U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that the administration eliminated Iranian terror leader General Qassem Soleimani to put a stop to an “imminent attack.”
Pompeo said that the strike against Soleimani was for an “intelligence based” reason.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the airstrike ordered to kill top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani "saved American lives." Pompeo said earlier this morning the decision to eliminate Soleimani was in response to "imminent threats to American lives." https://t.co/S9VYrZNDv9 pic.twitter.com/RL2eEQfGfq
— CNN (@CNN) January 3, 2020
“I can’t talk too much about the nature of the threats. But the American people should know that the President’s decision to remove Soleimani from the battlefield saved American lives,” Pompeo said on CNN’s New Day on Friday.
The Sec, of State said Soleimani was “actively plotting” in the Middle East to “take big action, as he described it, that would have put hundreds of lives at risk.”
Pompeo also said, “the risk of doing nothing was enormous.”
CNN host John Berman pressed Pompeo noting that some foreign leaders are skeptical about the strike.
“We heard from a French official this morning, putting out a statement saying that the world is less safe following the killing of General Soleimani,” Berman said. “And the concern there — no one is saying that General Soleimani was a good actor, he was a bad actor. What they’re suggesting is that the destabilization will create a threatening environment. So when you hear from France that the world is a less safe place this morning, how do you respond to that?”
“Yeah, well, the French are just wrong about that,” Pompeo replied. “The world is a much safer place today. [Laughs] And I can assure you that Americans in the region are much safer today after the demise of Qassem Soleimani.”
Indeed, one of the leaders of the organization that Soleimani headed recently crowed about how they have inflicted more loss on America than America has inflicted on Quds.
Claiming that the attacks on September 11, 2001 were actually orchestrated by the USA itself, Iranian Brigadier General Ismail Ghaani, deputy commander of the Quds Force, said “America has suffered more losses from us than we have suffered losses from them.”
As the Middle East Institute explained:
The Quds Force is the elite branch of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (I.R.G.C.) responsible for external operations. Led by Major General Qassem Soleimani, the Quds Force has been implementing Iran’s hard power and often soft power strategies in the region – from South and Central Asia to the Middle East, North Africa and Latin America. In the past decades, the Quds Force has provided assistance to, and at times directly commanded, several militia and terrorist groups in the region. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Treasury designated the Quds Force for providing “material support to the Taliban, Lebanese Hizballah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC).” The Treasury has also designed Soleimani and Ghani for their support for terrorist groups in the region.
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Missile Strike? Smoking Gun Video Raises Questions About Devastating Beirut Blast
Video of the blast that leveled several city blocks in Beirut, Lebanon, may be the smoking gun proving the explosion was caused by a missile
Shocking video of Tuesday’s blast that leveled several city blocks in Beirut, Lebanon, may be the smoking gun that proves the explosion was caused by a missile, and not an accident as authorities claimed.
As Washington Sentinel reported on Tuesday, the massive explosion destroyed several city blocks of the port area of Beirut killing dozens. The explosion shattered windows for several miles in the city and could be felt as far as Cyprus, hundreds of miles away.
As far as the authorities are concerned, the whole thing was just an unfortunate accident.
Lebanon’s Prime Minister, Hassan Diab, insisted that 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate that had been stored for six years near the waterfront accidentally ignited causing the explosion.
(The explosion, as filmed from a boat with inverted colors out on the port waters, is amazing. Watch missile come in on first and second view angle from top left. Note there is controversy over this video, we leave it to the viewer to make their own judgement as to a nuke, no nuke, missile, or no missile. Once thing is clear, it was a massive explosion:)
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— Freedom Outpost (@FreedomOutpost) August 7, 2020
Video Sources: Live Leak & Freedom Outpost
However, according to some videos of the explosion, the claim that it was all just an accident seems just a little suspect.
An infrared version that purports to show the conflagration shows what appears to be a missile slamming into the warehouse at the epicenter of the explosion.
Could it have been a rocket attack? Many witnesses said that there were two distinct explosions. Was the second one caused by a missile?
And if so, who did it? Local, or regional enemies, or enemies from abroad?
Questions still remain, but one thing is certain. It seems likely that this was not a conventional weapon, and was most likely a WMD in the tactical nuke class. A study of Janes indicates that this could be an Israeli weapon. It would make sense that Israel would hit a Hezbollah controlled port which is rife with illegal activity and where a recent large build up of “terror” rockets were located.
