.
      You don’t quite understand PTrump, he doesn’t intend to militarily attack NK/Iran….just destroy them by other means. Watch and clap.

      I agree with your Syria comment, who gives a rats what happens in Syria, they have no nukes or massive terrorist threat to the USA. We’re there because of a resentment that Russia might own the place, ok, who cares? Concern about Syria is a neocon hangover.

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      • POP says:

        “how about we mind our business and they mind theirs?”

        You are either not paying attention to events or you’re a Mitch/Ryan shill.
        NK and Iran regularly, consistently and with maximum venom issue death threats against all Americans.

        You haven’t noticed? Didn’t think so………… :-))

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        • Tom says:

          ooohhhh…the bully issued a threat…I should attack it just in case… is that your argument ?

          Seems to me we send the CIA, DOD et al out to meddle in other countries. We prop up dictators across the globe, and we murder others. And some wonder why they issue death threats against us ??? OK then…

          So far, to the best of my knowledge, Iran/Hezbollah has not attacked a single American in America. Elsewhere in the world, like in the ME ? Yes, they have. But not here. Seems to me if we stopped messing around in other countries, there would be no vulnerability here.

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          • Go back in history and look at what happened in Lebanon in April 1983 and Oct 1983. Iran/Hezbollah were responsible for these attacks against America.

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            • jmclever says:

              I was just thinking about Lebanon as I read the article. It reminded me of the Anne Murray song, “A Little Good News”. There is footage in this song video. This nonsense has been going on my whole life! My children think it’s normal.Dare we hope that Iran will be put in its place?

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            • lastinillinois says:

              But you are making Tom’s point, he mentioned that Hezbollah has never attacked an American in America.

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            • faridrushdi says:

              Ah, Lebanon. I was born there in Beirut in 1956 (Palestinian father, American mom), and it was so beautiful. We lived right on the Mediterranean. We’d go swimming in the ocean in the morning and after lunch we’d go skiing in the mountains that were just an hour away. Then after supper, we’d walk the cornice around the Mediterranean and buy bags of peanuts from vendors with monkeys on their shoulders.

              Beirut was a little like New Olreans in that it had quarters, a French quarter, a British quarter, a Jewish quarter (and I think an Islamic quarter but I don’t remember for sure). Lebanon from my apartment balcony towards the ocean was European in nature, in both clothes, architecture and food. But out my back door was the Middle East with endless rocks, unpaved roads and roaming camels. Everyone got along and it indeed was, as it was called, “The Riviera of the Middle East.”

              And then the onslaught of Islamic terrorism started, war broke out in our streets, planes began being hijacked and diverted to our airport, and even today, 30 years later, the city is still in the process of being rebuilt.

              Don’t get me wrong; I’m glad my parents LEGALLY immigrated to America and that today I bleed red, white and blue when I nick myself shaving, and I’m proud to be a disabled veteran, but man, it was a special place before the crazy’s took over.

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              • Orygun says:

                There were a lot of places like Lebanon until Islam took over. The one thing it does is leave misery and death behind it. If you get a chance to watch the clip on youtube about the advancement of Islam over the centuries it is amazing to see what could have been except for one crazy blood thirsty pedophile.

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            • Gary says:

              Some one actually remembers…….Semper Fi.

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          • NvMtnOldMan says:

            Gee, I don’t remember the US bothering Germany or Japan to cause them to try to take over the world. Glad our leaders didn’t stick their heads in the sand then. Oh, U.K. and France did. and we lost many lives getting them out of those two messes, WW1 and WW11. Events all around the world involve us whether some want to admit it or not. I am 82 and remember WW11 vividly.

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            • louche9 says:

              Germany actually could’ve taken over the western world. Japan could have taken over the Eastern world. No one is harboring any such thought about Iran or North Korea. There are always going to be saber rattlers. I simply want America to be more choosy about our endless altercations, because we’ve gone broke fighting endless wars that lately don’t seem to have achieved very much.

