Geopolitical Adversaries Prepare To Defend Against Trump’s Iran Strategy…

Just because western media doesn’t understand how President Trump executes a geopolitical strategy based on economic leverage, that doesn’t mean adversaries are not fully aware of the effectiveness of the approach.

The Trump Doctrine has two avenues toward dealing with national security adversaries.

The first route is direct assignment of responsibility toward the enablers: see China for North Korea; The Gulf States for Qatar (Sunni extremism); Russia for Syrian terrorism (Assad); and Pakistan for Afghanistan (Taliban); as recent examples.

However, when the geopolitical threat stems directly from the enabler, and not the enabled, the Trump Doctrine has a distinctly different and far more encompassing, approach.  Route two goes through leveraging regional allies and partners: See ASEAN and India for ¹China; and France, Poland, Baltic States for ²Russia.  And now President Trump is beginning to shift toward ³Iran.

In each case: China, Russia and Iran, unlike Western media, these powers assemble volumes of research to assist them in understanding the most likely sequence of events President Trump will take.

When we say volumes of research, we indeed mean hundreds of people researching and drafting position documents based upon every scintilla of every deal Donald J Trump has engaged in.  No expenses are spared as these state actors assemble information toward their own strategy to counter the most unpredictable adversary they have faced.

These states fully understand how President Trump intends to utilize economic leverage toward his next national security focus.  As soon as President Trump mentioned he was going to outline a strategy for Iran, all international adversaries immediately began road-mapping their defense.

How do we know?  Well, if you follow the twitches, and you understand the larger dynamic of how Trump weakens his opposition’s position prior to confrontation, you know exactly what to look for.  Example(s):

(Via CNBC) Russia has accounted for oil at £30.1 ($40) a barrel in its budget, finance minister Anton Siluanov said. Oil prices have fluctuated this year, falling below $45 a barrel and going above $59.

Russia has accounted for oil at $40 a barrel in its budget, the country’s finance minister Anton Siluanov told CNBC in a TV interview on Friday.

Brent crude was trading above $57 on Friday, but the Russian minister said that the budget has taken into account price fluctuations.

“In order to minimize price fluctuations on foreign markets we have prepared a budget which is based on a price of forty dollars a barrel. I think that this is a fairly considered and conservative price, which has been factored in for the next three years,” Siluanov told CNBC in a TV interview on Friday.

“Incidentally our balance of payments on our current account is balanced on a price of forty dollars a barrel. Therefore, the percentage of the federal budget from oil and gas revenues has gone down from 60 percent to 40 percent.”

But some analysts have predicted prices could go lower. Global stock builds, rising non-OPEC production and sluggish growth in demand could weigh on the oil price, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its report published Thursday.

Meanwhile, OPEC’s production hit the second highest monthly level this year in September. (read more)

Notice OPEC, particularly ‘The Gulf States’ (two-thirds of all production), now a Trump ally, are continuing to driving production. This is in combination with western nations domestic energy policies shifting as a result of Trump withdrawing from the Paris Climate Treaty.  [*Note* all nationalistic energy activity is driven by the economics of financial viability, not the ruse of planetary climate.]  Sword dancing has benefits.

Meanwhile Venezuela, an OPEC member and also China and Russia’s largest debtor, is in a state of economic crisis and under sanctions from Treasury Secretary Mnuchin.  This makes their ability to reach out to the international financial community very, well, challenging.

So what impact is all of this Trumpian shifting of geopolitical economic plates having out in the world of multinational finance?

(Via Bloomberg) The IMF’s steering committee warned that global growth is at risk of faltering in coming years given uncomfortably low inflation and rising geopolitical risks, injecting a cautious note into an otherwise improving economic outlook.

“The recovery is not yet complete, with inflation below target in most advanced economies, and potential growth remains weak in many countries,” the International Monetary and Financial Committee said in a communique released Saturday in Washington.

“Near-term risks are broadly balanced, but there is no room for complacency because medium-term economic risks are tilted to the downside and geopolitical tensions are rising.” (read more)

Take all the money you can get“…

Q Mr. President, on the Iranian nuclear deal, why not just scrap it altogether now? You threatened to do so. Why not just end it now, withdraw?

THE PRESIDENT: Because we’ll see what happens over the next short period of time. And I can do that instantaneously. I like a two-step process much better.

Q Mr. President, you had said you were going to rip the Iran deal up, and you called it the worst ever.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I may do that. I may do that. The deal is terrible. So what we’ve done is, through the certification process, we’ll have Congress take a look at it, and I may very well do that. But I like a two-step process much better.

Q How long will you give Rex Tillerson to get this new deal? And are strikes on Iran still a possibility if you don’t get what you want?

THE PRESIDENT: We will see what happens with Iran. We’re very unhappy with Iran. They have not treated us with the kind of respect that they should be treating. They should have thanked Barack Obama for making that deal.

They were gone. They were economically gone. He infused $100 [billion] to $150 billion into their economy. He gave them $1.7 billion in cash. And they should be, “Thank you, President Obama.” They didn’t say that.

Q Have you spoken with Theresa May or Emmanuel Macron about the Iranian Deal?

THE PRESIDENT: Yes.

Q What did they say to you? What did you say to them?

THE PRESIDENT: They would love me to stay in, only for one reason: Look at the kind of money that’s being sent. You know, Iran is spending money in various countries.

And I’ve always said it, and I say to them: Don’t do anything. Don’t worry about it. Take all the money you can get. They’re all friends of mine.

Actually, Emmanuel called up, and he talked to me. And I said, look, Emmanuel, they just gave Renault a lot of money. Take their money; enjoy yourselves. But we’ll see what happens.

Iran has to behave much differently. (link)

“Complicated business folks… Complicated business”…

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244 Responses to Geopolitical Adversaries Prepare To Defend Against Trump’s Iran Strategy…

  1. It is utterly amazing to watch him break down his adversaries

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    • while liberals are still calling for impeachment! This is just too fumy! He just swats them like gnats!

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    • Mike says:

      The larger observation is why past administrations didn’t use economic leverage to secure American interest?

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      • freddiel says:

        They simply did not have any “American interest”.

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      • Trumpeter says:

        Past administrations not interested in “securing AMERICAN interest”

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      • StanH says:

        Remember what they said, like Madeline Albright, “it’s not fair that we are the only super-power!” Wow, if not us then who? No one follows up with that question. The diminution of the USA is their goal, we are in their minds the cause of all the problems in the world…spit!

