Iran Nuclear Deal and U.S. Pullout Reflect Epic Bipartisan Failures

May 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

With everything the U.S. and its allies threw at Iran, including having Iranian citizens pay a huge economic cost in terms of a devastated economy and reduced quality of life, the pressure campaign still failed. The U.S.-led economic sanctions, rather than forcing Iran to abandon its nuclear program, empowered it to expand it efforts dramatically. The consequence was a dangerous situation. The U.S., after falsely building a narrative of Iran aggressively pursuing a nuclear weapon, now needed to either militarily confront Iran (and its expanding enrichment capacity) or find a diplomatic way out of a self-inflicted wound without losing political face at home and abroad.

Source: Iran Nuclear Deal and U.S. Pullout Reflect Epic Bipartisan Failures

The other art of the deal, Tehran-style | Asia Times

May 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The art of the deal, when practiced for 2,500 years, does lead to the palace of wisdom. I had hardly set foot in Tehran when a diplomat broke the news: “Trump? We’re not worried. He’s a bazaari (merchant trader)” – implying a political compromise will eventually be reached.

The Iranian government’s response to the Trump administration boils down to a Sun Tzu variant; silence – especially after the Fall of Flynn, who had “put Iran on notice” after a ballistic missile test that did not infringe the provisions of the Iranian nuclear deal, and the idea of an anti-Iran, Saudi Arabia-UAE-Egypt-Jordan mini-NATO. The Iranian naval drills – from the Strait of Hormuz to the Indian Ocean – had been planned way in advance.

Source: The other art of the deal, Tehran-style | Asia Times

OPUS 56 Dialectic

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Examining Israel’s Pretext for War on Iran

May 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Nothing unites Americans and Israelis like a good enemy to hate and wail about, and, to go to war against. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled out all the stops with his sophomoric slide show, “Iran Lied,” designed to demonize Iran further by claiming Iran was pursuing nuclear weapon development, inspite of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that limited Iran from developing nuclear weapons, since it was signed in 2015. Only problem is, it was all old news gong as far back as 2003. Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, challenged Netanyahu with an article, “After Netanyahu Speech, UN Reiterates Found No Traces of Iran Nukes.” In this 25 minute podcast, Chuck Carlson and members of We Hold These Truths look into how Netanyahu’s “discovery” could lead to war?  War has become the excuse most commonly used to cover up deficits and out-of-control spending. Simply stated, our politicians believe that if they can find a war to fight, no one will bother to look at how much money it costs, or where that money is coming from.  War is like a general anesthetic! As mentioned in the podcast, America even planned its wars on Iraw, Libya, Syria and Iran as was revealed by retired General Wesley Clark on a 2007 Democracy Now interview, “General Wesley Clark: Wars Were Planned – Seven Countries In Five Years.” We say, “No More Wars For Israel.”

Source: Examining Israel’s Pretext for War on Iran

Trump Accidentally Described U.S. Foreign Policy While Trying to Slam Iran | The Daily Bell

May 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The United States has certainly demonstrated its schizophrenic approach to global affairs and effectively shown its true colors to the world. According to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, sanctions will be re-imposed on Iran to punish Iran for the following:

  1.       Iran’s status as the world’s largest state sponsor of terror;
  2.       Its use of ballistic missiles against American allies;
  3.       Its support for the brutal Assad regime in Syria;
  4.       Its human rights violations against its own people;
  5.       Its abuses of the international financial system.

Source: Trump Accidentally Described U.S. Foreign Policy While Trying to Slam Iran | The Daily Bell

No, Iran and Hezbollah Haven’t Taken Over Lebanon

May 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Lebanon held the first parliamentary elections since 2009 (they are supposed to be every four years, but the Syrian civil war and political gridlock made it difficult to meet that schedule until now).

Given all the talk of Trump pulling out of the Iran deal in part because of Tehran’s supposed regional dominance, the results of the Lebanese elections will likely be entangled with this policy.

