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Colin Kaepernick will name President Donald Trump’s harsh anti-protest rhetoric as a central factor in his collusion grievance against National Football League (NFL) ownership, according to CBS News.

Kaepernick plans to file a grievance against NFL ownership alleging a concerted effort by the 32 team owners to freeze him out of the league. The former 49ers quarterback will cite Trump’s public calls for owners to fire players who refuse to stand for the national anthem as a central motivation in the owners’ decision to keep Kaepernick off the field, a source with knowledge told CBS News.

Kaepernick, unsigned since he became a free agent in March, will argue Trump created a culture in which NFL owners felt compelled to avoid his public ire by refusing to sign Kaepernick, a leader within the player’s protest movement. His legal team will reportedly rely on a number of Trump’s tweets and public statements in which he seemed to imply some degree of control over the owners’ personnel decisions.

In order to prove collusion, Kaepernick’s legal team must demonstrate that the team owners either expressly communicated about restricting Kaepernick’s opportunities, or that the owners had an “implied” agreement not to sign Kaepernick, likely out of deference to Trump.

The players collective bargaining agreement states: “No Club, its employees or agents shall enter into any agreement, express or implied, with the NFL or any other Club, its employees or agents to restrict or limit individual Club decision-making … ”

Trump began his crusade against NFL protests during a September rally for Luther Strange in Alabama in which he called the protestors “sons of bitches” and called on fans to boycott the NFL until the protests ceased.

Kaepernick began what is now a pervasive trend of players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to NFL owners on Oct. 10 in which he bemoaned the divisive effect of the protests.

“The current dispute over the National Anthem is threatening to erode the unifying power of our game, and is now dividing us, and our players, from many fans across the country,” Goodell wrote. “Like many of our fans, we believe that everyone should stand for the National Anthem.”

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Planned Parenthood At 101 Years: 7 Million Abortions And Counting https://thenarrativetimes.org/2017/10/17/planned-parenthood-101-years-7-million-abortions-counting/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:28:52 +0000 https://thenarrativetimes.org/?p=6228 Planned Parenthood celebrated its 101st birthday Monday, marking the century-long operation of what started as a small birth control clinic in Brooklyn and is now an abortion giant operating in every U.S. state. “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it,” Planned Parenthood founder […]

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Planned Parenthood celebrated its 101st birthday Monday, marking the century-long operation of what started as a small birth control clinic in Brooklyn and is now an abortion giant operating in every U.S. state.

“The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it,” Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger wrote in her 1920 book “The Wickedness of Creating Large Families,” and her corporation has not let her down.

Planned Parenthood aborted 6,803,782 babies between 1978 and 2016, according to CNS News, and 328,348 unborn babies between 2015-2016, according to its annual report, putting the 2017 grand total at 7,132,130.

While Planned Parenthood aborted more than 300,000 unborn babies last year, they handed out only 2,889 adoption referrals — roughly one adoption referral for every 114 abortions.

The abortion giant attempts to make light of these numbers by insisting that abortions make up only 3 percent of the services it offers, because it counts an abortion as one service. A woman who goes to Planned Parenthood to receive an abortion also receives a pregnancy test, contraception kit and a pap smear. By Planned Parenthood’s math, aborting the baby is only one-quarter of a woman’s visit.

“This is a little like performing an abortion and giving a woman an aspirin, and saying only half of what you do is abortion,” columnist Rich Lowry wrote in The New York Post.

The number of other services Planned Parenthood offers also continues to decline. It performed more than a million breast exams in 1999, but only 363,803 in 2014.

Record numbers of abortions also followed after medication abortions became available in 2000, according to Planned Parenthood’s 100 Year Strong timeline.

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Member of United States Army Supports Colin Kaepernick In Uniform Against Military Regulations https://thenarrativetimes.org/2017/10/17/member-united-states-army-supports-colin-kaepernick-uniform-military-regulations/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 10:24:48 +0000 https://thenarrativetimes.org/?p=6225 Speaking out on what they call a free speech issue, a group of local faith and community leaders along with social activists expressed their support for former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and gave Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones a piece of their mind in light of the recent protests on the football field. The group of mostly […]

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Speaking out on what they call a free speech issue, a group of local faith and community leaders along with social activists expressed their support for former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and gave Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones a piece of their mind in light of the recent protests on the football field.

