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By INU Staff 

INU - Military spending in Iran has skyrocketed during the presidency of Hassan Rouhani, the so-called moderate President of the Islamic Republic. Economic analysts say that the 2017/18 budget bill that is presently being reviewed by Iranian parliament is a military-security budget.

Iran’s annual budget is separated in two. The larger part is to do with government organisations, banks and public companies. Revenues and outgoings are only spent in this section. The other part of the budget – the public budget – determines policies. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) report that 371 thousand billion tomans (or 92 billion and 750million dollars) will be spent here. Some of this will be spent on security-repressive and terrorist organisations.

Even after nearly 38 years in power, the Iranian regime bases its survival on domestic crackdown and exporting of terrorism, extremism, and Islamic fundamentalism, under the guise of Islamic Revolution.”

 

James Woolsey, former CIA Director from 1993-1995, says a focal point of foreign policy for President-elect Trump should be weakening Iran.  Woolsey said that although both the U.S. and Iran seek to defeat the Islamic State, Trump should make the “tactical” decision and work to dismantle Iran’s power in the Middle East.

The Blaze reports that when speaking on CNN, Woolsey said that leaders must sometimes become temporary friends with one enemy to defeat another.

The new administration will no doubt be tested by Iran regime soon after Mr. Trump takes office on January 20. Although we’re not sure what form that test will take, the danger is that the foreign policy establishment in Washington will fail to see it coming and mistakenly interpret it once it occurs. 

FrontPage Mag published an article on December 8 by Kenneth R. Timmerman in which he warns, “It could come the very day of his inauguration with an enormous (if superficial) head-fake, and as they gave President Reagan by releasing our U.S. diplomat-hostages the very minute he swore the oath of office. Or it could come later, in a less benign form.”

By INU Staff 

INU - On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May visited a summit of the Gulf Cooperation Council being held in the Bahraini capital of Manama. She used the opportunity in part to reassure the Gulf Arab powers over their nervousness about rising levels of Iranian power and influence in the region. In the context of meetings aimed at bolstering post-Brexit trade with Saudi Arabia and its regional partners, the British PM promised that her country would help to push back against Iranian aggression, as by encouraging the Islamic Republic to curtail its involvement in the civil wars in Syria and Yemen.

In his article for The Nation, James Carden writes about President-elect Donald Trump’s nomination of retired General James N. Mattis  for Secretary of Defense. 

Choosing Mattis has caused concern for some in Washington. The last time a retired general served as defense secretary was in 1950, when George C. Marshall, former Army chief of staff and, later, secretary of state held the post. Some worry that Trump’s choice of Mattis may undermine the American principle of civilian control of the armed.

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