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        • C R Lord says:

          Stan H – Everyone who is educated on world issues knows that America is the only free republic on earth, and if America falls, globalism will fill the vacuum gladly and as quickly as possible. Obama had them just about there and Hillary was supposed to finish the job.

          God had other plans, and Donald J Trump stepped to the plate and keeps on hitting home runs one after the other. The reason he is getting all home runs and not singles, doubles and triples is because all the leftists, liberals, democrats and globalists are incapable of playing more than one field at a time. By the time they get from one field to the other, the President is already on home plate slugging another home run. He keeps them running from field to field and it’s driving them crazy. As our President is rounding the bases he takes off his “MAGA” cap and waves it at the fans and keeps on hitting the ball over the fence. Interesting enough he will never have to play the field because the score is 1000 to nothing and climbing with no outs, and the game is still in the first inning.

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    • vincent cuomo says:

      He was in NY real estate business for years so dealing with Chump countries on the international stage is a piece of cake.

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      • WSB says:

        Remember when Candidate Trump said he used to by a LOT of TV’s from South Korea, but he would prefer to buy them from companies in the US?

        President Trump meant what he said.

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    • StanH says:

      With breathtaking speed.

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      • Minnie says:

        Exactly, that’s the part that overwhelms me.

        He made campaign promises and he is keeping campaign promises.

        Integrity – in my book, you either have it, or you don’t.

        OUR President clearly displays it and THAT is why he has my loyal support.

        MAGA 🇺🇸🦁🇺🇸

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    • Cafengocmy says:

      The way he talks sometimes flashes WC Fields in front of me. I admire both of them.

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  2. Tonawanda says:

    This is one very smart man.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      When Trump is only 10 steps ahead of everybody else, he get worried.

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    • Dave says:

      I don’t know if he’s all that smart, but everything he knows is based on reality and actual win-lose outcomes. Some people can tell you a million theories or isolated facts, and they make complexity a virtue. But Trump knows why people actually do things, and there aren’t that many reasons — whether you’re trying to sell Manhattan real estate, or pushing a form of government in the Middle East.

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      • StanH says:

        Though the President does not come off as an aeriodite jerk, as you say his brilliance is in his common touch and understanding how to move a seemingly immovable object. This has the swamp critters tying themselves into pretzels. Most of the swamp dwelling bureaucracy has zero real life experience, their expertise is to talk and talk while the world they create burns, see NAFTA. In theory it may seem logical, in practicality it is as harebrained as anything oozing out of the swamp. If we can’t bring Jeffersonian democracy to the world let’s bring the 3rd world to the West, the results of which we see today, peasant invasions of the West. This is repeating of a tragic history, where the Romans allowed the Visigoth’s inside the gates of Rome in the hope they would help defend them against the Huns, how’d that work out…the sacking of Rome. Perot had it exactly right, “that giant sucking sound, all of our factories will head south while we’ll get an invasion of 30million peasants.” Do we all remember the scorn that he received from the swamp?
        As Sundance points out this is why President Trump is and will be most successful.

        MAGA!

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      • CaptainNonno says:

        Sounds pretty F…ing smart to me! He’s been there and done that. Few others can say that certainly fewer politicians or bureaucrats. Perhaps only some in the Cabinet can boast of big time smarts.

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        • StanH says:

          It is smart, smart in its simplicity. The swamp has to turn everything into…well, the swamp. They’ll weave together wonderfully structured sentences, that mean absolutely nothing, Kabuki Theater for the masses. They’ll set up two seemingly different positions, when in truth the uni-party is moving in the same direction, one just a little faster than the other. Mr. Trump has disrupted this, and they are freaked. Remember, trillions are at stake.

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      • pcmoreland says:

        And he does so with his own very clear motives. Not what I will look like to the press, or my European friends, or for future campaign donations or board positions on various multinational corporations. What is good for the USA? What is good for America? What is good for Main Street. Because all of those things, are good for the world.

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        • Judith says:

          This is why Donald Trump was (wrongly) dismissed as a Noo Yawk rube. He not only marches to a different drummer, but they can’t place the song, or even make out the band.

          PDJT is completely outside of their control. Therefore, he must be reined back in, back to their narrow, selfish, elitist way of doing things. Heh heh. Good luck with that.

          These are the same sheeple who were carefully groomed to march down that yellow brick road to see the Wizard, who then bestowed upon them a pretty piece of paper that pronounced them all geniuses. And, with every fiber of their being, they believed it. HA

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        • StanH says:

          Indeed! A breath of fresh air. America first!

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    • tkonerman says:

      Trump is one very honest man.

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  3. justfactsplz says:

    Watch Grasshopper and learn from the master.

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  4. The Boss says:

    “Take all the money you can get”.
    A less ambiguous way of saying: “Make hay while the sun shines”.
    Regardless, the objective is to drain the Iranian treasury.

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    • highdezertgator says:

      My interpretation ‘take all the money you can get” …and remember where that $150 billion came from!

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      • Esperanza says:

        Basically take back the Obama pressie.

        On another note, any doubts we may have had that the globalists want Iran to be nuclear armed are now lifted.

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        • thluckyone says:

          And can you imagine that these very globalists somehow believe that they can negotiate with a nuclear armed terrorist state? LOL! Maybe they think George Soros or one of their other puppet-masters will be able to reign in these monsters to do THEIR bidding?

          These nuclear-terrorist-wannabe’s – use Shia Islam simply as an excuse for their ambition to enslave and destroy the rest of us. WHERE are these enabling globalists gonna hide? When the jihadis have crippoled human civilization, who’s gonna print the money or exchange goods for gold? When Planet Earth’s no longer habitable, are they going to Mars? ROTFL! BAD NEWS, folks: The Twelfth Imam ain’t comin’. Better hope for Jesus!

          I like what I think I see of the plans of President Donald J Trump. Maybe we CAN’T put the Genie back into the bottle but maybe we CAN cork the bottle and meanwhile, starve the Genie and put him on OUR leash. Let the globalists go looking elswhere for another Genie. Maybe they’ll find a place to hide – permanently.

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          • Cafengocmy says:

            The Western Globalists and the Moslems are allied. Each thinks it can neautralize the other when victory is achieved. Islam has far the better record of success in these things.

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    • ladypenquin says:

      Notice how he inserted the actions of the detestable Barack Obama in there? Making sure everyone knows how Iran got this money…

      But I do like that “take all the money you can get” – that’s not politician speak – that’s a brilliant businessman’s blunt talk. These kinds of statements drive the media crazy because they only know how to deal with psychobabble of liars, not remarks from someone like President Trump.

      He’s outing them for the fools they’ve been.

