President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo Respond to Threats From Iran…

Against the backdrop of U.S. withdrawing from the ill-fated Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA); and against the backdrop of looming U.S. sanctions therein; there has been an ongoing geopolitical simmering/positioning between allies and adversaries surrounding the current and future disposition of Iran.

Recently China, likely responding to economic trade leverage from the U.S., made a deal with Saudi Arabia for petroleum purchases weakening their alliance with Iran.  At the same time Turkey, a tenuous NATO ally, began positioning in advance of U.S. sanctions and removing Iran oil purchases.  Collectively, and with President Trump putting pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin via Syria and Iranian influence, this has led to Iran feeling an economic squeeze similar to the previous Trump Doctrine leverage as witnessed in N-Korea.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is feeling the heat.  On Sunday he said “war with Iran is the mother of all wars.” That led to the tweet reply from President Donald Trump:

This follows on the immediate heels of a speech given by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, CA.

There is a clearly coordinated and unified message:

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[Transcript] SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you all. Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Well, thank you, Fred, for that kind introduction. It reminded me when I was going through my confirmation process they were chasing down all the people I’d known my whole life, and they found one of the young men who played basketball with me at Los Amigos, and his quote was – they asked how good I was. And he said, “Well, he made the most of what he had.” (Laughter.)

Thanks for the kind introduction and thanks for hosting me here at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library. It’s a very special place and an honor for me to be here.

I also want to thank my friend Tom for joining me here tonight. He and I have been on multiple missions together, and I am confident we will continue to do so in the days and weeks and years ahead.

And it’s great to see Governor Wilson here. I voted for you a couple times a long time ago. (Laughter.)

And I know we have many members of the Iranian American community with us this evening. This is just a fraction of the quarter million Iranian Americans in Southern California alone. We have many Iranian American guests from all across the United States here as well. Thank you. I look forward to hearing from you this evening, learning more about the situation in Iran as you see it, and understanding what your loved ones and friends are going through living in that place.

And I recognize the Iranian diaspora is diverse. There are many faith backgrounds and many different walks of life, and that’s a good thing, and not all Iranian Americans see things the same way. But I think everyone can agree that the regime in Iran has been a nightmare for the Iranian people, and it is important that your unity on that point is not diminished by differences elsewhere.

To our Iranian American and – to our Iranian American friends, tonight I want to tell you that the Trump administration dreams the same dreams for the people of Iran as you do, and through our labors and God’s providence that day will come true. (Applause.)

Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran. As I’ll spell out more in a moment, the 40 years of fruit from the revolution has been bitter. Forty years of kleptocracy. Forty years of the people’s wealth squandered on supporting terrorism. Forty years of ordinary Iranians thrown in jail for peaceful expression of their rights. Why has the regime conducted itself in such an abhorrent way over the past 40 years and subjected its people to these conditions? It’s an important question.

The answer is at root in the revolutionary nature of the regime itself. (Applause.)

The ideologues who forcibly came to power in 1979 and remain in power today are driven by a desire to conform all of Iranian society to the tenets of the Islamic Revolution. The regime is also committed to spreading the revolution to other countries, by force if necessary. The total fulfillment of the revolution at home and abroad is the regime’s ultimate goal. It drives their behavior. Thus, the regime has spent four decades mobilizing all elements of the Iranian economy, foreign policy, and political life in service of that objective. To the regime, prosperity, security, and freedom for the Iranian people are acceptable casualties in the march to fulfill the revolution.

Economically, we see how the regime’s decision to prioritize an ideological agenda over the welfare of the Iranian people has put Iran into a long-term economic tailspin. During the time of the nuclear deal, Iran’s increased oil revenues could have gone to improving the lives of the Iranian people. Instead they went to terrorists, dictators, and proxy militias. Today, thanks to regime subsidies, the average Hizballah combatant makes two to three times what an Iranian firefighter makes on the streets of Iran. Regime mismanagement has led to the rial plummeting in value. A third of Iranian youth are unemployed, and a third of Iranians now live below the poverty line.

The bitter irony of the economic situation in Iran is that the regime uses this same time to line its own pockets while its people cry out for jobs and reform and for opportunity. The Iranian economy is going great – but only if you’re a politically-connected member of the elite. Two years ago, Iranians rightfully erupted in anger when leaked paystubs showed massive amounts of money inexplicably flowing into the bank accounts of senior government officials.

And there are many more examples of the widespread corruption.

Take Sadeq Larijani, the head of Iran’s judiciary. He is worth at least $300 million dollars. He got this money from embezzling public funds into his own bank account. The Trump administration sanctioned Larijani in January for human rights abuses, because we aren’t afraid to tackle the regime at its highest level. (Applause.) Call me crazy – you won’t be the first – but I’m a little skeptical that a thieving thug under international sanctions is the right man to be Iran’s highest-ranking judicial official. (Laughter and applause.)

Former IRGC officer and Minister of Interior Sadeq Mahsouli is nicknamed “the Billionaire General.” He went from being a poor IRGC officer at the end of the Iran-Iraq war to being worth billions of dollars. How’d that happen? He somehow had a knack for winning lucrative construction and oil trading contracts from businesses associated with the IRGC. Being an old college buddy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad just might have had something to do with it as well. (Laughter.)

The ayatollahs are in on the act, too. Judging by their vast wealth, they seem more concerned with riches than religion. These hypocritical holy men have devised all kinds of crooked schemes to become some of the wealthiest men on Earth while their people suffer.

Grand Ayatollah Makaram Shirazi is known as the “Sultan of Sugar” for his illicit trading of sugar, which has generated over $100 million for him. He has pressured the Iranian Government to lower subsidies to domestic sugar producers while he floods the market with his own more expensive imported sugar. This type of activity puts ordinary Iranians out of work.

Another ayatollah, one of Tehran’s Friday prayer leaders for the last 30 years, had the government transfer several lucrative mines to his foundation. He too is now worth millions of dollars.

And not many people know this, but the Ayatollah Khamenei has his own personal, off-the-books hedge fund called the Setad, worth $95 billion, with a B. That wealth is untaxed, it is ill-gotten, and it is used as a slush fund for the IRGC. The ayatollah fills his coffers by devouring whatever he wants. In 2013 the Setad’s agents banished an 82-year-old Baha’i woman from her apartment and confiscated the property after a long campaign of harassment. Seizing land from religious minorities and political rivals is just another day at the office for this juggernaut that has interests in everything from real estate to telecoms to ostrich farming. All of it is done with the blessing of Ayatollah Khamenei.

This list goes on, but we’ve got places to go tonight. The level of corruption and wealth among Iranian leaders shows that Iran is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a government.

On foreign policy, the regime’s mission of exporting the revolution has produced a decades-long campaign of ideologically-motivated violence and destabilization abroad. Assad, Lebanese Hizballah, Hamas, Shia militant groups in Iraq, and the Houthis in Yemen feed on billions of regime cash while the Iranian people shout slogans like “Leave Syria, think about us.”

Our partners in the Middle East are plagued by Iranian cyberattacks and threatening behavior in the waters of the Persian Gulf. The regime and its allies in terror have left a trail of dissident blood across Europe and the Middle East.

Indeed, our European allies are not immune to the threat of regime-backed terrorism.

Just earlier this month, an Iranian “diplomat” based in Vienna was arrested and charged with supplying explosives for a terrorist bomb scheduled to bomb a political rally in France. This tells you everything you need to know about the regime: At the same time they’re trying to convince Europe to stay in the nuclear deal, they’re covertly plotting terrorist attacks in the heart of Europe.

And because fighting the United States and destroying Israel is at the core of the regime’s ideology, it has committed and supported many acts of violence and terrorism against both countries and our citizens. As just one example, well over a thousand American service members have been killed and wounded in Iraq from Iranian-made IEDs.

Today, multiple Americans are detained and missing inside of Iran. Baquer Namazi, Siamak Namazi, Xiyue Wang are unjustly held by the regime to this day, and Bob Levinson has been missing in Iran for over 11 years. There are others, too. And we in the Trump administration are working diligently to bring each of those Americans home from having been wrongfully detained for far too long. (Applause.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Shouting.) President Trump imprisons children. The Trump-Pence regime is kidnapping children. Trump and Pence —

AUDIENCE: (Booing.)

