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Boxed in by Neocons and the Media, Will Trump Launch Iran War?

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When you have a national security advisor who wants to fight the whole world at once you have a problem
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President Trump did the smart thing last week by calling off a US airstrike on Iran over the downing of an American spy drone near or within Iranian territorial waters. According to press reports, the president over-ruled virtually all his top advisors Bolton, Pompeo, and Haspel who all wanted another undeclared and unauthorized US war in the Middle East.

Is Iran really the aggressive one? When you unilaterally pull out of an agreement that was reducing tensions and boosting trade; when you begin applying sanctions designed to completely destroy another country's economy; when you position military assets right offshore of that country; when you threaten to destroy that country on a regular basis, calling it a campaign of "maximum pressure," to me it seems a stretch to play the victim when that country retaliates by shooting a spy plane that is likely looking for the best way to attack.

Even if the US spy plane was not in Iranian airspace but it increasingly looks like it was it was just another part of an already-existing US war on Iran. Yes, sanctions are a form of war, not a substitute for war.

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The media are also a big part of the problem. The same media that praised Trump as "presidential" when he fired rockets into Syria on what turned out to be false claims that Assad gassed his own people, has been attacking Trump for not bombing Iran. From Left to Right with one important exception the major media is all braying for war. Why? They can afford to cheer death and destruction because they will not suffer the agony of war. Networks will benefit by capturing big ratings and big money and new media stars will be born.

President Trump has said he does not want to be the one to start a new war in the Middle East. He seemed to prove that by avoiding the urgings of his closest advisors to attack Iran. It is hard to imagine a president having top advisors who work at cross-purposes to him, planning and plotting their wars and maybe more behind his back. Even Trump seems to recognize that his national security advisor is not really serving his administration well. Over the weekend he said in an interview, "John Bolton is absolutely a hawk. If it was up to him he'd take on the whole world at one time, okay?"

I think when you have a national security advisor who wants to fight the whole world at once, you have a problem. Does anyone believe we will be more secure after spending a few trillion more dollars and making a few hundred million more enemies? What does "victory" even look like?

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President Trump is in a bind and it is of his own making. Iran has shown that it is not willing to take its marching orders from Washington, which means "maximum pressure" from the US will not work. He has two options remaining in that case: risk it all by launching a war or make a gesture toward peace. A war would ruin his presidency and a lot more. I would urge the president to issue waivers to China, India, Turkey, and the others who wish to continue buying Iranian oil and invite the Iranian leadership to meet at a neutral location. And fire Bolton and Pompeo.

 

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Yes, indeed - Trump appears to be "boxed in by neocons and the media", no doubt, and even the "billionaires" may have Trump "in their corner" (he has "a $259 million reason to bomb Iran").

These billionaires have their own "bought and paid for" fanatical driven "destroy Iran" John Bolton working feverishly 24/7 on the inside to sway Trump to "preemptively" destroy Iran - these billionaires donated "$530,000 to John Bolton's super PAC over its lifetime" - #TrumpMotivation #ObviousInfluence.

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I think of this every. day. We all do.

There is a lunatic, a malignant narcissi in charge o four weapons... and he is senile.

Anyone who has ever lived with a senile, cruel, narcissist knows how dangers this moment is.

We all pray that Congress will be called to make the decision which our laws give to them,.

We all pray that saner heads in the military will prevail as President Bolton/Pompeo control the moment, and tell the man-child what he sees to do.

I pray that Ivanka sits on his lap and says, "Daddy, if you do this, our property in the Middle East will be under 10,00 years of radioactive nuclear winds."

I just don't believe we stand a chance to prevail against this demented, stupid, ignorant , cruel bully.

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Apparently there was movement in the House and some limited discussion in the Senate to revoke the 2001 AUMF (which created an "Imperial Presidency", allowing the president to "preemptively" attack any nation (W Bush/Iraq War) or person 'with "indefinite detention" (W Bush's Guantanamo Prison Camp), without "due process of law", and without charges proven in court, or murder' on earth he deems a threat) which Trump so it seems has indicated he can use it if he wants to for attacking Iran.

Iran was the last one on the list of the "7 countries in 5 years" ("a policy coup" - Army Gen Wesley Clark) that the neocons wanted destroyed. So here we are with Trump who promised in 2016 to end "the era of regime change" in the Middle East and he's now on the verge of possibly completing the #PNACMasterPlan for American military dominance and hegemony in the new 21st Century with regime change in Iran - except of course, nowhere do the neocons ever mention the powerful capabilities of Russia and China, Iran's neighbors "in good standing", as if these two nuclear armed nations would just sit back, do nothing at all. and watch "from the sidelines" while Trump attacks Iran on a massive scale in another US "regime change" operation, or "obliteration like you've never seen before"- surely "a fatal mistake" to underestimate a target's true capabilities.

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A war with Iran will start with a False Flag event in the USA in the very near future. This is classic Reagan War Criminal MO, that tRump has on board his administration. They still have some mentally-challenged believing that Reagan "Freedom Fighter" Osama did it, but most know the PNAC 9/11 was done by the former Reagan officials in the Bu$h Jr. administration.

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