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    • Kent says:

      …with a side dish of “we’ll deal with you later….fool”

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    • chojun says:

      Indeed. Trump must know that Iran is an imbalanced import economy and is going to use the Iran deal to strangle them. This could get pretty interesting.

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  5. Lucille says:

    World leaders recognize that President Trump is fearless as our leader. They also know he ran his businesses fearlessly and that obstacles were to be overcome, not run from, though tactical retreats may have been used on occasion. They also know he understands how to get himself out of poor performing deals.

    For all who think world leaders don’t recognize he is a winner–a leader like they’ve not seen in their lifetimes–their eyes and ears need to be opened and their biases roundly defeated.

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    • trapper says:

      Foreign leaders are receiving a priceless lesson in 21st Century statecraft. Trump and his team are putting in place a geopolitical structure of relationships between Westphalian nation states that our great grand children will read about with admiration in their history books. The globalist delusion is being shattered, as we emerge from the 20th Century nightmare of applied 19th Century utopianism.

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      • Trapper, my thoughts as well. I also believe that the Presidents cabinet are 100% behind him and should something horrific happen to our POTUS, they will continue and finish what he has set in motions.

        The world has changed thanks to the courage of one man who believed in himself and sacrificed all. President Trump is the George Washington of our time and the left knows it.

        I just watched the movie Snowden. Imagine the world leaders (and the deep state, Dems and anti thumpers) data researchers and crunchers working 24/7/365 trying to figure out what President Trump will do next. Hope they don’t read Sundance and CTH, but I bet they do.

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        • Benson II says:

          Sorry to disagree but Trump is alone in his ability to bring welcome change. There is no one to replace him or carry on. As has been the case through out history it is one person who had the intelligence and will to lead, all the rest are followers if this wasn’t true the followers would have been leaders and wouldn’t have needed that person. This has been true for the good that was done by these leaders and the evil that was done.

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    • Judith says:

      I hate to say it, but our press hounds, and those Americans who hang onto their very fake news reports, confirm to the world the dumbing down of Americans. We’ve been bullying the rest of the world for a long, long time, while blissfully unaware of our Deep State swamp.

      According to my college-age nieces, their generation is now completely spoon-fed on that NWO garbage. President Trump must take on election fraud and fake news media, with a vengeance. The truth must come out, if we are to finally set the world free of NWO’s shackles.

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      • annieoakley says:

        This belief in the NWO is what worries me the most. It keeps me up at night because so many people believe in this.

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      • angusmcgeef says:

        Anecdotally, it seems Globalism/NWO was sold on “to the benefit of all” as if a sovereign government initiative “to take prosperity to the next level”, and we all cooperated (sounded good). Then it became clear the ones behind it/in charge were multinational corporations and powerful bankers and billionaires out for their own interests (of course). Not elected representatives whose self interests hopefully aligned with the peoples interests.

        We were in a sense “asleep”; complacent and trusting in the wisdom of our political leaders (they took care of us in the past, didn’t they? and they’re really smart, right?). And turned out that in this path America was being drained of wealth and health. Yes, the struggles for the old economy arrived to give way to the new service economy but also America’s social fabric was being corrupted and decimated on every level in the name of “progress and freedom”; and still is.

        Before long, it became clear that there was a serious problem… The promises of the global based good life could not be met by those that promised it and so to keep the good-times ball rolling the governments borrowed and borrowed heavily to hide their failures. How can government borrowing beyond one’s generational capability to repay the debt be sustained? And how shamefully immoral it has made us! How can it be repaid if there are less available productive means to do it? (Now we are faced with the threat of robotic subjugation! To which the NWO answers to general society is the “guaranteed minimum income”.)

        Enough already! They tried to sneak in utopia but all we got was slavery and decrepitude. The answer to our hopeful prayers: US President Donald J Trump. MAGA!

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      • Cafengocmy says:

        The key reform will be Education. So long as that is a preserve of the Left, no advances or rollbacks made by DJT will or can persist after him.

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    • WSB says:

      Have we noticed yet that the international leader naysayers have tamped down their incendiary remarks since last January?

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  6. BobBoxBody says:

    Okay, so as I understand it, Trump is basically telling everyone to sell as much stuff to Iran as possible to destroy their economy and make them more pliant in negotiating with Trump, is that what I’m taking away from this?

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    • Jerzy2GA says:

      That’s basically what I got out of it. These countries have infused themselves so much with Iran, all parties involved will not want to give up the 2 way gravy train.

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      • WSB says:

        But that is how President Trump will lasso both parties. That money is like a pink pack stolen from a bank. All of the enablers are easily identified.

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      • Jenny R. says:

        That is because they are foolish enough to have forgotten the rule of “cut your losses”. It will not be our fault if they continue with their stupidity.

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    • Trumppin says:

      that’s how i am reading it

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    • sundance says:

      Create dependency, then await instructions to execute leverage.

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      • backwoodsgirl123 says:

        Hey Sundance, you were including a bunch of stuff about Russia’s oil budget….I don’t know if you were aware of this or not, but I think it’s important.

        Starting at about 2:20 in the video…..

        Mnuchin GRILLED Senate Banking Committee Hearing on Donald Trump Tax Reform 5/18/17 TAX News

        I wrote a letter in March to you, concerning about the real possibility that the administration would be forced to deal with an offer from Russia’s state owned oil company.To aquire critical energy infrastucture in the United States.

        Last year (2016), Venezuela’s large state owned oil company pledged nearly 50% of Citgo (the U.S. subsidiary of the Venezuelan oil company Petróleos de Venezuela known as PDVSA) shares to Rosneft (leader in Russia’s petroleum industry) as collateral for it’s loan.

        So my question is, “Would it concern you Mr. Secretary, if Venezuela’s state owned oil company defaults on the debt and as a result, Russia’s state owned oil company, exercised a near majority ownership stake, if they haven’t purchased additional shares in the open market…they may have, the possibility of being a majority owner. With 48 US petroleum product terminals, three refineries in three different states, nine pipelines throughout the country…Wouldn’t that be something that concerned you?”

        Mnuchin responds…that they needed to have the discussion confidentially because it dealt with National Security.

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      • GaryT ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗ🇺🇸 says:

        Nailed it.

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    • Some Old Guy says:

      Perhaps also to “sop up” that massive boost in liquidity that the prior administration just provided.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Too funny. Yes, President Trump gives his friends his blessing in taking all the money they can from Iran. Of course that’s USA money. In time whatever they are buying will be cut off. More sanctions I would think. Drain Iran of $$$ and products. Economic pressure will increasingly be applied is what it appears to me.

