CORRUPTION GONE WILD – MICHAEL OBERNDORF

Corrupt in Every Sense of the Word

For years, now, many of us have pointed out that much of the radical leftist activity here and abroad has been instigated and funded by a secretive group of fascist Democrat millionaires. Of course, the left, as it always does when confronted with damning truth, had its rabid attack dogs in the Propaganda Ministry, aka the “mainstream” media, label us all as tinfoil hat wearing conspiracy nuts. Now, according to an article in the Washington Free Beacon (https://freebeacon.com/politics/scott-wallace-belongs-millionaires-group-seeking-overhaul-americas-framework/?utm_source=Freedom+Mail&utm_campaign=2f317e743d-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_08_07_11_12_COPY_84&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b5e6e0e9ea-2f317e743d-46080033), a shadowy group that calls themselves the Patriotic Millionaires is moving from behind the scenes funding to out front activism.

Their agenda appears to be classic fascism – a partnership between an uber-wealthy elite and government, with the masses (read: We, the People) providing the labor under a socialist system. In furtherance of this goal, one of their members, Scott Wallace, is running for Congress as a Democrat in a Republican district in Pennsylvania. As is often the case with Democrats, he has not resided in his district, but moved there from, of all places, South Africa where he managed the Wallace Global Foundation, a funding source for all sorts of odious leftist groups and projects. One of the groups his foundation funded, Zero Population Growth, advocates abortion and families be “taxed to the hilt” for “irresponsible breeding.” They blamed overpopulation on the “white middle-class” that “use up more than their share of resources and do more than their share of polluting” (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/20/top-dem-candidate-gave-millions-to-groups-advocating-for-taxing-families-to-hilt-for-irresponsible-breeding.html). South Africa, by the way, has just declared open season on white people and is moving to confiscate all the white owned farms. But I digress.

The Patriotic Millionaires are affiliated with the Agenda Project and the Democracy Alliance, both founded by raging, unapologetic fascist, George Soros. They want bigger government, higher taxes, and the proven disastrous guaranteed minimum wage – absurdly and euphemistically called the “universal living wage”. It would be interesting to see how much of their sub-rosa funding goes to groups like Antifa and BLM and openly communist unions like the SEIU.

Meanwhile, back in The Swamp, aka Washington D.C., the FBI Office of the Inspector General, released a report that describes what to a normal person appears to be incredibly corrupt and possibly criminal actions by an FBI Special Agent (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/07/20/top-dem-candidate-gave-millions-to-groups-advocating-for-taxing-families-to-hilt-for-irresponsible-breeding.html). If you or I or an average government employee had committed similar acts, we’d have been fired immediately and probably indicted on criminal charges. So far, from the DoJ and the FBI…crickets. I predict a wrist slap, but would love to be proved wrong. In any case, what we are seeing here is more of what is clearly a pattern of endemic fiscal and political corruption in an agency once known for being “untouchable”.

We seem to have reached a point in present day America where the Rule of Law can be ignored with impunity. Each day, those out to undermine and subvert the Constitution and our constitutional republican form of government commit new outrages that are not merely covered up by the Propaganda Ministry and politicians on both sides of the Aisle, but rationalized and “justified” and actively encouraged.

People like Scott Wallace, James Comey, Robert Mueller, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Maxine Waters, etc., etc., ad nauseam are unquestionably violating the 1st Amendment civil rights of Americans. In addition, they are clearly part of a widespread conspiracy to do so, and thus should be charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). Moreover, the groups they are aiding and abetting with money, propaganda, and manipulation of law enforcement without question fall under the USAPATRIOT Act definition of domestic terrorists:

A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act ‘dangerous to human life’ that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to:  (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping (https://www.aclu.org/other/how-usa-patriot-act-redefines-domestic-terrorism).

Thus, those providing the aid and comfort to these terrorists are also guilty of domestic terrorism.

The Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, needs to get out of the Swamp, do his job, and go after these people, or resign. If he won’t, then President Trump needs to fire him and replace him with a REAL Attorney General who will. Trey Gowdy would not be a bad replacement. However, I trust The Donald implicitly and am certain he has learned from his Sessions mistake, and that whomever he chooses, it will be a vast improvement.

