Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Interview on U.S. Strategic Iran Policy…

Voice of America (VOA) Persian’s Setareh Derakhshesh interviews U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the Trump administration’s new Iran strategy. The interview aired on VOA Persian’s News Hour on May 25, 2018.

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The new U.S. approach toward Iran was outlined in a prior speech by Secretary Pompeo delivered on May 21st, 2018 {Video Available HERE} – A transcript of the Iran policy speech referenced within the interview is AVAILABLE HERE.

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91 Responses to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Interview on U.S. Strategic Iran Policy…

  1. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “The new U.S. approach toward Iran was outlined in a prior speech by Secretary Pompeo delivered on May 21st, 2018”

    Except fake news MSM is too busy with “their TDS fueled agenda” to report the facts

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  2. Curry Worsham says:

    In a nutshell:
    MNKGA
    MIGA

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    • PS says:

      And there’s nothing wrong with that. I personally feel that the best thing we (the USA) can do is uplift our fellow humans out of socialist totalitarian societies. I don’t subscribe to the “they don’t want democracy” meme (Iraq), I think the US did a terrible job setting them up for success. We can’t just drop a new government and run. But we can set up stability, encourage economic growth, make them envious, and explain that a tolerant society is for everyone. Maybe we need to explain it to ourselves a ltttle better, but I think the blue wave is puddling itself out, and people will soon realize the degree that they have been lied to.

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      • Carrie2 says:

        PS, which is exactly what Trump has done and now people are able to move back into their cities and whatever is left of homes, but we help them to get water, electricity, etc. and the military there MUST start taking over with some training from our military. Pride is returning to much of the military and the people are beginning to feel real freedom, or at least as much is allowed under muslims, especially to females. We have a real President and Pompeo is doing a fabulous job. So now many are en route to Singapore and apparently Kim is rethinking and deciding if he wants a real future for himself and country and wants the talk to take place. We pray that this be so not for Kim but for his citizens who must learn they are no longer slaves or being used (Kim noted for raping young daughters of the citizens), decent food, clothing and future.

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        • PS says:

          Yes. Let’s get GE power plants, Cat Tractor construction equipment, Lockheed civil, etc. Sorry we blew up your infrastructure, let us help you rebuild it, pinkie swear we won’t blow it up again. Hmm, that sounds a little too military-industrial complex for my liking, but there is definitely an economic middle ground here. I’m not sure how we transition out of nation building with Trump’s personal responsibility path.

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          • Reloader says:

            I believe PDJT would not have approved of Paul Bremer taking over the occupation of Iraq at a critical time. Many blame GW Bush and Barry Soetoro for ruining Iraq and creating ISIS, but from what I have read, Bremer had a part in that, as well.

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    • Dennis Leonard says:

      I am kinda dense,could you explain what this picture means.

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  3. Nice to see a real journalist acting professionally….very informative interview. US news an embarrassment.

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    • litlbit2 says:

      Totally agree. Proving once again President Trump always finds the correct words when describing certain public places. Not a stretch to use the term to describe the American Press, outlets, puppets in the Press room as mostly a sh$thole gathering. A stable run by pimps.

      The lady was amazingly honest. Very refreshing. Thanks Sundance 🙏🙏👍

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    • piper567 says:

      littleflower…yes, an embarrassment.
      We have become accustomed to the worthlessness of our msm, but when they embarrass us, and our President…which I believe is intentional, that really pi$$es me off.
      I was So happy last week when the President shut down that snarky bitch in front of Moon!

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  4. Paul B. says:

    Pompeo has a soft, reasoned approach to the drastic problem of Iran’s leaders, and I think it’s very powerful. Rather than prompt regime change, he’s making a gentle appeal to common human decency, regardless of what religion people hold. Iran’s religion is inconsistent with those values, but once the values are established it will be unable to stem the tide of liberty. Iran opened up to the Gospel of freedom and peace would be a beautiful thing to see, on both political and spiritual grounds. As Pompeo says, we need to be praying about this.

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    • Old Codger says:

      Don’t think SoS Pompeo would break down in tears if the Iranian masses pulled a “1945 Italian Solution” on their current political regime, though.

      But, he really is making members of the Iranian regime an “offer they can’t refuse…”

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      • Paul B. says:

        There is no question, Pompeo is speaking from strength. And that makes his winsome words the more powerful. After 8 years of the exact opposite, it is a godsend – literally.

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      • Carrie2 says:

        Old Codger, what bothers me is how Iran (Persia) lost its way to being overrun with didactic muslims. If you know your history, think how Persia gave us the start to our alphabet and were well learned. Sad to see the detritus in running the country. I have Persian friends (and not muslims believe it or not) who are well educated, courteous, and great friends but managed to escape to America.

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    • Philip Chapman says:

      I am gobsmacked watching this guy being able to reduce everything to such basic, absolute truths and with such up-beat optimism. A happy warrior I’d say.

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      • piper567 says:

        Pompeo is my first choice for Trump’s successor.
        Alpha male, immoveable, International Understanding after many years at SoS, not to mention Trump’s tutelage.

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        • Critical Mass says:

          The great thing about Trump’s legacy and influence is that it has not centered around the cult of personality, false charisma and myth, as it was with his vile predecessor. Totally agree with you about Pompeo, but would also add that the Trump team has great depth of talent, as is the case with a winning football team.

          There are also many other potentially good candidates waiting in the wings to be Trump’s successor, if Pompeo is not willing or able.

