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  • Israel's defense minister says Iran wants to undermine Saudi Arabia

    02/19/2017 4:46:47 AM PST · by csvset · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 19 Feb 2017 | John Irish
    Israel's defense minister said on Sunday Iran had an ultimate objective of undermining Saudi Arabia in the Middle East and called for a dialogue with Sunni Arab states to defeat "radical" elements in the region. Iran aimed to "undermine stability in every country in Middle East ... their main destination at the end of the day is Saudi Arabia," Avigdor Lieberman told delegates at the Munich Security Conference, saying he was looking forward to hearing comments from Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. "The real division is not Jews, Muslims ... but moderate people versus radical people," he said.
  • Iran Defeats America in Tehran’s Newest Animated Film

    02/19/2017 4:43:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 11 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 18, 2017 | Matthew Gault
    American troops descend from a helicopter onto a green field peppered by palm-like tees. A fog hangs over the area and all the soldiers are faceless. Masks, mirrored goggles and technological doodads cover their features. Indistinct chatter fills the air as the soldiers move forward, their weapons raised. They’re ready for war.
  • The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru

    02/16/2017 9:35:44 AM PST · by amorphous · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | 5 May 2016 | DAVID SAMUELS
    ...While Panetta pointedly never mentions Rhodes’s name, it is clear whom he is talking about. “There were staff people who put themselves in a position where they kind of assumed where the president’s head was on a particular issue, and they thought their job was not to go through this open process of having people present all these different options, but to try to force the process to where they thought the president wanted to be,” he says. “They’d say, ‘Well, this is where we want you to come out.’ And I’d say ‘[expletive], that’s not the way it works....
  • The Three-Headed Hydra of the Middle East

    02/16/2017 6:22:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | February 16, 2017 | Victor Davis Hanson
    <p>The abrupt Obama administration pre-election pullout from Iraq in 2011, along with the administration's failed reset with Russia and the Iran deal, created a three-headed hydra in the Middle East.</p> <p>What makes the Middle East monster deadly is the interplay between the Iranian terrorist regime and its surrogates Hezbollah and the Assad regime, Russian President Vladimir Putin's deployment of bombers into Syria and Iraq after a 40-year Russian hiatus in the region and the medieval beheaders of the Islamic State.</p>
  • Macri, Trump discuss region on phone (President of Argentina)

    02/15/2017 9:22:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Web India 123 ^ | February 16, 2017 | IANS
    US President Donald Trump has chatted briefly with his Argentine counterpart, Mauricio Macri, on telephone discussing the region and Venezuela "in particular", a media report said. During the five-minute call on Wednesday, Trump reiterated his invitation to Macri to visit Washington and also said that he was "very happy" because new jobs were being created in the US, the Argentine President's office said in a statement. This was the second of such calls between the two leaders since Trump won the November 2016 election. Argentina said that the two leaders' talk was very cordial, but provided no further details, Efe...
  • Iran Warns Trump Against Disclosing Secret Iran Deal Documents

    02/15/2017 3:08:53 PM PST · by Cheerio · 40 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 15, 2017 | Adam Kredo
    Iran claims disclosure threatens deal Senior Iranian officials are warning the Trump administration about disclosing secret deals related to the nuclear deal that have long been hidden from the public by the Obama administration, according to recent comments that prompted pushback from senior sources on Capitol Hill. Iran's warning comes on the heels of a Washington Free Beacon report disclosing that former national security adviser Michael Flynn had been pushed out of office partly due to his intention to release these sensitive documents to the American public. Leading lawmakers in Congress launched multiple investigations last year into the Obama administration's...
  • Trump Promises Israel That Iran Will Never Get Bomb

    02/15/2017 12:23:44 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 18 replies
    President Donald Trump hailed the United States' "unbreakable" bond with Israel on Wednesday and promised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that Iran would never be permitted to build a nuclear weapon. Trump's vow was designed to address Israeli concerns over the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, which Netanyahu has warned expires too soon to permanently remove the threat. "With this visit the United States, again, reaffirms our unbreakable bond with our cherished ally, Israel," Trump said. "The security challenges faced by Israel are enormous, including the threat of Iran's nuclear ambitions, which I've talked a lot about," he...
  • Trump Attacks Jeff Bezos: Promises new libel laws