If Israel hit them, then they better get the message. Israel today, Israel tomorrow, Israel forever.
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Trump’s Foreign Policy: Beyond Imagination
Two days ago we started to receive some disturbing comments not only from enemies of the United States, but from allies. Not only from journalists, but from heads of state and the European Union leadership.
That the Trump Administration did not even try to enforce its own sanctions against Iran and Venezuela last weekend has had a very significant effect on world politics and the United States’ place in it.
Friendly leaders are talking about America’s loss of global leadership credibility, and how important that is to all of the free world.
“Unfriendlies” like Iran, Venezuela, Turkey, China, North Korea, Afgahnistan, Iraq, Russia and Syria are showing signs they feel “empowered” to ignore current and future U.S. warnings and expand their own areas of political and military influence without fear of American response. The Taliban is planning to retake Afghanistan and reintroducing Sharia Law while Iran accelerates plans to expel the U.S. from the Middle East and implement it’s stated policy of erasing Israel from the face of the Earth.
As the U.S. withdraws from international accords and treaties, the vaccuum will no doubt be filled by others – in particular China and Russia. Removed from the geopolitical stage, the U.S. loses influence within international organizations and on world policy.
Meanwnile, by controlling a major portion of the World´s rare earth metal deposits, China is positioning itself as the controller of much of the raw materials needed for advanced electronics, including lasers and weapons systems. Expanding it’s military bases and forces in the South China Sea, allows Beijing to control major Asian maritime trade routes and spread its military presence. And it continues to plan for the full reintegration of both Hong Kong and Taiwan into the mainland nation.
For over a century, the U.S. has been the stabilzing factor guaranteeing freedom and democracies in the World. For the last 70 years. America has been a significant deterrent for Soviet/Russian expansion, primarily through it’s leadership in NATO. But, since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Moscow has engaged in a massive and successful resurgence. What was not long ago a disseminated military and near collapsed economy is, again, a dangerous competitor and adversary.
Now, far too many political observers no longer believe that President Trump will be reelected in the Fall.
This not only because of the Administrations handling of the CoVid-19 pandemic, the failure to enforce U.S. sanctions, military withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Middle East and decoupling from international treaties and agencies. They also cite political and personal obsessions with conspiracy theories instead of cooperation and management as unproductive.
The United States is a seriously split and painfully divided nation. The fractures are not just celebrated by our nemeses, but they’re partially created by Russian troll factories, Chinese money and cowardly and forgetful “allies.”
Yet, the Trump Administration expends far excessive energy and resources fighting the media and conspiracies instead of managing America’s geopolitical interests.
Even should the President be reelected and his America First policies continue to become de facto isolationism, the United States may cease to be the superpower that has been a trademark for more than half of its existence.
One of America’s greatest allies and beneficiaries, an acclaimed freedom fighter and hero in his own country, Charles DeGaulle, said;
“You have to be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.”
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UPDATE – 21 May 02:30
- Maduro escalates situation by threatening to send Venezuelan navy ships to escort Iranian tankers into port.
- Russia confirms the shipment was coordinated between Venezuela & Iran as a military sanction-busting operation.
- OSINT places two Russian submarines in the Eastern Caribbean, probably for observation and intelligence collection.
Rumors of Kim Jong Un’s Death Have US Authorities Reviewing Contingency Plans
Has Kim kicked the bucket?
Among the seven deadly sins, pride has never been considered an especially deadly one. It just takes a little imagination to understand how pride kills, sometimes. The situation in North Korea this week may lend a fairly spot-in example for us, however.
As coronavirus raged in the Far East, North Korea stood defiant. They insisted that there were zero cases of COVID-19 in the country – something that couldn’t possibly be true, especially given just how poor the North Korean medical infrastructure is known to be.
Now, as the DPRK’s dainty despot has gone MIA, the United States is revisiting a contingency plan for the possibility that Kim Jong Un is D.O.A.
The U.S. government has extensive contingency plans in place for an eventual death of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that factor in expectations of a mass-scale humanitarian crisis inside the country, Fox News has learned.
Sources discussed those plans amid conflicting reports about the reclusive North Korean leader’s health. Those same sources urge caution about these reports, which have claimed he’s facing serious health issues after a cardiovascular procedure.
While his condition is unclear, a well-placed defense intelligence source told Fox News on Tuesday that the U.S. government has extensive plans in place for when Kim is gone, taking into account all the complications that could arise from his eventual death.
