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David Hardee

Your article lecturing the readers of the Daily News on how Iran should be treated portrays a single culprit, the United States. All that have knowledge of the relationship between Iran in the united states will reject your one sided criticism.
Your article is pointed at tell Americans how unfairly they are treating Iranians. Obviously you understand the Iranian culture and tradition better than most Americans. Consequently, rather than lecturing American with a one sided article you would be more productive by issuing an article lecturing the Iranians. Send that article into an Iranian newspaper. When they publish that article have a copy of it including the newspaper identification delivered to the Galveston daily news. We would all like to see your criticism of Iran – published.

Carlos Ponce

"But since President Donald Trump introduced sweeping new restrictions on trade with Iran last year, raising tensions with Tehran that reached a crescendo in recent days, Iran's ability to finance allies like Hezbollah has been curtailed. Hezbollah, the best funded and most senior of Tehran's proxies, has seen a sharp fall in its revenue and is being forced to make draconian cuts to its spending, according to Hezbollah officials, members and supporters."
By LIZ SLY | The Washington Post | Published: May 18, 2019
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/trumps-sanctions-on-iran-are-hitting-hezbollah-hard/2019/05/18/970bc656-5d48-11e9-98d4-844088d135f2_story.html?utm_term=.bf6ccb729d64
Question: Was Iran's funding of a Hezbollah and other terrorist groups "Fake News"?
Question: Is the continued chanting of "Death to America!" by Iranian lawmakers "Fake News"?
https://www.apnews.com/1d44336d93e7460782a539409991e0bd
The chanting ( "Marg bar Āmrikā") didn't start just when Trump became president. The chanting started during President Carter's administration.
"Iran Marks Revolution With 'Death to America' Chants" Feb. 11, 2016
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/iran-marks-revolution-death-america-chants-n516406
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/11/04/why-death-to-america-wont-go-away/?utm_term=.1110ddcbda3b
Trump doesn't want war with Iran - but with Iranians constantly yelling for America;'s death he's paying attention.
Americans love the Iranian people.
Iranian leadership on the other hand .....[scared]

Bailey Jones

"You know what else they say about my people? The polls, they say I have the most loyal people. Did you ever see that? Where I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay? It’s like incredible." This is the situation we are in, where the Republican Party will follow DJ Trump over whichever cliff he chooses to march them.

There's a simple metric to determine whether or not war with Iran is a good idea. What does the rest of the world think about it? In the first Iraq war we had a clear reason for war, a clear goal for the war, and the support to build an international coalition. Same with Korea, same in WW2. When our government is saying one thing, and every other democracy on the planet is saying the opposite, we would do well to be skeptical. The lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan are crystal clear. And the author is exactly right, no one except the war hawks in the Trump administration and the corporations who stand to profit from yet another endless war think this is a good idea.

Carlos Ponce

Bailey:
Question: Was Iran's funding of a Hezbollah and other terrorist groups "Fake News"?
Question: Is the continued chanting of "Death to America!" for forty years by Iranian lawmakers "Fake News"?

Bailey Jones

I miss your point, Carlos. Was the US funding and training of the Shah's SAVAK secret police that waged a war of terror against the Iranian people for decades "fake news"? Was the overthrow of the democratically elected, secular, pro-western government of Mohammad Mosaddegh by the United States "fake news"? Is chanting slogans or supporting Hezbollah somehow magically worse than our own crimes? Should Iran declare war on us for our crimes against them? Why can we sit down with the arguably insane dictatorship of North Korea, but can't sit down and talk to the Iranians? Why are we going to war with the supporters of Hezbollah, yet circumventing congress in order to sell $billions in arms to the Saudis - who fund both the spread of the ideological basis for terrorism - Wahhabism (building more than 1500 mosques and madrassas), and actual terrorism (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/dec/05/wikileaks-cables-saudi-terrorist-funding)? There is NO rational reason for going to war with Iran. There is EVERY rational reason for engaging in diplomacy, along with the rest of the world, to bring Iran back into the fold of civil societies. And ironically, if Trump was pushing for diplomacy, trade, and an end to our cold war with Iran, you and the Republicans would be 100% behind him. And so would I.

