Hannah: U.S. launched a major form of economic warfare against Iran

Hannah: U.S. launched a major form of economic warfare against Iran


WE HAD BEEN DOWN 200 POINTS A LITTLE BIT EARLIER. THERE ARE SOME JITTERS, NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH IS GOING ON IN THE PERSIAN GULF. WE LEARNED THE USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN IS MOVING NEAR IRAN. PRESIDENT SAYS HE DOES NOT WANT WAR. NO ONE DOES BUT YOU CAN ACCIDENTALLY SLIP INTO SOMETHING LIKE THAT. FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR TO VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY, HAPPY TO SEE HIM IN THE FLESH, WE ALWAYS TALK REMOTELY, BUT JOHN HANNAH. GREAT TO SEE YOU.>>GOOD TO SEE YOU, NEIL. NEIL: SO MUCH CAN GO WRONG OR RIGHT. WE’RE GETTING REPORTS THAT EACH SIDE MIGHT BE MISREADING THE OTHER. WHAT ARE YOU HEARING?>>OF COURSE I HAVEN’T SEEN THE INTELLIGENCE. BUT I DON’T THINK THIS IS A FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE ON BEHALF OF THESE STATES. THEY BOTH KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING. WHAT THE UNITED STATES DONE IS LEFT THE NUCLEAR DEAL AND HAS LAUNCHED A MAJOR FORM OF ECONOMIC WARFARE AGAINST THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN. THEY ARE SLOWLY BUT SURELY DRIVING THAT COUNTRY TO ITS KNEES ECONOMICALLY. I THINK THE MULLAHS ARE LOOKING FOR ANY WAY TO GET SOME LEVERAGE OVER THE UNITED STATES TO INFLICT SOME DEGREE OF PAIN. THE ONLY WAYS THAT THEY KNOW HOW, WHICH IS TERRORISM, WHICH IS ECONOMIC SABOTAGE OF THESE SHIPS IN THE GULF. NEIL: SO YOU HAVE NO DOUBT, OR IT WOULD BE THOSE SYMPATHETIC TO IRAN?>>I HAVE ALMOST NO DOUBT. I’M NOT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. NEIL: WHY WOULD HE RISK THAT THOUGH? I ALWAYS LOOK LIKE, IF YOU KNOW YOU’VE GOT AN A MAUDE TODAY U.S. SHIPS AND SOLDIERS COMING YOUR WAY WHY WOULD YOU RISK RATTLING THE TIGER’S CAGE?>>I THINK PRECISELY BECAUSE THEY SEE THIS TRAIN BEARING DOWN ON THEM, THAT IS DRIVING THEIR ECONOMY INTO A DITCH. THE IRANIANS TO THEIR CREDIT ARE MASTERS AT ASYMETRIC CALL WARFARE. IT WOULD BE SUICIDAL FOR THEM TO EVER THINK ABOUT TAKING ON THE UNITED STATES NAVY DIRECTLY, BUT DOING THINGS AGAINST OUR ALLIES, IN THE GRAY ZONE, JUST BENEATH THE THRESHOLD OF SOMETHING THAT WOULD ACTUALLY TRIGGER A U.S. MILITARY RESPONSE, LOOK WHAT THEY HAVE DONE IN SAUDI ARABIA, ON THE PUMPING STATIONS ON SHIPS IN THE GULF. NEIL: WHAT WOULD BE THE RESPONSE? OUTRIGHT INVASION OF IRA AN?