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Trump's still president, Iran blinked, stocks are soaring – Wrong again, Chicken Littles
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2020-01-10 19:00:05 UTC
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Michael Goodwin: Trump's still president, Iran blinked, stocks are
soaring – Wrong again, Chicken Littles
Michael Goodwin By Michael Goodwin | New York Post

Trump: We immediately increased sanctions on Iran
President Trump says the U.S. has increased the already severe sanctions
against Iran

If you went to bed early Tuesday, you were surprised to wake up
Wednesday and learn that World War III has been delayed. No doubt you
were also shocked that Iran blinked, oil prices were tumbling and the
stock market was soaring.

Once again, the Chicken Little chorus got everything all wrong. The sky
isn’t falling and Donald Trump pulled off a huge victory. Oh, and he’s
still president.

Iran’s decision to pretend it was retaliating for the death of Qassem
Soleimani by lobbing ineffective missiles is terrific news for America
and freedom-loving people everywhere. So was Trump’s Wednesday offer of
negotiations, which he wrapped in even tougher economic sanctions and
warnings against any new attacks on Americans.

Once again, the Chicken Little chorus got everything all wrong. The sky
isn’t falling and Donald Trump pulled off a huge victory. Oh, and he’s
still president.

Over the last week, the president has put on a clinic in seeking peace
while projecting strength. Just don’t expect to find the outcome
described that way in the New York Times or on CNN.

Comically, the Times tried to turn America’s victory into defeat, with
its top headline declaring that “Trump Backs Away From Further Military
Conflict With Iran.” Imagine the headline if he had chosen the military
option.

The Times is so deep into the anti-Trump weeds that it swallowed the
mullahs’ propaganda that the crush of Iranians said to be mourning the
death of Soleimani took to the streets voluntarily.

CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING MICHAEL GOODWIN'S COLUMN IN THE NEW YORK POST

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If you went to bed early Tuesday, you were surprised to wake up
Wednesday and learn that World War III has been delayed. No doubt you
were also shocked that Iran blinked, oil prices were tumbling and the
stock market was soaring.

Once again, the Chicken Little chorus got everything all wrong. The sky
isn’t falling and Donald Trump pulled off a huge victory. Oh, and he’s
still president.

Iran’s decision to pretend it was retaliating for the death of Qassem
Soleimani by lobbing ineffective missiles is terrific news for America
and freedom-loving people everywhere. So was Trump’s Wednesday offer of
negotiations, which he wrapped in even tougher economic sanctions and
warnings against any new attacks on Americans.

Over the last week, the president has put on a clinic in seeking peace
while projecting strength. Just don’t expect to find the outcome
described that way in the New York Times or on CNN.

Comically, the Times tried to turn America’s victory into defeat, with
its top headline declaring that “Trump Backs Away From Further Military
Conflict With Iran.” Imagine the headline if he had chosen the military
option.

The Times is so deep into the anti-Trump weeds that it swallowed the
mullahs’ propaganda that the crush of Iranians said to be mourning the
death of Soleimani took to the streets voluntarily.

Notice the pattern? Anything that makes Trump look bad is good, facts be
damned. They treat foreign mass murderers better than they treat him.

Still, if you’re keeping score at home, this marks approximately 1
million times Trump has escaped a doomsday certainty. Alas, his survival
only seems remarkable because he has such fools for opponents. And I
don’t refer just to the Iranians.

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Democrats still delusional about Trump even after Qassem Soleimani
death: Goodwin
Blinded by hate, the Democrat/media industrial complex has created a
daily soap opera where they predict Trump’s imminent collapse, and
usually openly cheer for it.

One result is that his survival always surprises them. While some of
Trump’s escapes do qualify as Houdini-esque, the bold takedown of
Soleimani wasn’t one of them.

Strategically and morally, it was a no-brainer that the terror
mastermind deserved to die, and the notion that Trump’s presidency would
be ended because he approved the mission was wishful thinking at its
most diabolical.

It’s true that if any Democrat or your average Republican were sitting
in the Oval Office, Soleimani would still be strutting around the
Mideast, spreading mayhem and death like an evil Johnny Appleseed. But
that’s only because no other politicians on the stage have Trump’s
America First convictions and the courage to act on them.

