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Trump administration to withdraw thousands of U.S. troops from Iraq
"Administration says it's reducing the number of U. S troops in Iraq less than two months away from the 2020 election. Fox's Jennifer Griffin with more It's the first time US forces have been withdrawn from Iraq since 2016 in Baghdad, the top U. S commander in the Middle East General Frank McKenzie, made it official quote. This reduced footprint allows us to continue advising and assisting our Iraqi partners in rooting out the final remnants of Isis in Iraq and ensuring its enduring defeat. In recent months, U. S forces have left a number of Iraqi bases where they have been increasingly under attack by Iranian backed proxy forces. The uptick comes in the wake of President Trump ordering the assassination of the powerful Iranian general Qassem Suleimani in Baghdad. Iran responded by launching ballistic missiles against U. S troops in Iraq days. Later. What else? Press Secretary Kaylie mechanisms says the number of troops is being cut from 5200 to 3000.
Iran Issues Arrest Warrants for Trump and 35 Others in Suleimani Killing
"Issued an arrest warrant for President Trump, the country's top prosecutor wants to detain the president and other U. S government officials for the assassination of former Revolutionary Guard General Qassim Suleimani. A drone strike in January killed Sulamani. Iranian officials say they will continue to pursue President Trump even after his presidency is over. He may not
Canadian special forces troops back on the job in Iraq, says commander
"Special forces back in Iraq they left last month following the assassination by the US of the Iranian military tree. General Kasim Suleimani and the Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi Al Mojaddedi. The Canadians were invited. Back the Iraqis to help track down what's left of. is but how long will they be. Therefore and they
"suleimani" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Foreign Desk
"It's no longer about being angry at the Islamic Mike Republic the situation on the ground. The reality is that any day now they could be at war. And that's a big fear in those twenty four hours between the airstrike strike and waiting for trump to make speech and tell us what he was going to do was very scary for Iranians inside the country and it just distracted sadly from everything else including the fact that all those protesters had died and unfortunately they weren't even allowed to bury their dead. And that's something that it's not in the headlines Anymore and it's interesting idea of the lineage of some of the crisis being going back hundreds of years but in certain cases this idea of things going back to two seventy nine before the sort of the origins of the modern Republican even in in the US in certain quarters. There's been the suggestion that there are people. For whom the events of Nineteen seventy-nine still inform form some of the decision making symbolic gestures. The fifty to this number we keep saying you think there's anything to that again. It makes nice narrative in a think piece but is that credible in your view. I mean I don't work too much on American politics but I've been in DC. And I've been in the US several times. When I've sat on panels with former American officials are American officials now who have this really harsh stance on Iran? This idea that Iran is the biggest exporter of terrorism. And all of these things and I once I asked or former sort of senior the State Department asked what what does this come from and he said you know what we all remember nine hundred seventy nine. I was in college when it happened. And so it seems like in the psyche in the American psyche. Okay there is this. Iran attacked took our hostages. This was a massive formative experience of for the I would say for Iran as well the opposite opposite is true. You know the Americans and their their interferences in Iran has formed many of the leaders of Iran Psyche. And so you have this kind of great Satan two foes fighting each other that becomes sometimes bigger than actually as well just on that point and maybe from your experience State Department the rest of it there may be officials who may be ah shut those kinds of recollections and it still has that weight of of meaning for them but typically won't you were saying earlier about the trump base being divided. Is there a narrative that he can communicate to those supporters because it feels like a hard sell and even commitment he's made I want to bring our troops home. This feels like that makes that more difficult so in some ways maybe counter intuitively cannot appeal as we head towards election season. Well I think this is going to be a real dilemma for him. So he has two primary messages. That are in real conflict one is. He has been vilifying Iran since he took office and that has come with a lot of rhetoric. Around the Obama Ed ministrations negotiation with Iran over the nuclear deal. You know you've heard him say that's the worst deal ever I'm a businessman and I can tell you this terrible deal. So he's built up a whole narrative around that but on the other hand also built up this narrative around bringing home our troops and keeping America focused on building infrastructure and making America great again and quote unquote right so I don't think that those can actually be reconciled and what I think is really interesting here. I mean when you talk about the politics that allow one to play a long game even if we assumed that president trump able to play the long game temperamentally. He's going to be forced just by election politics to start pulling back and I think that's part of what has been behind his strategy you know put strategy and quotes around Doron from the beginning winning. Talk tough but take very little action that will put us into the Middle East for much longer. Send more troops into the Middle East much longer whereas if you look at Iran on if you look at China if you look at government that don't have the same kind of election year politics that drive behaviors. It does allow government to take a much longer view and and to be more patient and to react much more strategic ways now. I can't say whether they'll actually do it but I think we really need to be cognizant of how the election year politics going to limit president trump's choices particularly as we get closer to November. One of those choices is about troops. And that's really fascinating question right. I just wonder if he successful in delivering on the undertaking it. He's made on a number of occasions about withdrawing troops from Iraq ran out would fill the void. What would follow? I think I mean I think this discussion discussion is interesting. Because he wouldn't have been the first. US President to promise withdrawal and then ended up finding himself sending more troops to Iraq. I think the American foreign policy establishment sometimes sometimes is bigger than one president or one election cycle and so very clearly Iraq in the Middle East despite whatever pivots were attempted in the past will remain main at fault line and a plane America's interested in and will continue to to monitor for whatever historic reasons as well as sort of political reasons there so in Iraq Iraq the US withdrew technically in two thousand eleven. And we're coming up to almost a decade ten years since officially the US troops withdrew from Iraq but the the US embassy in Baghdad is the biggest embassy has in the world. It's a very important country for it when it looks at its policies in the Middle East and towards Asia as well. So I don't see America completely withdrawing but I think moving forward one of one of the bigger questions would be. What does Iraq do? Because the Iraqi parliament came together and as I say that sort of Shia political bloc came together and said we want the US. This is really the first time that the Iraqi government is beginning to demand the US to leave after the US liberated many any of these people from Saddam Hussein who is trying to kill all of these leaders who are now in power so the US is less of an ally for for a majority of the Iraqi political blocks and this is the first time there was a time when the American president and the Iraqi prime minister used to chat on the phone every week today the with the trump administration he has refused to invite the Iraqi Prime Minister Story Rocket President to Washington. Once he has not met with the Iraqi Prime Minister he's met with Iraqi president wants and this is a post Isis context where Monica spent so much money. So so much lives to stabilize Iraq the fact that the Iraqi state and the US administration have lost. That type of relationship to me is a bigger question. They will affect affect what will happen with troops moving forward. So does that mean. Potentially the it's almost as important to look at the relationship not just Iranian. US relations or Iraqi US relations. But maybe how these players get along along different lines it run an Iraqi relations moving forward. Does this change how the players in Baghdad dot in Tehran will be waiting next moves or maybe looking at different coined future relationship with our neighbors. It's really hard to say right now. But whatever the chessboard US board was just got flipped over and the chess game is just about to start again. So what. The trump administration did this past week by assassinating Selemani has reset the game. It's really hard to predict what's going to move forward if the US troops are pulled out of Iraq right now we actually have twenty thousand back. Can the Middle East so I don't see what I don't know what's going on are they. Are they trying to intimidate Iran with these forces. This is an administration that said Sola money. Money was taken out to make the world safer place but by putting all these troops in the region and we haven't even seen Iran retaliate for the death of the money and we could be days months years before they do that but to put all these. US troops risk like this. I think it's very dangerous. Move and I'm not optimistic. Mystic with the way things move forward because as long as these sanctions are in place and as long as trump is very keen on killing the Iran. Deal when it's right now in a coma essentially actually especially with the latest going on. I just don't see things moving forward so it's not a very optimistic outlook in the UH months to come. Indeed if the the endeavour was to make the world a safer place to deliver better security in the long run for the US allies. Where are we in narrative name? We'll come back to you. Perhaps you know if you look at the dissenting voices from the UK or from the European block or from elsewhere. What kind of damage might have been done by the trump sections? I don't think it's possible to say that. The United States is safer today than it was a week before these attacks from a a whole range of issues. First of all we have the Iraqis wanting to throw the United States out of Iraq which is dangerous for number of reasons but including the counter. Isis campaign right. Do you have the very real risk of radicalization both in the region and within the United States three you have the strengthening of Iran's hand and the strengthening any of their own credibility for you have a further rift which is pretty serious with our very significant allies who feel undermined and they feel less safe. I mean sort of the list goes on and on and on and when you consider on a whole and when you look at the long-term at least for the next several months there's no way that all of the ways that were less today would have outweighed whatever evidence they had unless it was a very imminent threat. The evidence does not suggest that was so indeed if we look at the situation on the ground in Iraq how nervous will people there about exactly the kind of impact set me describing there. Is there a concern about I asked S. about further extremists gaining a foothold. How would you characterize war? The death of swimming money maybe means in terms of the stability of rock just in the short fulltime so when this sort of so-called victory over Isis was announced. We made clear that this was a military victory and the political victory. The Political Solution Lucien the social solution had to come and I think this move is actually a step back away from any chance of getting that type of political solution because Isis. This at its root isn't a military organization. Only it has roots that move into the society moving to the politics of all these areas so moving forward what we see now is an Iraqi we sort of state that is really unable to come and meet together is unable to choose a prime minister. Keep in mind. The current Prime Minister Acting prime minister. You have a diplomatic core or that. I've been speaking to some of them and they've been telling about the record. Basically being swearing at you know the US president for what he's done and what they've done. I mean there's all these European governments there's there's NATO there's the UN there's the EU that are investing considerable money into trying to stabilize Iraq. So it doesn't go back into what it was when Isis took over a third of the country in two thousand fourteen and and all of these programs are at risk. Because I think what many people don't realize is the amount of cover that the US does provide for all of these programs if the US is to leave many European in countries many sort of let's say West. International organizations would really not be able to function in the same way and it puts the country back again on the brink of these stabilizing will not the exact point a and just as a closing thought from you on the situation in Iran in terms of short term stability or perhaps better put instability does whatever whatever pops into trump's head next represent you know the key concerns in Tehran the biggest jeopardy or actually we come back something maybe more present the ongoing sanctions his problems with with with trade. What in the short term is actually most potentially destabilizing for around why these US sanctions on Iran? That are very punitive. We've seen Iran's ambassador to the United Nations I think common today and say that the sanctions have to be removed in order for these negotiations to happen..
