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Flashback: General Mattis Opposed Trump’s Withdrawal From Disastrous Iran Deal

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The highest ranking official in the Department of Defense has consistently opposed President Donald J. Trump’s agenda at nearly every turn, including withdrawal from the disastrous Iran deal.

“Asked at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing whether the U.S. should stay in the Iran deal, Mattis would not give his opinion,” according to an April report. “He later said that the deal’s provisions allow ‘pretty robust’ oversight of what Iran is doing.”

The deal forged by the Obama administration lifted economic sanctions on Iran allowing them access to $100 billion in assets frozen overseas with essentially a word-of-mouth agreement that Islamic nation would not covertly continue to build its nuclear program. The former president also transferred $1.7 billion in cash to Iran.

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But still, Mattis protected the agreement.

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“I’ve read it now three times … and I will say that it is written almost with an assumption that Iran would try to cheat,” he said at an Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in April. “So the verification, what is in there, is actually pretty robust as far as our intrusive ability.”

Mattis was widely praised by the mainstream press for supporting the effort to remain in the agreement. He even tried to steer the White House back towards the agreement after Trump announced that he would withdraw in early May.

“Defense Secretary Jim Mattis held out hope that renewed efforts to curtail Iran’s nuclear program in consultation with European nations could still work, a day after President Trump announced his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear pact, upsetting some of the Pentagon’s most important allies abroad,” according to the Washington Post. 

Mattis’ clear repudiation of Trump’s move is evidence that the head of the Department of Defense is actively working against the President.

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INSANE: Engineer Ran Train Off Tracks to Damage Coronavirus HOSPITAL SHIP

An unthinkable act of possible terrorism.

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A Los Angeles engineer reportedly derailed a train, sending it in the direction of the hospital ship USNS Mercy with the hopes of damaging the vessel Tuesday.

Eduardo Moreno of San Pedo is being charged with one count of train wrecking.

Prosecutors are claiming that Moreno was intentionally trying to damage the hospital ship. They allude to the possibility of Moreno being a conspiracy theorist of some sort, evidently believing that the hospital ship was going to be used for nefarious purposes.

Moreno is said to have crashed a Pacific Harbor Line train, running it off the rails and sending it careening through a barricade to the Port of Los Angeles’ docks. The train crashed through several barriers and fences, crossing over two gravel parking lots. It ceased moving before reaching the Mercy, coming to rest just before the Vincent Thomas Bridge.

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No one was injured from the derailing of the train, but a leakage of fuel from the machine required a hazmat team to respond to the incident.

Moreno allegedly told investigators that he was “suspicious” of the ship, not believing that “the ship is what they say it’s for.” The locomotive engineer reportedly went on to say that “you only get this chance once. The whole world is watching. I had to. People don’t know what’s going on here. Now they will.

A Department of Justice press release on Moreno’s arrest and criminal charge describes the man as admitting to derailing the train with the intention of damaging the ship.

The Mercy docked at the Port of Los Angeles over the weekend. The vessel in present in the area to assist in containment measures for the Chinese coronavirus epidemic, in a similar fashion to the hospital ship USNS Comfort’s presence in New York City.

Derailing a train with the intention of damaging a hospital ship is an extreme criminal act, to put it lightly. The incident may have possible terrorist ramifications if it’s made clear that Moreno wanted to damage the ship for overt political purposes.

Big League Politics will continue to monitor this situation.

UPDATE:

Video surfaced of the halted train and the damage it inflicted on the municipal docks on Tuesday.

 

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