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    • dalethorn says:

      Hopefully most of that stuff is expendable and not high quality hardware.

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  7. RedBallExpress says:

    What gets me is the number of idiots in this country that think the Iran deal is really good for the U.S. I am talking about hard working Americans. Where are their heads?

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    • Trumppin says:

      tuned to CNN 24/7

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    • piper567 says:

      RedBall, sometimes its easy to forget that not many folks have the advantage we do, having sundance expertly explaining policies, intentions, etc. Not to mention our interchanges from this informed and lofty perspective.
      Plus, there is a certain political junkiness in the average Treeper which is not as common as we would wish.
      One advantage of what we learn here is that it allows us to help others understand.
      But, as with the Gospel, if folks are unwilling to listen, then we must move on…always looking to find someone who may be persuadable.
      I am still finding people at church who are grateful for me telling them of the Treehouse. They, like us, cannot believe their good fortune.
      I think one element here is a real interest in truth, and a certain confidence in one’s ability to smell a rat.
      Many libs care not for truth. Ideology does that…Theses folks get in their ideological furrow, and are blinded to any truth or actual analysis. The Bible calls this Strong Delusion.
      I believe we may be able to gauge the degree to which people are waking up by the voter turnout for the Primaries this coming year.
      Lotsa work to do.

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      • RedBallExpress says:

        Very well said.

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      • Maquis says:

        I concur with all, well said.

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      • Jim says:

        Luke 9:5 – If people do not welcome you, leave their town and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them. Also appears in Matthew and Mark.
        Amazing what lessons we see from President Trump.

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      • Judith says:

        I really hope PDJT has a committee working 24/7 on the upcoming primaries. I am so burnt out from shoveling sh** against the tide all these years. We desperately need reinforcements to carry our MAGA mission across the finish line.

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      • Benson II says:

        Agree overall but many people will come to be on Trump’s side for numerous reasons many having nothing to do with what we are able to understand by visiting CTH. I think this is why Trump continues his personal outreach on every level available. Not that he doesn’t also care about the people in distress with some of his outreach.

        Communication is one of the most powerful factors a person can use and his command and use of it is truly remarkable. No matter what happens he never retreats from communicating on every venue available. This along with his ideas is what won the presidency and this will also bring many more to support him.

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    • anthohmy says:

      When ya just sit down and talk to people, many of them are occupied thinking about what they are going to do for dinner tonight in this modern economy that relegates meal preparation to a few minutes at a microwave and empty promises of conveniences when generations before us spent a large proportion of time foraging for, growing, and preparing food.

      Eating requires more organization than modern life allows time for, eating well exponentially more.

      If you are dependent on a food supply obtained at the grocery store, to do it right, it requires menu planning, making a shopping list, getting to the store, bringing it home and pulling the meats out of the styrofoam and freezing them properly and then not getting so engrossed reading on CTH that it is an hour later than you should have put that roast in the oven and the “plan” can go right out the window.

      This is for periods in life that aren’t consumed by work, picking up the kids from school because they no longer have school buses, and all the other chaotic running around that makes the rhythms of food preparation nearly impossible to achieve.

      Convenience is walking out your back door, grabbing a head of lettuce, maybe killing a chicken, though I’m not sure I could handle that quite yet, and living in real time.

      But no, you gotta pay the flipping mortgage that TRAPS you into 30 years of work to pay for it, when a good old barn-raising could do the trick quite nicely without the bankers controlling life.

      The mortgage problem leads to so many other complications that General Foods and others have capitalized on with their promise of “convenience” while superbly downplaying the chemicals, that most of us are completely unaware that realizing you are a lobster in a pot can be acutely felt at the dinner table, or lack thereof.

      “Hey, let’s eat out tonight”

      Life is so disruptive and non-rhythmic that basic sustenance is haphazard at best for the large majority of ‘the ignorant’.

      It is a profoundly time-consuming endeavor to keep up with this. I have had to ask myself the question of whether it is extremely unwise waste of time or an act of service to my children doing it.

      Ignorance is not intentional.

      I’m more concerned about those who create the conditions promoting it, with intent.

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      • whatfreshnell says:

        I like your perspective. Let me digest it a bit more. ;-D Thanks.

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      • Mary kate conly says:

        Anthomy, well said!! Keep cooking for your family, it’s worth it!! Flesh, fat, cartilegde and tendons, combined with aromatics over a sustained period of heating = MAGIC

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      • joshua says:

        well….I cook in bulk and freeze portion sized containers in a freezer chest. Economy of purchasing scale, can use veggies that are going limp in cooking stews, etc, and skim grease off of anything that has too much fat in the meat. In short, my time is compressed to a production cycle of rare large energy expanded in producing future needs fullfilment….it works for me in an adult family not tethered to the whims and complaints of young kids….and we buy very little snackie stuff…..

        we don’t bother with a garden anymore….too much time for too little value…sure, might taste good…but taste is for joy and pleasure more than a need. But I do not neglect spices and combining stuff into tasty foods…..and I have a backup generator for the freezer in case of a power outage, and ability to cook off grid as well.

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        • anthohmy says:

          What happens if the food supply is disrupted? If everybody had a little garden growing in their front yard or backyard, imagine Venezuela right now.

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      • TreeClimber says:

        Working dads and stay-at-home moms.

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      • peace says:

        Yes, the organizational part of eating can be time-consuming so I take advantage of online shopping – two of my favorite sites : greenchef.com (great for you meals prepared and ready to eat in 30 minutes) and door-to-door organics (good healthy food sitting on my doorstep when I arrive home from work).

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      • Judith says:

        Hard to jump off that carousel. I won’t grow my own food because of the toxic chemical plume seeping under the neighborhood. And the supermarket surreptitiously dishes out Deep State’s Monsanto food that I don’t trust, either. The kids seem to all be going vegetarian, if not vegan. That may not be a bad idea.

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      • forjava1 says:

        Do it. Do three gourmet meals a day. Call up for stuff from your farmers when you need it. Get your farmers to let you pick picked-over crops. It is your health and appearance.

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  8. David says:

    Dear American friends,
    I am Israeli. Trump is absolutely doing the right thing and there is a good reason why Bibi Netanyahu issued a strong support. Trump is standing with Israel at this difficult time and may he be blessed. I am attaching here an interesting video. It is not the only one of this kind , enjoy.

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  9. Abbott Rock Monastery says:

    I don’t know where I would be without this blog. While at the same time, I feel like we should be a secret club and this information shouldn’t be out there for Trump’s enemies to see.