SECRETARY POMPEO: Despite – despite the regime’s –

AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Shouting off-mike.)

AUDIENCE: (Booing.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Shouting off-mike.)

AUDIENCE: USA, USA, USA, USA, USA, USA, USA, USA, USA, USA.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: (Shouting off-mike.)

SECRETARY POMPEO: If there were – if there were only so much freedom of expression in Iran. (Cheers and applause.)

You know, despite the regime’s clear record of aggression, America and other countries have spent years straining to identify a political moderate. It’s like an Iranian unicorn. (Laughter.) The regime’s revolutionary goals and willingness to commit violent acts haven’t produced anyone to lead Iran that can be remotely called a moderate or a statesman.

Some believe that President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif fit that bill. The truth is they are merely polished front men for the ayatollahs’ international con artistry. Their nuclear deal didn’t make them moderates; it made them wolves in sheep’s clothing. Governments around the world worry that confronting the Islamic Republic harms the cause of moderates, but these so-called moderates within the regime are still violent Islamic revolutionaries with an anti-America, anti-West agenda. You only have to take their own words for it. And for that matter, the evidence reveals that their agenda is a anti-Iran agenda as well.

The regime’s absolute adherence to the Islamic Revolution mean it cannot endure any ideas in the Iranian society that would contradict or undermine it – unlike we just did here this evening. It’s why the regime has for decades heartlessly repressed its own people’s human rights, dignity, and fundamental freedoms.

It’s why the Iranian police detained a teenage Iranian gymnast for posting an Instagram video of herself dancing.

It’s why the regime arrests hundreds of Ahwazis, members of Iran’s minority Arab community, when they speak out to demand respect for their language and for their basic beliefs. The government’s morality police beat women in the streets and arrest those who do not wish to wear the hijab.

On “White Wednesday” activist recently – one activist was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison for protesting compulsory hijab wearing.

The desire to uphold the Islamic Revolution has especially resulted in gross suppression of the freedom of religion in Iran, often to barbaric ends.

Last month, a simple man, a bus driver, a father of two children, and a member of the Iranian Gonabadi Sufi Dervish Community, was convicted and sentenced to death. His sentence came on questionable grounds following violent clashes between security forces and the Dervishes. He was reportedly denied access to a lawyer before, during – before and during his grossly unfair trial. This man, Mr. Salas – and his supporters – maintains his innocence throughout, reportedly stating he had been tortured into a forced confession. Sadly, on June 18th, the regime hanged Mr. Salas in prison.

His death was part of a larger crackdown that began in February, when at least 300 Sufis demanding the release of their fellow faith members were unjustly arrested. Right now, hundreds of Sufi Muslims in Iran remain imprisoned on account of their religious beliefs, with reports of several having died at the hands of the regime’s brutal security forces.

Among those imprisoned is the 91-year-old leader, Dr. Noor Ali Tabandeh, who has been under house arrest for at least the last part of four months – the greatest part of four months. He is in need of immediate medical care.

The religious intolerance of the regime in Iran does not only extend to Sufi Muslims. The same goes for Christians and Jews and Sunnis and Baha’is and Zoroastrians and members of many other groups inside Iran who live with the fear that their next prayer may be indeed their last.

What grieves us so badly about the treatment of religious minorities in Iran is that their presence far pre-dates the regime. They are a historic part of the rich fabric of an ancient and vibrant Iranian civilization. That fabric has been torn by intolerant, black-robed enforcers. When other faiths are suppressed, the image of Iran becomes a self-portrait of the ayatollahs and of the IRGC.

In response to myriad government failures, corruption, and disrespect of rights, since December Iranians have been taking to the streets in the most enduring and forceful protests since 1979. Some shout the slogan, “The people are paupers while the mullahs live like gods.” Others choose to shut down the Grand Bazaar in Tehran. The specific grievances do differ, but all those voicing dissatisfaction share one thing: They have been ill-treated by a revolutionary regime. Iranians want to be governed with dignity, accountability, and respect. (Applause.)

The regime – this is important. The regime’s brutal response to these peaceful protests reflects the intolerance that its revolutionary worldview has produced. Last January, the regime welcomed in the new year with the arrests of up to 5,000 of its own people. They were peacefully calling for a better life. Hundreds reportedly remain behind bars, and several are dead at the hands of their own government. The leaders cynically call it suicide.

Overall, it is clear the regime’s ideology has led many Iranians to be angry they cannot call their homeland a “normal” country.

They know that a constitution that enshrines the export of Islamic revolution and the destruction of its neighbors and the restriction of citizenship is not normal.

Ordinary Iranians know that their government’s torture of its own people is not normal.

Earning multiple rounds of sanctions by the UN Security Council is not normal.

Inciting chants of “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” is not normal.

Being the number one state sponsor of terror is similarly abnormal.

Sometimes it seems the world has become desensitized to the regime’s authoritarianism at home and its campaigns of violence abroad, but the proud Iranian people are not staying silent about their government’s many abuses.

And the United States under President Trump will not stay silent either. (Applause.)

In light of these protests and 40 years of regime tyranny, I have a message for the people of Iran: The United States hears you; the United States supports you; the United States is with you.

When the United States sees the shoots of liberty pushing up through rocky soil we pledge our solidarity, because we too took a hard first step towards becoming a free country a few years back.

Right now, the United States is undertaking a diplomatic and financial pressure campaign to cut off the funds that the regime uses to enrich itself and support death and destruction. (Applause.) We have an obligation to put maximum pressure on the regime’s ability to generate and move money, and we will do so.

At the center of this campaign is the re-imposition of sanctions on Iran’s banking and energy sectors.

As we have explained over the last few weeks, our focus is to work with countries importing Iranian crude oil to get imports as close to zero as possible by November 4th. Zero.

Recently – (applause). Recently, as part of this campaign, we designated the Bahraini Shia militia terrorist organization Saraya al-Ashtar, and with the UAE we have jointly disrupted a currency exchange network that was transferring millions of dollars to the IRGC.

And there’s more to come. Regime leaders – especially those at the top of the IRGC and the Quds Force like Qasem Soleimani – must be made to feel painful consequences of their bad decision making. (Applause.) We are asking every nation, every nation who is sick and tired of the Islamic Republic’s destructive behavior, to join our pressure campaign. This especially goes for our allies in the Middle East and Europe, people who have themselves been terrorized by violent regime’s activity for decades.

And you should know that the United States is not afraid to spread our message on the airwaves and online inside of Iran either. (Applause.) For 40 years the Iranian people have heard from their leaders that America is the “Great Satan.” We do not believe they are interested in hearing the fake news any longer. (Laughter and applause.)

Today, one in four Iranians – 14 million people – watches or listens to U.S. Government broadcasts each week. And it’s more important than ever now to refute the regime’s lies and repeat our deep desire for friendship with the Iranian people. Right now, our U.S. Board – Broadcasting Board of Governors is taking new steps to help Iranians get around internet censorship as well. The BBG is also launching a new 24/7 Farsi-language TV channel. It will span not only television, but radio, digital, and social media format, so that the ordinary Iranians inside of Iran and around the globe can know that America stands with them. (Applause.)

And finally – and finally, America is unafraid to expose human rights violations and support those who are being silenced.

We continue to raise our concerns over the Islamic Republic’s dire record of human rights abuses each time we speak at the UN and with our partners who maintain diplomatic relations with that country. We make it clear that the world is watching, and as the regime continues to make its own people the longest-suffering victims, we will not stand silent. (Applause.)

And now we call on everyone here in the audience and our international partners to help us shine a spotlight on the regime’s abuses and to support the Iranian people.

The goal of our efforts is to one day see Iranians in Iran enjoying the same quality of life that Iranians in America enjoy. (Cheers and applause.)

Iranians in America enjoy all the freedoms secured by their government, not trampled by it. They are free to pursue economic opportunities they believe are best for them and their families, and they can be proud of their country and practice their faiths in the way they desire.

There are a few individuals with us I want to highlight tonight who embody what we hope for the Iranian people.