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          • kiskiminetas says:

            Tom in a broken world, one that has been so since the fall of man, your assumptions just do not add up. Those devout Islamist’s most likely will not release Christian pastor Andrew Brunson who was imprisoned with false trumped up charges. They are using him and others as leverage against the USA. Do I think the implementation of this strategy could possibly get Andrew back home, yes it could. This process if successful would be beneficial to many in the region and particularly the people who live there and want to live their own lives in peace. Tom we live in a world that is not all sunshine, lollipops and rainbows but rather one that is broken and full of danger, heartache and misery. There is evil in this world and if we do not push back on it in some form or manner said evil will consume the good people who just want to live in peace.

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          • Tom, this is about Iran having Nuclear weapons.

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          • mopar2016 says:

            Which Bully are you talking about Tom?
            They have “death to America” rallies on a regular basis in Iran.
            They’ve been going on for more than thirty years.

            Naive much?

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          • iswhatitis says:

            Tom says: “ooohhhh…the bully issued a threat…I should attack it just in case… is that your argument ?”

            And… just WHERE in the post-thread above your assertion, did anyone call for “us” to “attack” anyone? WHERE?

            The closest I see is; “.. You don’t quite understand PTrump, he doesn’t intend to militarily attack NK/Iran..”, which states the opposite of your counter-point.

            You created a straw-man to argue against – do you not see that?

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    • millwright says:

      rg7 : I humbly suggest you purchase a globe !

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    • You’re really good at ignoring the fact that Iran is fond of the phrase, “Death to America!” Not to mention the facts in the article above. Perhaps you should take the time to read it and inform yourself before making clueless comments.

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    • The Boss says:

      Gary….your logic is right there with John Kerry’s and Hussein Obama’s. All we need is teddy bears, soccer balls and more pallets of cash and there will be peace on earth. /s

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    • joninmd22 says:

      Just like Germany and Japan were in 1941?

      your’e right that foreign adventurism has been bad for the country however that does not negate the real threat that Iran or North Korea represents. Each nation must be evaluated and dealt with as needed.

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    • Evelyn says:

      Israel is the little satan. America is the great satan. Death to America! Death to Israel! We will murder as many people as possible to create world chaos that will usher in our 12th imam!!! https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-iran-anniversary/hundreds-of-thousands-rally-in-iran-against-trump-chant-death-to-america-tv-idUSKBN15P0QV

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    • Jenny R. says:

      Iran may want to be left alone, but they do not wan to leave others alone — there is the difference.
      Ditto N. Korea.
      You may not be interested in war (wise choice by the way) but it is still very interested in you.

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    • CorwinAmber says:

      sigh, kinda wish you could have sat at my old desk in the Puzzle Palace for a few days sifting thru all the intel we gather from all over the world: SIGINT, HUMINT, COMINT, ELINT, MASINT, OSINT, TECHINT…and then tell me what it all means? We do a great job gathering such info, but the analysis is a b!itch. Just think how easy it would’ve been to walk into the Boss’ office and tell him not to worry, these other countries just want to be left alone. Hindsight is 20/20 and there were many occasions when you wondered how could I have missed that clue? Still think about the Marines in the barracks in Lebanon and wonder what difference an M113 mounting a M2 with AP ammo would have made if the leathernecks on the ground had only been warned of the suicidal threat to their position

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      • CorwinAmber, as a US Marine in 1983, I was 50 yards behind the Battalion HQs when it was stuck. The situation sucked to say the least. 241 lives taken. 220 Marines, 18 Sailors and 3 Soldiers. Semper Fi!

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        • tom f says:

          Thank you for your service P A
          and Semper Fidelis!

