Sep 17, 2020
Rep. Mike Waltz to Newsmax TV: Trump Lines Up Iran as Common Enemy
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Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., told Newsmax TV on Wednesday the peace agreement signed between Israel and Arab states Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates is an example of how President Donald Trump has changed tactics in Middle East negotiations, unifying the region around a common enemy – Iran.
"Presidents on both sides of the aisle, heretofore, have narrowly focused on getting the Israelis and the Palestinians to the table as a gateway to broader Middle East peace," Walz told Wednesdays "American Agenda." "This administration has taken a different approach. Theyve understood that there is commonality in a common enemy, and thats the ayatollahs in Iran, with not only them seeking a nuclear weapon that they are actively threatening not just Israel, but their perceived Sunni enemies as well in the Gulf."
Waltz referred to how predominantly Shia Iran has been blamed for using proxies in Yemen and other states for attacking Saudi oil fields last year as well as attacks into Iraq. The United Nations has cited Irans financial and military support for militias in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon as having a destabilizing effect on the region.
"So that is drawing them together, the Gulf states and Israel in terms of a common enemy," he added. "The Trump administration has rightly seen that there is an opportunity there to overcome past differences. And then, I think, at a certain point, the Palestinian government will have to do whats right for its people and come to the table."
It is a theme liberal-turned-conservative author David Horowitz pointed out during a Newsmax TV interview Sept. 7.
Waltz, 46, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and the first Green Beret elected to Congress, represents Floridas 6th Congressional District along the east coast from the southern suburbs of Jacksonville to just north of Orlando.
He said the Trump administrations strategy already has shown dramatic results.
"Prior to this, Israel had only signed a peace deal with two Arab countries (Egypt and Jordan)," Waltz said. "Weve now just doubled that just in the last few days, with more to come."
He added is no surprise Iran is clearly hoping for former Vice President Joe Bidens victory in the November election.
"I think right now they are biding time, and they are praying for Biden presidency," Waltz said. "They are cash crunched. Their economy is in shambles. Their currency is seeing historic devaluation. The Trump administration deserves a lot of credit for [decreasing Irans oil production] from a few million barrels per day to just a few hundred thousand without a corresponding spike in oil markets.
"And at the end of the day, they know all that pressure will be relieved if Joe Biden comes in. And they know that if they president stays in, then he will continue that maximum pressure campaign. And thats why youre seeing the president talk about Iran coming back to the table. Theyll have to. Theyll have no choice. Except this time theyll come from a position of weakness, and we will get a better deal."
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Taco Bell customer suffers heart attack in drive-thru, saved by firefighters, restaurant staff
One man picked the right time to hit up the drive-thru.
A Taco Bell customer in Arizona reportedly suffered a heart attack while placing his order at the drive-thru. Luckily, the restaurant happens to be located across the street from the local fire department and help was on the scene almost immediately.
Michael Harris suffered a heart attack at a Taco Bell in Phoenix, 12 News reports. According to his wife, she knew something wasn’t right when he stopped responding to the restaurant worker taking his order. Two of the fast-food joint’s workers reportedly called for help immediately.
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Fortunately, Captain Frank Keller and firefighter Eric Gonzales were across the street when the call went out. The two men reportedly ran across the street and performed CPR until more help could arrive.
The United Phoenix Firefighters posted a statement about the incident on Facebook, writing, “Captain Keller heard the dispatch for a cardiac arrest and immediately ran across the street to render aid. He and Eric performed CPR on Mike for several minutes until the next closest engine company arrived."
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The post explains that while the firefighters were able to “get pulses back on Mike,” the victim went into cardiac arrest three more times. Fortunately, he was taken to a nearby hospital where he was stabilized.
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The post continues, “We are elated to report that Mike made a full recovery. He was released from the hospital yesterday and was kind enough to stop by the fire station to pay Captain Keller a visit.”