US kills Iran general Qassem Suleimani in strike ordered by Trump
"It it has been the defining dynamic of Donald Trump's presidency indeed of Donald Trump's life 'cause crisis solve crisis or pretend to then claimed credit nevertheless trump's decision to order the drone strike which killed senior Iranian military officer Kassim Salamone in Baghdad? Doc Dead on January third was a surprise major general. All the money was the long serving commander of the coulds force of Iran's Islamic Revolution in regards core the could force considered a terrorist organization by the United States is the unit largely responsible for Iran's various foreign military enterprises in Iraq Syria Lebanon Yemen Afghanistan and elsewhere Sulejmani was one of Iran's most powerful for men in cities across Iran. His death prompted scenes of mass mourning reminiscent of the one thousand nine hundred nine funeral of Ayatollah Khamenei leader of Iran's Islamic Revolution. Iran was obliged to respond and did so but incuriously circumspect fashion at least for for the moment on January eighth a barrage of ballistic missiles struck two basis in Iraq at which. US forces are stationed but did only the kind of damage that gets done when you're not trying all that hard to do real damage as we go to where it is unclear whether or not the passengers and crew who of a Ukrainian airliner which crashed near Tehran on Wednesday will accidental victims of Iran's retaliation in this episode. Tom Edwards Chaz a special discussion looking. At how the. US and Iran got here and where they might go. Next does the United States killing of Sulamani really make relations relations between Washington and Tehran. Any worse than they already were is Iran. Really willing to call it a draw. Can we expect further confrontation tation as America's presidential election looms and does Iraq get any say in any of this. This is the foreign desk. I I think right now yes. The focus is on the United States because of these airstrikes but the reality is once the dust settles are GonNa be focusing on both again. I it just right now this at this time of tension and these strikes that had come out during the past week is diverting attention which is the taking back. The country of Iraq Iran was on the losing end in many any of these countries in Iraq people were saying we don't want your in Syria in Lebanon and Yemen Iran. Although it seems to be so powerful was on the back foot at the end of two thousand nineteen and and the potential that this strike gives Iran is a way to try and change that so there is a benefit potential benefit. Iran could take advantage of the base has really divided lighted about. US engagement in the Middle East by enlarge. They want the war's end they want the president to focus on the United States and its interest. He has to balance to the looking tough but he hasn't liked to take action that puts us back in the middle of what is really an unsolvable challenge. That is the middle at least at this moment in time.
Iran and Ukraine begin plane crash probe
"Start this hour with the series of events that have led to the accusations that Iran shot down a Ukrainian plane by mistake killing everyone on board a week ago today a US drone strike killed. Iran's top military commander Mander in Baghdad. Iran responded with its own missile strikes on basis in Iraq where American troops were stationed hours later that Ukrainian jet bound bound for Kiev crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran. Iranian officials deny they shut down that jet although the US and Canada have publicly said they have evidence to the contrary for the latest on all of this in the crash investigation. We're joined by the BBC's Joanna Fisher in Kiev and Jona what are Ukrainian officials officials saying about this today. Well it's been very difficult. Actually to get comment out of Ukrainian officials. I think they are in a very difficult position here. They we have a team on the ground in Tehran. That was sent there in the immediate aftermath of this crash on Wednesday and they are trying to do everything they can to make sure that that team who are in Iran at the moment get access to the crash site and to the debris that has been collected. I think they are concerned. -cerned that if they immediately come out and echo what has been said In the United States and in Canada an in Great Britain very firmly pointing the finger at the Iranians blaming them for shooting down this plane that that will make it too difficult for for these investigators who are now inside drawn to do their job said they'd been walking something of a of a tight robe yes definitely a tight rope. in a very delicate situation more than sixty Canadians died in that crash crash reporters yesterday press Canadian. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on whether the United States was partly to blame because this was all created by the volatile atmosphere miss fear the US caused by killing General Qassam. Sulamani is there at the same sentiment in Ukraine about that. Look I think the overwhelming sentiment here in Ukraine is naught again because you have to cost mind back five years to m h seventeen. The Malaysian airlines that was shot down in eastern Ukraine crane. Shot down by a Russian missile almost certainly by Russian forces with the death of all nearly three hundred people on board and I think lots of people here their immediate reaction was surely. This couldn't have happened again and not to our country Has Horrible echoes for many many people about what happened then and the idea that Once again what appears to be happening on the ground in Iran is that they going out of their way to make it very very difficult for a proper investigation take base in that once again echoes. What has been the experience of the seventeen investigation that Russia has done almost everything cancer trying and make it very difficult? This has been a miserable flashback for many Ukrainians to what happened five years ago. We also shouldn't forget that this is a human tragedy how are the deaths of that. Those Eleven Ukrainians resonating there. There's been a memorial setup at the airport. Boris Bill Apple which is where the plane was due to arrive lots of passenger cruise Of other airlines have been going. They're paying their respects. The president has also been. They're extremely the extremely sad scenes around around the airport on Wednesday and on Thursday as well the voss majority of the actual passengers on the plane and they weren't going to End Up in Ukraine. They were transiting onto candidature about one hundred and forty also Of One hundred and seventy six people on board the plane we're going to fly on later that day Onto destinations in Canada. Basically this route Was One of the most efficient to one of the cheapest pissed ways for Iranian Canadian Air Iranians to get from Tehran to to various places in in Canada I wonder to to what thoughts there are about Ukraine again being in the middle of this huge news story because the country is also connected to impeachment here in the United States involved in a military conflict with Russia as well. There's a lot going on in the world that really affects Ukraine. Your thoughts on that. You have to say that Ukraine rain has found itself once again in extremely difficult geopolitical position. this is a country that history is not kind to and Ah once again it finds itself in an impossible position to be quite frank in the last twenty four hours or so Ukraine's friends in the West have not not been particularly helpful towards it. It seems almost that Ukraine was the last one to have access to this intelligence from from the United States pointing to it. Being a shoot down I think it's only in the last few hours. Actually the American embassy here in Kiev has come forward and given that information to the presidency. Here that's the BBC's Jonah Fisher. Kiev Jonah thank you so much. Thank you well. As tensions rose this week between Iran and the United States dates. Saudi Arabia was watching closely. The country is a US ally and a rival of Iran. Joining us. Now from Riyadh is Vivian. Near I'm WHO's a reporter with Bloomberg News Vivian. Welcome thank you would. How has this recent flare up between the US and Iran affected Saudi Arabia? Well something that a lot let people forget because Saudi Arabia of course has in the past taken a very hawkish tone toward Iran. Is that if we're we're actually going to break out. Saudi Arabia would be among the countries that would face potential retaliation could actually be severely hurt security-wise economy wise. So what we seen during this last flare up is Saudi officials really setting a message far and wide that we walked de-escalation. We do not want to see this turn into a military confrontation you know can wiser heads prevail. And let's think about the risks to the region because obviously if there were to be sort of a retaliatory attack to one of the Gulf countries or Saudi Arabia itself that would really heart Saudi Arabia and particularly at a time when they need things to be peaceful when they need things to be good for their economy because they're hosting the g twenty this year. They're trying to bring in foreign. Investors are trying to bring tourist wrist. This is not the time when you WANNA have a war right around the corner and it was just a few months ago that missile in drone strikes on Saudi oil facilities did a lot of damage to oil production there in Saudi Arabia. Arabia blamed Iran for that attack. Although Iran denied responsibility do you think that the Saudis were caught off guard by the killing of Sulamani by the United States. So it's an interesting question because there have been a couple of media reports suggesting that Saudi Arabia was not Informed or consulted ahead of time But I it doesn't seem surprising that perhaps this was a very quick attack. That Saudi Arabia was not informed about was caught off guard about about It's interesting that you mentioned the attack in September because Saudi Arabia actually so just stopped short of blaming Iran for that attack which was really interesting at the time I and a lot of people took that as a sign of Saudi Arabia trying to de-escalate and realizing we don't actually want more so they did go as far as to say Iraq had weapons were used in they even said the attack was launched from the north but I remember being at press conferences where we asked them was around behind this and they would not quite go there they would stop short of that. Okay and and in terms of the killing of Sulejmani were the Saudis happy about it do you think or do. They think that it was not good for them. Well there's been a real mixture of feelings because on the one hand so Damani is somebody who is widely viewed here as a war criminal in a state sponsored terrorist who had caused mayhem around the region through proxy wars supporting militias. So there was actually quite a lot of celebration in the Saudi media and from Saudi pundits and commentators but at the same time you did see simultaneous kind of concern and worry about the potential for that to escalate into a wider conflict. So you saw people saying we're glad so. They money's dead but let's be careful that this doesn't turn into a war you know. I was wondering as people were talking about General Suleimani and the fact that he was really The military commander for all of Iran's activities what effect His death will have on the war in Yemen which has been kind of a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. It's a bit too early early to say but we've already seen even before his death steps and effort toward ending Saudi Arabia's his involvement in the war in Yemen thought at this point. The war in Yemen has really devolved into this complex civil war. You know merged with famine and this horrible humanitarian catastrophe. So I don't think we can really talk about an end to the war in an easier way but you do see that. Saudi Arabia does seem to be moving towards trying to disengage and trying to kind of end their role in that conflict which seems to be part of a broader strategy to take a step back from some of the crises and conflicts that the kingdom has gotten involved in over the past couple of years. Does it appear to so you that because of the recent of flare up in tensions that maybe there is a chance right now for the longstanding rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia to kind of cool down for them to move toward a detente. That's a very good question and something that a lot of people are asking in the region right now now for two reasons first of all because there have been reports of some sort of talks perhaps going on between Saudi Arabia Iran whether those have been through intermediaries perhaps add Oscar Pakistan or whether they have been more kind of tier two unofficial think-tank level engagements has not really clear clear. But there has been a lot of chatter about our Saudi Arabia and Iran. Actually engaging in talks over the past few months prior to this killing and then the second question is whether the killing of Damani Johny ultimately could perhaps open up some space for Saudi Arabia add on to have some sort of talk because he was a large roadblock in the view of Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries towards any kind of negotiated when the Ron because they viewed his role in these proxy wars and it Cetera. Something they just couldn't stomach and now he's gone. Vivian near I'm reporter for Bloomberg based in Riyadh Saudi Arabia. Thank you thank you so
"suleimani" Discussed on How Do We Fix It?
