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Iran Wants War and Trump Knows It



The tensions in the Middle East are increasing very nearly to a point of no return as Iran ramps up the rhetoric, seemingly itching for a fight.  When words didn’t get the reaction for which they were hoping, they attacked – by proxy – Saudi Arabian oil, clearly trying to goad their adversaries into military action.

Analysis of Iranian newspapers and a dozen Tehran-controlled television stations over the past 48 hours, reveal with near certainty, that Iran plans to go to war as soon as Saudi Arabia/U.S./Israel gives them an excuse.  The Iranian drone attack on Saudi oil fields was designed to bait the Saudis and others into retaliatory actions that would justify more and greater military actions by Tehran.  Why?  Iran is nuclear-ready and wants to unleash a final jihad against Israel, a neighbor they want to “erase from the face of the earth.” Their latest actions seem to be attempts to create that opportunity.

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Israel’s public notice that she is prepared to support the Saudis is a red flag to the Iranian leadership and is, no doubt, the reason why Iran-backed Yemen’s Houthi rebels struck state-owned Saudi Aramco oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais with drones supplied by Tehran.   Iran is expecting the Israeli Air Force to retaliate with counter-strikes to which the Iranians will respond with maximum force.

So far, Riyad, Washington and Tel Aviv have not taken the bait.  President Trump has been criticized for not responding to the actions of his Iranian counterpart, President Hassan Rohani, but there are important considerations the White House and America’s allies must think through.

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Will Iran use her nuclear warhead prototypes, developed in cooperation with North Korea?  If so, what reactions directed at North Korea would be appropriate?  Would the U.S. attack Kim Jong Un’s nuclear facilities as punishment?  Will South Korea?  How would China react to military conflict on her border?  What is Russia’s part in this or likely to be if things become ballistic?

Should war come, even if limited, it will be far more intense than the scores of short-lived and geographically contained skirmishes seen over the past 70 years.  In addition to air and missile strikes, expect additional Iranian/Yemeni/Hezbollah attacks on Saudi installations and Israeli cities and settlements as well as American bases and naval ships in the region.  Coordinated terrorist attacks in western Europe and the United States might also be expected.

Even a limited conflict will result in the closure of the Strait of Hormuz, depressing the oil market (in addition to the loss of production by damages to production facilities) and cause an economic crisis worldwide.

It is clear Iran wants war and the rogue nation is doing it’s best to intentionally start one.  So far, Tehran is being outsmarted and, should it get it’s wish, it will also be outgunned.  Donald Trump knows the cost to put the bully in it’s place, however, is far too destructive and not worth the risk.

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Canada’s Leftist Prime Minister Blames Downed Ukraine Plane on Donald Trump

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, is blaming the U.S.A. for the Iranian missiles that took out a Ukrainian passenger jet.



Left-wing Canadian Prime Minister and serial black-face wearer, Justin Trudeau, is now blaming the U.S.A. for the Iranian missiles that took out a Ukrainian passenger jet.

The liberal PM said that the only reason Iran shot down the Ukrainian plane was because the U.S. killed Iran’s top terror general, Qassem Soleimani.

A short time after Iran launched its weak and ineffective reply to the U.S. missile strike, the country’s missile forces “accidentally” shot down the passenger jet that didn’t even have any American passengers aboard.

Trudeau made his accusation in comments made to Global News television.

“I think if there were no tensions, if there was no escalation recently in the region, those Canadians would be right now home with their families,” Trudeau exclaimed.

All 176 people — including 57 Canadians — were killed when Iran’s Revolutionary Guard struck the the plane.

“This is something that happens when you have conflict and war. Innocents bear the brunt of it and it is a reminder why all of us need to work so hard on de-escalation, moving forward to reduce tensions and find a pathway that doesn’t involve further conflict and killing,” Trudeau added.

“I think full admission, acknowledgment of responsibility and some form of compensation is going to have to come,” Trudeau exclaimed.

“I am hurt like all Canadians. I am angry like all Canadians. But unlike many people I have a job to do that will be able to help these families directly. Getting answers for them is my entire focus right now,” he said.

But Trudeau also attacked President Trump for not giving him a heads up before the U.S. took out Iran’s terror general.

As if filling in a liberal Canadian was the first thing the U.S. should do before fulfilling its national interests.

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Trump Approval Rating Soars After Missile Strike on Iran Terror General Soleimani

President Donald Trump’s approval ratings have risen since he ordered the missile strike that took out Iran’s top terror general, Qassem Soleimani.



President Donald Trump’s approval ratings have risen since he ordered the missile strike that took out Iran’s top terror general, Qassem Soleimani.

