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President Trump appeared to debunk a month’s worth of his own administration’s propaganda efforts when he admitted to the media that in fact, he has “no indication” that the Islamic Republic of Iran is plotting some kind of attack on America or American interests in the Middle East.

Trump on Iran: We have no indication that anything’s happened or will happen. But if it does, it will be met obviously with great force. We’ll have no choice pic.twitter.com/XEZFyFjzzr

— POLITICO (@politico) May 20, 2019

His comments fly in the face of the messaging that John Bolton, the State Department, and prominent Republicans have been promoting for weeks. The anti-Iran national security hawks have been peddling cooked intelligence and prematurely jumping to conclusions in a deliberate effort to heighten tensions and possibly trigger the conflict with Iran that National Security Advisor John Bolton has been pushing for since the 1980s.

Just received a briefing from National Security Advisor Bolton about escalating tensions with Iran.

It is clear that over the last several weeks Iran has attacked pipelines and ships of other nations and created threat streams against American interests in Iraq.

— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) May 20, 2019

Once again it bears repeating, @potus is NOT setting up war with #Iran. Faced with steady,consistent & credible stream of information indicating serious threat from #IRGC proxy forces, he has positioned U.S. military in the region to defend Americans & respond to any attack

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 20, 2019

A war with Iran would be a cataclysmic conflict that even Iraq War cheerleader and perennial warmonger Max Boot predicts would be the “mother of all quagmires;” for Bolton and the rest of the Iran hawks in Congress to be caught being so fast and loose with the truth with on a matter of such high stakes and with so many lives at stake should be an indictable offense. Read more

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