"A stoking up paramilitaries in these countries without Soleimani on the stage Iran may have been weakened. Well that's certainly the goal but you know you mentioned the the the Sunni Shiite divide even that can sometimes be used is an overly simplified way of understanding events. I'm you'll hear people say like well. Of course the Shiites they would never support a Suny a terrorist organization but in fact they have. It's it's complicated. Simple answers are almost never the right answer and you know sometimes we just don't we just don't know and that's that's the point of our tip number seven I call. It embraced the wisdom of. I don't know you you you the way you phrased it I think on our we. We do a little outline for these shows shows in the way you summarize tip was embraced nuance humility and skepticism. Yeah be aware of what Donald Rumsfeld old once called the unknown unknowns which is the idea that we know the known unknowns but there are sometimes things that we don't know that we don't know in other words true surprises and that's very often true of the situation in the the Middle East. Things happen that that are totally shocking. Not only to us but to people whose job it is to be experts and to end to know what is supposed post to happen next. I'm going to introduce a really interesting concept that I think is sometimes helpful in in understanding when things things do change rapidly in some of these areas you know you mentioned the surprise over the overthrow of the Shah back in the seventies. A A lot of people were surprised by the rapid collapse of the Soviet Union decade later. So the concept is something called a preference cascade if you have the repressive society where people really aren't allowed to express themselves or there's great penalties for For opposing in a regime. You may think that everyone agrees with the regime. You may think that even if you live there you may think you're your friends and neighbors are all kind of Instinct with the regime name but if cracks appear you can get kind of an emperor's new clothes phenomenon were all of a sudden everyone realizes that in fact their neighbors I do agree with them and that most people agree with them and a change to remove a repressive government or at least challenge. It can rise. Up with surprising suddenness and I think it's it's sometimes possible even in a country like the. US You could argue that that the the trump election was kind of sup- rise movement where there was a strong sentiment but one that wasn't widely expressed or are heard among portions of the country that all of sudden came out in a in sort of what many pundits was shocking way with the election of Donald Trump. Okay Jeb. Those are the seven tips to help help our listeners and help us as well so let's go through them again. Number One watch out for scare tactics number two just just because trump did. It doesn't mean it was wrong. Number three broaden your sources of information don't take protests at face value number five. Listen to the silence. cashmore getting almost ZAN here Richard and then number six continues that theme aware of simple answers ars and finally number seven I called it celebrate nuance humility skepticism. But you said something different embraced the wisdom of of. I don't know this is. How do we fix it? I'm Jim Mates and I'm Richard Davies. Our producer is Miranda Schafer. The music is by Lu. Stra Venzke were production of Davies content. We make podcasts for companies and nonprofits. If you're interested in making a better podcasts and let us know at Davies content dot com as always. Thanks for listening..
"suleimani" Discussed on PodcastDetroit.com
"This shows experiment incivility gathering people who disagree to sit down face to face and having them discuss their disagreements. Do we ever arrive at consensus. Sometimes what's most important is we've got. The conversation started well. Everybody thinks so much for tuning into another episode of leading questions Coven more or an unexpected episode of special episode If you've been paying attention to the news Some crap went down. We're three days four days into into the New Year into two thousand twenty and The trump administration has Ordered the killing of Major General Qassim Suleimani and succeeded and succeeded. WHO's an architect of Iran's regional security strategy and also killed Abdou Madi? How do I pronounce his Mahanta? Hunters Mohandas was a powerful Iraqi militia. Commander government official so The World Kinda tense. Right now is there's interesting at my job I kinda look Numbers of the market and I could see the stark drop off beginning on Thursday. It was kind of interesting because people don't know what's going to happen so Because things are happening in that particular region of the world who wanted to bring one of our great friends a Professor Seyyed Khan It's been a while since we've seen you for for coming in Sorry it's under you having to talk about this. Thanks for having me and you know my family always says that when you get busy usually means something's going Oh and wrong. Yeah let's go wrong with the world. I of course you know Steve or here you know Kinda went off script normally how I start things off but let everybody know. This is a special one off episode but Sade professor of Islamic Studies Islamic history at Wayne State University so well versed in in the history of of the area the region and new Director of global studies their promotion all right same. Same offense okay. Yeah so so next time things come somebody give him an air freshener though now. So what does that no but if anyone would like one of these a little Stick on sleeves that you can put on the back of your phone. I have got a half half an office full of him so Joel also the closet.
The risk of an Iran cyberattack is up after missile strike on Iraqi military bases with US troops
"Intelligence and security experts. Say there's a real risk of cyber attacks on. US businesses it'll be as retaliation for USA strike. That killed a top Iranian official Qassim Suleimani. It's not what exactly clear though how this new fronton warfare could play out. It could be a big bold attack on symbolic targets government websites or the power grid which Iran then openly claims responsibility for or tax could be much more subtle that could be damaging and not immediately apparent cybersecurity consultant Mark Rasch says that roughly eighty percent of what we consider critical infrastructure for keeping the economy. Going so things like banks as well as energy telecommunications and transport companies are in the private sector the most important thing right now for the US government is to share whatever threat intelligence it has with the private sector if it it has specific information about what targets. Iran is looking at What preparatory activities? It has how it intends to launch an attack. From what from what countries it will launch the attacks Even that information's highly classified operational information. That information needs to be shared discretely with the people who are at risk of being attacked. The second thing is that companies need to have continuous monitoring of their their threats threats continuous monitoring of their infrastructure. They need to make sure that they have robust. Backups robust defenses and survivability how well protected ars entities businesses in the US against this type of attack most companies are not really prepared and it's unreasonable to expect them to be so after Nine eleven a lot of companies were stationing Armed guards outside their facilities and that happened for a few weeks sore. Maybe even a few months but unreasonable to expect that level of scrutiny and defense all the time so what we focused on now is instead of preventing nothing in attack. What we've done a fairly good job of within some sectors is what's called resilience and that is recognizing that these entities may be attacked and coming up with mechanisms for them to survive an attack and be a little bit more robust? What is the absolute worst case scenario hand to do we really want to know? Well the United States is is heavily dependent on its critical infrastructure and cyber infrastructure and so being able to take out that infrastructure even for a short period of time would be tremendously damaging to the United States economy on the other hand. Even the worst cyber attack that we've ever had hasn't been nearly early as disruptive as say standard sides blizzard which costs hundreds of millions of dollars to respond to but we survived them. Every winter is there any precedent. Wouldn't what we know about the way around acted in the past. Typically in the past when Iran has been attacked. It has responded in a way that directly counters the attacks when when US banks imposed sanctions on Iran the The Iranian government attacked those financial institutions specifically when there were questions about Saudi the oil embargoes or failure to buy oil from from Iran. They attacked those particular institutions. So these were relatively targeted attacks at identifiable institutions rather than a broad-based disruptive attack. And of course famously. This has worked the other way. The Americans and allies is have targeted Iranian facilities cyberattacks right the the. US attack is a cyber attacks on Iranian facilies have tended to be aimed at specific Results for example corrupting centrifuges that are used to enhance nuclear capabilities. And they've been low and slow. Oh and deliberate period of time and non non attributable so those are the kinds of attacks that we use our cyber offensive capabilities for as well
What happened between the US and Iran?
"The sound taken from Customs Lemonis funeral procession held yesterday in Tehran. The Iranian military he commander and head of the was killed on the third of January in a targeted. USS Strike. At back that airport. The death is expected to have repercussions just Iran and in the US but for the whole of the Middle East and beyond notch. My boobs look mayor the F. T.. Tehran correspondent is on the line. Tell us more high notch may commit start with what's what's happened. What prompted the US to launch a strike that killed Selemani any warning on Friday? It seems general survey money and for other Iranians hands as well as his Iraqi comrades. Where going to the airport when their cars were hit by Western strikes targeted assassination? The attack was a few days after iranian-backed Iraqi militias attacked the US embassy in Bava and after a civilian contractor was killed by a rocket attack the US blamed on Iranian backed militia in the US considered these as Iran crossing. Its redline by causing direct threats to American nationals and interests in the the region but now all of the says the US cross it's red line by targeting senior commander of the Iranian revolutionary. Surrey bought too many Iranians the national hero and because many reunions with it he kept the country safe from any foreign aggression and Security in Iran at a time other countries in the region where inflame people have been concerned. I'm for some time. The Iraq could become a flash point in the escalating tensions between the US and Iran. Can you tell us what Sulejmani was doing in Baghdad. And what is it that so frustrates the US. About Iran's role in Iraq was believed to be traveling quite frequently in the region in particular too Iraq Syria Lebanon where Iran's proxy forces are but he admonish initial kick very good relations with Iraqis. I can say that today. Iraq is more essential to Iran than any any other neighbor because of the US Sanchez which have exerted huge limitations on your own on. Banking transactions experts so Iran Iran exports around ten billion dollars of Iraq which is essentially judge the survival of Iran's economy on their the US sanctions but also like the Iraqi militias who are here as are extremely crucial. For Iran in its regional policies to standardize astounding stay yours to curb the influence of regional rivals so for Jerusalem money. It was essential to frequently Goto Auto Iraq Syria and Lebanon to keep these forces together down carry out. Iran's regional visions which are carrying having an influence of the U. S. is raid on regional rights. Of course the US would say that General Suleimani xt not supported backed mobilized militias river in Iraq. In Lebanon in Syria in Yemen which destabilizing the region and the trump administration is accused of the money of causing hundreds of American deaths. But that's been long known that Iran does sponsor militias across the Middle East. How did we get to this? Where do we trace the start of this escalation back to? I mean does it go back to Donald Trump's decision to unilaterally autry withdrawal the US from the nuclear deal Iran sign. We've all POWs in two thousand eighteen. This disconnection of their her latest goes back to two thousand eighteen when President Donald Trump decided to pull the US out of the nuclear accord order that it had signed with Iran and reimpose sanctions. Obviously Iran suffer from the consequences of Science Salat and after that Iran tried to use its leverage in the region to give it's power some analysts. Believe that one they would come that Iran on your sit at the negotiating table and on that day. Iran needs to have bargaining chips. Necessarily money was in charge of that side of Iran's leverage to keep the proxy forces powerful unto put divers under pressure
"suleimani" Discussed on Today in Focus
"In the early hours of Friday morning a US air strike at Baghdad apple targeted. I killed an Iranian General General Qasim Sulejmani. Thank you very much and good afternoon. As president my highest the solemn duty is the defence of our nation and its citizens last night at my direction. The United States military successfully executed a flawless precision. Strike that killed a number one terrorist anywhere in the World Qasim salomone. I think there's no doubt that this is the biggest. US SCOPE since Osama bin Laden in May two thousand eleven but it is far more strategically significant significant than Bin. Laden's killing Qassem. Suleimani was the most powerful person in the Middle East. His influence strode the continent. He had shaped to phase in Syria. He had shaped the war in Iraq. He was extremely influential in Lebanon and his tentacles extended to Yemen. I answered this question that He was the most influential person in the region and to assess an item is a defining moment a defining moment that has already led to threats and recrimination 's with troops on notice demobilize and US allies urging restraint in the four days since the assassination. Iran has vowed to take revenge with chance of death to America in the country's parliament. Donald Trump tweeted that if Iran strikes any American or American asset than list of fifty two Iranian targets including important. Cultural sites will be hit very fast. I'm very hard from the Guardian. I'm Anouchka Astana today today. In focus the assassination of Qassam Suleimani. On.