          No-one will ever replace Trump, but he has cleared the decks for those with leadership skills, integrity and courage.

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  5. SB says:

    So nice to have responsible, qualified, indeed gifted people in charge.

    MAGA!!

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  6. Dimbulbz says:

    Sigh…It’s so nice to go to bed at night, knowing that there are finally grown ups in charge once again…

    Liked by 15 people

  7. fleporeblog says:

    Excellent interview with Secretary Pompeo! He was delivering a message to the people of Iran 🇮🇷 that our President has their backs and will be there for them no matter what.

    There will never be a new agreement. What will happen in Iran 🇮🇷 is that the people will overthrow the government. Secretary Pompeo is absolutely right that the protests in Iran 🇮🇷 continue to this day.

    The Israelis are bombing the Iranians off the face of the Earth in Syria 🇸🇾. PM Netanyahu visited President Putin who assured him that he will not provide S-300 anti aircraft missiles. He also told the PM that Syria 🇸🇾 will not come to the defense of Iran 🇮🇷. The only two countries that should be in Syria are the Syrians and Russians.

    President Putin will not interfere with the sanctions put on Iran 🇮🇷 by our country. If anything, he privately loves it. Iran will no longer be able to sell their fuel. Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 and Russia 🇷🇺 are picking up the difference. This is huge for Russia 🇷🇺 since so much of their real GDP is based on the sale of fuel.

    Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 just punched the Germans in the mouth. You want to back Iran 🇮🇷 and the BS JCPOA, you get to see what your new life is like!

    https://www.newsmax.com/finance/streettalk/saudi-arabia-germany-business-relations/2018/05/25/id/862546/

    From the article linked above:

    Saudi Arabia has all but stopped doing business with German companies as relations between the countries have deteriorated in the past six months.

    “For Germans, the doors in Riyadh have suddenly been closed,” a German businessman in the Saudi capital told Der Spiegel.

    There are major strikes currently occurring throughout Iran 🇮🇷 (if your on Twitter, I recommend you follow this man because he has insights into Iran that you won’t find elsewhere)

    The Iran 🇮🇷 military is getting the sh……t kicked out of them in Yemen 🇾🇪 by the GCC!

    It is just a matter of time! At this point, I actually see the Iranian Government overthrowned before North Korea 🇰🇵 completely denuclearized. Both will happen within the year.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Matthew, good stuff and hopefully an overthrow will take place soon and get rid of the uber rich dictators in Iran. We pray for their freedom as we continue to fight for our freedom and rights here in America. At least they know our President and most of us are there for them and praying daily for them and their country being open, learned, and moving forward. We purchased an Isfahan rug just before we could no longer purchase them from Iran. Opening up for the people to have businesses that allows them to sell outside or even create inside Iran would be wonderful. It is a beautiful rug and we were blessed to be able to get for a reasonable price (as we don’t have a lot of money and that was because the owners said it could not be sold to any business people but to those who would appreciate it, so we saved some $27K in our purchase). Their freedom is our freedom!

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    • piper567 says:

      flepore, @Raman_Ghavani is a good compliment to Heshmat.
      Assyrian friend pointed him out to me.

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    • Flep: Great post at so many levels across so many fronts!

      BREAKTHROUGH:
      “President Putin will not interfere with the sanctions put on Iran 🇮🇷 by our country. If anything, he privately loves it. Iran will no longer be able to sell their fuel. Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 and Russia 🇷🇺 are picking up the difference. This is huge for Russia 🇷🇺 since so much of their real GDP is based on the sale of fuel.”

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        • G. Combs says:

          A really super post F. LePore. I always pay attention to your posts as well as BlackKnightRides, Blade, CorwinAmber, Ristvan and Wolfmoon’s (among many others)

          So many, many knowledgeable people who post here. It is really hard to keep up. But I am always afraid I will miss important nuggets such as those you just gave us about Netanyahu visiting President Putin and Saudi Arabia handing Germany their behinds.

          I refuse to read or watch the Yellow Stream Media so I depend on Treepers to sniff out the important stuff and keep us informed.

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  8. Bone Fish says:

    What motivates Pompeo and Trump to keep pumping that old Wolfowitz Doctrine rag spawned (5) US presidents ago?

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    • G. Combs says:

      “What motivates Pompeo and Trump….”

      Over fifty years of observation plus the knowledge of hundreds of other very smart business people.

      Get over the thought that President Trump is naive and operating in a vacuum. He has been part of the inner circles for years and as he said on the campaign trail he KNOWS KILLERS.

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  9. Sunshine says:

    A bull of a man with the voice of a lamb and the cunning of a fox.

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    • Carrie2 says:

      Sunshine, which like the best of Pres. Trump’s selections are thinking and working in this mode which truly hypnotizes others. Pres. Trump come on strong and direct, and his appointees in general come on soft and effective in following him up. The skills, knowledge, and way to work around what has to be done is stupendous for us and in MAGA due to having new friends around the world.

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      • Sunshine says:

        What’s amazing is, under Obama/Clinton, those who weren’t friends of the USA are becoming friends.
        And those who were friends now dislike the USA but have no choice than to remain friends.
        Trump has circled the wagons.

