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    White House Issues Unprecedented Warning to Iran

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    US President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, has put Tehran on notice in response to recent ballistic missile testing.

    In a highly unusual step, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer interrupted a White House daily briefing with media to  pave the way for President Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Retired Gen. Flynn took to the podium to announce that the United States is "officially putting Iran on notice" due to its recent missile test and attack on a Saudi military ship by Houthi fighters in Yemen. 

    The missile testing combined with the Houthi attack, "underscore what should have been clear to the international community all along about Iran's destabilizing behavior across the Middle East," Flynn said. "These are just the latest of a series of incidents in the past six months in which Houthi forces that Iran has trained and armed have struck Emirati and Saudi vessels, and threatened US and allied vessels transiting the Red Sea," according to Flynn. 

    Footage of the attack was shown by Arab TV channels. In the video, Houthi rebels celebrate hitting the vessel by crying out, "Allahu Akbar! (God is great!) Death to America, death to Israel, a curse on the Jews and victory for Islam!" 

    Trump has "severely criticized" deals between Washington and Tehran, such as the nuclear arms reduction deal, in addition to the United Nations, Flynn said, adding that the agreements have been "weak and ineffective" while warning that "Iran is now feeling emboldened."

    As of February 1, 2017, the US is "officially putting Iran on notice," Flynn concluded his remarks.  

    Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan previously verified that Iran has tested a new missile but claimed that the missile exercises did not violate the Iran nuclear arms deal with the US, China, France, the UK, Russia, and Germany. 

    US defense analysts believe that the attack on the Saudi ship may have been a "dress rehearsal" for a similar-style offfensive against US Navy ships stationed throughout the region. 

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      This is a gimmick to re-assure the worried Saudis and Israel that the US is still antagonistic to Iran
      The USA will never dare provoke Iran and trigger a very dangerous war against Iran where the Gulf countries would be the first to suffer.
      The Kuwaiti PM has juts flown to Iran to talk about decreasing tension in the Gulf.
      Panic in the Gulf...
    • juanm82
      world is changing
    • Igor R
      I always thought Israel and Saudi Arabia were the culprits.
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      Moscow should put the fokken yanks on notice. Like, "don't even think about attacking Iran".
    • siberianhuskyin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      All is normal with the US despite the Leadership change. Trump is as much a Jew lover as AIPAC tell him to be. Prove of that is his willingness to move the embassy to Jerusalem.
    • choticastilein reply tosiberianhusky(Show commentHide comment)
      siberianhusky, Yup. Until his actions show patently and consistently, that he's not-- what a laugh that is! -- all common sense people ain't going to be holding their breath ...
    • choticastilein reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall Lee Hilburn, Agree with everything... but maybe, trying to dismantle and eradicate the fifth, which is still in place .. That.. is if T is genuine all round-- he knew what he was letting himself in for... but at this moment, what little bit of light came to the horizon, is fading away fast. Without being dramatic... the good is now entering the final battle for the planet... think we're going to have one helluva few years ahead. Can only pray that fast accelerating earth changes may interrupt and with luck, although it will bring its own destruction, it may bring an end to the bstds hijacking the planet... That is the only glimmer of light I can see ahead... the forces of nature don't have no favourites...
    • choticastilein reply toIgor R(Show commentHide comment)
      Igor R, Common knowledge my friend!
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      ViTranin reply todc801(Show commentHide comment)
      dc801,Iran has plenty of Friends .. .... US have None ....

      So if there is risk of global war ... well it will be in US ... maybe then US people wil realize War is not Fun
    • avatar
      ViTranin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, US hit Syria ... and say goodbye and good riddance to US
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      dc801in reply toViTran(Show commentHide comment)
      that's clearly delusional thinking and even the Iranian government knows it
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      Trump leave iran and shit out Pakistan and China
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, Trump talks about putting Americans back to work. But the problem is the country lacks the industrial plant and infrastructure to do so. Regardless of whether or not immigration from Mexico is cut off by a wall. Replacing what has been lost would require many more years than Trump is going to have even with two terms. As an example, where I live used to be a major steel producing center in which over 100.000 people were employed in well paying union jobs. Now there are around 700 of these jobs left and by years end there will be none. The industrial plant and infrastructure for steel production no longer exists. Those jobs, when they are replaced at all which isn't often, are normally replaced by low paying service jobs that don't come anywhere near paying a living wage. This is the reality here.

