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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Medic shocks court by testifying HE killed ISIS fighter in Iraq - not the Navy SEAL on trial for murder
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Corey Scott testified that he is the one who killed the young ISIS militant that Edward Gallagher is accused of murdering

  • Gallagher is on trial in San Diego for a host of alleged war crimes

  • Among them is murdering the young militant who his comrades say he stabbed

  • He claims he opened his throat with a knife so he could breathe

  • The young fighter had a collapsed lung and he says he was trying to save him

  • Gallagher put breathing tube in his mouth but Scott said he put his thumb over it to kill him

  • He said he feared the teenager would be tortured to death by Iraqi forces if not

  • Scott had been called as a witness for the prosecution but stunned the court by saying he put his hands over the opening Gallagher created in the boy's neck

  • Scott had been granted immunity for his own crimes in exchange for cooperating with prosecution
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2019 14:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [39 views] Top|| File under:

-Land of the Free
2400 Unseen 9/11 photos bought at house clearance sale
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2019 10:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [93 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  More history that just got harder to memory hole. Now, how about a list of all the Saudis the Boosh administration helped leave the country while all commercial air traffic was grounded.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/20/2019 10:22 Comments || Top||

#2  September 11, 2001: Evacuation of Saudi Nationals
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2019 14:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Ah've prophylacticly downloaded the picture set from FLICKER before they get 'youtubed'.
Might consider a Rantburg memorial archive.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2019 14:18 Comments || Top||

-War on Police-
Philadelphia Police Department puts 72 officers on desk duty amid investigation into anti-Muslim social media posts
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2019 08:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [108 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  You are entitled to your own opinion - as long as it is the right opinion.

Do we get to see the racist, anti-Muslim, right-wing posts or should be just assume that the cops are icky?
Posted by: SteveS || 06/20/2019 11:19 Comments || Top||

#2  After the $1B cocain bust, I am sure the Dims are really po'd at law enforcement now.
Posted by: Varmint Splat1454 || 06/20/2019 11:29 Comments || Top||

#3  With pay, alright!!. Safer at a desk than patrolling streets. They are a walking target of convenience wearing their uniform.
Posted by: Dale || 06/20/2019 11:54 Comments || Top||

#4  Agree with Varmint Splat.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/20/2019 12:07 Comments || Top||

#5  Does a city with a crime problem like Philadelphia's really need 72 fewer policemen on the street?
Posted by: Tom || 06/20/2019 13:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Assuming they really want to address the crime problem?
Posted by: Frank G || 06/20/2019 15:09 Comments || Top||

Officials Visit Helmand To Assess Security Situation
[ToloNews] Gen. Scott Miller, Commander of US and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
Forces in Afghanistan, and Afghan high ranking security officials on Tuesday visited Helmand
...an Afghan province populated mostly by Pashtuns, adjacent to Injun country in Pak Balochistan...
province to assess security situation in the province.

General Miller said he understands the importance of Helmand, and in order to better secure the province, foreign forces will have the necessary cooperation with the Afghan forces.

"Everyone’s responsibility as big shots is to make sure they are as properly trained and prepared as possible. The families expect us to pay them, feed them, and protect them. I know the importance of this province and I know the difficulty of operating it in Helmand, but at the same time I know what you have achieved over the last year in Helmand. And the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
know what you’ve achieved. Resolute Support to our commander in Helmand continues to be firmly in support of all that you are doing," said Miller.

...back at the dirigible, Cynthia backed into the galley, the barbecue fork held in front of her.
Jack! she called. Where the hell are you?...

Deputy Defense Minister Yasin Zia and Khoshal Sadat Senior Deputy Minister of Interior for Security assured that beside addressing security forces problems in the insecure areas more areas under Taliban control will be freed from their control.

"We recently freed two districts in Ghazni province and we assure the people of Helmand that, in addition to supporting the security forces, we also support people who are interested in protecting their homeland and we are prepared for freeing our every meter of land from the enemy control and we have plans and good news are on the way," said Deputy Defense Minister Yasin Zia.

Sadat said that the Taliban’s plans to capture Helmand has failed over the past seventeen years.