Source: No, Iran and Hezbollah Haven’t Taken Over Lebanon

The art of breaking a deal | Asia Times – Pepe Escobar

May 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

All suspended United States sanctions against Iran will be reinstated, and harsh additional ones will be imposed.

It does not matter that the International Atomic Energy Agency, orIAEA, repeatedly confirmed Iran was complying with the JCPOA as verified by 11 detailed reports since January 2016. Even US Secretary of Defense James Mattis vouched for the stringent verification mechanisms.

Source: The art of breaking a deal | Asia Times

Iran Deal Exit: America First, or Israel First? – Antiwar.com Original

May 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

As the US walks away from the Iran deal is Washington headed down the road to war? That’s the assumption of the deal’s supporters, the main talking point – but is it necessarily true?

President Trump’s decision, made despite pleas from our European allies and even some of his own base, supposedly unmasks him as a dangerous warmonger whose anti-interventionist rhetoric was all a con job. #TheResistance is deeply invested in the idea of Trump as an orange-tinted version of Attila the Hun, whose bombastic personal style reflects a tendency to bomb first and talk later – and now, at last, Trump is showing his true colors. That’s the party line.

Source: Iran Deal Exit: America First, or Israel First? – Antiwar.com Original

Land Destroyer: America Planned to Break “Iran Nuclear Deal” Years Before Signing It

May 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

 

The so-called “Iran Nuclear Deal,” officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed on 2015 now under threat by a backtracking US – was billed at the time of its signing as a historic agreement that provided a path forward towards peace between the US and Iran.

Source: Land Destroyer: America Planned to Break “Iran Nuclear Deal” Years Before Signing It

Don’t Trash the Nuclear Deal! | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

May 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

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This next week may determine whether President Trump extricates us from that cauldron of conflict that is the Middle East, as he promised, or plunges us even deeper into these forever wars.

Friday will see the sixth in a row of weekly protests at the Gaza border fence in clashes that have left 40 Palestinians dead and 1,500 wounded by live fire from Israeli troops.

Monday, the U.S. moves its embassy to Jerusalem. Tuesday will see the triumphal celebration of the 70th birthday of the state of Israel.

Source: Don’t Trash the Nuclear Deal! | Patrick J. Buchanan – Official Website

Netanyahu: Don’t Look Here, Where We’re Shooting Children—Look at Iran

May 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Since the U.S. right wing and the government of Israel would very much like to see Iran invaded, its government overthrown and its legs broken, this nuclear latency or the Japan option is an annoyance they would like to remove. It is easier to execute someone if you disarm him first.

But Iran, of course, is already substantially disarmed, voluntarily. What is going on now is an attempt to pull the wool over people’s eyes about that and to con them into spending $6 trillion on another ruinous Middle East conflict.

That will keep everybody busy while Netanyahu finally succeeds in ethnically cleansing what is left of the Palestinians, his ulterior ultimate goal.

Source: Netanyahu: Don’t Look Here, Where We’re Shooting Children—Look at Iran

Trump and the Iran Deal: Expect the Unexpected? – Antiwar.com Original

May 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The Israeli propaganda machine is working overtime in the run-up to the May deadline for Trump’s decision on recertifying the Iran deal. So what did all that buildup to Netanyahu’s big announcement amount to? Less than nothing, i.e., documents that prove what we already knew – that Iran did have a nuclear program prior to 2003. As our own intelligence agencies long ago concluded, they discontinued it and haven’t restarted it since then. Oh, but then why did the Iranians keep all these thousands of documents, the Israelis ask. Doesn’t this in itself portend a future weaponization program?

Source: Trump and the Iran Deal: Expect the Unexpected? – Antiwar.com Original

Iran’s Secret Nukes? Scaremongering Netanyahu Strikes Again | The American Conservative

May 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The timing of Netanyahu’s presentation—a mere two weeks before Trump is scheduled to make his determination about the fate of the JCPOA—is suspect, as is the methodology used to introduce the intelligence material to the world. If this trove of documents is, in fact, what Netanyahu claims, then there are mechanisms in place via the JCPOA framework to address the legitimate concerns raised by their collective content. The Israeli government could have shared this information with any of the signatory parties to the JCPOA, who then could have requested a meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA where the issue of Iranian compliance would then be discussed. While the process involved is a cumbersome one, in the end any failure of the part of Iran to constructively engage would result in the matter being taken to the Security Council, where sanctions could be re-imposed.