"suleimani" Discussed on Fortress On A Hill (FOH) Podcast
"War era sort of like just got off the rails who could have foreseen. I seen this. The whole thing is insane just from just from a structural point of view like what actually happened absent all context or all Paul consequences. And why didn't Bush and Obama do it. That's something I've seen numerous articles mentioned or during for about a little bit that they WanNa say Dick. Cheney wanted to and either Bush told him no or the the people pushing back on that a little bit said no it's too disruptive to the region of course Obama being a little a little more conservative than that probably said no right the offset but why was it that that neither of them found any reason to do this. And like you mentioned Danny where we're talking about the the rock star of the of the Iranian military. You know someone who's not just a military officer but a political presence in Iran a very big big presence. They were even their stupidity. As far as warmongers go they will said No. Not that I mean trump's. It's like if you give a mouse a cookie. You Know He. He wants to push the button and kill the terrorists and do his Do his circle jerk with his cronies but why did why did it have to. What did they see? No Yeah said yes. I think that it was a risk reward. Calculus I mean I think for all their flaws Obama's many and Bush's uncountable Flaws I think that they and specifically most of the people around them or at least elements of the people around them were able to give their advice to the president's and say look bad guy. This is a guy who is in our opinion union counter to American interests in the region dot dot dot. But you know we stand to lose more four in a the resultant instability of the region be the inevitable because pride demands it the the inevitable retaliation against soft American targets and then and then see the increased likelihood of another war with Iran. When we're already just absolutely trapped especially back then in quagmire in Iraq and Afghanistan so I think cooler heads prevailed like I don't think it's because has they felt any sympathy for the Iranian position or or understood the context of our aggressive behavior since nineteen forty one or definitely fifty three three? I just think I did a risk reward calculus and saved us the trouble but yeah what I what I fear is that in in trump lands you you know she has the perfect. He's like the perfect storm like Kit's unsteady ready temperament combined with his ignorance combined with his laziness and his opportunism Electorally I think all of those combined to make him more malleable to the hawks within his administration to to make this happen. I mean think about it this like you said why didn't push them okay. If anyone was going to kill him it ought to have been Bush around two thousand seven and two thousand eight now why because allegedly and by the way. This isn't as open shot of a case as many people make it I have no doubt that Iran played a role in backing the militias and their if pe- which were advanced? ID's right there. UFP Bonanza that went on killing Hundreds of of American troops mostly in east Baghdad and other she areas between two thousand six and two thousand eight or nine. But it's not an open shut case. I think somebody to some extent Iranian influence influence has been exaggerate but nevertheless. Let's assume it wasn't at the moment. When Iran's support for the the Shia militias that were killing if not the preponderance for a while at least a large minority of the American deaths in Iraq the mean one would think after six hundred and three? I think that's the count. Americans were killed by the by the Shia militias specifically those bombs. Wouldn't that have been the moment to kill him like why now. That's one of the things that bothers. There's why now because he was maybe about the plan. Some attacks on a few diplomats and a few rocket attacks on some business and pretty minor schick compared to when we were in fucking Iraq and literally had nightmares about. EFD's every day and every daydream as we left the gate wondering wondering if we were coming home with our life for our limbs. I mean that ought to have been the moment and here's the other thing. We just talked about the report. The film the report all of the lies associated with the CIA torture program well. Because I'm a masochist. I re watched offical secrets with Kieron nightly and also shock and awe With James Marsden about the both of which were about the profound lies dot us into the Iraq war in the first place. So my question. Is this like why I would. We ever take the government word for it on intelligence like why would we like so in other words trump comes out and says we had to do this because he was about he he was planning and about to Execute these attacks on American basis but he provides no evidence right. Why does he provide no evidence? Well you know Intel right because what's what's classified secrets right secrecy American security all right that may have played in a pre Iraq war lie us into war and invasion. I mean it's still shouldn't have because we've you've been lied to since seventeen seventy six but theoretically it. Should've maybe that would have applied before two thousand three but in a post two thousand three world. I'm like fuck secrecy. See the risk reward there is. There's more risk associated if you're lying then. There is risk if you tell us something classified so my thing for the rest of my life and I will be such a cynic forever. I'll be like curmudgeon. You know in my nursing home telling all the old people that are trying to play botchy ball that they should never trust the government. But you shouldn't. I'm like give me the evidence Joe me. Tell me what he was doing publicize it. It's the public deserves to know when when you commit an act of war when you defacto place us in a state of war when you create a fait accompli. We're now Iran is going to have to retaliate like you. You owe it to the family of the people that are going to die and mark my words going to die in at least the singular if not multiple Iranian Indian retaliations. So it's like I don't buy the evidence. Show it to me publicize it declassified because why in the world should I trust you in a world bribe seen those three movies in the same fucking two week period. I feel like I'm owed evidence. No it definitely definitely and I just it just makes me sad like I think about like even like like step setting aside America's for selecting or be you know the narrative that were being fed. Let's just look at things from Iran's for their I've been to invasions in two countries. Their direct neighbors left and right of them and we have built multiple basins. uh-huh and fifthly headquarters in Bahrain which is just across the goal we have we have multiple ships Serbs there every single day we have like and beyond the fact like we're doing these economic sanctions would have devalued real like I don't know seventy five percent or something. It's gotten a little bit better lately but it's still not great. It's pretty bad and like we're putting this country in in in a position where even the people who are against you know will say so Lamont like so like Sulejmani had had a lot of support within the elite you know The Iranian elite and the higher ups like there was a lot of people that were like regular Ronnie and people. That weren't happy with they. Were doing. And we'll just with the government's doing the general but if we attack them like if we attack them more are you know we're only going to solidify resistance against anything that we try to do and it just I. It just boggles my mind net. You know I think for what what you said about. Obama like also trying to build this Iran nuclear deal so he knew if he if he killed Solani like it would be terrible terrible and that would totally take the deal he probably also thought. Well that's not gonNA be good strategically for him but yeah I don't get it. Well you said Danny it's like why now like what there's nothing there's nothing that has been presented to upper about any unlike impending US attack or impending like serious damaging thing for us to have to go after somebody this high up. And I just I don't see how By using there's any good way that we can that like anybody can come out ahead and Henry before you got on. We were talking about. How like how we we all well? No you know when Pe- when situations are tense People Act stupidly. And even you know when I was in back in two thousand ten two two thousand eleven twelve thirteen like we had so many close calls with Iran just because people got freaked out about them being close to them. Are you know. Ships ships being the area or whatever and people freak out and you know they they can. People can make mistakes so like even now. I bet things are super heightened. Everybody's everybody's unlike the edge of their seat and penzone eagles and it just takes one person to make a stupid decision one officer watch alike. Mistake steak you know some missile assum radar signature for like a missile. And then you know they end up making the decision to shoot back like you know you guys may have seen my article for truth they got a pumped out at like seven in the morning running when this happened because my phone was flooded with requests. But I talked about like how many wars in history have been started by assassinations or individual individual insults against a singular member of someone's country. You know like the war Jenkins ear which was like a two year naval war between when Spain because allegedly like a Spanish professor at like amputated the ear of a British merchant seamen like imagine how many people died in that war over a fucking piece of year like men like Charles Gordon Jordan dies in Khartoum in the Sudan and he wasn't even in the British army anymore and the British go to war with Sudan and the Mahdi from eighteen eighty six to eighteen ninety eight deaths of tens of thousands you know and then of course World War One right facination every fucking Austrian archduke by non-state actor. Right this is I mean in some ways this is worse because this is like like they said Serbia backed the Serbian nationalists who killed Ferdinand but even like even if they did like let's just like assume they totally backed him and they gave him the gun. Right and the bullets. It's like like that's not even as severe and as Overt as well we did which is like one state actor bombed bombed another state personnel. Like incredible like these sorts of things like you said now the world on a hair trigger and the other thing you you said. That's so valuable is this is the most counter. Like assume everything they say about buck in Solo. On his correct right assume everything they serves us the most bloodthirsty terrorists in the world right. That's how he's just as bad as Baghdadi which is of course fucking ludicrous. But that's what they say right. Shouldn't that's true. This this is still the most unstrategic or strategic move of all time because what was the theory. What was the theory of sanctions and maximum pressure? They call it or whatever that those policies the theory has always been in. It's been a flawed theory that if you squeeze the regime right enough if you contain them which which just means surrounds militarily and if you cripple the with sanctions which of course countering counter-productively hurts the people most Oh straight and we've learned throughout history that sanctions tend to actually solidified the people with their government because they resent that their starvation because they don't blame their own government. Maybe they should. But they don't play in their own government for the sanctions they blame the outside entity vis-a-vis the United States that's sanctioning but nevertheless that's the theory was if you starve them and you surround them militarily the youth the moderates will rise up they were overthrow the ayatollahs because most Iranians hate the regime. Now there is some truth in the fact that the youth in particular of Iran is far more progressive and far more pro-western than than than the youth and many other Arab countries. There's truth in that. In fact he used in Iran have a lot more common with Americans than the youth in Saudi Arabia. Ironically but by doing this by by this agree GIS active active aggression. We have accomplished for the regime that with which they have been obsessed with doing and attempting to do since since nineteen seventy nine which is to solidify the entire population for all its heterogeneousness under there as loyal to them. This is what that's going to accomplish the people when you attack another country I mean look at look at look at September eleventh. Look at Pearl Harbor when you attack another country you everyone rallies around fleck stupid things. Japan could have done was attacked. Pearl Harbor Y.. Why because less than a year before Pearl Harbor when when Roosevelt wanted to Put in place a peacetime draft in order to prepare for the potential of impending war that pass.