>>NO. WHAT TRUMP IS ENGAGED IN RIGHT NOW I THINK IS A PRUDENT DEMONSTRATION OF AMERICAN NIGHT TO SEND THE SIGNAL TO THE IRANIANS, DON’T THINK ABOUT DOING ANYTHING. THIS IS ALL ABOUT DETERRENTS AND AVOIDING WAR, IF IN FACT THE IRANIANS WERE STUPID ENOUGH TO CROSS A U.S. RED LINE, KILL SOME AMERICAN TROOPS, FOR INSTANCE OR DRAMATICALLY RAMP UP THE NUCLEAR PROGRAM, I THINK YOU’RE PROBABLY LOOKING AT THINGS, INITIALLY FROM THE AIR, TO INFLICT PAIN ON THE IRANIANS BUT, I — NEIL: WOULDN’T BE LIMITED. ONCE WE START SOMETHING LIKE THAT IT IS NOT A LIMITED EVENT.>>YOU DON’T KNOW WHERE YOU GO UP THE ESCALATION LADDER, THAT IS EXACTLY RIGHT. I’M CONVINCED THE PRESIDENT DOESN’T WANT ANY PART OF THAT. HE WANTS TO AVOID WAR. HE IS DETERMINED ALONG WITH HIS ADVISORS THAT THE BEST WAY TO DO THAT IS TO SEND A MESSAGE OF OVERWHELMING MILITARY STRENGTH IF THE IRANIANS WERE DECIDE TO TEST US. NEIL: THERE IS REPORT OF DISCORD IN THE WHITE HOUSE AMONG THE FOREIGN POLICY AIDES. JOHN BOLTON WANT TO GO ONE WAY. MANY OTHER MEMBERS OF THE TEAM WANT TO GO THE OTHER. TAKE A CHILL PILL. TO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THAT?>>I CAN’T SAY I HAVE ANY DISTRICT INSIGHT. JOHN BOLTON IS A GUY WITH VERY SHARP VIEWS, SHARP BUREAUCRATIC ELBOWS, HE WINS A LOT OF POLICY DEBATES HE GETS INTO. THERE ARE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON LOOKING FOR A CHANCE TO UNDERMINE JOHN. THIS IS A LOT OF WASHINGTON POLITICS. BUT I THINK EVERYBODY IN THE ADMINISTRATION IS BASICALLY ON MESSAGE HERE. OF THAT THE PURPOSE OF THIS MILITARY DEPLOYMENT HERE IS TO DETER IRAN NOT TO PROVOKE A MILITARY CONFLICT. NEIL: NOW YOU SAID AT THE OUTSET YOU DON’T KNOW THE INTELLIGENCE, YOU CAN’T VERIFY IT. SOME EARLIER IN THE WEEK HAD QUESTIONED IT. WHETHER IT WAS WORTH THE RESPONSE THAT WE’RE GETTING. I THINK IT STARTED WITH, WE SAW SOME MISSILES AND SOME IRANIANS VESSELS. THE IRANIANS SAID NOTHING THERE. CERTAINLY NOTHING OFFENSIVE. BACK AND FORTH THIS WHOLE COMMUNICATION PROBLEM. IT IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER, BUT WE WOULDN’T BE CREATING A CRISIS WHERE THERE WAS NONE, WOULD WE?>>I’VE NEVER BEEN PART OF A U.S. GOVERNMENT, I’VE BEEN PART OF THREE ADMINISTRATIONS THAT WOULD HAVE DONE THAT TYPE OF THING. NEIL: I’M ASKING, IS THIS ANOTHER WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION, BE CAREFUL?>>YOU ALWAYS NEED TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT THE WAY YOU INTERPRET THE INTELLIGENCE. I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT. CONGRESS HAS A POINT, WHY THE ADMINISTRATION DOES NEED TO BE GOING TO CONGRESS AN AND SHARING AS MUCH AS WE CAN. THERE ARE PROBLEMS THAT FOREIGN PARTNERS DELIVERING INTELLIGENCE TO US THAT MAY NOT BE RELEASABLE TO A BROADER AUDIENCE. THE ADMINISTRATION, TO THE EXTENT IT CAN NEEDS TO BE TRANSPARENT WITH CONGRESS AND PUBLIC AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE REAL THREATS THEY’RE SEEING HERE.

