Following a major ramp up of America’s military presence in the Persian Gulf based on intelligence, likely from defector Ali Nasiri, that Iran was planning attacks against the United States and our allies, non-essential personnel were ordered to leave Iraq Embassy and.consulate.
Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Baghdad, Iraq | U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Iraq
"U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. Government employees from Iraq."
— ☆ Hawaii Conservative ☆ (@OverHorizon808) May 15, 2019
Now, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has taken to Twitter to repeat the administration’s claims that we are not provoking war with Iran.
More importantly, he gave the first real details of a possible plan to attack American interests using proxies in Iraq and Yemen.
These actions are not the prelude to a U.S. attack against #Iran
There is clear & persistent evidence,supported by observable movements on the ground,that Iran’s proxy forces in #Iraq & #Yemen plan to attack Americans with the intent of inflicting mass casualties https://t.co/NqQB3R8tXD
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 15, 2019
His full Twitter thread:
These actions are not the prelude to a U.S. attack against #Iran.
There is clear & persistent evidence,supported by observable movements on the ground,that Iran’s proxy forces in #Iraq & #Yemen plan to attack Americans with the intent of inflicting mass casualties.
#Iran’s #IRGC has spent years building the capability to attack us using proxy forces. They believe they can inflict casualties on the U.S. without international condemnation because world will see it as the actions of independent Shia groups instead of Iran itself.
The also believe that our internal political divisions combined with the legacy of the #IraqWar will lead a substantial % of Americans to doubt #Iran’s role in such attacks or blame Trump. & they have built propaganda capability to spread narrative in social media.
The idea @POTUS is creating a pretext to start war with #Iran makes no sense. While I may not agree with him on it, @realdonaldtrump wants to wind down U.S. military presence in Middle East, not expand it..
We can debate whether designation of #IRGC provoked all this. But right now Americans serving us in #Iraq are facing a serious & imminent threat. #Iran need to know that if they are attacked a UNITED States of America will respond decisively.
This is obviously a very disturbing development. Iran has been backed into a corner after being treated so kindly by President Obama and the United Nations, who essentially bribed them to cease their nuclear program. But repeated missile tests that went against the Iran Nuclear Deal and an unwillingness to comply with U.N. inspectors prompted President Trump to pull out of the deal and slap sanctions back on Iran. Now, he’s planning to tighten the grip on the Middle Eastern nation by cutting loopholes that have allowed others to keep trading with them.
With oil being the primary export of Iran, such sanctions will devastate an economy that has been floundering for over a year.
#BREAKING: Iraqi Former Vice President Iyad Allawi: US official informed me that the Israeli intelligence has satellite images of Iranian ballistic missile platforms in Basra city directed towards the Gulf, this is why Mike Pompeo suddenly visited Iraq last week- @Mustafa_Habib33
— ELINT News (@ELINTNews) May 15, 2019
To exacerbate the situation, U.S. military intelligence along with others have said initial indicators implicate Iran in last weekend’s sabotage attacks on four oil tankers. If it’s true, then it could represent the first stage of a much broader attack in the near future. Iran is known for using proxies to do their dirty work. In the Middle East, their proxies are embedded in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon. Their reach is wide and their capabilities are sufficient to do real damage.
And that doesn’t even take into account their cozy relationships with Russia, China, and North Korea.
Rumors of war are rumbling. This does not appear to be the standard saber rattling we’ve come to expect from Iran. They are cornered and they’re getting desperate. Pray for peace. Be ready for war.
Thanks to Trump, Americans still have free speech
In spite of what mainstream media says, Trump’s rejection of the “Christchurch Call” may spare Americans from the Orwellian censorship other Western countries have pledged their allegiance to
Using tragedies to push political agendas is nothing new.
While people are still reeling from some disaster, before they are thinking rationally again is the best time for the shrewd-minded to take advantage of the situation. These cunning individuals cite prevention of another catastrophe in order to pressure those soft hearts – yet to come down from the shock of recent horrific events – into taking rash, impulsive, immediate action.
This is exactly what happened on May 15, when several nations and big tech companies, such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, Amazon, and Microsoft, signed a pledge written up in response to the Christchurch mosque massacre which was live-streamed by the shooter on Facebook.
The “Christchurch Call To Action,” which can be read in its entirety here, outlined efforts to be taken in order “to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online,” including “strengthening the resilience and inclusiveness of our societies” and encouraging media to “apply ethical standards when depicting terrorist events online.”
Among the countries who signed the call were Britain, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, the European Commission, Japan, Senegal, Jordan, India, and Indonesia.
