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March 24, 2020

The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

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We have had a seemingly unending string of mealy-mouthed accommodationists running the state department, but it is statements like this that warm the cockles of my heart. Michael Pompeo may be the best Secretary Of State since...um...George Schultz?

Khamenei’s Lies About the Wuhan Virus Put Lives at Risk

Supreme Leader Khamenei’s fabrications regarding the Wuhan Virus are dangerous and they put Iranians and people around the world at greater risk. Facts matter. Here are a few the Iranian regime would like to keep from the world:

Fact: In February, Iran’s chief terror airline, Mahan Air, ran at least 55 flights between Tehran and China, further infecting the Iranian people. At least five foreign countries’ first cases of coronavirus were directly imported from Iran, putting millions more lives at risk.

Fact: The Iranian regime ignored repeated warnings from its own health officials, and denied its first death from the coronavirus for at least nine days. The regime continues to lie to the Iranian people and the world about the number of cases and deaths, which are unfortunately far higher than the regime admits.

Fact: As Iranian regime officials ask for more funds, it is important to note that since 2012, Iran has spent over $16 billion on terror abroad, and used sanctions relief from the JCPOA to fill up its proxies’ coffers. Regime officials stole over a billion Euros intended for medical supplies, and continue to hoard desperately needed masks, gloves, and other medical equipment for sale on the black market.

Fact: U.S. sanctions do not target imports of food, medicine and medical equipment, or other humanitarian goods. Iranian documents show their health companies have been able to import testing kits without obstacle from U.S. sanctions since January.

Fact: The United States has offered over $100 million in medical assistance to foreign countries, including to the Iranian people, and our scientists are working tirelessly to develop a vaccine. Khamenei rejected this offer because he works tirelessly to concoct conspiracy theories and prioritizes ideology over the Iranian people.

It is the job of the secretary of state to communicate the foreign policy of the United States to its allies and enemies around the world. It is not in his purview to run a rogue operation with his personal foreign policy. That doesn't sound difficult, yet it has been a constant tussle for many presidents, and Michael Pompeo seems to understand that. What a pleasure!

A robust geopolitical stance with aggressive and swift communication of America's needs and wants and opinions does not mean that we are thirsting for war. In fact, it will result in quite the opposite. Clarity in our intentions and desires means that there is no confusion in the halls of power around the world.


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