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U.S. military presenting range of options to Trump on Iran

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I think the US should be more worried about why their billion dollar super high-tec air defense system in Saudi Arabia was penetrated by a third-world missile drone thing.

Should’ve bought the S400 like Turkey did.

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Great. Let's hone warmonger Pompeii isn't the last person to talk to Donny before Donny makes a decision.

This flaming clown car of an administration continues to careen down the alley, smashing into dumpsters and setting them alight.

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If anyone should be retaliating it should be Saudi Arabia, but then again, they pay the US to do their dirty work for them, in return for oil!

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The Pentagon will present a broad range of military options to President Donald Trump 

who'll wait to hear what the two 'foreign' leaders he's beholden to suggest, then try to figure out which options help him fuhrer pad his family's bank accounts.

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We can look forward to some very expensive missiles hitting empty targets in Iran. Trump will puff up his chest to show how tough he is. Meanwhile, the Iranians have shown that they can easily disrupt the flow of oil and thereby bring the world economy crashing down. There will be no war with Iran. Nor should there be Iran is not the problem.

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It's a bigger mess than before.

Score: Obama 1 vs. Trump -1

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Great. Let's hone warmonger Pompeii isn't the last person to talk to Donny before Donny makes a decision.

Warmonger? Come again? How?

This flaming clown car of an administration continues to careen down the alley, smashing into dumpsters and setting them alight.

Bolton was supposedly a warmonger, liberals hated him, Trump gives him the boot, condemnation, Trump wants to avoid war, he’s being played, he’s weak, he contemplates about taking possible limited military action, he’s a warmonger, it’s all so confusing, please liberals, make up your mind. Pick one, please.

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Donny is completely incompetent.

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Warmonger? Come again? How?

Because Iran and its leader is a beacon of truth and all that's good and wholesome, like seeded rye bread. Oh yeah, all those attacks are completely unrelated to Iran and all to do with 'donny'. So...

Give up bass, some people wakes up each day, stand in front of the mirror, check the chip on their left shoulder and decide to add a chip to the right shoulder as well so they can look straight.

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If a Trumpophile is confused about how liberals think about Donny, just remember how you feel about Obama. You know, the guy who was commander in chief and gave the order that allowed Rob O'Neill to kill bin Laden.

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the US has been looking for payback in Iran for 40 years since the Shah got booted - nothing more, nothing less....

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If a Trumpophile is confused about how liberals think about Donny

No, we’re definitely not confused or care what or how liberals think about Trump or the actions he contemplates about how to deal with Iran.

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Both Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence have condemned the attack on Saudi oil facilities as "an act of war." Pence said Trump will "review the facts, and he'll make a decision about next steps. But the American people can be confident that the United States of America is going to defend our interest in the region, and we're going to stand with our allies."

Yeah, the US are going to war. Definitely.

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"Right then, Donny, Here's our options:

ONE: Nuke 'em back to the stone age and grab the oil.

TWO: Flatten the country and grab the oil.

THREE: Bring the country to its knees, hand it over to Israel and grab the oil.

That's about it, really!"

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bass4funk: "No, we’re definitely not confused or care what or how liberals think about Trump or the actions he contemplates about how to deal with Iran."

"Warmonger? Come again? How?"

"Bolton was supposedly a warmonger..."

Of course your right, as always.

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Trump really doesn't have a lot of great options and it's his own fault. Look for Iran to continue with low grade warfare while Trump wrestles with how to respond each time.

Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Thursday that the U.S. has a high level of confidence that officials will be able to accurately determine exactly who launched the attacks last weekend.

Imagine if they conclude it was Iran and then Trump has a press conference with Rouhani saying he believes him over his own agencies. Wouldn't be the first time.

Oh, and how is that new deal coming along?

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BertieWooster: How dare you summarise US foreign policy for the last 75 years. Don't forget the US is the beacon of democracy, America  First.

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[ Any decision may depend on whether U.S. and Saudi investigators are able to provide direct evidence that the cruise missile and drone strike was launched by Iran, as a number of officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have asserted. ]

Of course they will provide the "hard evidence."

This was going to happen the minute Trump negated the nuclear agreement Iran had worked out with the previous administration.

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Meanwhile, hybrid and electric car manufacturers are ramping up their production.

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Trump really doesn't have a lot of great options and it's his own fault. Look for Iran to continue with low grade warfare while Trump wrestles with how to respond each time.

I don’t think it’s Trump’s fault at all, if it turns out that Iran did this attack (and don’t kid yourself thinking they didn’t...) then the Saudis have the right to retaliate and if we need to help with limited strikes, so be it. I don’t like the Saudis, but I understand what’s at stake here.

Imagine if they conclude it was Iran and then Trump has a press conference with Rouhani saying he believes him over his own agencies. Wouldn't be the first time.

Oh, and how is that new deal coming along?

Can’t make wine in a day, Obama tried that.

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Don't forget the US is the beacon of democracy, America First.

Japan, Germany and South Korea are doing great.

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This partly started because Trump withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal.