    02/26/2016 8:32:16 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 119 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | February 26, 2016 | Jim Swift
    At a rally in Fort Worth, Texas today, Donald Trump unloaded on founder and owner of the Washington Post Jeff Bezos. "I have respect for Jeff Bezos, but he bought the Washington Post to have political influence. And I gotta tell you, we have a different country than we used to have. We have a different... He owns Amazon. He wants political influence so that Amazon will benefit from it. That's not right. And believe me, if I become president, oh do they have problems. They're gonna have such problems," said Trump. Trump went on to promise that, if...
  • Khamenei’s threats to Donald Trump

    02/14/2017 8:40:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | February 14, 2016.
    “I do not fear Trump. We must thank the new American president because he showed the real face of America and because he exposed what we have been saying for decades about the political, moral and economic corruption in it.” This is the recent statement made by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei against the newly-elected US administration. Yes, we’re passing through a new phase. There has been a major transformation following the reactive years of isolationism which show the depth of the roots that America has returned to in terms of engaging with world crises and contributing to managing...
  • Retired SEAL Vice Adm. Robert Harward top candidate to replace Flynn

    02/14/2017 8:08:01 PM PST · by GonzoII · 33 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Jacqueline Klimas | Jamie McIntyre
    Retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward is quickly emerging as a leading contender to replace former national security adviser Mike Flynn, perhaps even the front-runner, according to some sources. In the wake of Flynn's resignation Monday night, Harward's name entered circulation, along with retired Gen. David Petraeus and retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who assumed Flynn's job after he resigned.
  • Report: Former Obama officials leaked to take down Flynn because he wanted to expose the Iran deal

    02/14/2017 3:40:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/14/2017 | AllahPundit
    I get the first part of this story, not so much the second. The bit about Obama alumni targeting Flynn? Highly plausible if not likely. Flynn was a harsh Obama critic ever since O fired him from his position as DIA, and Flynn more than anyone else in the administration seemed prepared to guide Trump towards detente with the same Putin regime that had tried to sink Democrats’ chances during the campaign with the DNC and Podesta hackings. Flynn is also famously an Iran hawk, something which the Obama administration was, er, not. Did Team O have the means...
  • Former Obama Officials,Loyalists Waged Secret Campaign Against Flynn To Protect Iran Nuclear Deal

    02/14/2017 1:30:50 PM PST · by davikkm · 36 replies
    thegatewaypundit ^ | Ryan Saavedra
    The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that former Obama officials waged a secret campaign against national security adviser Mike Flynn which ultimately lead to Flynn being forced to resign. The report says that Flynn was targeted because he was strongly opposed to the Iran Nuclear deal which former President Barack Obama wants protected. The Obama loyalists conducted a behind the scenes attack against Flynn by injecting damaging stories on Flynn into the national media. According to the Free Beacon the attack was lead by former Obama administration adviser Ben Rhodes.
  • The Full Text of General Flynn’s Resignation Letter

    02/13/2017 9:55:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 78 replies
    February 13, 2017
    The Full Text of General Flynn’s Resignation Letter February 13, 2017 In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors. These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisors and foreign leaders. Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude. Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized...
  • AP Sources: US Sanctions Venezuela’s New Vice President

    02/13/2017 4:38:59 PM PST · by Enterprise · 19 replies ^ | February 13, 2017 | AP Sources
    The Trump administration is slapping sanctions on Venezuela’s new Vice President Tareck El Aissami and accusing him of playing a major role in international drug trafficking. (snip) The U.S. is also sanctioning Samark Bello, a wealthy businessman connected to El Aissami who has held significant business interests in the U.S. The U.S. says Bello provided assistance or support to El Aissami’s trafficking activities.
  • Trump Wants Stability, Ruhani Want Armageddon

    02/11/2017 8:22:03 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    Freep | 2/11/2017 | Charles O'Connell
    Trump has been doing real well with his spontaneity, but now he's dealing with very extremely crazy people. The President warns Iran's Ruhani to be careful. Ruhani doesn't want careful, he wants the world to be set on fire, not as in an American song 'I don't want to set the world on fire', but, literally. Ink Spots, 'I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire' Iran's 'Mahdi' belief, that a kind of Muslim messiah is due to return any time, makes Iran prone to seek, actually, to hasten Armageddon. (Fidel Castro was just a newbie revolutionary who...
  • Iran's Bluster Is Just Fear of Trump -- and Revolution

