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If I read only US news reports about Iran, the coverage will mostly appear strongly biased against President Trump’s approach. The media is mostly very (I reiterate very) liberal, therefore a very liberal agenda is being pushed.
For example: Jarrett Blanc’s article at Politico gets top billing in Google News: What Trump Really Just Told the Iranians: He’s Out of Ideas. Note the author:
Jarrett Blanc is a senior fellow in the Geoeconomics and Strategy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was previously the State Department lead for the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program.
Two things should quickly jump out at you, gentle readers. Blanc worked with the Obama administration, so everything he writes is going to be “anti-Trump”. Second, Blanc is invested with JCPOA, which Iran is probably about to drop out of (Europe is begging them to stay).
What Blanc fails to recognize is that the Trump administration’s approach to Iran is not the feckless approach of the Obama administration to the bluster, bluff, and buffoonery of rogue states like Iran. The US no longer pays homage to Iran. Iran is being held accountable and will be, de facto, paddled badly if they mess up. Iran was, quite literally, minutes away from being pounded for downing the US drone before President Trump asked a sensible question and the proportionality of the US’ response was considered. The headline, perhaps, should read ‘Jarrett Blanc is emotionally wed to JCPOA and doesn’t know any better’.
The articles, below, reflect a much more accurate picture, I believe, a proper mix of good and bad. The Washington Post amazed me with their positive reporting: Trump was right not to strike Iran. His strategy is working. – The Washington Post
Iran’s perspective appears to be of ‘ignoring reality’ rather than merely ignorant. When Iran makes a mistake, and it will because they just do not appear to be capable of acting rationally, their pucker factor will quickly escalate to beyond painful constipation levels.
More bluster and bluff from Tehran, who evidently have no grasp of what an air campaign could actually do to their country, or how quickly the damage effects would cascade – “Morgenthau by PGM” would not be a bad label.
Tehran plays the Europeans, and may be overplaying their hand.
The US media debate remains as toxic as before.
Europeans at the G-20 will say the nuclear deal Mr. Trump abandoned is the only way to avoid what Iran says would be a protracted war
Tehran will respond with even greater force to a second US incursion after drone shootdown, parliament speaker says.
Iran says it will not “retreat” and will speed up its enrichment of uranium from June 27 as it continues to back away from its commitments to a nuclear deal amid escalating tensions with the United…
UNITED NATIONS – Iran’s United Nations envoy described his country’s nuclear deal with world powers as being in “critical condition” on Wednesday and warned “Iran alone cannot, shall not and will not take all of the burdens anymore to preserve” the 2015 agreement. “As long as illegal sanctions are in place, one cannot be expected to trust the offer for an honest and genuine dialog,” Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi said of talks with the United States.
U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal last year, inflaming tensions between Tehran and Washington that led to Iran shooting down a U.S. drone last week. Trump ordered retaliatory air strikes but called them off at the last minute. Under the deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program most
Iran will speed up enrichment of uranium and pull further out of the nuclear deal with world powers, Iranian officials said.
Amid continued frustration with the European signatories to the nuclear deal, Iran is sending fresh signals about its potential departure from the pact, while indicating that diplomacy remains a viable option.
Amid Iranian threats to violate the international agreement, Tehran’s envoy says accord’s other signatories must compensate his country
Tehran confirms it will violate 2015 agreement and take uranium stocks above limit
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — As Iran prepares to surpass limits set by its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, each step it takes narrows the time the country’s leaders would need to have…
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to stop Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. Israel has bombed nuclear facilities in Iraq and Syria in the past
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – European governments will provide a credit line to help a special mechanism establish a route for trade between Iran and the West, a report said.
With Tehran threatening to breach limits set in the nuclear deal, Europeans are scrambling to restore some of the economic benefits Iran was promised.
Europe aims to boost trade in effort to persuade Tehran not to escalate Gulf crisis
Britain and other European powers have issued a last-minute appeal to Iran to stop enriching uranium as Tehran announced that it was ditching the 2015 nuclear deal.Tehran said that it would today increase its stockpile of low-enriched uranium hexafluoride beyond its 300kg limit, effectively ending t
Iran is set to breach the 2015 nuclear deal for the first time on Thursday, piling pressure on European powers attempting to salvage it from crippling U.S. sanctions and avert a slide toward war.
Joint statement by E6 members of the Security Council after briefing on non-proliferation: Implementation of UNSCR 2231
European governments will double down this week on their efforts to keep alive economic ties with Iran, providing a credit line to help a special mechanism establish a route for trade between Iran and the West.
Iran is still short of the maximum amount of enriched uranium it is allowed to have under its deal with major powers but it is on course to reach that limit at the weekend, the latest data from U.N. nuclear inspectors shows, diplomats say.
