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“Defensive action”: We took down an Iranian drone, says Trump

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This isn’t Trump in boastful rally mode, spiking the football after a show of American military strength. This is Trump sounding subdued because he knows that incidents like this might draw a response that will change the course of his presidency in an instant. He doesn’t want war — he’s made that clear and there’s every reason to think he’s telling the truth.

But Iran gets a say too.

Better hurry up with that diplomacy.

CNN is reporting that the drone was taken down via electronic jamming, not explosives. As I write this, Iran is claiming that it has no information about one of its drones being missing. Normally we’d expect that: Why would they want to cop to the embarrassment of having had one of their assets blown out of the sky by the Great Satan? In this case, though, a takedown may have been the outcome Iran wanted. They know that Trump is leery of military confrontation; they also know that he doesn’t trust his own hawkish advisors, a fact made clear yet again just this week with news that he’s sending dovish senator Rand Paul to talk to their foreign minister. He’s desperate for talks because he understands, rightly, that the “maximum pressure” strategy he’s pursuing against Tehran has raised tensions to the point where war is more likely than it would be if the two sides were at the table. Sending a drone (possibly an armed drone) to buzz a U.S. ship might have been their way of poking Trump, reminding him that shooting could begin — deliberately or accidentally — at any moment if he doesn’t cave to their demands and ease sanctions as a precondition to talks.

And broadcasting the fact that the drone had been taken down would also allow Iran to play the victim. Another case of American “aggression” in the Strait of Hormuz! But they’re denying it, at least as of 6:15 p.m. ET. Hmmm.

Did this also have something to do with the drone fly-by, maybe?

Adding to the economic pressure on Tehran, the Treasury Department said Thursday it was imposing sanctions on what it called a network of front companies and agents involved in helping Iran buy sensitive materials for its nuclear program. It said the targeted individuals and entities are based in Iran, China and Belgium.

Maybe Iranian leaders heard about the new sanctions and ordered a minor military incident to show Trump that this ends only one way if he doesn’t start cranking the sanctions ratchet in the opposite direction pronto.

Time for some outreach, Rand Paul style! Hawks are unenthused and pessimistic, as you might imagine:

Before Paul gets carried away with optimism, he would do well to study a former colleague’s experience with the Iranian foreign minister. In 2015, former Senator and then-Secretary of State John Kerry said that [Iranian foreign minister Javad] Zarif had assured him that he was empowered to negotiate with the U.S. on regional issues like Syria following the nuclear deal. But that promise was empty. Iran ended up working out an arrangement with Russia to escalate the war on behalf of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

More recently, Zarif has suggested that Iran would be open to negotiations over its missile program. The 2015 nuclear deal loosened UN Security Council restrictions on Iran’s missile testing. This week, Zarif backtracked from those comments.

For a real stemwinder about Paul’s role in negotiating with Iran, enjoy the snippet below via the Free Beacon of Mark Levin wondering, among other things, “Will Rand Paul be representing us or the Iranian regime?” Hoo boy. An irony about Trump’s rant at last night’s rally about Ilhan Omar that was overlooked in the hubbub over the “send her back” chanting is that he led off his criticism by saying, “Representative Omar blamed the United States for the terrorist attacks on our country, saying that terrorism is a reaction to our involvement in our people’s affairs.” Er, yeah — that’s the “blowback theory” of jihadism, well known to right-wingers thanks to Rand’s dad, Ron Paul. They’re over here knocking down our skyscrapers, said Ron, because we’re over there sporadically bombing people. We were asking for it. Rand himself was (is?) a proponent of “blowback,” at least until he became a senator with national ambitions. BuzzFeed traced his evolution in a story a few years ago: “Is it possible that decades of arguably far more intrusive behavior by the United States in Islamic nations has also had an effect on those populations, encouraging and increasing the threat of Islamic terrorism?” he once wrote. Trump is knocking Omar for pushing that idea on the one hand — and deputizing Rand Paul as his envoy to the mullahs on the other. “Rand Paul pretty much shares their foreign policy,” said Levin today of Omar and Bernie Sanders, not altogether unfairly. Does POTUS object to the “blowback” theory or isn’t he?

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Oil Tankers Operating In Middle East Gulf Being Urged Against Hiring Armed Guards

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FILE- In this Friday, April 14, 2017 file photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani smiles as he attends at the Interior Ministry to register his candidacy for the May 19 presidential elections, in Tehran, Iran. Over 1,600 people registered to run. Under Iranian law, there’s no fee for registering. Hopefuls only must believe in Iran’s form of government and be Shiite Muslims. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Reuters reports that shipping industry associations are urging companies operating tankers in the Middle East Gulf against hiring mercenaries over fears of sparking a war between Iran and the U.S.

