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As one friend and colleague pointed out, if the press does not stop beating the war drums over Iran, body bags are going to be filled. The press should be held accountable.
More threats from Tehran, IRGC briefs proxies for war against US, insurers assess IRGC likely hit tankers, Congress briefed. War hysteria appears mostly confined to POTUS-bashing media, and Rhodes, a key architect of the Iran debacle, joins the chorus in the WashPost. Israeli and conservative media correctly identify the Iranian campaign as an effort to distract the public in Iran, who are deeply unhappy about the collapsing economy.
As noted earlier, the hysterical media campaign in the West will encourage the Iranian regime to escalate further and will eventually result in bodybags, making these media players complicit.
People in Tehran speak in hushed tones about what the coming days may bring. As geopolitical tensions crank up, talk of imminent conflict with the United States is widespread on the streets of Iran’s capital.
Javad Zarif says Tehran will show ‘maximum restraint’ as Washington maintains its own ‘maximum pressure’ campaign.
Iran’s foreign minister has hit out at “unacceptable” sanctions imposed by the US as an international deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions continues to unravel amid a spike in tensions. Mohammad Zarif defended Iran’s right to respond to the US pullout from the nuclear deal last year.
Mohammad Saleh Jokar, a deputy head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards, told news outlet Fars that even short-range Iranian missiles could reach US warships in the Gulf and that the United States could not afford a new war.
A top Iranian general has told Iran-backed militias in Iraq to “prepare for proxy war” in the wake of heightened tensions between Iran and the U.S., which accused the militias of moving missiles toward American forces.
Top military leader delivers message at Baghdad meeting as tensions rise
Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) are “highly likely” to have facilitated attacks last Sunday on four tankers including two Saudi ships off Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, according to a Norwegian insurers’ report seen by Reuters.
U.S.intelligence photos showed anti-ship missiles on Iranian boats, one of the new Iranian threats that led the U.S. to deploy an aircraft carrier to the Middle East.
The White House ramped up its warnings about a threat from Iran after intelligence showed pictures of small boats in the Persian Gulf that Iranian paramilitary forces had outfitted with missiles, according to
Intelligence officials have declassified a photograph of an Iranian missile on a small boat in the Persian Gulf in their efforts to help show the increasing threat from Iran as divisions grow within the Trump administration about what the intelligence means, the New York Times reported.
U.S. officials told The New York Times they escalated their warnings to Iran because of intelligence showing photographs of missiles loaded onto small boats in the Persian Gulf.
The photographs fueled fears that Iran would fire missiles at U.S. naval ships in the Persian Gulf. But some said the moves could be defensive acts against Washington provocations.
On the heels of their trip to Russia, FOX News Talk’s Guy Benson sat down with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for an exclusive interview. The two discussed possible new threats from Iran, former Secretary of State John Kerry & more. BENSON: Mike Pompeo is the U.S. Secretary of State and h
As members of both parties in Congress complain they’re not being briefed on escalating tensions with Iran, one top congressman who has seen the intelligence said it shows Iran’s aggressive behavior goes beyond its normal harassment as the rogue regime threatens to target Americans.
The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee said he has received a briefing on hostile moves by Iran, and he is worried.
The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee says he is “convinced” there is cause for concern around Iran’s activists following a pair of briefings on the Gulf nation.
The recent escalation with Iran coincided with the anniversary of the U.S. decision to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal with the Islamic republic. Iran, it appears, is trying to create a crisis in reaction to its worsening economy and its unsuccessful effort to overcome U.S. sanctions. U.S. President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton recently revealed that the administration was sending an aircraft carrier to the region, as well as strategic bombers, because of “troubling and escalatory indications” suggesting that Iran was planning to attack U.S. interests or its allies in the region. Hours after Bolton made that statement, the Iranian media reported that the regime would announce its pullout from the nuclear deal. President Hassan Rouhani did exactly that several days later with a televised speech to the nation. In his speech, he warned that the Islamic republic would resume high-level enrichment of uranium unless its European trade partners found a way to bypass U.S. sanctions. This latest behavior underscores the changing Iranian strategy for coping with the debilitating sanctions, which have dealt a crushing blow to Iran’s economy. According to the International Monetary Fund, Iran’s economy will likely contract by 6% in 2019, compared with 4% in 2018. Inflation is set to climb to 40%. These figures do not take into account the economic impact of the Trump administration’s decision not to renew the waivers it gave eight nations so that they could continue buying oil from Iran. Meanwhile, the local currency is nosediving against the dollar, exacerbating the discontent. Iran plans to use pro-Iranian allies to do its bidding by staging provocations that would complement its combative rhetoric. This new approach was already on display this week, when oil tankers were sabotaged near the Strait of Hormuz, including two Saudi vessels. Another example was the drone attack on Saudi oil installations near the capital of Riyadh. The attack was claimed to be carried out by the Houthis, a militia rebel group in Yemen backed by Iran. According to reports in the U.S. media, the administration believes that Iran was responsible for sabotaging the tankers. After all, the incident took place not long after Bolton’s announcement about troubling” intelligence showing that pro-Iranian groups were planning to attack American troops in the region. One of those indications was the transfer of Iranian missiles through the area. Bolton’s announcement may have helped deter Iran from targeting the U.S. but it did not stop it from engaging in other forms of aggression.
