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If anything, new sanctions on Russia are too light

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Russia is quite upset that the U.S. State Department has imposed new sanctions on them in response to a biological attack on NATO soil. These sanctions are harsh, but they do not go far enough. Assassinations of this type should be a thing of the past. Russia needs to be reminded that the Cold War is over.

Skripal attack: US to sanction Russia over Novichok use

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-45122723The US has said it will impose fresh sanctions on Russia after determining it used nerve agent against a former Russian double agent living in the UK.

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were left seriously ill after being poisoned with Novichok in Salisbury in March, though they have now recovered.

A UK investigation blamed Russia for the attack, but the Kremlin has strongly denied any involvement.

Russia’s semi-regular dismissal of international law must be stopped. This will not happen with a slap on the wrist, as these sanctions equate to in the long run. They should be made to feel real pain for such actions. It’s good that there’s action, but one has to question the fortitude with which these sanctions were produced.

While the State Department did indicate they would impose more sanctions in 90 days if Russia does not have an appropriate response to these, there’s little reason to believe they will comply. The sanctions involve the export of sensitive electronic equipment and material. Unfortunately, all that will do is push Russia and China even closer as they can get everything they’re losing by going to China.

We will see what the new sanctions look like in three months. In the meantime, this is all just a show to demonstrate that we’re “doing something.”

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Ben Shapiro attacks media’s unhinged reaction to Iran and Trump

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Ben Shapiro attacks medias unhinged reaction to Iran and Trump

An article we posted earlier caught my attention. I’ll admit, it’s Fathers’ Day and I haven’t been watching the news very closely, but I didn’t realize that even after the revelation that Iran almost certainly attacked oil tankers last week and last month, the media is still pushing the Trump war-mongering narrative.

It’s false.

In doing further research, I came across this Daily Wire video by Ben Shapiro. He was highlighting the lies by the press two days ago, and as they continue to double down on their lies, Americans are being put at risk. Keep in mind that as our EIC pointed out, this false narrative about the President plays right into Iran’s hands. They want the world and the American people to believe President Trump is the aggressor.

What most people fail to understand is the media is willing to hurt you if it hurts Trump in the process. They’ll push the false narrative and help Iran with no concern for America’s interests.

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Why is leftist media echoing false ‘Trump wants war’ narrative?

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Why is leftist media echoing false Trump wants war narrative

Donald Trump was against the 2nd Gulf War when 80% of the country and nearly all of our elected officials pushed for it. In recent weeks, President Trump has echoed his long-standing sentiment that he does not want another war in the Middle East even as Iran provokes the world to respond to their obvious attacks on the freedom of shipping in the extremely important Strait of Hormuz. Yet even after being caught red-handed, they still claim it’s President Trump who is pushing for war.

And leftist media is echoing this sentiment.

It’s amazing that the media can play the smoking gun video, see the evidence that Iran was not only behind these attacks but the attacks from last month, and still try to fame the narrative around provocations by the White House. It only makes sense if you realize just how biased the media really is.

Left-leaning Politico offered the latest in a long string of reports that it’s the President, not the terrorists in Iran, who is to blame for rising tensions.

The U.S. reaction to the episode has sparked concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration are firmly on the path toward war with Iran.

The only people concerned about the administration’s “path toward war with Iran” are those who are either not paying close attention of who get their news from leftist media. Most conservative outlets are reporting the truth, that Iran is provoking us and thus far the administration has shown a very high level of restraint in responding. The only reason we haven’t directly punished Iran for their attacks is because they have thus far avoided attacking direct American interests. That may very well be the next step in their escalation plan if they cannot be made to understand the consequences before taking such an action.

Here’s the problem. They read American news outlets. They watch the internal strife and react accordingly. If they are led to believe by the false narrative about the President that their strikes are shifting American sentiment in their direction, they will be emboldened. By echoing Iran’s own talking points, leftist media in America is giving them more reason to carry out further attacks.

Calling the fake news media the “enemy of the people” was dangerous because it opens up doors to suppression of the 1st Amendment. I was against this message when the President first made it. Now, I’m seeing he was right all along. Their response to Iran’s attacks is even more dangerous to Americans and our interests than anything the President has Tweeted because the echoing of Iranian talking points by mainstream media draws us closer to war. I never thought I’d say this, but fake news is more than just an election or education problem. Today, the irresponsible way in which the media would rather echo the lies of the Iranian regime than the truth of their own President shows just how unhinged they’ve become.

Today, they proved me wrong. They really are the enemy of the people who will do anything to make the President look bad, even if it means costing American lives by driving Iran towards war. Unfortunately, the only recourse is to promote the truth. We cannot weaken the 1st Amendment despite the lies being promoted by the press. Not to be too self-serving, but the best way for patriots to counter fake news is to help news outlets like NOQ Report become more prominent through your generous donations.

