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Contentious Election in Israel & An Update on Saudi-Iran Situation

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The Israeli election looks headed for another stalemate. Hopefully, President Trump can create another one between Iran and The War Party. Also, another plea to end the war in Afghanistan.

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John Bolton Out As National Security Adviser


My initial thoughts on the firing of John Bolton and where President Trump goes from here.

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Israel’s Drone War Weekend

Tel Aviv was busy the last weekend. Israel attacked three countries and a number of enemies with drone strikes in its neighborhood. The escalation of drone warfare (first in Yemen) has been evident lately.

Israel struck Shite-militia positions in western Iraq. The argument being that the militias are backed by Iran. Some are of course. It’s also true that the mostly Shite-Iranian-backed Iraqi military has been fighting alongside the US in the fight against ISIS. But leave that aside. Parts of the Iraqi Parliament has called for US troops to exit the country in response. Their presence leading to a larger Iranian influence within Iraq to counter-balance. The Parliament also called the attacks by Israel a “Declaration of War”.

Positions inside Syria were also hit. The explanation here is that Iranian forces were planning an attack on northern Israel. Something that I believe has 0% credibility and which would result in a major response from Western powers close to the Israeli government (see: U.S.A).

Israel’s old nemesis Lebanon also got some drone action. Strikes fell in Beirut targeting Hezbollah, and in the north of the country within the Bekaa Valley. The valley being home to The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command (PFLP-GC), another enemy of Israel. The President of Lebanon uses the same language as the Iraqis, calling the attacks a “Declaration of War”.

I personally believe these attacks against Iranian proxies (mostly) is partially domestic in nature. The prime minister has a tough election ahead of him and a war with Tehran is still seen as a winning strategy. The attacks can also be seen as a “Hail Mary” attempt to get the Iranians to response, sparking U.S. involvement which until this point has simmered since the Tanker Wars.

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Foreign Policy Roundup – 8-18-19

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Tanker Wars


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Well, I guess Rand Paul didn’t do that well. I had finished recording my last video on Rand Paul being tapped to discuss peace with Iran, news broke that the US had shot down an Iranian drone. The US told the drone to back off, it didn’t, it was shot down. What a way to spoil diplomacy.

I wasn’t shocked to find out that Iran had denied that their drone was shot down. A +1 for Iran, they provided video footage of their drone returning to base safely. This was immediately denied by Trump and Western media. “Also doubt the Iranians. They are never honest”.

From there things continued to get more dramatic. Iran boarded two British tankers, the “Stena Impero” and the “Mesdar”. Iranian “fast boats” were used to direct these ships into Iranian water. Using “violations of maritime law” as an excuse to board the ships, the Iranians were following through on their promise to retaliate against British tankers in response to the Iranian tanker “Grace 1” taken by British forces near Gilbralter back at the beginning of July.


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This Iranian policy of theft on the high seas is definitely their way of showing their power in the actual gulf. A few stopped tankers and the world takes notice. Another British tanker was threatened but had an armed escort. The “Mesdar” was boarded, searched and released. The “Stena Impero” also had a weak escort, but the Iranian special forces beat them to the tanker:

After all this drama, and insanely heightened tensions between the US and Iran, STILL no war. In my video I talk about how all this being allowed to happen without a war breaking out bodes well for a path to a deal. Pompeo stated on Friday that “Iran needs to come to the table”. Trump now says he DID sign off on Rand Paul meeting with the Iranians.

So I guess there’s still a table. That’s always good. But there are those troops setting up shop in Saudi Arabia again…

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Rand Paul Tapped For Negotiations With Iran

Big news in the search for a path to peace with the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Late Wednesday afternoon, stories dropped that Senator Rand Paul had asked President Trump last weekend over a round of golf to allow him to meet with the Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who is visiting New York City this week to meet with UN officials among others.

Paul has been a devoted critic of the administration’s policy with Iran. He took the president to task over his attempted coup in Venezuela, and spoke out strongly against Elliot Abrams getting anywhere close to a decision making position. He’s been a leader in the Senate in trying to end the horrific genocidal policy in Yemen and has pushed for cutting off foreign aid to all nations (including Israel) and halting all arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

He’s applauded President Trump for his talks with North Korea and his restraint in Syria. He went to Russia to invite them to D.C. to ease tensions in the face criticism from all of mainstream media & Congress.

He’s probably the only member of the government I have respect for. This development helps to confirm my suspicion that he’s had Trump’s ear in helping him fight off the Neoconservative & warhawk voices in his administration.

Comments this week from Trump, Pompeo and the acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper showed the tide might be turning back towards diplomacy and away from Mr. Mustache John Bolton’s bloody dreams. This move to give Rand Paul his shot all but confirms that.

He’s the best we can ask for right now. Hopefully, we’ll see him as the new Secretary of State in the next Trump administration.

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Don’t Bomb Bomb Bomb, Bomb Bomb Iran

Is Iran an enemy of the American people? Or is the American government and its allies the true enemy?

A recent article by Scott Horton in The National Interest listing all the ways that Iranian regime attempted to assist the United States in the War on Terror. If the American citizens living at that time were allowed to know about these attempts at corporation, they might be a bit confused why their government was denying assistance and demonizing Iran, while continuing to cozy up to the Saudis, Egyptians, Pakistanis and Gulf Nations, all whom had nationals involved in the 9/11 attacks. Below is a short list from the article:

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I Return to The Circus

I’ve taken some time off to try to focus on this thing called “life”. I discovered in the process that it is the best way to fight against all the darkness within politics and culture (see below):

I return to shine some light on the war hotspots of the day, what to be aware of going forward, and how to spot war propaganda.

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The Resistance Continues

In this episode, I discuss how General Mattis looks to be the voice of reason on having a war with Iran within the Trump administration, how the story of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi is incredible, and finally the TSA’s shocking “Quiet Skies” program and how it violates all the rights.

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