Iran has become increasingly aggressive over the last month in the region. U.S. intelligence officials are confident that Iran targeted two oil tankers, one Japanese and the other Dutch, last month in the Gulf of Oman. The following week, Iran shot down a U.S. drone they claimed had flown into their airspace.

Last week, an Iranian tanker was seized in Gibraltar and according to London, “its warship HMS Montrose, had to fend off Iranian vessels seeking to block a British-owned tanker from passing through the Strait of Hormuz.”

In addition, Iran has announced they’ve exceeded the enriched uranium stockpile limits agreed to under the nuclear deal and have said they plan to enrich uranium up to higher levels.

As the Iranian economy deteriorates more and more as a result of U.S. sanctions, their acts have become more hostile.

Needless to say, tensions in the region have intensified.

The advisory said:

The use of force against threats recently encountered in the Gulf of Oman carries significant risk and has the potential to escalate security situations to the detriment of the safety of ship and crew.

The use of unarmed maritime advisors to assist with onboard security and watch-keeping is sensible.

According to Reuters, it is not illegal for ships to sail through the Strait of Hormuz with private armed guards on board, however, most ports in the Gulf will not allow ships carrying weapons to enter.

Guy Platten, secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping, told Reuters “The message is do not use private armed guards in these waters – it is not advised.”

Reuters spoke to Jonathan Moss, head of transport and shipping with law firm DWF. Moss said, “The legal implications for insurers and vessel owners are widespread. Breaches of rules bring about significant financial penalties, adverse reputational issues and in some cases custodial sentences.”

Moss added, “The navies will be aware that additionally recruited armed security personnel may lead to the possible escalation of violence.”

Mark Gray, co-founder of British company MNG Maritime, which runs a UK regulated floating armoury some 26 nautical miles from the coast of the United Arab Emirates, told Reuters:

UK security companies that are licensed to carry and move firearms in the region are restricted to counter-piracy activity.

Any British security company that uses those firearms … to counter the forces of a state like Iran would be in breach of that license and therefore breaking the law.

Armed guards are not the solution – all you need are more eyes and ears looking at all sides of the ship especially the rear when passing through those waters.

This is the exact opposite of what shipping companies were advised to do when incidences of Somali piracy were at their peak.

I understand where they’re coming from. The region is currently a powder keg. If a tanker were to defend itself against Iranian aggression and opened fire, the situation could quickly escalate. Wars have been triggered over less.

They are trying to avoid a disaster like the Nisour Square Massacre in Baghdad, which occurred in September 2007. The U.S. government had contracted with Blackwater Security Consulting, a private military company. Several Blackwater employees were escorting a U.S. embassy convoy through the busy intersection when they opened fire on Iraqi civilians killing 17 and wounding 20. Blackwater claimed they had acted in self-defense while the Iraqi’s claimed the attack was unprovoked.

The incident caused considerable harm to the U.S./Iraqi relationship. Following a 2014 trial, four Blackwater employees were convicted of charges ranging from murder to manslaughter.

If a similar situation occurred involving Iranian forces, it could quickly escalate. And the result would be even more serious.

On the other hand, will the world allow Iran to control the flow of oil through the Strait of Hormuz without putting up a fight?

 

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Oh yes: House Dems, progressives melting down on Twitter over AOC/Pelosi war

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Following this has been the most fun I’ve had as blogger. At least since the first Anthony Weiner scandal and the day Andrew Breitbart briefly commandeered his podium.

I don’t even know where to begin in trying to catch people up. Here, I guess:

Saikat Chakrabarti is AOC’s chief of staff, as you already know and everyone in Washington very well knows. And that’s not some random Democratic account telling him to shut his piehole. That’s the official House Democratic account. One of Pelosi’s own aides delivered that slap in the mouth to Chakrabarti last night, using the caucus’s imprimatur to do it — and her own deputy chief of staff retweeted it, it turns out. When asked why, he replied, “I RTed this in my personal capacity as a gay man who was bullied and beaten in high school.” Hoo boy.