    02/11/2017 6:33:59 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 5 replies ^ | Michael Ledeen
    The rent-a-crowds, which have a high proportion of military men, are not really prepared to directly challenge the United States. The marches, chants, and posters are not so much for our consumption as for that of their own citizens, most of whom are disgusted with the failed regime and yearn for a return to the Western world. The regime fears that, sooner or later, the tens of millions who detest Khamenei, Rouhani, et al., will flood the streets as they recently did on the occasion of the funeral of Hashemi Rafsanjani, chanting anti-regime and anti-Russian slogans. Today’s “festivities” are designed...
  • Amazon Discloses Iranian Transactions That May Have Violated US Sanctions, (trunc)

    02/11/2017 6:32:28 AM PST · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-11-17 | Tyler Durden
    In a 10-K filed on Friday afternoon, Amazon disclosed that certain transactions and business ties with Iran may have violated U.S. sanctions, warning that it may be penalized after a regulatory review of the activities. In the "Other Contingencies" section of its 10-K, Jeff Bezos' company had determined that, between January 2012 and December 2016 it had "processed and delivered orders of consumer products for certain individuals and entities located outside Iran covered by the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act or other United States sanctions and export control laws. The consumer products included books, music, other media,...
  • Trump Foreign Policy Quickly Loses Its Sharp Edge

    02/10/2017 10:05:26 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 10, 2017 | MARK LANDLER
    WASHINGTON — When President Trump took a phone call from the leader of Taiwan in December and asserted that the United States might no longer be bound by the “One China” policy, his defenders hailed it as a show of strength — the latest delicate issue on which Mr. Trump was willing to challenge decades of diplomatic orthodoxy. On Thursday evening, Mr. Trump fell back into line. In a call with President Xi Jinping of China, he pledged fealty to One China, a 44-year-old policy under which the United States recognized a single Chinese government in Beijing and severed its...
  • Next Executive Order to list Iranian military as a terrorist organization?

    02/08/2017 1:39:47 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/08/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Donald Trump promised during the campaign to get tough on radical Islamic terror groups as well as force Iran to renegotiate terms on Barack Obama’s nuclear deal. The next executive orders from the president may address both pledges — and create more controversy. According to Reuters, Trump will designate the entire Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO), expanding current sanctions applied at the moment to only its Quds Force: A designation of the entire IRGC as a terrorist group would potentially have much broader implications, including for the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated between Iran and...
  • White House weighs designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group

    02/08/2017 1:34:42 PM PST · by deplorableindc · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb. 8, 2017
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is considering a proposal that could lead to potentially designating Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter. The officials said several U.S. government agencies have been consulted about such a proposal, which if implemented would add to measures the United States has already imposed on individuals and entities linked to the IRGC. The IRGC is by far Iran’s most powerful security entity, which also has control over large stakes in Iran’s economy and huge influence in its political system.
  • Iran’s supreme leader ‘thanks’ Trump for revealing the ‘real face of the United States’

    02/08/2017 8:05:54 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 02/07/2017 | By Max Bearak
    Iran's supreme leader was in a supremely sarcastic mood Tuesday as he gave a speech to a sea of military officials. His target: Trump's first foreign policy moves. “We actually thank this new president! We thank him, because he made it easier for us to reveal the real face of the United States,” said Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to a transcript posted on his official website. “… Now, with everything he is doing — handcuffing a child as young as 5 at an airport — he is showing the reality of American human rights.” While Khamenei's intended point about the...
  • Mac malware, possibly made in Iran, targets US defense industry (Doesn't work)

    02/07/2017 10:57:59 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 16 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | Tuesday, February 7, 2017 · 4:50 pm
    “Just because you’re using a Mac doesn’t mean you’re safe from hackers,” Michael Kan reports for IDG News Service. “That’s what two security researchers are warning, after finding a Mac-based malware that may be an attempt by Iranian hackers to target the U.S. defense industry.” “The malware, called MacDownloader, was found on a website impersonating the U.S. aerospace firm United Technologies, according to a report from Claudio Guarnieri and Collin Anderson, who are researching Iranian cyberespionage threats,” Kan reports. “The fake site was previously used in a spear phishing email attack to spread Windows malware and is believed to be...
  • US Spy Images Indicate Iran Will Fire Satellite Into Space On Revolution Day (Feb 10-11)