The group of mostly African American pastors and leaders said there is a need to reclaim the narrative in the discussion about the unfair treatment of minorities and the police-involved shootings of mostly black men in the United States.

They also accused Jones of infringing on player’s rights to freedom of speech by declaring that any Cowboy who kneeled during the National Anthem, something he deemed as disrespecting the flag, would not be allowed to play.

A member of the United States Army took to show his frustrates in uniform.

He engaged in partisian political activity, a crime under the uniform code of military justice.

According to the Department of Defense:

Members on Active Duty should not engage in partisan political activity, and members not on active duty should avoid inferences that their political activities imply or appear to imply official sponsorship, approval, or endorsement. DoDD 1344.10, para 4.

Members of the Armed Forces may not wear the uniform during or in connection with furthering political activity or when an inference of official sponsorship for the activity may be drawn. DoDI 1334.01, para 3.1.2.

What are your thoughts?

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Colin Kaepernick’s Attorney Linked to Clinton Family and White Water Controversy https://thenarrativetimes.org/2017/10/17/colin-kaepernicks-attorney-linked-clinton-family/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:05:15 +0000 https://thenarrativetimes.org/?p=6222 Earlier this week the Narrative Times announced Colin Kaepernick had filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging the owners colluded to keep him out of the league because of his protests during the playing of the national anthem before games. After doing some background on his attorney we have learned that he has represented many high-level cases including: […]

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Earlier this week the Narrative Times announced Colin Kaepernick had filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging the owners colluded to keep him out of the league because of his protests during the playing of the national anthem before games.

After doing some background on his attorney we have learned that he has represented many high-level cases including:

-Susan McDougal is one of the few people who served prison time as a result of the Whitewater controversy although fifteen individuals were convicted of various federal charges. Her refusal to answer “three questions” for a grand jury about whether President Bill Clinton lied in his testimony during her Whitewater trial led her to receive a jail sentence of 18 months for contempt of court. This made up most of the total 22 months she spent incarcerated. McDougal received a full Presidential pardon from outgoing President Clinton in the final hours of his presidency in 2001.

-Roger Clinton Jr. is an American actor and musician. He is the younger half-brother of former United States President Bill Clinton. During his brother’s presidential campaign and subsequent administration, Clinton was given the codename “Headache” by the Secret Service due to his controversial behavior. In January 2001, before his brother left office, Clinton was granted a controversial presidential pardon for a 1985 cocaine possession and drug-trafficking conviction. Roger Clinton Jr. had served time in federal prison after being convicted of conspiracy to distribute cocaine in a sting operation authorized by then Governor of Arkansas Bill Clinton. The pardon allowed for the conviction to be expunged from his criminal record.

-Chris Brown is an American singer, songwriter, and actor. On February 8, 2009, Brown and his then-girlfriend, recording artist Rihanna, had an argument which escalated into physical violence, leaving Rihanna with visible facial injuries which required hospitalization. 

What do you think about this attorney? Is he looking for attention?

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Family Of Muslim Marine Recruit Who Died At Boot Camp Sues For $100 Million https://thenarrativetimes.org/2017/10/17/family-muslim-marine-recruit-died-boot-camp-sues-100-million/ Tue, 17 Oct 2017 08:12:59 +0000 https://thenarrativetimes.org/?p=6218 The parents of a 20-year-old Muslim Marine recruit who fell three stories to his death during boot camp in South Carolina in March 2016 filed a $100 million suit against the federal government on Friday for their son’s death. In a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court in Detroit, the family’s lawyer, Shiraz Khan, alleges that Raheel Siddiqui’s […]

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In a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court in Detroit, the family’s lawyer, Shiraz Khan, alleges that Raheel Siddiqui’s death was due to “negligence on multiple levels of his command,” according to the Detroit Free Press.

Since his death, the Marine Corps has maintained that Siddiqui committed suicide. But his family reportedly contends that their son was “constitutionally and morally incapable” of killing himself since he was a “faithful Muslim and son,” Task and Purpose reports. In the lawsuit, the Siddiqui family blames Raheel’s death on “a culture of abuse and hazing” and “recurrent physical and verbal abuse of recruits by drill instructors, with a noted insufficiency of oversight and supervision.”