Carlos Ponce

" Is chanting slogans or supporting Hezbollah somehow magically worse than our own crimes?"
"our own crimes" - At the time of the Shah's overthrow the President was Jimmy Carter. And he's not the only president to support the Shah but the chants started when Jimmy was in office.
Hezbollah is calling for the death of every Jew on this planet. Iran was funding them. Is that good? I think not.
In addition to "Death to America", Iranians chant "Death to Israel". Is that good? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would not think so. He said in 1968,
“Peace for Israel means security, and we must stand with all our might to protect its right to exist, its territorial integrity. I see Israel as one of the great outposts of democracy in the world, and a marvelous example of what can be done, how desert land can be transformed into an oasis of brotherhood and democracy. Peace for Israel means security and that security must be a reality.”
“I would still take a stand against anti-Semitism because it’s wrong, it’s unjust and it’s evil.”
Dr. King associated being ant-Israel as also being anti Jewish.
"King also understood the near-ubiquitous connection between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. During a civil rights dinner in 1968, when a student attacked the Zionist movement, King responded: “Don’t talk like that! When people criticize Zionists, they mean Jews. You’re talking anti-Semitism!”
We stand with the Iranian people. But the Iranian leadership is filled with evil.
" Why can we sit down with the arguably insane dictatorship of North Korea, but can't sit down and talk to the Iranians?" asks Bailey
Been there, done that. They want another pallet fillet with money just like Obama gave them. And any treaties and agreements will not be honored by the current Iranian regime. They practice "Taqiyya" - a Shia term meaning they can lie to gain an upper hand over an enemy. 90-95% of Iranians associate themselves with the Shia branch of Islam.
https://www.thereligionofpeace.com/pages/quran/taqiyya.aspx

Paul Hyatt

Sounds to me like Iran has a supporter of them right in our midst that is spreading baloney. If Iran is such a great and wonderful place I have to ask myself why are you here? You left because Iran is a h*ll hole and you know it and could not make it there....

Bailey Jones

lol. Why are YOU here, Paul? America is literally entirely made up of people who, like the author, have come here to make a better life.

Don Schlessinger

Apparently the author came to America, a place where he has a right to post garbage like he's done here, about his own country, and not be imprisoned for life. That right is called the 1st amendment Bailey, they don't have that right in Iran. I agree with Paul. The guy knows where the door is, warn him not to let is hit him in the --- on his way out.

Emile Pope

Apparently only certain people are allowed to criticize this country or it's leaders. In some cases if they do it enough they become president...

Kelly Naschke

Are we talking about the same Iranians that chant “death to America” in huge groups?

Lisa Gray

I'm simply aghast at this article! Is the author trying to say that Iran has been completely honest with the US regarding it's nuclear ambition? How about those pallets of cash stolen from US taxpayers given to Iran by the last president? How were those used? I'm doubtful that they benefitted any Iranian citizen. And even though I was still in high school, I certainly remember the overthrow of the Shah and the taking of US hostages that lasted for over a year. They were NOT treated kindly. I feel for the Iranian citizens that are against their theocratic overlords, but I for one will NEVER trust the government of Iran to be honest about a damn thing.

Emile Pope

That was Iran's money being held in US banks. Please take the time to learn the facts...

Don Schlessinger

Emile, you're right about certain people being able to our country, AMERICANS, anyone else needs to go back where they came from to b---h about our country and it's citizens.

As to your comment regarding Iranian money, you're correct again, but BHO and his Socialist brothers knew Iran would use the money given back to them to support terrorism when it was given to them. I would have waited until we could trust them to use the money for peaceful purposes to return it.

Gary Scoggin

“Socialist brothers” lol

Emile Pope

It was their money. End of story...

Carlos Ponce

Shah's deal with the US for military items: 1.7 billion
Money given to US military contractors =1.3 billion by US Courts
Money given in lawsuits to victims of Iran = $400 million
Math $1.7 billion - $1.3 billion - $400 million = ZERO
"It was their money" ????? The money was gone.

