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British Commander Contradicts US Central Command on Iran Tensions

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A British commander in charge of anti-ISIS forces rejected White House claims of an increased threat coming from Iran.

ZeroHedge reported on the awkward exchange that took place during a Pentagon press conference on Tuesday May 15, 2019, where British Army Major General Christopher Ghika, one of the leaders of the anti-ISIS coalition, claimed that “there’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria.

The commander added, “We’re aware of that presence, clearly. And we monitor them along with a whole range of others because that’s the environment we’re in. We are monitoring the Shia militia groups. I think you’re referring to carefully and if the threat level seems to go up then we’ll raise our force protection measures accordingly.”

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US Central Command (CENTCOM) swiftly rebuked Ghika’s comments as inaccurate, and emphasized that coalition troops in Iraq and Syria were put on a “high level of alert” due to the “Iran threat.”

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In a statement, CENTCOM said, “Recent comments from OIR’s deputy commander run counter to the identified credible threats available to intelligence from US and allies regarding Iranian-backed forces in the region.”

CENTCOM stated:

US Central Command, in coordination with OIR, has increased the force posture level for all service members assigned to OIR in Iraq and Syria. As a result, OIR is now at a high level of alert as we continue to closely monitor credible and possibly imminent threats to US forces in Iraq.

The Guardian, which has favored intervention in the Middle East, expressed surprise with the hawkish direction Trump’s administration has taken:

The remarkable comments heightened concerns that fabricated or exaggerated intelligence may be being used by administration hawks led by the national security adviser, John Bolton, to further the case for war against Iran, in a manner reminiscent of the buildup to the Iraq invasion.

This rising escalation comes after national security adviser John Bolton announced on Sunday, April 12, 2019 that an aircraft carrier strike group would be deployed to the Persian Gulf region.

This military build-up is allegedly the result of intelligence suggesting that Iran and its regional proxy forces being a threat to American interests in Iraq, Syria, and the Persian Gulf.

The past month has worried many of Trump’s America First base who believe he is kowtowing to defense interests and being bamboozled by neoconservatives in his administration.

From Iran to Venezuela, neocons want to derail Trump’s America First agenda by getting the U.S. involved in another foreign policy quagmire.

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Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation

Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.

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If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.

Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional. 

AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.

In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.

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At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”

In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.” 

Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”

According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”

When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”

Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.

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