Goli Ameri came to the United States as a freshman at Stanford and has founded successful companies and has served at the State Department and at the UN.

Susan Azizzadeh was forced to leave everything behind and come here in 1979. Today she is the leader of the Iranian American Jewish Federation. (Cheers and applause.)

Makan Delrahim – I think I saw him – came to America with his family when he was just 10 years old. (Applause.) He is now the Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice – quite amazing. (Applause.)

We hope that the successes of Goli and Susan and Makan and the many others American – Iranian Americans among the diaspora in the United States remind all Iranians of what is possible under a government that respects its people and governs with accountability. Iranians should not have to flee their homeland to find a better life. (Applause.)

While it is ultimately up to the Iranian people to determine the direction of their country, the United States, in the spirit of our own freedoms, will support the long-ignored voice of the Iranian people. Our hope is that ultimately the regime will make meaningful changes in its behavior both inside of Iran and globally. As President Trump has said, we’re willing to talk with the regime in Iran, but relief from American pressure will come only when we see tangible, demonstrated, and sustained shifts in Tehran’s policies.

I thought I’d close tonight in a perfectly appropriate way by invoking the words of a man who routinely made the case for freedom and respect far more eloquently than I ever could, President Ronald Reagan. In 1982 – (applause).

In 1982, President Reagan gave a speech to the British Parliament that became known as the Westminster address. He urged other Western governments to support those around the world trying to break free of tyranny and injustice. His reason why was simple and powerful. He said, “Freedom is not the sole prerogative of a lucky few, but the inalienable right and universal right of every human being.”

This is why we also call on all governments to end their flirtations with a revolutionary regime and come quickly to the aid of the Iranian people. (Applause.) On that same day in those same remarks, President Reagan said, “Let us ask ourselves: ‘What kind of people do we think we are?’ And let us answer, ‘Free people, worthy of freedom, and determined not only to remain so, but to help others gain their freedom as well.’”

Today, the United States condemns oppression levied on the Iranian people by those who rule unjustly, and we proudly amplify the voices of those in Iran longing to have those inalienable and universal human rights cease to be ignored and instead to be honored. We do so knowing that many in the streets and marketplaces speak for those who the regime has permanently silenced over the years – who may even have been loved ones who are in the audience tonight.

It’s America’s hope that the next 40 years of Iran’s history will not be marked by repression and fear – but with freedom and fulfillment – for the Iranian people.

Thank you. (Applause.)

GOVERNOR WILSON: Well, you’ve answered all the questions.

SECRETARY POMPEO: We’ll take another swing. Thank you.

GOVERNOR WILSON: Well, Mr. Secretary, I had some questions for you, but you actually answered almost all of them quite eloquently.

SECRETARY POMPEO: We’ll see if I can give the same answer when I’m not – got remarks in front of me. (Laughter.)

GOVERNOR WILSON: Well, let me just start with this one. Is it realistic to think that the Iranian people will ever regain control of their country in what we would term the foreseeable future?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Of course. (Applause.) Well, of course. Of course. I always remind those who think it’s not possible or think the time horizon will be measured in centuries not hours, I always remind them that things change. There are disjunctive moments. There are times when things happen that are unexpected, unanticipated. Our revolution would be one of them. I could go on. You all could name them, too.

We don’t know the right moment. We don’t know the day that the behavior of the Iranian regime will change. But we do know the things that the world is obligated to do so that when the right time comes, when the right moment comes, that opportunity is even more likely to find its fulfillment.

GOVERNOR WILSON: Would you synthesize your excellent speech and really in a few words say what you think the best way to effect that change within the Iranian Government is and how the Trump administration is helping the Iranian people in their struggle to become freed from this current tyrannical administration there?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So President Trump has been absolutely unequivocal on this not only in the message but in the fact that this is a real priority for the administration as well. I think that’s important. One could have a objective, but if one doesn’t rank it sufficiently high attention spans are short and resources limited. The President has put this as something he considers to be incredibly important.

The mission set for our team is clear. It’s to deny the Iranian leadership the resources, the wealth, the funds, the capacity to continue to foment terrorism around the world and to deny the people inside of Iran the freedoms that they so richly deserve. How’s that in 30 seconds? (Laughter.)

GOVERNOR WILSON: That’s pretty good. (Applause.) There is a perception among some that Iranians, including students and including legitimate visitors, can’t obtain U.S. visas because of a travel ban. Would you clarify what U.S. policy is regarding what we will call Iranian civil society visitors?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Sure, I’d be happy to do that. So President Trump has made clear with respect to a number of countries that weren’t providing us with sufficient information that we had risks of American security that we were going to do our best to work with those countries to develop the information that we needed. Iran continues to deny us the basic data-sharing systems that hundreds of countries – or, excuse me, dozens and dozens of countries have already provided us. We would like Iran to do that.

We still allow students to come in. There are many students. I’m sure there are students here tonight who are Iranians who are here studying. We welcome that. But this administration does have as one of its primary policies to make sure that we appropriately vet all those who come to the nation so that we can keep our country safe. That’s the plan. That’s the policy. (Applause.)

GOVERNOR WILSON: Well, on perhaps an unduly optimistic note, what could be a basis for reconciliation between the United States and Iran?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So it’s always possible. (Laughter.) And the President has made clear the fact that – I shouldn’t have joked. The President has made clear he would love that, he would welcome that. I’ve now made three trips to Pyongyang, a regime that has treated its citizens in way that also denies them their freedoms.

The President has said if we can get this change, if we can get the leadership to make a strategic decision about how to ensure its well-being and the well-being of its peoples, that we’re prepared to have a conversation and to discuss how that might proceed. The President has stated at least once, perhaps more than once, that he is prepared to do that with the leadership in Iran, but not until such time as there are demonstrable, tangible, irreversible changes in the Iranian regime that I don’t see happening today. But I live in hope. (Applause.)

GOVERNOR WILSON: And what would be your advice for students – hopefully many in the audience today – who will be interested in being part of that effort and seek a career at the State Department? How can they best prepare and what challenges should they anticipate?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So we welcome all hardworking, talented patriotic folks to come be part of a great diplomatic team in the United States. It’s an incredible honor. I’m now 12 weeks, almost to the day, as the Secretary of State. The team is fantastic. My wisdom for them is no different than the same wisdom I gave my son. If he was here he’d be rolling his eyes about now. (Laughter.)

Work hard, study, tell the truth every place you go. We have lots of folks who speak different languages who have spent time in other countries who have been able to learn about other cultures. It’s critically important that we get that skill set at the State Department. Those are the kinds of things that young people who want a wonderful, exciting, rewarding, important career working as an American diplomat ought to think about doing as they move their way through college and beyond and we welcome. Go to state.gov. It’s easy to find. We’ve got lots of great places for talented young Americans to come be part of our great team. (Applause.)

GOVERNOR WILSON: Well, Mr. Secretary, you have been quite clear, and it’s, I think, clear to all of us who are privileged to be in this audience and in this house dedicated to the preservation and the enhancement of the Ronald Reagan legacy that you understand it better than perhaps anybody I’ve come across in a long time. (Applause.)

We, I think, both remember that at a critical time in the history of this country he said, with a smile, “Trust, but verify.” (Laughter.) And it seems to me that’s your message very clearly, and we thank you for the distinguished service that you have given from the moment that you left the Point, number one in your class. I find that quite impressive. (Applause.) And whoever that opponent was against whom you were playing basketball at Los Amigos, I think he would have to say when he said, “Well, he made the most of what he could,” you made the most of a very generous helping from the good Lord of brains and courage and directness. We are lucky to have you.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you, Pete. That’s very kind. (Applause.) Thank you, thank you. That’s very kind.

GOVERNOR WILSON: Well, it’s sincere.

SECRETARY POMPEO: That’s very, very kind. Thank you, sir. (Applause.) [link]

This was all very predictable:

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433 Responses to President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo Respond to Threats From Iran…

  1. TreeClimber says:

    That is one po’d tweet. That first line… “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN”… that is one ticked mama (papa?) bear. That’s how I react when someone suggests I do something that would hurt my son. That is loving righteous fury, right there.