Emile Pope

The money was in US banks. It was theirs. Apparently the government didn’t agree with you. Apparently they knew that you were incorrect also...

Carlos Ponce

Please take the time to learn the facts...
The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran. "That money purportedly was partial payment of an outstanding claim by Iran for U.S. military equipment that was never delivered. Soon after, $1.3 billion in cash followed." The Shah of Iran had negotiated military purchases from the United States for $1.7 billion.
BUT -
"The issue — and other outstanding claims — has been litigated ever since through a claims tribunal established in The Hague. Some of the money in the account was used to pay American companies whose contracts were canceled, but by 2000, about $400 million was left in what was known as the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Trust Fund account."
By 2000, about $400 million was left in the FMS. Was it still there?
"All told, about $400 million was paid out in relation to court judgments against Iran covered by the law and subsequent legislation in 2002 — about the equivalent of what was in the FMS trust fund."
So what was left? Nothing!
"The law, Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA), said that upon payment, the claims of those individual judgment holders were 'subrogated' to the United States. That means the claims of those individuals essentially became the claims of the United States government vis-a-vis the foreign state — in this case, Iran."

Emile Pope

It was their money. Blathering and gibberish doesn't change that...

Carlos Ponce

Shah's deal with the US for military items: 1.7 billion Money given to US military contractors =1.3 billion by US Courts Money given in lawsuits to victims of Iran = $400 million Math $1.7 billion - $1.3 billion - $400 million = ZERO "It was their money" ????? The money was gone.
You're the one who is blathering, Emile

Emile Pope

If you disagree feel free to write your senator...

Carlos Ponce

Senators Cronyn and Cruz already know the "agreement' was a sham.

Emile Pope

There was a treaty in place that stopped Iran from nuclear weapons development. This corrupt president voided it. Now he wants to go to war, invade another country, because the Iranians may restart their program. If he didn't want them to why did he cancel the treaty? #lookingforanexcuse...

Don Schlessinger

Emile I sure would like to your MOS when you served in our military.

Emile Pope

Look at trump’s...

Emile Pope

Or bush’s...

Gary Scoggin

Or Clinton’s. Or Obama’s. Or Hannity’s. Or Rush’s. Or mine.

I didn’t realize that was a prerequisite to expression an opinion.

Emile Pope

Apparently it is to some people...

Carlos Ponce

"There was a treaty in place that stopped Iran from nuclear weapons development. "
Not true. American Treaties are to be verified by US Senate.
US Constitution
Article 2 Section 2 Clause 2: [The President] shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur...
http://constitutionus.com/
This NEVER was verified by the US Senate. To state, "There was a treaty in place that stopped Iran from nuclear weapons development" is FALSE.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was NEVER confirmed by the Senate so it NEVER was a treaty. Under U.S. law, the JCPOA is a non-binding political commitment.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joint_Comprehensive_Plan_of_Action
https://2009-2017.state.gov/documents/organization/65728.pdf
Do you understand what non-binding" means?

Emile Pope

Apparently Iran thought it was. And so did trump.

Carlos Ponce

Iran knew what it was. Trump knew it was a phony agreement.
Think about it, Emile. Iran must have 24 days advanced notice before inspection of nuclear facilities. Only an idiot would agree to that.[whistling]

Emile Pope

Wrong. More garbage...

Carlos Ponce

Not garbage, Emile. Just the facts:
"That means a total of 24 days could elapse between the time inspectors first request access to a suspicious site and the time they are allowed entry. "
"They could also take advantage of the 24-day delay to pave or paint over evidence of building the components needed to produce a nuclear weapon."
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/obama-inspectors-access-any-site-iran-true/

Emile Pope

It applied only to military bases. Your "facts" are garbage...

Emile Pope

And evidence of nuclear activity can't be hidden in 24 days...

Carlos Ponce

"It applied only to military bases. True, but since ALL nuclear facilities in Iran governed by the "agreement" are run by the military your point is moot.