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        • CorwinAmber says:

          likewise to you! Though my focus during my lengthy somewhat mediocre career was the Army, I always enjoyed my interactions with your Corps (except when you kept stealing my ammo! imagine showing up at my ammo dump with a Department of the Army Form 581 to try to make a “withdrawal” for your basic load…at least you got the form right and your fellow leathernecks may very well have gotten what they needed from me…wink, wink, say no more…it is funny how much you can lose track of Class V supplies during a deployment :o) An Army SGT I used to work with was also a Marine in a previous life and he was in Beirut with you – the stories he would tell me and the ROEs you were stuck with are still maddening to recall…and this was during a period when Reagan was the CINC:

          1. When on post, mobile or foot patrol, keep loaded magazine in weapon, bolt closed, weapon on safe, no round in the chamber.
          2. Do not chamber a round unless instructed to do so by a commissioned officer unless you must act in immediate self-defense where deadly force is authorized.
          3. Keep ammo for crew-served weapons readily available but not loaded in the weapon. Weapons will be on safe at all times.
          4. Call local forces to assist in self-defense effort. Notify headquarters.
          5. Use only minimum degree of force to accomplish any mission.
          6. Stop the use of force when it is no longer needed to accomplish the mission.
          7. If you receive effective hostile fire, direct your fire at the source. If possible, use friendly snipers.
          8. Respect civilian property; do not attack it unless absolutely necessary to protect friendly forces.
          9. Protect innocent civilians from harm.
          10. Respect and protect recognized medical agencies such as Red Cross, Red Crescent, etc.

          Geez, as I mentioned previously, I still think what a “trigger-happy” Marine sentry could have done with access to a fully loaded Ma Deuce as that truck drove towards the barracks…SMDH

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    • Deusvult says:

      What people with this mindset never understand is that there are ideologues around the globe who oppose our ideas of freedom and liberty.
      Digging into a hole and letting them build up their offensive capabilities while they increase their influence will in the long run mean that they possibly can attack and overwhelm us physically and ideologically.
      Without US Involvement into WW2 Nazi Germany expansion the whole world could have been by now under their control..
      Of course GWB Style Involvement is the downside of that approach.

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      • I absolutely agree with your reasoning 100%, Deusvult.

        My departure from the norm is that I do not believe that situation with Iran or North Korea is how it is being presented to us by the media. In other words, I don’t accept the generally accepted premise, but your reasoning is sound. Iran has some regional ambitions, no doubt. My admittedly unusual opinion of those ambitions is that they are not our problems to solve, but issues for the countries in the region. From the standpoint of US interests, the Iran-Iraq War was a good thing.

        As far as history goes, I have unorthodox opinions about that too. I do not believe that Nazi Germany had the intention, the means, the motive, or the opportunity to take over the “whole world.” The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor so we implemented a “Germany First” policy. Afterwards, we entered into a negotiated settlement with the only country (Japan) that actually attacked us in the first place. Very curious.

        We were on the side of Stalin, Mao, and Kim Il Sung, i.e. International Communism. Those wartime alliances continue to this day under the same name they called themselves during the war: the United Nations. General Patton was right.

        You are absolutely correct: there are forces that definitely intend to overwhelm us ideologically. We must be vigilant against them. Sadly, we tend to go on wild goose chases looking for such forces on foreign shores while they attack us with impunity from within. They have a stranglehold on our schools and universities, our churches, the Deep State Department, the Uniparty, entertainment (consider the NFL, Hollywood degeneracy, TV), Fake News, advertising, etc. Our wonderful country is only 241 years old, but the cultures that harbor ill will towards us, whether in Asia or elsewhere, are centuries or even thousands of years old. They play a long game, and know they can’t beat us in a direct fight, so they infiltrate our institutions and use our own laws and principles against us. The danger as I see it isn’t a lunatic mullah on the other side of the world, but a Muslim judges on the bench in the US (that is already happening here). We have yet to really learn that eternal vigilance is the cost of liberty. It never ends.

