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The Iran debacle

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    Pompeo came with the news that the US has now completely sanctioned Iran from exporting oil. Wow. Very smart indeed.

    I guess Netanyahoe called up to do so Astonished; certainly to help Saudia to export more oil at an higher price. Sorry this is an dangerous game, since China and Europe use a lot of imported oil from those regions. Since also Venezuela is off line as well, then there will be an "pinch" in the oil market. The total turnaround of the Trump regime related to Iran compared to what Kerry achieved is very dangerous. The total ass Pompeo (and Trump/Pence) likely wants an (religious?) "war" in this region, (helping Israel) forgetting that Russia as well China will support Iran as well Iraq and Syria. Our "friends" in Saudia will change their minds in a hurry if it becomes an "religious" war; don't forget they've got Mecca. Right now it is only a "friend" because of our "arms" shipments (and Trumps wallet) and the help of us in Yemen. ( The Congress voted to stop such, but McConnell stopped it from becoming law)

    Yes people you've got the dumb "leaders" you voted for; thus don't be surprised if this eventually will lead to WWIII.

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    Dutch:

    This is yet another really dumb move by the Trump administration. When I saw the picture of Mike Pompeo in the Chicago Tribune this morning, my first thought was that here is ANOTHER guy I would like to smack in the face:

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-administration-iran-oil-sanctions-20190421-story.html

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    Also don't forget that Europe still is in the "nuclear" deal as was done under Obama. Likely they will strongly object and bypass these sanctions as they did anyway. The EU will certainly distance itself more and more from the US. None of the US sanctions are approved by the EU.
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    Pompeo is another foot soldier for Trump. Re-imposing sanctions on Iran makes little sense. Is he doing it as a favor to Saudi Arabia? Or doing the bidding of Netanyahu and Israel? Or is it that the sanctions will have the effect of raising world oil prices and profits for Exxon and all his other oil company supporters. Or maybe all three. However, as much as Trump brags about bringing the price at the gas pump down, these sanctions, if effective, will increase gas prices over the Memorial Day holiday period.
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    Earlier today, Saudi Arabia publicly beheaded 37 people, most of whom were Shiite Muslims.

    Al-Ahmed said among those executed was Shiite religious leader Sheikh Mohammed al-Attiyah. In a speech he gave in 2011 under then King Abdullah, the sheikh was quoted as saying that frank and open dialogue between Sunnis and Shiites could help strengthen Saudi unity.

    Among those put to death was a young man convicted of a crime that took place when he was 16 years-old.

    Saudi Arabia's supreme council of clerics, who are all ultraconservative Sunnis, said the executions were carried out in accordance with Islamic law. (You may remember that the Sultan of Brunei recently imposed sharia law on his country, which means that gay people and adulterers can now be stoned for their sins)

    The kingdom and its Sunni-led Arab allies have also been emboldened by U.S. President Donald Trump's unwavering dedication to pressuring Iran's Shiite clerical leadership, which includes his decision to pull out of a nuclear agreement with Iran and re-impose punishing sanctions to cripple its economy.

    https://azdailysun.com/news/world/people-beheaded-by-saudi-arabian-government-in-mass-execution/article_bcc3f018-c4fa-5c90-9ce4-dab168654003.html#utm_source=azdailysun.com&utm_campaign=%2Femail-updates%2Fbreaking&utm_medium=PostUp&utm_content=45a94b82f74e4877b12ff5f0b84f4d821d8882aa

    On a recent campaign stop in Brooklyn, Bernie Sanders said that Trump is the most dangerous president in modern American history, and his dealings with Iran and Saudi Arabia are just more proof. Bernie is also not the only one who thinks that Trump is dangerous. Hillary Clinton said exactly the same thing about Trump two years ago, and she also warned us about him BEFORE the 2016 election.

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/hillary-clinton-trump-is-the-most-dangerous-us-president-in-history

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    Arizona, they murdered Kashoki and now 37 others; and they are "friends" with the Trumps. May be Pence can do the same here; "Religion" has killed millions on this "globe" for nothing. Jesus nor Mohammed will help this globe, let alone an never seen "god" thing. Why don't we start an "new religion" which forbid idiots like Pence or Trump to become leaders?
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    This morning's Al Jazeera had an excellent, if lengthy, article about why Trump's strategy against Iran is likely to fail. Since Trump is notorious for ignoring good advice, the ideas expressed in this article wouldn't cause him to change his course of action, which is another reason why impeachment before the 2020 election would actually be a good idea:

    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/trump-strategy-iran-fail-190603150853723.html

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    Arizona, yes this is an correct analyses; also don't forget our "deficit" ; wars always cost lots of our tax "money"(which could be spent better) as well can have negative economic effects. Most of our wars of the past since WWII were not "won" either. We are still spending "money" in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan for years; all we need is another endless war, without any result, except lots of dead bodies. But yeah it will help some "poor' billionaires.Crying
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    A senior United States official personally offered several million dollars to the Indian captain of an Iranian oil tanker suspected of heading to Syria, the State Department has confirmed.

    The Financial Times newspaper reported that Brian Hook, the State Department point man on Iran, sent emails to captain Akhilesh Kumar in which he offered "good news" of millions in US cash to live comfortably if he steered the Adrian Darya 1 to a country where it could be seized.

    There's more to the story, of course, but the opening paragraphs should be enough to piss you off.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/09/offered-millions-cash-captain-iranian-tanker-190905053120447.html

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    Saudi oil fields attacked with drones, Houthi rebels claimed responsibility, I told my spouse it was the Houthi rebels from Yemen, and told her that Trump's admin. would blame Iran, sure enough, Pompeo did just that. Maybe Saudi and the USA will drop some more bombs in Yemen and then air strike Iran next, destabilize the whole region just like Bush 43 did in Iraq and Afghanistan. Total morons.

    msn.com/en-us/news/world/us-blames-iran...

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    A drone strike just hit two major Saudi oil installations.

    Even though Yemeni Houthi rebels claimed responsibility, Mike Pompeo accused Iran of being behind what he called “an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply” and asserted that there was “no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.” He did not, however, say where the attacks were launched from, and the Saudis themselves did not openly accuse Iran.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/14/world/middleeast/saudi-arabia-refineries-drone-attack.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage