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Let’s talk about the latest @NYTimes attempt at throwing a life rope to #Iran’s regime(when the mullahs’ need it most), this time threatening the U.S. by exaggerating the EU’s economic might.
nytimes.com/2018/11/01/opi…
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“… disconnecting Iran [from SWIFT] would isolate it almost completely from the global financial system and would have drastic and immediate consequences for the Iranian economy..”

This is the epicenter of the @NYTimes’ concerns.
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“If the Trump administration goes ahead with this plan, it will have serious consequences for the United States as well.”

Similar warnings were made prior to Trump pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

None materialized.
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Here are more threats made by the @NYTimes, citing Obama’s treasury secretary Jack Lew & German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, two figures known for their pro-#Iran appeasement views.
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A look at Europe’s “payment channel,” proposed by @FedericaMog.

“Even in Europe, economists and officials doubt the new financial channel will yield significant economic benefits for Iran or threaten the global dominance of the dollar anytime soon.”
nytimes.com/2018/10/31/us/…
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“… this theoretical SWIFT alternative would not have the ability to conduct business in dollars or to access U.S. institutions and the U.S. financial system as a whole…”
washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense…
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“The EU has struggled to find a member state to host a new financial channel to shield trade with Iran from looming US sanctions, diplomats said, in the latest hurdle to the bloc’s efforts to save a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran.”
ft.com/content/0cb553…
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“Europe’s much-vaunted ‘special-purpose vehicle’ for trading around U.S. financial sanctions, announced last month, is expected to be little more than a glorified barter arrangement with limited scope.”
wsj.com/articles/europ…
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The EU’s special purpose vehicle is largely “symbolic”.
ft.com/content/6eef94…
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“Officials have said they are watching such engineering attempts closely, although few economists and officials in Europe believe such efforts will offer Tehran much in the way of sanctuary from American penalties immediately.”
nytimes.com/2018/10/11/us/…
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“So far, her ‘vehicle’ is stuck in bureaucratic mud, unable to take off as European firms leave Iran in droves.”
nypost.com/2018/10/26/is-…
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Wasn’t it interesting how the @NYTimes itself has published numerous posts about the ridiculous nature of Europe’s “special purpose vehicle”?
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And here’s a look at @FedericaMog’s close relations with #Iran’s regime, especially @JZarif & @HassanRouhani.
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Moving on.

@NYTimes argues the U.S. “needs European cooperation with its approach to pressuring Iran.”

NYT is advising we return to the Obama-years.

No thanks.
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The world witnessed how #Iran’s regime took advantage of the highly flawed 2015 Iran nuclear deal, blueprinted mainly by the Obama/Kerry team, with the EU’s support & blessing.

And we have also witnessed how Tehran’s mullahs are crippling under Trump’s firm approach.
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@NYTimes claims the EU has “economic might” and “can use that power to harm American companies…”

Here’s a small window into how the world reacted to Trump’s firm policy on #Iran.
forbes.com/sites/ellenrwa…
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While the @NYTimes praises Europe’s economic might, it deprives the reader of a few telling numbers:

Would it be logical for a European CEO to risk his/her company’s links with the US’ $19 trillion economy for the sake of maintaining ties with #Iran’s $400 billion economy?
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To make a long story short, the very fact that the @NYTimes is going the distance to protect #Iran’s regime from being banned from SWIFT signals the significance & potential power of this measure.

And why is NYT so protective of Tehran’s interests?
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It would truly be interesting to see the faces of the @NYTimes editorial board after today’s sanctions against #Iran’s regime.
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Conclusion? Yours to make.

Thanks for reading.

I leave you with this question:

Do you support Trump’s firm policy of sanctions against #Iran’s regime?
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