The lawsuit claims that Raheel Siddiqui’s recruiter “deliberately withheld material information from [him]” regarding the conditions at Parris Island, SC, and that the omission prevented Siddiqui “from making an informed decision to enlist.” It charges Siddiqui’s recruiter with willfully choosing not to disclose that a Drill Instructor at Parris Island, Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix, was currently under investigtion for having recently “discriminated against and abused” another Muslim recruit due to his faith by allegedly forcing him to sit inside a dryer.

The lawsuit states that within one day of joining Platoon 3042, which was under the command of the aforementioned drill instructor, Siddiqui made a “verbal threat of suicide.” Military Police were called, and when they arrived, Siddiqui told them that the drill instructor hit him, but no disciplinary action was taken. Siddiqui’s suicidal ideation was documented, but he recanted the following day and was categorized as being at a “low risk” of attempting self-harm.

According to the Free Press, parts of a preliminary investigation made public last year indicated that Siddiqui had been abused, hazed, and called a “terrorist” during his time at Parris Island. This report asserted that on the morning Siddiqui died, a few days after he recanted his threat of suicide, Siddiqui complained of a “sore, bleeding throat but was refused medical attention.” Instead, Siddiqui was forced to run laps. While running, he collapsed, and his drill instructor allegedly slapped him. At this point, according to the report, Siddiqui leapt up, ran through a door and flung himself over an exterior stairwell. He died in a hospital several hours later.

The Siddiqui family does not believe that their son’s death resulted from mental instability or lack of preparedness. Instead, they allege that Gunnery Sgt. Felix hazed and abused him, and that the discriminatory mistreatment drove their son to the point of suicide.

Their lawsuit blames the recruiter for failing to adequately inform Raheel of the alleged prior mistreatment of another Muslim cadet at the hands of Siddiqui’s future drill instructor. It also blames several other officers in Siddiqui’s chain of command for allowing Gunnery Sgt. Felix to remain at Parris Island, as well as allowing Siddiqui to end up in Sgt. Felix’s platoon. Lastly, Siddiqui’s family takes aim at the Marine Corps at large, accusing it of being responsible for creating a culture in which hazing, discrimination, and violence are at tolerated.

Since Siddiqui’s death, 20 Parris Island personnel have been disciplined, but only two people connected to Siddiqui’s case face courts-martial, according to Task and Purpose. Gunnery Sgt. Felix is one of these individuals; the other, Lieutenant Colonel Joshua Kissoon, was the commanding officer at the Parris Island training facility who kept the Sgt. Felix in charge of Siddiqui’s platoon.

The Daily Mail reports that Sgt. Felix’s court-martial is scheduled to begin at the end of this month.

According to The Detroit News, LTC Kissoon was relieved of his command after Siddiqui’s death, but Marine Corps officials have stated that this decision was due to “prior allegations” and “made before Siddiqui died.” Kissoon’s court-martial is currently set to begin in March.

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Clinton Foundation to keep Harvey Weinstein’s $250,000 donation https://thenarrativetimes.org/2017/10/16/clinton-foundation-keep-harvey-weinsteins-250000-donation/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:05:32 +0000 https://thenarrativetimes.org/?p=6212 The Clinton Foundation will not return as much as $250,000 in donations from disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein following the accusations of sexual harassment and rape. The foundation said Sunday that donations, ranging from $100,000 to $250,000, have already been spent on projects, The Daily Mail reported. The move to keep the money was expected following […]

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The Clinton Foundation will not return as much as $250,000 in donations from disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein following the accusations of sexual harassment and rape.

The foundation said Sunday that donations, ranging from $100,000 to $250,000, have already been spent on projects, The Daily Mail reported.

The move to keep the money was expected following tweets from the foundation’s spokesman Craig Minassian.

“Suggesting @ClintonFdn return funds from our 330,000+ donors ignores the fact that donations have been used to help people across the world,” Minassian wrote on Twitter.

The calls to return Weinstein’s money were prompted after multiple actresses have come forward and accused the Hollywood executive of sexual assault and rape, forcing numerous politicians and organization to grapple with the dilemma.

