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"Iran is the major destabilizing influence in the Middle East, and we aim to fix that," U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CNBC on Saturday. "What we've seen from the Iranians is increased threats... it's real... and it appears to be current."

Earlier on Saturday, Iran's state Press TV headlined President Hassan Rouhani's claims that the country is "facing all-out-war," with its leadership rallying the population as tensions escalate. "Rouhani," reported Press TV, "said the current wave of pressure on Iran is even more difficult than the one experienced during the Iran-Iraq war period," and the country "needs unity and cohesiveness at the time of increased political and economic pressure, which he described as unprecedented in the history of the country since the Islamic revolution of 1979."

A day earlier, on Friday, Ayatollah Yousef Tabatabai Nejad was reported by Iran's ISNA news agency as taunting the dispatch of the U.S. carrier group. "Their billion-dollar fleet can be destroyed with one missile," he said during Friday prayers. "If they attempt any move, they will [see] dozens of missiles because at that time officials won’t be in charge to act cautiously, but instead things will be in the hands of our beloved leader."

The same day, the IRGC’s deputy head for political affairs Yadollah Javani was equally provocative, quoted by the Tasnim news agency as saying that "no talks will be held with the Americans and the Americans will not dare take military action against us," in response to President Trump's public call for talks and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's assurance of a swift and decisive response to any attack by Iran.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman/2019/05/12/u-s-aims-to-fix-irans-destabilizing-influence-as-iran-says-it-faces-all-out-war/#20e3ff1825b0
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On Sunday, a senior figure in the IRGC's leadership echoed the missile threat even more provocatively. Amirali Hajiadeh told the ISNA agency that "an aircraft carrier that has at least 40 to 50 planes on it and 6,000 forces gathered within it was a serious threat for us in the past. But now, the threats have switched to opportunities."

The U.S. has been building up forces in the region, with news over the weekend that USS Arlington has been sent to add Patriot missile-defence systems to the carrier group and bomber task force. This came in response to "indications of heightened Iranian readiness to conduct offensive operations against US forces," the Department of Defense said, and intelligence reports the IRGC has been loading equipment and missiles onto small boats. The U.S. also shared images of B-52 bombers arriving at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar on Thursday. Others had landed at an undisclosed location, within range, a day before.

Last week, Fars reported Brigadier General Kiomars Heidar, commander of Iran's ground forces, claiming that the country's armed forces are enjoying "full readiness in face of any potential foreign threat." He said that "Iranian armed forces have managed to ensure a real deterrent military power against foreign threats, and they have shown this power to the enemies."

On Friday, the U.S. Maritime Administration warned American merchant vessels of the potential threat to commercial shipping from escalating tensions with Iran. "Since early May, there is an increased possibility that Iran and/or its regional proxies could take action against U.S. and partner interests, including oil production infrastructure. After recently threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz Iran or its proxies could respond by targeting commercial vessels, including oil tankers, or U.S. military vessels in the Red Sea, Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, or the Persian Gulf."
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The commander of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command told Reuters he would bring the USS Abraham Lincoln through the Strait of Hormuz if needed. "I’m not restricted in any way, I’m not challenged in any way, to operate her anywhere in the Middle East," Vice Admiral Jim Malloy said.

Iran's President Rouhani’s talk of "all-out-war" was a reference to sanctions and tightening economic and political pressure, rather than anything wholly military. Last week, President Trump added new sanctions targeting steel, aluminum, copper and iron, and warned of Iran of "further actions unless it fundamentally alters its conduct". But behind Rouhani’s rallying call over the economic and political campaign being waged against Iran, there is now a steady flow of hot-headed statements being made public by Iran’s military leadership, and these are being digested in the U.S. Ultimately there is a political calculation being made in Teheran as to how far the U.S. is really willing to go, and so how hard they can push.

Also last week, European governments said that they remained "committed" to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the so-called Iranian nuclear deal, but "rejected any ultimatums" from Tehran and had "great concerns", over the country's threat to step up uranium enrichment if it was not protected from the sanctions.