"suleimani" Discussed on The Michael Knowles Show
"Jeffrey Epstein shut up. I know he's your friend but I don't care the only way you own plane didn't ya all my gosh. What a great one to you? Open up with the Jeffrey Epstein. Enjoy right that would have been enough. But Hollywood can't laugh about Jeffrey Epstein. They didn't laugh. They kind of stayed a little quiet. They kind of groaned which set up your vase for the actual punchline of his joke which is oh shut up. I know you're all friends with the guy because they are. They are all friends with the guy and their friends with all the metoo perpetrators first of all of these sex criminals and they pretend that they're not they clutch their pearls and they pretend to be so nice and wonderful and high and mighty says yeah. You had to take your own plane here tonight. Didn't you that one finally got the light. So awkward is so brutal and the attacks only got harsher from there. He went after every single person in in that room for hypocrisy and at many points you could pretty much hear a pin drop a superb drama about the importance of dignity and doing the right thing made by a company that runs sweatshops in China. So you say you woke but the companies you work for. I mean unbelievable Apple Amazon Disney if isis started a streaming service. You'd call your agent. Wouldn't it so if you do win an award tonight. Don't use it as a platform to make a political speech right. You're in no position to lecture the public about anything you know nothing about the real world. Most of you spent less time in school than Greta Thornburgh. So if you win the come.
"suleimani" Discussed on The Michael Knowles Show
"For more cold-blooded far more brutal than the killing of Sulamani were ricky vases attacks six on Hollywood last night at the Golden Globes the Golden Globes opening up award season here in Hollywood season is so irrelevant relevant. These days that I didn't even know it was happening. I forgot I have worked professionally in show business. I live you've in Hollywood. I'm right here at the center of it and I forgot that it was going on. I didn't know until yesterday when someone said the Golden Globes is really okay. Who cares that is how out of touch these people are? They decided to become relevant this year. That the Golden Globes is GonNa go Vegan so they serve dinner at this particular award show and there was going to uh-huh completely Vegan to help the environment. Because that's that's the way that they're going to finally turn their failing ratings around and relate to the American people know probably not so rickie Jervis gets up there. He's hosted this number of times in the past. He said this would be his last time. Hosting and Ricky Gervais didn't care he went four the next of Hollywood. And he wow I just realized the pun there. Because he he opened up the night with Epstein joke. So Fun was not intended but but But all of Ricky Gervais attacks were intended. He said I don't care I'm leaving nothing on the table and I think his monologue was was pretty much. The only shot that the award season has to relate in any way to the American people. It was great and it was great at the expense of the audience in the room. The Hollywood stars the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. He opens the night with a joke about Jeffrey Epstein Spoiler Season Two is on the way so in the end he obviously didn't kill himself just like.
"suleimani" Discussed on The Erick Erickson Show
"The weather was as a terrorist or a general in a military force that was engaged in armed attacks against our people. He was a military objective objective. He was a lawful military objective a lawful military objective. Now why is the media media running some issues and by the way you should know the New York Times reporter. Who ran that big story about the military concluded In a tweet storm about it that this probably was about impeachment. That's that's where the Democrats are going. Why are they doing this? You need to understand really why when we come back. I'll explain it to you. I promise I promise. I'm getting back to ooh sending the recipes. I took a week or two off if you WanNa get the recipes You can text the word recipe to the number three three seven seven seven What happens is you get an email back or you get a text back saying what's your email address you text back your email address and boom? You're signed up for the recipe list and Mid Week on most weeks if I remember I sent out a recipe. You don't get ads. You don't get anything like that The list isn't for sale. It's just a way to connect with listeners. listers over food because have you seen me. I have been going across though. I've lost ten pounds. I had a personal best for the dead lift This past Friday righty in any event. Now we need to get into why. The media is so fixated with attacking the president more than telling the truth for example. If you're like me I was in church yesterday. And got the push alert on my phone between Sunday school and the sanctuary that The Irani or the Iraqi parliament had voted to throw the Americans out of Iraq. And it's not true. Actually the American our committee got it wrong. It was a symbolic vote. The parliament lacked decorum because the Kurds and others were boycotting the session But it was still a symbolic vote asking the prime minister. We come up with a timetable. The prime minister backed the resolution Timetable in the Middle East is code for not going to happen. There's been a a timetable. Since nineteen eighty four on getting Hezbollah of out of Lebanon there have been multiple timetables in the Middle East. Everyone understands a timetable starts an indefinite period of time. That makes everybody look good without actually doing anything and anyone who studies Middle East politics knows this. Have I studied Middle East politics. No Am I an expert at it no have I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express. No so how do I know this well. Because I've read the experts and I lived in the Middle East and the experts on the Middle East pointing out that when win a middle. Eastern politician proposes a timetable for something to happen. It means he doesn't want to happen but he's got to save face and that's what he does I it's just the media reporting putting on this has been atrocious. And it's all because most of the national security reporters out there either came from the Obama Administration Craciun or are friends with people from the Obama Administration. Like that idiot been roads. Who doesn't get anything right and openly bragged about lying to the American people to try to get the Iran deal passed? I WANNA play this media. Montage of the media heralding Barack Obama the conquering hero. By getting the Iran deal passed a deal he could not even get the Senate to ratify because of the objections of Democrats. Let's not forget that The the Iran deal it's called the Iran deal and not the Iran treaty. Because Barack Obama did not have an of Democrat votes in the Senate to get it passed today. The United States has has reached a historic understanding with Iran but we have a historic opportunity to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Ron has also agreed to the most robust and intrusive inspections and transparency regime ever negotiated for any nuclear program in history. We rallied the world. Impose the toughest sanctions sanctions in history. We're following the breaking news here of this historic understanding with Iran It is definitely an historic Moment I it is It's a historic agreement. Frankly I historic understanding in quote. Good deal but there is of course still much work to be done. A lot of what happened today does not happen everyday this historic deal on a historic day. Even though it's not done yet this historic day and international relations and this potentially historic deal. So it is a very very historic deal and it changes. It has the potential if we do the deal on June thirtieth of changing the way global gravity works. I don't want to this moment go buy. It is a historic thing. We are witnessing a framework for a historic deal. This is the most strictly governed nuclear accord of any nuclear program ever in history. This is a masterful chess player. Back back in the game. It President Obama has done a masterful job. The president has handled this brilliantly. Elliot Louis in moving that needle. It's an extraordinarily difficult needle. But he's moving and it's breathtaking to watch. The president has put a plan on the table. That controls trolls it for fifteen years. It's a fabulous piece of work so this is indeed an historic day. It is historic no doubt an historic day. Hey coming up the historic framework indeed an historic day. You Bet we've got more news on today's historic deal with historic potential deal. We'll have more on this historic a gay star news out of Switzerland head the Republican reaction his start nuclear agreement and today's agreement is historic. Probably the biggest breakthrough who in this agreement today. Iran agreed to an unprecedented level of inspection. Such a deal has never been negotiated in the history of the nuclear age before this was a story. Opportunity President Obama to historic breakthrough. This is a big historic moment. Major start moment. How his stark is this? If it's digs in June and it should. It be anticipated June. This biggest Nixon goes to China. It changes the game. America is back after a lot of bad years. America's IT changes the game. Now let's play Secretary State. Mike Pompeo who made the Sunday talk show rounds yesterday but male by the way West Point Grad This is the first time going back before Reagan. Where the Secretary of State and secretary of defense or both West Point grads Here's Pompeo we suffered from eight years of Herreni's support from America. We gave them billions of dollars. We gave them resources. We allowed come to countries to trade with them to build up their economy enemy. What we are now having to correct for is the enormous economic activity that took place during this Iranian nuclear deal the president trump Riley got out up in May of two thousand eighteen? It's taking a little bit of time and it will continue to take time but we're going to restore deterrence we. We just had a big hill to climb up chuck We'd seen hundreds the thousands of people killed in Sierra millions. Have to depart the region we'd Sane Lebanese Hezbollah Hamas the PJ in Gaza Strip all of these terror organizations Shia militias the Shia militias that we are now challenge to push back against it. They all underwritten by American policy in the Obama Administration. We've flipped the switch. We're training those resources. Just going to protect an American keep American people curious Ya and the media is blowing him up for saying that and again the reason it is very simple you gotta remember that the Obama Administration used reporters to sell the Iran. Deal remember in two thousand eleven. When Barack Obama wanted to withdraw from Iraq The media was justifying it in every way they possibly could justify removal of American soldiers from Iraq. Because Barack Obama said so and now suddenly the media doesn't want to do that. I I I WANNA read you a couple of things just to really drive this point home on and if you want to go to the resurgent Dot Com Tom. I've I've got the piece at the resurgent. You can follow the links. It's near the top of the site but I want to take you back to the CNN story from two thousand six Two Thousand Two Thousand Fifteen Yes yes yes yes Two Thousand Fifteen CNN From Davos Switzerland Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged to CNBC Thursday. Hey that some of the money Iran receives sanctions relief would go to groups considered terrorists when asked about whether some of the one hundred fifty billion dollars is in sanctions. Relief to Iran would go to terrorist. Groups carry reiterated that after settling debts Iran would receive closer to fifty five billion dollars. He conceded some of that could go to groups considered terrorists saying there was nothing the United States could do to prevent that. I think some of it will end up in the hands of the Iranian Revolutionary National Guard Corps or other entity some of which are labelled terrorists Utah to some degree. I'm not GonNa sit here and tell you that. Every component of that can be prevented so in other words the money would go to terror groups the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has belie and others. And then there's another story. This is from two thousand fifteen again. The headline from politico the secret back story of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook in its determination to secure a nuclear deal with Iran. The Obama Administration derailed ambitious law enforcement campaign targeting drug trafficking by the iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah even as it was funneling cocaine into the United States. The campaign dubbed Project CASSANDRA was launched in two thousand eight after the Drug Enforcement. Agency amassed evidence Hezbollah had transformed itself from a middle at least focused military and political organization into an international crime syndicate that some investigators believe was collecting a billion dollars a year from drug and weapons trafficking money laundering other criminal activities over the next eight years agents working out of a top secret. Da Facility in chantilly. Virginia used wiretaps undercover operations and informants to map Hezbollah's illicit networks with help of thirty US and foreign security agencies agencies. They followed cocaine shipments from Latin America to West Africa onto Europe in the Middle East and others through Venezuela and Mexico to the United States. They track the river of dirty cash. As it was laundered by among other tactics buying American used cars and shipping them to Africa. Then with the help of some key cooperating witnesses the agents traced the conspiracy they believed to the innermost circle of Hezbollah and its state sponsors in Iran. But as this project CASSANDRA reached higher into the heirarchy of the conspiracy Obama administration officials through an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks. It's way according to interviews with dozens of participants who in many cases spoke for the first time about event shrouded in secrecy and a review of government documents in court. Court records when project CASSANDRA leader sought approval for some significant investigations. Prosecutions arrested financial sanctions officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed into rejected rejected their requests. Why because Obama wanted a deal with Iran? Let me read you this paragraph the Justice Department decline requests by project CASSANDRA and other authorities to file criminal charges against major players such as Hezbollah's high profile file on to Iran. Ah Lebanese bank that allegedly laundered billions in alleged drug profits and a central player in a US based cell L. of Iranian paramilitary cuts force. That's right a U. S. based cell of Iranian paramilitary cuts force. WHO's in charge of codes? That would be well was so lemony and the United States of America under Barack Obama Obama. Shut down the whole investigation. Made it close up in made them stop going after paramilitary forces of Iranians in the united needed states. Why because they were so desperate for a nuclear deal with Iran? This is really damning stuff. It is just absurd that they would do this. And by the way a part of this you need to know John Brennan John Brennan who goes out of his way to attack the president. John Brennan said he wanted to build up moderate elements within Hezbollah the still in the politico article. Hezbollah's very interesting organization. Brennan told a Washington conference saying it had evolved from a purely terror terrorist organization to a militia ultimately a political party three with representatives in the Lebanese parliament. There are certainly the element of Hezbollah that are truly a concern for us with what they're doing and what we need to do is find ways to diminish their influence and try got a build up more moderate elements in practice the administration's willingness to envision a new role for has blond the Middle East combined with its desire for a negotiated Goshi aided settlement to Iran's nuclear program translated into a reluctance to move aggressively against top Hezbollah operatives. There's your Barack Obama Administration. This is the administration that the media is defending. This is the administration. That could do no wrong. This is the administration that negotiated the Iran deal where the Iranians by the way were keeping their into the nuclear deal. The media is almost celebratory today that Iran has said. They're no longer going to honor the two thousand fifteen Iran deal on nuclear weapons. It's all donald trump's while they weren't doing it in the beginning they were doing. According to process the Iranians were not complying and this is all to protect their precious. Barack Obama was the precious. The media is is emotionally invested in the mythology of a scandal..
