Trump Raises the Stakes with Iran

BREAKING NEWS: Donald Trump orders Navy to ‘shoot down and destroy’ Iranian gunboats if they harass American ships in the Gulf in escalation of tensions with Tehran

Reuters, AFP and Luke Kenton for the Daily Mail – April 22, 2020

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he had instructed the U.S. Navy to fire on any Iranian ships that harass it at sea, a week after 11 vessels from Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came dangerously close to U.S. ships in the Gulf.

‘I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,’ Trump wrote in a tweet, hours after Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps said it had launched the country’s first military satellite into orbit.

The tweet came amid a re-escalation of tension, with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards saying hours earlier that that they had launched the country’s first military satellite, which the U.S. regards as a cover for missile development.

‘The first satellite of the Islamic Republic of Iran has been successfully launched into orbit by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,’ said the Guards’ Sepahnews website.

The satellite ‘orbited the earth at 264 miles’, said the website.

‘This action will be a great success and a new development in the field of space for Islamic Iran,’ the statement added.

The surprise operation comes more than two months after Iran launched but failed to put into orbit another satellite that it said had no military dimensions.

Washington says that these satellite launches defy a UN Security Council resolution on ballistic missiles.

U.S. officials fear that the launches could help Iran develop intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

Iran maintains it has no intention of acquiring nuclear weapons, claiming its aerospace activities are peaceful and comply with the UN’s orders.

It is not believed that Iran has the technology to miniaturize a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile.

And Trump’s intervention is a week after nearly a dozen Iranian naval vessels repeatedly harassed and made ‘dangerous’ approaches to American ships conducting operations in the Persian Gulf near Kuwait in a tense exchange that last more than an hour.

A group of 11 ships with Iran‘s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps repeatedly crossed the bows and sterns of the U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet at close range and high speeds – with one passing within just 10 meters of a Coast Guard cutter.

The ‘dangerous and provocative actions increased the risk of miscalculation and collision,’ a statement from U.S. Central Command said, adding that U.S commanders on the scene ‘retain the inherent right to self-defense.’

The American vessels included the USS Paul Hamilton, a Navy destroyer; the USS Lewis B. Puller, a ship that serves as an afloat landing base; and the USCGC Maui. Coastguard vessels are part of U.S. forces in the Gulf.

The ships were operating with U.S. Army Apache attack helicopters in international waters, the statement said.

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15 responses to “Trump Raises the Stakes with Iran”

  1. Did not know that Iranian Gun boats could Fly, they must be getting good!

  2. How many Navy sailors will get killed with this latest Trump directive? If fired upon the Iranian Navy will return fire. Let the Iranian gunboats “harass” the much larger US ships, so what. They have been doing it for years and nothing came of it. If they get in the way run them over, tough shit. Hey, just maybe the US Navy steaming up and down the Iranian coast is considered harassment to the Iranians.

  3. To be fooled one must think as a fool.

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  5. Those fast boats are backed by sure-strike missiles! Trump is angry that IRGC guys have so much balls and get in very close and even warn US navy like that. But even when IRGC had no missiles… still Nader Mahdavi (نادر مهدوی) sank Bridgeton against all odds!

    During tanker wars, there was the famous operation Earnest Will in which US was escorting Kuwaiti Alrekha tanker with 5 cruisers and frigates one of which was USS Vincennes that shot down the Iranian passenger plane; the tanker was re-flagged and renamed Bridgton. CNN and ABC and others were reporting 24/7 that US escorts and Iran can’t do anything, making a big show out of this. Khomeini ordered IRGC to take out the tanker. Iran had no equipment back then, but Nader Mahdavi sank the ginormous oil tanker Bridgton in a creative operation using just two speed boats and a few sea mines. Laying the mines in such a way that the escorting US navy frigates in the front is not hit but the tanker behind was! Later after being discovered his squad shoots down a US helicopter, but eventually Nader Mahdavi is captured and later after sever torture he was killed. His body later was returned through Qatar, he had deep cuts on his chest, he was shot in both feet and in the forehead. He is our war hero, back then we were kind of like Hoothis of Yemen today!