"In the past seventeen years, the enemies have been struggling to bring down the Helmand province or want to hurt our security forces, maybe we had casualties, but the enemy has been destroyed and the nation only suffer and we are trying to remove the space between the nation and the forces and the enemy did not achieved anything," said Sadat.

Helmand is one of the insecure provinces in the south of the country.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [40 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

US Seeks Peace Agreement, Not Withdrawal: Khalilzad
[ToloNews] The US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, says the United States is seeking a "comprehensive peace agreement, not a withdrawal agreement" in its talks with the Taliban
...Arabic for students...
Khalilzad apparently responded to a Taliban front man Suhail Shaheen’s remarks on Tuesday, June 18, who said that the United States has "accepted" to withdraw all its forces from Afghanistan.

Taking to Twitter hours after the Taliban’s comments, Khalilzad said, they are preparing prepare for the next round of talks with the Taliban.

Khalilzad said that a comprehensive peace agreement is made up of four inter-connected parts: counter-terrorism assurances, troop withdrawal, intra-Afghan negotiations that lead to a political settlement; and a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire.

"This is a framework which the Taliban accept," Khalilzad said.

Khalilzad reiterated that "nothing is agreed until everything is agreed".
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Daesh Is Another Instrument Of Pakistan’s Army: Ex-Indian Envoy
[ToloNews] Former Indian ambassador to Afghanistan, Amar Sinha, says that ISIS is a tool of the Mighty Pak Army which has been fabricated to put pressure on the Afghan government and on the Taliban
...mindless ferocity in a turban...
if the group eventually gets reintegrated and mainstreamed in the structure of the Afghan government.

Talking to TOLOnews, the former Indian envoy said that assessments which are carried out by the Afghan institutions have found that over 70 percent of ISIS fighters are coming from Pakistain’s tribal regions.

"Now the thing is, is it the new version of Taliban when the Taliban gets reintegrated, mainstreamed? Is this new terror group another instrument of Pak[istan] military policy? My hunch is yes. But I guess more research will have to be done both intelligence agencies and we have to look carefully at the origin, at the source of funding and the source of support," he explained.

Sinha confirmed that some Indian citizens had also joined ISIS, adding that the Afghan government, extradited some of these Death Eaters back to their home country.

Pakistain has always denied claims of supporting or sponsoring ISIS in Afghanistan.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [43 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistain Proxies

Africa North
After three weeks stranded off Tunisia, migrant group to be repatriated
[AlAhram] Tunisia has allowed dozens of migrants colonists, mostly from Bangladesh, to disembark after three weeks stranded in the Mediterranean, so that they can return to their home countries, the Red Islamic Thingy said on Wednesday.

An Egyptian boat rescued the migrants colonists in Tunisian waters last month. But local authorities in the governorate of Medinine said its migrant centres were too overcrowded to let them ashore, leaving the vessel stranded 25 km off the coastal city of Zarzis.

"After they were stranded for three weeks at sea in difficult conditions, Tunisia agreed to dock the ship, and migrants colonists accepted to return to their countries in coming days," Red Islamic Thingy official Mongi Slim told Rooters.

Among the group who set off from Libya, 64 are from Bangladesh while nine are Egyptians, one is Moroccan and one Sudanese, the Red Islamic Thingy said.

All migrants colonists will immediately be deported to their countries, except for the migrant from Sudan who has asked for asylum.

"We thank Tunisia's renewed commitment to life and dignity", said Lorena Lando, the head of the International Organization for Migration in Tunisia.

She added that it is urgent to put in place a collaborative approach to helping migrants colonists in the Mediterranean.

Neighbouring Libya's west coast is a frequent departure point for African migrants colonists hoping to reach Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
by paying human traffickers. But their numbers have dropped after an Italian-led effort to disrupt smuggling networks and support the Libyan coastguard.

At least 65 migrants colonists drowned last month when their boat capsized off Tunisia after setting out from Libya.

In the first four months of 2019, 164 people are known to have died on the route, a smaller number but a higher death rate than in previous years, with one dying for every three who reach European shores, the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR said.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2019 02:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [58 views] Top|| File under: Moslem Colonists

#1  Tunisia? That's not near Bangladesh.