Should the U.S. be looking to pick a fight with Iran?
The White House strategy toward Tehran is fraught with risk.
“Trump’s administration has made every effort to manufacture a crisis with Iran,” warns former Obama deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes.
Failing to see his dishonesty for what it is could have devastating consequences.
Obama’s media echo chamber is hyping Iran’s bluster about U.S. sanctions. But their insistence that the only options are appeasement or war offers a false choice.
Pat Buchanan: Speaking on state TV of the prospect of a war .05/17/2019 7:36:09AM EST.
The Trump administration does not have congressional authorization to go to war against Iran, the Democratic leader of the U.S. House of Representatives warned on Thursday amid escalating tensions in the region. U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters that she backed what appeared to be U.S.
Congressional leaders emerged tight-lipped Thursday from a classified briefing on Iran amid concerns about new tensions in the Gulf escalating to war.
Congressional leaders are receiving a classified briefing on Iran as members of both parties demand more information on the White House’s claims of rising threats in the Middle East.
Republican Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho, who chairs the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has been briefed by the Trump administration about the escalating tensions with Iran.
The former chief of staff for White House national security adviser John Bolton says the press is trying to destroy his ex-boss with a “false narrative” from anonymous sources.
According to The Hill, Paul — one of President Donald Trump’s allies on Capitol Hill — is against the administration’s increased military activity regarding Iran.
WORLD War 3 fears were heightened today after Iran’s top general told Iraqi militias to “prepare for a proxy war” as the US was urged to launch “surgical strikes” against Tehran.
Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., warned the Trump administration Thursday that the U.S. must avoid the same miscalculations that led up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq as U.S. forces bolster a military presence in the Persian Gulf to counter Iran.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo slammed his predecessor John Kerry, telling him “it’s time to get off the stage” and stop inappropriately engaging with foreign leaders while undermining the Trump administration’s foreign policy.
Whatever the opposite of a rush to war is—a crawl to peace, maybe—America is in the middle of one.
A sudden profusion of incidents and warnings has stirred fears that the Trump administration is trying to gin up a flawed case for war, like the Bush administration did in Iraq in 2003.
Intelligence collected by the U.S. government shows Iran’s leaders believe the U.S. planned to attack them, prompting preparation by Tehran for possible counterstrikes, according to one interpretation of the information, people familiar with the matter said.
‘Most of the activities that the Iranians are undertaking are in response to our very aggressive posture in the region,’ one member of the House Intelligence Committee said.
Donald Trump has been consulting outsiders from his administration for strategic advice on Iran amid fears that hawkish senior advisers were leading the United States into an unwanted war. President Trump has begun turning to the retired four-star General Jack Keane, former vice chief of staff of
The president’s statement came during a briefing on the rising tensions with Tehran, and officials said he was firm in saying he did not want a military clash.
The Secretary of State has bridled at the seasoned national security adviser’s grip on the policy process, but is more in sync with the president they serve.
President Donald Trump has become irritated at an emerging impression his hawkish national security advisers are marching him closer to war with Iran despite his isolationist tendencies, according to people familiar with the matter.
A threat based on intelligence reports; deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers to the Middle East with reports of ground troops to follow; a dramatic rise in diplomatic tensions and warnings of retribution from Washington. All this as the Iran crisis escalates may well seem like a reprise of what unfolded before the disastrous last Iraq war.
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History indicates that attacking Iran wouldn’t help the president politically, regardless of how the war goes.
Growing U.S. pressure on Iran has weakened pragmatic President Hassan Rouhani and made his hardline rivals more assertive at home and abroad, recent developments show.
A new congressional letter raises fears of stumbling into war.
The U.S. would likely go it alone without allied support in a conflict with Iran.
Iran’s ties with its proxies are far deeper than the Trump administration understands.
A state-aligned Saudi newspaper on Thursday called for the US to launch “surgical” strikes on Iran, which Riyadh is blaming for a drone attack by Yemeni rebels.
Saudi Arabia accused Iran of ordering this week’s attack on key oil facilities, stoking concerns that the world’s largest oil-producing region is edging toward another war. Crude prices rose.
May 16, 2019 | 20:15 GMT Russia has been in diplomatic overdrive over the past two weeks following Iran’s announcement that it was suspending some of its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Shortly after Tehran’s JCPOA announcement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Iranian counterpart, Javad Zarif, during which Lavrov…