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  1. This is just a test. To prove to Russia, that America will step down. Things will escalate, Russia will step in and draw a red line. America will back off, showing submission. This has been shown since Syria. If by some chance, Trump goes rogue, Russia will first strike America and she'll be gone.

  2. Trump, please attack Iran. If not, it’l prove to the world that US is just a toothless tiger and a coward!

  3. WWIII will be the DESTRUCTION OF AMERICA! All the wickedness this country has committed and has never been payed back for it. TIME. IS. UP.

  4. China will emerge as the new superpower. Iran is the the bait but China is far superior than the American.

  5. War with Iran will ruin American economy. Will set them back 20 years. Trump knows this but all his banana advisor are taking instruction from thier Isreali masters.

  6. Typical of our war criminal, arms dealing, financial terrorist run government of pure unchecked evil.

  7. If Con Don had left the Iran Nuclear Deal alone , we wouldn’t be in this situation. Even though the Iran Nuclear Deal was imperfect , it had the situation CONTAINED. Con Don tore it up because he and his racist supporters couldn’t tolerate anything created by President BLACKENSTEIN !!!

  8. Went to jail again America

    Believe it or not the second time wasn’t any better I think it was worse

  9. Iran and US both agreed that there will be NO WAR. But these Evil Democrats of USA keeps pushing it 🙂 i suggest killing all Over PC / Immoral / freaks Democrats would be beneficial coz their basicly causing trouble, trauma, The War mongers of this Society. Go Trump !

  10. Threatening war and trying to provoke an attack isn't economic sanctions.

    But Trump supporters are too stupid to know that.

  11. The US keeps acting as police and we will turn into rome soon enough…also Remember..the US cannot fight an actual war, Millennium challenge 2002 proved that.

  12. It never ceases to amaze me how many wannabes will run there mouth and make news so they can hear there own voices. Trump is the elected president. He has the best people in the world advising him. He is not going to let the media and others in on everything that is going on. So when the so called experts pretend that they can advise or have meetings about this subject they are practicing mental masturbation. Meaning they enjoy lying and endangering our troops in the middle east.

  13. If we go to war it's because of kerry's illegal visit and the deep state pushing for it to take attention off of Barr's investigation of the Dems, especially obama!

  14. Iranian Leadership has taken their country down an evil path, wanting to annihilate countries etc. they need stomping on big time. Poke the bear you gonna get swatted, hiding behind mother Russia skirt ain’t going to work forever

  15. Iran and US are friends, behind the curtains. Iran need US to survive, and US needs Iran to scare the neighbors and sell billions of weapons. Never believe anything you see, you hear or you read, specially if its coming from a government agency.

  16. I’m not saying Iran is a good place, by why are we picking a fight with them? They aren’t really a threat to the United States….. it’s for Israel isn’t it…..

  17. President Barack Obama had the foresight to neutralize the Iran threat for the duration of trump's tenure. But, trump just cannot leave well enough alone. He is very brave to start the wars he would never fight in.

  18. It's funny how he see that as an armada an a deterrent when most people in the world see it as terrorism activities by the United States is the biggest terrorist to the world and those ships that got hit and in the Persian Gulf have the fingerprint of Israel Saudi Arabia United States and Britain don't forget about that terrorist Army NATO are very capable of that . this do not have the Hollmark of Iran. They're trying to sell their narratives and their lies we're not buying it

  19. Obvious solution for most of problems with Washington politicians is to take the money out of politics. Lobbying is legalized corruption that is allowing globalist trough bribes to control the politicians and decide where and when we will deploy troops, for benefit of globalist and detriment of everyone else..

  20. The Iranians couldn't beat Saddam in ten years!! We beat him in five weeks!!! Iran won't put up a good fight cause no Muslims ever do!! Used to, but not in a thousand years!!!!

  21. we do not want war with Iran. sending 120 K troops or Aircraft carrier next door does not mean anything at all. Bolton is Jewish he just don't know it yet.

  22. Netanyahu has demanded for a decade that the US attack Iran, but Netanyahu now said Israel WILL NOT SUPPORT THE U.S. IN FIGHTING IRAN! Wake up!

  23. Economic warfare is just as terrible as barrel bombs, cluster bombs and napalm and just as indiscriminate for the general populations. US foreign policy is still based on "street cred" foolish thuggery. Intelligent people discuss things with the understanding that all seats at the table have to have a win to take back home. The US State Department has not been willing to work with this idea for the past 30 years.

