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US foreign policy is in a state of confusion on Iran and other issues (VIDEO)

Whilst Trump has made domestic issues a priority, America’s foreign policy confusion continues to cost lives.

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The anti-Iranian rhetoric from Donald Trump’s administration has reached new heights. This comes amidst an atmosphere that one can only describe as foreign policy confusion.

Donald Trump’s major executive orders have been entirely concerned with domestic policy. This has come at the expensive of any cohesive statements let alone actions in foreign policy.

As a result Obama’s foreign policy apparatus continues to churn out lethal attacks whilst some of Trump’s closest advisors churn out dangerously irresponsible rhetoric.

RT have reported that US airstrikes near Idlib have struck the headquarters of the Syrian Red Crescent; this according to Kerem Kinik of the Turkish Red Crescent. This kind of patent disregard for human life is ultimately a war crime.  It suggests that US forces bombing Syria are still acting without legitimate legal authority.

In Yemen deadly US airstrikes continue.  Simultaneously a video has emerged of Houthis successfully firing on a Saudi war ship.

The US has reacted to this by blaming Iran, who are supporters of Yemeni Houthis, although it is unclear if Iran had anything to do with the attack in question.

In the midst of all of this, Iran has tested a ballistic missile on Iranian territory, causing Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to put Iran ‘on notice’.

All of this sounds like words coming from an administration without a foreign policy, but one which at the same time has yet to retreat from the conflicts in both Syrian and Yemen that Obama dragged the US into.

After Flynn’s statement, Donald Trump wrote the following Facebook post:

Iran is rapidly taking over more and more of Iraq even after the U.S. has squandered three trillion dollars there. Obvious long ago!

Trump is of course correct that Iran has, since 2003, made incursions into Iraq, fulfilling its long-time dream of attaining influence in the Arab world. I have written extensively about this very problem. But there is little Trump nor anyone else can do to put Iraq back together again. Certainly, there is no military solution to accomplish what took decades of Ba’athist rule to do, namely unite a country that theoretically is almost impossible to unite.

Now people are whispering about a US invasion of Iran. I still find this to be highly unlikely. Any act of war by the US against Iran would be a suicide mission. The US has the technology, but neither the stamina, nor the will, nor the morale or political fortitude to do anything on that scale to Iran.

Although I am no supporter of Iran’s part in destroying secular, Ba’athist Iraq, this was only allowed to happen when the US and UK decapitated the legitimate Iraqi government. If someone doesn’t like Iran in Iraq, blame America for ousting the Iraqi government,  not Iran for doing what everyone with any foresight predicted they would do.

The Obama administration has boxed the current administration into a corner over both Iran and the Arab world. Trump can either continue down Obama’s foolish path or can simply pull out of the region. If Trump wants, as I suspect he does, to save face, the best thing the US could do is coordinate attacks on terrorists in Syria with Russia and of course with Syria herself. That way the US would not be in violation of international law, resulting in devastating incidents like the Red Crescent bombing, but it would also allow Trump to tell his domestic supporters that he ‘bombed the hell out of ISIS’ and won.

America ought to cease its bombing of Yemen and as for Iran, the US can either ignore Iran or learn to live with Iran, but Iran is not going to go away, and war with Iran would be suicide.

Trump’s best foreign policy will ultimately be his domestic policy. If he truly wants to put America first, he shouldn’t waste the US’s time and energy on parts of the world the US has no business in attempting to shape.

 

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James Woods Suspended From Twitter Over Satirical Meme That Could “Impact An Election”

James Woods crushes Jack Dorsey: “You are a coward, @Jack.”

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Outspoken conservative actor James Woods was suspended from posting to Twitter over a two-month-old satirical meme which very clearly parodies a Democratic advertisement campaign. While the actor’s tweets are still visible, he is unable to post new content.

The offending tweet from July 20, features three millennial-aged men with “nu-male smiles” and text that reads “We’re making a Woman’s Vote Worth more by staying home.” Above it, Woods writes “Pretty scary that there is a distinct possibility this could be real. Not likely, but in this day and age of absolute liberal insanity, it is at least possible.”

According to screenshots provided by an associate of Woods’, Twitter directed the actor to delete the post on the grounds that it contained “text and imagery that has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.

In other words, James Woods, who has approximately 1.72 million followers, was suspended because liberals who don’t identify as women might actually take the meme seriously and not vote. 

In a statement released through associate Sara Miller, Woods said “You are a coward, @Jack,” referring to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. “There is no free speech for Conservatives on @Twitter.

Earlier this month, Woods opined on the mass-platform ban of Alex Jones, tweeting: ““I’ve never read Alex Jones nor watched any of his video presence on the internet. A friend told me he was an extremist. Believe me that I know nothing about him. That said, I think banning him from the internet is a slippery slope. This is the beginning of real fascism. Trust me.”

Nu-males everywhere non-threateningly smirk at Woods’ bad fortune…

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Another witness named by Ford becomes third person to deny being at party

A woman believed to have been one of five people at a party 35 years ago where Ford claims she was assaulted by Kavanaugh is now the fourth person to deny being at any such party.