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  10. Impossible says:

    The charming reality is that the current President of these United States was seen as not “politically experienced.” Oh how breathtakingly significant this henceforth dismissive assertion has manifested itself. A man who does not trade in the nuances of self-serving Kabuki theater, but instead, is as direct, and honest, as a child, yet as cunning as a thrice-educated fox. To see how our president’s honesty clears the smoke of political obfuscation after decades of deception is glorious. (To know how close the win, and how near the catastrophic loss could have been) — And, how Sundance, unraveling the game with brillant insight and commentary; oh how refreshing! As I toil away, (painstakingly) attempting to debrief my friends seduced under MSN captivity, how restorative it is to visit this site. (thus loving the commenters here…)

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    • piper567 says:

      Beautifully said, Impossible.
      And thank you for continuing to toil away in the land of the seduced.

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      • Impossible says:

        Thank you greatly, and so kindly, yet yes, I teach at the most liberal institution in NYC. [Oh patience! Oh fortitude! Oh muses of the anti-absurd protect me and surround me!] It is truly bizarre how the counterintuitive, nay, how self-depreciating and self-immobilizing (ill-)-logic sways these sheepsters: these weak joined-to-the-herd minds…. yet, sir, is that exactly not the problem? We fight not against individuals but a network of the self-delusion’d? I fight to win them one ounce at a time; and the sludge field is filled with vast tonnage…

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        • Orygun says:

          That would be indeed a herculean task! Thanks for the effort!

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        • backwoodsgirl123 says:

          Ephesians 6:12Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

          12 For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.

          2 Corinthians 10:4-6Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

          4 For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,
          5 [Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),
          6 Being in readiness to punish every [insubordinate for his] disobedience, when your own submission and obedience [as a church] are fully secured and complete.

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          • anthohmy says:

            Paul and Trump are both spectacles. Paul’s letters would be modern day tweetstorms, most of it flying right over people’s heads.

            He is every bit the open rascal Trump is. One doesn’t have to imagine Pauls ‘sinful’ acts of days gone by or outside of his writing, it’s embedded within the narrative.

            Sometimes, things he says are living examples of what not to do.

            While I am sure ‘no gossip’ was something Perfect Man was capable of, I give you Alexandar the Coppersmith.

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          • You do know that many of the English words in that version are not in the original Greek. It’s a paraphrase.

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        • Maquis says:

          Your allegory filled my.mind with a vision of that vast tonnage of sludge, and it smells pretty awful!

          Man, Treepers are on a roll tonight!

          So much of what is written here could pass for Scripture, or Shakespeare, and edify and cause one to marvel just as well.

          I love my Treeper Family!

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        • “Oh patience! Oh fortitude!” And may I add OMG! LOL…..And thank you for your fortitude….. I, for one, have NOT given up on this country……

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        • kpm58 says:

          Speaking of NYC, what happened to the Madison Avenue group that was talked about during the here during the primaries? They were supposed to be a smart group. They had plenty of resources and world wide connections. Why have they not been able to figure out President Trump and anticipate his moves?

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          • ladypenquin says:

            Evil being “smart” cannot win over “Good.” Ever vigilant, Evil must be defeated. President Trump has the intelligence, the abilities, and the strength. Everything that drives him comes from a bedrock of a moral compass about this country. The Madison Avenue group and types are acting from selfishness, greed for money and power, while President Trump (and good people in this country) hold up because our principles beat theirs.

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    • Sundance is donating JEDI DEGREES in GEOPOLITICS for all who are committed and capable of lifting one another to never-imagined levels of understanding, insight and impact.

      The Lefty REGRESSIVES are so dumbed down from decades of dastardly derogatory deception that they’re droolingly drowning in each others’ denial.

      What a blast!

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  11. USA loves Melania says:

    When I took a sharpie and filled in the little oval next to “Donald J. Trump” in the primaries and again in November of 2016 those were the two greatest votes I ever cast and likely will ever cast in my lifetime. For once when I voted I didn’t have to “hold my nose”. No more of that. I can hold my head high. I’ve never been so proud to vote. I made the right choice. I elected a man who fights with the ferocity of a million wolverine warriors. He fights tough and he fights smart. He fights to win. He fights to win for America, for you and me and Americans not yet born. I pity the fools on the opposing side right now. Woe betide the poor bastards who try to get between my President and making America great again.

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    • RedBallExpress says:

      I still have the little “I Voted” sticker stuck to the armrest of my pickup. I smile every time I look at it.

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    • Impossible says:

      The current president of these United States, our citizen-warrior: a man rich in dollars but poor in sense-of-unearned-entitlement you thereby elected. You chose well, and by one vote cast slewed the ship from overgoing the falls of a Clintonesque debacle of unmitigated (and likely) unrecoverable conflagration. As a New Yorker I was pre-shackled in a preordained outcome. I therefore thank all the election demigods for individuals such as yourself. My eternal gratitude.

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      • ladypenquin says:

        You must be an English literature teacher to write such eloquent prose. So much beautiful writing is actually being lost because of technology. Yet, here at CTH, are writers, people who can think and compose their thoughts and put pen to paper so to speak. I love the knowledge I glean here as well as the edification of Sundance’s straight to the point, stab them in the heart, informative posts.

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        • Corticram says:

          I was thinking the same thing Ladypenquin. I’m like wow! s/o

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          • ladypenquin says:

            I’m going to bookmark this post, it’s likely to be one of my favorite threads. So much truth, but more importantly, the sheer magnitude of the insolence of the Left and their deliberate obtuseness to understand how self-destructive their belief system is – which ultimately would/will consume them (except for the privileged few) – is to remembered in the darkest of days.

            No matter what Karl Marx wrote, or what Stalin, Lenin, Mussolini, Hitler, Mao, Pol Pot, Castro, did, their belief system is fatally flawed and can never succeed. They can indeed be destructive, commit genocide in the millions, but the essence of the human spirit, which America uniquely represents cannot be destroyed – unless we let it.

            In this day and time, President Donald Trump isn’t going to give way.

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        • Impossible says:

          Kind ladypenquin, I circle back to the comments here after a long and joyful day (much work set out to do with a fair amount accomplished [as good as it gets]) to say, thank you for your flattering words. Your insight regarding wordcraft and technology is well taken. Yes, much is lost via the masticating modes of the day, but still: the potential for quality is actually not diminished and this is a fact worth celebrating. That free speech, though under constant threat, endures; that open communication, though monitored, prevails; and, that free association, though prejudiced, is unhindered, proclaims that what this nation was founded upon endures. This should cheer us, and fortify us, daily.