Carlos Ponce

"And evidence of nuclear activity can't be hidden in 24 days..." You're just making that up to cover your FALSE statements. It can be.
"Yes, Iran Can Hide Nuclear Weapons in 24 Days. Iran Deal’s Details Show Fatal Flaws."
https://www.dailysignal.com/2015/08/14/yes-iran-can-hide-nuclear-material-in-24-days-iran-deals-details-show-fatal-flaws/
"What can Iran hide in 24 days?"
https://jewishjournal.com/news/world/176435/
"It is important to note that Iran will be able to cover up any signs of prohibited activity within the 24-day period, particularly if this activity does not involve fissile material (for example, calculations on the output of a nuclear explosion or experiments using metal with a radioactive signature that is not uranium)."
https://www.globalsecurity.org/wmd/library/news/iran/2015/iran-150803-israel-mfa01.htm
Hundreds more websites, Emile. If you're going to make things up, try making them plausible.

Emile Pope

Show them...

Carlos Ponce

http://www.thetower.org/2240-concerns-grow-over-nuke-deal-giving-iran-24-days-to-answer-questions-about-suspicious-sites/
https://www.unitedagainstnucleariran.com/whats-wrong-with-iran-nuclear-deal
https://www.belfercenter.org/publication/are-iranian-military-bases-limits-inspection
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nuclear-deal-with-iran-scrutinized-by-experts/2015/07/17/8a53aaae-2c92-11e5-bd33-395c05608059_story.html?utm_term=.7d657c5b7552
http://www.thetower.org/2267-leading-nonproliferation-think-tank-casts-doubt-on-verifiability-of-iran-nuclear-deal/
http://www.ottawajewishbulletin.com/2015/08/what-can-iran-hide-in-24-days-answering-the-questions-posed-by-the-nuclear-deal/
https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/irans-idea-snap-inspection-24-days-notice
https://clarionproject.org/u-s-iran-uninspected-undeclared-nuclear-sites/
https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-under-nuke-deal-iran-has-months-to-hide-illicit-activity/
https://www.jta.org/2015/08/04/united-states/what-can-iran-hide-in-24-days-answering-the-questions-posed-by-the-nuclear-deal
http://www.jewishrhody.com/stories/what-can-iran-hide-in-24-days,1758
https://www.stljewishlight.com/news/world/what-can-iran-hide-in-days-answering-the-questions-posed/article_eb6501fe-3937-5a5b-9bbf-f50aafcfd396.html
https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran/IAEA-to-allow-Iran-to-inspect-its-own-past-military-nuclear-work-to-UN-412645
Let me know when you're finished with these.

Charles Douglas

Ahhh I'm not sure but didn't Obama give his friends in Iran thirty day to clean up their nuke sites before ANYBODY could run an INSPECTION verification of compliance on them? End of discussion folks. It was the same kind of lowdown, low-life, unpatriotic dealings they are bringing forth in DC now. That's why they call it the SWAMP!!

Jack Reeves

The same "lovely" people who chant, "Death to America", kill our civilians, make it impossible to travel without restriction, kill our firefighters and police officers, spread the poison of jihad, rape their female and male captives, impregnate children, molest young boys and deny our GOD want US to be tolerant...no way. I am a veteran who was displaced to an un-air conditioned clinic at Ft. Sam Houston so that our wounded "enemies" could enjoy the comfort of air conditioning at BAMC Hospital in San Antonio. Tell someone who gives a damn.....

Emile Pope

How many have killed cops and firefighters? I'm afraid that you have the wrong people, religion, and country. Do you have any idea of what you are talking about?

Carlos Ponce

Emile doesn't know what's he's writing about.

Jack Reeves

Well Emile, I guess you think 9-11 was or carried out by Methodists or Southern Baptists? And correct me if I am wrong but, I guess those men and women in uniform who ran into the Twin Towers were Good Humor ice cream salespersons ? Hmmmm, I think they were cops and firefighters, many of whom died there.

Emile Pope

No Iranians...

Emile Pope

You're thinking about the ones your president sold weapons to over the objections of congress...wasn't bin Laden a Saudi?