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A witness, reportedly named by Christine Blasey Ford as one of the people at the high school party where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh allegedly sexually assaulted her, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday she was not there.

The attorney for Leland Ingham Keyser told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Keyser does not remember being at the party Ford described as the location of the alleged assault.

“Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” Keyser said in the statement. CNN reported Keyser is a lifelong friend of Ford’s.

Keyser, whom the New York Times reported is one of the people Ford named as being in attendance at the party, is the third witness who has denied knowing about the alleged assault. Mark Judge and Patrick Smyth said earlier this week they did not remember the party in question.

Kavanaugh has denied Ford’s allegation.

The news comes after Ford, through her attorneys, tentatively agreed to testify on Thursday, after days of negotiations over the timing and conditions of her

Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had repeatedly extended deadlines set for Ford’s team on the decision, including three on Friday and one at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Grassley threatened to proceed with a committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination Monday if he did not hear from Ford.

“Five times now we [have] granted extension for Dr Ford to decide if she wants to proceed [with] her desire stated one [week] ago that she wants to tell senate her story,” Grassley tweeted Friday. “Dr Ford if u changed ur mind say so so we can move on I want to hear ur testimony. Come to us or we to u.”

The extended discussions have been labeled a delaying tactic by some Republicans.

Ford’s attorneys and Grassley’s aides will reportedly continue negotiations Sunday on the details of the conditions of Ford’s testimony, per the New York Times.

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Was NYT Story About Rosenstein ‘Coup Attempt’ A Setup?

The New York Times is reporting that Rod Rosenstein pushed a plan to record President Trump and invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

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Is the FBI trying to goad President Trump into firing the man in charge of supervising the Mueller probe? That’s what Sean Hannity and a handful of  Trump’s Congressional allies think.

According to a report in Politico, Republicans in Congress are approaching a story about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein attempting to organize a palace coup with extreme caution, despite having twice nearly gathered the votes to remove him in the recent past.

On Friday, the NYT reported a bombshell story alleging that Rosenstein had tried to recruit administration officials to secretly tape conversations with the president in order to help justify removing Trump under the 25th amendment. Rosenstein vehemently denied the story, which was largely based on confidential memos written by former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. And others who were reportedly in attendance at meeting between McCabe and Rosenstein said the Deputy AG was being “sarcastic” when he suggested that the president be taped.

Meanwhile, Trump allies including Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz are saying that the story should be treated with suspicion. Jordan and Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows once filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein. But now, both Meadows and Jordan intend to proceed with caution, telling Politico that he would like to see the memos that the story was based on.

House Freedom Caucus leaders Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, who led a charge to impeach Rosenstein this summer, have said they want to hear from Rosenstein and see documents allegedly describing the comments before they decide what to do.That’s awarded Rosenstein a courtesy they’ve never given him in the past.

“I think Rod needs to come before Congress this week and explain under oath what exactly he said and didn’t say,” Meadows said at the Values Voters Summit Saturday.

The newfound hesitation to oust Rosenstein highlights a cautious approach Trump allies have adopted as the Republican party barrels toward a potential bloodbath in the midterms. Some Republicans fear Trump firing Rosenstein now would only further energize Democrats making the case to voters that the president is corrupt and needs to be reined in by a Democratic House.

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In a Friday interview, Jordan, one of Rosenstein’s fiercest critics in Congress, sidestepped questions about whether the House should revisit Rosenstein’s impeachment or try to hold him in contempt of Congress. Rather, he said, a more focused push to obtain sensitive documents from the Justice Department — which Trump’s allies say would expose anti-Trump bias and corruption the FBI — is the most urgent priority.

“I want to see those memos and evaluate them,” said Jordan, who has clashed publicly with Rosenstein over access to documents and accused him of threatening House Intelligence Committee staffers, an allegation Rosenstein denied.

Politico cites two possible explanations for lawmakers’ hesitation: Republicans are running out of time before members devote themselves full-time to their reelection campaigns. Republicans are worried that the story could have been intentionally planted to provoke Rosenstein’s firing in order to improve Democrats’ chances of retaking the Senate AND the House (Trump actively moving to crush the Mueller probe would be quite the propaganda win for the Dems).

Sean Hannity took this latter theory a step further during his show on Friday evening, where he urged Trump not to fire Rosie and instead insisted that the story could have been a “trap”. He added that he had been told by “multiple sources” that the story was planted by unspecified “enemies of Trump.”

“I have a message for the president tonight,” Hannity said Friday night. “Under zero circumstances should the president fire anybody…the president needs to know it is all a setup.”

Still, a handful of conservative commentators, including Laura Ingraham, urged Trump to fire Rosenstein immediately. And for Trump’s part, he hinted at a rally Friday night in Missouri that he planned to “get rid” of the “lingering stench” at the DOJ, which many interpreted as a hint that his firing is imminent.

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