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    • chbailey says:

      I scanned my ballot, my proof of my vote for Trump, and then I emailed it to all of my loved ones in order to dispel any ambiguity in their minds as to my political stance. Yeah:)

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    • Judith says:

      I’ll do ya one better: I won’t sell my car because of the super-cool Trump sticker I received as a campaign volunteer, way back before Pence even hit the ticket. And I could buy a much nicer ride, if I wanted to. Is that dedication, or what?

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  12. Minnie says:

    I absolutely love OUR President!

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  13. Troublemaker10 says:

    Iran Deal Supporters Are Willing To Sell Out The U.S. To Jihadists
    http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/13/iran-deal-supporters-willing-sell-u-s-jihadists/

    Excerpt:

    EU Ambassador to the U.S. David O’Sullivan asserts that if America nixes the JCPOA, “the European Union will act to protect the legitimate interests of our companies.”

    “People in Brussels,” O’Sullivan says, “are looking at whether blocking statutes need to be upgraded or updated,” as a means of subverting prospective re-imposed or new U.S. sanctions.

    A Financial Times article titled “Europe battles to save commercial ties with Iran” published mere hours before President Trump’s anticipated speech on Iran policy notes:

    European efforts to develop “ironclad” protection against possible fresh U.S. sanctions have so far kept hitting a brick wall, said Nathalie Tocci, director of the Institute for International Affairs think-tank in Rome and also an adviser to Federica Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief. “That’s why so much political capital has been put in to saving the deal,” she said. [Emphasis mine.]

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    • Well President DJTrump and his agenda are from the hand of the God of the Bible. It should be evident by now the continual winning against the odds are God’s intervention demonstrating His ability to influence the affairs of men.

      DJTrump is a catalyst in this time. his candidacy and Presidency carry a passionate thrust defining a worldview whose resonant truth has unleashed shock-waves. Waves that are breaking politically correct constructs like tuned sonic waves shatter glass.

      Warning!! Warning!! Evil is being shown for what it is. Many have prayed the evil would be exposed, but I think many have not anticipated how openly their prayers would be answered. All of it will be shown.

      It is fascinating to watch where God turns His exposure each time. Let’s see, media, Democrats, Rinos, GOPe, CoC, Proglibs, Anifa, BLM, NFL, ISIS, North Korea, China, NATO, EU (Due up for another dose courtesy of David O’Sullivan ), Sweden, Germany, Brussels, London, UK, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, The Vatican, the Pope, Hollywood, I know I have missed some, but there is more to come. Some of these groups just can’t resist taking another run at the wall. They are like fish, always rising to the bait.

      Don’t be surprised at what is revealed and who is revealed. God is showing what is going on. And He is calling those who recognize it to a greater reality. Salvation and righteousness through believing on Jesus Christ. Redemption is the focal point of all God does. All in the revelation and majesty of His Son, Jesus.

      2Ti 3:1 But understand this, that in the last days hard times will come—
      2Ti 3:2 for people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy,
      2Ti 3:3 hardhearted, unforgiving, backbiting, without self-control, brutal, hating what is good,
      2Ti 3:4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God,
      2Ti 3:5 holding to an outward form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people!
      2Ti 3:6 For among these are those who slip into households and deceive weak women weighed down with sins, led away by various desires,
      2Ti 3:7 always learning yet never able to come to the knowledge of truth.
      2Ti 3:8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so do these people oppose the truth, men corrupted in mind and worthless concerning the faith.
      2Ti 3:9 But these people will not make any more progress—for their folly, like that of Jannes and Jambres, will be obvious to everyone.
      2Ti 3:13 But evil men and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. Tree of Life Version @2015

      John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly! Tree of Life Version @2015
      Stay tuned, it is far from over.

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      • backwoodsgirl123 says:

        Here’s the Amplified

        2 Timothy 3-15 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

        3 But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].
        2 For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.
        3 [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.
        4 [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.
        5 For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].
        6 For among them are those who worm their way into homes and captivate silly and weak-natured and spiritually dwarfed women, loaded down with [the burden of their] sins [and easily] swayed and led away by various evil desires and seductive impulses.
        7 [These weak women will listen to anybody who will teach them]; they are forever inquiring and getting information, but are never able to arrive at a recognition and knowledge of the Truth.
        8 Now just as [a]Jannes and Jambres were hostile to and resisted Moses, so these men also are hostile to and oppose the Truth. They have depraved and distorted minds, and are reprobate and counterfeit and to be rejected as far as the faith is concerned.
        9 But they will not get very far, for their rash folly will become obvious to everybody, as was that of those [magicians mentioned].
        10 Now you have closely observed and diligently followed my teaching, conduct, purpose in life, faith, patience, love, steadfastness,
        11 Persecutions, sufferings—such as occurred to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra, persecutions I endured, but out of them all the Lord delivered me.
        12 Indeed all who delight in piety and are determined to live a devoted and godly life in Christ Jesus will meet with persecution [will be made to suffer because of their religious stand].
        13 But wicked men and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and leading astray others and being deceived and led astray themselves.
        14 But as for you, continue to hold to the things that you have learned and of which you are convinced, knowing from whom you learned [them],
        15 And how from your childhood you have had a knowledge of and been acquainted with the sacred Writings, which are able to instruct you and give you the understanding for salvation which comes through faith in Christ Jesus [through the [b]leaning of the entire human personality on God in Christ Jesus in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness].

        John 10:10 AMPC
        10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it [b]overflows).

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        • Boomerguy says:

          Love the AMPC!

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          • backwoodsgirl123 says:

            So do I!

            I don’t like the new AMP, but the Classic really helped me dig in and study the Word. And I also have E-Sword and they have a Classic Amplified Plug-in so I can do parallel plus look up all of the Strong’s numbers.

            E-Sword is free (and the free commentaries are awesome from way back before they started changing everything) and the AMPC is still under copyright so they charge $20 for the plug-in.

            Go look up the word Believe in the AmpC and you’ll find in parenthesis (adhere to, trust in, and rely on). And those kinds of definitions really opened up my understanding that it’s not head knowledge, it’s heart belief.

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      • “They are like fish, always rising to the bait.”

        President Trump’s Tweets are his chum to ensnare our enemies!

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    • Esperanza says:

      Globalists gonna global.

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    • Bert Darrell says:

      Translation of O’Sullivan’s blurb: don’t interfere with we, Europeans, getting our hands on a big chunk of the $150 billions that Obama gave to Iran in exchange for nothing.

