Brad Johnson on the drone strike against Iranian military leadership

 

 


Brad Johnson we are we are at an
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interesting intersection historically I
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think many people are viewing last
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night’s what was probably a retaliatory
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attack on some key Iranian military
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figures I think his blood I’ll cut but
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you’ll straighten me out on that
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after a multi-day siege of yet another
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US Embassy and this would be at least
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the second one by the Iranian if not the
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third depends on what really happened in
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Benghazi doesn’t it so I mean that
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basically there’s two views that are I
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see coming out of the United States
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there is a certain amount of justifiable
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triumphalism by people who are sick of
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seeing the Americans kicked around in
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the international system like Benghazi
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and like the the the Iranian embassy
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under Carter and then there’s people
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like taka Carlson that are dry lipped
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with fear thinking that you know they’ve
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let the dragon out of the cage or
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something maybe you could give us some
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analysis on what actually took place and
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what we might expect to see so we all
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start buying from bulletproof everyone
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oh well yeah you can never have too much
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ammunition I’ll say that but now of
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course it was it was major general
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Soleimani he’s the guy that’s headed the
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Iranian military for 20 years all the
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spying and special operations and basic
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military things have been handled by him
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for that period of time so lots and lots
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and lots of blood on this man’s hands so
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you know if you he paid the price he
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knew what he was the business he was in
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and so I probably in the scheme of
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things he was never going to be a guy
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that was going to retire and live in the
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house on the hill anyway so this is
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probably as good an ending for a guy
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like that is he could have hoped for so
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you know I wouldn’t shed any tears over
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this guy the world is certainly a safer
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better place with him dead and going now
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in the in the in the kind of in the
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scheme of things yeah it’s a little
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setback but I what I find particularly
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interesting about all of this is the
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background and something that absolutely
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no one is talking about in mainstream
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media and how do we get there okay well
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yes it was another invasion of the
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embassy the Green Zone
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that’s all US personnel it’s a huge
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thing I mean you’re
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when you come in the gate you’re you
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know a mile from where the Embassy is so
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for them to get over the fence if you
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will and March in there and start
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attacking the embassy I mean that took
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him a long time it wasn’t just you know
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run of fifty yards here at the Embassy
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sort of things so they were allowed to
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go in this is the Iraqi government
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controlled by the Iranians they did it
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because they were striking back trying
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to keep Donald Trump in place and as a
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result Donald Trump the guy who ordered
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this and handled the attack how was this
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guy that was blown up so that was the
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retail retaliation for the invasion of
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the Green Zone and so basically if
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you’re pro or in your against it which
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it’s interesting than many of the
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Democrats here in the United States seem
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to be pro Iran and against this they’re
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stinging this argument by Tucker Carlson
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and many many others is I find it to be
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fairly unrealistic and reactionary if
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you will to the situation and and I
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would ask this question do you honestly
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think that if we had not done this that
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Iran was going to stop attacking and
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killing Americans you know just not
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going to happen there supporting
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terrorism have always supported
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terrorism and they’re going to continue
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to support terrorism and they’re going
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to continue to fund and finance and
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train and all of these things these
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programs where we have people running
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around the street with an axe and
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chopping people up and the bombs going
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off and IEDs and the training and all
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those things are going to continue no
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matter what the United States does
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Iran’s position on the United States
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will remain the same as long as they’re
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there period now what they do respect as
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force and that’s the only thing they’re
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gonna respect out of the United States
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so the way that they’re going to balance
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this out is they’re going to look at it
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and say if the retaliation retaliation
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of the United States is so great that it
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costs us more than we gain by doing
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these programs that’s the only analysis
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that they’re going to do that does us
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any good so was that football move
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further down the field by this
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administration’s action by taking this
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guy out and absolutely it was so these
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people who are saying anywhere in the
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process that that this is you know let
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loose the dragon and open the you know
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Pandora’s Box all that stuff that
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his box has been open for a long time
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that dragon has been out there for a
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long time and you can look back at the
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602 American lives that can be tallied
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just to this guy that was bombed by the
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programs that he was handling where
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Americans were killed now there’s
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absolutely zero chance if that was going