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    • Daniel says:

      A tweet is akin to an “open letter” as they are called. This isn’t only a message to Iran’s leadership, but also to the people of Iran. The people will begin reacting even further against their government and it is in their interests to do so. After all, if the USA were to topple Iran’s government, it would be messy, imprecise and not to be trusted. Just look at how Iraq turned out — a corrupted mess due to opportunists “rebuilding” Iraq. Instead, if the people of Iran eventually take their country back, they might stand a better chance of building a new country for themselves so long as they adopt a good and proper constitution and forget about the horrible connection of Shariah law and governance of the people. There is good reason for there to be a separation between spiritual leadership and government.

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      • TreeClimber says:

        I get the “big picture” of the tweet… I read not only the post but all the comments… I’m just saying that first line is a visceral gut reaction to something he loves being threatened. I don’t deny it serves a larger purpose… but that is a gut reaction, right there.

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        • Indeed it is. My original reaction was that it was about time someone pushed back against these cretins. I am sick of their “Death to America” mantra. But your reaction to it as a threat to a loved one is so spot on. We know he loves America and he also loves us. It was so profound. Thank you!

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      • Daniel, you are becoming one of my favorite Treepers with your comments over the last couple of weeks.

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      • Ozwitch says:

        The tweet wasn’t just meant for Rouhanis eyes either. That was a not so veiled threat to everyone of Americas opponents – looking at you China.

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    • Remember, Iran technically “invaded” our country when they took over our embassy in 1979. They have never been held to account for that, in any serious way, by any President since Carter. Releasing the embassy hostages did not mitigate the invasion of our country. I think POTUS has a very long memory. I would love to see what happens if Iran tries to block the Straight of Hormuz as they have threatened to do if we sanction their oil exports.

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    • Lemmy says:

      Snowflake alert: Dems just complained to Twitter that VSGPDJT’s tweet is a violent threat against terms of service.

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    • scott467 says:

      “That is one po’d tweet. That first line… “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN”… that is one ticked mama (papa?) bear.”

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      I am confident that is the desired reaction/interpretation.

      I suspect very strongly, however, that like all of DJT’s tweets, it was a very carefully worded message for maximum persuasive effect.

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    • dalethorn says:

      Straight to the people, no filtering.

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    • steelbreeze7 says:

      Two words… MY PRESIDENT.

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    • mdaush says:

      Methinks Iran will be having a minor earthquake (Rod from God) soon.

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  2. Mongoose says:

    Those words “The mother of all wars …” sound vaguely familiar. Didn’t Saddam Hussein utter such things at one time?? And Iran couldn’t even beat Iraq in an 8 year war. And now they are teasing the Eagle?? Careful, you might just get a few claws in your face!

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    • Seems appropriate to use the ‘mother of all bombs’ in this possible war.

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      • Dutchman says:

        Bummer ‘dropped’ palets of cash, from the skies, for the muellahs.

        Methinks ‘VSG’ has different gifts in mind, something more ‘spiritual’, like,..say ‘RODS FROM GOD’?

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    • sunnydaysall says:

      Iran sounds like another third world “hole in the wall” that made it a point to threaten the US at least once a week…

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    • Maquis says:

      Saddam in Hell is laughing at Iran’s “Mother of all Wars” threat. Iran sent waves of children through minefields to “defuse” those pesky explosives. No “Mother,” outside of those in thrall to certain fanatical diabolic ideologies of misery, would use their children thusly.

      The Ayatollahs, however, well, cowards have a way of using children that demonstrates their moral depravity, the smallness of their hearts, and the weakness of their courage.

      Today they hide behind soulless terrorists, mercenary militias, and a rampant police state. Yet they continue to threaten to deliver the children of Iran to the nuclear fires of the “Return of the Mahdi,” the Shite Apocalyse long anticipated by that faith.

      Iran’s rulers are not simply waiting for their World Destroyer to arrive in his good time. As Twelvers, they are adherents of a radical sect committed to forcing their Destroyer’s return, by unleashing untold never before seen destruction and bloodshed upon this World. That is the drive behind their obsession with nuclear weapons. Mutual Assured Destruction is a mere lullaby ensuring sweet dreams for the truly MAD men that now control ancient Persia.

      Still, Saddam is laughing his butt off at their rhetoric.
      Afterall, the same phrase did little to enhance his prospects in this mortal plane, and he’s eager to share his good fortune in Hell with the Ayatollahs. It’s nice there, year ’round.

      GBPDJT
      🇺🇸

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  3. daughnworks247 says:

    Folks, we have ourselves a “Peace President”…., which is why the warmongers are having a fit.

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  4. Nigella says:

    Makes sense to me…. A story that was barely covered said the German Intelligence contradicted Merkel and reported that Iran was still seeking nuclear weapons… Saw the story on OANN yesterday…. So, we know that the obama “give away” was a farce….I bet every other Euroweenie Country knows too…

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  5. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani…the new Rocketman? 😎

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  6. American says:

    Dearest ignorant and deeply deceived wicked followers of a false sociopolitical ideology that has a false religious component all fabricated by a false prophet named Mohammad in Iran presently sitting on an ocean of oil needing zero nuclear: we can do denuclearization of your country the easy way or the hard way:

    1. You surrender and fully denuclearize.
    2. The sun over your heads darkens from all the bombers and missiles over head.

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    • Dutchman says:

      Good post, but no need to put pilots in harm’s way; Ross from God, dropped from space.

      Speaking of which, there was an earthquake “in a remote area of Iran” that injured/killed 23 people, IIRC.

      So what were 23 people doing, in a ‘remote area’? Maybe making nukes?

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  7. I go out of my way to crow about this site to whoever I speak with. I know I’ve sent a bunch of folks here from all over the world. If you took all the replicating crap off the web, it would shrink by 90% and would make navigating youtube much easier. I’ve caught a few people stealing stuff wholesale off this site. It pisses me off and I publicly sanction them. I’ve been plagiarized too. Lack of attribution is an epidemic. The truth is SD does seminal work, original gifted research. The coup saga is untouchable as is the thesis of China’s deceptive trade strength.

    But I can’t get on the Iran bus.

    Bringing Iran, Syria and NK into the mono-culture fold is a GLOBALIST agenda. When they’re fully integrated in the grey sameness of central banking cantons fully answerable to the BIS in Switzerland, this banking/economic homogeneity will lead us into he final cul de sac of global political rule. It’s a one step-two step. Consolidate the banking function and the politics will follow.

    I voted for Donald Trump to collapse (not consolidate) this process, to re-nationalize not re-empirize, something he’s doing beautifully on many fronts. Nonetheless it’s fascinating to hear folks baying for Iranian blood as they did for Iraqi blood two decades ago. Shades of McCain’s bomb-bomb-bomb-bomb-Iran.

    POTUS is the hunter/prey in a very dangerous game. By complying with much of the neocon agenda, Trump buys himself degrees of freedom to convene a one-on-one meeting with Putin. JFK would be dead nine months ago. But JFKs antizionist (if not antisemitic) roots extended back to his father. Ben Gurion hated JFK and the feeling was mutual. Read Final Judgment by Michael Collins Piper.

    Trump has personal courage to spare. And I’ve learned not to second-guess him. But I suppose even he must make concessions to a dual agenda. I liken Iran to locking a guy in a basement with no food and then accusing him of vandalism when he break a window to go foraging for food. The sanctions are crippling.

    Iran poses no more an existential threat to the US than it does Israel. This is all about creating strategies of tension around the Eurasian perimeter. The ‘Iranian nuclear threat’ is “Russian collusion’ in a different guise. I’m a Christian but not a Christian Zionist. That may puts me at odds with a lot of folks up here. Oh well.

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    • andyocoregon says:

      To the contrary, Iran does pose a threat to international oil shipments by threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz. Woe be unto Iran’s navy if they do that. President Trump will likely give them a single warning to disperse their ships and if they refuse, they will be sunk summarily.

      https://www.dw.com/en/iranian-president-hassan-rouhani-threatens-to-close-strait-of-hormuz/a-44777371

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      • You’re not suggesting Rouhani woke up one morning and decided to close the Strait? There’s a mountain of context behind that threat. We’re back to the man locked in his basement threatening to break out. Anyways, it looks like we might be off to the races again. I know I’m not the only one who voted for Trump because I perceived him as a lesser threat to starting WW3, which would have started over Syria a year ago under Hillary. I still believe in Trump and know his verbal brinksmanship often serves a purpose. You can differ, but Iran poses no existential threat to anyone.