      PDJT’s comment (transmitted through Pres. Macron): help yourselves to as much of OUR money as you can … while it lasts.

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    • Judith says:

      I thought that was crystal clear from the start. Silly me. Are people so brain-dead that they actually need this headline to grasp what Globalism aims to do? That is, wipe us off the planet?

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  14. May God bless our President! How could any American object to his approach to any situation?

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  15. stats guy says:

    It still appalls me that the RINO party and Corker supported this. Sure lots of big US players (like Boeing) get contracts, but it sure seems like the old saying that the capitalist will sell you the rope with which to hang him.

    But Trump is playing the hand he was dealt. And flipping that $$$ leverage will help. Most nations want to show their people how much material progress they are getting as a result of their leadership.

    But Bob Corker is a dolt…like so many RINOs.

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    • Founding Fathers Fan says:

      The most appalling thing is that RINOs keep getting re-elected in their primaries even when they run against conservatives. Ryan won his last primary with less than 15% voter turnout. There’s only about 17% turnout in republican primaries. People who refuse to vote in primaries are hurting Our Republic. Politicians and diapers must be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain.

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      • Ditch Mitch says:

        Me thinks 2018 will be diferent. We have PDJT as leader and spokesman, who has already done great things. An organization working hard to defeat the uniparty candidates. And the timing of 10 dim senators from states won by PDJT. 2018 may be one of the longest election seasons for the dims/uniparty in recent history.

        We may not defeat all the Ryans in Congess, but enough will be defeated to remove them from leadership.

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        • ladypenquin says:

          I wonder if President Trump isn’t going to be out there on the campaign trail, not necessarily for any individual contest, but simply doing his rallies and making the point of folks participating in their primary elections. IOW, get out the vote in the primary is the starting point, not an afterthought.

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          • Ditch Mitch says:

            Lady, PDJT will continue to have rallies in key states/locals to promote a national America First agenda as you say. During primary (and then general) election season PDJT will rally with candidates who support America First agenda. PDJT knows he needs to keep the House and add a number of Senators in order to get his agenda passed.

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            • Judith says:

              We Treepers had better pay attention to Trump’s midterm endorsements. Uniparty has devious ways to divide the base. Don’t be suckered in by trusTED and his ilk. These imposters are the most dangerous part of the swamp IMHO.

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    • joeknuckles says:

      I suspect that Corker made a lot of money on the Iran deal. Do the math, he’s a corrupt politician and there was a lot of money changing hands. I’m convinced he got a piece of it in exchange for his role in allowing the deal to go through. Follow the money.

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      • ladypenquin says:

        It makes one wonder if anything Corker did was illegal. He may be afraid of what will be exposed…

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        • missmarple2 says:

          I noticed that when President Trump was talking about his decision on Iran, he discussed those pallets of cash and then pointedly said, “What happened to all of that cash?”

          I wondered at the time if he KNOWS where it went, and that Corker may have received some.

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    • JIm says:

      I would buy their argument if Iran was the only country in the world capable of buying widgets from the likes of Boeing. That obviously isn’t the case.

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    • dalethorn says:

      Corker is not only an obstructionist, he has reverted to the lowest form of false witness in his language accusing Trump of undermining Tillerson. That will not be forgotten.

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  16. A2 says:

    Well, as far as I can see all the right (I mean left) people are whinging about the deal. All heavy tones and ‘dire consequences’. All or most were for it. So sad. Make me laugh harder.

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  17. MVW says:

    Iran basically won the Obama Lotto. The problem with many lotto winners is they spend like drunken sailors. Worse than lotto winners are bureaucrats who spend like it is not their money.

    With the price of oil and the Iran military engagements, I wonder how long the $150 billion will last? Perhaps this is what Trump is seeing reflected in his comment, ‘Take the money while you can’, and why new Iran sanctions would worry the Mullahs?

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  18. A2 says:

    Despite the JCPOA (14 July 2015), Russia did and continues to make arms deals with Iran. That is where a big chunk of change was going.

    “In the wake of the historic deal Tuesday to lift Iranian sanctions, Russia and China will continue to make weapons deals with Iran under U.N. procedures, Moscow’s top diplomat said. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said “Russia and China insisted on its lifting among the first restrictions subject to abandonment. In the long run, the Iranian partners — and they have a decisive say here — have agreed for a compromise, since the West has been insisting on keeping the weapons ban in place for eight [years].”

    “Russia currently has a deal in place from April to supply Iran with the S-300 missile defense system. It’s yet to be seen how it will be completed given that Iran is now banned from buying missile technology for eight years. The deal was said to be a gesture of good will for Iran’s co-operation in the negotiations.”

    “Lavrov also said that because the Iranian nuclear weapons threat had now been dealt with he expected the U.S. to give up on a missile defense shield in Europe, citing U.S. President Barack Obama words during a 2009 speech in Prague that there would be no more need to create a European segment of the missile shield should a solution be found to Iran’s nuclear issue.”

    And Congress and the Obama officials who negotiated this anti-American deal sat what?

    http://www.ibtimes.com/iran-nuclear-deal-russia-china-weapons-deals-islamic-republic-continue-under-un-2007410

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  19. A2 says:

    President Trump and Sec Mnuchin let no moss grow under their feet.
    US Treasury Dep’t announces IRGC Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) designations after his Iran speech.

    All Iranians, corps, and the Revolutionary Guard.
    https://www.treasury.gov/ofac/downloads/sdnnew17.pdf

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    • Kent says:

      Interesting opine by Newt Gingrich on Fox this morning…death to America indeed….I wonder if Hussein……our previous ‘precedent’..sarc….has figured he may have stepped in shiite with his pallets of cash maneuver yet?

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  20. daughnworks247 says:

    Mnuchin is like a superhero with specs, the “Money Monster”, wielding American economic power all over the world.
    I don’t ever remember openly rooting for a Treasury Sec, a Commerce Sec (Wilburine!), a Sec of State (T-Rex) or a Defense Sec (Mad Dod). We’re going to need some plastic figurines so the kids can play.

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    • Larry Bucar says:

      hahahha, can you come up with one representing SD? hahahahah

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      • thluckyone says:

        Oh, SD is our freaking NINJA-WARRIOR-semi-Divine-Messenger-Oracle of the Hidden Hand! Incomparable, Lovable, Mysterious, FOREVER Faithful. VERY gracious – yet he doeth not suffer fools grace.

        It is only TOO SAD that there is but one of his caliber in this day. We are EXTRAORDINARILY privileged to be under the tutelage of Sundance during his passage through this realm. May Heaven grant that Sundance can raise up ten-thousand more like him before the time that we all dread. Even then we will rue that day.