  6. I would like to compare Germany of today or Japan with Iran, here are the facts:

    Japan Facts:

    1- Japan hosts over ~120 US bases and pays Americans a heavy price regularly for this “protection” with no end in sight, probably forever!
    2- Japan can’t conduct war-games unless allowed by Pentagon and usually joint by other countries and not alone!
    3- Japan not allowed to have advanced missile programs or stockpile.
    4- Capitulation allows US military men who commit crimes in particular “rape” to be held only accountable to US military courts!
    5- The United States Forces Japan (USFJ) (在日米軍) is an active subordinate unified command of the United States Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM) with its headquarters in Yokota Air Base.
    6- Similar to Germany, Japan pays most of its military budget to Americans!
    7- Japan has never challenged US command of their region.

    Iran Facts:

    1- Iran is the only country to have captured US and UK SEALS and Marines, blind-folded them and released them only after they cried on TV (they also crapped in their pants). (Not even Russia or China have ever done this)
    2- Iran has the biggest collection of US and Israeli drones captured or destroyed including the best ones.
    3- Iran captured RQ-170 the best Stealth drone in the world (No one else has done this).
    4- Iran destroyed Global Hawk the biggest and most expensive and advanced drone in the world (even more expensive than a few F35s) in a very high altitude with its own older generation Khordad-3 anti-air missile after tracking it for hours since it took off from UAE. (No one else has ever done this), Russian Generals are still bamboozled with what kind of balls Iran did this! Later India canceled its deal to purchase Global Hawks from US. In return US put yet even more sanctions on Iran!
    5- No other country has ever challenged their US command of their region as Iran has challenged United States CENTCOM.
    6- The whole world said Bashar Assad must go, Iran said he must stay. He is still in power! Even if it meant defeating ISIS. Russia entered fight against ISIS after 3 years since the start of conflict and only with air support. Russians too thought Assad was finished! For the first 3 years it was Iran vs ISIS, read Iran VS USCENTCOM.
    7- General Joseph Votel a four star general who was head of CENTCOM was dismissed on 28 March 2019 after failing to put US abundant money to good use in the region!
    8- Trump said US spent 7 trillion (12 zeros!) in the region (money just for CENTCOM). Pompeo said Iran spent 16 billion (9 zeros) in Syria. Iran has reached the Mediterranean, closer than ever to the Zionist entity while Iraq is extremely pro-Iran now and the Hoothis of Yemen are beating Saudis badly and Hezbollah of Lebanon stronger than ever ready to unleash its wrath on Israel. So it is clear, US wasted all that money!

    10- There are more than ~340 cases of US drone attacks in Pakistan causing collateral damage. Compare Nuclear armed Pakistan with Iran that has no nukes but not even a single drone dares to get near.
    11- Iran has Radars to detect Zionists nuclear armed Jericho missile launch and can take out Dimona Nuclear facility in Israel within 7 minutes by launching a barrage of highly accurate Dezful missiles from Iranian land or can target US Nuclear stockpile in NATO Turkey should there really be a need to. Iranian nuclear scientists have been targets of successful and failed assassination attempts, because Iran can make nukes if it really decides to. Right now Iran is not attacked because it has deterred all enemy options!
    12- General Qasem Suleimani a two star general VS four-star general Joseph Votel, owned the region on his fingertips, before being coowardly assassinated on a diplomatic mission in Iraq (third country).
    13- Iran’s allies are all winners in the region while US allies are all losers.
    14- Iran has been in a long unofficial covert war with US for decades and has not only survived but also thrived!
    15- Iran can close down 3 of the most important global choke points if it wills to, namely Strait of Hormuz and Strait of Bab Al Mandab and even Suez Canal!
    16- The Western media routinely plays down the extent of Iran’s progress in developing its own military technology with the proviso: “Western military analysts say Iran often exaggerates its weapons capabilities…” Yet the truth is clear for all to see.
    17- Iran retaliates and captures a British owned Tanker in retaliation, later US/UK had to release Iran’s Grace 1 super tanker.
    18- Iran’s allies in Yemen, his Aramco hard, while US radars and Patriot systems fail their Saudi ally and their petrodollar.
    19- Iran is the only country that has directly attacked an American base (AinAlAssad) after WW2, to be precise last time it was Pearl Harbor… after US assassinated general Yamamoto, Japan did not respond, later Nukes followed. Iran attack somehow magically left more than 100 US soldiers with light brain damage and no one died, in fact some babies were born too!
    20- Russia failed to deliver S300 in time, Iran developed Bavar 373 that is similar to S400.
    21- Iran can hack Scan-Eagle tactical drones in batches, dozens at a time! UK decommissioned scan-eagle production and has no alternative yet.