Dozens Democratic Party politicians – including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sen. Al Franken, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Cory Booker – have pledged to donate their Weinstein’s contributions to charities focused on women’s rights.

Hillary Clinton echoed her former colleagues, saying she was “shocked and appalled” after the sexual harassment allegations were revealed about Weinstein, who hosted fundraisers for her in the past and donated more than $46,000 to her recent presidential campaign and other election efforts.

“What other people are saying, what my former colleagues are saying, is they’re going to donate it to charity, and of course I will do that,” she said on CNN. “I give 10% of my income to charity every year, this will be part of that. There’s no – there’s no doubt about it.”

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Document: Colin Kaepernick Files “Grievance” Against NFL For “Collusion” https://thenarrativetimes.org/2017/10/16/document-colin-kaepernick-files-grievance-nfl-collusion/ Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:31:50 +0000 https://thenarrativetimes.org/?p=6207 Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging the owners colluded to keep him out of the league because of his protests during the playing of the national anthem before games. This all comes after Mr. Kaepernick continued to disrespect the US Flag, national anthem, members of the military, and law enforcement while […]

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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging the owners colluded to keep him out of the league because of his protests during the playing of the national anthem before games.

This all comes after Mr. Kaepernick continued to disrespect the US Flag, national anthem, members of the military, and law enforcement while he was kneeling during the national anthem.

The grievance alleges the league’s owners “colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice.”

Even though he claims it was about social justice it was really about continued disrespect to our country.

The Narrative Times reached out to the NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

 

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Is it time for Mr. Kaepernick to sit down and shut up? Does he have a leg to stand on?

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Hillary Clinton Might Become A Professor For Columbia University https://thenarrativetimes.org/2017/10/13/clinton-might-become-professor-columbia-university/ Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:20:49 +0000 https://thenarrativetimes.org/?p=6204 Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could possibly become a professor at Columbia University in New York City, according to a report released Friday. After losing her 2016 presidential run and releasing a book about her experiences, Clinton might know what she would like to do next. Columbia University is reportedly in talks with Clinton about a […]

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could possibly become a professor at Columbia University in New York City, according to a report released Friday.

After losing her 2016 presidential run and releasing a book about her experiences, Clinton might know what she would like to do next. Columbia University is reportedly in talks with Clinton about a possible job as a professor at the expensive New York Ivy League school, The New York Daily News reported.

Although nothing has been officially decided, one option on the table is a “university professor” role, where Clinton would be able to give lectures at a variety of different schools across the U.S., according to multiple sources. Clinton is also considering storing her archives at Columbia University.

“It’s all fluid. It could be a number of things. No decisions have been made, but there are talks,” a source familiar with the situation told The New York Daily News.

Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, could become work colleagues. Chelsea currently teaches at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Her title is an “Adjunct Assistant Professor” for health policy and management, according to the school’s website.

Clinton is still in the discussion stages about her future role, but seemed confident that she would be taking some kind of job in education, according to a source.

“She’s trying to figure out what she wants to do. It could end up with the papers at one place and she has some sort of faculty role at another. She hasn’t quite come to a decision,” the source concluded.

Columbia University is the second most expensive school in the U.S., costing nearly $70,000 per year.

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Facebook Promises To Add A Black Person To The Board Of Directors, CBC Says https://thenarrativetimes.org/2017/10/13/facebook-promises-add-black-person-board-directors-cbc-says/ Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:34:20 +0000 https://thenarrativetimes.org/?p=6201 Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) lawmakers said Thursday that Facebook planned to add a black person to its board of directors after they met to discuss Russian bought ads on the website. Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sherry Sandberg, made the pledge during a Capitol Hill meeting with the caucus, members told the public, according to a Politico […]

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Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) lawmakers said Thursday that Facebook planned to add a black person to its board of directors after they met to discuss Russian bought ads on the website.

Facebook’s chief operating officer, Sherry Sandberg, made the pledge during a Capitol Hill meeting with the caucus, members told the public, according to a Politico report. Facebook has come under fire in recent months after the company revealed that some of the ads on its website were reportedly bought by a Russian troll farm.

“We got a commitment today from Ms. Sandberg that an African-American will be appointed to the board of directors in the future,” said former caucus chairman Rep. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, who also attended the meeting.

