“Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.” – Sun Tzu
Does Iran really want a war or are they just trying to prove the U.S. doesn’t? This is the game of chicken that the U.S. is currently engaged in. Things ramped up Thursday when Iran shot down an American drone… WSJ
- INTERNATIONAL WATERS: Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph Guastella said the aircraft had been flying at high altitude about 34 kilometers from the nearest point of land on the Iranian coast.
- IRANIAN AIR SPACE: Javad Zarif, said the U.S. was lying about the location of the aircraft and would make its case to the U.N
- GIVING IRAN AN OUT: Speaking to reporters President Trump said, “I find it hard to believe that it was intentional,”
- RED LINE: Hossein Salami, an IRGC commander, said Thursday that “Borders are our red lines. Any enemy that invades these borders will not return [home],”
Michael Gordon, Courtney McBride, & Laurance Norman says The President wanted a more docile Iran but got the opposite… WSJ
“For proponents of Mr. Trump’s policy, the attacks on the oil tankers are an indication that security in the region may need to worsen before Iran is driven to the negotiating table and Tehran becomes more compliant.”
Noah Rothman says Iran has called Trump’s bluff… Commentary
“Iran is testing American resolve, and it will continue those tests until it encounters a limit to its freedom of action. This is not a cost-free proposition for the United States. As the U.S. sacrifices its role as guarantor of the right of navigation on the high seas, its allies who rely on that naval power will become ever more insecure…”Lt. Col Tony Schaefer says Trump was right about Iran… The Hill
“The official Iranian position is abjectly ridiculous. President Trump pulled the United States out of the agreement because the Iranian regime was already violating international law. Tehran is now seeking to blackmail the world by threatening to further violate the agreement that it never took seriously in the first place.”
Two important notes:
Micheal Rubin explains why there is almost no doubt that Iran’s downing of the drown was signed off by the higher-ups… NR
Shay Khatiri highlights the concern over the many vacancies in defense positions… Bulwark
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BOMBSHELL: A medic testifying in the trial of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher – who is accused of killing an injured ISIS prisoner of war in Iraq – shocked trial observers when he testified Thursday that he, not Gallagher, was responsible for the Islamic militant’s death… FN
NO FAITH: Americans have little faith the U.S. political system can address long-term challenges and are skeptical the nation remains committed to foundational tenets such as the free market, majority rule and tolerance, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows… WSJ
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“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”
H.B. 700: Would expand restrictions on online political speech, including on social media, limiting North Carolinians’ ability to air their opinions about government and hear the views of others… Civitas
WHATS IT DO: If a farmer’s market posts a photo of the governor on Facebook and thanks him for taking time off the campaign trail to visit the market, it could be regulated. The group would have to include a disclaimer like the ones found on televised campaign ads and send a copy of the post to the state, along with additional information about the group. If it fails to do so, it would be fined.
Matt Neese & Donald Bryson explain the problem with this solution,“Americans are smart enough to decide whether they like a candidate or a policy position. Government shouldn’t limit their speech out of fear they’ll make a choice it doesn’t like. The Founding Fathers understood that. We should too.” Civitas
JOSH HAWLEY’S BILL: The measure would give the government control over online speech by denying Section 230 protections to platforms that don’t hand over an array of private intellectual property and satisfactorily prove to a bunch of partisan political appointees that they are operating in a “politically neutral” manner.
FAIRNESS DOCTRINE 2.0: companies would be required to reapply with the Federal Trade Commission every two years for this political favor—a situation that would mean companies having “to constantly curry favor with the administration,” as Mapbox policy head Tom Lee noted on Twitter.
Elizabeth Nolan Brown explains the actual results of Hawley’s bill, “no matter how many culture war red flags Hawley and company raise, their solutions all come down to the same thing: letting folks in Washington have more say over what can be said on the internet, and using tweaks to Section 230 to do it.” Reason
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|2020: Public Policy Polling released a new poll reflecting a divide among North Carolinians over the 2020 elections for president and governor… CJ|
ZION GOES #1: Zion Williamson, the superstar forward out of Duke, was selected No. 1 overall by the Pelicans in Thursday night’s NBA draft… ESPN