    02/07/2017 2:39:34 PM PST · by drewh · 31 replies
    Debkfiles ^ | February 7, 2017, 6:52 PM (IDT)
    Iran is preparing to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution next weekend by launching a satellite into space from the Safir vehicle, according to images obtained by US spy satellites from Iran’s launch sites.Safir was the first vehicle used to launch Iran’s first satellite into orbit in February 2009. In response to US President Donald Trump’s warning to stop missile tests, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday: “The Iranian people will respond to his words on Feb, 10 and show how they stand up to such threats.” The satellite launch is expected to take place the next...
  • Iran and Russia Are Apparently Fighting Each Other in Syria: Did Tehran attempt a coup in Damascus?

    02/07/2017 7:12:40 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | February 7, 2017 | Tom Cooper
    Between Jan. 23 and 27, 2017, there were reports that Syrian president Bashar Al Assad had suffered a stroke and had to be hospitalized. The usually pro-Assad British newspaper The Independent claimed that the Syrian president was suffering serious psychological strain. Allegations of a president’s poor health take on extra significance in a Russian proxy state. During the Cold War, the Soviets frequently cited allied leaders’ purported medical and psychological problems when launching military interventions — takeovers, essentially — in the countries of the supposedly-ailing heads of state.
  • Trump: I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy

    02/07/2017 4:16:57 AM PST · by monkapotamus · 27 replies
    President Donald J. Trump Twitter ^ | February 7, 2017 | President Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump ‏@realDonaldTrump 2 minutes ago I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy - yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem!
  • Iranian VP: Those who threaten us will lose

    02/06/2017 11:12:03 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 23 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/2/17 | Elad Benari
    Iranian officials continue to threaten the United States, following the Trump administration’s announcement of new sanctions against the Islamic Republic. On Monday, Iran’s Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said that the “ultimate losers” are those who result to the language of force in dealing with Iran. Speaking upon his arrival at the country’s Abadan airport and quoted by the IRNA news agency, Jahangiri said Iran is never intimidated by threats, adding that governments or individuals who address Iran with the language of force will be the final losers. “The Islamic Republic of Iran always welcomes interaction but those rude who employ...
  • How to truly bring Iran’s mullahs to their knees

    02/06/2017 5:44:21 PM PST · by detective · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 6, 2017 | Heshmat Alavi
    Following a week of high tensions between the Trump administration and Iran, it was quite interesting to see how Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei, the man with the last word on all national security and foreign affairs, remained completely silent. After Tehran's latest missile test ended in a humiliating failure, with the re-entry vessel exploding, Washington launched a series of actions in a short period.
  • Iran and Russia Playing in the Fire

    02/06/2017 2:48:47 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 6 Feb 17 | Jed Babbin
    Early Friday morning, President Trump tweeted, “Iran is playing with fire — they don’t appreciate how ‘kind’ President Obama was to them. Not me!” Earlier in the week, both the president and National Security Advisor Mike Flynn said they were putting Iran “on notice,” without defining what that notice meant. Mr. Trump likes to keep our adversaries guessing, and that’s a good thing, if he actually does it. More definitively, a statement by Flynn said, “The days of turning a blind eye to Iran’s hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community are over.” For the...
  • Trump wants to push back against Iran, but Iran is now more powerful than ever

    02/06/2017 9:05:16 AM PST · by Forgiven_Sinner · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 5 at 5:07 PM | By Liz Sly and Loveday Morris
    BEIRUT — President Trump’s tough talk on Iran is winning him friends in the Arab world, but it also carries a significant risk of conflict with a U.S. rival that is now more powerful than at any point since the creation of the Islamic republic nearly 40 years ago. With its warning last week that Iran is “on notice,” the Trump administration signaled a sharp departure from the policies of President Barack Obama, whose focus on pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran eclipsed historic U.S. concerns about Iranian expansionism and heralded a rare period of detente between Washington and Tehran.
  • "A Lot Of The Toothpaste Is Already Out": Paul Ryan Explains Why The Iran Deal Will Stay In Place