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  10. Dimbulbz says:

    I think the reason why Putin wont supply the anti-aircraft defenses for Iran, is because they were so completely worthless in Asad’s Syrian defense. It doesn’t work, or it may not even exist. Russia has not exactly been at the top of their game lately, and lets face it, we want to take them seriously in order to get our military back up and functioning at 100 percent. Any reports of antiquated systems from Russia does not feed the hunger for bigger and smarter U.S. weaponry. I am not opposed to having nothing but the best, but I am no expert, but Russia sure dropped the ball when it came to our latest attack in Syria. Either they didn’t want to put up any defense, or they did – and it was totally worthless, or they couldn’t even get anything up in the air. Anyway you look at it, that, looked like WW2 anti-aircraft fire against our incoming stuff. It was like we were shooting fish in a barrel.

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    • GB Bari says:

      You might have missed the discussion in the days immediately following that attack. It was generally concluded among those in this website and on some other blogs and twitter accounts that Russia pulled back and deliberately did not interfere with that action. They likely saw a benefit in so doing. If you’ll recall, the Russians who were killed were described in the media as “mercenaries”.

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    • G. Combs says:

      “… Russia has not exactly been at the top of their game lately,….”

      It ain’t Russia I am worried about it is CHINA! And the TRAITOR Clinton gave them US military secrets. China has continued to hack our millitary secrets since then including hacking into the Oak Ridge Labs a while back. 🙄

      Russia is the enemy of the GLOBALISTS not the enemy of the USA.

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  11. A2 says:

    Sec Pompeo is delivering a specific message to a very specific audience.

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    • ann hendrickson says:

      A2, did you find the closing question esp significant? Paraphrase. “ are you willing to publicly release evidence of leaders funnelling wealth into private fortunes?” Secretary Pompeo didn’t miss a beat: “Yes.”. Followed by firm affirmation “transparency is fundamental.” A powerful doctrine! 💜

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  12. missilemom says:

    My Mom from another state, who did not read this post, called me with this Bible verse tonight :
    “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Mathew 10:16

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  13. Donzo says:

    Tell Pompeo that at least some the problems in the ME are the direct result of our meddling in other people’s affairs, just exactly what he is counseling against.

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  14. scott467 says:

    What Mr. Pompeo sounds very nice, very ‘ecumenical’, but like ecumenism, it falls apart under basic examination, because it is based on ignoring fundamental truths, basic honesty, in order to ‘get along’.

    Pompeo: “I think most Iranians look at what we have accomplished here in America, how blessed we’ve been, and think that’s a model that works…”

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    That ‘model’ was based on a Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and a Constitution for a religious people, and that religion was not one picked out of a hat, one is not the same as another.

    That religion was and is Christianity.

    The men who founded our country were not all Christians, but most of them were. None of them were islamic, or Hindu, Buddhist, or any other.

    So when religion is mentioned by our Founding Fathers, it is not some broad feel-good concept of generic ‘spirituality’.

    It is only one specific religion to which they refer, and that religion is Christianity.

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    “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” — John Adams

    “[T]he only foundation for a useful education in a republic is to be aid in religion. Without this there can be no virtue, and without virtue there can be no liberty, and liberty is the object and life of all republican governments. Without religion, I believe that learning does real mischief to the morals and principles of mankind.” — Benjamin Rush, Signer of the Declaration of Independence

    “[T]he Christian religion, in its purity, is the basis, or rather the source of all genuine freedom in government. . . . and I am persuaded that no civil government of a republican form can exist and be durable in which the principles of that religion have not a controlling influence.” — Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary

    “[F]or avoiding the extremes of despotism or anarchy . . . the only ground of hope must be on the morals of the people. I believe that religion is the only solid base of morals and that morals are the only possible support of free governments. [T]herefore education should teach the precepts of religion and the duties of man towards God.” — Gouverneur Morris, Penman and Signer of the Constitution

    “[Why] should not the Bible regain the place it once held as a school book? Its morals are pure, its examples captivating and noble. The reverence for the Sacred Book that is thus early impressed lasts long; and probably if not impressed in infancy, never takes firm hold of the mind.” — Fisher Ames author of the final wording for the First Amendment

    “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.” — John Jay, Original Chief-Justice of the U. S. Supreme Court

    “Human law must rest its authority ultimately upon the authority of that law which is divine. . . . Far from being rivals or enemies, religion and law are twin sisters, friends, and mutual assistants. Indeed, these two sciences run into each other.” — James Wilson, Signer of the Constitution; U. S. Supreme Court Justice

    “The moral principles and precepts contained in the scriptures ought to form the basis of all our civil constitutions and laws. . . All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery, and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.” — Noah Webster, author of the first American Speller and the first Dictionary

    “Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the Word of God or by the strong arm of man; either by the Bible or by the bayonet.” — Robert Winthrop, Speaker of the U. S. House

    “Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society.” – George Washington, General of the Revolutionary Army, president of the Constitutional Convention, First President of the United States of America, Father of our nation

    “[O]nly a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” — Benjamin Franklin, Signer of the Declaration of Independence
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    • Might that model have been free-market Capitalism?

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      • scott467 says:

        “Might that model have been free-market Capitalism?”

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        That is not the model Pompeo was describing, he was very specific:

        “Pompeo: “I think most Iranians look at what we have accomplished here in America, how blessed we’ve been, and think that’s a model that works… in the sense of, we’ll certainly adopt a different form of democracy and we’ll have a different form of government and we’ll have different values across a certain set of things, and we’ll have different religions, and that, that’s all fine, but the basic common understanding of humanity, that you treat every human being with dignity and respect, that you don’t export violence around the world, that you don’t steal and plunder from your people, those core values that are, civilizational, that are historical, I think the Iranian people share those in the same way the American people do.”

