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Written by Wes Walker on June 25, 2019

Just because Trump wasn’t willing to spill blood over Iran’s new regional belligerence, doesn’t mean we’re going to sit back and take it. Trump is hitting them back a different way. First, there was the cyber attack. And now, the sanctions are being ramped up even further. Judging by how their leadership is squealing like a stuck pig, the sanctions have gotten their attention.

The rants are getting stupid.

Oops. That one’s mad Maxine.

She just SOUNDS like an Iranian Mullah spitting bile against America. So wound up against Trump that’s she’ll even side with the world’s leading state sponsor of terror than agree with the President on, well, anything.

Their President resorted to name calling.

“The White House actions mean it is mentally retarded,” Rouhani said in a scathing televised address.

If he keeps that up, he’ll get Avenatti’s old spot in the fawning anti-Trump media. So what if Iran just defended their practice of executing homosexuals. Maybe being anti-Trump is far more important to some people that such ‘trivialities’.

President Trump announced on Monday that he was imposing new sanctions on Iran, stepping up a policy of pressuring the nation’s leaders and further squeezing the Iranian economy in retaliation for what the United States says are recent aggressive acts by Tehran.

The move came on top of actions taken by the administration this spring to cut off all revenues from Iranian oil exports, the lifeblood of the nation’s economy.

The new sanctions are aimed at preventing some top Iranian officials from using the international banking system or any financial vehicles set up by European nations or other countries.

…Speaking in the Oval Office, Mr. Trump said the new sanctions order would bar Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, and his office from access to the international financial system. The Treasury Department said it was also imposing sanctions on eight Iranian military commanders, including the head of a unit that the Americans say was responsible for shooting down an American drone last Thursday.
Source: NYT

Here he is pretending to take the high ground:

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Twitter that the “useless sanctioning” of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Zarif, who led Iran’s nuclear negotiations with world powers, “means the permanent closure of the doors of diplomacy.”

“Trump’s government is annihilating all of the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security,” said the spokesman, Abbas Mousavi.
Source: WaPo

They also said:

Iran does not have a nuclear weapons program and has complied with restrictions to its atomic energy activities set out under the 2015 deal it negotiated with world powers, including the United States.

This is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, presuming to moralize about ‘established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security’? Wow, that’s a whole other level of chutzpah. Level with us — did John Kerry coach you to say that? Or did you come up with that all by yourself?

Either way, it sure sounds like something from the Obama administration would say, doesn’t it.

Why would they be so upset about the sanctions?

Maybe this article, published in May is a clue:

The powerful Lebanese Hezbollah militia has thrived for decades on generous cash handouts from Iran, spending lavishly on benefits for its fighters, funding social services for its constituents and accumulating a formidable arsenal that has helped make the group a significant regional force, with troops in Syria and Iraq.

But since President Trump introduced sweeping new restrictions on trade with Iran last year, raising tensions with Tehran that reached a crescendo in recent days, Iran’s ability to finance allies such as Hezbollah has been curtailed. Hezbollah, the best funded and most senior of Tehran’s proxies, has seen a sharp fall in its revenue and is being forced to make draconian cuts to its spending, according to Hezbollah officials, members and supporters.

Fighters are being furloughed or assigned to the reserves, where they receive lower salaries or no pay at all, said a Hezbollah employee with one of the group’s administrative units. Many of them are being withdrawn from Syria, where the militia has played an instrumental role in fighting on behalf of President Bashar al-Assad and ensuring his survival.
Source: PakistanDefense

It could hardly be described as being written from a Western perspective, but it confirms some of what we’ve known all along. Iran uses money to project their ideology through violent proxies to neighboring regions. When that money runs out, they lose the ability to project that ideology and violence. Without that money, Iran’s regional ‘leadership’ is nothing. At least some of their soldiers are more ‘hireling’ than ‘zealot’.

Said differently, Trump’s policy is getting the job done. The same job that wasn’t getting done under Obama/Biden.

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