    02/05/2017 10:15:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/05/2017
    One day after Iran defied Trump with a new missile tests and threatened enemies with "roaring missiles" following Friday's Iran sanctions, confirming our Friday report, House Speaker Paul Ryan said that despite the troubling escalation in sanctions, the Iran Nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration is likely to remain in place. "A lot of that toothpaste is already out of the tube. I never supported the deal in the first place. I thought it was a huge mistake, but the multilateral sanctions are done," Ryan said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" airing Sunday. Speaker Paul...
  • Paul Ryan to Trump: Don't dismantle Iran nuke deal, enforce it

    02/05/2017 8:14:39 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    JTA via INN ^ | 02/05/17 15:36
    It makes more sense to rigorously enforce the Iran nuclear deal than to dismantle it, said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, signaling diminishing support for pulling the United States out of the deal. Ryan, speaking on “Meet the Press” in an interview to be broadcast in full on Sunday, said the removal of sanctions under the nuclear rollback for sanctions relief deal reached in 2015 between Iran and six major world powers, meant it would be too hard to reconstitute the sanctions. “A lot of that toothpaste is already out of the tube,”...
  • VIRAL VIDEO: Footage Shows OBAMA And BILL CLINTON Both Support Trump’s Immigration Policies!

    02/04/2017 1:00:24 PM PST · by Syncro · 28 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb 4th, 2017 2:23 pm | Ryan Saavedra Feb 4th, 2017 2:23 pm
    Video Showing Hypocrisy Of Democrats Goes Viral A video going around on Facebook has been viewed over 40,000,000 times in just a few days since being released.The video shows past footage from former Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama in which they discuss the issue of illegal immigration. If the statements coming from Clinton and Obama sound familiar, well they should. They say a lot of the same things that President Trump is saying.Excerpt, read more and see video at The Gateway Pundit
  • Iran vows ‘roaring missiles’ if threatened, defies new sanctions

    02/04/2017 9:15:13 PM PST · by TaxPayer2000 · 25 replies
    OAN ^ | February 4, 2017 | Bozorgmehr Sharafedin
    DUBAI (Reuters) – A Revolutionary Guards commander said Iran would use its missiles if its security is under threat, as the elite force defied new U.S. sanctions on its missile programme by holding a military exercise on Saturday. Tensions between Tehran and Washington have risen since a recent Iranian ballistic missile test which prompted U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to impose sanctions on individuals and entities linked to the Revolutionary Guards. Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn said the Washington was putting Iran on notice over its “destabilising activity”, and Trump tweeted Tehran was “playing with fire” “We are working...
  • Iran: If enemies do wrong, missiles will come down on them

    02/04/2017 8:50:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2017 7:32 AM EST | Amir Vahdat
    Iran’s missiles will come down on the country’s enemies if they do wrong, a senior commander in Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard was quoted as saying in a Saturday report from semi-official Tasnim news agency. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, chief of the Guard’s airspace division, said: “If the enemy does not walk the line, our missiles come down on them.” Hajizadeh’s comments came during a Revolutionary Guard military exercise aimed at testing its missile and radar systems. The exercise was taking place in a 35,000-square-kilometer (13,515-square-mile) area in Semnan province in northern Iran. …
  • Time for Trump to Release Full Details of the Iran Nuclear Deal

    02/04/2017 6:25:26 AM PST · by ColdOne · 13 replies ^ | 2/3/17 | Rodger L. Simon
    Does anyone know what's really in the Iran nuclear deal with all its unpublished side agreements and secret verbal pledges? Certainly not the American public, on whose behalf it was putatively negotiated. And probably not most, if not all, members of Congress who were bypassed in its negotiation and "signing" in a manner that doesn't seem remotely constitutional. Despite the yeoman efforts of Jay Solomon, Omri Ceren and others, the full extent of the deal is still a mystery. We don't know in anywhere near full detail what Obama and Kerry, with the aid and comfort of wannabe fiction writer...
  • Ayatollah Ali Rafsanjani Was No Iranian Moderate