  24. unlike IRAQ,IRAn has Russia,China,and north korea,to back him up,unless Trump looking world war ,nothing will happen,Iran read his bluff, he is confused as hell!! IRAN would never run his mouth off without those back up countries,same Israel( if there was no America behind him),

  25. this is a religious war between israel and iran… we are slaves to israel and will send our young men to die in a crusades like battle.. using high tech toys instead of swords.. I am not muslim!!! just a catholic from NY…and dont see any need to sanction iran, iraq, libya or syria

  26. They said iraq would be so easy to take but till this day they do not have iraq. U.s tax payer money spent for no reason

  27. TRAITOR MUSLIM OBAMA made an ILLEGAL "DEAL with IRAN" by EXECUTIVE ORDER, without consent of THE USA Congress! Then TRAITOR MUSLIM OBAMA sent BILLIONS of USA dollars, taken by obama, FROM the USA treasury ILLEGALLY, and sent BILLIONS of USA DOLLARS to IRAN to fund terrorists all over the WORLD!

  28. If he wants to avoid war why is every requirement being put in place akin to regime change in Iran? They will not go for that. Trump creating problems at Bolton’s bidding.

  29. It's very hard to work with Congress , When Congress is working against us and Congress can NO Longer be Trusted.

    I truly believe that we should NEVER Let Anyone know about our Military Strategy's, If their not apart of the team.

    Loose Lips Sink Ship's.

  30. I ran been doing this tyle of bull shkt everysince the Reagan administration rememver when the fired on a milalitary ship and the US responce was t9 blow up their oil platform with misiles i was in the US navy at the time so i remember it very well and we were ready to fight no fear man so quit your scarry whine- ing!!!!!!

  31. Why don’t you listen to the divine prophecies ? Its written that after all these turmoils seventy nations will agree and seven will participate attacking Israel !

  32. There will be wars and rumors of wars but see that your not alarmed such things must happen but the end is not yet

  33. no one should broadcast what and where our military is doing you treasonous bastards. this show is sowing seeds of discourse fox sucks too************************************

  34. We Finally Have A Great President Donald Trump 👊 Who We Love 💖And Work's For America 🇺🇸 and All American Citizen's.
    We are so Sick and Tired Of The Leftist Democrats Politicians🐍, Who stolen America's Money💰 To Give Ayatollah Khomeini Regime Islamic Republic Terrorists..👿.

    Leftist Democrats Politicians 🐍 Who stolen from the American people can go live in Iran With Ayatollah Khomeini Iran's Regime Islamic Republic Terrorists and get the out of The United States of America.

    The Leftist Lawless Democrats Are only America's Enemies👹 any way.

  35. Americans are led by mental morons . If Americans are stupid they should be mauled like Vietnamese did to these blatant ear mongers. Bolton should be behind bars .

  36. Looks like the US has discovered that its real power is not its military but its economic power and ability to leverage its economic power to achieve desired outcomes. Not a single bullet fired!

  37. US and Israeli Corporations do business nowadays by using the US armed forces to steal what they want, oil, opium and minerals from Afghanistan, oil from Libya, Iraq, Syria and Yemen while Iran and Venezuela are on the chopping block with Yemen who are being blockaded and sanctioned by the USA and Israel to starve their innocent civilians.

  38. Really, Saudi Arabia. That's an idea! We should provoke IRAN into sabotaging Saudi oil wells!!! Heightening conflict between those two would be GREAT, and FUN to watch. Let them go 'back to back' and make a beer fart in a whirl wind. Saudi Arabia deserves it as MUCH as Iran does… More even. Let's find out IF the CIA is GOOD for ANYTHING (doubtful they are)

  39. ok kids listen to me..the Iranians don't want war because they'd be in retreat so fast when the first rocket is in the air..it's sword rattling 101.

  40. the Pentagon already has specific targets militarily in Iran. Iran knows it..they can't afford rebuilding during the embargo.

  41. The USA has enough oil for it's own use … let Iran block the Gulf and see who starts crying … The US can start selling oil to them … Iran will be hurting themselves … F Congress, Nothing but Iran boot lickers …

  42. Fcking Americans… thy will do anything to have monetary gains…. thy have destroyed Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen…. financed terrorist all over the world… n now eyeing Iran

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