Given their druthers, politicians-as-usual choose appeasement every
time. That’s how Iran, pre-Trump, paid a relatively minor price for its
40-year reign as the world’s largest state sponsor of terror.

Take House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was still regretting Soleimani’s
demise Tuesday evening while Iranian rockets were falling on two bases
in Iraq that house American troops.

Saying she was “closely monitoring” the attacks, she tweeted that “We
must ensure the safety of our service members, including ending needless
provocations from the Administration and demanding that Iran cease its
violence.”

So targeting Soleimani was a “needless provocation”? She’s so full of
rage, she probably wants to make his death a third article of impeachment.

Surely you remember impeachment? How it was so urgent that the House
couldn’t possibly let voters pick the president this November. How Trump
was such a threat to a fair election that there wasn’t time for a full
inquiry and only a partisan kangaroo court would do.

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Pelosi spewed those lies and more before she put the articles in a
drawer last month, not to be seen since.

Thwarted by public opposition, she’s changing the subject again. Her new
sleight-of-hand is to declare an urgent need for a war powers resolution
that would tie Trump’s hands and prevent him from holding Iran accountable.

This is no ordinary nonsense, though it’s not without a twisted logic.
Pelosi, like nearly all Dems and the media, still believes in the
fiction otherwise known as the Iranian nuke deal. Hook, line and sinker,
they bought Barack Obama’s risible claim that the deal — not a treaty —
would lure Iran back into the community of nations. Obama even sweetened
the pot with billions of dollars, and skirted banking rules to deliver
pallets of cash to Tehran.

In fact, it was quickly clear that Soleimani used much of that money to
fund armed proxy groups throughout the Mideast. As Trump said Wednesday,
“Iran went on a terror spree funded by the money from the deal and
created hell in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq.”

That blood money is part of what Pelosi wants to protect with her war
powers resolution on Iran.

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Oleg Smirnov
2020-01-10 20:10:35 UTC
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Iran's decision to pretend it was retaliating for the death of Qassem
Soleimani by lobbing ineffective missiles is terrific news for America and
freedom-loving people everywhere.
The missiles have hit at high precision, as targeted.
Post by a425couple
So was Trump's Wednesday offer of negotiations, which he wrapped in even
tougher economic sanctions and warnings against any new attacks on
Americans.
Iran promptly suggested Trump to fuck himself.

This Fox writer cheats the American public.
a425couple
2020-01-10 21:50:38 UTC
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Iran promptly suggested Trump to fuck himself.
This Fox writer cheats the American public.
Meanwhile the Iranian military is harming all civilization.

And the Iranian government continues to show it is all
biased lies, and ignores the truth.

"(Bloomberg) — Iran accused western governments of
“psychological warfare” in claiming the Boeing Co. jet that
crashed near Tehran on Wednesday was brought down by a missile"

"a CBS News crew found the impact site unguarded and unsecured,
with virtually all pieces of the plane cleared away and scavengers
picking through the remaining debris."
Oleg Smirnov
2020-01-10 22:19:28 UTC
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Post by Oleg Smirnov
This Fox writer cheats the American public.
Meanwhile the Iranian military is harming all civilization.
And the Iranian government continues to show it is all
biased lies, and ignores the truth.
"(Bloomberg) - Iran accused western governments of
"psychological warfare" in claiming the Boeing Co. jet that
crashed near Tehran on Wednesday was brought down by a missile"
"a CBS News crew found the impact site unguarded and unsecured,
with virtually all pieces of the plane cleared away and scavengers
picking through the remaining debris."
Right today the Ukraine's top officials have said the Ukrainian
investigators have full cooperation from the Iranians. They say
Iran has given them full access to the site and all the relevant
data, including the boxes. Don't know what could the Americans
force them say tomorrow, but that's what they were saying today.

The American fake news media don't tell the Americans such news.
They keep the Americans silly and misinformed. Even the heavily
biased Al Jazeera informs better <http://tinyurl.com/td66wg8>

a425couple
2020-01-10 22:13:58 UTC
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Iran promptly suggested Trump to fuck himself.
This Fox writer cheats the American public.
So Oleg,
are you happy at what your Russian Surface to air missiles
have done in the hands of the Iranians?

How about the ones you shipped to the Ukranian rebels?

