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Let’s talk about a recently published statement:

“Assessing the Trump Administration’s Iran Strategy”
This entire document calls for diplomacy, engagement, talks & so forth with #Iran’s regime.
-This serves completely in the mullahs’ interests & they will take full advantage, as they have in the past 40 years.
-Reminds me of Obama’s failed approach.
The U.S. is not seeking maximum “military pressure” as claimed in this document.
The document calls for a return to the #Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) without mentioning the flawed deal was never working.
"Tim Stafford at The National Interest summarized several JCPOA flaws that no competent American negotiator would have permitted:"
The document reads:
“Iran has recently reduced its testing of ballistic missiles…”

Yes, and thanks to the Trump administration's firm policy.

The world saw how #Iran took advantage of Obama’s weakness.
The document calls for “careful crafting of pressure and incentives” for Iran to stop supporting terrorists such as Hezbollah, Hamas & the Islamic Jihad.

This is the ultimate kowtowing to the mullahs.

The answer lies in sanctions targeting the regime.
“The U.S. should play an active diplomatic and political role in resolving regional conflicts and pressing all regional states toward diplomatic engagement.”

Let’s take a look at #Iran’s approach to the Middle East region.
This document won’t tell you that #Iran spends hundreds of millions of dollars supporting the terrorist Lebanese Hezbollah every year.
This document won’t tell you #Iran spends hundreds of millions - if not billions - fueling the Houthis' destruction campaign in #Yemen.
This document won’t tell you that #Iran's regime is wasting billions abroad while millions of ordinary Iranians back home are suffering in poverty.
This document won’t tell you that #Iran spends billions of dollars on weapons programs & terrorism, while the Iranian people are suffering & chanting:
"Not Gaza, Not Lebanon"
"Forget Syria, think about us"
Moving on.
This document claims the int’l community will not cooperate with the U.S. on sanctions targeting #Iran’s regime.

Take a look at the hashtag: #SanctionsAreWorking
And here’s a report from back in June.
Much more has been accomplished to this day.
The document says U.S. sanctions “cause great hardship for the country’s population…”

It won’t tell you how #Iran’s mullahs have been destroying their economy for 39 years and counting.

80% of Iranians are living in poverty
The document pushes the idea of Iranians rallying around the flag in the face of U.S. pressure.

This is highly unlikely in #Iran under the mullahs’ rule.
The document says the U.S. administration follows a “suggested policy of regime change…”

I believe this is a politically motivated lie aimed at terrifying those uninformed readers.
Regime change in #Iran is the responsibility of the Iranian people.

No need for a single soldier to be sent to Iran, not a single bullet fired nor a single dollar.

All we want is for the int’ls community to not support the mullahs in any way & we'll take care of the rest.
The document says:

“Applying pressure and unilateral sanctions without viable diplomatic options is highly unlikely to produce the desired outcome…”

My response: #SanctionsAreWorking

Even The New York Times admits it.
Conclusion: Yours to make.

Thanks for reading!

I welcome any & all constructive feedback.


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