Trump’s approval rating rose to 45.3% approval mark, according to RealClearPolitics. His disapproval rating is down to 52.3% from a high of 58.1% on Dec. 16, 2017.

Indeed, Trump’s January approval rating is not much different from President Barack Obama’s (46.8%) at the same time in his own presidency.

Trump’s numbers have stayed stubbornly higher than Democrats have been able to believe despite their daily drumbeat of their impeachment obsession.

As Breitbart News recently reported:

President Donald Trump’s job approval rating is up six percentage points since the House Democrats launched their impeachment inquiry, according to a Gallup poll released early Wednesday.

The survey found the president’s approval rating climbed to 45 percent from 39 percent, from when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) formally launched the probe to remove him in late September. The findings mark the third consecutive rise in his approval rating and the fifth time his approval has hit 45 percent in his presidency, according to Gallup.

Impeachment does not seem to be bringing many supporters:

The survey found a majority of respondents — 51 percent — are against the impeachment and removal of the president, an uptick of five percent since the inquiry was launched. Conversely, 46 percent of respondents stated they approve of impeachment and his removal, a drop of six points. A mere five percent of Republican respondents said they support impeachment and removal. Eighty-five percent of Democrat respondents said they supported the two actions. Further, Gallup found impeachment support has dropped with independents to 48 percent, down from 55 in October.

Trump has proven to be an amazingly resilient politician, much to the left’s disgust.

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Michigan Muslim Cleric Calls U.S. Strike on Iranian Terror General a ‘Cowardly Act’

A Michigan Muslim cleric called the U.S. strike against Iranian terror General Qassem Soleimani a “cowardly and heinous act.”



A Michigan Muslim cleric took to his podium last week to call the U.S. strike against Iranian terror General Qassem Soleimani a “cowardly and heinous act.”

Iraqi-American Sheikh Ibrahim Kazerooni of the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan slammed the Trump administration’s actions after the strike that kill Soleimani and another high-ranking terror chief who were both in Iraq illegally to plan further terror attacks on U.S. troops there, according to watchdog group MEMRI.

Again, this is a Muslim leader inside the U.S.A. who is openly siding with terrorists.

Kazerooni led a prayer for the souls of the two terror chiefs and told his congregation that Soleimani had “brought hope to the marginalized [and] hatred and fear to the enemies of Islam, particularly the United States.”

The Michigan cleric added that Soleimani had been instrumental in keeping the Syrian regime in power, despite “American and Zionist” attempts to take out the Assad regime.

Kazerooni defended Soleimani as a hero “protecting” Muslims and even claimed the terror general was a key figure in defeating ISIS, which Kazerooni described as the “extended arm of American foreign policy.”

The cleric the droned on about Koranic exhortations about martyrdom as a virtuous act.

Kazerooni ended telling his audience that Iran would prevail in the attacks against the U.S.A.

Indeed only a few days later Iraq did, indeed, launch a missile attack on U.S. positions inside Iraq.

However, the Iranian strikes did little damage. In fact, many of Iran’s missiles did not even reach any targets and failed in flight.

Worse, the hapless Iranian military accidentally shot down a Ukrainian jet airliner.

“Unnamed officials told US media that Iran fired two surface-to-air missiles at the aircraft as it took off on Wednesday morning, bringing it down in a blaze of flames before it exploded on the ground,” AFP reported.

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Sen. Ted Cruz: Obama’s Cash Payoff to Iran Paid for the Missiles They Launched at U.S.

Texan Republican Senator Ted Cruz said that Barack Obama is the one that helped Iran fund its missile program.



Texan Republican Senator Ted Cruz said he agrees with President Trump’s “peace through strength” policy and noted that Barack Obama is the one who helped Iran fund its missile program.

Cruz hailed Trump’s Iran policy as a “dramatic shift” from the failed ideas of the Obama-Biden administration, which, Cruz pointed out, sent billions of dollars to Iran and that funding helped it make the missiles it sent into Iraq on Wednesday.

“Under Barack Obama, as you noted, the policy was appeasement,” Cruz told Fox News on Wednesday. “The policy, under the disastrous Iranian nuclear deal under Obama, was to give over $100 billion to Iran. They literally flew 1.7 billion dollars in cash in unmarked bills on pallets in the dead of night into Iran.”

The Senator added:

In a very real sense, the missiles that we saw fired on U.S. servicemen and women tonight (Tuesday night in Iraq) were paid for by the billions that the Obama administration flooded the ayatollah with. And if history teaches anything, it’s don’t give billions of dollars to people who hate you and want to kill you.