“DEATH TO THE RULE OF LAW” MICHAEL OBERNDORF WEIGHS IN ONCE AGAIN

Death to the Rule of Law


Michael Oberndorf, RPA imageBy  —— Bio and ArchivesAugust 6, 2018

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Once upon a time, boys and girls, there was a country, unique in the world and in history, where the people were not subjects of the whims and delusional rule of tyrannical kings and other potentates, but lived free under the Rule of Law, laid out in a constitution written by the People themselves. It clearly enumerated the powers they granted to the government, not the other way ‘round. It also listed rights granted to them by God, not by government, and thus, “unalienable”.

Downhill slide into fascist, globalist, far left government totalitarianism
This happened not “long ago and far away”, but right here, a mere 230 years ago. The power granted to We, the People, the unprecedented liberty guaranteed under the constitutional Rule of Law, made the United States of America into the Beacon of Freedom, the Shining City on the Hill, and attracted people from all over the world to our shores, eager to become Americans and improve the lives of their children for generations to come. Then, in late 1963, something happened.

Our president, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated and the killers have never been caught. A scapegoat knee-jerk communist, Lee Harvey Oswald, was blamed, but he, too, was killed before he could talk. Kennedy was a Democrat, but if he were around today, his policies would have made him a moderate to conservative Republican. Many believe this was why he was killed, and the direction the country was taken in by is successor and vice president, racist, far leftist Lyndon B. Johnson, reinforces this idea.

Johnson quickly veered to the left at home, creating the Great Society, a grandiose welfare state that still hangs like an albatross around the necks of black people, women and other minorities. His foreign policy, ostensibly anti-communist, led to having nearly half a million troops in the little country of Vietnam, and yet, ultimately losing the lives of 58,000 young Americans and the war. Instead of trying to actually win, Johnson let civilians, not the military, run the war, and allowed the military/industrial complex that Eisenhower had warned about, to grow into an overwhelming behind-the-scenes power.

For We, the People, it’s been a downhill slide into fascist, globalist, far left government totalitarianism ever since.

Fast forward to today. Well over 500 – and growing daily – documented incidents of leftist violence against supporters of our legally, duly elected president, Donald J. Trump. The attacks have all been unprovoked. Period.

Attacks, too, on the police all over the country have increased exponentially.

Growing number of Democrat politicians complicit in the violence

However, what should concern Americans the most is the growing number of Democrat politicians complicit in the violence.

The most recent is the far left Democrat mayor of Portland, Oregon, Ted Wheeler, who refused to give police protection from violent protesters outside the federal building housing the ICE offices in Portland. Under his leadership, Portland has become a safe home for Antifa and the scene of now-predictable violent attacks on Americans exercising their 1st Amendment rights.

Another example is the mayor of Oakland, California, Libby Schaaf, who publicly warned illegal aliens of upcoming immigration raids. This in a city with one of the highest violent crime rates in the country, a large percentage of which are committed by said illegals. It’s also the site of numerous violent leftist protests and riots.

And, of course, while there are lots of others we could name, the one that tops the list is Democrat California Congressman, Maxine Waters, a corrupt, multi-millionaire representing south-central Los Angeles, a low-income neighborhood she chooses not to live in. On June 23, Waters, in a rabble-rousing speech and again later in a TV interview said, “Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.” This is an extremely thinly veiled call for violence against members of President Trumps administration, and by extension, to anyone, repeat: anyone, who supports him.

It cannot be denied that the attitudes, statements, and actions of high ranking Democrats have encouraged their wacked-out, far-left fascist base to feel empowered and free to use “any means necessary” to shut down anyone who disagrees with them. Their motto is “The ends justify the means,” even if the ends are pie-in-the-sky fantasy that most of them can’t define, articulate, or even coherently describe.

According to the leftist ACLU, “Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover ““domestic,”” as opposed to international, terrorism.   A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “dangerous to human life” that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to:

  1. intimidate or coerce a civilian population;
  2. influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion;

…” This very accurately describes what Antifa and the Democrat base and numerous Democrat politicians are engaged in. Our largely ineffectual Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, needs to either start charging these people with USA PATRIOT Act violations, and civil rights violations of the 1st Amendment rights of the victims of their violent acts of terrorism, or resign. NOW!