    Now this puts Trumps’ threat into perspective.

  7. I believe that Joe Imbriano aka Fullerton Informer is another Messiah.

    Yesterday I was watching his old video from 2018 and he was talking about dangerous 5G, deadly 60GHz and coming war in the Middle East.

  8. Satanyahoo calls on UN to react …. ?

    This made me smile while Satanyahoo does not recognise UN at all. He is an Ashkenazi.
    He also “forgot” to report Israhells’ number of nuclear weapons to UN nuclear warheads bookkeeper & watchdog.

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  11. fudly,

    “How many Navy sailors will get killed with this latest Trump directive?”

    Who gives a sh*t?
    These morons, along with the rest of the morons, who are in the armed forces PERPETUATE war. It’s the western armed forces, most notably the USA, the UK, France etc who have been waging war on the world for a long time now.
    The last war fought on US home soil was the war for Independence, over 150 years ago. The last war fought in the UK was Culloden in 1746 over 250 years ago.

    If there were no armed forces, there would be no wars. But you see, they keep up the mantra of “Hard men do bad things to keep you safe at night” crap that everyone buys. They don’t. They’re assassins for the bankers. They get to live out Call of Duty in real life, thinking how wonderful it is to fire the latest, whatever gun. I have no respect for anyone in the armed forces. They’re murderers the whole bloody lot of them. They kill without question, innocent men, women and children, in foreign lands, who posed them and their nation, nor the land they live in, any threat.
    These bastards, through their willfully ignorant, compliance to the orders given, put the west in danger. People fail to understand that.

    The best thing that could happen IS if there is a massive war and everyone of the armed forces got killed – NO MORE CHESS PIECES TO PLAY CHESS ANYMORE. Boo hoo hoo.

  12. Derrick Reed:

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    1st wave was a hoax/normal flu. They know that a small part of the population will see through it and minimize the pandemic threat vocally. Some people will also loudly protest the lockdown and social distancing.

    2nd wave will be real, with lots of death. Either 1) an actual military grade weaponized virus OR 2) recently installed 5G starts “beam-forming” on people’s heads/chests preventing oxygen uptake (remember, 5G is 60ghz which is the frequency of oxygen hemoglobin uptake) , which will produce respiratory distress identified as CV symptoms. People of all ages will be dying, even the young, since 5G has been installed in schools. This will 1) totally discredit truthers who questioned the seriousness of the ‘pandemic’ 2) discredit lockdown protesters as irresponsible, destroying possibility of any future protests 3) destroy the premise that only the old are vulnerable, and 4) cause a massive and harsh lockdown, worse than before, accompanied by internal border checkpoints. With virtually no resistance.”

    Aside from criticizing Dr. Buttar for not being perfect (what else is new?), Joe Imbriano, the Fullerton Informer, is warning people again about the dangers of letting the psychos use their kill grid as planned.

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  13. Like all American presidents since, and including Lyndon Johnson, all have something in common – they have loose screws in their heads. This crises with Iran is, like World War Two, completely unnecessary. Iran has for decades requested a sit down talk to work out international problems. Well they have until recently. Now Iran is so appalled by American actions, they’ve seemingly given up using diplomatic means. With the U.S. resorting to outright murder of Iran’s generals and other outrages, it’s gloves off time for Iran.

  14. When those Iranian speed boats appear in the Gulf of Mexico, then maybe we should be concerned.
    The Shabbos Goy Trump is saber-rattling to prop up the price of oil to save the over-leveraged shale oil industry, which has been running on fumes for years.

    Can’t let those NY (((bankers))) lose their investment shekels.

  15. The United States are the global aggressors and should not be anywhere near the Persian Gulf or any country. They are goading the Iranians into a war, just like they did with many other countries. They perpetually seek conflict. They first started it with Japan and look how that ended!!!