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President Trump's Policy on Iran

Updated on May 21, 2019

Trump sent an aircraft carrier group, B-52 bombers, Patriot missiles, and things that remain secret to the Persian Gulf area of operations where 80% of the world's shipping of oil passes through. The intelligence received was so secret, that for a full week, even the Foreign Relations Committee, remained in the dark about why. At first, the British dissed the Trump reasons and then magically reversed themselves. Both American and British personnel were ordered to leave the area.

As there were rumors of war abound and sending 120,000 American troops somewhere over there, both Iran and the US were beating their war chests like to gangsters. Each one continues to dare the other to make the first military move. Meanwhile, Trump backs down the rhetoric and suggests to Iran that maybe talking might help. Iran simply gives Trump the big FU.

This is Trump's foreign policy on a country he hates for religious and terrorism reasons. Trump's sanctions are making life for average Iranians horrible, let alone the government who makes money selling their oil. Despite the total ban on allied nations from buying this oil, which is very effective, China, Russia, Turkey, India continue to disobey it. Many of these countries did receive a "waiver" from the ban for political reasons.

Granted, Iran's government and their proxies in Gaza, Lebanon, and Yemen, also make war against those Iran hates. Iran is responsible for the recent oil tanker attacks in that area, the targets being Saudi tankers. They also used their drones, not from Iran, but from Yemen, to bomb Saudi oil lines running from oil fields. There is no doubt that their proxies will be sending more rockets towards Israel. They can interdict the Hormuz Straits. Even if one or two oil tankers are sunk in those narrow straits, the impact would be huge, just like it was in 1990 when they did do this.

The Trump policy is hinged on strength and punch if attacked. Ironically, Iran has said the same thing. So, where does it go from here if nobody is willing to attack the other unless they are attacked?

It goes nowhere. Things just remain the same but it is way more costly to keep a carrier group stationed overseas. Neither side is going to provoke the other intentionally. Iran will use its proxies to continue to conduct terror attacks on Israel. Will Trump allow American forces become involved there along with the Israelis? Iran will use its forces in Syria to terrorize. But, it seems Trump's red line is that American military might will only be used IF American assets or forces are attacked, otherwise, they will not. So, all Iran needs to do is to use their proxies to do the attacking because Iran, itself, cannot.

Trump really cannot do anything more regarding economic sanctions. He really has made life hard there. In return, Iran has stated it has quadrupled the manufacture of its weapon's grade nuclear fuel, ignoring the treaty Trump backed out of.

Perhaps Trump thought that showing a huge American force would be good for the news cycle for him and impress the Iranians so much that they would want to come to the table and talk. It would certainly make him look like a world leader who can solve all problems and 2020 is not far. Instead, even after a close session of the Foreign Relations, where the threats were spelled out, some senators on both sides questioned whether such a huge military deployment was needed. It seems to be overkill, as the threats from Iran and its proxies in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen, in Gaza, in Lebanon, remain like they always have. There are thousands of rockets in Lebanon already, smuggled in over the years. There are missiles in Syria, that Israel tries to swat away. Missiles continued to be smuggled in through Iraq. Iran has always been a threat around the narrow Hormuz Straits. Iran has always been threat to the UAE, Bahrain, and Saudi oil refineries and pipelines. They are all within missile range. So, what really were NEW threats this time?

This was all bravado. Putting Iran on notice. Again, something Iran has always known. It won't solve any issues, but it plays well to each countries media. Both facing off.

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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      3 weeks ago

      Interesting perspective. But people are creatures of habit and Trump's actions before POTUS do matter because he will likely have a tendency to return to bad habits and criminal-like behavior and this clearly was found to varying degrees in the Mueller report on obstruction. His actions of desperate measures to prevent disclosure of anything relating to his business speaks of suspicious activity. He is clearly not an innocent person.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      3 weeks ago

      PerryA

      It is what he is trying to do for the country today, and tomorrow that is important.

      This is the first president that isn't a politician. And he didn't do anything wrong as president, You have to go back a in time when he was a private citizen.

      The 2005 private conversation with Billy Bush, that NBC released was just that a conversation, not action. Yet, that is the playbook of the left because they don't have much to find.

      A 2009 non proven accusation by Stormy Daniels that could just as well be thought of as blackmail. It has never been proven, but the left has rung every bit of innuendo from it.

      The left did the same thing with Judge Kavanaugh, and Feinstein played dirty waiting until the committee was ready to vote. She didn't follow committee protocol and kept it a secret. She did this not for justice but for political advantage.