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to stop zero if we had not done this I
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mean that’s just a goof ball analysis
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based on I don’t know unrealistic fears
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but now one of the things that gets
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stepping back is you know I like to do
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often is step back and how did we kind
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of end up at this place
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where these guys were Iraqi government
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condone these guys going over the fence
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and going a mile to get to the embassy
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and burning it down to the ground and
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all of that and this is this this
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actually goes back to some very specific
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things that were going on earlier here
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in the United States and you can take it
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back to that disagreement that took
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place between john bolton who was then
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the national security adviser for the
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president of united states the head of
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NSC and essentially he was ousted
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because of this long-standing argument
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that he had with Mike Pompeo Secretary
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of State and you can see clearly the
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joint chief of staff the military so
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essentially you had the military and
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Pompeyo on the one hand saying that john
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bolton was too extreme in his position
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because what he had argued for all along
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was the replacement of the regime in
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iran stating that all you know you’ve
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got to go to the root of the problem
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this is the basic argument he made that
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the cause of all of these things these
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terrorist attacks and the surrogacy
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surrogate armies out there bombing and
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killing and all of that that a lot of
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that was was cut was in effect taking
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place because Iran’s regime existed so
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therefore rather than symptomatic
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treatment which I think you can argue
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this bombing of sulemani was a
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symptomatic treatment versus treating
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the actual problem the cause of the
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problem so John bolt lost that political
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battle he was out and these guys that
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have won that argument including State
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Department absolutely with Mike Pompeo
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and the military have won that argument
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and and taken the day if you will with
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unfortunately I don’t think there’s any
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analysis taking place
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the administration where they’re looking
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at it going oops you know maybe we
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should listen to John Bolton and taking
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a more active role doing there’s a lot
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of things you could do to destabilize
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the regime without war and you know
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being at the CIA that’s what the CIA has
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always done traditionally not that the
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CIA in today’s world was is capable of
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doing this to the extent and in a way
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that they would need to but those things
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could be revisited and people brought
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back that still retain that expertise
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and things could be done now this is
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this is kind of an air that you’ll see
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with state department going way back
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they’ve always done that in in Iraq
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especially I think this where we’re at
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can be laid at the doorstep of the State
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Department and preed Mike Pompeo as well
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the now Secretary of State but just
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State Department and Mike Pompeo has
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bought into this and that is what we saw
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happen from the very beginning once the
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Iraqi invasion took place and so long
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Hussein was out we helped establish a
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government and what had happened then
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you saw the then ambassador in Iraq the
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US ambassador decide to get rid of all
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the bath party people so he disbanded it
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and out of that is where a lot of this
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terrorism came from because they had to
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go someplace we saw historically out of
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World War two the US military who argued
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against the US ambassador in this
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instance when when we took over Iraq
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they they were using the model out of
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world war two war we kept all the
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low-level Nazi Party members who you
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know the sergeant level of the guys who
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kept the waterworks going and the
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electricity going and the phone service
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going those level low-level party
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members were kept in order to keep
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everything up and running that was not
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done in Iraq that is the root of the
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problem from there then you saw the
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State Department do what they always do
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this is this is the way they do business
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is that yes you get the you get the
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government up and running and then you
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step back and you kind of go away and
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let them do whatever they’re gonna do
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and it’s then the responsibilities upon
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them and you only take action if they do
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something egregious and bah-bah-bah well
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that’s the opposite of the way this
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needs to go you can have yeah people
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elect but well then you need to make
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sure that those are the right
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people that are gonna keep a peaceful
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system up and running everybody’s better
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off under that and what we did under
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State Department auspices is step
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completely out of the process now nobody
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else in the world is that stupid except
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for us and I would say really not us
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mainly State Department and and
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liberalism that controls the State
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Department and that’s what they view is
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moral activity is to take your hands off
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and let them run it well since I said
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nobody else does it that way this is
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created essentially a void and in that
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void within the Iraqi government Iran
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stepped in and they run the show there