But the Dem establishment wasn’t done with Chakrabarti yet. A “Democratic leadership source” knifed him yesterday in the pages of the New York Daily News as well:

“Justice Democrats in general are trust fund kids who are funding this with their parents’ money,” the source said, blasting the progressive group as “elitist” for criticizing black lawmakers from poor districts who take corporate donations. “It’s offensive for CBC members when these elites are looking down on them when they don’t have the financial ability to say, ‘I don’t want that money.’”

Asked for an example, the source pointed to Ocasio-Cortez chief of staff and Justice Democrats co-founder Saikat Chakrabarti, a millionaire Harvard graduate who worked on Wall Street before turning to left-wing politics.

Justice Democrats is the PAC that helped AOC to victory over Joe Crowley in last year’s primary and which is working on progressive primary challenges to Democrats in other blue districts next year, much to the annoyance of AOC’s colleagues in the House. Think of them as the Tea Party Patriots of socialism. They were following the attacks on Chakrabarti last night too:

They have a point. Didn’t Pelosi just warn her caucus to stop taking potshots at each other on Twitter? Then why is the official House Democratic account taking potshots at Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff on Twitter?

Eh, no matter. If the Justice Democrats wanted a piece of this action, Team Nancy was happy to give it to them:

They did okay against Crowley! Anyway, as this clusterfark played out last night and this morning in full view of America’s media and political junkies of all stripes, noncombatants began to be swept into the fray:

Sides must be taken. But wait — we’re not done yet. The least publicized member of AOC’s “Squad,” Rep. Ayanna Pressley, chipped in with her own contribution to the discussion a few hours ago — the most hair-raising one yet, as it turned out:

“Side with the Squad or you don’t really want to be black” just might be the healing message that finally brings peace to this war-torn party. It sure sounded from the quote above as though Pressley, who’s African-American, was suggesting that black Democrats in the House who took Pelosi’s side in this dispute were Uncle Toms, but Pressley insists otherwise. I did no such thing, she insisted afterwards — which makes her the second member of the Squad in about 48 hours to have seemingly very clearly impugned a colleague or colleagues in racial terms only to scramble away from her remarks once she was confronted about them. The Squad is overflowing with demagoguery but they don’t like it when too much attention is paid to that fact.

Where’s AOC in all this? you’re wondering. Good question. She hasn’t tweeted about any of the drama, surprisingly enough. Maybe she’s obeying Pelosi’s order to cease bickering with fellow Dems on Twitter, never mind that the House Democrats account is throwing punches at her chief of staff. Maybe she’s lying low because Chakrabarti’s loud mouth seems to be a major thorn in the sides of the Dem leadership, to the point where Ocasio-Cortez might want to placate them by not rushing to his aid.

Or maybe she’s fully prepared to weigh in but wants to be sworn in on camera first.

Things are touch-and-go as I write this at 2 p.m. ET. It’s quiet, but quiet like a barroom brawl that’s gone on for 20 minutes and everyone’s momentarily too tired and in too much pain to keep going. Maybe they’ll start straggling towards the door and call it a night. Or maybe someone will break the silence by running their mouth again, get punched in the face, and everyone will start throwing chairs anew. Stand by. Exit question: Did Boehner and the tea party ever have a squabble this ugly? Boehner at least made a pretense that he didn’t despise the fringier populists in his own caucus. Pelosi and her team can’t be bothered anymore.

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A Cinematic Tribute Reminds Us How Tough We Were – America’s Liberty Was Won & Preserved Amid the Ugliness of War

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Is America tough?

It has been.

Before this current hour which seems defined by a softening spine, the nation of the Stars and Stripes was brave. Not the kind of bravery found in a safe space or in arguments over pronouns and other minutiae into which we’ve contemporarily devolved; but true courage under real fire.

War is ugly. War is terrible. And war is something for which none should wish.

But war — at times — has wrought liberty.

And on this day, we celebrate our independence — brought about by war.

Inasmuch as we do so for love of country, we also commemorate those among us and not long-passed who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy — and for freedom elsewhere.

A moving montage of Hollywood’s salute to our courageous men in battle gives an inkling of what war-weary heroes have given for us. Presided over by George C. Scott’s iconic speech in Patton (which Elvis loved, by the way), the video provides a powerful reminder of the hell our boys went through in times past — times in which America was tough…because it had to be.

War and its terrible destruction isn’t to be glorified; but sacrifice and love of family and country are. Those virtues fed the hearts that beat fast on the battlefield long before technology substantially separated opposing forces.

For over a hundred years, U.S. military conflict meant one soldier looking into the eyes of another. At times, of course, it still does.