Two civilian airliners full of civilians,,, KILLED!

from
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-crash-missiles-explainer/explainer-missile-system-suspected-of-bringing-down-airliner-short-range-fast-and-deadly-idUSKBN1Z90A1

JANUARY 9, 2020 / 7:40 PM / UPDATED 15 HOURS AGO
Explainer: Missile system suspected of bringing down airliner: short
range, fast and deadly
Gerry Doyle

(Reuters) - Canada said on Thursday that a surface-to-air missile
brought down a Ukrainian airliner in Tehran, while the Ukrainian
government said it was investigating reports of debris from a
Russian-made Tor-M1 missile.

FILE PHOTO: EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject
to Iranian restrictions on their ability to film or take pictures in
Tehran. The Tor-M1 anti-aircraft defense system is displayed in a
military parade to commemorate the anniversary of the start of the
1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war, in Tehran September 22, 2009. REUTERS/Raheb
Homavandi
The Tor, also called the SA-15 Gauntlet by NATO, is a short-range “point
defense” system that integrates the missile launcher and radar into a
single tracked vehicle.

It is designed to be mobile and lethal against targets at altitudes up
to 6,000 meters (20,000 feet) and at ranges of 12 km (7.5 miles),
according to the Federation of American Scientists, which researches and
analyses “catastrophic threats to national and international security”.

Military aircraft and cruise missiles - which the Tor system is designed
to destroy - typically plot their courses to avoid being spotted on
radar. They are equipped with systems such as chaff, which confuses
radar, and flares, which act as decoys for heat-seeking missiles.

The jet that crashed on Wednesday, Ukraine International Airlines Flight
752, a Boeing 737-800, would have filed a flight plan and had no
defensive features.

It was unlikely the flight crew had time to react to any missile, said
Michael Duitsman, a research associate at the Middlebury Institute of
International Studies.

“They probably wouldn’t have even seen it coming,” Duitsman said. “Right
after takeoff, the pilots were probably preoccupied with other things.”

To attack a target, the Tor operator must identify it on the radar
screen and direct the missile to launch.

Commercial air flights have transponders - radio transmitters that
broadcast their identity, speed and altitude at an internationally
agreed frequency. There were several other civilian aircraft nearby when
Flight 752 crashed just a few kilometers from the airport.

All of those aircraft would have been visible on the radar screen of the
Tor battery as well as civilian radar at the airport.

IDENTIFYING THE FRIENDLIES
A former European air defense officer, who now works on missile defense
technology, said that ideally, flight plans and transponder codes of all
scheduled civilian flights would be shared with military units stationed
near an airport.

That allows the missile battery operator to correlate each object on
radar with a flight plan and transponder code.

“Shooting down a hostile aircraft is easy,” said the officer, who
declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue.

“It’s identifying the aircraft and not shooting down friendlies that are
the challenges.”

Tor missiles are guided by radar and fly at almost three times the speed
of sound. That means that if launched at a target 5 km (3 miles) away,
they will arrive within about five seconds.

They have a small warhead - about 15 kg (33 lb) of high explosive - but
are designed to spray fragments of shredded metal, like bullets, into a
target upon detonation.

The Tor is among the most modern air defense systems Iran has, Duitsman
said, and can attack two targets at once with up to two missiles each.
When Iran purchased them from Russia in the mid-2000s, “the capability
was such that at the time the U.S. was concerned about the sale”, he added.

Iran fields “small numbers” of Tor systems, the Center for Strategic and
International Studies said in a report last year.

A U.S. official told Reuters that data showed the plane was airborne for
two minutes when the heat signatures of two surface-to-air missiles were
detected.

That was quickly followed by an explosion in the vicinity of the plane,
the official said. At least one video circulating from the night of the
crash shows a burning aircraft crashing into the ground near Tehran.

The New York Times published what it said was a verified video that
appeared to show an Iranian missile hitting a plane near Tehran airport.

Iran denied that the airliner had been hit by a missile.

Riki Ellison, a defense expert and founder of the Missile Defense
Advocacy Alliance, said it would have been impossible to divert the
missiles after launch, even if the ground operators realized their error.

“Once you shoot those things, it’s over,” Ellison said.

Reporting by Gerry Doyle; Editing by Robert Birsel and Clarence Fernandez
Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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