"suleimani" Discussed on The Erick Erickson Show
"I got to begin and with real frustration on the way the Iran situation is being covered. First of all the median than Democrats combined. You would I think they have never ever heard the Iranians chant death to America. That somehow new to him The Iranian parliament Met In special session over over the weekend in in Islam Saturday her Friday rather Friday is the sabbath grown up in Dubai. We would have Friday and Saturday off from school. Muslims uh-huh their Sabbath was on a Friday Jews on Saturday and Seventeenth Venice and then on Sunday The the Christians Excluding the seventeenth Vince and they met on. I believe it was Saturday. The Iranian parliament didn't they began chanting death to America in their parliamentary session. And this was ground breaking news. According according to members of the media have they not been paying attention for the last forty years. It's like the news only happen. This is part of the frustration in all honesty. It is one of my a deep frustrations with the American media and how they cover things. It's as if the news for the older for the thirty and forty. somethings in the media. The news began in two thousand with Bush. V Gore George Chimi mcsally or make Bush. Hitler Halliburton stealing the race for a from Al Gore. What's old is new again? And the younger set of journalists in their twenties and thirties a history began with the election of Barack Obama and they are clueless clueless about anything American before that in anything that deviates from Barack Obama is somehow not American because it did not exist in their worldview before he ended. Its it's striking to me the way this plays out in the way old things are new again. The Iranian parliament chance death to America in a parliamentary recession and the news media says this is some sort of major thing this has been happening for forty years for forty years. The Iranian parliament element has been chanting death to America and they've been compelling people with guns to their head To get out onto the streets and do the same thing to to say this is something new is bizarre Over the last seventy two to ninety six hours the amount of people in the media who have spread stories that are simply not true or are grossly distorted from the truth has been staggering. In fact a rarely do I work on on the weekend and I felt compelled Saturday night to push out a story noting how the media was lying about the vice president of the United States. Mike Pence on Friday noted noted that General Qassam Salamone the Iranian general. Who We blew up last week authorize the tin of the nine nine eleven hijackers to travel to Afghanistan through Iran and not have their passports stamped? So you go from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan your passport get stamped in both locations nations and you can see the transit through where they're headed well if you're going from Saudi Arabia to Iran the Iranians would not stamped up their passports on their way into into Afghanistan. So essentially what was happening is they would get us. They don't you. Don't get a stamp when you leave a country you gotta stay up when you intercountry so the Saudi terrorists. The nine eleven terrorists could go from Saudi Arabia to Iran. When you get to a rod normally your passport is stamped and when you enter the country and you go somewhere else that they can see? Hey this person's been to Iran. Well that's not what happened they would go from. Saudi Arabia to Iran Iran would not stand their passport and then they would go across the border by car or sometimes by plane into Afghanistan but typically by car they would avoid checkpoints that that would require them to have their passports Ron and there was no trace of them went back and forth to Afghanistan the nine eleven commission report actually documents this. I WanNa read you some some of the nine eleven commission report. I let me read you. What Vice President Pence said about General Sulejmani General Solani assisted in the clandestine travel a to Afghanistan of ten of the twelve terrorists who carried out the September eleven terror? Stacks of the United States. Now he got the twelve wrong. It was more than that. But here's what the the nine eleven commission report says. Intelligence indicates the persistence of contacts between Iranian security officials and senior AL-QAEDA KAIEDA figures after bin Laden's returned to Afghanistan. Qalad has said that Iran made a concerted effort to strengthen relations with al Qaeda after the two thousand attack on the USS Cole but was rebuffed because Bin Laden did not alienate his supporters in Saudi Arabia collided other detainees have described the willingness of running officials to facilitate travel of al-Qaeda members through through Iran on their way to and from Afghanistan for example Iranian. Border inspectors would be told not to place telltale stamps in the passport of these travelers. Such arrangements were particularly beneficial to Saudi members of al-Qaeda our knowledge of the international travels of the Al Qaeda operatives selected for the nine eleven operation remains fragmentary. Sorry but we now have evidence suggesting eight to ten of the fourteen. Saudi muscle operatives traveled into or out of Iran between October of two thousand allison in February of two thousand. One Who is in charge of Iranian intelligence includes forces at the time General Suleimani. Now here's page aged to forty one of the nine eleven commission report. There is strong. Evidence is a direct quote. There is strong evidence. Iran facilitated the transit of Al Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before nine eleven in that some of these were future nine eleven hijackers. There is also circumstantial evidence that senior Hezbollah Woah. Operatives were closely tracking the travel of some of these future muscle hijackers into Iran on November in November of two thousand. What did Mike Pence accused General Sulamani of doing the vice president? Sisulu money quote direct quote from US tweet assisted in the clandestine travel to Afghanistan of ten of the terrorists who carried out the September eleventh terrorist attack in the United States. That's true that that is absolutely true again. Here is the nine eleven commission report. They're strong evidence. Iran facilitated the transit of Al Qaeda members into another Gaffe Ghanistan Kim before nine eleven. Our knowledge of the international travels are fragmentary but we have evidence suggesting eight to ten of them traveled into and out of Iran between October. Two Thousand and in February two thousand one and Iranian border inspectors were told to not place telltale stamps in the passport of these travelers. Who would make that call it a raw? Aw General Sulejmani was the person in charge of making that call. That is not in dispute by anyone except the New York Times the LA times and Msnbc all all of whom are calling bs on might pin sane. He's lying let me read you from the La Times To Link Sulejmani one of Iran's highest ranking officials with direct involvement involvement in nine eleven is flawed. On many levels says Osama Khalil an associate professor of history at Syracuse University the first inaccuracies the number of hijackers. The right numbers. Nineteen twelve. PIN spokeswoman later wrote on Twitter Pinch said meant that twelve of the nineteen transited through Afghanistan and that ten of those twelve persisted by Sulejmani a sociology professor at Dartmouth College said there scant evidence to back up the claim. Where is the evidence in who were these ten people? She asked so the L. A. Times quotes a sociology professor to say where's the evidence. And who were these ten people. I you just read you. The nine eleven commission report which documents that ten people who were nine. Eleven hijackers went into and out of Iran. And then oh by the way the L. A. Times says the nine eleven commission report doesn't mention Sulejmani therefore it can't be true You know that's like me saying the article two of the Constitution Can't you can't say article to the Constitution wasn't designed around George Washington because the founders didn't mention him in the Constitution it's historic fact that the constitutional founders and drafters look to George Washington as the model for article too which is why article too is so thin compared compared to the other articles in the constitution. Because they presume that George Washington would define the role that's historic fact but it's not in the constitution. His name is not referenced. Therefore for based on this logic I couldn't say that because it's not in their defense that the money is not in the nine eleven commission report is irrelevant when it comes to Iran because Suleyman is the guy who called all the shots. He's the guy who would have had to sign off on it and that's not in dispute by the way by anybody but the L. A. Times quotes a sociology professor instead of quoting the nine eleven the commission. Now here's the thing. The nine eleven commission report does go on to say we found no evidence. This is direct quote. We found no evidence that Iran or Hezbollah was aware of the planning of what later I became the nine eleven attack but neither were the hijackers aware of what they were plotting so in other words they didn't know that it was nine eleven but they knew al Qaeda was plotting. And that's what Mike Pence said Selemani assisted in the clandestine travel to Afghanistan Anniston of ten of the twelve terrorists who carried out the September eleventh terrorist attacks. That is factually true and yet the media is so much more interested interested in attacking the president and vice president telling the truth that they said he's line. And that's not it. That's not just CNN over the weekend rushed out with a dire warning from the joint chiefs of Staff Telly that they told Congress that Americans should be prepared for an imminent attack from Iran. They selectively he quoted the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff at CNN. I'm not gonNA play the audio for you because I know how people are GonNa hear the audio and think it's real CNN though pushed a story that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Half said that an attack from Iran was imminent. Actually what he said is that they are expecting a response from Iran but Americans should not worry. CNN by the way also decided that it's not worth leaving the house you know. This is one of the most amazing things for the last. What for the last three years regularly on CNN and MSNBC The New York Times the La Times The Chicago Tribune Union. The outlet they've been attacking the President President of the United States for not believing the intelligence community. And now they've all come forward and said hey we don't. We need to see the evidence we. We don't believe the evidence that's right you've got the American media that has savaged the president for three years for not believing the American intelligence community now saying they don't believe the intelligence community that's kind of shocking by the way Mark Warner honor from Virginia. He's a senator. He's the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. When it comes to the intelligence that we had that Salami was planning a major operation against the United States? This busy Democrat. This is mark order. Not a friend of the president.