Enjoy the tribute (and thanks to The Daily Caller for the find).

And please share your thoughts — on the memorial and the state of our nation, then and now.



-ALEX

 

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Navy SEAL: Eddie Gallagher Acquitted of War Crimes Charges by Court Martial

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Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher embraces his wife, Andrea Gallagher, after leaving a military courtroom on Naval Base San Diego, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in San Diego. The decorated Navy SEAL facing a murder trial in the death of an Islamic State prisoner was freed Thursday from custody after a military judge cited interference by prosecutors. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)

Yesterday, a court-martial panel at Naval Base San Diego found Navy Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher not guilty of all but one charge in a seven-count indictment that included premeditated murder. He was convicted of disobeying a lawful general regulation by posing with the corpse of an ISIS fighter in a photo.

This is one of those cases that never should have been brought based on the evidence. It further demonstrated that the institutional Navy had decided that it needed Gallagher’s scalp hanging on its lodgepole to remind the warriors in the field that it is actually the fat-assed, bespectacled, gender-questioning types (NTTAWWT) who call the shots in today’s Navy.

The nitwits and boobs who comprise the NCIS (the real one, not the bullsh** television show) seemingly slanted statements to show criminality. The lead NCIS investigator was accused of shaping and coaching testimony of the people he interviewed. The prosecutor in the case used a type of malware to monitor the communications of Gallagher’s attorney and was dismissed. There was no body and no autopsy. Apparently, there was actual film of the incident that cleared Gallagher but the case was pressed anyway. The government’s lead witness, a Navy Corpsman…or Corpseman, if you speak Obama…testifying under a grant of immunity…said that he, himself, killed the ISIS fighter. The Navy’s own expert testified that he didn’t have a clue as to what killed the fighter because there was no body. A witness said Gallagher didn’t kill the prisoner.

All in all, the Navy pulled out all the stops to convict Gallagher. When President Trump broached the idea of pardoning him, a platoon of tame, stump-broke veterans appeared to convict Gallagher as a callous murderer and claim that his pardon would turn our armed forces into marauders who, to quote some famous dipwad, “raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, tape wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan.”

In the end, he was convicted of something that should never have been taken to a court-martial to begin with.

Gallagher faces up to four months confinement but he’s served over that amount of time in pre-trial confinement because the Navy tried to make him out to be some guy who was threatening witnesses (note he was acquitted of that charge). So, after sentencing, Gallagher walks. Gallagher was with just a few months of retirement when he was charged. He’s probably fully eligible now. The question is whether the Navy cuts its losses and lets him go or digs in and tries to give him a discharge under other than honorable conditions. He could also end up being discharged as an E=1 because if the court-martial panel imposes confinement at hard labor, an automatic reduction to the lowest enlisted grade goes along with it even if the punishment doesn’t specify the reduction in rank.

There are other guys either in prison or currently on parole who were railroaded just as certainly as the Navy tried to rail road Chief Gallagher. President Trump should, at a minimum, appoint a fact-finding commission to look at those convictions if not outright pardon them.

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Iran Calls Trump ‘Mentally Retarded.’ The President Reminds Them of Something Very Important

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President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Estero, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

 

 

Iran and Donald Trump continue to spar (here).

On Tuesday — following both countries touting how they could destroy each other (here and here), the Middle Eastern nation’s president called our Commander-in-Chief “mentally retarded.”

Suddenly, this doesn’t sound super professional.

On the international playground, Kid Trump fired back with how strong he is — make a muscle.

And how rich:

“You may have some red parachute pants, but I’ve got four Swatches. And I play baseball in my Guess Jeans. “

KT called Kid Iran a bully:

And, said Trump, Iran best not be gettin’ him confused with any of the others they tried to push around before:

Although the President 86’d a strike that would’ve likely killed 150 in the aftermath of Iran’s destruction of a U.S. spy drone, Fox News has confirmed that the U.S. did launch a cyberattack last week:

“Fox News has confirmed that the U.S. military also carried out a cyberattack against Iran last Thursday even as the president nixed plans for airstrikes in response to the downing of an American drone. Sources said U.S. Cyber Command launched the cyberattack targeting the Iranian intelligence and radar installations used to down the U.S. Navy drone last week.”

And the battle — or, the argument in front of the monkey bars — rages on.

-ALEX

 

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Meghan McCain Combusts Over the Excoriation of Border Detention Centers: ‘I Know What a Torture Facility Looks Like’

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On Tuesday’s The View, Meghan McCain got heated over a widely-shared video of a Trump administration attorney Sarah Fabian claiming the government was not “required” to provide particular toiletries and supplies to detained illegal immigrants at the border.