      Now as it relates to Iran. Trump has to have a war with Iran in order to get peoples minds off of the economic depression that they're in. But he has to maneuver Iran into making the first violent move so that he can claim that he is only defending the country by taking them to war. He simply can't do anything else without risking an uncontrollable social upheaval. The US has only two cards left to play, international banking and war. There is nothing else. What you have here now is a highly militaristic society dominated by international finance and multinational corporations, in the service of Greater Israel. I am convinced that the Iranians are perfectly aware of the true state of affairs in the US.

      The best thing for everybody would be if the Sun would produce a massive solar ejection accompanied by an extremely powerful EMP burst that would score a direct hit on the US and shut down the electrical grid. That would be the end of the Empire obviously. This is a realistic though not certain possibility. Such things have happened before when the US wasn't so critically dependent on its electrical grid. As for many of us working poor Americans it wouldn't leave us that much worse off than we already are.
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      moscow will not go to war over iran people.. Pull your heads out of our ASSES... The USA will wipe Iran off the map and russia will look the other way.. They don't want any of the USA.. no matter what you dipshit's think..
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      ViTranin reply todc801(Show commentHide comment)
      dc801, No Iran has friends ... US attack Iran .... just add another to US enemy's list ...
    • choticastilein reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall Lee Hilburn,
      The picture of the situation you sketched out here, is heartbreaking and has been that way going on two decades now, not so? I know my friends in TX and Penn and even in Oregon, have stated much the same as you-- only thing is that those in OR, still have delusions about what the Dems used to be, but for many years have not been... both parties having literally morphed into one, in so many ways. The sad and actually tragic issue is, that the Zio controlled leaders of the US, now are giving Americans a bad name-- because the greater gross of people that use their heads to think, cannot understand how American folks are just allowing them to run America into the ground, without a massive ring out of disapproval occurring nationally.

      You see, most people I discuss it with at home, all agree, that the peoples of most countries are also a pretty dumbed down lot, as often to a greater extent than a lessor one, we're pretty much exposed to westernised thinking and controlled by the western financial system (banking to corporate), western education, news, documentaries and even movies and games ... down to chain stores and the junk foods of McDonald's and other US fast food chains ... yet most of us, first felt indignant, then angry and in some instances even outraged at what's happening to ordinary folks in the US and the west in general.

      When Russia first came into the picture, many were so ignorant about Russia, that they considered Russia to still be a commie nest of iniquity (!!) -- unbelievable as it may sound, but slowly and slowly, they began to see the wood for the trees and this opened eyes, that at first possibly and then definitely it was true that Russia had indeed changed completely as they came to listen to and then recognise Putin's consistent attempts to guard peace and this along with Russia's bravery and thoughtfulness to even the least amongst us,, greatly served to change hearts and minds. Yet we as outsiders, cannot believe that it would seem most Americans' eyes didn't then open about Russia, along with our own...

      Consider, that In many instances, our countries' populations too, are as diverse as America's, yet across the spectrum consisting of different races, religions and cultures-- in general most of us recognise common sense for what it is and more and more, people of all races are no longer tied to the apron strings of for instance, political parties they used to virtually support like a religion (so to speak). In other words, they are open minded and want what's fair, just and equal, not only for themselves, but for their children and their countries and are not shy to hit the street and protest all over their countries for a change or changes they want... So the upshot of it all is that people are disappointed that Americans in general, a people who have all the tools at their fingertips to achieve it ASAP, are not doing the same. That they remain so indifferent after so many false flag incidents and that most of everyone are not able to see s o ro s' fingerprints behind past and especially current upheavals.