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"suleimani" Discussed on The Daily
"The ripple effects of this are very complicated. But I wonder if there's a simple simple way of thinking about this which is that after all these months of provocation and response between the US and Iran that president trump felt it was time for the US to remind Iran that at the end of the day. We are the military superpower and our advantages over them are extraordinary and represent the kind kind of deterrent. That means whatever. Iran's ultimate response to this is it will not be all that severe that in a sense we just has called Iran's bluff that will work if we hadn't started this to begin with by pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal which was signed in two thousand fifteen under the Obama Administration which was hated by President trump and many Republicans I have. I've been in business a long time. I know dealmaking and let me tell you. This deal is catastrophic for America for Israel and for the whole of the Middle East they viewed it as too weak and said that it gave Ron Awards as did by lifting sanctions fours wars stopping their uranium enrichment but did not address Iran's misbehavior in the General Sulamani type misbehavior. You're in other areas. The problem here is fundamental. We've rewarded the world's leading state sponsor of terror with one two hundred and fifty billion dollars and we received absolutely nothing in return when we pulled out of the nuclear deal we we we imposed sanctions on Iran input even stiffer sanctions on the country. We started to punish companies and basically told the world world. You either do business with Iran or you do business with America and of course most of the world chose America that had the result of completely putting a strangle on the Iranian Romanian economy. And that is kind of what has led to the Iranian regime than starting escalating attacks against the United States because because this is a hard line regime and they clearly believe that if they're hurting they're going to pull the United States down into the mud with them but doesn't it still stand to reason that that is the situation that we are in in a post do clearer Daryl world where Iran decides that the only way that it can operate is with attacks through militias that it organizes against the US that taking out a person like Sulamani. The money is a reasonable option given our superiority over on. We have nuclear weapons. They do not. We have superpower military capabilities. They do not. That doesn't leave them with a whole lot of options. Does it back in the eighties. There was this tanker hanker war were Iran Iraq in the US. We're all going after each other. And you know. They made the Persian Gulf like an impossible place in the price of oil. went way up up and it ended up with the United States by mistake. Shooting down an Iranian passenger jet and Iran made a lot of noise after that happen and then they quieted down. So there's precedent for that but I think as easily as much of a chance that they don't quiet. Iran has a whole lot of options to make us hurt. Certainly the United States is much better equipped. But unless we're actually suggesting passing that we're going to drop a nuclear bomb on downtown Theron. It's never that easy. Once you get into a conventional war so we went went to war in Iraq which lasted years and which we're still seeing. Some of the consequences from a war with Iran would be so much worse than any kind of war with Iraq. They're way more sophisticated than Iraq ever was. They have the ability to make it hurt. So the question can be phrased as is the United States willing to give up the blood and treasure it would take to subdue Iran which of course it could but it's going to cost us something. So are we willing to pay.
"suleimani" Discussed on The Daily
"Doc in Iran where protesters had two weeks gobin protesting against the regime. They have now united apparently behind the regime and turned their on the United States. You're seeing these familiar. Views of American flags being burned in the streets. All yes some pushing this massive outpouring of mourners. It's certainly ramped up the anti American sentiment in Iran meanwhile in Baghdad. You're seeing similar outpourings of Greece. But that's been accompanied by the Iraqi. Parliament voting unanimously this morning to expel all the United States from Iraq. They didn't put forth a timeline for withdrawal. So there's still some wiggle room there but particularly the Shiite she is in the Iraqi government are very very angry at the United States. Right now you have to understand that Iraq is made up of three very distinct groups Shiites Sunnis and Kurds but it is predominantly Shiite Iran Shiite as Iraqi government is very close to Iran. The the Shiites in Iraq are particularly close to General Sulamani and view him in many ways is one of their own. They're also upset though because this was a targeted killing in their country. Right so much the same way that it's something like this happened. In the United States the United States government would be upset. That's another reason why the Iraqi government so angry clean Ken Iraq and its legislature do that can they kick the. US troops out of the country. They can Iraq can say you are no longer welcome that remember. We are there at the invitation of the Iraqi government ostensibly to fight this law make state that battle is is largely over so yes the Iraqi government can kick the United States military out of Iraq whether they do or not whether this is posturing thing. I don't know yet every couple hours. You see something else right. After the Iraqi parliament voted we saw the Pentagon announced that it was suspending spending the Anti Isis coalition effort in Iraq. There four thousand American troops who've been there and that the troops who who are in Iraq will be focused on protecting the American citizens who are still in the country but who are being advised to leave as soon as possible. It's like two thousand thousand thirteen all over again when the Obama Administration and combat and pull troops out of Iraq. And you saw the rise of Isis because once the United States is is gone and out of the country these other factions are given more room to maneuver and more room to drive and so you can sort of see how. These events could lead to a resurgence of Isis. If the ground becomes clear for them to move around more freely and wasn't Sulamani also leading Iranian militia. That was as an enemy of Isis. Yes there was a defacto cooperation between Sulamani and the United States in the fight against Isis. They were both opposed to isis. And they were both fighting Isis on the same turf. Right which would've made in a very narrow and complicated way Sulamani an ally and our fight against I ice. Even though he's our enemy in many other respects he was an ally in our fight against Isis that is correct.
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"suleimani" Discussed on The Daily
"So help us to understand and the significance of this decision by the president. Why was this ever an option given to him even if it was the most extreme option? And why do we think he chose it. It's hard to explain why president trump chose to take this option. I think many of us don't understand it ourselves. The administration will tell you that he's a very bad guy in there is no denying that the administration administration will also tell you that he's responsible for the death of hundreds of American troops. That is true as well. The issue though that has been true for years and in Years American troops have battled some Iranian back Shia militias in Iraq and both presidents Bush and Obama made the decision not not to kill Sulamani because he was a general with the Iranian military and the United States traditionally does not go-round assassinating military generals. The last time we did this was in nineteen forty three during World War Two when we took out a Japanese admiral. Iran is a sovereign state assassinating. One of their officials is pretty much the same thing as assassinating the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Or you know a high ranking American official and then own up to it and take credit for it. It's just not something that is normally often done in broad daylight but we should also remember that just a month ago. President trump authorized the killing of Baghdadi that Isis head and he got a lot of very good deserved credit for that the administration now today will try to make the equivalent that General Sulamani is the same aim as Baghdadi that he's a terrorist and he has certainly been behind many proxy terrorist acts by iranian-backed groups in Yemen in in Lebanon in Iraq and in Syria so that has been increasing in recent months as the United States. This has choked off Iran economically multiple breaking stories including Iran seizure of at least one oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz mood today and there are now conflicting reports about whether a second tanker was seized. Iran is clearly messaging that they hold cards here but as this continues I used to go on. What will Iran continue to do? Well you know Brianna. I think it's important that we understand. What's motivating ron right now? Look since the United States pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal and the administration imposed new sanctions on Iran those sanctions have absolutely crippled. Iran's economy so that led the Iranian regime to to start as a lot of people at the Pentagon say acting out and you saw an increase in attacks from Iran which was sort of punching out because it was being punched and that is one of the reasons that the administration is now given for why this strike was taken the other big reason though leads back to this. which is that that the administration is saying that Sulamani was planning additional even more high profile attacks on the United States on American weekend interests in assets in the region and that this was eminent? We could say that he was continuing down this path that there were in fact plots he was working on that were or a aimed directly at significant harm to American interests throughout the region. Not just Iraq you know. You're hearing that from General Milley the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. You heard that. Add on Sunday from Secretary of State Pompeo. We would've been culpably negligent. Had we not taken this action American people would have said that we weren't doing the right thing to protect and defend the American lives. which is the argument? That Sumani was about to launch another imminent attack on American interests. Lena all the rationales that we've heard from the trump administration and this seems to be the most important in terms of explaining why we would do this now takeout Sulamani but of course the. US has a very complicated history history of using potential threats to American interests as a rationale for actions overseas especially in the Middle East. So what does your reporting being show about how we should be thinking about this explanation of imminent attack. That's such an interesting in key question how we should be thinking about the administration rationale for this attack. Do we believe them or do we. Not Our reporting shows is that it depends on where you stand. There is no question that General Sulamani has planned and was continuing to plan attacks against the United United States through these groups. But that's been going on for more than fifteen years so the question then becomes why now the administration says there was something imminent in big that was about to the happen and they appear to be basing that on intelligence reports that they've received about General Sulamani travels in the last few days leading leading up to the attack that took his life but these same until sources also say that he had been asked by Tola hominy. WHO's the supreme leader of Iran to come back to Iran that how many had not authorized anything requested permission and he was not given it and he was told to come back to Iran so that Dan belies the whole question of imminent? Does it become something that's happening in two days or something that hasn't even been approved yet. so what the administration Asian than will have to answer to the American people if this leads to war which fight is whether or not this assassination.
"suleimani" Discussed on The Daily
"So the Defense Department went into action. This is something that the American Defense Department quite tragically. Almost very good at doing we know how to kill people and we have been tracking for more than a decade almost two decades casula money so intelligence wise. We had intelligence reports that he would be flying into Baghdad. International Airport that night there was some question now as the military setting up just sort of the mechanics of how this strike is going to be conducted. The Pentagon had determined determined that if he was met for instance by Iraqi officials who were friendly towards the United States they would not go ahead with strike if he was dot they would when general pseudomonas plane landed. He was met by the head of one of Iraq's Iranian backed Shia militias who was viewed by the United. I states as somebody who I think the phrase they use was a clean party meaning. It's okay to kill him a weird way of saying it so a clean party means somebody. We don't mind killing exactly exactly and so they authorized the strike and blew up the two-car convoy as it was leaving Baghdad International Airport In a dramatic escalation of tensions in the Middle East. US strike has killed. Iran's most important and military commander this was a swift precise military strike that has huge unpredictable and possibly long term consequences.