The European Union called for an “immediate de-escalation” of tensions in the Middle East on Monday (24 June), as the US government announced new “hard-hitting” sanctions on Iran after launching a series of cyber attacks on the country last week.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday said Iran and world powers including the United States needed to find a way back into talks that restore trust and defuse a dangerous escalation in tensions.
French President Emmanuel Macron warned Iran on Thursday not to quit its 2015 nuclear deal or give signals that it intended to do so, and said he would discuss efforts to avoid military escalation with U.S. President Donald Trump.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he was “not talking boots on the ground” should he take military action against Iran and that he had “unlimited time” to try to forge an agreement with Tehran.
A report by the United Nations says Iran will have breached the levels of uranium it agreed to in its 2015 nuclear deal with world superpowers within 24 hours.
The Department of Homeland Security is warning that U.S. agencies are being targeted by Iranian-backed cyberattacks with destructive wiper malware.
Operations targeting critical infrastructure by U.S. Cyber Command demonstrate the U.S.’s increasingly mature cyber military capabilities and its more aggressive cyber strategy under the Trump administration.
Experts say the reported American hack after downing of drone and Iran’s denial highlight difficulty of verifying cyber operations
DW News Published on Jun 26, 2019 The US is threatening a military strike on Iran after the countries shootdown of an Americn drone and an attack on oil ships the US blames on Tehran. US diplomats are using this week’s NATO meeting to lobby for more European help getting Iran to change its behavior. But this will very likely not be an easy task.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Both sides in the U.S.-Iran standoff say they don’t want war. But unless one or the other changes course – the United States from its harsh economic sanctions or Iran from its…
As soon as Thursday, Iran is expected to surpass a key limit set in place by the 2015 nuclear agreement. It could spell the end of the deal.
Responding to American sanctions, Iran said it would break a 300-kilogram limit on its uranium stockpile under the 2015 nuclear accord, a significant threshold in a complicated crisis.
DW News Published on Jun 27, 2019 Iran says today is the day that its uranium enrichment levels could exceed a cap set by the 2015 nuclear accord. It would be the first breach of the deal aimed at restricting Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for an easing of international sanctions. It comes after US President Donald Trump abandoned the deal last year and imposed new sanctions. Now Iran says it sees no reason to comply, unless Britain, France and Germany step in to help.
Iran is more boxed in than before, thanks to new sanctions President Trump imposed.
The president’s restraint was the correct call.
The mere threat of force, and perhaps some limited bombing, is expected to suffice to bring Iran to its senses. This thesis was about to be put to the test—until Trump undermined it.
Negotiation, not confrontation, is the way to stop the mullahs from getting the bomb
Whether or not Trump realizes it, the current standoff in the Middle East is about something much bigger than the Gulf.
Trump says he wants Iran back at the table, but “maximum pressure” alone won’t make it happen.
If peace comes to the Middle East one day, Israel would need to give up excessive monetary help from the U.S. government as well as the Jewish diaspora all over the world
by Eldar Mamedov In case anyone thought Iran was bluffing with its threats to respond robustly to U.S. “maximum pressure,” recent developments should have disabused them of that notion. Not only did Iran down a highly sophisticated American drone near its borders in the Persian Gulf, but it also announced plans to reduce its commitments under the nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA). The phase of strategic patience Iran exercised in the year after the United States violated the agreement has come to an end. It is now being replaced by an assertive action phase. That action will develop on two main fronts: the nuclear agreement and regional security. Contrary to a popular view in the West, this shift is not the result of “hard-liners” displacing “moderates.” There is a job division within the Iranian system: diplomats deal with the nuclear dossier while the Revolutionary Guards lead on military deterrence. There is, however, an overarching unity of purpose: to strike back, with all means available, at what Iran sees as an economic war waged by the United States and its regional allies Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel. Far from being an act of suicidal defiance by some irascible religious fanatic, Iran’s decision to respond to U.S. pressure follows from a set of careful strategic calculations and domestic political imperatives. After respecting fully their JCPOA commitments and being denied economic dividends, Iranians decided that they should not be the only ones paying the price of the American decision to violate that agreement.
The administration is consumed by a debate over how hard to go after Tehran amid heightened tensions.
The founders recognized that military commanders must have the flexibility to act efficiently and decisively.
War between the US and Iran would have significant consequences for Australia.
Tulsi Gabbard took the opportunity to criticize President Trump’s Cabinet during one of her answers during the 2020 Democratic debate.
In a presidential debate with nine candidates and one Beto O’Rourke on stage, it’s hard to stand out. So tonight, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard leaned on her credentials as a military veteran and her reputation for restrained foreign policy, taking a hard stance on the Trump administration that’s sure to stand out.
Simply going back to the JCPOA is not the answer.