Michael Oberndorf, RPA — Bio and Archives | 5 Comments

The son of a German immigrant, I am an archaeologist by profession, with a BA from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and an MA from Leicester University, in England.  Over the years, I have lived and worked all over the country, and traveled in Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. I sincerely believe in the old saying, “America, love it or leave it.”

MULLAHS TO FEEL MORE THAN THE DESERT HEAT – UPDATE “DEATH TO THE DICTATOR”

Iran crowds reportedly chant ‘death to the dictator!‘ as US sanctions increase economic unrest

German central bank blocks $400 million cash delivery to Iran ahead of crippling US sanctions

The U.S. campaign to rein in Iran has scored a victory in the German financial sector, after the Deutsche Bundesbank− the country’s central bank− imposed a rule stopping a $400 million cash delivery to Tehran.

Iran’s cash-starved economy desperately needs hard currency ahead of crippling U.S. bank sanctions that will be introduced in November.

Germany allows the Iranian-owned European-Iranian trade bank (EIH) to operate in Hamburg. The EIH holds more than $400 million that Tehran wants to receive in cash ahead of a second wave of U.S. sanctions due in November that impact banks and Iran’s energy sector.

There will be no hiding from today’s heat wave, neither air conditioning nor God will protect them the blazing firestorm that awaits. No, we are not talking about the Trump noose, we are alluding to the bottoms up people’s revolution. The Iranian public is one step away from a violent confrontation with the Revolutionary Guards. This confrontation will be the Mother of all Confrontations, pitting the government against the people.

What brings Iran to this unfortunate circumstance is the Mullah’s bellicose ways. Instead of helping the  Iranian people in their daily lives, the ruling Mullahs find it necessary to spread revolution to their perceived enemies, via threats, military assistance and providing personnel to do battle. Only crumbs left for the common folk.

Things are about to get a whole lot worse, today (click here)August 7 at midnight, Trump went all in; the Iranians regime, the target of added sanctions will see the exponential pressure while the President presses down on the Mullahs cajones. This will cause undue hardship to the Iranian people (we have no sword in the fight with them) but the possibility of them suffering will inevitably trigger a mass revolt, one that implodes the ruthless regime.

Trump signed an executive order on Monday to restore some of the sanctions that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal during the Obama administration, targeting transactions that involve U.S. dollars, as well as the country’s automotive sector, the purchase of commercial planes and metals including gold.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM BBC

A COUP D ETAT IS CLOSE AT HAND – VIVA LA REVOLUTIONE

An alleged drone attack on Maduro Chauvanista of Venezuela missed their man. What a shame! But in the aftermath of the incident (click here) we can see the Tonton Macoutes running like scared dogs.Image result for tonton macoute Apparently they are not paid enough. This is a good sign for the opposition.

President Nicolás Maduro has been elected to a second six-year term in office amid allegations by the international community and Venezuela’s opposition that the polls were neither free nor fair.

His victory comes amid a deep economic crisis which has been driving hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans from the South American country.

Venezuela’s oil revenues account for about 95% of its export earnings. This means that when oil prices were high, a lot of money was flowing into the coffers of the Venezuelan government.

When socialist President Hugo Chávez was in power, from February 1999 until his death in March 2013, he used some of that money to finance generous social programmes to reduce inequality and poverty.

Now, many of the policies introduced by Hugo Chávez also backfired. In order to make basic goods more affordable to the poor, his administration introduced price controls – capping the money people pay for such staples as flour, cooking oil and toiletries.People have some soup distributed during the campaign rally of Venezuelan opposition presidential candidate and evangelical pastor Javier Bertucci, in Catia, a Caracas neighbourhood, on May 12, 2018.

 The cult of personality has caused misery to thousands of Chavistas. Pictured here is a typical Chavista looking for a handout.  Even God can’t help the common man.  Another one of Obama’s friends is on the brink.  Maduro is in the middle. 