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        • jrapdx says:

          What? Iran’s support of Hezbollah doesn’t constitute an “existential threat” to Israel? Or even Syria for that matter? What about Hamas in Gaza which has been a threat to Israel and Egypt? And Saudi Arabia has been on the receiving end of Iranian-supported attacks instigated by Iranian-supported factions in Yemen. And Yemen itself is threatened by the “rebels” spurred on by Iran. Apparently you’re not up-to-date on the news from Iraq where there have been huge protests and violence from Iranian factions—the Iraqi people are trying to throw off the Iranian threats within Iraq.

          You are dead wrong about Iranian threats to other countries throughout the mid-east region.

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          • G. Combs says:

            “What? Iran’s support of Hezbollah doesn’t constitute an “existential threat” to Israel? ….”

            HOW ABOUT TO THE THREAT TO THE USA HOMELAND???

            Everyone keeps forgetting that.
            Radical Islam makes inroads among Latin America’s Native peoples

            2009,
            Colombian authorities dismantled a network of narcotraffickers linked to Islamist terrorists. Funds derived from the narcotrafficking are believed to have been diverted to Hezbollah – an Islamist terror organization….

            The growth of Hezbollah is due to the strategic alliance reached by enemies of the United States. These are President Ahmadinejad of Iran and President Chavez of Venezuela. The latter has expressed support for the Shiite Muslims in Iran and Syria and allows them free sway in Venezuela – an important source of petroleum to the U.S. The Venezuelan government owns CITGO, a network of gasoline stations and refineries in the U.S.

            Islam has shown growth in Latin America, once a monolith of the Catholic faith. For example, the Wayuu Guajira people of Venezuela and Colombians– native Americans who live in the tropical forests – have provided numerous converts to Islam over the last decade and some of them are declared jihadis – warriors for Islam. Efforts to convert native peoples to Islam have been fostered by Iran with investments of money and other resources. Wayuu Guajira Indians are the largest indigenous group in Venezuela and Colombia (about 135,000 in Colombia and 170,000 in Venezuela). On October 23, 2006, the police in the Venezuelan capital found two explosive devices near the American Embassy….
            h t t p://www.speroforum.com/a/27754/Radical-Islam-makes-inroads-among-Latin-Americas-Native-peoples#.UbhU9LARhoA

            March 2006: FBI’s Mueller: Hezbollah Busted in Mexican Smuggling Operation – Desert Invasion US

            House IT Staffers Owed Money To Hezbollah-Connected Fugitive | The Daily Caller

            The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook

            DEA Operation Reveals Hezbollah-Colombia Connection

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            • yucki says:

              Hezbollah has been active in America for decades

              Hezbollah has suffered serious casualties in Syria, but also feels emboldened by its battlefield successes and may seek to flex its muscles globally.
              http://nationalinterest.org/feature/hezbollah-has-been-active-america-decades-22051?page=show

              Iran in the US Backyard
              • Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went on a tour of six Latin American nations in 2016. Iran’s diplomatic efforts resulted in, among other things, access to the use of Venezuelan territory to advance Iran’s solid rocket-fuel production.

              • Culturally, Iran has helped Hezbollah establish itself as the dominant force among Shia Muslim communities throughout Latin America, and has taken control of their mosques, schools and cultural institutions.

              • In 2012, there were 32 Iranian cultural centers across Latin America, to facilitate the spread of the Iranian Islamic revolution; today, less than a decade later, the number of centers has grown to more than 100.

              https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/12268/iran-latin-america

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              • Charlotte says:

                Iran bombed a Jewish cultural centre in Buenose Aires

                https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMIA_bombing

                “The AMIA bombing was an attack on the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA; Argentine Israelite Mutual Association) building. It occurred in Buenos Aires on 18 July 1994, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds. It was Argentina’s deadliest bombing ever. Argentina is home to a Jewish community of 230,000, the largest in Latin America and sixth in the world outside Israel” Then Cristina Fernández Kirchner is alleged to have covered up Iranian involvement in a 1994 Jewish centre bombing that killed 85
                Then they assassinated the prosecutor Alberto Nisman who said there had been a coverip of the fact that it was Iranian terror

                ‘Beaten, Drugged and Shot’ Argentine Police Claim Alberto Nisman, Who Alleged Cover-up of Jewish Center Bombing, Was Murdered

                https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/americas/new-argentina-probe-says-prosecutor-nisman-was-murdered-1.5463380

                Iran is evil.Period. I see no redemption for them.

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            • jrapdx says:

              Yes, I was aware of Hezbollah activity in South/Central America. Indeed Iran’s influence in perverse beyond the middle-east region which only emphasized the point further. I was focused on Iran’s effect on the middle-east nations, but you are certainly right about the potential impact on the US homeland.

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        • Dennis Leonard says:

          You need to remember what you wrote on your blog and stop reading RollCall.
          “It’s worse than James Woods suggests.

          Each echo chamber is a government. Each government boasts its own citizens. We overlap. We intermesh. We share supermarkets and even living rooms. Yes, some of our loved ones manage to inhabit the town of Stepford, even as they sleep beside us. This is a war of cognition where bodies don’t count.

          Twitter is the garden wall where the tomatoes get tossed back and forth. The banter is tedious and predictable. Memes are like weeds. But the structural divide is truly daunting, not to mention formally drawn and institutionalized.

          Who would have thought that the most ensconced and ‘arrived’ cognoscenti by any conventional social yardstick (our so-called ‘elite”, but can we please stop calling them that?) would affix their civic orbit to the most sovereignty-deprived of our parallel governments’? For the moment, the entitled class (Trumanites; we’ll get to that label presently) are up the creek without a Presidential paddle. “

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        • Sandra-VA says:

          Are you crazy? “Iran poses no existential threat to anyone” – You seriously believe that?

          Wow.

          Please do some research.

          Death to America, Death to Israel, Hezbollah, Hamas should be major clues as to their threat level.

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      • jrapdx says:

        Closing the Straight might be a pretext for the US taking further action against Iran, blockading its ports or destroying Iranian military assets. It wouldn’t take much, a few Tomahawks would easily do the trick. I think that’s what PT implied with his “don’t you dare threaten the US ever again…” tweet. They are utter fools if they challenge PT’s word.

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        • yucki says:

          Hit 2 ports and you’ve dealt a possibly mortal blow to Ayatollah-ville.
          It exports 90% of its oil from Kharg [Khark], which is more or less an island on the Persian Gulf. (Just north of Buchehr on the map.)
          Bandar Abbas on the southern tip gets 90% of the container trade, that is, the goods essential for modern life.

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      • rsmith1776 says:

        Yeah, this theory about the poor little Iran pushed into a corner…. doesn’t convince me. Nobody forced Iranian mullahs to behave like uncivilized thugs for decades, torturing and murdering women, gays, ethnic and religious minorities, threatening neighbors, engaging in ritual, thanatological hysteria with respect to the US and Israel.

        I have full confidence in the present President, unlike the fools before him, to appeal to military moves only if he has to.

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    • Dixie says:

      That was a well thought out and well presented point.

      I shouldn’t be responding to you because I am totally out of my league as you appear to be very studied and intelligent and I’m just a regular person who reads Sundance every day.

      You said….

      Nonetheless it’s fascinating to hear folks baying for Iranian blood as they did for Iraqi blood two decades ago. Shades of McCain’s bomb-bomb-bomb-bomb-Iran.

      Conservatives have been beaten down so much for the past 8 years without fighting back, we are beginning to choke on the pride we have swallowed. And obama left a lot of debris to swallow. Yet, we didn’t riot and loot stores. We didn’t become violent and try to hurt or kill people. We didn’t protest en mass in order to hold up traffic. We didn’t march around with stupid hats and silly signs. We didn’t whine and cry because we lost knowing that obama’s agenda was not ours.