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  7. A2 says:

    What is not mentioned is that Russia, North Korea and China are actively involved in underwriting the Iranian Regime. China gives the biggest percentage of foreign ‘aid’ to Russia, subsidizes trade with NK to around 90%, and gives ‘aid’ to Iran through the SCO. NK in turn, recognizes Crimea as ‘Russian’ territory. They all support Assad and Iran and the missile and tech sharing between Iran and NK is as great as in the day when unemployed Russian nuclear scientists (after the fall of the Soviet Union found lucrative jobs in Pyongyang).

    Europe wants to keep the deal as they already have active investments in Iran, that may turn into ‘entanglements’, as Iran will use these deals to promote over time their agenda and force anti-American actions.

    At the end of the day they are all terrorist supporting regimes.

    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Afghanistan,-Iran,-Chinese-aid-and-Shanghai-group-24985.html
    Russia loves this:
    https://sputniknews.com/asia/201710121058177478-north-korea-crimea-russia/

    In depth on NK/Iran relations:
    https://thediplomat.com/2016/04/the-iran-north-korea-connection/

    On China’s foreign ‘aid’ recipients:
    http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/10/11/russia-is-the-biggest-recipient-of-chinese-foreign-aid-north-korea/

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  8. iwasthere says:

    Well, too bad already they have $150 billion (in many currencies!) CASH of OUR money delivered by aircraft. Hard to find the words on the Little Corker-Obama deal. Galling? Feels weak. Traitorous?

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  9. MVW says:

    ISIS was Sunni. 911 was Sunni. 99.9% of terrorist attacks here and Europe are Sunni.

    Iran missile program and relation with North Korea is my main issue and I strongly suspect it is also Trump’s worry.

    The rest smells like a Globalist McMaster spun narrative with deep roots in the Mideast oil pipeline wars (Saudi mischief, Saudi promise to cut $ to terrorism – I absolutely distrust them and any deal with them).

    I strongly suspect that Trump is using multiple arguments to bolster action that really is all about Iran and NK nukes and missiles. Iran makes that go away and the rest becomes local conflicts and Globalist oil pipeline monkey business.

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  10. lastinillinois says:

    Did I read this correctly?
    Are we giving ownership of ISIS completely to iran (or Iran and Obama), with no mention of john McCain or our CIA?

    And did I just read that we are about to blame Assad for ‘war crimes against his own people’ again, when I thought I’d read on these very pages recently that we believed the only ‘his own people’ that he’d been fighting against were the ‘rebels’ that we’ve been funding?

    This is getting awful, seems like we are getting back into war mode in the very same region –
    over potentially the very same reasons – that we almost just went head-to-head with Russia over.

    And so lets tell the truth here – is this all about the pipeline that mccain/Clinton/Obama have been trying to push through on behalf of our Arab “friends”?

    If so, this is NOT what Pres Trump campaigned on, this is NOT why he was elected.

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    • ilcon says:

      Yes you did. President Trump opposes war.

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    • Oldschool says:

      I agree with your first 2 paragraphs illinois but not the last few. POTUS is not going to come out blaming mccain or cia for ISIS, even though he knows the truth, he simply cannot do that. He is making his case for decertification, that’s all. I don’t believe for one moment that we are going into war mode. Trump has gone out of his way to avoid involvement in the qutar conflicts. His focus is the USA, unfortunately he was left a mess that he has to deal with in order to have some security for our nation and Israel.

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  11. Dora says:

    I love that picture. He is the boss!

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  12. StanH says:

    Allowing the Shah to fall was the nexus for what became the “war on terror.” This is a part of the world where a strongman in charge is not a bad idea. We’ve proven this by the removal of the Shah, Saddam Hussein, Muammar Gaddafi , and working on Bashir Al-Assad. This has allowed Turkey moving away from a moderately Western country towards Islamization with Erdogan. If President Trump can put a cap on what hell Jimmy Carter released, he should have his own Rushmore. This is a great move by our great PDJT.