Source: Iran’s Secret Nukes? Scaremongering Netanyahu Strikes Again | The American Conservative

Syria, Iran and ‘chaos in international relations’ | Asia Times

April 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Even in the context of a post-truth geopolitical environment run amok, Russian President Vladimir Putin telling his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani over the phone that any further Western strikes against Syria may “lead to chaos in international relations” should at least be seen for what it is; a massive understatement.

According to the Kremlin, Putin and Rouhani agreed that what cynics are calling the F.U.K.U.S. – or France, UK, US – strikes have damaged the chances of achieving any meaningful political resolution in Syria.

Source: Syria, Iran and ‘chaos in international relations’ | Asia Times

Growing Risk of U.S.-Iran Hostilities Based on False Pretexts, Intel Vets Warn – Consortiumnews

February 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In our December 21st Memorandum to you, we cautioned that the claim that Iran is currently the world’s top sponsor of terrorism is unsupported by hard evidence. Meanwhile, other false accusations against Iran have intensified. Thus, we feel obliged to alert you to the virtually inevitable consequences of war with Iran, just as we warned President George W. Bush six weeks before the U.S. attack on Iraq 15 years ago.

Source: Growing Risk of U.S.-Iran Hostilities Based on False Pretexts, Intel Vets Warn – Consortiumnews

Iran in 2018 — Paul Craig Roberts – PaulCraigRoberts.org

January 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In 1953 Washington and Britain overthrew the democratically elected government of Mohammad Mosaddegh and installed a dictator to rule Iran for the benefit of Washington and the British. In declassified documents, the CIA has admitted its role in overthrowing the Iranian government. The overthrow pattern is always the same. Washington hires protesters, then introduces violence, controls the explanation, and unseats the government.

Source: Iran in 2018 — Paul Craig Roberts – PaulCraigRoberts.org

Is Iran the “World’s Leading Sponsor of Terrorism?”

January 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We are concerned by recent strident and stark public statements from key members of your Administration that paint Iran in very alarmist terms. The average American, without the benefit of history, could easily be persuaded that Iran poses an imminent threat and that there is no alternative for us but military conflict.

We find this uncomfortably familiar territory. Ten years ago former President George W. Bush was contemplating a war with Iran when, in November of 2007, intelligence analysts issued a formal National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) debunking the prevailing conventional wisdom; namely, that Iran was on the verge of getting a nuclear weapon.  The NIE concluded that Iran had stopped working on a nuclear weapon in 2003.

Source: Is Iran the “World’s Leading Sponsor of Terrorism?”

The CIA and President Trump Are Gaining a Foothold In Iranian Regime Change – Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show

January 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

The violence and blooshed continues in Iran with least 9 more people being killed, overnight, and the arrest rates continue to rise as 100 more dissidents were arrested as the discontent and expressed unrest is sweeping Iran. The protests have seemingly come from nowhere as six days ago the news reached the West that protests were beginning inside of Iran. The protests seemed to lack a build up period that one would typically see in similar situations. This speaks to the fact that we are probably looking at what started out as a contrived event. However, because these events have entered a sixth day, they are taking on a life all of their own. It is noteworthy that some of the killed protestors were actually trying to steal guns from the town of Khomeinishahar. It is also imperative to note that among those killed were six protesters had also attempted to steal guns from a police station in the town of Qahdarijan, according to Iranian state TV as reported by the AP. This speaks to the fact that, with these types of actions, we can expect the bloodshed to grow exponentially over the next several days and weeks.

Source: The CIA and President Trump Are Gaining a Foothold In Iranian Regime Change – Dave Hodges – The Common Sense Show

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