Another week, another ratchet. Iran is rallying its population and risks trapping itself into taking action. It is becoming ever more firmly cornered now by the combination of the U.S. sanctions and show of force. It will not take much now to light the powder keg. It is becoming likely that we will see taunts and provocations from Iran, and then it will be down to the level of U.S. response. All the evidence suggests that such a response could escalate quickly.
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"Our aim is not war, our aim is a change in the behavior of the Iranian leadership," Pompeo told CNBC. "We’ve done all the right things to increase our security posture to the best of our ability... but we also want to make sure that we had deterrent forces in place, so in the event that Iran decided to come after an American interest — whether that be in Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Yemen, or any place in the Middle East - we were prepared to respond to them in an appropriate way."
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>>396696
>scuttle a done deal with the iranians
>expect them to be willing to negotiate with trump or anyone who works for him
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>>396710
This, Trump is going to war with Iran solely because he'll think it'll help him with his reelection meanwhile he's got warmongers like Bolton already preparing invasion plans and Pompeo who's essentially outsourced the middle east policy to the Saudis and Israelis
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Who do we go to war with first? Iran? Venezuela? North Korea?
Fuck it, let's do them all! What could go wrong?
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>>396737
Whoever Israel say the US goes to war with. The jewslave states of america are a mercenary corps for the jew elite.
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>>396696
Why
How
For what
What the fuck are we doing
How many fucking times are we gonna get our soldiers killed illegally looting the middle east for fucks sake in engagements nobody even support or what
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>>396764
oy vey, the profit of god's chosen is worth a million goyim lives
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Iran are the zionists of the arab proxies,
They support white hatred just as much as
Israel
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>>396737
Iran and Venezuela are most profitable for the war industry, but NK is unlikely since Trump and Kim seem to have some kind of unspoken friendship.
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I don't get it.
Is she getting the benis in the op?
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>>396800
Friendship ended with Trump at Vietnam, now Putin is Kim's best friend.
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Turn Iran into a sheet of glass.
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>>396800
Friends till the nuclear end
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>>396696
How do these hypocritical bastards even sleep at night?
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Saudi Arabia blatantly and openly exports and manufacturers jihadists all over earth. Israel maintains the world's largest open air prison. But somehow it's all Iran's fault.

Horse shit. Is anyone actually buying this?
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>>396802
Still waiting for an answer
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>>396885
They're sending other people's children to die and won't face any of the consequences. Plus the last group to do this didn't get prosecuted for war crimes like they should so it makes it easier for then next group to do it.
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>>397085
SA, Israel and their US lapdogs are sabotaging their own oil tankers and ports to false flag Iran into a war. It's fucked but people actually believe this shit.
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>>396773
>>iranians
>>arabs
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>>397316
Real shit? Send a link, im curious
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I reckon the Hebrews are behind this.
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where are all the Trumptards? I heard there would be Trumptards on this board.
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>>397652
Maybe even trumptards know that going to war with Iran over literally nothing is a bad idea.
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>>397671
actually, its the best idea. Trumptards worship every drop of spittle flung from Trump's lips. He will tell them some bullshit about Iran developing nukes and that there were all these terrible, massive attacks on US troops, Believe Me. Very terrible, folks. very terrible. Believe me.

and when election time rolls around, there will be this huge emergency and Trump will have to mobilize every last soldier to the Middle East and everything will be the worst thing ever, and only Trump can save the American people from tyrrany! So, Vote for Trump, and make America safe, again!

just like there was this huge fucking Migrant Tidal Wave, around the time of the midterm elections, that mysteriously evaporated after the Republicans lost.

don't think Trump will start a war and get thousands of people killed, just to win re-election?
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>>396800
>Trump seems to be a wannabe dictator which is why he sucks up to them while shitting on democratically elected leaders
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>>397431
https://www.apnews.com/63d729241e0645539dad32f57de7bc95
https://www.apnews.com/3884ea5ef0084d7a9e8a7d48c03fb69e
https://www.apnews.com/b90c61d2b8fe49849c88e6be85baa0d3
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>>397676
This is exactly EXACTLY what they did the last time. Bush's poll numbers were floundering but then he started a war and BAM instantly everyone is on the Bush train, no one wants to rock the boat and swich leaders at a time of crisis and he sails to victory.
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>>396696
>Iran is the major destabilizing influence in the Middle East,
THE ABSOLUTE FUCKING GALL OF AN AMERICAN POLITICIAN TO FUCKING STATE THIS HOLY FUCK
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>>396696
War incoming. Again. Fucking cancerous USA. So is Russia and some other countries but USA is warring everywhere all the time just for political points. Absolutely disgusting.
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>>397860
Every ten years the US needs to invade somewhere so that they look tough and the military justifies its existence and all the money they suck up
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>>397766
What are the chances of this being a false flag? I get that you get the usual “mysterious attack” despite the ships still floating around, the heavy blame on a third party enemy, etc. But this could have been a regular op attack by the Houthis - Although I am now leaning more to a false flag op.
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>>397787
Reminds me of the movie Wag the Dog, only except for a fake war in Albania, it’s a real war with Iraq.
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>>397111
brekkist
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Not only do we not need another war but we don't need one with someone who actually fight back.
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Listen to Philip Giraldi, former military intelligence officer of CIA, now Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest. He blames the you-know-who.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u7uefFvj68
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>>397981
protip the CNI is nothing but a front for the Russian government.
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>>398034
All US news agencies are fronts for the state department, what's the difference?
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>>396696
source for that pic?
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>>396696
WILL SOMEONE FOR CHRIST'S SAKE PLEASE TELL ME IF SHE IS GETTING THE BENIS IN THE OP BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE SHE MAY BE GETTING BENISED
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>>398040
>uncritically absorbing propaganda is fine because other people do it with other sources



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