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It is most unlikely Trump will escalate at this point, and this could provide him with the opportunity to leave the Middle East except for the Gulf States. Trump wants to get out,” a U.S. intelligence source says.

President Donald Trump will de-escalate the crisis with Iran when he speaks to the nation at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, a U.S. intelligence source has told me.

Last night Iran retaliated for the assassination of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani with missile strikes on two U.S. military bases in Iraq. So far there have been no casualties reported. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said that the ballistic missile strikes launched from Iran completed Tehran’s military action.

It is now up to Trump to determine whether the crisis will continue.

A top U.S. intel source sent me this analysis in response to a detailed question:

“It is most unlikely Trump will escalate at this point, and this could provide him with the opportunity to leave the Middle East except for the Gulf States. Trump wants to get out. The fact that Israel would be hit next by Iran [as promised, among others, by the IRGC as well as Hezbollah’s secretary-general Hassan Nasrallah] will probably cause them to pull back, and not order Trump to bomb Iran itself.

“DEBKA-Mossad acknowledged that Iran’s offensive missiles cannot be defended against. Its secret is that it hugs the ground going underneath the radar screens.” [the source is referring to the Hoveizeh cruise missile, with a range of 1,350 km, already tested by Tehran.]

“What is amazing is that Iraq has allowed US troops into their country at all after seeing over a million of their people murdered by the US if we include the 500,000 dead children [during the 1990s, as acknowledged by Madeleine Albright]. The royals in the U. A. E. told me that this is because Iraq is more corrupt that Nigeria.

“The key question here is what happened to the Patriot Missile Defense for these bases who were on high alert assuming this is not similar to Trump’s missiles hitting empty buildings in Syria after the chemical false flag operation. I saw no report that any defense missile was working, which to me is very significant.”

Judd Deere, the deputy press secretary of the White House, confirmed on Tuesday night what I had learned earlier from another source. The White House said Trump, in a phone call, thanked Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for “Qatar’s partnership with the United States”, and they discussed Iraq and Iran.

ORDER IT NOW

According to my source, who is very close to the Qatari royal family, Trump actually sent a message to Tehran via the emir. The message has two layers. Trump promised sanctions would be cancelled if there were no retaliation from Tehran (something that Trump simply wouldn’t have the means to assure, considering the opposition from Capitol Hill) ; and there would be de-escalation if Tehran came up with a “proportional” response.

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif described the Iranian missile strikes as a “proportional response”.

That may explain why Trump did not go on TV on Tuesday night in the U.S. to announce total war – as much as neocons may have been wanting it.

Details are still sparse, but there’s ultra-high level, back room diplomacy going on especially between Iran and Russia, with China discreet, but on full alert.

There’s consensus among the Axis of Resistance that China has a major role to play, especially in the Levant, where Beijing is seen in some quarters as a possible future partner ultimately replacing U.S. hegemony.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has just been to Syria and Turkey this week. And according to Russian sources, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is making clear to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Russia’s stance that there should be no escalation.

(Republished from ConsortiumNews by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Hillbob says:

    The guy is a fucking idiot….actually he has the intellect of a 5 year old. Escalate, deescalate , war, peace
    is all subject to whom gets to him first – his son in law, his daughter to whom he is sexually attracted , AIPAC, Nethanazi, the neocons, the Rapture crowd – oh what the heck they are all the same and want the same thing

  2. NPleeze says:

    Hitting some open fields is a “proportionate response” to assassinating of the top general while on a diplomatic mission? Granted, Iran could never be proportionately evil to the US, but still ….

    I think everyone knows Iran’s real response is yet to come. And it likely won’t be military, because the way you defeat an Evil Global Thug like the US is the same way you defeat the local bully: get the world (local) community to unite against the evil beast.

  3. Realist says:

    Trump to de-Escalate: Intelligence Source

    Why would anybody believe anything a US government source would say?

  4. Angharad says:

    Trump is NOT de-escalating. ZOG is ramping the attacks against Iran UP.

  5. Stupid Iraq war American veteran gets totally crushed. https://youtu.be/Rlkeyl4adJ0

  6. bjondo says:

    Trump has deftly averted something more serious
    begun by Deep State sewer rats.

    BushCheneyObamaClinton rat traitors
    need to be totally wiped out.
    ———————————————————————-

    …over a million of their people murdered by the US if we include the 500,000 dead children [during the 1990s, as acknowledged by Madeleine Albright]

    Above 500 thousand children under the age of 5 to 1995.

    over a million not including the children.

    Seems minor also seems important.

    https://fair.org/extra/we-think-the-price-is-worth-it/

    5 dancing shlomos

  7. ‘… Trump to de-Escalate…’

    It’s possible Iran may differ.

    They’ll have to bide their time, of course.

    • Replies: @bluedog
  8. Polemos says:

    The fact that Israel would be hit next by Iran … will probably cause them [which them or who?] to pull back, and not order Trump to bomb Iran itself.

    The sentence structure suggests Israel is not ordering Trump to bomb Iran. If Trump is following orders, why did it matter what Trump wants in the sentence before this quote? Is the intel source clear on who is ordering Trump, as it’s worth knowing if Trump actually is following orders (and not just a rhetorical flourish by people who dislike Trump or Israel)?

    zerohedge has a piece up now (in their grey callout box) drawing from a wsj piece about Trump (et al.) using an encrypted fax machine through the Swiss embassy to relay messages to Iran. You write here that it’s through Qatar that these messages were conveyed. No doubt both can be true–more talk is better!—but what will it look like for both to be true, or are their angles for who reveals which back channel is the open channel?

    (It’s also curious the wsj piece says the value of the Swiss old fax is its confidentiality for communication while explicitly stating what Trump sent. Hmm.)

  9. Very interesting re the Patriot System failure. Otherwise totally wrong-headed.

  10. bluedog says:
    @Colin Wright

    Well I read somewhere (now I don’t recall following all the information) that after the drone strike Lavrolv had Pompeo on the phone, it said that he was very short and blunt and it seemed Trumps line changed after that.!!

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