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today because they use every trick every
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bribe everything that they could do to
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take over the Iranian government while
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State Department said well we need to
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let them do what they’re going to do
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they’re a sovereign country we need to
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allow it all of those that behavior that
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logic that that has brought us to what
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we’re at today and that is why the Iraqi
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government was felt perfectly free to
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allow these guys to go over the wall and
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go in and attack the US Embassy and burn
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it to the ground now fortunately and I
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don’t think any of the Americans were
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killed out of that they went to the safe
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places that were all on hand and ready
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for such thing so they were prepared in
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that sense for the event but that’s
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what’s led us to this now there’s no
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self-introspection taking place no
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examination of what led us to this point
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going on at the administration and
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that’s that’s that is a sin what should
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be happening is they need to sit back
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and look and say what brought us to this
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how did this happen and I’ve just laid
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out how all this unfolded and how we did
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where we’re at and they need to go back
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and fix the State Department to fix
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those things that led us to this problem
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and that should be creating some issues
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between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
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and the President of the United States
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but it has not it clearly has not you
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can see that the military State
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Department and the administration are
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joined at the hip on this issue which
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it’s not that bombing
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sulemani within where the drone attack
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is wrong I believe that’s a fine
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decision it’s it’s there’s many ways you
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could respond this is one and it’s a
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productive way that guy had blood on his
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hands so he’s guilty but you know when
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he pays the price but you know there’s
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nothing there’s no larger analysis
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of the state deep place it’s not being
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discussed anywhere in the press anywhere
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at all and it’s it’s a cryin shame that
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that adult look at all this whole thing
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by any player nobody on the hill nobody
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in the news nobody is laying this out
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the way it really is and looking and
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analyzing how we ended up in this mess
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okay so I mean that makes a great deal
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of sense and you know I definitely I’m
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liking what I’m hearing but I gotta ask
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from the point of view of a guy who just
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knows what he knows from reading lots of
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news there appears to be two sort of
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distinct views of Iran which are
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different from each other and one would
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be the idea that Iran is always doing
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everything that it can do so when it’s
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boasting about what it’s going to do
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it’s meaningless because if they could
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do that they already would be that’s
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definitely one solid feeling I get from
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years and years of watching this regime
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but then the second thing is a number of
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articles that I’ve read over the years
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mostly actually I think 2018-2019 and
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they usually show up like on page 18
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where it says that Oh
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Hezbollah cell or an Iranian government
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terrorist cell was found in London with
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three metric tons of high explosives and
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that’s been that’s happened in enough
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cities that it would be reasonable to
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have confidence that in many major
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cities there are Iranian terror cells
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waiting to be lit up that are sitting on
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piles of high-energy chemistry so like I
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guess the question a lot of people might
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be asking themselves is the is the event
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that took place where it’s likely that
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an Israeli team at American request took
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out a these top Iranian military guys
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would that be like if scenario two is
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correct does that mean we’re gonna
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suddenly see these cells activated and
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if so would American intelligence be
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able to like short-circuit preemptively
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act against these things
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yeah good good point and yeah there
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there is there has been some reporting
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in the media that Israeli intelligence
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was involved in this and
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and that’s certainly plausible that they
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were involved in and providing the
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targeting information in Iraq however
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I’m not I don’t know it may be true it
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may not be I don’t know that it would
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necessarily be needed you know the the
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Americans have a presence in Iraq and
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would have possibly been capable of
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doing this completely on their own so it
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could be it could be true that that was
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part of how it was done and I don’t
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think it matters all that much
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there’s certainly cooperation taking
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place between Israel the United States
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all the time this may be one it may not
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be but yes I would answer to your your
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your basic question with that yes now
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are the rains who have long been placing
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people in forward position to do attacks
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and they’re bringing people and having
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them wait to you know to try and do
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something and put together larger
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attacks or smaller attacks or these you
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know individuals that they convince to
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go out and with an axe or a machete and
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chop up people and attack them and
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certainly we’ve seen a lot of this play
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out in New York and this is this is all
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tied together this stuff that’s