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    • napoleon32 says:

      The worst single foreign policy decision of the last 75 years was not defending the Shah. Shortly after he fell, the Grand Mosque was seized and in the aftermath of the siege Saudi Arabia swung even more to Islamic fundamentalism that it had been before. What we think of when we think of Saudi Arabia was born from the fallout of the seizure of the Grand Mosque. King Khalid, a very weak king, capitulated to the ulema and the religious extremists within the massive royal family, banning women on television and even photos of them, closing down theaters, enforcing gender segregation to an extreme extent, and rewriting the school curricula to suit their tastes.

      Would things have turned out differently if the Ayatollah had been crushed and political Islamism with it? It would likely still be a problem, but not nearly to the extent it is today. Damn it, Carter.

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      • Kalena says:

        And to think that after his miserable failure as a president, we got an even WORSE one 32 years later. I never thought in my lifetime I would see a worse president than Carter. But Obama doubled down on being an even worse president by exponential multiples.

        I always thought Jimmy Carter was just too nice of a man to be a president. He was totally out of his depth. He is proof that the golden rule can NOT be applied in the Oval Office since there are evil creatures in the world out to destroy out country because we are free peoples. So he was just totally incompetent and not up to performing the job.

        However, Obama set out to fundamentally transform our country and he almost succeeded in totally destroying it to its core. Thank GOD for the tea party that woke up and started to push back. Thank GOD for Trump to have spent 30+ years preparing for this time, and thank GOD Trump knew it was his time to run for President. Now we just have to help him clear the swamp in the Congressional elections and we just MIGHT start to be tack on track before I die. I am 62. We can only hope.

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      • StanH says:

        No question!

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    • MIreilleG says:

      You’re right a strong man must be in charge. There is no question about that and it goes for any country. The question is what strong man? If that strong man is bent on destroying his neighbors does it still apply? Castro? Chavez? Hussein? Kahdaffi? Stalin? Not all came after us directly just the same they were strong men. The mullahs seem pretty strong right now and need to be dialed back a notch.

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    • MIreilleG says:

      You’re right a strong man must be in charge. There is no question about that and it goes for any country. The question is what strong man? If that strong man is bent on destroying his neighbors does it still apply? Castro? Chavez? Hussein? Kahdaffi? Stalin? Not all came after us directly just the same they were strong men. The mullahs seem pretty strong right now and need to be dialed back a notch.

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  13. Niagara Frontier says:

    The administration probably can’t be forthright about it but I hope somebody somewhere is working hard on turning the Iranian people against their leaders who are leading them into ruin.

    Generations of brainwashing will make the task extremely difficult but it must be tried. Change always comes from within.

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  16. Brant says:

    A comeback to detractors could be, Iran is North Korea about 20 years ago.

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  17. georgiafl says:

    PLEASE, PRESIDENT TRUMP, undo the mess Jimmy Carter started when he helped install the brutal Islamist Fundamentalist Ayatollahs as leaders of Iran.

    Jimmy Carter’s last speech was a defense of barbaric, misogynist, oppressive, totalitarian evil Islam. Carter Center and Library were largely paid for by donations from these monsters.

    Carter may profess to be a Christian and Bible scholar, but his position on Islam proves he does not possess the spiritual discernment of a born again Christian.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      “Carter may profess to be a Christian and Bible scholar, but his position on Islam proves he does not possess the spiritual discernment of a born again Christian.”

      Totally agree.

      Several years ago I was shocked when Carter made a “Biblical” statement that was in direct contrast to God’s Word. False teaching.

      I am sorry that I don’t recall the doctrine in question now. It’s been a while, but I will never forget my shock. It was a well known doctrine that any Bible teacher would not have contradicted had they studied God’s word in depth.

      One of my Bible teachers used to tell us to learn the Bible for ourselves and we will discern many false teachings. Anyone can make a mistake, but a Bible teacher is held to a higher standard and one should know what they are teaching.