        May our hearts – and the hearts of MANY – be FILLED with hunger for learning the tao of Sundance. May THE ONE ETERNAL kindle in us an unquenchable flame for freedom, justice, truth, hope, wisdom, generosity and dogged determination.

        “Father God, teach us to be like Jesus and like his disciples. And Lord – if it’s not too much to ask, teach us also to be like Sundance.” Amen.

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    • Judith says:

      Hey that’s not a bad idea! A trivia game that notes the real accomplishments of the Trump cabinet
      Members. BTW, did anybody see that weird commercial for “Trumpie” bear? It looks like a bizarre parody doll. They should make one for Barry Hussein- half white/half black and all it says when you squeeze it’s ears is “uh uh uh uh uh”

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  21. Eks Mann says:

    >>>Just because western media doesn’t understand how President Trump executes a geopolitical strategy based on economic leverage…

    The western media deliberately doesn’t understand, of course. They’re simply puppets; they obfuscate at the behest of their marionettists.

    One wonders who pulls the strings.

    Thank you, Sundance.

    MAGA

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  22. Mary kate conly says:

    I am heartbroken that i am just reading this now. We hosted a small, outdoor dinner party last night. We called it “campfire casual”. It wound have been greatly enhanced, had I incorporated “sword dancing has its benefits” into our theme!!!

    Sundance you’re amazing!

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  23. kidsndogsncats says:

    Next to the driver side door handle of my suv, is the ‘I voted’ sticker I happened to stick there just under the little round Trump sticker that had been put there a couple of months before the election. Another one will go there in 2020. A constant reminder of how grateful I am.

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  24. KittyKat says:

    It appears many world leaders are calling him up for advice on how to govern. 🙂

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  25. KittyKat says:

    This was a delightful post to read on a Sunday morning. Like having thick artisan bread for breakfast instead of a lettuce leaf. Everywhere else, the tabloid news is all.

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  26. brh82 says:

    I’ve found that posting a Comment is the WordPress trigger to being allowed to “like” a Comment. So if YOU aren’t being allowed to “like”, try posting a comment yourself and magic might happen for you too.

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  27. brh82 says:

    I’ve found that posting a Comment is the WordPress trigger to being allowed to “like” a Comment. So if YOU aren’t being allowed to “like”, try posting a comment yourself and magic might happen for you too.

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    • thluckyone says:

      brh82, what I often do is to “like” the thread as posted by Sundance or one of our other wonderful posters. That brings up the login-screen. So, I log in and – after login success, I refresh the window (F5) and BLAMMO-SUCCESS-O, WordPress let’s me comment or like to my heart’s content. And there’s LOTS TO LIKE with this amazing crew sharing ideas.
      YES!! CTH IS ALL ABOUT MAGA, BABY! I feel right at home. 😉

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      • brh82 says:

        Your magic formula for success works for you but. after I log in I can “like” but it doesn’t count or show until I have posted a Comment. I have ALWAYS liked the threads without any log in screen coming up, but that’s because I have the log-in screen bookmarked and log in immediately, for what? GRRRRRRR!

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  28. don’t have tv cable Had to cut it off with all the news and espn driving POTUS crazy! did not want to give media one penny. The best place to read is here at CTH! Thanks to SD and all treepers!

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  29. yy4u says:

    All Trump is doing is doing what should have been done — the Iran deal certified by Congress. Obama did it through Exec Order because he didn’t have to stand for reelection so neither Dems nor Dems in a Flag Pin (Republicans) had to take a stand for or against. It’s how we are governed these days. Democrats govern whether they win elections or not. You don’t have to look further than ObamaCare. Repubs ran on repealing and replacing, Dems ran on keeping, Repubs won, we keep ObamaCare.

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  30. stinkfoot63 says:

    “Just because western media doesn’t understand how President Trump executes a geopolitical strategy based on economic leverage, that doesn’t mean adversaries are not fully aware of the effectiveness of the approach”

    It’s not a question of misunderstanding that governs the monolithic western media approach- it’s knee-jerk opposition to everything Trump that governs. Sadly, attempting to dissect based on such nuances completely misses the point..

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  31. Monadnock says:

    I was heartened when he specifically mentioned the 200+ marines that were murdered in Beirut back in 1983. There has never, to my understanding, been an appropriate response for that outrage. The blood of those Americans continues to cry out from the ground – maybe, hopefully, PDJT has an appropriate response marinating on the back burner, awaiting the appropriate time for implementation. I want to live to see that.

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  32. Fleporeblog says:

    The Russians are admitting that our Lion 🦁 is destroying them one day at a time. For a country so tied to gas ⛽️ for their economy, they are predicting it will drop from 60% to 40% of all their revenue. This is massive. The other thing that our President has destroyed them with is the fact that they can no longer use gas as a threat to Eastern and Western European countries. Poland 🇵🇱 and the other Three Seas Nations admitted that they rather pay more for our LNG rather than to buy from the Russians.

    Iran 🇮🇷 is screwed! The playbook is out in the open. At some point our President will tell the world that you have a choice to make. You either trade with us or with them. Iran’s economy will once again crumble and there won’t be any traitor that will bail them out.

    It is actually amazing to watch the Trump Doctrine at work!

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  33. Publius2016 says:

    “Take the money, leave the cannolis”. Enjoy it while you can, there’s a new sheriff in town.

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  34. annieoakley says:

    I think I understand what the President is doing, I may have to read this essay a couple of times.

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  35. rsanchez1990 says:

    I think the funniest example of adversarial powers compiling research on President Trump is North Korea going around to Republicans and asking them for insight into how President Trump will move forward towards North Korea. They’ll just end up giving Rocket Man more disinformation, not because they like President
    Trump, but because they don’t have a clue about President Trump either.

    Also, one of the things candidate Trump kept hammering on during the campaign was that he wouldn’t broadcast our moves ahead of time, giving our enemies time to react. One of the questions the media asks most, either to President Trump directly or to his staff, is whether he’ll launch a military strike against North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, etc. These people just don’t listen. How many times does he have to tell them “we’ll see what happens” before they learn to actually wait and see what happens?

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  36. jameswlee2014 says:

    The other parties to the agreement were window dressing at the time and window dressing they remain. Their opinion is meaningless.

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  37. ScoutBird says:

    Oh the farce of it all in the First World governments. These idiots think growth equals inflation. Basic Economics is missing in action in the First World. No wonder nearly every nation in the Western World is near bankruptcy.

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