Any war between Saudi&America/Iran would lead to chaos and high prices in the oil supply industry. Rouhani said he won't be meeting with Trump at the UN.

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Turn the clock back three years to when we had a Democrat in the office: The Iran deal was stuck with our international partners and allies, Iran agreed to cap its nuclear capability and open itself for IAEA inspections, and those inspections said they were complying. The nuclear agreement could have been used as a basis for other agreements that could have lowered tensions and the potential for violence.

Now: We have a Repub in the White House, the Iran deal was unilaterally reneged on by the US, Iran re-starts its nuclear program, shoots down a US drone, hijacks an oil tanker, and attacks a Saudi oil field. Now the Pentagon is preparing military options.

Want to bet on a sure thing? Just take the odds that any Repub administration will take us to war in the Middle East.

Double down on the odds if the Repub President is also a Moron...

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bass: then the Saudis have the right to retaliate and if we need to help with limited strikes, so be it.

Nah, the US isn't going to bomb Iran. Not for something that didn't even put Americans at risk. And if he does it will anger his base, people outside of his base, and the rest of the world. He can bluff and bluster all he wants but escalating the conflict just leaves him in a worse spot as Iran will just continue anyway.

Which is the point. Iran will do smaller things that really won't justify a military response, but it will be enough to get noticed and will make Trump look weak. Bombings make headlines for days. Sanctions don't.

Both scenarios make his chances of a new nuclear deal more remote, then people will ask why he did it in the first place if this was the result. Did he not anticipate this? Did he mismanage? Is this what he wanted and things are going according to plan?

He has no good options because he put himself in this spot because he is a buffoon at foreign policy. An absolute zero. If you disagree, tell me why. If you agree, talk Obama, Hillary, Dems, libs.

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US should just use the oil they have (fracking) which would allow them to cut all ties with the Middle East.

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Chip StarToday 07:58 am JSTIf a Trumpophile is confused about how liberals think about Donny, just remember how you feel about Obama. You know, the guy who was commander in chief and gave the order that allowed Rob O'Neill to kill bin Laden.

And he helped bring down the terrorist brat Gadhafi down for good.

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bass4funk: "I don’t think it’s Trump’s fault at all, if it turns out that Iran did this attack (and don’t kid yourself thinking they didn’t...) then the Saudis have the right to retaliate and if we need to help with limited strikes, so be it. I don’t like the Saudis, but I understand what’s at stake here."

Well said; another war. America First.

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This partly started because Trump withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal.

This whole mess (and other ones) is because Trump and his administration, as well as the entire government and the MSM are controlled by zionists, who want to bring down Iran at all cost.

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Iran needs to be tactically hit and hit hard. Taught a hard lesson. Let's do it. Let the U.S. and it allies go for it.

Yeah! Let's do another Iraq! We all saw how well that worked after they were invaded based on lies.

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If this situation wasn’t so critical, it would almost be comical.

You ATTACK with sophisticated missles, that can’t be bought at your local

convenience store (much less need to be controlled in highly technological circumstances) and then say: “And if you FIGHT BACK, then YOU will start a WAR”.

Right...good luck with that sense of reasoning.

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How about this option -

To the Saudis: You got a problem with your neighbors? Hope you can deal with it - just leave us out of it.

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How about this option - 

To the Saudis: You got a problem with your neighbors? Hope you can deal with it - just leave us out of it.

But then Donnie wouldn’t get his war. You don’t want to stand between Dear Leader and his war, do you?

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Because Iran and its leader is a beacon of truth and all that's good and wholesome

All I see are power hungry murderous liars on all sides and if the war starts, we don't get to strap them all to missiles so they can land the first blow...preferably on some undefended empty mountain...in Antarctica.

The first option Trump should be presented with is 1) sit down and shut up. That should also be option 2 and 3. And the list can end there.

the US has been looking for payback in Iran for 40 years since the Shah got booted - nothing more, nothing less....

Which is odd since the CIA had a big hand in overthrowing Iran's democratically elected government to put the Shah in in the first place. The U.S. government is a great big bully that starts it then cries foul when it loses control of the fight.

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Nah, the US isn't going to bomb Iran. Not for something that didn't even put Americans at risk. And if he does it will anger his base, people outside of his base, and the rest of the world. He can bluff and bluster all he wants but escalating the conflict just leaves him in a worse spot as Iran will just continue anyway.

Until either get bombed by the Saudis and then we would no doubt support ans probably although limited, help them.

Which is the point. Iran will do smaller things that really won't justify a military response, but it will be enough to get noticed and will make Trump look weak. Bombings make headlines for days. Sanctions don't.

Correction to the media he might look week, but in actuality it would strengthen his hand and especially now that he increased the sanctions and tightening the noose, it gives him more wiggle room to bringing them to the table and hopefully make a real deal and not a disastrous treaty that should have never been made in that was a complete farce and wouldn’t have even passed Congress converses this way they can make a binding treaty and do it the right way.