      As the US being hit by a massive solar blast or a powerful EMP-- No! Jeez Randall, it could hurt and even cause untold many to perish-- that includes little kids--- don't even want to go there.

      But yes, one would expect that the concentration, the concern of the leaders of our time, would very much be on the increasingly more disastrous and also the drastically increased tempo with which earth changes are occurring and this all, when few leaders have addressed it with their people-- not by alarming them, but by educating them as to what each one can do should emergencies occur, as it would go a long way to assist oneself and others and even alleviate or at the least avoid complete chaos from eventuating. Russian leaders have been very good with that, because they care about their people. No people in the world can just give up and walk away, surely our individual conscience's would not allow for us to ignore each other? Because so much is so deeply awry with the US and has been allowed to come adrift so badly, what happened to all America's Erin Brockoviche's??? There are still many communities -- look at Standing Rock-- who have fought huge battles against officialdom and won...

      Anyway my friend-- just wanted to get that off my chest -- maybe like America's banks, those in charge of the US MIC also believe it has become too big to fail.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, How long have things been going downhill here, you asked. I am from Alabama, and overall things have been going downhill here at an ever accelerating pace ever since the Kennedy assassination. One is faced here with a collapsing civilization.

      The answer to the question as to why you don't see more open and widespread opposition to the status quo has to do with the nature of American Culture itself. The most extreme individualism has been glorified within this culture for a very long time. Simplistically put, you do not see a nation of 300+ million people. Instead you have 300+ million individualists perpetually at war with each other. This is the American Culture. This makes any group very unstable and therefore temporary. Sooner or later it will fall victim to the extreme individualism so deeply ingrained in the American psyche. Americans will only stick together as long as and to the extent that it is in their short term material self-interest to do so. Then they will turn on each other when that no longer applies.

      In the US you see a great deal of religiosity on the surface. But inwardly it is, except for a few exceptional people, spiritually dead. There is no soul, there is only mindless materialism.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply tochoticastile(Show commentHide comment)
      choticastile, There is another problem that prevents any effective reform movement from developing. Essentially it is that reliable news is getting increasingly difficult to find. You cannot trust anybody totally, that is if you can trust them at all. We do not get news, instead we get competing propagandas. We are trapped in a world of illusions where nothing is ever as it is made out to be by anybody. One learns to believe nothing they hear and half of what they see. To use an expression from science fiction, they have us imprisoned in a Matrix. A person who is Spiritually alive still, has to learn to navigate by shear intuition sometimes. When one steps beyond the Matrix one finds oneself isolated, and humans being a social animal most balk at taking such a drastic step. One may begin to grasp reality out here, but one has to pay the price for it. This price is to high for most people. George Orwell in "1984" and "Animal Farm ", and Aldous Huxley in "Brave New World", were in those works prophets foretelling the present day United States Of America. Sooner or later I anticipate that they will start committing those who insist on stepping beyond the Matrix to prison or mental hospitals or will just kill them off altogether, so that we don't disturb those who are still asleep. I am not being brave by defying them, I just have nothing left to lose but my integrity, my dignity, and my soul. They're not getting those without a fight. A life lived without honor is a life not worth living. I think was how the Samurai would put it.
    • 2007harleydavidsonsgin reply toRandall Lee Hilburn(Show commentHide comment)
      Randall Lee Hilburn, I share your sentiments but I'm optimistic that more here are waking up. People are getting pissed off and want change and got Obama. Now it's Trump turn. If he fails to deliver will only make people more angery which is a good thing. American people need to get their heads out of their asses and self indulgence.
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      Randall Lee Hilburnin reply to2007harleydavidsonsg(Show commentHide comment)
      2007harleydavidsonsg, I am now guardedly optimistic myself. The only question is how bad it will have to get before people do start waking up. Sometimes I know populations will seem to be quiet docile and then suddenly something will happen and they will erupt. That could very well be what we see happen here.
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