The chairman of the CBC, Cedric Richmond, also confirmed the report that Sandberg and the company would be working to add a minority to the board sometime soon. The lawmakers argued that if more people of color had been at the company, not as many people would have seen a Russian Black Lives Matter ad.

Facebook handed over about 3,000 of the ads to congressional investigators after the company learned that some of the ads had been reportedly purchased by a Russian troll company to show more divisions amongst Americans. Most of the ads dealt with immigration, race relations, and gay rights. One such ad, put on the site between the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, reportedly dealt with Black Lives Matter and was targeted to Ferguson and Baltimore residents, sources told CNN.

One CBC lawmaker walked away from the meeting reportedly unhappy with the reaction from Sandberg on the issue of the Facebook’s role in the election. The lawmaker in question, Rep. James Clyburn, reportedly told Sandberg that Facebook helped President Donald Trump win the 2016 election.

“This is a very fragile moment in time for African-Americans across this country,” Richmond told reporters after the meeting. “What we needed Facebook to understand is that they play a role in the perception of African-Americans, and they are influencers that use their platform to influence this country.”

Facebook did not return The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment in time for publication.

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BREAKING: White House Announces President Trump’s New Strategy Plan for Iran https://thenarrativetimes.org/2017/10/13/white-house-announces-president-trump-new-strategy-plan-iran/ Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:50:38 +0000 https://thenarrativetimes.org/?p=6194 “It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction.” – President Donald J. Trump President Donald J. Trump, in consultation with his national security team, has approved a new strategy for Iran. It is the culmination of nine months of deliberation with […]

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“It is time for the entire world to join us in demanding that Iran’s government end its pursuit of death and destruction.”

– President Donald J. Trump

President Donald J. Trump, in consultation with his national security team, has approved a new strategy for Iran. It is the culmination of nine months of deliberation with Congress and our allies on how to best protect American security.

HIGHLIGHTS

Core Elements of the President’s New Iran Strategy

  • The United States’ new Iran strategy focuses on neutralizing the Government of Iran’s destabilizing influence and constraining its aggression, particularly its support for terrorism and militants.
  • We will revitalize our traditional alliances and regional partnerships as bulwarks against Iranian subversion and restore a more stable balance of power in the region.
  • We will work to deny the Iranian regime – and especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – funding for its malign activities, and oppose IRGC activities that extort the wealth of the Iranian people.
  • We will counter threats to the United States and our allies from ballistic missiles and other asymmetric weapons.
  • We will rally the international community to condemn the IRGC’s gross violations of human rights and its unjust detention of American citizens and other foreigners on specious charges.
  • Most importantly, we will deny the Iranian regime all paths to a nuclear weapon.

BACKGROUND

The Nature of the Iranian Regime under Supreme Leader Khamenei

  • For 28 years, Ali Khamenei has been Iran’s Supreme Leader.  Before that, he held the office of President for 8 years.  In that time, he has shaped the Iranian regime in his image.
  • Khamenei and the IRGC have pursued a steady policy of spreading a revolutionary ideology aimed at undermining the international system and many states by force and subversion.  His main enemy and rallying point has been and continues to be the United States of America, which he calls the Great Satan.
  • Under Khamenei, Iran exports violence, destabilizes its neighbors, and sponsors terrorism abroad.  Within Iran, under Khamenei’s rule the Iranian government has oppressed its people, abusing their rights, restricting their access to the internet and the outside world, rigging elections, shooting student protesters in the street, and imprisoning political reformers like Mir Hussein Musavi and Mehdi Karroubi.

The Threats from the Iranian Regime

  • The reckless behavior of the Iranian regime, and the IRGC in particular poses one of the most dangerous threats to the interests of the United States and to regional stability.
  • The Iranian regime has taken advantage of regional conflicts and instability to aggressively expand its regional influence and threaten its neighbors with little domestic or international cost for its actions.
  • This occurred most recently following the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from the vacuum created by the Obama administration’s ill-considered withdrawal from the region.
  • The full range of the Iranian regime’s malign activities extends well beyond the nuclear threat it poses, including:
  •   Ballistic missile development and proliferation;
  • Material and financial support for terrorism and extremism;
  • Support for the Assad regime’s atrocities against the Syrian people;
  • Unrelenting hostility to Israel;
  • Consistently threatening freedom of navigation, especially in the strategically vital Persian Gulf;Cyber-attacks against the United States, Israel, and America’s other allies and partners in the Middle East;
  • Grievous human rights abuses; and
  • Arbitrary detention of foreigners, including United States citizens, on specious charges and without due process.