Why don't they go to Malaysia or Indonesia?
Posted by: AlanC || 06/20/2019 8:29 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Mexico pledges 6K troops to help combat illegal immigration amid heightened pressure from U.S.
[OANN] Mexico is planning to deploy thousands of troops to its southern border amid heightened pressure from the Trump administration to crack down on the Central American migrant crisis. According to Mexican officials Monday, the country has already sent over 400 military personnel to the town of Tapachula near its border with Guatemala this past week.

"Since Saturday 426 soldiers from the National Guard have arrived in Tapachula," announced Maximilano Reyes, Mexican Undersecretary of State for Latin America and the Caribbean. "President Obrador and the Foreign Minister have said that 6,000 will be sent in total, but that does not mean that all 6,000 are going to disembark here."

This comes after Mexico pledged earlier this month to ramp up its efforts to stop the flow of South American migrants colonists traveling through Mexico and illegally crossing into the U.S.
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#1  Mexico pledges 6K troops to help combat illegal immigration amid heightened pressure from U.S. President Trump.
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/20/2019 6:24 Comments || Top||

No easy solution’ for French ISIS fighters: fmr ambassador
Public kabuki for the rubes over issues previously decided.
[Rudaw] Around 400 Frenchies traveled to Iraq and Syria to join the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that they were al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're really very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear western pols talk they're not really Moslems....
group (ISIS). Now these fighters and their families captured on the battlefield face an uncertain future. La Belle France’s former ambassador to Syria says there are no easy solutions.

Speaking to Rudaw’s Washington Correspondent Roj Eli Zalla this week, French diplomat Michel Duclos, who was posted to Damascus from 2006 to 2009, said there are potentially three poor outcomes for the imported muscle issue.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2019 00:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under:

#1  France’s former ambassador to Syria says there are no easy solutions

Which means it's going to be rather difficult and complicated - the humanist, reformative narratives and the media circus we'll have to manage to let them back in.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/20/2019 2:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Pislamic terrorists, hang them. Simple, done. Then bulldoze their mosques.

For the record, idiot self loathing racists lefist "multi cultural" liberals let them in.
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/20/2019 6:41 Comments || Top||

#3  Same fate as those Frenchmen who joined the Germans circa 1941-5?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 06/20/2019 7:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Send 'em to Saudi for a trim. easy-peasy.
Posted by: Mercutio || 06/20/2019 8:08 Comments || Top||

#5  I have a solution or two....
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 06/20/2019 11:09 Comments || Top||

Great White North
‘Fascist and tyrannical' or cultural preservation? Quebec passes controversial religious ban
[RT] Lawmakers in the Canadian province of Quebec have adopted a law banning public service employees from wearing religious symbols. Critics and advocates both see it as an attempt of the Francophone region to preserve its identity.

Bill 21 (Loi 21) was passed by a vote of 73-35 in the National Assembly on Sunday. It bars civil servants “in positions of authority” – such as teachers, police, and government lawyers – from wearing religious symbols. This includes Christian crucifixes, Muslim headscarves, Sikh turbans and Jewish yarmulkes, for instance.
Yarmulke wearers can easily move to baseball caps, as some community leaders have recommended in Germany and France — possibly elsewhere as well. It’s about covering, not the cover. The hijab could easily be replaced by a kerchief tied over the hair, if wearing it were not exactly the political statement it is accused of being.
Muslim women wearing the full face veil (burqa) will be directly affected by the provision requiring people giving or receiving government services to uncover their faces, for purposes of security or confirming identity.

Lawmakers also approved Bill 9, which imposes new French language and values tests for prospective immigrants intended to “protect Quebec identity.”

“Look, we can talk semantics all day long. You know and I know what this is all about,” legal and media analyst Lionel told RT, suggesting that the seemingly secular statute stood as a proxy for anti-immigrant sentiment.

“I do believe there is a mixture of this attempt to preserve the uniqueness of that province… and trying to ‘dress’ a certain immigration situation,” Antonio Rossini, professor at the University of Windsor in neighboring Ontario, agreed. “I doubt that this would have popped up in a different historical context.”