Carlos Ponce

Oh, THAT president.
"Report: Obama administration arms sales offers to Saudi Arabia top $115 billion" - Reuters, Sep. 7, 2016
https://static7.businessinsider.com/r-obama-administration-arms-sales-offers-to-saudi-top-115-billion-report-2016-9
Recent sales to Saudi Arabia during Trump's tenure amount to $8.1 Billion.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/24/politics/trump-arms-sales-saudi-arabia-uae/index.html
Obama $115 Billion
Trump $8.1 Billion
Obama wins this one. Happy, Emile?

Emile Pope

Over the objections of Congress? After Saudi Arabia killed someone living in America?

Carlos Ponce

"Over the objections of Congress?"
There's been objection from members of Congress to both sales but not Congress.
"The outcry over those casualties has led some members of Congress to push for restrictions on arms transfers, and amid the growing outcry, the Pentagon cautioned that its support for Saudi Arabia in its Yemen campaign was not “a blank check”. Reuters September 7, 2016
HINT: That's during the OBAMA administration.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-security/obama-administration-arms-sales-offers-to-saudi-top-115-billion-report-idUSKCN11D2JQ
"Members of Congress had been blocking sales of offensive military equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for months, angry about the huge civilian toll from their air campaign in Yemen, as well as human rights abuses such as the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Turkey." Reuters May 24, 2019
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-saudi-arms/defying-congress-trump-sets-8-billion-plus-in-weapons-sales-to-saudi-arabia-uae-idUSKCN1SU25R
This one is during the Trump administration.
Repeating: There's been objection from members of Congress to both sales but not Congress.
Members of Congress is not the same as Congress. They'd have to pass a resolution in both houses for you to accurately claim "Over the objections of Congress?" That has NOT happened.

Jim Forsythe

The CIA overthrow Mossadegh (1953) and install the Shah to the throne, the Shah then go's about murdering thousands of Iranians with his SAVAK police, to a point that Iranians have a revolution. And you wonder why they say death to America.
Now we give them more reasons for Iranian lawmakers to chant Death to America? - the country's armed forces which played an important role in defeating ISIS in Iraq, has just been designated a 'Terrorist organisation' by Trump!! I don't agree with the chant, but I understand why they do it.

It's ok to talk to the murderous North Korean regime, but not Iran. For some reason, Trump now thinks that North Korea does no wrong and Iran does no right. But he was just the opposite as far as with North Korean in the past. By dismissing what was agreed to before in Iran, he has just said to the world, whatever the USA say's, we may take back before long. This action of refusing to honor what we said was ok, reduces our standing.

We have two people in the same body trying to be the one in charge.
Kim is the same man that Trump called 'Little Rocket Man' and threaten 'fire and fury'. But Trump also said about Kim, he “fell in love” with the dictator after receiving “beautiful letters” from him.
Trump is sending mix messages too other countries by his actions with North Korea, Iran and expect others to understand what he wants. He is not even on the same page as the people that advise him, so it comes as no surprise that no one else know what his goals are .
Until he has a united front with his staff, others will not take him as serious.
Donald Trump has dismissed concerns about North Korea’s recent missile tests, calling them “small weapons”, a day after his national security adviser said there was no doubt the launches violated UN security council resolutions.

What else does he want to do, which has resulted in a war in the past.
There is precedent for using the emergency exemption for arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush used it for sales before the 1991 Gulf War and the 2003 Iraq war. Will this result be the same?

Iran has said it would resume enriching uranium at higher levels if a new nuclear deal is not reached by July 7. This in direct result of Trumps actions.


Carlos Ponce

" For some reason, Trump now thinks that North Korea does no wrong..."
Wrong, Jim.
Have the sanctions against North Korea been lifted? No.

