In the history of mankind, many republics have risen, have flourished for a less or greater time, and then have fallen because their citizens lost the power of governing themselves and thereby of governing their state. TR

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It worked: Trump killing of Soleimani set back Iran influence in Iraq

It was a bold move to kill one of Iran’s top leaders. But Qassim Soleimani had been killing U.S. forces for years and undermining U.S. interests in the region. And now that he’s dead, it’s not so easy for Iran, turns out. The hit was a success. According to the Associated Press: Iraqi militia factions expected the usual cash handout when the new head of

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Trudeau Blames Trump for Airliner Shoot-Down

I mean, come on. Our closest ally repeats our enemy’s talking points. This is what Iran wants the world to believe. Fortunately, Iranian citizens, unlike the leader of Canada, are not fooled and are in the street protesting against the people who actually shot down the plane. From the Washington Examiner: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 48, said on Monday that the United States bears

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Trump’s Sanctions are Limiting Iran’s Options: NY Times

According to self-proclaimed Paper of Record: Iran is caught in a wretched economic crisis. Jobs are scarce. Prices for food and other necessities are skyrocketing. The economy is rapidly shrinking. Iranians are increasingly disgusted. Crippling sanctions imposed by the Trump administration have severed Iran’s access to international markets, decimating the economy, which is now contracting at an alarming 9.5 percent annual rate, the International Monetary Fund estimated.

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Tulsi Gabbard, Pete Buttigieg and Other Dems Blame Trump for Downing Ukraine Airliner

Trump Derangement Syndrome run amuck. This is just simply plain stupid. Trump’s killing of Qassem Solameini can legitimately be debated. But you can’t logically blame Trump for an apparent accident that occurred related to a foreign policy decision that at least arguably has merit. How about just blaming Iranian incompetence?? They shot the thing down. Best then, not to make any foreign policy decisions at

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Trump Wins: U.S. Knew Beforehand about Limited, Face-Saving Iran Response

Iran performed a little pinprick by striking U.S. bases in Iraq, without inflicting casualties, because it was afraid of how President Trump might respond. Trump smartly declined to escalate with a military response, and the mission of killing Iranian Gen. Solemeini and making Iran think twice before harming Americans has been accomplished. According to the Washington Post: The Iranian missile strike on American locations in

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Pompeo Echoes Trump: Iran Will Never Have a Nuclear Weapon

That’s fine. Are you ready to back that up? Iran will also never give up its quest to gain a nuclear weapon. The deal with Barack Obama was a tactic to eventually legitimize its quest, since the deal expires, and provide more time for research, missile development, and so forth. All while cheating. In the end, it will take the U.S. and Israeli military, or

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U.S. Responded to Attack on Saudi Oilfield with Secret Cyber Op Against Iran

It’s just the opposite of how President Trump gets portrayed, you know? People figured he’d be a bloodthirsty warmonger. But it turns out he’s been very measured, if direct, in some of his responses to world events. He genuinely sees military operations as a last resort. Turns out that while many were demanding we blow something up in Iran in response to last month’s attack

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Trump Sends Troops and Missiles to Saudi Arabia

Seems to me like a strong, yet measured response. According to the Washington Examiner: The Pentagon is sending additional troops and missiles to Saudi Arabia in response to Iran’s attack on Saudi oil facilities last weekend. “The president has approved the deployment of U.S. forces which are primarily defensive in nature,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a surprise briefing Friday night. He said the

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Trump’s Cool, Rational Approach to Iran

The man who is forever characterized as an irrational hothead is playing Iran’s attack on Saudi Arabia cooler than everyone else. He is talking to lots of people, getting advice, assembling information, and then he’ll make a decision – hoping to steer clear of war if possible. It’s not just Lindsey Graham and the usual neocons who want us to hit Iran. It’s the Wall

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Trump Denies Responsibility for Blowing Up Iranian Rocket

Here’s what happened, according to AP: A rocket at an Iranian space center that was to conduct a satellite launch criticized by the U.S. apparently exploded on its launch pad Thursday, satellite images show, suggesting the Islamic Republic suffered its third failed launch this year alone. Israelis? Iranian incompetence? We actually did do it? All plausible explanations.

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Trump Handled The Iran Crisis Poorly, but His Flexibility May Have Avoided a War

President Trump’s decision not to go ahead with a retaliatory strike on Iran may have prevented a war by avoiding one of the reasons for unnecessary conflict: Leaders trapped into rigid thinking and plans under which they believe their hand has been forced. Let’s be clear. Trump’s response was bungled. He’s managed to do this in a way that makes him look weak and indecisive.

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WSJ Editorial: Trump’s Iran Policy Can Succeed

So everyone, from Democrats, to journalists, to all of Europe, is pissing in their pants because Iran is threatening to increase its production of uranium in response to President Trump’s sanctions and supposed belligerance. The United States has to make a decision about whether it can live with a brutal, terrorism-sponsoring Iranian theocracy with nuclear weapons. Barack Obama decided that this would be someone else’s

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