        He is not talking about free-market capitalism there.

        He appears to be referring to some fantasy ‘universal’ value-set that doesn’t exist and never has.

        Americans seem to tend to think that our traditional values (almost non-existent today, except in lip service) are ‘normal’ or universally shared by mankind or genetically encoded or something, but they’re not.

        It may seem like they are, because it’s the way many of us were raised, and it is what we are told about ourselves in the history books before the revisionists destroyed the school system — but all of it, our culture and what was once our uniquely American values is derived from the roots and foundation of our country, and that in turn came from the founders of our nation, many of whom had a deep knowledge and belief in God as revealed in Scripture, which informed their views, which had immeasurable effect on how our country and founding documents were created.

        My point is that you cannot simply use a cookie-cutter, chop out Christianity, insert islam (or any other belief system), and end up with a model that resembles ours in any meaningful way.

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        • How many times does Sec. Pompeo need to say “different form” for you to hear “NOT universal” and “NOT cookie-cutter”?

          You chose NOT to read between the lines on Capitalism and then chose to read between the lines on religion.

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        • Reloader says:

          It seems that Scott is clearly explaining that it is only Christian faith that brings the moral correctness that is required. Capitalism and democracy will not do this, no matter what.

          I was just contemplating this morning on the “face of venezuelan collapse” (theorganicprepper.com) and why it is that socialism and communism proceed so quickly to criminal governments. It took more than 200 years for the American government to descend into the totally criminal methods of barry soetoro’s administration. And I had only a shallow knowledge of the quotes which Scott has provided for us here.

          It seems obvious now that Christian faith has led to America’s blessings. Nation-building is so obviously a bad habit, but without this aspect of America’s success it is always doomed … and we have seen this result.

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    • Elizabeth Carter says:

      I totally agree. I have read the Federalist and Non-Federalist papers and the consensus was clear.

      Mike Pompeo attended the Sedona Forum on 4-20-2018 as head of the CIA.
      https://www.thesedonaforum.org/agenda/
      If you look at the agenda and the other attendees, it is apparent this group has nothing to do with Christianity and a lot to do with the NWO. Mike is now SOS.

      John McCain was a big part of founding ISIS. Cindy McCain will apparently be replacing him as Senator. These are the people they hang out with.

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      • churchmouse says:

        Thanks.

        I’ve had that bookmarked for some time and look at it occasionally to figure out why Pompeo and James Mattis would want to speak at such an event where David Petraeus and Miss Lindsay were also on the dais.

        Then I remind myself that such people think differently about the circles in which they mix.

        On a social level, a well known socialite, not a Trump supporter, had a party in the Hamptons last summer. Several Trump people, including Kellyanne Conway, were there.

        People at the top from opposite sides of the political spectrum mix freely and are sometimes good friends. I would like to read a rationale — from them — of how they can reconcile these differences at conferences and parties.

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        • Elizabeth Carter says:

          I was looking through the whole list of participants in the 2018 Sedona Forum and they are all Globalists. I would assume Pompeo and Mattis had to go but then they may just be Globalists also. I hope not. But it did turn out that Tillerson is, so we just have to wait and see which side they are really on.
          It makes me happy that President Trump does not attend these things. He has not even gone to England yet. Since President Trump is making big inroads into reducing the child, human and drug trafficking business world wide and is undoing all of the work they have been doing for years on Iran, ISIS, TPP, NAFTA, Agenda 21 and Agenda 2030, etc. I assume they would not invite him anyway.
          I noticed that the Sedona Forum had child trafficking on their agenda . I think most of them are for it and not against it from other things I have researched about them.
          I just read through the different speakers, and looked at the pictures of Hillary, Clapper, Chelsea and the others on the Registration page.
          It was easier for them to all be friends because we had a Uniparty. They just acted like they were on opposite sides for our benefit. Now that it is finally coming apart, it is interesting to discover their real allegiances. I giggle when President Trump says things about the people who hate him most, being good people and good friends. He knows who they are and that they would very much like to see him out of office one way or another. But he just smiles and keeps draining the swamp.

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          • G. Combs says:

            How else do you figure out what the Globalists are thinking and planning without mixing with them?
            Remember at those parties they DRINK at the very minimum and President Trump does not. – in vino veritas

            ……

            As far as Sec of State Tillerson is concerned, he never wanted the job in the first place but his wife talked him into it. I think it was agreed between President Trump and Rex that he would serve a one year stint to get Saudi Arabia/ middle east on board the Trump train and then leave. (Note the timing February 1, 2017 to Mar 13, 2018.)

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          • churchmouse says:

            Thank you, Elizabeth.

            You have expressed all my concerns about the Sedona Forum. Are the people we perceive to be good guys attending and speaking because they have to (for whatever reason) or is it because they share those ideas? As you say, we shall just have to wait and see.

            I, too, am grateful the President ignores these events.

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        • Benson II says:

          Both sides profess friendship but is it true? I doubt it. In my opinion you don’t go to a party of mixed political affiliation to reconcile differences you go to see who’s gonna slip up and say something of relevance about what’s going to happen. Being nice to someone at a party doesn’t mean you like or admire that person’s belief system. They’re all actors on a stage and we’re lucky if we get any truth from anyone at a high level of influence whether in politics or those who donate.

