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    1.https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/13/polit...ded/index.html

    State Department officials involved in US embassy security were not made aware of imminent threats to four specific US embassies, two State Department officials tell CNN, further undermining President Donald Trump's claims that the top Iranian general he ordered killed earlier this month posed an imminent threat to the diplomatic outposts.

    Without knowledge of any alleged threats, the State Department didn't issue warnings about specific dangers to any US embassy before the administration targeted Qasem Soleimani, Iran's second most powerful official, according to the sources.

    The State Department sent a global warning to all US embassies before the strike occurred, a senior State Department official said and the department spokesperson confirmed, but it was not directed at specific embassies and did not warn of an imminent attack.

    One senior State Department official described being "blindsided" when the administration justified the deadly Reaper drone strike on Soleimani by saying Iran's "shadow commander" was behind an imminent threat to blow up US embassies. CNN has reached out to the White House for comment on claims that the State Department officials were taken by surprise.Trump claimed at an Ohio rally that Soleimani "was actively planning new attacks," then told Fox News, "I believe it probably would've been four embassies." Senior administration officials around the President have repeatedly pointed to danger facing US embassies in the Middle East.

    2.https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/13/polit...nce/index.html

    President Donald Trump's reputation for bending truth for political ends and conflicting administration rationales for taking out Iran's top general are stirring a new debate over intelligence with troubling echoes in recent history.

    Administration officials are tying themselves in knots to avoid contradicting Trump's statement that Qasem Soleimani was planning attacks on four US embassies and that the President was therefore justified in ordering his killing.

    Lawmakers say the hugely significant claim was not included in briefings on Capitol Hill last week by the administration to explain the Soleimani strike amid a fast widening controversy over whether its risks were justified. Given the serious nature of Trump's claim, arguments that intelligence surrounding the attack is too sensitive to be released is unlikely to quell the controversy.

    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
    Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
    To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

  • #2
    Who cares? The world is better withou Soleimani, that's the hideous thing, every Democrat talking head says, " Look, Soleimani was a bad guy, we know he was responsible for the killing of thousands and coordinated terror attacks all over the Middle East, But.
    There is no but about it, we, America, did the right thing, people in Iran are calibrating, if this sparks an uprising that toppled the Irainian regime who are you going to stand with?
    its that simple.
    Soleimani also was responsible for suppressing democracy demonstrators, Iranian critics of the government, and the torture of countless Iranians.
    who do you stand with Massena, pro Democratic Iranians, or anti Trumpers?
    Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.

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    • #3
      The Iranians are protesting their government's shooting down of the airliner.

      As I have already posted, the killing of Soleimani is a good thing. The administrations dancing around the issue is not.

      I always stand with the United States, but Trump is still an inept, corrupt, and incompetent president.
      We are not now that strength which in old days
      Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
      Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
      To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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      • #4
        Here is why the Iranians are demonstrating:

        https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world...cid=spartanntp


        Iranians staged protests Monday for the third straight day after Iran's military admitted it shot down a Ukrainian airliner it mistook for a hostile aircraft amid heightened tensions with the United States last week. – The Washington Post


        Canadian officials on Sunday said Iran had issued additional visas to assist in the investigation of the deadly crash. Of the 176 passengers who died in the jetliner crash, at least 63 were Canadian. – FOX News


        At least two journalists working for the Iranian state broadcaster IRIB announced they were quitting. The journalists’ statements are part of a crisis of confidence following the initial attempts by state officials to deny the airliner had been shot down by mistake. – The Guardian


        And they were lied to by their government about the incident which aggravated the action and demonstrations.

        If US citizens demonstrated every time that Trump lied, which are legion, we would have a continuous demonstration.
        We are not now that strength which in old days
        Moved earth and heaven; that which we are we are; One equal temper of heroic hearts
        Made weak by time and fate but strong in will
        To strive to seek to find and not to yield.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Massena View Post
          Here is why the Iranians are demonstrating:

          https://taskandpurpose.com/iran-flag-walking
          "I don't discuss sitting presidents," Mattis tells NPR in an interview. "I believe that you owe a period of quiet."

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