Both scenarios make his chances of a new nuclear deal more remote, then people will ask why he did it in the first place if this was the result. Did he not anticipate this? Did he mismanage? Is this what he wanted and things are going according to plan?

According to plan? Hardly, the Iranians did not suspect that they were going to have the sanctions increase and now that that has happened they are much more at a disadvantage, of course the military they can still strike, but their resources are low and getting lower

He has no good options because he put himself in this spot because he is a buffoon at foreign policy. An absolute zero. If you disagree, tell me why. If you agree, talk Obama, Hillary, Dems, libs.

I already explain to you how I disagree, I think I ran this time had put them selves in a deeper box and now that they rattled Saudi Arabia‘s cage, they’re on notice and if this escalates then they can see quite possibly the full force of an air campaign that would be very devastating and punishing not only on there we can economy but onto the entire country structurally and politically as well. Obama should have never made that treaty. Sneaky, the idiot knew it wouldn’t pass Congress and yet, he deceptively ran it through like with DACA so he could politically and for the history books make it seem he did something noble, he didn’t, it was the stupidest thing any leader could have done.

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Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Thursday that the U.S. has a high level of confidence that officials will be able to accurately determine exactly who launched the attacks last weekend.

Confused Pathological liars.

Are they telling us that they are yet to determine with certainty who did it while also repeatedly telling us with certainty from day one that it is Iran despite the Houthis claiming they did it.

If they accept it is the Houthis they would miss the rationale to do what they have been yearning to do, go to war with Iran.

It is despicable that these guys go to church and pretend to pray when they are not different from a murderer.

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Lincolnman.

Iran re-starts its nuclear program, shoots down a US drone, hijacks an oil tanker, and attacks a Saudi oil field.

Can you provide us with convincing evidence that the Iranian attacked a Saudi oilfield, or are you saying it based on the one-sided news you have been exposed to?

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Lincolnman.

Iran re-starts its nuclear program, shoots down a US drone, hijacks an oil tanker, and attacks a Saudi oil field.

Can you provide us with convincing evidence that the Iranian attacked a Saudi oilfield, or are you saying it based on the one-sided news you have been exposed to?

It's my opinion - if you want convincing evidence, go look for it yourself.

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Trump and the clerics are playing an elaborate chess game here. Both sides are adults, and there will be no shooting "war", only ever stricter sanctions in the foreseeable future.

Count your blessings you have Trump in the White House and not a corrupt, warmongering deep state swamp creature like Hillary Clinton.

But of course, if you listen to non-stop-cacaphonia of orange man bad on CNN, you live in a different universe.

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Trump and the clerics are playing an elaborate chess game here

Trump only knows how to play checkers and fake games he’s made up that don’t actually exist.

Maybe Iran is playing chess. Trump wouldn’t have the intelligence to figure out which spots the knight could jump to.

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Trump and the clerics are playing an elaborate chess game here. Both sides are adults, and there will be no shooting "war", only ever stricter sanctions in the foreseeable future.

Both sides are adults? They're both egotistical maniacs and morons - and both think they're "stable geniuses"....

Count your blessings you have Trump in the White House and not a corrupt, warmongering deep state swamp creature like Hillary Clinton.

Yea, a corrupt warmongering deep state swamp creature like Bolton...or O'Brien...

By the way, Putin agrees with your blessings 200%.....

But of course, if you listen to non-stop-cacaphonia of orange man bad on CNN, you live in a different universe.

The universe called reality....not Orangelandia....

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Count your blessings you have Trump in the White House and not a corrupt, warmongering deep state swamp creature like Hillary Clinton.

If you want I can just post this for you in articles like this. Should save you some time.

But of course, if you listen to non-stop-cacaphonia of orange man bad on CNN, you live in a different universe.

This, too.

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bass: it gives him more wiggle room to bringing them to the table and hopefully make a real deal 

Can you tell me what you think a deal will look like? 24/7 inspections to every building in Iran?

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Can you tell me what you think a deal will look like? 24/7 inspections to every building in Iran?

And forever of course.

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Can you tell me what you think a deal will look like? 24/7 inspections to every building in Iran?

Sites that the Pentagon think are the most relevant, yes and if they don’t comply there’s your answer about their sincerity. Which in that case they should impose even more sanctions.

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Sites that the Pentagon think are the most relevant

How does that compare with what we had before?

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But then Donnie wouldn’t get his war.

What makes you think Trump wants war?

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But then Donnie wouldn’t get his war.

What makes you think Trump wants war?

Come on, that's not a serious question, is it?

Vlad ordered Donnie to start a war so American gets tied down for a third time in the Middle East, both Saudi and Iran oil production plummets, Russia steps in to fill the deficit, it also gets to sell weapons to Iran and Syria, then when it gets all it wants, Putin plays peacemaker and Russia wins all around....

What do you think he went to all the trouble to get Donnie elected for?

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What makes you think Trump wants war?

Come on, that's not a serious question, is it?

Sure it is. And here's your "answer":

Vlad ordered Donnie to start a war

Sure, just make up stuff and post it. Jeez...

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