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Thread by @HeshmatAlavi: "1) Let’s talk about a recently published statement: “Assessing the Trump Administration’s Iran Strategy” s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/coalitio […]" #Iran #Yemen #SanctionsAreWorking

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1)
Let’s talk about a recently published statement:

“Assessing the Trump Administration’s Iran Strategy”
s3-us-west-1.amazonaws.com/coalitionagain…
2)
This entire document calls for diplomacy, engagement, talks & so forth with #Iran’s regime.
-This serves completely in the mullahs’ interests & they will take full advantage, as they have in the past 40 years.
-Reminds me of Obama’s failed approach.
3)
The U.S. is not seeking maximum “military pressure” as claimed in this document.
whitehouse.gov/briefings-stat…
4)
The document calls for a return to the #Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA) without mentioning the flawed deal was never working.
nationalinterest.org/feature/the-ir…
5)
"Tim Stafford at The National Interest summarized several JCPOA flaws that no competent American negotiator would have permitted:"
observer.com/2017/07/iran-n…
6)
The document reads:
“Iran has recently reduced its testing of ballistic missiles…”

Yes, and thanks to the Trump administration's firm policy.

The world saw how #Iran took advantage of Obama’s weakness.
businessinsider.com/trump-strategy…
7)
The document calls for “careful crafting of pressure and incentives” for Iran to stop supporting terrorists such as Hezbollah, Hamas & the Islamic Jihad.

This is the ultimate kowtowing to the mullahs.

The answer lies in sanctions targeting the regime.
foxnews.com/opinion/2018/0…
8)
“The U.S. should play an active diplomatic and political role in resolving regional conflicts and pressing all regional states toward diplomatic engagement.”

Let’s take a look at #Iran’s approach to the Middle East region.
9)
This document won’t tell you that #Iran spends hundreds of millions of dollars supporting the terrorist Lebanese Hezbollah every year.
thenational.ae/world/the-amer…
10)
This document won’t tell you #Iran spends hundreds of millions - if not billions - fueling the Houthis' destruction campaign in #Yemen.
reuters.com/article/us-yem…
11)
This document won’t tell you that #Iran's regime is wasting billions abroad while millions of ordinary Iranians back home are suffering in poverty.
12)
This document won’t tell you that #Iran spends billions of dollars on weapons programs & terrorism, while the Iranian people are suffering & chanting:
"Not Gaza, Not Lebanon"
"Forget Syria, think about us"
foxnews.com/world/2018/01/…
13)
Moving on.
This document claims the int’l community will not cooperate with the U.S. on sanctions targeting #Iran’s regime.

Take a look at the hashtag: #SanctionsAreWorking
14)
And here’s a report from back in June.
Much more has been accomplished to this day.
forbes.com/sites/ellenrwa…
15)
The document says U.S. sanctions “cause great hardship for the country’s population…”

It won’t tell you how #Iran’s mullahs have been destroying their economy for 39 years and counting.

80% of Iranians are living in poverty
dw.com/fa-ir/%DB%B8%D…
16)
The document pushes the idea of Iranians rallying around the flag in the face of U.S. pressure.

This is highly unlikely in #Iran under the mullahs’ rule.
cfr.org/expert-brief/i…
17)
The document says the U.S. administration follows a “suggested policy of regime change…”

I believe this is a politically motivated lie aimed at terrifying those uninformed readers.
reuters.com/article/us-ira…
18)
Regime change in #Iran is the responsibility of the Iranian people.

No need for a single soldier to be sent to Iran, not a single bullet fired nor a single dollar.

All we want is for the int’ls community to not support the mullahs in any way & we'll take care of the rest.
19)
The document says:

“Applying pressure and unilateral sanctions without viable diplomatic options is highly unlikely to produce the desired outcome…”

My response: #SanctionsAreWorking

Even The New York Times admits it.
nytimes.com/2018/09/19/bus…
20)
Conclusion: Yours to make.

Thanks for reading!

I welcome any & all constructive feedback.

Best!
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