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A long way until the Inauguration of President Joe Biden .... just like Rome, the world may be burning.

Analysis | Will Netanyahu Strike Iran? Unlikely, but Trump Might | Haaretz |

Faced with the most unpredictable president to ever sit in the White House, Israeli officials are trying to decipher Trump's intentions about Iran until January.

Mike Pompeo will visit the Middle East, including Israel, next week. The timing is interesting. What could the outgoing U.S. secretary of state be after here, with the coronavirus pandemic still raging and his boss supposedly packing his bags after his clear-cut loss to Joe Biden in the presidential election?

Is Trump plotting a war against Iran? | WSWS |

The growing speculation is driven not only by Pompeo's visit to Israel, which is to include the first-ever appearance by a US secretary of state at a Zionist settlement in the occupied West Bank. Earlier this week, the former Iran-Contra conspirator Elliott Abrams, who is the Trump administration's special envoy on both Iran and Venezuela, arrived in Israel for talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And the Jerusalem Post reported that US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley held a video call Thursday with his counterpart, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi.

The powers of the President to strike "terror" has been expanded by successive presidents since George Bush, the 9/11 Saudi attacks on America and the War Powers Resolution of 2002. No one reckoned with a Trump presidency and mental state.

by Oui on Mon Nov 16th, 2020 at 08:55:28 AM EST
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Elliott Abrams, convicted of lying about Iran-Contra, named special representative for Iran | CBS News - Aug. 6, 2020 |

The Tragic Life of the War Criminal Elliott Abrams

Abrams' chief claim to fame is his role in Ronald Reagan's blood-soaked foreign policy in Central America in the 1980s, for which he earned the nickname, "contra commander-in-chief." The contras were the brutal right-wing paramilitary groups in Nicaragua who terrorized civilians throughout the decade, cutting a swath of torture, rape, and murder aimed at everyone from the elderly to children. Their methods were similar to those of right-wing paramilitaries in the other countries of the region, including El Salvador and Guatemala ...

by Oui on Mon Nov 16th, 2020 at 09:35:49 AM EST
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Preparing a path for attack on Iran ... leading US envoy Elliott Abrams meets Netanyahu

Rhetoric - a war of words already developed ...

Will Biden be a Chamberlain or a war leader like Churchill ... perhaps Trump should make the choice for him !!  😡

Are Israel and the US planning to attack Iran? | Jerusalem Post |

Advice for Biden: 'War is never inevitable'

by Oui on Mon Nov 16th, 2020 at 11:21:28 AM EST
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The Evangelists and the Jewish State of Israel ...


Trump Declares Himself "King of Israel," the "Second Coming of God" | Vanity Fair - August 2019 |

A damning combustible mixture for the Middle East!

by Oui on Mon Nov 16th, 2020 at 11:33:33 AM EST
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by Oui on Mon Nov 16th, 2020 at 07:44:03 PM EST
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The Republican Party is the Trump Party.  

Going against him would end their careers.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 09:07:40 PM EST
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Tucker Carlson and the guy in GA are finding that out right now
by asdf on Sat Nov 21st, 2020 at 06:58:00 PM EST
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Trump asked for options for attacking Iran last week, according to US officia | France24 |

Trump made the request during a meeting on Thursday with his top national security aides, including Vice President Mike Pence, his new acting defense secretary Christopher Miller, and General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the official said.

The official confirmed the account of the meeting in The New York Times, which reported that the advisers persuaded Trump not to go ahead with a strike because of the risk of a broader conflict.

by Oui on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 05:38:36 AM EST
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by Oui on Tue Nov 17th, 2020 at 12:47:16 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun Nov 29th, 2020 at 01:50:45 PM EST
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