Rossini told RT that many Canadians tend to wear religious symbols not as a show of their faith, but as a statement about their identity and origin.
Posted by: Skidmark || 06/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [202 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Rossini told RT that many Canadians tend to wear religious symbols not as a show of their faith, but as a statement about their identity and origin."

I've been to Canada. I've never seen a policeman wear any such things. I doubt Rossini has either.
Posted by: lord garth || 06/20/2019 0:33 Comments || Top||

#2  What thy need is stricter law enforcement in immigrant settlements, zero tolerance of 'personal and mob laws' , and police protection of women in case of voluntary conversion to atheism, christianity, buddhism, satanism, whatever.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/20/2019 2:21 Comments || Top||

#3  'personal and mob laws'

Referring to sharia?
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/20/2019 6:23 Comments || Top||

#4  They call them 'personal laws' and gradually insinuate them into daily life. They are the necessary step towardsSharia. Muslim personal laws are fluid enough to flex and deform, appear as only moral precepts or mere clan rituals, allowing for their enactment into local laws and gradually into legislation, because ultimately democracy's a vote-based enterprise for the legislator. Unknown to most people, taquiya includes the concept of legal islamism. Islamists plod for decades lobbying with a liberal or symp with foresight defunct enough to accommodate their shit. And before you know it, you have sharia zones.

It starts with stuff like " It is a valued custom within our particular community for girls to be engaged at 15. Don't worry it's not marriage yet..." Before you know it you have child rape.

Or, " We always gather at such and such spot at this time of day for whatever..." Soon, there's a 'holy zone' where even your citizens can't walk around uncovered.

Or, "we believe girls should not wear scent and go out with open hair, Djinns..." next comes a stoning or honour killing explained as exorcism.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/20/2019 7:53 Comments || Top||

#5  The government can be the only accepted religion. All others must be dispatched with extreme prejudice.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/20/2019 9:30 Comments || Top||

#6  taquiya includes the concept of legal islamism.

The soft jihad of the law, in contrast to the hard jihad of the sword that comes later. Then there’s the fun jihad of love and rape, which isn’t officially listed anywhere, but in certain precincts is avidly practiced
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2019 9:34 Comments || Top||

#7  Rhetorical question. Everyone on the Burg knows the process of cultural jihad. Referring to fundamentalist sharia by any other terms...
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/20/2019 11:57 Comments || Top||

#8  I know you know. I'm just... venting.☻
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/20/2019 12:10 Comments || Top||

#9  Yes, yes, there will be no crucifixes or yarmulkes. After a kabuki delay an "exception" will be made for muzz veils. In the mean time all third grade students will be memorizing the hadiths (spit) no opt-outs allowed.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 06/20/2019 14:38 Comments || Top||

#10  I was going to comment on the irony of "cultural preservation" that forbids wearing rosaries in Catholic Quebec, but when I went to look up the numbers it turns out not to be so ironic. Not many practicing Catholics left...
Posted by: james || 06/20/2019 15:28 Comments || Top||

#11  Restating the obvious is not necessarily a bad thing. Not everybody knows what everybody else knows. I am forever being startled to discover yet another area of ignorance, especially here. I had not, for instance, despite knowing about the soft sharia of the law, really thought through what the process looks like on the ground. Nor had I thought in terms of the efficient cultural jihad rather than the poetic/rhetoric soft jihad of the law. So I have my learning for today, with thanks.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2019 15:42 Comments || Top||

UK will never allow politically motivated extradition: British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt
[DAWN] British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, in a joint presser held with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Wormtongue Qureshi in London on Wednesday, assured that "no extradition treaty signed by the UK would ever allow for politically motivated extradition".

According to a statement released by the Pakistain High Commission, Foreign Minister Qureshi and British Foreign Secretary Hunt held the 4th review of Pakistain-UK Enhanced Strategic Dialogue (ESD) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, today.

"Both sides pledged to move forward with an early conclusion of the extradition treaty and readmission agreement," said the statement.

Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [53 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

Twitter: Warning! Violation of Pak Law!