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          • churchmouse says:

            I used to think that, but, recently, I started reading news stories about prominent movers and shakers in the UK.

            You might say ‘well, that’s the UK’, but a lot of them, especially women, are quite close friends even when they are political opposites.

            *** It goes some way to explaining why everyone prominent opposed Brexit so fiercely in 2016. And why they all loathe the President, another stunning blow in 2016.***

            It’s to the point where I can’t ignore the possibility — certainty in some cases — that they are on the same side.

            If that turns out to be true in the US as well, then, no wonder the Swamp is so difficult to drain.

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            • scott467 says:

              “You might say ‘well, that’s the UK’, but a lot of them, especially women, are quite close friends even when they are political opposites. ”

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              I know what you mean, but I find it impossible to reconcile.

              Either they are not really close friends, or their are not really political opposites.

              I strongly suspect they are not really political opposites, in the era of the Uni-Party. And they are probably not so much ‘friends’ as they are members of the same crime syndicate.

              Like being members of a gang, who wear nice suits and pay other people to commit violence for them.

              That’s what our Uni-Party is.

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  15. scott467 says:

    Pompeo continues, contradicting the very foundation he just asserted, that ours is a model that works, by suggesting that wholly different models could achieve the same result: “…in the sense of, we’ll certainly adopt a different form of democracy and we’ll have a different form of government and we’ll have different values across a certain set of things, and we’ll have different religions, and that, that’s all fine,”

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    It may be ‘all fine’, but then it has absolutely *nothing* to do with our “model that works” which immediately preceded the sentence above.

    A different ‘form of democracy’, a different ‘form of government’, different ‘values’ and different ‘religions’ is a wholly and completely different “model”, altogether.

    .

    Pompeo continues: “…but the basic common understanding of humanity, that you treat every human being with dignity and respect, that you don’t export violence around the world, that you don’t steal and plunder from your people, those core values that are, civilizational, that are historical, I think the Iranian people share those in the same way the American people do.”

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    You will not find that ‘basic common understanding of humanity’ in islam, not in the books upon which islam is based and which are Authoritative in islam.

    If he means some new-age ‘Oprah-islam’, some form of islam that is separate and apart from the Authority of the Koran and associated texts, then he’s just whistling past the graveyard.

    The Word of God is Authoritative in Christianity. Men have (and will) always attempt to corrupt it to their own will, and this we see all over America and throughout the world, but all they succeed in doing is exposing themselves as false teachers, because anyone can pick up a Bible and compare what God’s Word says to what the charlatans and fakers say, and see for themselves who is a liar and false teacher.

    It is no different with islam, except that islam itself is a lie. But the principle remains the same, what is being taught and observed must reconcile with what the Koran and associated texts actually say, or it is not the lie of islam, it is just the corruption or further perversion of the lie of islam.

    And that is what lies at the core of the problem: the lie of islam.

    Anything built on that lie will bear the fruits of a lie.

    And no flowery words from Mr. Pompeo, or anyone else, can change that truth.

    If you want to defeat the global tyranny of islam, then you must:

    A) identify the threat, by name, for what it is. It is an ideology, a political system, and a cultural system, from the 7th century, with religious trappings used as a means of control

    and

    B) defeat that threat by exposing it for what it is, and confronting it with truth

    Anything short of that, you’re just kicking the can down the road, which plays right into islam’s hands, because islam plays the long game.

    The West has never been stronger militarily, and islam has never been weaker militarily by comparison to the West.

    So now is the time. Armed conflict should not even be necessary, but dealing from a position of overwhelming strength certainly is. That strength affords us the ability to speak the truth plainly about islam, and let the leaders of islam try to answer, with the spotlight of the entire world focused upon them.

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    • If we revisit Pompeo’s words, they centered on squandering Iran’s wealth and killing its citizens on military adventurism, exporting terrorism globally, and ripping off the citizenry to enrich the Mullahs.

      When did he raise religion/Islam or our form of democracy?

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      • scott467 says:

        “If we revisit Pompeo’s words, they centered on squandering Iran’s wealth and killing its citizens on military adventurism, exporting terrorism globally, and ripping off the citizenry to enrich the Mullahs.”

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        Here is the full quote which I divided into two sections for two consecutive posts:

        Pompeo: “I think most Iranians look at what we have accomplished here in America, how blessed we’ve been, and think that’s a model that works… in the sense of, we’ll certainly adopt a different form of democracy and we’ll have a different form of government and we’ll have different values across a certain set of things, and we’ll have different religions, and that, that’s all fine, but the basic common understanding of humanity, that you treat every human being with dignity and respect, that you don’t export violence around the world, that you don’t steal and plunder from your people, those core values that are, civilizational, that are historical, I think the Iranian people share those in the same way the American people do.”

        .

        “When did he raise religion/Islam or our form of democracy?”

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        If you’re just trying to give me a headache, you’re succeeding, lol!

        He raised the subject of our form of democracy here, and then immediately butchered it by suggesting everything about our ‘model’ could be changed, and it would somehow also be a ‘model that works’.

        Pompeo: “I think most Iranians look at what we have accomplished here in America, how blessed we’ve been, and think that’s a model that works… in the sense of, we’ll certainly adopt a different form of democracy and we’ll have a different form of government and we’ll have different values across a certain set of things, and we’ll have different religions,”

        When Pompeo says “we’ll” (beginning at “in the sense of, we’ll certainly adopt…”), he is speaking of the Iranians, speaking from the Iranian point of view. In the same breath, he rattles off major differences from our “model that works”, the last of which is “different religions”.