      So please give us a bit of a break if we are enjoying President Trump’s retaliatory words. It feels good for a change.

      IMO, President Trump is pressuring them for peace in the end.

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    • TarsTarkas says:

      As the WWII concentration camp survivor told his interviewer when asked, ‘what did your experience teach you?’ ‘When someone says they want to kill you, believe them.”

      What part of ‘Death to America’ don’t you understand?

      Besides, Trump is not baying for Iranian blood, he is baying for the blood of the mullahs and ayatollahs and government apparatchiks who have been letting the blood and sucking the treasure out of Persia since 1979. There is a difference between a government and a country.

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      • dalethorn says:

        Yep – while there is always “context” around Iran’s threats, I’ve long believed that they had no intent to compromise on the existence of Israel.

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      • Jenny R. says:

        Thank you.
        And he isn’t even baying for the damned mullahs’ blood — although God knows they’d deserve it — just that they knock their bs off for once and for all.

        But this is likely to be a Syria 2.0 — oh noes! poor, peace loving, backed into a corner Iran by the evilAmericamilitarymonsterdeepstate!!!!
        In short, whether on purpose or because they’ve drank too much agitprop kool-aide: great job defending the people who want to see Americans dead people, truly good show…I hope you’re all getting paid well for this!

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    • dalethorn says:

      You make compelling arguments, but politics (i.e. compromise) is like that, isn’t it? I’d like to see Trump make the least offensive compromises for the short term, and turn them into non-offensive compromises in the long term. But I think we all know that we have to win the Congress and Supreme Court, and also get the RINOs on board, or we’ll be swimming upstream for a long time to come.

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    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      “Iran poses no more an existential threat to the US than it does Israel.”

      Well, Iran wants to wipe Israel off of the face of the earth (or drive them into the Red Sea, which is the same thing). And, to refresh your memory, they refer to the USA as “The Great Satan” and to Israel as “The Little Satan”.

      Nothing non-threatening about that. And equating GOD’s people to Satan is a sacrilege of the worst order.

      No, you need to brush up on your hermeneutics and what “Zionism” really means. Have a look at Revelation 2:9ff and 3:9ff.

      And remember who “the Prince of Persia”. THAT is with whom we are dealing. Also consider Ephesians 6:10-18.

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    • Jenny R. says:

      Iran is one of the largest, if not the largest, paymasters of terrorism worldwide.
      They are also involved in drug cartels.
      They harbored and aided the 9/11 terrorists.
      They have been active in terrorist attacks in Europe, Asia, Africa, and S. America — and that isn’t including 9/11 or the Middle East.

      The sanctions are in place because the mullahs will not follow the JPCOA; the people of Iran are starving because their government cares more about funding terrorist groups, who have killed thousands, than feeding their own people.

      Iran is an existential threat not only to the rest of the world, but to it’s own people — that government needs to go…yet here you are making arguments to let it stay…

      PS. not a Christian Zionist myself — I believe such things to be heretical actually; and have taken flak on this site for saying things that people don’t like (including criticisms of Israel and St. Bibi — yeah, he’s not a saint and Israel isn’t perfect, get over it)
      this has nothing to do with that….this has everything to do with a very tyrannical, unstable government that is a hybrid monster of socialism/fascism/theocratism that needs to go — if anything for its own citizens’ sakes

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    • MB224 says:

      You realize the “globalist monoculture” is one and the same as the mullahs death wish. That’s why all our traitors are defending and abetting them. But more importantly, who says Trump isn’t going to dismantle the central bank, bis, system as well? We’re the only country that can do it and he sure as hell knows about it. Liberating Iran is a critical blow to their destruction plans. Having Iran as a US ally, not a globalist puppet, are two very different things. Stay tuned.

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  8. yy4u says:

    Dear Iran,
    Watch out! You are not dealing with the Bushes who send soldiers with instructions to win but not kill anybody, Bill Clinton who backs down immediately or Obama who bows and bribes. Trust me. You do not want to mess with Trump and Pompeo.
    YY4U (too wise for you).

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    • andyocoregon says:

      And they really don’t want to have to deal with our Secretary of Defense, James (Mad Dog) Mattis. They won’t like how he bites.

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      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        Yep. And General Mattis is well aware of history, and Iran’s place in it.

        “The Iranian regime, in my mind, is the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East.” – “Mad Dog” Mattis

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  9. Troublemaker10 says:

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  11. pam2246 says:

    Harassment incidents (from Iran) directed toward U.S. Navy vessels is as follows:
    2018 – 0
    2017 – 14
    2016 – 36
    2015 – 22
    (Source Dept of the Navy via legitimate news media)

    *Thank you President Trump!! 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸

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  12. bessie2003 says:

    Hope this doesn’t come across wrong (for the pc crowd);

    the times that our small mining consulting company worked with people from the Middle East it became clear there is a difference of style in communication between the east and the west; in the west, after shaking hands people generally get to the point of the meeting, but in dealing with folks from the Middle East, before any serious or specific dialogue could happen there was always a good 10 to 15 minute how are you chit chat pleasantry style conversation. Every single time. It may be the customary way of opening dialogue between traders, and our President is a man of business, so would recognize this style; so

    when I saw the comments that the Iranian made, and the tweet response that our President made my reaction was “oh, how nice, the dialogue has begun,” which means, both sides are talking, this is the introductory chit-chat stage.

    And in my mind our VSG-PDJT-WBOS, using all caps is like watching one of those nature documentaries, where two aggressive male birds start their territorial dance and the wings get spread and all shaky, so to me the words in all caps is akin to that, and so it is okay to calm down, relax,

    the dialogue is just beginning, it’s still in the “hi, how ya doing?” stage, and President Trump’s got this.

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  13. Wayne Robinson says:

    Dumb Iran talking crap like a toughguy . He could notdefeat Iraq in a decade . Iraq could not defeat Iran in a decade but wouldnt you know it America kicked Irans ass infourdays first time and
    Throughly second time resulting in complete defeat of leadership / Irans next if they do not amend their ways . Face it they are incapable of getting along with others / bomb the hell out of them

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  14. MaineCoon says:

    Khalid bin Salman’s tweet with embedded article is below. He is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to United States. It’s a long article but worth reading. He aptly covers decades of history culminating in a request of world support against Iran’s behavior. May the world answer his call in support of POTUS’ lead.

    Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان
    Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان
    @kbsalsaud
    If history has taught us one thing, its that appeasement doesn’t work; setting the record straight; I write why Iran’s malign behavior must be confronted – not appeased

    Article by Prince Khalid bin Salman entitled “Why Iran’s malign behavior must be confronted — not appeased”.

    FTA: The world must join us to confront Iran with seriousness and intent. Iran needs to know it will pay a price if it continues to violate international law and interfere in the affairs of its neighbors. Iran must be punished economically and diplomatically, with all options kept on the table to ensure the strength and integrity of diplomacy. And the Middle East’s legitimate state institutions — in Yemen, Iraq and elsewhere — need to be supported as they fight Iran’s proxies of chaos.

    Only such a course of action will allow the seeds of modernization, growth, and innovation to flourish across the Middle East. Saudi Arabia will do its part. We need as many partners as possible.

    http://www.arabnews.com/node/1343571

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  15. Donzo says:

    Is PDT painting himself into a corner by making this threat? Unless he already intends to act militarily against Iran I don’t know what the purpose would be. Obviously taking military action over their crazed speech is not in the cards. Iranian leaders say a lot of intemperate things. It’s their actions that are concern.

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    • rsanchez1990 says:

      Iran is in no position to make threats. PDT simply made that obvious. It is in fact Rouhani and the Mullahs who painted themselves into a corner, throwing heated rhetoric at the US that they have no hope of backing up and further de-legitimizing their authority.

      Meanwhile, PDT has shown that he is completely capable of backing up his warnings through his missile strikes at Syria.

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      • Donzo says:

        Are you suggesting Trump is going spend millions to lob cruise missiles into Iran the next time they make some boast?

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    • TreeClimber says:

      He also told Rocket-Man that he “had a bigger nuke button” on his desk. That worked out okay.