YOU ARE SIX FEET TALL BUT IN OUR EYES YOU ARE SMALL IN STATURE

This tribalism ethnic conflict wave moving from the west coast to the  east coast is nothing more than liberal ideologues lighting a fire in bush country. What they attempt to do is debase the Caucasian in their vain attempt to up theirs. For every injustice, no matter how minor, there is a cause celebre. Take for instance the swamp rat, we bet there are thousands of swamp rat aficionados ready to vomit their signs across the land in a hustle and bustle protest. But what is happening now is the start of a forest fire, it is a disease of the left which infected those who have no iron in the fire. How is that you say?

Imagine the poorest of the poor Dalit,  the “untouchable” living in an Indian sewer pit. Oh you never heard of those dahibs cleaning the raw sewage from the pipes? Sorry we had to bring this obscene subject up. India’s constitution outlawed discrimination against the Dalits in 1950. The Dalits make up 17% of India’s population and have emerged as a powerful voting bloc. Now the Dalits are the quintessential  example of discrimination. There is no comparison to the denizens of the left who protest inequity in the United States.Image result for dalit

Lynching of boy underlines how the curse of caste still blights India

Sai Ram, burned alive because of a stray goat, was just one of 17,000 Dalits to fall victim to caste violence in the state of Bihar His alleged killer, currently being held by local police, is from a higher landowning caste. He took offence when one of the teenager’s goats strayed on to his paddy field and grazed on his crops. Ram was overpowered by the landowner and a group of other men. He was badly beaten.

Click here and view movie India’s Dalit Revolution 101.  Now these are people with a gripe!

This brings us back to the United States. Certain members of society, those not on the Dalit level, but in the 1% upper crust, have felt it necessary to debase our Flag, National Anthem and the millions of Americans who served to give them the  right to be a free; yet they aren’t happy. And do you believe that others have joined them in protest. Protest for what? Oh they feel that majority parts of society, the Caucasian who doesn’t ascribe to the White guilt philosophy, have not treated them with the respect they deserve.

Additionally, they feel that others in their Caste are being denied their rights too. What rights are those? They are not enumerated because none are denied. However, they are emotionally disturbed because the mainstream (Caucasians) sees them as second class. A sensitive lot they are. In other words they want Whitey to love them for what they are. OK, we will do that if you behave.

We recall Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s words, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”  Many of those do not have character at all, so why would we judge them to be more than what they are.

As the protest mounts, those who are subject of the protest become less to embrace their cause. And why should they. Pampered millionaires complaining of the injustice felt by their brethren. If there is an injustice it is the fault of those who suffer one. As we read the Sunday paper today, we are again reminded of those left behind.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Four people were killed, and 24 others were wounded in shootings across the city over the weekend.

The most recent fatal shooting happened Sunday afternoon in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. Police said, around 12:15 p.m., a 23-year-old man and a 19-year-old man were standing on the sidewalk near Haddon and Central, when someone opened fire from the alley.

Yes, left behind by the failure of the system, the Democratic system, run by Democrats, embraced by Democrats, embraced by them. By the way those in the deep hood are living by their own devise. Their failure is not the fault of White oppression but of the community leaders who have failed them.

Blaming Others brings class division and group identity. Ethnic conflict resolution is best served by embracing the values of those who gave you the right to protest, not the other way around. 

MICHAEL OBERNDORF – INTERESTING TIMES

Interesting Times

It is said that there’s an old Chinese curse, “May you live in interesting times”, wherein “interesting” appears to be sarcastically ironic. Well, folks, I can’t speak for anyone else, but as I look around each day, I cannot help but conclude that we are, indeed, living in “interesting times”.

China, on many levels, second only to the United States, has performed the Great Leap Forward that Mao dreamed of, but since he was a raging, dogmatic communist, couldn’t pull off. They’ve gone from a Third World, blatant, heavy handed, rigidly communist police state to a First World, semi-capitalist, relatively free – the police presence is still very much there, but is toned way down – world power. However, what has never changed with the Chinese, for some 5,000 years, is the certainty that they are the rightful rulers of the world. They now have the economic, technical, and military wealth to move aggressively toward that goal, and are doing so at a disturbingly rapid pace.