        The religion of Iran is islam.

        islam is fundamentally incompatible with ‘our model that works’, or any model that is based on freedom and individual rights. islam is antithetical to freedom and individual rights.

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        • scott467 says:

          It’s as if Pompeo said Iranians see what America has accomplished, and think that’s a model that works. So far, so good.

          But then in the same breath he suggests that you can change ALL of the components of our model, substituting a different form of democracy, a different form of government, different values (which come from ‘religion’), and different religions, and end up with a ‘model’ comparable to ours that also works.

          It’s gibberish.

          If you change all of the major components, the result is nothing like our model at all.

          If you want to make chocolate chip cookies, you use a recipe (a ‘model’ or ‘pattern’) for chocolate chip cookies.

          It works. It’s tested. It’s repeatable. Over and over again, same ingredients, same results.

          But if you change all the ingredients, that’s a different recipe, a different ‘model’, and why would you expect the same result as the ‘model that works’?

          For that matter, why would change it in the first place, if you already know a ‘model’ (‘recipe’, ‘pattern’) that works?

          Why would you try to fix something that ain’t broke, and what are the chances that the Iranians or anybody else (certainly including present day American politicians) could outdo our Founding Fathers, even given a thousand lifetimes to try?

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        • I refer you to Saudi Arabia, where MBS is transforming the country to accept all religions and grand rights to women. But first, get a good night’s sleep.

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          • scott467 says:

            “I refer you to Saudi Arabia, where MBS is transforming the country to accept all religions and grand rights to women.”

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            And I in turn refer you to the deception that islam teaches to use toward infidels, i.e., anyone who is not a member of the death cult.

            Taqiyya and Kitman.

            Taqiyya is the Koranic authority to lie directly to outsiders about their islamic motives and aims

            Kitman is the Koranic authority to lie by omission.

            If a ‘belief system’ literally teaches and inculcates adherents to LIE to outsiders about their motives and objectives, what does that say about their belief system?

            And how can you ever trust an adherent of any such belief system?

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          • scott467 says:

            “But first, get a good night’s sleep.”

            ___________________

            Thank you, I feel much better now 🙂

            .
            .

            “I refer you to Saudi Arabia, where MBS is transforming the country to accept all religions and grand rights to women.”

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            That’s great, except it ignores the inherent conflict between what islam teaches and what MBS claims he is trying to do, and I don’t know why people have such difficulty understanding this.

            Why do people have trouble understanding Authority — and who has it, and who doesn’t?

            They don’t, not really. They just learn to justify ways of ignoring Authority.

            For a relevant example — to make the point in relation to what MBS is trying to do by going against his own belief system — many churches today are ‘ordaining’ women to be ‘bishops’ (a.k.a. elders). This causes great controversy, because the highest Authority in these matters is God, not men, and the Word of God is quite specific about the qualifications necessary in order to become a ‘bishop’ (elder) in the Lord’s church.

            Those qualifications for elders (a.k.a. bishops) are given in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and again in Titus 1:5-9.

            Some of those qualifications are matters of judgment — a bishop must be blameless, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach, not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre, but patient, not a brawler, not covetous. (cf. 1 Timothy 3:2-3)

            But some of the qualifications are not matters of judgement, they are matters of fact, and you either meet those qualifications, or you don’t.

            Among the qualifications given by God (all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, cf. 2 Timothy 3:16) in order to be a bishop, one must be:

            A) a Man,

            B) he must be the Husband of ONE WIFE, and

            C) he must have at least ONE child, and

            D) his child or children must be FAITHFUL and under his control (not accused of riot or unruly, Titus 1:6)

            God is under no obligation to explain His reasons for these qualifications, but in this case He does, by way of asking a rhetorical question:

            ……………………………….
            “(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?)” (1 Timothy 3:5, KJV)
            ……………………………….

            So according to the only Authority that matters (to anyone claiming to believe in God), how does any man (or woman!) who does not meet the qualifications given by God become a bishop?

            By the authority of men, and not of God, that’s how.

            In blatant, rebellious contradiction to God, that is how. And this is how conflict arises, and how churches are split, because the Authority is God and His Word, and any honest man or woman can point to the book chapter and verse to show what is true according to God’s Word and what is false.

            When men (or women) teach something which is in contradiction to God, who (or Whom) are we to believe?

            Man, or God?

            Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29, KJV)

            If there is any context wherein that verse is not applicable and true, what might that be?

            Those who rebel against the plain language of God’s Word do not only rebel against those who would uphold God’s Word, but they rebel against God Himself.

            And while islam is a false religion, the same PRINCIPLE applies. The highest Authority in islam is the Koran and associated texts. Mohamad declared himself the last prophet, so anyone who comes after Mohamad and teaches anything different than what Mohamad taught is a false prophet — by definition.

            In a conflict between a man and Allah (or Mohamad, who claimed to be Allah’s messenger), who are the people of Saudi Arabia (or the islamic world population in general) supposed to believe?

            MBS, or Mohamad?

            THIS is the heart of the problem.

            Many in the West cannot even begin to understand it, because ‘religion’ has become watered down to the point of meaninglessness. But with islam, it is not so. Given the opportunity, they will burn you alive, cut your head off, rape your women and take your children as slaves — all in the name of islam.