The media has always been the pawns of Democrats, but now they’re extending their activism to become pawns of the Iranians. If it hurts Trump, they’ll publish it, even if it hurts Americans in the process.

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Iran’s continuous string of lies about tanker attacks reveals their intentions

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To understand why the events surrounding the two tankers attacked in the Gulf of Oman yesterday happened, we must understand the mentality of the Iranian regime. Their way of thinking is very different from most western perspectives. It’s not just religious and cultural differences. They have a deep-seated desire to be seen by the world as they see themselves.

I am neither a psychologist nor a Middle East scholar, but my coverage of and research into Iranian military and geopolitical activities over the last two decades is why nothing about the attacks and subsequent reactions by Iran took me by surprise. This was all part of standard operating procedure for a regime that has attempted to build two narratives since before the 9/11 attacks: “We are strong” and “the Middle East is our region.”

And the most important part of “their” region is the Strait of Hormuz.

Strait of Hormuz

This narrow stretch of sea, a mere 21 nautical miles wide at one point, connecting the Persian Gulf with the Gulf of Oman has nearly 1/5th of oil exports travel through it. Whoever controls the Strait of Hormuz has the power to dramatically change oil imports and exports for much of the world.

Yesterday’s and last month’s attacks on oil tankers in the region were orchestrated to build the narrative that terrorists are afoot and someone needs to protect the ships that travel in the region. Every aspect of Iran’s reaction points to them being the ones who orchestrated them.

  • Their boats were ready to be first on the scene, and not just because of standard proximity. They were close enough to be the first responders but far enough away to not be seen as the perpetrators.
  • Their forced rescue, in which they illegal apprehended many sailors in international waters who were already safely aboard rescue boats, jibed with what appears to be a prepared statement about rescuing all who were aboard the vessels.
  • The “smoking gun” removal of an unexploded limpet mine and their subsequent clumsy attack on the video demonstrated a poor reaction to events not going as planned.
  • As events unfolded, they continuously reported that one of the ships had “completely sunk” even though they were right there seeing that neither ship was sinking.
  • Their choice of a Japanese ship while Prime Minister Shinzō Abe was in Tehran to discuss deescalation was intentional.

The questions that some in the international media are asking are being met with further lies by the Iranian regime. Here are some of the questions from the Jerusalem Post:

What was Iran’s plan behind tankers attack?

A key piece of evidence for what Iran may have thought would happen when this attack was planned come from the fake video of the attack, and the claims of sinking and rescue. Iran’s Al-Alam TV first reported the incident. Why would IRIB show a video of the attack that was clearly false? Why report that 44 people were rescued if they weren’t? Why did Iran’s boats interdict the Hyundai and forcibly rescue the sailors from the Altair in international waters? What was the point? And why remove a mine if Iran didn’t put it there in the first place?

It seems that those who planned the attack believed that at least one ship would sink and that they could valiantly rescue the sailors. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said after the incident that “we are responsible for ensuring the security of the Strait of Hormuz, and we have rescued the crew of those attacked tankers in the shortest possible time.” Did Iran already have a prepared statement claiming to have rescued all the crew, resulting in this false information?

As one would expect, these aren’t the questions being asked by most American mainstream media news outlets. Instead, they seem to be focused on President Trump’s reactions while blaming him for any aggression Iran is displaying following the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal and sanctions placed on the nation. It would seem like Iran’s state-run media and many progressive activists in American mainstream media are reading from the same script.

Iran’s goals are very clear. They want to be the protectors of the Strait of Hormuz. Their initial press release before the smoking gun video was made public reveals their goals for using terrorism in the region.

“We are responsible for ensuring the security of the strait and we have rescued the crew of those attacked tankers in the shortest possible time,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.

Once the video was released, Iran’s press and their proxies in other friendly news outlets started doing triage. Some started throwing out the “false flag” conspiracy theory, as if speculating the video was produced by others to frame Iran. Then, the narrative started spreading that the ship was rescuing sailors, but that’s clearly not what happened in the video. With nothing else sticking, the state-run media simply shared the video itself, reiterated the regime’s talking point, but finished the Tweet by asking what people thought.

As mentioned above, we have to understand the Iranian regime’s mentality to understand how any of this could make sense to them. They want respect, but more importantly they need to get their economy turned around. To do this, they need the international community to balk at President Trump’s sanctions and threats.

If they could create fear that tankers in the region were being targeted by someone else, they could stake claim, as they initially attempted to do, as being the defenders of ships passing through the Strait of Hormuz. In exchange for their benevolence, they wouldn’t ask for much. Just let them export their oil and everyone traveling n the region would be safely protected under their watchful hand. That was their play. It’s like a protection racket; give us a cut and we won’t smash up your store.

Iran clearly manufactured an event they hoped would allow them to come out looking like heroes so they could press for sanctions relief and control the Strait of Hormuz. But they were incompetent. Now they look like fools.

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