      “Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.” Jas 3:1

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    • Paco Loco says:

      Also,don’t forget that when the people of Iran revolted against the tyranny of the Mullahs, in BHO’s first term, he sat on his hands and did nothing to help them.

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    • kiskiminetas says:

      If he is a Christian it would tend to be one of a modernistic nature. But then again there are a plethora of politicians who claim to be Christians but what they say and do militates against them being so.

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  18. Kristin says:

    Indeed… deconstructing Obama legacy. (Borrowing from Jack Cashill).

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  19. fleporeblog says:

    This one deal that the POS from Kenya 🇰🇪 did tells you everything you need to know about his intentions towards us. Iran 🇮🇷 was on the cusp of financial collapse. By providing them the $150 Billion dollars 💵 as well as the $1.7 Billion dollars 💵 of cash sent on a pallet allowed these bastards to revive their economy. In order to stop peace and prosperity in the Middle East, Iran 🇮🇷 has to have the ability to eventually have nuclear weapons that they can use against Israel 🇮🇱 and possibly against the USA 🇺🇸.

    Our Lion 🦁 has shown those countries how he will handle and choke Iran 🇮🇷 into submission. The blueprint has already been written. What he has done and continues to do in North Korea 🇰🇵 will be played out in Iran 🇮🇷 as well. China 🇨🇳, Russia 🇷🇺 Western European countries will have to eventually decide if it is better to do business with us or with Iran 🇮🇷. We know what their decisions will be!

    That is why our President will go down in history as one of the best President’s this country has and will ever have! He uses all the strength that he has at his disposal. The best part is he does it with a smile 😊!

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  20. Trumppin says:

    LIVE STREAM: President Trump Values Voter Summit 10/13/17

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  21. Chuck says:

    With very little editing, FTA –

    “Unaccountable to USA’s people, the Obama regime has tried to gain control over large portions of the US economy and choke off competition, all the while working to weaken and undermine the USA and perpetuate the chaos and instability in which it thrives.”

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    • jmclever says:

      PURE EVIL looks the same no matter where it operates! The difference is that America has a built-in system to correct things that go too far and a culture of individualism that makes for the rise of heroes large and small from the first responders who gave their lives on 9-11 to our President Donald J. Trump.

      Pray even more for Our President. PURE EVIL never gives up without a HUGE fight.

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  22. Coast says:

    Thank God we have a President that wants to protect America, rather than increase the threat of Islamic nations.

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  23. Bull Durham says:

    What sort of pressures can the US effectively apply to Iran?
    What is the order for planes that Boeing now has from Iran?
    How many multi-billion dollar deals have been signed with EU and US corporations?

    The counter-balance to sanctions and de-stabilization moves by the US are the reality of business, trade and profits by hundreds of the most powerful multi-national corporations.

    The US lost leverage after the Iran-nuke deal was agreed to.
    The horse has left the barn.

    The smart thing would have been to get inside the Iranian society like the EU is doing, and from within, through trade and interaction at all levels, influence their geopolitical operations.

    It has always been much easier to enact the outcome we want through direct normal channels.
    The USSR was heavily influenced by these means.

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    • smadallib says:

      What sort of pressures can the US effectively apply to Iran? Maybe none directly, but how about the same type of “sanctions” the US has put on people who trade with NK……….

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      • decisiontime16 says:

        Trump Decertifies Iranian Compliance With Nuclear Deal, Sanctions Terror Regime
        Trump stops short of killing deal, seeks to create stronger, parallel deal

         —  October 13, 2017 11:30 am
        President Donald Trump will not certify Iran as in compliance with the landmark nuclear agreement, but will stop short of fully withdrawing the United States from the deal, according to senior Trump administration officials who told reporters Thursday evening that Tehran is about to be hit with a harsh new set of sanctions targeting its support for terrorism.