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happening in New York attack after
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attack after attack against Jews isn’t
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just absolutely no coincidence you know
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who hates Jews more than anybody in the
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world and it’s the Muslim extremists
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that’s a fact of life and this is
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playing out because of that and these
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are people that they’ve convinced for
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one reason or another some marginally
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mentally marginal individual that
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they’re able to manipulate to go do
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these things they take advantage of
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every chance they have to do that plus
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as you’ve noted in London weapon caches
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explosive caches all of these things
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have been forward positioned they exist
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here in the United States there are
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terrorism cases FBI terrorism cases in
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all 50 states of the United States we’ve
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seen a lot of this activity particularly
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in England but in the rest of Europe as
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well that one of the things we tend to
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forget is we tend to be well Canadians
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look at this from the Canadian
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perspective Americans look at it from
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the American perspective Europeans look
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at it from the European perspective and
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so we have our little slice of the pie
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we look at it that way that is not how
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Iran music Iran views it as a worldwide
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program attacking back wherever they can
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so when they have an opportunity to
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infiltrate
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into a place they do every program that
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they can take advantage of they take
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advantage of it every organization
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that’s Pro Iran here in the United
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States where they can hook up get
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funding do all the things they do they
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take advantage of it all they’re looking
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for is an opportunity to move somebody
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into place which they may or may not use
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right away but guaranteed they’re going
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to activate something somewhere and try
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to retaliate and they’ve essentially
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said that flat-out that that’s their
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intention and that they’re gonna pick
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the appropriate time in place to act and
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that takes a while to get these things
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up and running if they’ve been put you
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know just held in position without
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actively you know being in that attack
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phase where they’re targeting an
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individual or a place for attack you
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know it takes a while to stand that back
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up and get them practiced and do some
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dry runs and all that now are we are we
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capable of you know rolling up some of
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these operations absolutely
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the FBI has great programs out there
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they’ve do a lot of intelligence
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gathering and the Europe less Canada’s
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not quite as high a target so probably
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would be the US or Europe because of the
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ease of operating in Europe but in US as
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well because of the high priority target
16:42
that it represents for these for the
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Iranians so yeah you’re going to see
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these sorts of things and they’ll be
16:47
taking credit for it and they’ll say
16:48
that it’s you know in retaliation and it
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it will be so I would be very surprised
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if within six months that we don’t see
16:56
some attacks of this nature that are
16:57
directly as a result but again I’d point
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out those attacks were all set up
17:02
already anyway they were going to be
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used at some point anyway all we’ve done
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is provoke them to use them now versus
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using them at some other time so you’re
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not this attack doesn’t save us from
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getting attacked
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it just provokes more attacks now so
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we’re better off you know trying to weed
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through these guys and catch them and
17:23
all of that now rather than having to
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sit out there be an unknown element and
17:27
they could continue to grow because they
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can breathe once you’ve got a cell set
17:32
someplace you can make that cell grow
17:34
once you use it they’re dead and gone
17:36
they’re over so
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it’s a net win for us but there was
17:41
never going to be a completely painless
17:43
way out of this that’s just it’s just
17:46
the nature of who the Iranians are and
17:48
it’s never going to be fixed until the
17:51
regime is gone that is the disease
17:53
that’s what’s causing these problems
17:54
until you treat that disease by getting
17:57
rid of the regime in Iran it will
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continue their perspective is never
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going to change they view this from the
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you know the end of days perspective
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that there has to be a confrontation
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with the West and the West has to be
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destroyed that’s not going to go away
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that’s a basic tenet of their faith and
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anyone listening who has faith you know
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what what could I say to you that it’s
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gonna make you just like throw away your
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faith and you know go on to something
18:23
else and it just doesn’t work that way
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and it’s the same with uranium’s that is
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a basic tenet of their faith it’s going
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to be there as long as they’re there now
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it doesn’t mean that that’s how the
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population of Iran views it which is
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something we should have taken advantage
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of long ago and have not there’s been a
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couple of real opportunities to let the
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Iranian people express their desire for
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freedom and overthrow this regime and we
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have not supported it which I that is a
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as a sin against the world because of
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the violence it’s caused and allowed to
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continue so I would I would argue here
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this is where people or john bolton
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needs to be standing up publicly you can
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go see i told you you should listen to
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me and you haven’t but john bolton i
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think is going to be a gentleman about
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these things and keep his head down and
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his mouth shut and not say too much so
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I’ll speak for John in this instance and
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say you know see you shouldn’t listen to
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John Bolton on this
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