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    • 6x47 says:

      Iran is going to find out what China, Canada, Mexico, and the EU are learning: Trump doesn’t bluff.

      I guarantee you he already knows exactly what he will do, if Iran gives him a reason. Here’s the rub: HE WANTS TO DO IT. Just like tariffs on Chinese goods. Trump was itching to put them in, but he gave China the opportunity to straighten up and fly right. Of course they didn’t, now they’re reaping the consequences.

      BTW, it doesn’t mean US forces invading Iran. It could be a cruise missile strike. Also, we have allies in the region who are united against the Iranian threat, so it would be a coalition with significant non-US involvement.

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      • 6x47 says:

        Alternative B: Much unrest in Iran, bordering on instability. The US is providing encouragement (and support?) to dissident factions within Iran. So there are many ways Trump can bring the pain to the mullahs other than a military strike/intervention.

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      Painting himself into what corner?

      The corner of international economic sanctions, where he holds the better hand?

      Trump tweet said nothing about military action.

      For the United States, for the most part, our economic sanctions do not work because we do not really carry them out.

      With China and NK, Trump worked to really apply economic sanctions.

      Trump may have Russia on board, as well as Saudi Arabia, and others.

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    • Chuck says:

      Donzo, Where in that tweet is there any mention of the military?

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  16. rsanchez1990 says:

    The leaders of Iran need a distraction from civil unrest back home. They thought they could resort to casting the US as the villain to distract their people from the real problems they face (which Netanyahu has offered to help). President Trump is telling Rouhani, “Think again, bucko!” With Pompeo telling the Iranian people that the US stands with them, that will only lead to more anger from the people over their leader’s efforts to turn a potential partner in the US (and Israel) into an unnecessary enemy.

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  17. I’m a nationalist. First-order existential threats are the ones pointed at America.

    Never in my lifetime have I seen a greater display of personal courage in public office than what President Trump has exhibited. Whether it’s heartfelt or a strategic/political calculation, he has to go in lockstep with the Neocon agenda in the ME otherwise he is completely alone. This article addresses the huge personal peril he’s under. The Mossad, Russian intelligence and the NSA may be the only organizations keeping him alive. But even the latter is tethered in the final analysis to the mil indust complex. How ironic. His most trusted allies may be overseas, besides half the People.

    That’s how deeply enmeshed our social infrastructure is in a war economy. I’m in awe of the man’s courage even as I’m not obliged to agree with everything he does. It’s hard to overstate the cauldron he’s in. I pray for him daily.

    http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=101454

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    • MaineCoon says:

      POTUS has the support of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Re-posting so to avoid any fear factor you reference.

      Khalid bin Salman’s tweet with embedded article. He is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to United States. It’s a ling article but worth reading. He aptly covers decades of history culminating in a request of world support against Iran’s behavior. May the world answer his call in support of POTUS’ lead.

      Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان
      Khalid bin Salman خالد بن سلمان
      @kbsalsaud
      If history has taught us one thing, its that appeasement doesn’t work; setting the record straight; I write why Iran’s malign behavior must be confronted – not appeased

      Article by Prince Khalid bin Salman entitled “Why Iran’s malign behavior must be confronted — not appeased”.

      FTA: The world must join us to confront Iran with seriousness and intent. Iran needs to know it will pay a price if it continues to violate international law and interfere in the affairs of its neighbors. Iran must be punished economically and diplomatically, with all options kept on the table to ensure the strength and integrity of diplomacy. And the Middle East’s legitimate state institutions — in Yemen, Iraq and elsewhere — need to be supported as they fight Iran’s proxies of chaos.

      Only such a course of action will allow the seeds of modernization, growth, and innovation to flourish across the Middle East. Saudi Arabia will do its part. We need as many partners as possible.

      http://www.arabnews.com/node/1343571

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    • dalethorn says:

      “He has to go in lockstep with the Neocon agenda in the ME….”

      So the support of tens of millions of armed Americans doesn’t count?

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    • MB224 says:

      I don’t think it’s anywhere near as simple as going lockstep with neocons. If that were the case we’d have blood on the ground in Syira and Cain would be singing his praises. And he has way more forces behind and around him than those mentioned. He’s the tip of a very long and strong spear.

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  18. I’m a nationalist. First-order existential threats are the ones pointed at America.

    Never in my lifetime have I seen a greater display of personal courage in public office than what President Trump has exhibited. Whether it’s heartfelt or a strategic/political calculation, he has to go in lockstep with the Neocon agenda in the ME otherwise he is completely alone. This article addresses the huge personal peril he’s under. The Mossad, Russian intelligence and the NSA may be the only organizations keeping him alive. But even the latter is tethered in the final analysis to the mil indust complex. How ironic. His most trusted allies may be overseas, besides half the People.

    That’s how deeply enmeshed our social infrastructure is in a war economy. I’m in awe of the man’s courage even as I’m not obliged to agree with everything he does. It’s hard to overstate the cauldron he’s in. I pray for him daily.

    http://stateofthenation2012.com/?p=101454

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  19. Hillyard says:

    Beautiful! So much here normal Iranians can easily turn against their corrupt leadership. Sounds like Iran is feeling a lot of pressure from US sanctions and domestic unrest. Perfect time for an overthrow of that corrupt government by it’s citizens There has never been a US leader who has gotten more response from other nations and the MSM from a few lines on a twitter account. PDT’s written warnings, by way of twitter, totally upends the corrupt leadership of the largest state sponsor or terrorism world wide. Those turbans must be feeling pretty heavy about now

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  20. jmclever says:

    Trump and Pompeo stating the obvious to Iraniana

    https://binged.it/2mBnyNl

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  21. jmclever says:

    NEVER AGAIN

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  22. Cheri Lawrence says:

    I am so proud of our leadership team promoting peace and prosperity worldwide. They have a great handle on the corruption lining the pockets of terrorists world wide even citing hidden bank accounts and tax fraud much like Russia called out last week. This is indeed a worldwide takedown of corruption. Someday we will know and repatriate all the assets that have been stolen, seized and frozen from human trafficking and human rights abuse under our Presidents silent killer executive order earlier this year. It is all tied together worldwide and may eradicate our entire national debt.

    With love to the Iranian people in the fight for a world that works for us all!

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  23. CopperTop says:

    Published earlier threads. I believe two reasons for Offense that just began on FISA are Manafort Jury being seated and immunity grants and the DOJ trying to prevent FISA document requests, stating those requests can only go to the district court (how does the district exactly oversee a ‘secret’ court? can someone explain?)

    1) https://twitter.com/BNONews/status/1021429600495251457

    There is a pending motion from DOJ to stop the FISA court from receiving records requests stating it’s not within the court jursidiction to hear such requests. Betting this has prompted the offense. If successful wouldn’t it mean no one can ask the FISC for records ever?

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  24. scott467 says:

    “The Iranian economy is going great – but only if you’re a politically-connected member of the elite.”

    _________________________

    About 300,000,000 Americans can relate to that.

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    • Exactly. My read of the day-to–day up here is that we’re engaged in a life or death struggle with our own Mullahs whose depravity and scale of activities probably makes Iran’s look trite. War with Tehran would serve as a classic Globalist diversion. Liberty begins at home.

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  25. scott467 says:

    “The level of corruption and wealth among Iranian leaders shows that Iran is run by something that resembles the mafia more than a government.”

    __________________

    Of which nations in the world is that NOT also true?

    It’s a short list.

    And with the exception of DJT, ours ain’t on it.

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    • Our mullahs want to go after their mullahs so we’ll forget about our mullahs. I’m not interested. Nor am I interested in making the world any safer for bankers. The teetering and over-leveraged western financial edifice is desperate for the Eurasian resource/mineral trove. Not with my kid you’re not.

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      • dalethorn says:

        So you refuse to acknowledge that Trump is steering a different path on Iran than the neocons in this country? That does not square with what treepers know about Trump.

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        • I’m all for throwing the book at Obama corruption surrounding JCPOA. But that’s a long shot from precipitating WW3 over a perceived existential threat to America from Iran. There is no existential threat despite the insistence of a powerful faction that there is or unless you conflate Israel’s interests with our own. I’m a nationalist. Nation building/destroying is a globalist tactic.