            Because islam appeals to the worst and most base instincts of man, and justifies them by the Authority of their god.

            No one has ever defeated islam by appealing to islam’s ‘better nature’.

            The only way anyone has ever defeated islam is by the sword.

            But today, in a world of instant global communication, islam could be defeated through sheer shame and humiliation.

            Expose what islam teaches, rather than sweep it under the rug like we always do. Put the hideousness of islam in the spotlight, let the whole world focus on it, and then let the leaders and practitioners of islam attempt to justify it.

            Make them defend their own book.

            They cannot.

            They don’t have a leg to stand on.

            Due to modern technology, islam could be defeated worldwide, without firing a single bullet, simply by confronting islam with Truth.

            And all it takes is the courage to do it.

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            • Personally, I’m watching and learning from MBS. Amazing leader. Same with Egypt’s El Sisi.

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              • scott467 says:

                “Personally, I’m watching and learning from MBS. Amazing leader. Same with Egypt’s El Sisi.”

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                You ignore the reality of their belief system at your own peril.

                Even if Morsi and MBS genuinely desire modernization, it is not possible to do so within the restrictions and laws of islam. They have set themselves at odds, at inherent conflict, with their own beliefs and with their own highest religious Authority.

                That is the best case scenario.

                Hardly different than certain denominations ordaining openly homosexual men (and worse, women).

                It doesn’t matter what you or I think about it, it’s not about us — the problem is that to do such things is to act in open defiance toward God, in defiance of the plainly written Word of God.

                It is error.

                And sooner or later, that reality must be confronted and dealt with. It should be dealt with sooner, to nip it in the bud before the error spreads, but the same error which allowed it to spring up in the first place also allows it to continue, at least for a time.

                Even though islam is a false religion, the principle is the same. A state of inherent conflict cannot endure; a house (or a kingdom) divided against itself cannot stand.

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        • Benson II says:

          Your criticism doesn’t make sense in light of the fact there’s no way he could have said, Islam is a bucket of sh!t that is not compatible with anything but Islam. He had no recourse but to try and dance around the issue the best he could. His job is not to say what we know and what he knows and what President Trump knows about what Islam is. Would you have applauded if he’d thrown our whole effort in the toilet just so he could call out Islam for what it is. Give me a break.

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          • scott467 says:

            “Your criticism doesn’t make sense in light of the fact there’s no way he could have said, Islam is a bucket of sh!t that is not compatible with anything but Islam.”

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            I wasn’t talking about what he could have said, I was talking about what he actually did say, and it was gibberish.

            He talked about how the Iranians see our ‘model that works’, and implied that the Iranians change everything about it and somehow end up with a model (like ours) that also works (like ours).

            It’s gibberish.

            It’s feel-good, Oprah-esque, can’t-we-all-just-get-along nonsense.

            He might as well have been speaking in pig-Latin, and the interviewer’s countenance wouldn’t have changed a bit. Because the words he was saying didn’t make any sense, so the words didn’t matter, it was the body language and the demeanor that was important in that interview.

            The words might as well have been in Swahili.

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          • scott467 says:

            “He had no recourse but to try and dance around the issue the best he could.”

            __________________

            Truth is a recourse.

            The one that almost no one ever thinks to try.

            And then everybody wonders why everything is so messed up.

            It would be funny if it wasn’t so tragic.

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          • scott467 says:

            “His job is not to say what we know and what he knows and what President Trump knows about what Islam is.”

            ________________

            Fair enough, let’s go with that. He could have avoided the subject, but he didn’t.

            But to say that the Iranians see our ‘model that works’, and then suggest that they can change all the elements of our model and somehow end up with a model like ours ‘that works’ is gibberish.

            It’s silly. Nonsensical. Loopy. Not credible.

            It wouldn’t work even if islam wasn’t part of the equation.

            But islam *IS* part of the equation, he specifically mentioned ‘religion’ as one of the components of our ‘model that works’ which could be changed — and in the context of Iran, the only religion he could be referring to is islam.

            islam is antithetical to our ‘model’, because islam is antithetical to freedom and individual rights.

            So to imply that you could substitute islam for one of the components of our ‘model that works’ and end up with a similar model that also works, is like saying you could make a Kosher meal by substituting pork and blood for beef and lamb.

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          • scott467 says:

            “Would you have applauded if he’d thrown our whole effort in the toilet just so he could call out Islam for what it is.”

            ______________

            My observations had little to do with speculation about what he might have said, and everything to do with what he actually did say.

            Certainly you know what an ‘enabler’ is. What if the entire, pathetic, spineless Western world, apparently devoid of values and principles thanks to political-correctness, is actually an ‘enabler’ of the tyranny and oppression of islam?

            What if the large majority of people under bondage and oppression of islam are yearning to be free of this heinous blood-soaked death cult, but since the so-called ‘leaders’ and ‘opinion-makers’ of the West are more concerned with social niceties (like speaking kindly of murderous religious death cults), they never confront the abusers?

            The West is PARALYZED by the inherent dishonesty of political-correctness.

            It wasn’t always so.

            Americans didn’t used to be afraid to call a spade a spade. Especially something as heinous and immoral as islam. How does one oppose obscenity (for example) and not oppose islam, which promotes and condones rape, murder and genocide?

            It’s insane that there is even a controversy over publicly denouncing a belief system of atrocities and crimes against humanity called islam.

            Today we call a spade anything BUT a spade, even if that means enabling the spade to continue committing genocide.