      Then you don't even know how the Trump collusion investigation even got started, and worse yet you don't care. Why, because it exonerated Trump.

      There never was any collusion, and there wasn't even proof that Russia was involved with Trump or the election. Yes, Mueller indicted 13 Russians, but they plead not guilty. Until there is a court verdict of guilty on these Russians, it is only Mueller's opinion, nothing more.

      Then you want 10 obstruction charges on an investigation that should have never had one investigation much less the 5 investigations. And not one of them have any evidence to warrant the investigation. And it also included a FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page for 90 days, and with 3 extensions lasted a year. Carter Page was never charged with any crime.

      Contrast that with the Hillary email investigation, that even according to the IG was sped up to not interfere with the 2016 election, with the Mueller investigation on Trump that lasted through the 2018 mid term election, and five months past it.

      The question, I have is why didn't the Mueller investigation stop last summer, as there was no new evidence?

      In your other article, I gave you 4 links that detailed why those obstruction charges fail not because of DOJ policy, but because they don't have evidence of obstruction that will pass the beyond a reasonable doubt threshold of criminal law.

      The only possible reason for Mueller and the democrats to hold onto an obstruction case that has no merit is for political advantage.

      If Trump wasn't indicted because of policy, and they can't do anything until he leaves office, then why continue the public ranting about it. Again, the reason is political advantage by taking it all the way up to the 2020 presidential election.

      How have the democrat congress been doing their sworn oath duties by their public boast of resisting everything that the president and the republicans do, or say they want to do.

      Why should democrats try to stop the Border Wall, to the point of shutting down the government.

      The first time, it was DACA which wasn't even a budget item. And the second time it was to deny a $5 Billion item for the wall. It is clear that it was against Trump because what is $5 Billion in a $4.4 Trillion dollar budget. The only threat of having a Border Wall is on illegal aliens, the drug cartel, the human traffickers, and gangs.

      We already have a severe drug problem in the US, and $20 Billion worth of drugs coming across the border doesn't help. Neither does making Sanctuaries in the US for illegal aliens, especially Convicted Illegal Alien Felons.

      In the budget before last, the Congress passed a $70 Billion NJ NY subway way tunnel but wouldn't the new wall any funds?

      We can't protect our country with the democrats turning down any and all solutions, including but not limited to the wall.

      The democrats don't support voter id that allows illegals and other people that are not eligible to vote. One of the other things that comes across the open borders are illegal guns. And we haven't heard much about gun control today?

      Back to obstruction.

      I submit that Hillary Clinton, James Comey, and Robert Mueller should be investigated for obstruction of justice.

      Once again, take a look and comment on my detailed articles about the farce of Trump obstructing justice.

      And how is justice served by going after obstruction on an investigation that was not valid?

      I know this was a waste of time, because you don't put any work into answering comments. Your current one was just another red herring distraction.

      No I don't like everything that president Trump does, but I haven't found anything that I liked about the democrats. I think that the republicans for most of them act like democrats pledges.

      I you are just going to give another comment like the last, then just delete this comment. I am not here to convince you, just to get some discussions on the details. This was my mistake for thinking that would happen on any anti Trump article.

      When do you have anything bad about president Trump that is supported with more than opinion, conjecture and avoidance.

      With 8 years of Obama over anyone can make factual judgements. But with president Trump it is a mystery novel that you keep wanting to guess without waiting for the end.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      3 weeks ago

      Brad, I have yet heard anything from you that is negative on Trump, why is that? I mean, you post in his image, are you really not bothered by Trump's personal business ethics and personalty?

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      3 weeks ago

      Perry A

      The real answer is because he is president?

      But your opinions are accusations that can't be proven, but are asserted just to say something negative about president Trump.

      Again, are you and American or Not. Can you put party over Country? Then you wouldn't say if, but hope that it works.

      imo

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      3 weeks ago

      The only opinion that matters is Trump's, because as he has claimed, he is an expert of everything, a genius and God. So, we'll see how his foreign policy works out. Like your opinion, mine means nothing.

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      NOYFOB 

      4 weeks ago

      How does your opinion matter?

      Do you have better plays than the manager of your favorite sports team?

      My point is that anytime president Trump does something, the left always tries to knock it down. No other president has done anything with Iran. The difference is that they all had their chance, and when Trump is out of office, that is the time to reflect on what he did while in office.

      imo.

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