The offense:

That should be good for forty days and forty nights of rioting, maybe a dozen dead infidels of one stripe or another.

Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [131 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  There are true issues and I cannot sanction it sooooo....
Posted by: newc || 06/20/2019 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  I suppose India, China and Thailand are the only places where you can curse mochmed and no one can even raise an eyebrow, moslems quietly slink away helplessly.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 06/20/2019 7:36 Comments || Top||

#3  Dear Titter,

Piece of pork be upon her.
Posted by: Woodrow || 06/20/2019 12:03 Comments || Top||

Iraqi PM orders armed groups to halt rocket attacks
[Rudaw] Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi on Tuesday evening ordered gangs to cease rocket and mortar attacks on military installations where US troops are stationed. Just hours later, a rocket struck an oil installation run by US oil giant ExxonMobil in Basra.
That worked well.
In the early hours of Wednesday, a rocket landed near ExxonMobil’s operations headquarters in the southern Iraqi province, injuring three Iraqi workers.

Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [42 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran Proxies

Qatar sends technical experts to Israel, eyes new Gaza power line
[DAWN] A Qatar
...an emirate on the east coast of the Arabian Peninsula. It sits on some really productive gas and oil deposits, which produces the highest per capita income in the world. They piss it all away on religion, financing the Moslem Brotherhood and several al-Qaeda affiliates. Home of nutbag holy manYusuf al-Qaradawi...
i technical delegation held talks in Israel and the Gazoo
...Hellhole adjunct to Israel and Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, inhabited by Gazooks. The place was acquired in the wake of the 1967 War and then presented to Paleostinian control in 2006 by Ariel Sharon, who had entered his dotage. It is currently ruled with an iron fist by Hamaswith about the living conditions you'd expect. It periodically attacks the Hated Zionist Entity whenever Iran needs a ruckus created or the hard boyz get bored, getting thumped by the IDF in return. The ruling turbans then wave the bloody shirt and holler loudly about oppression and disproportionate response...
Strip this week about helping pay for a proposed new power line between them, officials on both sides said on Tuesday, marking a potential expansion of Doha’s aid efforts for Paleostinians.

Qatar has in recent years funnelled hundreds of millions of dollars into relief projects in Hamas, the well-beloved offspring of the Moslem Brotherhood,-controlled Gaza, which it views as helping stave off privation and fighting with Israel.

The intervention is approved by Israel but has gone largely unacknowledged by rightist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who, along with US-allied Arab leaders, has cold-shouldered Doha for its ties to Iran
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
and Islamist groups like Hamas.

Spearheading the Qatari drive has been envoy Mohammed al-Emadi, who Paleostinian officials said this week brought $10 million to Gaza, via Israel, to disburse to the poor.

It was the third such Qatari cash infusion in three months, said the officials, who requested anonymity. But this time al-Emadi was accompanied by Qatari electricity and water experts.

They met with the Israel Electric Corporation in Tel Aviv on Sunday, and in Gaza with energy officials on Monday, to discuss a Qatari offer to pay for the completion of a new Gaza electricity line, Israeli and Paleostinian officials said.
Posted by: Fred || 06/20/2019 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

U.S. Holds All the Cards in Showdown with Iran-VICTOR DAVIS HANSON

[PJMedia] In May 2018, the Donald Trump administration withdrew the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, popularly known as the Iran nuclear deal.
The U.S. then ramped up sanctions on the Iranian theocracy to try to ensure that it stopped nuclear enrichment. The Trump administration also hoped a strapped Iran would become less capable of funding terrorist operations in the Middle East and beyond, proxy wars in the Persian Gulf, and the opportune harassment of ships transiting the Strait of Hormuz.

The sanctions are clearly destroying an already weak Iranian economy. Iran is now suffering from negative economic growth, massive unemployment and record inflation.

A desperate Iranian government is using surrogates to send missiles into Saudi Arabia while its forces attack ships in the Gulf of Oman.

The Iranian theocrats despise the Trump administration. They yearn for the good old days of the Obama administration, when the U.S. agreed to a nuclear deal that all but guaranteed future Iranian nuclear proliferation, ignored Iranian terrorism and sent hundreds of millions of dollars in shakedown payments to the Iranian regime.

