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Re: WH Designates IRGC a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Reply #210 - Nov 18th, 2019 at 2:19pm
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Can the Islamic Republic Survive Economic Collapse?

Under the weight of the United States' “maximum pressure” campaign, Iran is inching toward economic collapse. But this does not necessarily entail the collapse of the political order.

Under the weight of the “maximum pressure” campaign of the United States, the Islamic Republic is inching toward economic collapse. But does economic collapse necessarily also entail collapse of the political order in Iran? If the regime in Tehran is able to survive despite economic collapse, how long will it be able to do so? In Iraq in the 1990s, Zimbabwe from 2001-15, and present-day Venezuela, economic collapse and hyperinflation did not result in political collapse, but is Iran comparable to these cases?...

Just how long these methods help the regime maintain its grip on power is not known, but with no U.S. land invasion and occupation of Iran in sight in the foreseeable future, the Islamic Republic may at least survive the collapse of the economy until the November 2020 presidential election in the United States. It remains to be seen how the result of that election will impact the sanctions regime, and if and how the Islamic Republic will manage to secure its survival.

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Re: WH Designates IRGC a Foreign Terrorist Organization
Reply #211 - Nov 18th, 2019 at 4:04pm
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Remember this? 

" he Iranian Green Movement (Persian: جنبش سبز ایران‎), also known as the Persian Awakening or Persian Spring by the western media, refers to a political movement that arose after the 2009 Iranian presidential election, in which protesters demanded the removal of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from office. "  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_Green_Movement

Had Obama lent his support to this movement, perhaps the Iranian people would be free of the heavy hand of the Iranian Theocracy and today would be a democracy.  Instead, Obama chose to strengthen the stranglehold of the Ayatollah and the Mullahs. Opinions vary as to why Obama chose this particular course.  Perhaps in time we will come to know the true reasons.

  

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Reply #212 - Nov 18th, 2019 at 4:45pm
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Wally Wants A Wall wrote on Nov 18th, 2019 at 4:04pm:
Had Obama lent his support to this movement,...

The same way we lent our support to rebel groups in Syria? Libya? Etc., et al.

  
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Reply #213 - Nov 24th, 2019 at 12:11pm
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Top U.S. General: It’s ‘Very Possible’ Iran Will Attack Again

MANAMA, Bahrain—Since May, the Pentagon has dispatched 14,000 additional U.S. troops, an aircraft carrier, and tens of thousands of pounds of military equipment to the Middle East to respond to what it says are alarming new threats from Iran. But despite the stepped-up U.S. military posture, the top U.S. general in the region believes the Iranian threat continues to rise—and Tehran is likely to continue lashing out.

“I think the strike on Saudi Aramco in September is pretty indicative of a nation that is behaving irresponsibly,” said Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command, in a Friday interview, referring to the Sept. 14 Iran-sponsored attack on Saudi facilities that took half of Riyadh’s oil production offline...

McKenzie sent the carrier, the USS Abraham Lincoln, on a transit through the Strait of Hormuz last week for the first time since it deployed to demonstrate U.S. naval power before it heads home. The Lincoln, which will soon be replaced by a new carrier, the USS Harry S. Truman, was diverted to the Middle East in May to respond to the Iranian threat, but had remained in the Arabian Sea.

But so far, these moves have had “mixed” results, McKenzie said. Tehran has successfully been deterred from attacking U.S. forces, but not from taking provocative actions against regional partners...

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Seems like we have 2 options at this point: a) the maximum pressure policy is a failure, or b) it was designed to provoke a response from Iran that would justify further U.S. military action.
  
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Reply #214 - Dec 2nd, 2019 at 1:18pm
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Iran still selling oil despite U.S. sanctions - TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran is still selling its oil despite U.S. sanctions on Tehran’s exports, the country’s Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri was quoted on Monday as saying by state TV, adding that Washington’s “maximum pressure” on Tehran had failed.

“Despite America’s pressure ... and its imposed sanctions on our oil exports, we still continue to sell our oil by using other means ... when even friendly countries have stopped purchasing our crude fearing America’s penalties,” Jahangiri said...

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Reply #215 - Dec 5th, 2019 at 11:31am
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Iran Is Secretly Moving Missiles Into Iraq, U.S. Officials Say

WASHINGTON — Iran has used the continuing chaos in Iraq to build up a hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq, part of a widening effort to try to intimidate the Middle East and assert its power, according to American intelligence and military officials.

The buildup comes as the United States has rebuilt its military presence in the Middle East to counter emerging threats to American interests, including attacks on oil tankers and facilities that intelligence officials have blamed on Iran. Since May, the Trump administration has sent roughly 14,000 additional troops to the region, primarily to staff Navy ships and missile defense systems...

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Reply #216 - Dec 6th, 2019 at 4:17pm
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Europe Accuses Iran of Missile Violations, and U.S. Says 1,000 Killed in Protests

WASHINGTON — In a rare rebuke of Iran after more than a year of trying to bridge the divisions between Washington and Tehran, three European powers accused Iran of testing ballistic missiles intended to avoid missile defenses in violation of United Nations resolutions that urge Iran not to develop “nuclear capable” systems.

The action came hours before Brian H. Hook, the State Department’s special representative for Iran, accused Iranian security forces of killing around 1,000 people since the protests over high gasoline prices swept more than 160 Iranian cities and towns starting in the middle of November.

Mr. Hook did not provide a source for the figures, which closely parallel those of the Mujahedeen Khalq, or M.E.K., a dissident group that frequently raises the alarm about actions of the Iranian government — and is often a target of the Iranian intelligence agencies and military...

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