Jim Forsythe

Donald Trump on Sunday played down North Korea’s recent missile tests and said they were not a concern for him.
That raised alarm bells in Japan, where short-range missiles pose a serious threat because of the country’s proximity to North Korea.
Trump in his tweet said he had “confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me,” but not our promise to South Korea and Japan.
“My people think it could have been a violation,” Trump said. “I view it differently. I view it as a man — perhaps he wants to get attention and perhaps not. Who knows?”
Trump praised Kim, calling him a “smart man” who might have launched the missiles earlier this month to “get attention.”
Big talk if you are not South Korea or Japan. But for South Korea and Japan they know that short range missiles can kill many people. They expect our help and what they get is a BS response from the USA
President Donald Trump has downplayed a series of recent missile launches by North Korea, saying he doesn't consider the tests a setback amid stalled nuclear talks with Kim Jong Un.
On Thursday, the Pentagon said that North Korea “flight-tested multiple ballistic missiles” in the country's second launch of weapons in less than a week. The missiles flew for more than 186 miles before landing in the ocean.

Carlos Ponce

Have the sanctions against North Korea been lifted? No.
What does Jim want, an all out war against North Korea while talks are planned?
Is Jim Forsythe a war monger?
At least North Korea is attempting to negotiate while Iran isn't.

Carlos Ponce

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/justice-department/u-s-seeks-seize-north-korean-ship-suspected-violating-u-n1003811
"U.S. seizes North Korean ship suspected of violating U.N. sanctions
The 17,000-ton freighter, called the Wise Honest, was stopped in Indonesia last year after it was found to be carrying coal."

Carlos Ponce

"US cannot threaten Iran while negotiating with it "
Iran wants to dictate the terms. That's not negotiation.

Jim Forsythe

This ship was seized sometime in April. Kim's recent (in May) rocket launches may have been in retaliation for what they consider to be a hijacking or piracy.
The Wise Honest, was seized by Indonesia, then passed off to us.
Kim Jong Un is not going to turn lose of his Missiles...He will starve his people...shoot his family ...lie about everything .....and SMILE all the way to the Bank! His people only know poverty...as that has been their life...! Poppa was just as bad or worse ....and nothing is any different in Iran...Just playing Chess with Nukes...!
So much for "FIRE & FURY" that Trump promised .
Let's see if there is another love letter coming.

Carlos Ponce

We get it, Jim wants an all out war against North Korea.

Jim Forsythe

US cannot threaten Iran while negotiating with it

Trump needs to step out of the way and let the trained negotiators take over. in North Korea and Iran Trump is not dealing with one of his companies, that if he makes a mistake, bankruptcy is a out.
While sanctions have exacted a heavy toll on the North Korean economy, experts say their effectiveness has been undermined by the failure of some countries to enforce them and the willingness of some companies to flout them. Even if the sanctions were tightened, however, many question whether they would achieve the desired outcome.

North Korea said Friday that nuclear negotiations with the United States will never resume unless the Trump administration moves away from what Pyongyang described as unilateral demands for disarmament.
Talks between Washington and Pyongyang have been at a standstill, when a meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump broke down over what the Americans described as excessive North Korean demands for sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.
Kim has since declared that the Trump administration has until the end of the year to come up with mutually acceptable terms for a deal.
As retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who conducted arms-control negotiations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff said “First of all you've got to be honest with yourself. For the president to come home and say 'the nuclear threat from North Korea is gone, you can sleep safely at night,' is an element of fantasy.
June 13, 2018
President Donald Trump declared there was "no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea," following his summit with leader Kim Jong Un that produced no guarantees on how or when Pyongyang would disarm.
Trump's claim that North Korea no longer poses a nuclear threat is questionable considering Pyongyang's significant weapons arsenal.
Trump tweeted. "President (Barack) Obama said that North Korea was our biggest and most dangerous problem. No longer - sleep well tonight!"
Before the United Nations General Assembly Trump said “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”
If Trump tried to level North Korea this is what would happen.
China would be part of the fight. China’s military would also want to find nuclear weapons, stocks of chemical and biological agents, and ballistic missiles. Beijing, however, covets something even more important to China: paper. The Chinese would need to secure North Korean archives, which will likely show their complicity in the Kim family’s weapons programs and its horrific crimes.
This means China almost certainly would try to secure the capital of Pyongyang and weapons sites before South Korean and American forces did so.

Carlos Ponce

"US cannot threaten Iran while negotiating with it " Iran wants to dictate the terms. That's not negotiation.