And so, let me say, the last three years, I’ve spent a lot of time with President Trump, urging him to pull out of Obama’s disastrous Iran deal. He did that. He took on his own State Department, his own Defense Department, and made the right decision there. Urging the president to end the oil waivers. You know, we had waivers in place that were allowing Iran to sell a million barrels a day of oil. The president agreed and ended those waivers.

“And so, the effects of these sanctions and the economic pressure, it’s having a real effect,” Cruz continued.

Cruz went on saying that the U.S. needs to “stand up to the Ayatollah Khamenei,” whom he called a “radical religious zealot” who hates America.

“He literally chants ‘Death to America,’ and he calls Israel the Little Satan and America the Great Satan. The way to deal with threats like that is not through weakness, but rather through strength. And I think we saw that in taking out Soleimani this past week.” Cruz concluded.

During another segment, Cruz also said that the U.S. has to make sure that Iran never gets nuclear weapons.

“You know, tonight could have played out very differently if they didn’t just have ballistic missiles but they had nuclear warheads. You could be seeing literally millions of American casualties, particularly if they put them (nukes) on an ICBM and took them to a U.S. city. That’s not a risk we should allow,” Cruz said.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham Calls Anthem Protester Colin Kaepernick the Real Racist

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) slammed former NFL player and national anthem protester Colin Kaepernick as a “racist.”



U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) slammed former NFL player and national anthem protester Colin Kaepernick as a “racist” after Kaepernick criticized America’s airstrike against Iran’s top terror commander.

Graham took a stick to Kaepernick after the strike telling Fox News, “He’s a loser on and off the field. It’s un-American. He’s a racist. If you’re looking for racism in America, Mr. Kaepernick, look in the mirror.”

Graham was responding to Kaepernick’s tweet made in the aftermath of the U.S. missile strike that took out Iran’s top terror general, Qassem Soleimani, who broke U.N. restrictions and flew to Iraq where he was supposedly barred from visiting.

“American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism.” Kaepernick tweeted.

The former San Francisco 49er known more for his anti-American rants than his NFL skills went on to say that U.S. military forces are “plundering the non-white world.”

Graham had harsh words for socialist New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as well.

AOC called Trump a “monster” on Twitter for taking out the terrorist. Graham had a different assessment for her.

“AOC doesn’t know anything about the law of armed conflict, obviously,” Graham told Fox.

Former Dox News host Megyn Kelly also took aim at Kaepernick:

Kelly later added that she won’t be “shamed” into apologizing for attacking the former player:

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The Speaker and the Ayatollah: Kindred Spirits



There are some stunning, but not surprising, similarities between two of Donald Trump’s (and America’s) greatest enemies – Iran and the Democratic Party.  Not only do they hate the President of the United States, they have both tried to take him down and both have failed miserably. (more…)

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Iran Launched Dozens of Missiles at U.S. Targets in Iraq, Trump Mulling Quick Reply

The U.S. Pentagon has confirmed that the Iranians launched dozens of missile strikes against U.S. targets in Iraq on Tuesday afternoon.



The U.S. Pentagon has confirmed that the Iranians launched dozens of missile strikes against U.S. targets in Iraq on Tuesday afternoon.

Iran proudly took credit for a rocket attack aimed at the al-Assad airbase in Iraq, which houses U.S. troops. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) announced that the attack was part of what it called “Shahid [martyr] Soleimani Operation.”

It is significant that the IRGC itself took credit for the attacks and not any of the Iranian-backed terror outfits such as Hezbollah.

Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Jonathan Hoffman released a statement saying:

At approximately 5:30 p.m. (EST) on January 7, Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S. military and coalition forces in Iraq. It is clear that these missiles were launched from Iran and targeted at least two Iraqi military bases hosting U.S. military and coalition personnel at Al-Assad and Irbil. We are working on initial battle damage assessments. In recent days and in response to Iranian threats and actions, the Department of Defense has taken all appropriate measures to safeguard our personnel and partners. These bases have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces and interests in the region. As we evaluate the situation and our response, we will take all necessary measures to protect and defend U.S. personnel, partners, and allies in the region. Due to the dynamic nature of the situation, we will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Iranian TV also reportedly announced that the Mullah-controlled government assumed responsibility for Tuesday’s attacks.

“We are warning all American allies, who gave their bases to its terrorist army, that any territory that is the starting point of aggressive acts against Iran will be targeted,” Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said via the IRNA news agency.

White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said the president is “monitoring the situation closely”:

The full extent of the attacks is not yet known, and there is no word yet if the attacks resulted in any casualties.

We will update as more information comes in.

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