    02/03/2017 6:20:23 PM PST · by freedom44 · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 2/3/17 | Slater Bakhtavar
    And this is precisely why change to the Iranian regime will never come from within it. It cannot. Absolute dictatorial regimes – be they religious or otherwise – are structured for the purpose of perpetuating themselves. They are not democratic in nature, subject to the will of the people they rule or even of the people within them. Any true moderate or reformist influences will not enjoy a fair and equal opportunity to advance based on the merits of their ideas in the eyes of their peers. They will be silenced and stamped out as “heretical”. Iran desperately needs a...
  • Iran Bans Travel of US Wrestlers in Response to Trump Order

    02/03/2017 12:18:52 PM PST · by PROCON · 25 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 3, 2017 | NASSER KARIMI
    Iran on Friday banned U.S. wrestlers from an important international tournament this month in response to President Donald Trump's executive order forbidding visas for Iranians, the official IRNA news agency reported. A senior Iranian cleric vowed, meanwhile, that his country would continue its missile program despite threats from the Trump administration that it was preparing to levy new sanctions.
  • US Treasury sanctions 13 individuals, 12 entities related to Iran

    02/03/2017 7:35:33 AM PST · by Brandonmark · 16 replies
    CNBC ^ | 2/03/17 | Reuters
    The United States on Friday sanctioned 13 individuals and 12 entities under U.S. Iran sanctions authority, days after the White House had put Iran "on notice" over a ballistic missile test and other activities.
  • Treasury Department announcing sanctions against Iran Friday morning

    02/03/2017 7:20:07 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | Jim Acosta, Kevin Liptak and Elise Labott
    The Treasury Department is expected to announce sanctions against Iran Friday morning, according to a source familiar with the matter. An exact time has not yet been provided to CNN. *snip In a letter to Trump Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators said, "Iranian leaders must feel sufficient pressure to cease deeply destabilizing activities, from sponsoring terrorist groups to continued testing of ballistic missiles."
  • Iran rejects 'baseless and provocative' Trump warning

    02/03/2017 6:58:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 6 replies ^ | 2/2/17 | afp
    Tehran (AFP) - Iran on Thursday rejected a warning from President Donald Trump over its latest missile test as unfounded and provocative, reflecting growing tensions between Tehran and the new US administration. "Claims made by US President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor are baseless, repetitive and provocative," Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said, quoted by state news agency IRNA.
  • In Tweetstorm, Trump Lashes Out At Iran And "Paid Protesters", Mocks Arnie, Thanks Australia PM

    02/03/2017 6:56:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/03/2017
    In an early tweetstorm, President Trump fired off a volley of five (so far) tweets early on Friday morning, touching on all the key salient newsitems over the past 24 hours, including the ongoing feud with Schwarzenegger, the Australia PM phone call, the imminent round of Iranian sanctions, his upcoming meeting with business leaders and last but not least, the "professional anarchists" who foiled a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos at UC Berkeley. The good news for traders is that none of them appear to be particularly market moving or focusing on any specific company or part of the market.The...
  • Trump Must Pressure Iran

    02/03/2017 6:45:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 3, 2017 | Heshmat Alavi
    Iran was involved in a long slate of aggressive measures up to the very doorsteps of President Donald Trump taking the helm in Washington. This concerning pattern of escalating extremism ironically increased following the Iran nuclear deal sealed between the P5+1 and Tehran, despite many in the West arguing such an accord would rein in the mullahs. And now, a new U.S. president has rightfully pinpointed “radical Islamic terrorists,” of which the root lies in Iran. Further to the mullahs’ advantage was the Obama administration’s reluctance to adopt any serious stance against Iran running its Shiite extremist rampage across the...
  • Trump: ‘Iran is playing with fire, I won't be as kind as Obama’

    02/03/2017 6:17:22 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 10 replies
    R.T. ^ | 02/03/17
    US President Donald Trump has tweeted that "Iran is playing with fire," and warned Tehran that he won’t be as “kind” as former President Barack Obama. His comments come after Tehran’s missile test this week. It comes a day after the US president threatened Tehran that military options are "not off the table" in response to the missile test. On Monday, Fox News cited US officials as saying that Iran had carried out medium-range ballistic missile tests. That was followed on Thursday by reports from CNN, NBC News and Reuters, all quoting sources, that said Washington could roll out fresh...
  • The Coming Clash with Iran

