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Tom Cotton Demands ‘Retaliatory Military Strike’ Against Iran Over Oil Tanker Attacks

The war party is trying to seize control over President Trump’s foreign policy.

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After last week’s attacks on Japanese oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, the neoconservative war hawk wing of the Republican Party is trying use the events as an excuse to start war with Iran.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) is leading the charge, calling for a “retaliatory military strike” against Iran despite the fact that they did not attack the U.S. in any tangible manner last week. He wants the U.S. to play world police, George W. Bush style.

“These unprovoked attacks on commercial shipping warrant a retaliatory military strike,” Cotton said during a Sunday appearance on “Face the Nation.”

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Cotton is urging President Donald Trump to commit acts of war to “defend American interests.” He believes that Iran attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman because of a declaration by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo based on U.S. intelligence despite eye-witnesses on one of the downed vessels claiming otherwise.

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“The fastest way to get the fire and fury of the U.S. military unleashed on you is to interfere with the freedom of navigation on the open seas and in the air. That’s exactly what Iran is doing in one of the world’s most important strategic choke points,” Cotton said.

It doesn’t matter to Cotton that the U.S. intelligence community was incorrect about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, which led to a war that President Trump has called the worst blunder in U.S. history. Cotton is convinced that the intelligence community has it right this time, so bombs away.

“In 2002, our intelligence agencies, just like every Western intelligence agency, was trying to assess the state of a weapons of mass destruction program, one of the things that states worked the hardest to keep secret,” Cotton said.

“There’s really not much to assess right here. Everybody can see with their own two eyes, those Iranian sailors going up to a ship and taking a mine off of it,” he added.

This grainy video is what Cotton and other members of the war party are claiming that is the smoking gun proving Iran conducted the attacks:

President Trump has stated frequently that he does not want to start any more wars, but members of Congress and his administration will not be making that easy for him. They smell blood in the water, and Iran may be next on the hit list of the military-industrial complex.

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ANTIFA-Linked Washington Women, Former Democrat Organizer Charged With Terrorist Attack in Train Derailment Plot

Two women are charged with attacks on railroad infrastructure.

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Two ANTIFA-linked Bellingham, Washington women were federally charged on counts of terrorist attack and violence against a railroad carrier on Monday, with the Department of Justice alleging Ellen Reiche and Samantha Brooks placed a “shunt” on railroad tracks in Whatcom County.

The shunt device in question disrupts the low level electrical current on the tracks and can disable various safety features. Charging documents indicate that previous shunting incidents had caused dangerous situations for traveling trains and almost resulted in a spill of hazardous materials at least once.

Reiche(pictured), 23, and Brooks, 27, were arrested on Saturday night. In a charging press release, US Attorney Brian Moran reveals that authorities have discovered 41 incidences in which dangerous shunts were placed on railroad tracks belonging to BNSF Railroads since January.

According to reports on her now-deleted Linkedin page, Reiche was previously employed as a Deputy Field Organizer for Washington State Democrats. She appears to be something of an environmentalist type, working as a park aide for the state, a naturalist for Outer Island Excursions, and a mentor for Wild Whatcom. Reiche also has a bachelor’s degree in German from the University of Western Washington.

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Photography of Reiche’s vehicle released in the Department of Justice charging document reveals an “Indigenous Land” bumper sticker, suggesting the territorial United States was stolen from Native Americans.

Charging documents reveal that claims of responsibility for the shunt placements were posted onto anarchist website itsgoingdown.org, a platform used by ANTIFA militants to plan property destruction, violent crimes, and attacks on traditional American statues. The post regarding the placement of the shunt invoked supposed solidarity with Native American groups who oppose the construction of a Canadian oil pipeline.

This claim of responsibility stated that the shunting activity was carried out in solidarity with Native American tribes in Canada seeking to prevent the construction of an oil pipeline across British Columbia, and with the express goal of disrupting BNSF operations and supplies for the pipeline,” cites the charging documents.

A railroad safety deputy chief describes witnessing the two women placing the shunt device on railroad tracks by use of a game camera on November 28th. Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputies were alerted, and when the two women were found at the scene, they claimed they were merely looking for lost keys. However, authorities determined Reiche was in “possession of a brown paper bag that contained rubber gloves, a piece of black insulated copper wire, and a Makita Drill with a wheel-shaped wire brush attachment in the chuck.” The same wire had been used in previous shunting devices. A shunt was ultimately discovered near where the two women were confronted by sheriff’s deputies.

The terrorist suspects were released from jail in advance of a scheduled December 14th court appearance. The criminal charges are punishable by sentences of up to 20 years in prison. Their booking information at the Whatcom County Jail specifies state charges filed against the leftist militants.

Both of them are identified as Bellingham, Washington residents in the DOJ press release.

 

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