        * Tillerson: ‘We’re never going to accept them resuming their nuclear weapons program’
        * Congress will decide whether to reimpose a large set of nuclear sanctions that were lifted as part of the agreement

        http://freebeacon.com/national-security/trump-decertifies-iranian-compliance-nuclear-deal-sanctions-terror-regime/

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      • Bull Durham says:

        Those nations are our biggest trading partners. EU and China.
        So, we shoot ourselves to pressure Iran?

        Sanctions work when the world is with us. That was the sanctions regime in 2013. Russian and China enforced the oil embargo and Iran had to come to terms. Unfortunately, they were dealing with Obama and he gave away the leverage and the store.

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    • n1ghtcr4wler says:

      the same as with North Korea. you tell every country to either make deals with USA or Iran but not both. guess which option they will choose.

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    • iswhatitis says:

      Bull Durham says: “The smart thing would have been to get inside the Iranian society like the EU is doing, and from within, through trade and interaction at all levels, influence their geopolitical operations.”

      Maybe. Maybe not.

      While the totalitarian EU is wholesale selling itself out to islamic takeover, how can it be argued they have a “smart” strategy? Myself, I’ll pass on that “strategy” (if we’re to use that word to describe that cluster-f).

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    • Deplorable Ukie says:

      Bull Durham says:
      October 13, 2017 at 11:28 am
      “…It has always been much easier to enact the outcome we want through direct normal channels.”

      More psy-ops from from B Durham. Pushing meme ‘sanctions don’t work’ on behalf of Kremlin.

      Bull Durham says:
      August 11, 2016 at 10:55 pm
      …So, he’s no geopolitical expert…(Trump)

      So, my question remains: how many negative comments have you written about Putin and how many about President Trump? Why?

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  24. kriseton says:

    Yesterday, @POTUSPress put out a little-noticed policy announcement that was about this. It was instructing the State Department, Treasury Department & Homeland Security to use the powers within the “Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act of 2017.” You can look up the ACT and reference the different pieces of that legislation that are going to be used to pushback on Iran & Russia and other partners in supporting Iran. Odd how the MSM doesn’t seem to be following @POTUSPress or reporting this stuff!

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/10/12/memorandum-secretary-state-secretary-treasury-and-secretary-homeland

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  25. Eric Kennedy says:

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  26. positron1352 says:

    President Trump understands that in this world it is all about power and how to use it effectively and where one can, compassionately. However, he also know that this is a predatory world. You don’t look predators in the face and ask to lock arms and sing, “We are the world, we are the children.”

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  27. positron1352 says:

    Correction: knows– sorry

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  28. Don’t let anyone tell you that our President doesn’t know what he is doing. He is fantastic.

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  29. n1ghtcr4wler says:

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  30. missmarple2 says:

    Very strong speech. Good that he outlined all the stuff Iran has done. Should be easy for non-political people to understand.

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    • napoleon32 says:

      No vague, fuzzy pictures of trucks leaving buildings here! Just the Iranian regime’s own statements and official IAEA docs.

      Also the President has the PR advantage of Iran’s signature agreeing to inspections, rather than the Iraqi days where Saddam absolutely refused to let them in and had them instead imposed by the UNSC.

      And there should be no doubt that Iran is also egregiously violating the North Korean sanctions.

      The pressure is about to be cranked up some more, both on Tehran and Pyongyang.

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  31. Oldschool says:

    In listening to POTUS this morning and this afternoon, I am overwhelmed with thanks, praise and gratitude to our Lord. He has given us a gift of a lifetime. May our Lord continue to guide and protect Trump in accordance to His will.

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    • Amen x1,000!!!

      America’s path is being righted so quickly you can actually feel it! It’s incredible and quite simply God ordained. Think about it, Hollywood is in shambles, left-wing news media outlets are attacking each other, and the Democrats continue to accelerate their own demise; all while President Trump grows the economy, protects our freedoms, and ends the left’s war on American culture! It’s absolutely amazing to witness! 😀

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  32. Joe Blow says:

    Looks like the rest of the world is having a case of the splodey heads today. Good.