    02/02/2017 6:21:18 PM PST · by Tours · 89 replies
    WND ^ | Feb. 2, 2017 | Pat Buchanan
    When Gen. Michael Flynn marched into the White House Briefing Room to declare that “we are officially putting Iran on notice,” he drew a red line for President Trump. In tweeting the threat, Trump agreed. His credibility is now on the line. And what triggered this virtual ultimatum? Iran-backed Houthi rebels, said Flynn, attacked a Saudi warship, and Tehran tested a missile, undermining “security, prosperity and stability throughout the Middle East,” placing “American lives at risk.” But how so? The Saudis have been bombing the Houthi rebels and ravaging their country, Yemen, for two years. Are the Saudis entitled to...
  • Feb 2nd - IRAN Rattles

    02/02/2017 9:20:44 AM PST · by johnk · 1 replies
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  • Sebastian Gorka Defends Trump’s National Security Actions (Gorka destroys Tapper-video)

    02/02/2017 8:18:00 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 19 replies ^ | Jack Heretik
    Sebastian Gorka, a deputy assistant to President Donald Trump, defended the president's national security decisions Wednesday on CNN. Host Jake Tapper asked Gorka what to make of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's statement earlier in the day to Iran that the country is being "put on notice." "Well, it's a very simple signal: there's a new sheriff in town," Gorka said. "His name is Donald J. Trump, and we are not going to follow the policies of the prior administration, which really facilitated Iran in terms of getting more muscular, releasing those billions of dollars, and also bringing the JCPOA...
  • Khamenei ally says useless for U.S. to threaten Iran over missile test: Fars

    02/02/2017 6:33:45 AM PST · by RummyChick · 17 replies
    yahoo ^ | 2/2/17 | By Parisa Hafezi
    Khamenei ally says useless for U.S. to threaten Iran over missile test: Fars Reuters By Parisa Hafezi ReutersFebruary 2, 2017 By Parisa Hafezi ANKARA (Reuters) - A top adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday Iran will not yield to "useless" U.S. threats from "an inexperienced person" over its ballistic missile program. U.S. President Donald Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said on Wednesday the United States was putting Iran on notice over its "destabilizing activity" after it test-fired a ballistic missile. Trump echoed that language on Thursday, saying in a tweet "Iran has been put formally...
  • Bill Introduced In Congress To Pre-Emptively Attack Iran

    02/02/2017 3:58:44 AM PST · by gaggs · 14 replies
    Earlier last month, Congressman Alcee Hastings (Democrat-FL) introduced H.J.Res. 10 or the “Authorization of Use of Force Against Iran Resolution.” Taken at face value, the bill appears to allow the President to authorize military force against Iran. Yet, the text of the bill goes further – it authorizes the president to launch a “pre-emptive” war with the Middle Eastern nation without requiring Congressional approval and without the necessity of Iran having actually committed any action that would warrant a full-scale invasion.
  • The Democrats' travel ban no one likes to talk about (How 1 Christian escaped from Iran)

    02/01/2017 7:36:19 PM PST · by amorphous
    Worldnet Daily ^ | 1 Feb 2017 | Leo Hohmann
    Shahram Hadian still remembers what it felt like to be 9 years old, living in an apartment in Atlanta and waiting for his mother to return from Iran. The weeks turned into months, the months into years. He thought he might never see her again. “It’s a part of my story I don’t share a lot,” says Hadian, whose family fled Iran in December 1978 to escape the Ayatollah Khomeini’s uprising against the Shah of Iran. His father was a military man who saw the writing on the wall, as Khomeini was manipulating and agitating against the U.S.-backed Shah, gaining...
  • NSC's Gen. Mike Flynn: "Today We Are Officially Putting Iran On Notice"

    02/01/2017 1:23:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 02/01/2017
    When Iran test fired a new ballistic missile on Sunday, an act it confirmed this morning, it was aware it was taking a calculated risk and, more importantly, was testing America's response and resolve to preserve Obama's nuclear deal. It got the answer this afternoon, when shortly before 2pm, President Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, said the United States was officially putting Iran on notice on Wednesday over its "destabilizing activity" after it test-fired a ballistic missile over the weekend. "As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice," Flynn told a White House briefing, without explaining...