          Trump isn’t a warmonger. He’s a businessman who throws incendiary tweets to test his negotiating leverage. Trump’s different by definition. Bolton’s a neocon. I don’t like Bolton.

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  26. The Devilbat says:

    Before I make the point I wish to make, be it known that I am 100% behind President Trump. I however do not trust his advisors. It is my belief that some of them may have a different master.

    Since the idiot, Jimmy Carter decided to bring Ruhollah Khomeini out of exile in Paris and install him as the Ayatollah, the once very westernized country of Iran has become a nightmare. By the way, the American taxpayer footed the bill for millions of dollars to fly him back to Iran.

    Khomeini thanked Carter by taking the staff of our embassy hostage for the remainder of Carter’s unfortunate presidency..

    Here is what worries me. I have said for a long time that Iran will be the next country to fall. Here is why. The Rothschild’s gained control of several countries banking due to both the war in Iraq and the so called “Arab Spring.” Again, in my opinion, American blood and treasure paid for the Rothschild’s to take over the banking in Iraq.

    The total gains to the Rothschild’s international banking control in the past twenty years has put them in the position today of controlling every countries banking in the world except for North Korea, Iran and Cuba. My guess is that part of the peace deal with North Korea includes the Rothschild’s taking control of their banking.

    Cuba is a minor country that can likely be easily dealt with in regards to its banking. That leaves Iran. They are not going to go down without a fight. It just won’t happen. The Iranian regime will choose war. Anyone doubting this needs to read about the Iran, Iraq war.

    That war started after Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran. He was worried that the military might not be behind him. A week after his return he had every officer in the Iranian army executed.

    Saddam Hussein seeing the Iranian military so weakened launched an attack on Iran. He could have won the war very quickly but he decided to stop and pause. This allowed the Iranians to recover and the war that killed an estimated three hundred thousand people went into full effect.

    It looks as though the Rothschild’s will finally realize their dream. They will control the banking of the entire planet. the question that needs to be asked is what their next global plan is?

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    • CopperTop says:

      Trumps approach to Main Street CAN place small banks in a position to hold their own currency again vs being virtually owned by the big 3 every time they need to seek increases in their on hand vault cash. Wouldn’t that undermine any global gains by a fallen Iran taken into a Rothschild banking schema?

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    • 6x47 says:

      “Khomeini thanked Carter by taking the staff of our embassy hostage for the remainder of Carter’s unfortunate presidency.. ”

      Khomeini’s son wrote a book. He said the seizure of the American embassy in Tehran was not ordered by his father, it was the work of enthusiastic subordinates taking their own initiative. When he learned of it Khomeini was terrified the US would bomb Iran or invade. When Carter did neither and instead begged Khomeini to please please please release the hostages, Khomeini at first didn’t believe it: He thought it was a deception. Eventually he realized Carter really was as feckless and ineffectual as he appeared, and only then did Khomeini realize what a patsy President Carter really was.

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    • dalethorn says:

      As I read this, I’m reminded of the stories about the world-dominating Rothschild financial empire going back 150 years or more. But if there were a vaccuum left by the Rothschilds (or whoever) exiting those markets, someone else would take over. The details are important here, because the world has changed drastically in 20-30-40 years, never minding 150 years. My money, Trump’s money, the Rothschild money is all the same color, so I tend to stay focused on the huge struggle inside the U.S. between the forces of darkness and evil (Leftists, Democrats) and the rest of us.

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      • KBR says:

        The Rothschild money comes in many colors.

        But in the spiritual sense, devoid of color blackest black with the sheer evil or else red as the blood money that it is.

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    • scott467 says:

      “My guess is that part of the peace deal with North Korea includes the Rothschild’s taking control of their banking.”

      ____________

      My hope is that DJT is taking down the Rothschild pedovore global syndicate. If even 1/10th of what the world knows about the Rothschilds is true, then if there is a greater human evil in this world, responsible for more death, slavery, misery, war and destruction than the Rothschilds, I don’t know it.

      ……………………………
      “Give me control of a nation’s money and I care not who makes the laws.” — Mayer Amschel Rothschild (1744 -1812), Godfather of the Rothschild Banking Cartel of Europe

      Source: ‘The Creature from Jekyll Island‘ (American Opinion Publishing), p. 218
      ……………………………

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    • scott467 says:

      “My guess is that part of the peace deal with North Korea includes the Rothschild’s taking control of their banking.”

      ___________________

      I don’t think DJT would make that deal, after all, the Rothschilds are ultimately the financial backers of the global Deep State, the ‘new world order’ which Traitor 41 so coveted, which means that DJT is effectively at war with the Rothschilds right now, and has been, since the inauguration.

      No deals.

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    • scott467 says:

      ” That leaves Iran. They are not going to go down without a fight. It just won’t happen. The Iranian regime will choose war. Anyone doubting this needs to read about the Iran, Iraq war.”

      _________________

      But Iran can’t go to war against America AND their own population at the same time.

      And unlike Traitor 44 — the Hussein (and his handler, Valerie Jarrett) — the DJT administration is openly supporting the Iranian people. We can only imagine how much the administration is supporting the Iranian peoples’ uprising covertly.

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    • scott467 says:

      “It looks as though the Rothschild’s will finally realize their dream. They will control the banking of the entire planet.”

      _______________

      They have effectively done so for a very long time. That is the whole purpose of the Central Banking System (and our so-called ‘Federal Reserve’, which is neither ‘federal’ nor a ‘reserve’).

      Every leader of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and our country going back to Traitor 41 are or have been effectively (or actually) puppet regimes of the Rothschilds.

      .

      “the question that needs to be asked is what their next global plan is?”

      _____________

      The same as it has always been. The same goal as Genghis Kahn, Pharaoh, Alexander the Great, Caesar Augustus, Tiberius, Julius, et al.

      The greatest and ultimate goal for those inclined toward it has always been to rule the known world.

      And the last person on earth you want to rule the world is the kind of person who seeks to rule it.

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  27. jmclever says:

    Donald J. Trump just let Iran know with certainty that there’s a new sheriff in town who is nothing like the previous one. I think POTUS just resurfaced some unresolved American anger!

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  28. Bonitabaycane says:

    POTUS’s tweet to Iranian President Rouhani in Farsi:

    “You’ve gotta ask yourself one question: “Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?” 🙂

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  29. Maquis says:

    Neda Soltan approves this message.

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  30. Marina says:

    Why do I sense that Sundance has a policy staff for deep dives into all these economic and foreign affairs issues? He and his researcher/writers – if he has any – make things very easy to understand. Thank you to the CTH team.

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  31. czarowniczy says:

    China not buying oil from Iran is no big deal to China, it will gobble Saudi oil while keeping its Chinese/Iranian ratline open and the second it sees the opportunity in its favor will buy Iranian oil again. China’s just waiting until its militarization of the Spratlys and other offshore oil areas is complete and then buying from the Mideast sources will be slipping to a backup/reserve issue.
    Turkey’s playing Russia, Europe and the US as it knows NATO desperately needs it to block Russia’s Black Sea fleet and provide NATO (US) basing on Russia’s southern flank and Syria’s northern border. Turkey also has the largest military machine in the Mideast and needs its closest opponent (Iran) to be weakened as much as possiuble. Boith Russia and the US, not to mention the Saudis, will make sure Turkey doesn’t run dry on oil.
    If only the Iranian mullahs would screw up and step on Turkey’s feet, wev could see the Iranian problem go ‘poof’ almost overnight.

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  32. Looks like NYT has been moonlighting for Iran … threatening DEATH to AMERICA:
    • No doubt covered above, but worth repeating
    • Time to FREEZE NYT’s ASSETS for CORRUPTION … starting with Mexico’s Carlos Slim!

    https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1021491283167268864.html

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  33. Cooper45 says:

    Secretary Pompeo certainly exposed some of the Ayatollahs and other self enriching leaders of Iran as well as insiders like the Head of the Judiciary and the Interior Minister. The extent of it was news to me.

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  34. waltherppk says:

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