Russia, while no longer the Number 2 Superpower in the world, is still a potential hostile and bellicose force to be reckoned with. Their new alliances in the Middle East, made during the American presidencies of two far leftists – Clinton and Obama – and a die-hard globalist – Bush – have wreaked havoc with the balance of power there. They have been saber rattling all along their borders with Eastern Europe, threatening to take back the subject states that were freed when the Soviet Union collapsed. Indeed, the Crimea has been re-subjugated and the Russian military has interfered in Ukraine directly. During the Obama administration, Russian warplanes, ships, and submarines were often reported at, or within, our air and sea territorial boundaries.

Iran, thanks to the outrageous submission of Obama – an apostate or closet Muslim – is on the verge of developing useable nuclear weapons. They have been a well-known state sponsor of terrorism, supplying money, weapons, and expertise to jihadists and militant Islamists all over the world. Obama removed the sanctions we had placed on them, unfroze their assets, showered them with billions of dollars, and virtually required nothing from them in return. The result has been a resurgence of support for worldwide Islamic terrorism, and an escalating stream of threats from the mullahs in Tehran. It is thought the at least some of the rumored missing “suitcase” tactical nukes that disappeared from Russia at the end of the Cold War ended up in Iran. Their threats to “destroy all you possess” in the “Mother of All Wars” suggests that while they may not have full-blown nukes, they may have the capability of creating an EMP attack, launched from commercial vessels at sea.

The Islamic invasion of Europe, aided and abetted by leftist/globalist European governments has raised, too, the very the possible collapse of Germany, France, Britain, and the Scandinavian countries. The poorest nations in the world are Islamic and Europe seems hell-bent on joining them.

Here at home in the Good Ol’ USA, the left has gone into an insane panic and a violent rampage over the re-emergence of American pride, the election of Donald Trump as president, and his remarkable and undeniable success in undoing much of the damage done by Obama over the past eight years. On Capitol Hill, the leftist Democrat Party has become openly “socialist”, encouraging the violence from their shrinking base, very reminiscent of the National Socialist German Nazis in the late 1930s. They’ve been colluding with the RINO Republican misleadership to block and undermine Trump as he works to Make America Great Again. This communist/fascist alliance is also aiding and abetting a criminal invasion of America by foreigners, one that is aimed at destroying traditional American culture and capitalism by overloading it with ignorant, uneducated, unskilled cheap laborers who have no understanding of our Constitution nor loyalty to our laws, or systems of government and economics.

These are just the most obvious examples of the apparent slide into turmoil that is occurring all over the world. Many more localized, but equally disturbing examples could be cited, but I’m sure your get the idea.

All this, to me, adds up to nothing less than “interesting times”. We’ve had them before, and America has, so far, survived. As with Britain which had Winston Churchill during WWll, we have Donald Trump. In spite of the constant denigrating attacks from the leftist propaganda machine – aka, the “mainstream” media – and Democrat seditionist politicians like Adam Schiff and Maxine Waters, Trump is proving himself to be one of the most competent and extraordinary presidents in history of the nation. He has not failed yet and I, for one, trust him implicitly. If anyone can bring America through these “interesting times”, he can. And I, like millions of other real, patriotic Americans, will support him in every way I can.

GLOBAL WARMING VORTEX SUCKS IN THE IRANIAN RIAL AND TURKISH LIRA

It was inevitable, two of the grand standing countries, run by autocratic Muslims, would see their currencies implode faster than a meteor streaking across their horizons going head to head with the mother of all tornadoes. Iran’s currency is now in the midst of an extreme desert vortex sucking the life out of it. The desert kingdom, once known as the Persian empire is feeling the spirited wind of President Trump; the value of their currency vanishing under the sun is no mirage. Citizens are protesting en masse.

Turkey, no friend of the United States, has run amok of the West; the result has been a whirlwind that has sucked up everything in its path. Hardest hit has been the implosion of their currency. There is no stopping its demise as the drooling Erdogan continues to lambaste the West and Israel. But soon, he will heel like the dog he is. His ascension to the Turkish presidency with unlimited powers has created a rift with NATO and particularly the United States. A schemer of all sorts, making love to Putin while on his knees, is taking Turkey down the third world path to devastation.

Turkey keeps rates unchanged. It was not exactly clear how the inflation outlook with improve if the central bank will not increase rates, prompting some to ask if it was dictator Recep Erdogan – who has been vocally against highest rates and who recently made himself de facto head of the central bank – who wrote the statement.

