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Three Trump Retreats in Three Weeks


First Read notes that in less than three weeks, President Trump has made three different retreats: Reaching a deal with Mexico to avert tariffs – a deal that largely consisted of actions that Mexico had already agreed to; backing down on military strikes against Iran for shooting down a U.S. drone; delaying his plan for nationwide raids to deport undocumented immigrants.


Iran’s Leader Clarifies Meaning of ‘Death to …’ Slogan

“‘Death to America’ means death to Trump, John Bolton, and Pompeo. It means death to American rulers.”

— Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei, seeking to clarify that the slogan, often chanted by his supporters, was aimed at U.S. leaders, not the American nation, Reuters reported.


Iranian General Warns Trump

“You know that this war will destroy all that you possess. You will start this war but we will be the ones to impose its end. Therefore you have to be careful about insulting the Iranian people and the president of our Republic.”

— Iran’s Quds force chief Qassem Soleimani, warning President Trump against war, saying it would “destroy all that you possess”, Reuters reports.

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Donald Sinks to 38% Approval in Gallup Daily Tracking Poll – 30 Days into His Presidency


Good news: People have caught on. Bad news: Donald will be even more determined to start a war in hope that, like Bush did in 2003, he’ll gain approval as a war-time president.

Poetic Justice

Needless in D.C.

Donald Trump says we don’t need the Mexicans.
Mike Flynn says we don’t need the Iranians.
And we don’t need Muslim refugees
Or green card holders with advanced degrees.
And pretty soon, we won’t even need real Americans.

Poetic Justice

Missives, Not Missles

A sitting president may do as he shall,
Without having to explain his rationale.
While we thought Khamenei
Was his sworn enemy,
In fact, he’s President Obama’s pen pal.


Carter: It was More Important to Not Kill Innocents than to Appear ‘Manly’

I could have wiped Iran off the map with the weapons that we had, but in the process a lot of innocent people would have been killed, probably including the hostages.

— Jimmy Carter, in an interview with CNBC, defending his decisions even if it meant he didn’t show “that I was strong and resolute and, um, manly.”

Poetic Justice

Don Rickles Diplomacy

Senator John McCain proves, time and again, that he’s nobody’s flunkey.
Indeed, he’s shown us, time and again, that he can be downright spunky.
But in international politics
It’s not diplomatic — just for kicks —
To equate the Iranian president with an orbiting space monkey.

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In Foreign Policy Debate, Romney Displays Ignorance of Geography of the Persian Gulf, Site of Two U.S. Wars in the Past 20 Years


Apparently, Herman “Uzbekstan-stan-stan” Cain helped with Mitt Romney’s geography prep going into the presidential debate on foreign policy last night — and it was not the first time he’d gotten the geography of the Middle East wrong:

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Oops! Michele Bachmann Promises to Close U.S. Embassy in Iran When She Is President

ABC News:

In light of the British Foreign Ministry pulling all U.K. nationals out of the British embassy in Tehran after students stormed the building in protest, GOP presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann told a crowd in Waverly, Iowa, today that she would close the U.S. embassy in Iran.

One small, tiny note: The U.S. hasn’t had an embassy in Tehran since 1980. Following the Iranian Hostage Crisis, where 52 Americans were held for 444 days, the United States cut all diplomatic ties.

According to reports, Bachmann applauded the U.K.’s move, adding, “That’s exactly what I would do [if I were president]. We wouldn’t have an embassy in Iran. I wouldn’t allow that to be there.”

Recall just a few weeks ago when Bachmann bragged to Fox News that she had a squeaky clean record.

“I haven’t had a gaffe or something that I’ve done that has caused me to fall in the polls,” she said.

Now — wait for it! — the walk-back:

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