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  33. PDQ says:

    The full range of the Iranian regimes malign activities extends well beyond the nuclear threat it poses…

    Previous administration –> reward the above with lots and lots of cash and free reign to threaten the USA at will.

    Current administration –> declare loud and clear: I.DON’T.THINK.SO.

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  34. treehouseron says:

    This is awesome.

    He’s a dealmaker, he said it’s a bad deal, and he can’t cancel it but he’ll find a way out of it.

    So his evidence to get out of it? The loophole he found? They had too much ‘heavy water’ on two different occasions.

    Minor little issue…. and now he’s able to decertify the deal. Exactly like he said he would do.

    This is the kind of crap I hired him for.

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  35. Dekester says:

    As One observes your Presidents brilliance on a daily basis.

    One really does have to wonder what the heck the Congress Critters and Senate Slugs do, other than pose, and obstruct.

    I am sure your founding fathers never intended that the President have to all the heavy lifting.

    I can see why voting on congressional races etc is regularly in the teens. As they really do S.F.A.

    P44 basically ruled by E.O. PDJT would have little accomplished with these orders.

    The Critters just huff and puff..at least IMO

    Just look where and what your President has done ( or put up with.)in the last two weeks or so.

    Ben Sasse..( who Hannity destroyed in his tweets recently.) he just goes on leftist shows and trashes your President.

    Seriously, what gives.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Money gives from the hands of lobbyists to the hands of most senators and representatives. They won’t bite the hand that feeds them. In time the lobbyists money will dry up when P45 gets more and more of MAGA agenda up and running.

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  36. Grandma Covfefe says:

    What a burden our dear President Trump has to carry. This is a very big deal and it must have been difficult for him to go public with that announcement. It made me love him even more.

    Treepers, we all must let our president know we are all behind him-100%, no matter what and how it turns out. We need to let him know we stand with him carrying this pressure, too. He is so brave and so patriotic! He is one of us–all the way thru.

    Prayers for our President Trump and his Dream Team in the coming days, weeks, and months.
    Praying for focus and protection for them all.

    Isaiah 40:28-31

    Do you not know?
    Have you not heard?
    The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
    He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
    He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
    Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
    but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
    They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

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  37. Mia C says:

    Does anyone else here donate to him when he sends out email requests? I consider it better than tithing. In fact, sometimes I’m not sure I believe in tithing, but I always get my money’s worth by donating to Trump.
    –He’s the ONLY president so intent on working for the people who voted for him in my lifetime.

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  38. wolfmoon1776 says:

    “The previous Administrations myopic focus on Iran’s nuclear program to the exclusion of the regime’s many other malign activities allowed Iran’s influence in the region to reach a high-water mark.”

    This is very easy to understand now. Not only was this done to intentionally create a path for Iranian influence to grow rapidly, but it was also designed to create yet another Fake Win for the Fake News for Obama Optics™, so needed for deepening the media manipulation that Obama was the adult in the room.

    Valerie Jarrett, mega-commie, alleged to have set it up. Any wonder?

    Who warned us about Jarrett doing this? A dependable ally.

    Imperator Rex has a great tweetstorm about Obama Optics through the pwned media – how the creation of the “Obama Cult” in the media coincided with Obama’s utter sabotage of the United States.

    Note also how this exclusive focus allowed Obama to manipulate us to deploy cyber resources unwisely, giving them to the Russians and Chinese for free. More Obama sabotage.

    Again, ask yourself – who did Obama help? All you need to know. Obama’s masters given by cui bono, which they cover up even now with a grand disinformation plot.

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  39. treehouseron says:

    Everybody’s acting like Trump is being antagonistic with this, but the simple fact is he’s supposed to ‘certify’ that Iran is holding up their end, but he can’t do that because he doesn’t feel they have. So very simple choice to make, he just decertified it.

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