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FLASHBACK: Trump Warned of Obama Playing the “Iran Card” to Get Re-Elected in 2012

President Trump has warned against an Iran War for many years.

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President Donald Trump is talking tough on Iran right now, with a military strike reportedly on the table, but prior to his election, he warned against his predecessor going to war with Iran to boost his re-election chances.

Trump speculated in a series of Tweets that Obama would “play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected” and that the former president would “someday attack Iran in order to show how tough he is.”

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While Trump’s predictions never quite came to fruition, he now finds himself in a similar situation as the one he described. Trump has a hotly-contested election coming up next year, and is on the precipice of a war with Iran.

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Trump administration officials are admitting that bombing Iran is now a real possibility after they were attributed by U.S. intelligence as the culprit of oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman last week.

“We don’t take it lightly,” Trump said last week on “Fox and Friends” about Iran. “They are a nation of terror and they’ve changed a lot since I’ve been president, I can tell you. They were unstoppable and now they are in deep, deep trouble.”

“The United States is considering a full range of options. We have briefed the President a couple of times, we’ll continue to keep him updated. We are confident that we can take a set of actions that can restore deterrence which is our mission set,” Pompeo said this weekend on “Face the Nation.”

While the Trump administration gets more hawkish toward Iran, top Trump allies in Congress – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) – are warning the President not to get bogged down in another forever war.

“One of the things I like about President Trump is that he said the Iraq War was a mistake. I think an Iran war would be even a bigger mistake than the Iraq War. We lost over 4,000 soldiers over there. I don’t think we need to get involved in another war.” Paul said on Fox News.

“Now if a ship is shooting at you, you can return fire. You can defend yourselves. But to go and retaliate and say, ‘oh we’re going to blow up one of their naval ships or we’re going to drop a bomb on Tehran,’ … No, those are completely wrong-headed and unconstitutional ideas.” Paul added.

“‘America First’ means protecting our border from the ‘Gulf Cartel’ before avenging foreign vessels in the Gulf of Oman,” Gaetz said in a follow-up tweet.

Trump would be wise to take his own advice, and avoid another costly military intervention in Iran that could possibly be an even bigger disaster than what happened in Iraq.

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Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Pick Told Hillary Clinton Al Qaeda “Is On Our Side in Syria”

Sullivan said as such in a 2012 email.

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The man Joe Biden intends to appoint as his National Security Advisor if inaugurated as President told Hillary Clinton that Al Qaeda “is on our side in Syria” in a 2012 email. Jake Sullivan was a Director of Policy Planning for the State Department at the time, and went on to serve as the National Security Advisor to then-Vice President Joe Biden.

Sullivan made the claim that Al Qaeda (“AQ”) was aligned with American interests in a email leaked through Wikileaks’ Hillary Clinton email disclosures.

Islamist rebels who seek to overthrow the Alawite Ba’athist regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are heavily infiltrated by Jihadist elements, such as al-Qaeda. The neoliberal foreign policy establishment has long sought to empower Syrian rebels, attempting to remove Assad from power as early as 2010.

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Al Qaeda and ISIS-aligned Jihadists have since gone on to attempt to purge Christians and Alawite minorities from Syria, in some cases making use of American weaponry either placed in the wrong hands or commandeered by terroristic elements. Western support for jihadist rebels may have prolonged the bloody and seemingly endless Syrian conflict for years, in turn creating a refugee crisis in Europe.

It remains to be seen whether Joe Biden will place emphasis on Syrian regime change as a foreign policy priority, with more information on the Islamist elements of the Syrian opposition since having come to light.

Biden has tasked other “progressive” warhawks to staff senior positions of his administration, including Iraq War advocate Tony Blinken as Secretary of State.

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