But not America.
President Trump saw through the guise of humanitarianism that the Christchurch Call hid behind and refused to get on board.
In a statement regarding the president’s decision not to sign the Call, the White House claimed,
”We continue to be proactive in our efforts to counter terrorist content online while also continuing to respect freedom of expression and freedom of the press. Further, we maintain that the best tool to defeat terrorist speech is productive speech, and thus we emphasize the importance of promoting credible, alternative narratives as the primary means by which we can defeat terrorist messaging.”
Unsurprisingly, Trump has received a lot of backlash from mainstream media accusing him of being a “white supremacist bigot” contributing to “hate” for not signing the Call, but in reality, Trump was wise to stand against the crowd on this one.
The Christchurch Call is framed as a means for combating terrorism, but the vague terms sprinkled throughout the reactionary document like “inclusiveness” and “ethical standards” leave too much open to interpretation. Such loosely defined words make plenty of room for government censorship of any dissenting opinions on the Internet.
Other western countries are already sliding down the slippery slope towards an Orwellian future.
Just after the Christchurch shooting, New Zealand criminalized the video of the assailant’s livestream and his manifesto. Now, several citizens of New Zealand have been arrested and are facing up to 14 years of imprisonment just for sharing the video.
Some New Zealanders have also reported receiving visits from local police, who asked questions regarding their political views, such as if they liked Trump or not.
In Scotland, a man was fined £800 for making this video in the spirit of comedy:
Several U.K. citizens have been arrested, fined, or had the police visit them for criticizing Islam on social media.
While Americans like Alex Jones have questionably been banned from platforms like Facebook and Youtube, this is the worst it gets in the United States.
In America, government involvement in silencing online political dissidents through arrests and fines is unheard of. In declining to sign the Christchurch Call, Trump made a statement displaying his commitment to preserving his people’s right to voice their opinions, no matter how controversial.
While the Trump administration still stands, America will remain the land of freedom of speech.
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Trump hits Biden on China connections
One thing has been made clear by recent events as they pertain to China: They are dying for someone to beat President Trump next November. In many ways, they’re banking on it.
This should make every American, including Democrats, concerned because even more than Russia, China has the capabilities to get in and change the hearts and minds of Americans, hack the 2020 election, and set in motion events that will benefit them. We’re talking about a country with nearly unlimited resources when it comes to cyberwarfare and social engineering. If Russia was ever a real concern to Washington DC, China is the true 800-lb gorilla in the political influence room.
The President called out former Vice President Joe Biden for his and his family’s involvement in China. Speaking to Steve Hilton on the Fox News show, The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton, the President pointed to alarming facts about the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination.
The threat from China is far greater than that from Russia, both economically as well as geopolitically. They have been a stirring giant for years. For the 2020 election, their stirring may turn into game-changing action if we’re not watchful.
Economic portion of Middle East peace plan to be unveiled June 25 in Bahrain
The long-anticipated “deal of the century” finally has an official date for a partial release. The economic portion, which will detail how Palestinians will be supported as well as how they can eventually support themselves, will be unveiled June 25, 2019, at the “Peace to Prosperity” economic forum in the Manama, Bahrain.
The plan, which has been brewing for over two years, is expected to trade land and economic considerations for peace and unity between Israel and a newly formed “New Palestine.” Earlier this month, an alleged leak of the highlights of the plan was leaked to Israeli press.
— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) May 19, 2019
We may be closer to actual peace in the Middle East than ever before. It may be a Pyrrhic victory for the administration and Israel if it’s successful; a two-state solution could mark the beginning of the end for the Jewish state as its enemies gain a nearer foothold where attacks can happen.
While the plan details are unknown, it must be assumed Israel wouldn’t risk it unless they were either coerced by the United States or if they were made to believe they could maintain security over the newly released lands on the West Bank.
But there’s a different specter that looms large over both Israel and a new Palestinian state. Iran and its proxies are bent on disrupting any peace plan that includes the continued existence of Israel, the dominance of Saudi Arabia in the region, or the influence of United States over the Middle East. They will do everything in their power to disrupt and subvert the peace plan efforts.
“We look forward to engaging with business and thought leaders from throughout the region and the world to build consensus around the best steps the international community can take to develop the foundation for a prosperous future.” – Jared Kushner
By releasing the economic portion first, the White House hopes to get support from the Arab world and Palestinians to pressure leadership into considering the plan. As of now, Palestinian leadership has preemptively rejected the plan.
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