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The Madness Gripping Washington

By Philip M. GIRALDI | Strategic Culture Foundation | 26.07.2018

The United States and Israel have been threatening Iran for something like twenty years, using the pretext that it was developing a nuclear weapon initially, but also more recently declaring that Tehran has become a threat to the entire Middle East. Both contentions are essentially lies, concocted by an Israel and Saudi Arabia that would prefer to have Iran removed as a possible impediment to their own ambitions. And they would like the United States to do the removing.

Iran is the hottest of all hot spots in the American view, but the tendency of the White House to threaten first before engaging in negotiations has meant that most nations have come to see the United States as the greatest threat to peace worldwide. In a recent interview, Russian President Vladimir Putin observed how the U.S. believes it can intervene militarily anywhere in the world because it is “spreading democracy,” a justification that no one believes in any event as the results of recent crusades in Afghanistan, Syria and Libya have been less than encouraging. Putin commented that Washington should treat all other nations with respect and it will then get respect – and cooperation – in return.

The track record of the Trump White House is not encouraging. It has twice launched barrages of cruise missiles against targets in Syria based on fabricated or incomplete intelligence suggesting that the government in Damascus had used chemical weapons against its own people. It also uniquely added juvenile humiliation to the American diplomatic arsenal, with Trump describing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a “rocket man” before going off into a rhapsody about how the nuclear arsenal button accessible to Trump was “bigger and more powerful” than that available to Pyongyang.

In light of past developments, one might think that it could not possibly get any worse, but it just has. Trump went after the low hanging fruit offered by Iran with a tweet that was both idiotic and embarrassing. Iran has undeniably been the enemy of choice for the White House since May, when Trump made the decision to withdraw from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that created an intrusive inspection regime to monitor Iran’s compliance in nuclear non-proliferation. The move was applauded by the powerful Israel Lobby and by the governments of Saudi Arabia and Israel, both of which have their own agendas for the Middle East and would prefer to see an independent Iran bombed into submission by Washington. The rest of the world deplored the decision.

In the latest incident, Trump was tweeting in response to comments made Sunday by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who had told a meeting of Iranian diplomats that war between America and Iran would be a misfortune for everyone, saying “Mr. Trump, don’t play with the lion’s tail, this would only lead to regret. America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”

Trump responded explosively with a tweet all in capital letters, presumably to express his rage in visual terms, “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”

President Trump’s warning that he would annihilate Iran missed the point that Rouhani was offering peace and urging that both sides work to avoid war. The Administration has already announced that it will reinstate existing sanctions on Iran and will be adding some onerous new ones as well. After November 4th, Washington will sanction any country that buys oil from Iran, markedly increasing the misery level for the Iranian people with the objective of either making their government surrender or rising up in rebellion against it.

Enough already. The immediate knee-jerk resort to threats of using overwhelming conventional military power or even nuclear weapons to resolve international disagreements is being played far too often by a president whose understanding of the world clearly has a manic-aggressive quality derived from a life spent selling and buying real estate in New York City. And the idiotic tweeting as well is beneath the dignity of the office Trump holds, the hallmark of an insecure school bully seeking attention. Donald Trump was elected at least in part to keep America out of wars, not to start several new ones, and it is past time that he stop the posturing and remember that.

July 26, 2018 - Posted by | Militarism, Russophobia, Timeless or most popular | , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Trump tweets because the media twists and spins his messaging, the result is his tweets reflect ignorance and reek of narcissism and regardless of what he says or does, the media makes him look like a shill for Russia with a grudge against all the agencies of the deep state and the bankster elites. Basically the formal administration of the western empire is on strike against Trump and so is his own administration which is trying to involve him in world war. Nevertheless, the only thing preventing WWIII is Trump’s loose cannon ego and the silly american habit of treating the president as the sole commander in chief authority on war, of which he really is entirely ignorant. Fixing the Trump problem means going to total war for the USA, Israel & Saudi etc to which we in vassal Canada are apparently looking forward. I imagine Canada will be happy when a NATO created false flag attack justifies a belligerent response, so we can all feel good about murdering people and being targeted for the evil of greater Israel. Insane as it is, may Trump’s reign remain long and peaceful with better even less warlike minds prevailing and succeeding him. michael\\

    Comment by Michael Major\\ | July 26, 2018 | Reply

  2. The American position regarding “Iran’s nuclear weapons program” does not pass any credibility test whatsoever because Israel has a nuclear arsenal at its disposal, to which the USA turns a blind eye.
    And, given the Americans, and Britain’s record in destroying Israel’s enemies in that part of the World(and its intention to continue to do so) exposes their utter hypocrisy.

    In the cold light of day, it is the Military Industrial Complex(which has trashed America’s ridiculous claim to being “the leader of the FREE World”) that runs the USA, not the American people.

    The USA(and its owners Israel) are the REAL danger to World Peace.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | July 26, 2018 | Reply


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