Check it out:

This meant, to Sunny Hostin, that the White House “doesn’t care” about the children.

Joy Behar asserted that it was a case of downright racism — after all, she suggested, it would never be done if the illegals were from Norway.

Sunny punctuated, “No.”

Is it possible for Democrats on television to have a discussion about politics without accusing the other side of racism? Hold for an answer.

In the meantime:

Don’t count out Meghan McCain from any conversation on the poor conditions of holding facilities. She agreed with the panel’s castigation of the situation as “horrific,” but:

“Calling these places torture facilities. I understand it’s a humanitarian crisis. It’s horrific to detain — like you said, people in jail get soap and…toothpaste.”

She was startin’ to get crunk:

“But I know what a torture facility looks like. I’ve been to one. I know —”

Joy interrupted, “But this is –”

Here is, it seems to me, excellent advice when debating any issue with Meghan McCain, whether it be politics or who’s gonna drive on your expedition to Walmart: Don’t interrupt that chick. She’s got firehere, here, and here.

And here:

Listen to me. Excuse me. When you have a facility whose specific purpose is to torture people, that is not what’s going on. Yes, it’s inhumane but there’s a big difference between a Hanoi Hilton and —”

Sunny boldly bounced in:

“We should be less concerned about what we’re calling them and what goes on inside of them. I don’t care what we’re calling them. Kids are dying inside of them. We should care about the dead kids that have come out of them.”

Aaand Meghan snatches back the conch shell:

“Well, my father couldn’t lift me above his head as a child because of his torture wounds so I do think that hyperbole is important,” McCain concluded, referencing the permanent physical damage done to the late Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain as the result of torture following his capture during the Vietnam War.”



Don’t interrupt Meghan McCain. And never, ever call them torture facilities.

But if you’re Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you can just call ’em something radical and then say it was Liz Cheney (here and here).

-ALEX

 

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Iranian Official: If Attacked, Iran Will Throw U.S. in the ‘Garbage Bin of History’ & ‘Erase’ Israel ‘From the Face of the Earth’

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You’re surely aware of all the talk of war with Iran over the weekend. If not, please see here, here, here, and here.

On Sunday’s Meet the Press, President Trump warned that a war with the Middle Eastern country would result in “obliteration like you’ve never seen before.”

Well, apparently ours wasn’t the only side to describe a major conflict in extreme terms.

As reported by the Middle East Media Research Institute, on June 20th, former Iranian Minister of Defense General Hossein Dehghan — and current advisor of defense affairs to the nation’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei — claimed that, if attacked, Iran will throw America into “the garbage bin of history” and “erase” Israel “from the face of the earth.”

The comments were made during an interview on Iraq’s Al-Nujaba TV:

“It has become clear that what is important to the (Americans) is to protect the lives of their soldiers, and the equipment in their bases in the region. They know full well that most of those bases are within the range of our missiles, and that our military can totally obliterate those bases. They consider this even before they take into account the lives and property of their allies.”

America certainly has a responsibility to protect its soldiers at the outset.

Hossein said Trump knows a war with Iran wouldn’t be easy:

“Trump proved once again that he is merely an agent of his administration’s interests, that a war in this region would not be a walk in the park, that the United States is by no means ready for war, and that he completely understands how strong Iran is. What we understand from the behavior of the Americans is that they fear very much the break out of a war in the region. They are not ready for this, and they cannot assemble an international coalition, because there is no U.N. resolution to begin with. They don’t have global legal consensus to do this.”

There’s a lot to unpack there, but no president should wish to rush into war.

This latest bout of conflict began, of course, when Iran shot down a U.S. spy drone over the Straight of Hormuz Thursday. Trump explained that he called off a retaliatory strike after learning it would cause 150 deaths.

You know that walk in the park Hossein was talking about? He also thinks Israel’s aware of the same:

“Israel has realized that this war would not be a walk in the park. The flame of this war will move immediately to Israel. Israel knows that Iran will erase its entity and uproot it from existence in case of a war. In my personal opinion, this war will not take place – not because America does not want war, but because Iran is strong enough to engage in confrontation. Iran would achieve a great victory, and America would find itself in the garbage bin of history. There would no longer be an Israel on the land of Palestine. We would totally erase it from the face of the earth.”