As a reminder, traders have been worried that after President Erdogan appointed his son-in-law to the Finance and Treasury, while taking more control over the central bank, his influence would prevent the central bank from hiking further, even if they gave him the benefit of the doubt. They are no very disappointed.

Meanwhile, as a result of the aborted tightening, Turkey’s inflation is set to soar even more: June’s inflation data saw the Y/Y rate rise to 15.4% from 12.1%, the highest print in 15 years.

Indeed, on Wednesday morning, even before word of the impending sanctions began to appear in US media, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan responded to earlier complaints from US officials—most notably President Donald Trump and Vice-President Mike Pence—about Brunson’s continued detention.

Apparently, Erdogan did not comprehend how serious the White House was. He claimed that Turkey had an independent judiciary, while he affirmed, “We will not give any credit to this type of threatening language,” which comes from an “evangelist (Mike Pence), zionist mentality.”

News reports of the US sanctions then sent Turkey’s currency tumbling to historic lows, even before they were formally announced. Dr. Aykan Erdemir, a former Turkish lawmaker and now senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, suggested to Kurdistan 24 that the “biggest impact” of the US sanctions “will be on Turkey’s economy, which is on the verge of a meltdown.”

The Iranian Mules (mullahs) are changing their turbans by the hour – sweat pouring out of them like a camel unloading in the desert heat. Other Iranians chose to yell out glorifying eulogies to the late Persian monarch Reza Shah Pahlavi, during whose reign Iran enjoyed a prosperous economy and secure living conditions. Addressing Iran’s intrusive regional policy and the spending of national resources on military excursions and ambitions for hegemony, some demonstrators affirmed that their lives are dedicated not to Gaza, nor Lebanon, but only the homeland Iran.

 

AUGUST 2, 2018

Atlantic Council

As part of the United States’ withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the US Treasury Department will restore sanctions on a number of key Iranian sectors and activities on August 6.

Here’s what you need to know about this set of sanctions:

What is the JCPOA?
The JCPOA or Iran nuclear deal is a 159-page document agreed to on July 14, 2015 by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council—Britain, China, France, Russia, and the United States—plus Germany with Iran. It traded curbs on Iran’s nuclear program for sanctions relief from the European Union, United States, and United Nations. The JCPOA went into implementation on January 16, 2016.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that the United States would withdraw from the deal—despite Iran’s continued compliance—and re-impose all sanctions lifted under the agreement because of perceived deficiencies in the deal including Iran’s pursuit of “destablizing and malign activities” that the United States and its allies oppose.

What are the Trump administration’s stated goals for a new Iran deal?
President Trump has claimed that the United States is open to a new agreement with Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on May 21 publicized a twelve-point plan aimed at making Iran a “normal” country by ending its uranium enrichment program, its ballistic missile program, and its support of militant proxies in the Middle East. In return, Pompeo offered a complete lifting of US sanctions and normalized diplomatic and trade relations.

Many observers saw the plan as unrealistic and it was rejected by the Iranian government as a thinly disguised effort at regime change.

What Iran sanctions will snapback on August 6?
According to the US Treasury Department, the following sanctions will be re-imposed:

“Sanctions on the purchase or acquisition of US dollar banknotes by the Government of Iran; sanctions on Iran’s trade in gold or precious metals; sanctions on the direct or indirect sale, supply, or transfer to or from Iran of graphite, raw, or semi-finished metals such as aluminum and steel, coal, and software for integrating industrial processes; sanctions on significant transactions related to the purchase or sale of Iranian rials, or the maintenance of significant funds or accounts outside the territory of Iran denominated in the Iranian rial; sanctions on the purchase, subscription to, or facilitation of the issuance of Iranian sovereign debt; sanctions on Iran’s automotive sector.”

The United States will no longer import Iranian-origin Persian carpets and foodstuffs such as pistachios, and export or re-export commercial airplanes as well as services and parts.

What companies have already left Iran?
The Trump administration gave foreign companies and the foreign subsidiaries of US multinationals ninety days to wind down their business with Iran. In anticipation of the sanctions, over a dozen major companies have already left the country. They include Boeing, General Electric, Maersk, Peugeot, the Reliance refining complex, Siemens, and Total oil and gas. The Trump administration claims that over fifty international entities and firms have committed to leaving Tehran.