Iran believed that the Obama administration saw it as a valuable Shiite counterweight to Israel and the traditionally American-allied Sunni monarchies in the Gulf region. Teheran assumes that an even more left-wing American administration would also endorse Iran-friendly policies, and so it is fishing for ways to see that happen in 2020 with a Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren or Joe Biden presidency.

Desperate Iranian officials have already met secretly with former Secretary of State John Kerry and openly with Sen. Diane Feinstein, likely to commiserate over Trump's cancellation of the nuclear deal and to find ways to revive the Obama-era agreement after Trump leaves office.

To that end, the Iranians wish to disrupt world oil traffic while persuading China, Russia and the European Union to pressure the U.S. to back off sanctions.

Iran hopes to provoke and embarrass its nemesis into overreacting -- or not reacting at all. If Trump does nothing, he looks weak to this Jacksonian base of supporters. But do too much, and he appears a neoconservative, globalist nation-builder. Either way, the Iranians think Trump loses.

After all, Iran knows that Trump got elected by flipping the blue-wall states of the Midwest -- in part by promising an end to optional interventions in the Middle East. Accordingly, Iran hopes to embarrass or bog down the U.S. before the 2020 elections. In Teheran's view, the challenge is to provoke Trump into a shooting war that it can survive and that will prove unpopular in the United States, thus losing him the election.

Iran, of course, is not always a rationale actor. A haughty Tehran always magnifies its own importance and discounts the real dangers that it is courting. It harkens back to its role in the 2003-2011 Iraq War, a conflict that proved that U.S. efforts could be subverted, hundreds of American soldiers could be killed, public support for war could be eroded, and a more malleable American government could be transitioned in.

But what worked then may not work now. The U.S. is not only the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas, but soon to become the largest exporter of energy -- and without getting near the Iranian coast. Likewise, American allies in the Middle East such as Israel are energy independent. America's Arab friends enjoy seeing competing Iranian oil all but off the market.

Time, then, is on the Americans' side. But it is certainly not on the side of a bankrupt and impoverished Iran that either must escalate or face ruin.
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/20/2019 12:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under:

Iran says Europe not cooperating in buying Iranian oil: Fars news
[AlAhram] Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Wednesday that Europe
...the land mass occupying the space between the English Channel and the Urals, also known as Moslem Lebensraum...
was not cooperating with Tehran to buy its oil in the face of U.S. sanctions against Iran's energy sector.

"The Europeans are not cooperating to buy oil," Zanganeh was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.
Posted by: trailing wife || 06/20/2019 02:23 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [91 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Whaaaaa....
Posted by: DarthVader || 06/20/2019 8:52 Comments || Top||

Iran Oil Minister: We are unable to sell oil under our own name
Trying to shape the battlefield... but one wonders under whose name are they selling their oil now: Iraq, Turkey, the same unnamed smugglers who carried oil for ISIS?
[Rudaw] Iran’s oil minister admits that the situation has become ’very difficult’ for oil exports as American economic pressure on the country mounts. However,
by candlelight every wench is handsome...
...a theocratic Shiite state divided among the Medes, the Persians, and the (Arab) Elamites. Formerly a fairly civilized nation ruled by a Shah, it became a victim of Islamic revolution in 1979. The nation is today noted for spontaneously taking over other countries' embassies, maintaining whorehouses run by clergymen, involvement in international drug trafficking, and financing sock puppet militias to extend the regime's influence. The word Iran is a cognate form of Aryan, the abbreviation IRGC is a cognate form of Stürmabteilung (or SA), the term Supreme Guide is a cognate form of either Shah or Führer or maybe both, and they hate Jews Zionists Jews. Their economy is based on the production of oil and vitriol...
remains steadfast in its refusal to bow to pressure, with the spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) warning that the two month ultimatum Tehran gave to remaining members of the nuclear deal will not be extended.
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#1  All that oil but they need nukes.
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#2  I believe the Citgo brand is available - as long as you pay in US dollars and not bolivars.
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