I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve heard of a Middle Eastern military guy using “in my personal opinion.” It doesn’t much appear to be the trendiest cultural style among the region’s defense leaders.

As for the garbage bin of history, those are fierce words, indeed — ones that I imagine Donald J. Trump would have something to say about.

Concerning the tiny, threatened nation Israel, in my opinion, that’s no small consideration. America must protect its troops, but also its allies.

The rhetoric has risen, but the President made clear to Chuck Todd Sunday — though in a stern way — that he’s here to talk with Iran, not blow them up:

“I’m not looking for war, and if there is, it’ll be obliteration like you’ve never seen before. But I’m not looking to do that. But you can’t have a nuclear weapon. You want to talk? Good. Otherwise, you can have a bad economy for the next three years.”

-ALEX

 

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Wow: Tucker Carlson Calls National Security Advisor John Bolton a ‘Bureaucratic Tapeworm’

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Here’s a put-down you may not have heard before.

On Friday, Tucker Carlson gave National Security Advisor John Bolton a severe tongue-lashing, calling the official a “bureaucratic tapeworm.”

How’s that for original.

Tucker was excoriating John for, in his view, pushing from within the administration for a war with Iran.

The comment came in the aftermath of a tense sequence of events — Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. spy drone over the Strait of Hormuz Thursday. Subsequently, the President eyed an attack, ultimately pulling back due to the projected casualties (here).

Trump expressed his preference for something more “proportionate.”

Tucker played a clip highlighting the above, capping it wth the wish that “our leaders contemplating war” would ask that “most basic of all questions.”



“The whole thing, in the end, offended his sense of decency,” Tucker praised. But, he asserted, “Policymakers in Washington crave a war with Iran”

The host cut to “CNN’s 36-year-old national security analyst attack the President yesterday.”

And then:

“Only in foreign policy circles do people say things that stupid. In fact, last night was a high point in the Trump presidency. … Ill-advised wars are like doing cocaine: The initial rush rises your poll numbers, but the crash is inevitable and in this case, it would be horrible.

How’d we get so close to war with Iran?

According to Carlson, in so many words, a bunch of people don’t care about its cost.

Tucker profiled “Left-wing New York Times columnist Bret Stephens” who “took a break from attacking Donald Trump” to celebrate “neocon” John Bolton’s hiring in April of 2018.  “Stevens assured MSNBC viewers that John Bolton was a great choice because he would push the president toward war.”

Next, the host played war-friendly (harsh and hilarious) clips of Bolton, followed by this:

“John Bolton is a kind of bureaucratic tapeworm. Try as you might, you can’t expel him. He seems to live forever in the bowels of the federal agencies, periodically reemerging to cause pain and suffering — but critically somehow never suffering himself.

“His life really is Washington in a nutshell: Blunder into obvious catastrophes again and again, refuse to admit blame, and then demand more of the same. That’s the John Bolton life cycle. In between administration jobs, there are always cushy think-tank posts, paid speaking gigs, cable news contracts. War may be a disaster for America, but for John Bolton and his fellow neocons, it is always good business.”

Wow.

Watch the video above. And never get into an insult match with Tucker Carlson.

-ALEX

 

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President Trump Warns Iran: War Would Bring ‘Obliteration Like You’ve Never Seen Before’

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During a taped interview Friday — which aired on Sunday’s Meet the Press — President Trump warned that, if the U.S. attacks Iran over its development of nuclear weapons, things are gonna get reeeal ugly:

“I’m not looking for war, and if there is, it’ll be obliteration like you’ve never seen before. But I’m not looking to do that. But you can’t have a nuclear weapon. You want to talk? Good. Otherwise you can have a bad economy for the next three years.”

Notably, Trump explained that he’s willing to have a sit-in with Iranian leaders to prevent such a Middle East malady.



The Prez’s remarks come after Friday’s hubbub over Iran’s Revolutionary Guard having shot down a U.S. spy drone over the Strait of Hormuz (here), which occurred amid already significant tension (here and here).

Trump called off a strike “10 minutes” before it was set for launch, citing the projected casualties.

Speaking to host Chuck Todd, the Commander-in-Chief called it a “modest but pretty, pretty heavy attack schedule.”

As I covered previously, for now, sanctions are the name of the game (here). They begin Monday.

But no matter what — and no matter what it takes to stop it — Trump warned, “They cannot have a nuclear weapon. … They cannot have a nuclear weapon. They’d use it. And they’re not going to have a nuclear weapon.”

-ALEX

 

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