What happens if a company doesn’t comply?
The Trump administration has repeatedly said that it “will not hesitate” to penalize US and foreign businesses that don’t comply with re-imposed sanctions on Iran by blocking them from doing business in the United States. In June, US officials from the State Department and Treasury Department met with foreign counterparts in Europe and Asia to explain the new sanctions policy.

What is the European Union doing?
The EU has promised to try to keep the JCPOA alive, despite the accord being in “intensive care.” It has sought to provide channels for trade to continue, but has conceded that it cannot force private businesses to remain in Iran. Several European countries—including Britain, France, and Germany—have also requested “broad exemptions” for their companies. However, the Trump administration has so far rejected these requests.

What has been the impact in Iran?
The Iranian economy, also burdened by corruption and mismanagement, has taken a nosedive since the US withdrawal from the JCPOA. While the Iranian currency has also gone into free fall. The rial is now worth less than 100,000 to the US dollar, although it has recovered slightly from an all-time low of 117,000 rials after President Trump offered to meet his Iranian counterpart without preconditions.

The Iranian people will suffer under the weight of sanctions, while the Iranian government scrambles to find alternatives means to keep the country afloat.

How will Tehran respond?
The Iranian government has shown no indication that it will surrender to the Trump administration’s demands any time soon. The upper echelons of the Iranian government also reacted negatively to Trump’s offer to meet, widely believing that they wouldn’t get anything in return and demanding that the US first return to the JCPOA. However, some Iranians don’t see the harm of President Hassan Rouhani talking to Trump.

Holly Dagres is editor of the Atlantic Council’s IranSource blog, and a nonresident fellow with the Middle East Security Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. She also curates The Iranist newsletter. Follow her on Twitter: @hdagres.

EXPEL THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD SLIME FROM NATO

The diminutive Muslim Brotherhood Napoleon wannabe, authoritarian Islamist dictator is poking too many fingers in the eyes of NATO members, specifically the United States. We suggest that John Bolton and Mike Pompeo take President Trump’s advice by convincing our NATO allies that this Muslim Country ruled by fiat, Turkey, be given the heave-ho from the august body.

Why would Christians defend a Muslim who is a Christian/Jew hater? Oxymoron to us. Put another way, does anyone in their right mind think Turkey would come to our rescue in the Mother of all wars against the tyrant regime in Iran. No way Jose! So there you have it; grind this POS back into the dirt he came from.

For example: Turkey and the U.S. appear to sharply diverge on a host of fronts, including Turkey’s war against U.S.-allied Kurds in the Middle East and Ankara’s recent purchase of an advanced Russian missile system.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has proved a worthy match for President Trump in frank and sometimes confrontational rhetoric. At one point, he all but threatened to fire on U.S. troops if they got in the way of Turkish military operations clearing out Kurdish positions in northern Syria.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may have been surprised by threats against NATO ally Turkey made Thursday by President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, two State Department sources told NBC News.

The threats concern the fate of North Carolina Pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been detained by Turkish officials based on allegations of terror and espionage. Trump tweeted Thusday that the “United States will impose large sanctions on Turkey” for keeping Brunson in custody.

Trump called him “a great Christian, family man and wonderful human being.”

The Secretary of State had been involved in delicate negotiations in an attempt to free the 50-year-old pastor, who had been jailed for a year and a half on what the U.S. maintains are false charges connected to a failed coup attempt against Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey cited health reasons for releasing Brunson to home detention Wednesday. In a potential quid pro quo Erdogan has demanded the extradition of Pennsylvania-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the leader has held responsible for the failed July 2016 military coup.

Turkey’s foreign minister told U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in their call on Thursday that Turkey “will not bow down to anyone’s threats”, a foreign ministry source said, after President Donald Trump threatened to slap sanctions on Ankara.

The bottom line here comes down to when, not if, will the United States take the necessary action by convincing NATO members that Turkey is a threat to all of them. The truth is the truth, Turkey is now a dictatorship run by a ruthless demagogue on par with Castro, Stalin, Chavez, Ortega, Madero and the rest of the cheap suits.