The official described the likelihood of a huge humanitarian crisis within North Korea that could include millions of people facing starvation and a mass exodus of North Korean refugees into China. Intelligence sources told Fox News that part of the plan would be to rely heavily on China to step in and help manage the situation on the ground inside North Korea, partly due to China’s proximity and partly due to logistical challenges of the U.S. providing humanitarian assistance.
The Daily NK, an online news periodical based in Seoul, which is run mostly by North Korean defectors, has reported that Kim, 36, was recovering from his April 12 surgery at a resort county villa on the east coast. The report said Kim has been in bad health because of heavy smoking, obesity and overwork.
But specifics on Kim’s condition remain unclear, as North Korea has been notorious for withholding and distorting news inside its borders.
Rumors of Kim’s possible death have been floating around the internet for days, after reports seemed to indicate that he was in “grave danger” after heart surgery.
Here’s Trump’s Historic Middle East Peace Plan
President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled the Middle East peace plan with a two-state solution, a tunnel connecting West Bank and Gaza.
“Complex problems require nuanced remedies. My vision presents a win-win opportunity for both sides. Today Israel has taken a giant step toward peace.”
President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed a long-awaited Middle East peace plan meant to bring to an end the decades-long conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
The plan, which has been opposed by the Palestinians, was touted by Trump as the “most detailed proposal ever put forward” toward a lasting peace in the region.
Here is a look at some of the key features of the Middle East Peace plan:
Two-State Solution: Long-billed as the only way for the Palestinians and Israelis to actually come to terms, Trump’s plan calls for a two-state solution – with the creation of a future “state” of Palestine.
The plan would require the Palestinians to meet certain benchmarks — rooting out terrorism, stopping “pay to slay,” implementing steps toward free speech and political reforms – to become a state, but Trump promised that they would have U.S. backing if they did. It also calls for the creation of a Palestinian capital in East Jerusalem and for more than doubling the amount of territory the Palestinians control.
Land Swaps: There will also be a number of land swaps including one south of the Gaza strip to give the Palestinians more territory and one near the Egyptian border that will remain Israeli territory and will be subject to Israeli security control. The plans also calls for the construction of a tunnel connecting the West Bank and Gaza strip. More
This is what a future State of Palestine can look like, with a capital in parts of East Jerusalem. pic.twitter.com/39vw3pPrAL
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 28, 2020
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas today said “a thousand noes” to the long-awaited Middle East peace plan unveiled by President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“After the nonsense that we heard today, we say a thousand noes to the Deal of The Century. We will not kneel and we will not surrender.”
They have zero interest in peace. They will never agree to anything. Of course, they are saying no, they say no to everything except having the whole country or death to Israel. That’s no surprise. They’ve always been this way.
Russia Accused of ‘Bugging’ Davos Summit with Campy Plumber Ruse
Putin is again pushing the envelope, this time as world leaders gather in Switzerland.
There are few things that put a bigger smile on the face of Vladimir Putin than chaos. The Russian President-turned-dictator revels in the idea that the world around Moscow could crumble, paving the way to Superpower status on the backs of the international community.
Lately, Putin’s focus has been on sowing the seeds of distrust among the American people with repeated attempts to infiltrate the very democratic process that We The People hold dear.
This week, however, the Kremlin is being accused of taking aim at the Davos summit in Switzerland using a campy ruse straight out of Hollywood.
Swiss police reportedly believe they uncovered two Russian spies who had posed as plumbers in order to bug world leaders at Davos this week.
According to the Financial Times, Swiss police picked up two men at the high-end resort in August after the pair had aroused suspicion by staying for an unusually long time.
Zürich’s Tages-Anzeiger newspaper reported that Swiss officials and police concluded that the pair were Russian spies employed by the Kremlin to record and tap into the conversations of important figures at the World Economic Forum.
Police told the Financial Times that the men claimed they had diplomatic protection, although they had not registered this with official Swiss authorities. The newspaper added that Swiss police found no indications of criminal acts.
The Kremlin was predictably defiant.
A representative for the Russian embassy in Switzerland, Stanislav Smirnov, told CNBC via phone Tuesday that there had been no contact from Swiss authorities on the matter and that the story was “one more attempt to undermine Swiss-Russian relations.”
Russia and Switzerland have been in heated conversations regarding espionage since 2018, after the latter accused the former of attempting to hack into a Swiss laboratory.
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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