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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
A Week After Getting Kicked Off YouTube, Stefan Molyneux Gets Booted from Twitter
On July 7, 2020, right wing social media philosopher Stefan Molyneux received a suspension from Twitter, a week following his ban from YouTube. This move comes at a time when many people are questioning Big Tech’s influence on political discussion on the Internet
The ban was implemented without even so much as a warning, according to a report by RT. Molyneux explained the situation during a livestream. “It’s nice to see that Twitter is talking to tech journalists before they would talk to me,” he commented. The right-wing pundit asserted that he was suspended from the platform following the promotion of a new essay that details his values and beliefs. “It’s not hard to understand why powerful people might not want you to read what I wrote below,” Molyneux wrote in a note detailing his suspension from Twitter.
Molyneux is of the opinion that the campaign to deplatform conservative influences has begun to “energize” conservatives. He believes that his ban shows “who has the power and who doesn’t have the power.”
Twitter disputed the idea that he was kicked off for ideological reasons. Twitter provided a statement to CNN in which it contended that Molyneux “was suspended for spam and platform manipulation, specifically operating fake accounts.”
But others condemned Twitter’s decision and warned of a growing assault on free speech, expecting “the purge” to “accelerate.”
Fellow commentators such as Mike Cernovich were critical of this decision. He took it a step further by predicting that the group of renowned public figures who recently signed on to an open letter calling out cancel culture would not bother to defend Molyneux.
Cernovich tweeted,”The Venn diagram of people who just signed that Against Cancel Culture letter and those who will mention Stefan Molyneux being banned will be two wholly non-intersecting circles.”
The Venn diagram of people who just signed that Against Cancel Culture letter and those who will mention Stefan Molyneux being banned will be two wholly non-intersecting circles.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) July 8, 2020
Molyneux is the host of Freedomain Radio and was permanently unpersoned from YouTube on June 29 after supposedly being in violation of the site’s “hate speech” policies.
Molyneux’s removal comes at a time when Big Tech is putting the clamps on all forms of right-wing dissent.
As the 2020 elections approach, this kind of censorship will likely increase against figures who actually stir the pot.
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