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Jim,

General Wesley Clark told us the plan and no matter who is in office, it will not change.

Dave

Iran: New American Sanctions, and How Iran May Respond
November 28, 2018

Barely a day passes without an outburst of angry words and threats from the US President directed at Iran at its people. If we believe the section of the US media that is loyal to -or controlled by – the White House, there is no more dangerous country that Iran.

This raises a very reasonable question: just what has Teheran done to annoy Donald Trump so much and provoke this display of thunder and lightning? Has Iran occupied US territory or threatened its sovereignty by placing military bases close to US borders, does it intimidate the US President in international meetings with calls for vengeance, or is it, perhaps, plotting regime change in a distant part of the world? Absolutely not. Far from it – Teheran is not interfering in the affairs of countries far away, and is, in fact, behaving perfectly correctly, calmly and reasonably, and in accordance with international law and codes of conduct.

But those people whom, in view of their status, one would expect to behave diplomatically – Donald Trump and his close associates such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and even the US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley – continually rush around spouting coarse language and demonstrating their determination to keep a stranglehold over ordinary Iranian citizens. Things have got so bad that Donald Trump has made a big show of withdrawing from the so-called nuclear deal, which was signed by a number of nuclear powers, and has imposed unfair and aggressive sanctions on Iran. For example, the US has strictly prohibited exports of food or medicine to the country, even though, under international law, the use of such measures as a weapon constitutes a crime against humanity. The Iranian ambassador and the country’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, Es’hagh Al Habib, has said, quite justifiably, that the negative consequences of the US sanctions will be felt first and foremost by ordinary Iranians who have never, until now, had any reason to feel hatred for the American people. But, true to the principles of aggressive imperialism, Donald Trump and his advisers are doing all they can to turn the two nations into enemies.

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Courtesy of Dave.

Jim

How A Future Trump Cabinet Member Gave A Serial Sex Abuser The Deal Of A Lifetime
November 28, 2018

On a muggy October morning in 2007, Miami’s top federal prosecutor, Alexander Acosta, had a breakfast appointment with a former colleague, Washington, D.C., attorney Jay Lefkowitz.

It was an unusual meeting for the then-38-year-old prosecutor, a rising Republican star who had served in several White House posts before being named U.S. attorney in Miami by President George W. Bush.

Instead of meeting at the prosecutor’s Miami headquarters, the two men — both with professional roots in the prestigious Washington law firm of Kirkland & Ellis — convened at the Marriott in West Palm Beach, about 70 miles away. For Lefkowitz, 44, a U.S. special envoy to North Korea and corporate lawyer, the meeting was critical.

His client, Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein, 54, was accused of assembling a large, cult-like network of underage girls — with the help of young female recruiters — to coerce into having sex acts behind the walls of his opulent waterfront mansion as often as three times a day, the Town of Palm Beach police found.

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