            It’s shameful.

            You can be sure that adherents of the ‘religion of peace’ aren’t afraid to stand up for their beliefs, they murder Christians with glee and justify it by their belief system without hesitation.

            Only Westerners apologize all over themselves and greet hostile aggressors with hospitality.

            And when we say nothing against it, when we imply that ‘islam’ is respectable — or even human — we enable them to continue in their evil beliefs and evil deeds. Not only against Christians, but against anyone and everyone their death cult comes into contact with.

            .
            .

            “Give me a break.”

            _____________

            Have a break already. It’s on the house!

            LOL!

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      • i2choose says:

        I think The POTUS and those with him are going to change the political and financial system in the US, probably the world, to be based on those truths. He believes in the Constitution. Persia had a Constitution very similar, a long time ago, but Iranians are very proud of it today. The founding fathers were aware of it also.

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  16. roubaix says:

    America First
    Enough mucking around in the Middle East

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  17. Elizabeth Carter says:

    Mike Pompeo attended the Sedona Forum on 4-20-2018 as head of the CIA.
    https://www.thesedonaforum.org/agenda/

    If you look at the agenda and the other attendees, it is apparent this group has nothing to do with America First and a lot to do with the NWO. Mike is now SOS.

    John McCain was a big part of founding ISIS. Cindy McCain will apparently be replacing him. These are the people they hang out with.

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    • “Mike Pompeo attended the Sedona Forum”
      • Guilty by association?
      • Surely you didn’t mean this.

      Have you ever visited a leftist website?
      Have you ever read a leftist article?
      Have you ever exchanged views with a leftist?

      Should our military study our opponents?
      Should Homeland Security coordinate with Mexico?
      Should our president meet with China?

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      • Elizabeth Carter says:

        Mike Pompeo was a speaker there. General Mattis and Mike Pompeo have attended and been speakers there before 4/20/2018 also. I was not concerned about Mike Pompeo or General Mattis one way or the other. I was more focused on the fact that Cindy McCain will be taking over John McCain’s Senate seat and continuing this tradition.

        See Registration Page:
        THE SEDONA FORUM is the McCain Institute’s annual, high-level gathering of national and international leaders held each spring at the Enchantment Resort in the red rock country of Sedona, Arizona. Starting from the assumption of character-driven leadership and core democratic values, The Sedona Forum convenes thought-leaders, decisionmakers, activists and diverse experts to discuss approaches and solutions to real-world problems.
        Past speakers have included Vice President Joe Biden; former Prime Minister Tony Blair; Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats; Actor and Thorn Co-Founder Ashton Kutcher; Secretary of Defense James Mattis; National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster; CIA Director Mike Pompeo; CEOs from GE, Chevron, Walmart-USA, Fedex, Freeport McMoRan and Hewlett Packard; and presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers, experts and civil society leaders from around the world.
        The Sedona Forum 2018 took place at the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona on April 20-22. The Forum is invitation-only.
        https://www.thesedonaforum.org/

        The Mission of The McCain Institute at ASU is to advance leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom, and human dignity, in the United States and around the world.

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        • I’m 500% with you on the duplicity of anointing globalist Cindy McCain a Senator.

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          • Reloader says:

            I was reading yesterday about the 3 or 4 times that the appointment of the wife of a high government official has occurred in U.S. history. It seems it was always a democrat. Or a politician who functioned as a democrat. Apparently there is no actual law strictly prohibiting this sort of arrangement, which is so obviously a crime.

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            • Elizabeth Carter says:

              I agree. The thing that amazes me the most is that even the lowliest job in the country could not usually be taken over by the spouse of the worker who died with no training or qualifications required.

              The fact that someone’s spouse could take over the job of a Congressman or Governor and have never even held a job at McDonalds, just goes to show that the Donors say “Vote the way we say. Don’t bother your brainless little head about right or wrong. Do as we say and we can keep you in office and make you a ton of money for just being stupid and doing as we say.”….. just seems wrong to me….. Sigh….

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  18. Critical Mass says:

    Could female interviewers from other media outlets take a leaf out of Setareh Derakhshesh’s book and learn how to conduct an intelligent interview? Particularly the harridans, tarts, fishwives, bimbos, sophomores and Barbie dolls at Fox? As for the half-wits, Madame Defarge’s and banshees at other outlets – they will never learn.

    What a relief to watch a dignified and informative interview without the irritation of incessant interruptions, garish dresses, great expanses of exposed flesh – mainly in the legs and cleavage, and voices with the timbre of claws scraping down a tin roof.

    Setareh Derakhshesh is testament to the truth that real beauty is not incompatible with real intellect.

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  19. Charlotte says:

    President Putin had personally invited Prime Minister Netanyahu to participate alongside him in the events of Russia’s annual victory day.
    Part of an annual event marking the Soviet Union’s World War Two victory over the Nazis, Putin looked on as thousands of troops marched past him and columns of tanks rumbled across the famous square in a show of military might reminiscent of those displayed during the Cold War.

    https://www.jpost.com/International/Netanyahu-meets-Putin-in-Moscow-attends-victory-day-ceremony-555925

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  20. kay123 says:

    Carrie, the United States cannot be responsible for
    reforming other countries. That only leads to indefinate
    wars like the Middle East. It is up to the people of
    those countries to make changes….not us. Most of
    the world is communist….and would love nothing better
    than to have the US kill off their enemies…and will work
    to that end.

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