The Need for a Comprehensive Strategy

  • The previous Administration’s myopic focus on Iran’s nuclear program to the exclusion of the regime’s many other malign activities allowed Iran’s influence in the region to reach a high-water mark.
  • Over the last decade and a half, United States policy has also consistently prioritized the immediate threat of Sunni extremist organizations over the longer-term threat of Iranian-backed militancy.
  • In doing so, the United States has neglected Iran’s steady expansion of proxy forces and terrorist networks aimed at keeping its neighbors weak and unstable in hopes of dominating the greater Middle East.  Recently, the Iranian regime has accelerated the seeding of these networks with increasingly destructive weapons as they try to establish a bridge from Iran to Lebanon and Syria.
  • The Trump Administration will not repeat these mistakes.
  • The Trump Administration’s Iran policy will address the totality of these threats from and malign activities by the Government of Iran and will seek to bring about a change in the Iranian’s regime’s behavior.
  • The Trump Administration will accomplish these objectives through a strategy that neutralizes and counters Iranian threats, particularly those posed by the IRGC.

Countering the IRGC

  • Supreme Leader Khamenei’s primary tool and weapon in remaking Iran into a rogue state has been the hardline elements of the IRGC.
  • The IRGC’s stated purpose is to subvert the international order.  The IRGC’s power and influence have grown over time, even as it has remained unaccountable to the Iranian people, answering only to Khamenei.  It is hard to find a conflict or a suffering people in the Middle East that the IRGC’s tentacles do not touch.
  • Unaccountable to Iran’s elected leaders or its people, the IRGC has tried to gain control over large portions of Iran’s economy and choke off competition, all the while working to weaken and undermine Iran’s neighbors and perpetuate the chaos and instability in which it thrives.
  • The IRGC has armed Bashar al Assad and guided his butchering of his own people in Syria and has cynically condoned his use of chemical weapons.
  • The IRGC has sought to undermine the fight against ISIS with the influence of militant groups in Iraq under the IRGC’s control.
  • In Yemen, the IRGC has attempted to use the Houthis as puppets to hide Iran’s role in using sophisticated missiles and explosive boats to attack innocent civilians in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as to restrict freedom of navigation in the Red Sea.
  • The IRGC has even threatened terrorist attacks right here at home.  Senior IRGC commanders plotted the murder of Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the United States, Adel Jubeir, on American soil in 2011.  But for exceptional work by our law enforcement and intelligence officers to detect and disrupt this egregious act, the IRGC would have conducted this terrorist attack and assassination in our own capital and would have killed not only a Saudi Arabian diplomat, but a host of other innocent bystanders at a popular restaurant in Washington, D.C.
  • The IRGC, which repeatedly displays reckless hostility and disregard for the laws and norms that underpin the international order, threatens all nations and the global economy.
  • Our partners in the international community agree with us that the IRGC’s reckless behavior threatens international peace and security.  They agree that the IRGC is fanning sectarianism and perpetuating regional conflict.  They agree that the IRGC is engaged in corrupt economic practices that exploit the Iranian people and suppress internal dissent, human rights, and Iran’s economic prosperity.
  • For all these reasons, we want to work with our partners to constrain this dangerous organization, for the benefit of international peace and security, regional stability, and the Iranian people. 

The Iranian Nuclear Program and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

  • The Iranian regime’s activities severely undercut whatever positive contributions to “regional and international peace and security” the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) sought to achieve.
  • Even with regard to JCPOA itself, the Iranian regime has displayed a disturbing pattern of behavior, seeking to exploit loopholes and test the international community’s resolve.
  • Iranian military leaders have stated publicly that they will refuse to allow International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections of their military sites.  These statements fly in the face of Iran’s commitments under JCPOA and the Additional Protocol.  Not long ago these same organizations hid nuclear facilities on military sites.
  • This behavior cannot be tolerated; the deal must be strictly enforced, and the IAEA must fully utilize its inspection authorities.

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