Jim Forsythe

"USA cannot threaten Iran while negotiating with it "
Negotiating is a two way street .
Iran agreed to a negotiated settlement, and now we are saying that it is no good.
Why would Iran, or any other country agree to anything that we may latter say, we now do not agree with it, so we take it back.
If they agree now with what Trump wants, what insurances do they have that Trump or Presidents to come will not say, we take it back. Once burned, why would they believe what we say.
Iran sees how we are handling North Korea and may be thinking, North Korea has missiles and nothing more is happening to them than what is happing to us.

Carlos Ponce

Iran duped the United States under Obama/Kerry and wants to continue that scenario under Trump. It's not going to happen, Jim.

Emile Pope

How's that voter purge coming along?
https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/breaking-governor-accepts-whitley-resignation-as-secretary-of-state/2032105541
https://www.texastribune.org/2019/05/27/texas-secretary-state-david-whitley-forced-leave-office/
https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/politics/texas/article/Texas-Secretary-of-State-David-Whitley-resigns-13899405.php
https://dfw.cbslocal.com/video/4093025-texas-secretary-of-state-david-whitley-resigns/

Carlos Ponce

January = 8 non-citizens purged, 1 in Galveston County
February = 108 non-citizens purged 2 in Galveston County
Then the lawsuits started
March = 11 non-citizens purged, 1 in Galveston County
April = 12 non-citizens purged 0 in Galveston County
Total of 139 non-citizens purged from voter rolls, 4 in Galveston County.
Stay tuned for May, etc.
https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/team/cancellation-trend-reports/index.shtml

Emile Pope

Population of Texas registered voters: 14 million. And oh by the way, how many people became eligible to vote and registered between January and May? I’m guessing a lot more than 139...

Carlos Ponce

Emile, you know the purging was going along well until those lawsuits. Now the purging will continue well into the 2020 election cycle. Keep an eye on the Secretary of State website provided for May 2019 through November 2020.

Emile Pope

Which one?

Carlos Ponce

Your inquiry is as clear as mud. Specify what you mean.

Emile Pope

I understand that there's an opening...

Emile Pope

How many of them voted? And 139 out of 14 million is less than one ten thousandth of one percent. A real game changer.

Carlos Ponce

Cheryl Johnson has directed Jack Roady to look into several names. The word is out - if you vote as a non-citizen you will be investigated, possibly prosecuted, possibly deported. Not a game changer since they are just following US Federal and Texas LAW.

Jim Forsythe

Time after time voters are purged, to later find out that it was done in ERROR. After so many ERRORS, it starts looking like it was not in ERROR.

November 2, 2012
State election officials repeatedly and mistakenly matched active longtime Texas voters to deceased strangers across the country - some of whom perished more than a decade ago - in an error-ridden effort to purge dead voters just weeks before the presidential election.

May 28, 2019
"Texas' Acting Secretary of State David Whitley, whose search for non-citizens among the state's 16 million registered voters prompted three federal lawsuits and an eventual court settlement, submitted his resignation Monday"

Still registered to vote! Texas will have to rescind the false claims.
April 26, 2019
The Republican secretary of state in Texas on Friday was forced to completely retract his lie about finding 95,000 non-citizens on the Texas voter rolls — a statistic he used to try to purge tens of thousands of eligible voters from the books. As part of a settlement with civil rights groups, the state of Texas will have to rescind its initial advisory that made the false claims about voter fraud, and will have to notify anyone who received correspondence questioning their registration and citizenship that they are, in fact, still registered to vote in the USA.

Not just in Texas purges are done in ERROR!
The Texas effort is akin to similar failed Republican hunts for illegal voters. Florida used a similar methodology to flag 180,000 voters whom state officials claimed were not citizens. After a contentious legal battle, the state admitted only 85 of the people on the list were non-citizens. By that time that state had already purged thousands of legal voters.

Carlos Ponce

"Time after time voters are purged..." Note the designation has changed from "Non-citizen - Juror" to just non-citizens. Now look at the few purged prior to 2019 compared to 139 in 2019 up to April 30.

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