"suleimani" Discussed on The Daily
"Today from Iraq to Washington consequences are mount after the United States assassinate Iranian General Qassem Qasam Ceremony Helene Cooper on why president trump chose to do. It's Monday Monday January. Sixth what do we know about what led up to extraordinary decision by the US to take Out General Sulamani. Well from what we've been able to piece together over. The past few days is all of this started on December twenty seventh and just into often often American contractor was just killed in northern Iraq in a rocket attack and several. US troops were also injured when Iranian backed Shiite militia group launch. An attack in Iraq that ended up killing an American contractor. This is just the latest in a spate of similar rocket attacks. But it's the first time time that we're actually seeing A. US casualties right after this happened. The Pentagon drew up the perennial list of options that the Defense Department is always. He's keeping for the president to respond and decide what he's going to do in order to respond to the attack. General Mark Milley the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Defense Secretary Mark. Espera both flu tomorrow. Lago where president trump was spending the holidays and met with him presenting him. This list. Of How do you respond to what the administration immediately determined was an Iranian backed attack. One option included striking striking Iranian ships. Another option was striking perhaps missile site or two or looking for a way to launch air strikes against the iranian-backed ax Shiite militias in Iraq. That had started this also on the list was one extreme option which was to launch an attack back which would really be a targeted assassination. Actually of General Qasim Sulamani. Who is the head of? Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Car course could force and it's basically Iran's very muscular yet covert arm of the Romanian military. He's in essence. The most senior military commander commander in Iran This is something that the Defense Department often does is. They will put an extreme option on the table because they will always give all options to the president but it's almost sort of their way of nudging the president toward an option that they prefer. If you put something that feud as a little bit crazy Out there and then you get them to do what you want. President trump at the time did not choose the nuclear option and what we did was take a decisive response that makes clear what president the trump has said for months and months and months. which is that? We will not stand for the Islamic Republican Ron to take actions that put American men and women in jeopardy he went went for. Let's launch an attack on the Shiite militia group that launched the attack that killed the American contractor Pentagon on says it carried out military strikes in Iraq and Syria targeting a militia group. A spokesman for the group says airstrikes killed at least twenty five of their fighters and hurt more than fifty others. This happened in Iraq and Syria yesterday. So the president the end chooses a pretty measured kind of tit for tat response. We were attacked by missiles so we will attack with missiles. Exactly we'll Tak who started. I would add that in our discussion today with the president we discussed with him other options. That are available and I would note also also that we will take additional actions as necessary to ensure that we act in our own self defense and we deter further bad behavior from militia groups or from from Iran so then couple days later. President trump is still at mar-a-lago and he's watching TV so angry about the initial Shiite militia Alicia attack that killed the American contractor but now he's seeing on TV all of these video images of Purina back protesters attacking the American embassy in Baghdad a chaotic scene as protesters storm the US embassy in Baghdad. I'd get today scaling. The walls forcing the gates and setting fires inside the heavily. Guarded compound while diplomats were trapped inside. Some protesters were chanting death to America. And one of the first things that come to his mind is Benghazi and the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi causing two thousand eleven that led to the death for Americans including the ambassador to Libya which was an attack of protesters yes on un-american essentially embassy building yes how would you have handled that. You're watching in real time. Americans under fire at the American console ambassador under fire. Well it would have never taken place. Because President Trump's during his campaign and for years after the initial attack in Benghazi really went after Hillary Clinton Secretary of state at the the time for not doing enough to prevent that and this has been a rallying cry during his two thousand sixteen campaign so this was a pretty big deal for him. Horribly handled a horrible double leadership. She's a horrible leader so he's watching now these attacks that are happening under his own watch and he's thinking about Benghazi according to his aides that we talked to he's also also thinking about the nineteen seventy nine attack on the American embassy in Iran that led to the hostage crisis. He's getting more and more angry angry. According to his aides and then he calls for his menu of options again.
"suleimani" Discussed on The New Yorker Radio Hour
"I I think so I mean I think I think there's a lot of people in Israel celebrating today but You know Iran has Under SIMONIS leadership the coulds force in the Iran regime of Ben Encroaching on on the Israeli boarder in Syria and in Lebanon and things have been very very retest there for many many months these rallies have been pretty successful in keeping the Iranians at bay. But I think the Israelis are By and large the security establishment there is going to be quite happy. Soleimani has been taken out beyond the Middle East. What are the expected reactions from players like Russia Germany France and the rest? Well the you know the the particularly with the White House Strategy towards Iran. There's been a Europe has kind of stood apart they have. They have made very clear that they did not agree with the trump policy of walking away from the nuclear court and they've wanted to keep it in place and they've tried to keep it in place even as the Americans walked away from it and the Iranians began to walk away from it. So I think this is GonNa make them very uncomfortable because people look at people look at these events and they see the potential attention for war. What about Russia? Russia recently had naval exercises with Iran. And I think they were. They have tried tried in Syria and Iran. Iran they've had as the Americans kind of as the trump administration has tried to walk away from the Middle East and pull back from them. Release the Russians tried to move in and take advantage of that everybody we now and Including Putin is going to is going to watch and wait and see what happens. What effect will this have on American domestic politics? We've got an election campaign campaign. Well I I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the that the president's getting impeded I think I think If you recall when President Clinton during his impeachment he also launched military strikes into the Middle East And if nothing else it certainly has the effect of distracting people's attention from other things that are going on trump's benefit. I think so I mean what are we talking about now. We're talking about. We're not talking about trump being impeached. Well look all Thursday night into Friday morning on twitter. All you saw was re tweets of Donald Trump's tweets during the Obama administration about how Obama was going to drag us into war with Iran. And you know if we if we go to Fox News or or a you were the drudge report or Breitbart right now. He's GonNa look like a hero in that other very large conversation that's happening across the country. He's being cheered as a as a great leader. Commander I've been talking with Dexter filkins staff writer for the New York for more coverage of what's going on in the Middle East go to New Yorker Dot dot com to read Robin Wright Dexter Filkins and others.
U.S. Strike in Iraq Kills Qassim Suleimani, Commander of Iranian Forces
"One of the Iranian regime's most powerful figures was killed in the U. S. airstrike near Baghdad's International Airport the Pentagon released this statement last night quote at the direction of the president the US military's taking decisive action to protect US personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani general Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in a rock and throughout the region general solo money and is could force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more general Soleimani also approve the attacks on the U. S. embassy in Baghdad that took place this week The New York Times reported that according to a senior American official the mission was set in motion after the death of an American contractor on December twenty seventh during a rocket attack by an Iranian backed militia current and former American commanders and intelligence officials said that Thursday night's attack drew upon a combination of highly classified information from informants electronic intercepts reconnaissance aircraft and other
Trump defends killing of Suleimani: 'We did not take action to start a war'
"President trump says the US is not trying to go to war with Iran Mr trump made those comments as he addressed reporters in Florida following yesterday's airstrike in Baghdad they killed a running in general Qassem Soleimani we took action last night to stop a war we did not take action to start a war the president said the US schools should not be misunderstood salamander was plotting eminent in sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel but we caught him in the act and terminated him CBS's Margaret Brennan says the administration seems to be attempting to avoid escalating tensions there's been a lot of concern that this growing tension between the US and Iran is boiling over and that this strike escalated things president trump seem to be trying to tamp
New York State plans to install anti-terrorism facial recognition technology
"And what they did a console many dolls for females in aviation After the news BBC's Hello I'm Garris follow the former Pakistani cricket star Imran Khan has declared victory in the general election amid accusations of vote-rigging by rivals in a live. Television address Mr. Khan said his party was successful and had been. Given a mandate he also promised that his government's will be the first that will not carry out. Any political victimization Sarah, Pakistan unitl I stay. Or Pakistan to unite I want to make clear that any of our opponents people who voted against us I think the kind of personal attacks that I faced no one has ever faced and before I have forgotten. All of this and Pretoria. This behind me this is not about me this is about my country partial, results indicate Mr. Khan's party will emerge as the single, largest impediment succumbed commodity is in Islam about supporters and journalists have been gathering outside Iman cons house on the. Outskirts of Islamabad off to delays in the counting of the votes results, are, still coming in there. Seems to be a consensus. That. His party have secured the most seats they're likely to fall just short of an outright majority but analysts say they should easily be able to form a government. By allying with independent candidates or smaller parties the PM then party. Which has been power for the past five years however has rejected the results human rights groups had Raised. Concerns about the build up to the polls amidst allegations Pakistan's powerful military we're trying. To fix the result in favor of Mr. Khan's party both he and the army. Have dismissed those claims Mr. Kearney's seen by many voters as a break, from the dynastic politics that. Is dominated the country for, decades a government minister. Increase says one of the country's worst won't find disasters was exacerbated by residents in the hardest hit community Panos commandos the defense minister told the BBC people in the resort of Marty had built unlicensed properties near wooded. Areas thus blocking their own. Escape routes Mr. commandos insisted the Greek defence forces acted promptly in difficult weather, conditions the man seen as Iran's key military commander in, Syria Iraq and given has issued a strong threat to President Trump not Twitter Iran in a speech Qasim Sulamani. Who's head of the coots force told Mr. Trump that if he started, a, war Iran would finish. It Sebastian OSHA reports Wants a. Figure of the shadows exerting a near mythic influence Iranian military engagements around the world Qassam Suleimani has increasingly come out. Into the open in the past few years pictures of a grizzled commander smiling on various frontlines of popped up. Regularly some Photoshop others genuine, now he's been quoted on Iranian television channeling inflammatory rhetoric at the US president in response to Mr. Trump's. Own recent tweet warning in block capitals but Iran will suffer untold consequences if its leaders threaten America again, well with news from the BBC. This is WNYC in New York at nine oh four good morning I'm. Kerry Nolan New York state is installing facial recognition software, to catch criminals at the city's bridges and tunnels WNYC Zoe, as ULA has, more at a press conference governor Cuomo painted a picture of a world where facial recognition technology guarded the city at its airports bridges, and, tunnels keeping Track of those who, enter an exit he claimed facial recognition tack is. The future of anti-terrorism security privacy and activist, groups disagree executive director, of, NYC l. you Donna Lieberman says. The tech sometimes gets faces wrong can receive tend to be in the area. Of young people old people, women people of color so you're talking about. Like lots, of, vulnerable. Populations the MTA says so far it's. Just a pilot and no data's being shared with law enforcement adding our priority is balancing public safety with, civil liberties New Jersey's attorney general. Is responding after two local radio. Hosts, made racist and xenophobic comments about him on air Gooby or gray wall. Tweeted, his. Name this. Morning and added. Quote I'm the sixty first attorney general of New Jersey I'm a Sikh American I have three. Daughters, and yesterday I told them to turn off the, Radio New jersey one zero one point five hosts Dennis Malloy and Judi Franco said they couldn't recall gray walls name, yesterday And referred to, him as quote turban man and quote the guy with a turban. The station says both have been taken off the air. Until further notice a post office in Chinatown will soon get a name change to honor late suffragette and local community organizer President Trump signed a Bill into law renaming the door. Your street building the Mabel Lee memorial post office. Lee who died in. Nineteen sixty six was the first Chinese woman to receive a PHD from Columbia, University she was well. Known for organizing classes for Chinatown's residents congresswoman Nydia Velazquez sponsored the bipartisan Bill this is WNYC Hello and welcome to NewsHour from the BBC World Service coming.