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President Trump’s Iran Policy – Is It ‘Normal’?

By Ron Paul | November 12, 2018

It’s not often that US Government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy. The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a “liberation.” The 2011 US-led destruction of Libya was a “humanitarian intervention.” And so on.

So, in a way, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was refreshingly honest last week when, speaking about newly-imposed US sanctions, he told the BBC that the Iranian leadership “has to make a decision that they want their people to eat.” It was an honest admission that new US sanctions are designed to starve Iranians unless the Iranian leadership accepts US demands.

His statement also reveals the lengths to which the neocons are willing to go to get their “regime change” in Iran. Just like then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said it was “worth it” that half a million Iraqi children died because of our sanctions on that country, Pompeo is letting us know that a few million dead Iranians is also “worth it” if the government in Tehran can be overthrown.

The US Secretary of State has demanded that Iran “act like a normal country” or the US would continue its pressure until Iran’s economy crumbles. How twisted is US foreign policy that Washington considers it “normal” to impose sanctions specifically designed to make life miserable – or worse – for civilians!

Is it normal to threaten millions of people with starvation if their leaders refuse to bow down to US demands? Is the neoconservative obsession with regime change “normal” behavior? Is training and arming al-Qaeda in Syria to overthrow Assad “normal” behavior? If so, then perhaps Washington’s neocons have a point. As Iran is not imposing sanctions, is not invading its neighbors, is not threatening to starve millions of Americans unless Washington is “regime-changed,” perhaps Iran is not acting “normal.”

So what is normal?

The continued Saudi genocide in Yemen does not bother Washington a bit. In fact, Saudi aggression in Yemen is viewed as just another opportunity to strike out at Iran. By making phony claims that Yemen’s Houthis are “Iran-backed,” the US government justifies literally handing the Saudis the bombs to drop on Yemeni school busses while claiming it is fighting Iranian-backed terrorism! Is that “normal”?

Millions of Yemenis face starvation after three years of Saudi attacks have destroyed the economy and a Saudi blockade prohibits aid from reaching the suffering victims, but Secretary Pompeo recently blamed Yemeni starvation on, you guessed it: Iran!

And in a shocking display of cynicism, the US government is reportedly considering listing Yemen’s Houthis as a “terrorist” organization for the “crime” of fighting back against Saudi (and US) aggression. Labeling the Yemeni resistance a “terrorist” organization would effectively “legalize” the ongoing Saudi destruction of Yemen, as it could be justified as just another battle in the “war on terror.” It would also falsely identify the real culprits in the Yemen tragedy as Iran, which is repeatedly and falsely called the “number one sponsor of terrorism” by Pompeo and the rest of the Trump Administration neocons.

So yes, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told one wicked truth last week. But before he demands that countries like Iran start acting “normal” or face starvation, perhaps he should look in the mirror. Are Pompeo and the neocons “normal”? I don’t think so.

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  1. Excellent cri de Coeur by Ron Paul. Will any of the effing so-called “elites” in Zionist/neocon-Occupied WashDC heed his wisdom? In one word: Nope.

    That Pompeo is one son of a bitch — and a grotesquely overweight, over-eating, gluttonous one at that.

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    Comment by roberthstiver | November 12, 2018 | Reply

    • 30 years of corn syrup with soy oil and artificial flavorings would do that to anybody.

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      Comment by aletho | November 12, 2018 | Reply

  2. “The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a “liberation.” The 2011 US-led destruction of Libya was a “humanitarian intervention.”

    Whilst the U.S. government continues to “Demonize” Iran and blame anything that ever went wrong in the Middle East, Iran continues on in its peaceful way, minding its own business, and only coming to it’s allies aid when they are attacked by “Rebels” who seem to have access to unlimited finance, fleets of vehicles, and a smorgasbord of sophisticated weaponry.(Now, who could the supplier possibly be??)

    That doddering old fool Ronald Reagan got one thing right when he issued those immortal words about the USA government. “Government is the Problem”…..

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    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | November 12, 2018 | Reply

  3. I’m reading this book for my blog on kind of “what went wrong in the Middle East”, and I guess it’s honestly American politicians being mean with their perceptions. I was dumb before because I always assumed that Iran or Iraq were the “bad guys” because that’s what we are taught in school, but now I guess Trump’s people (and all presidents before) were just trying to take advantage of these countries, and now they have Yemen in their sights. That sucks ass.


    Comment by Taylor Madison Ellis | November 12, 2018 | Reply

    • Tsisageya has the essence of it in his comment below. I recommend that your research by book include a perusal of the short-but-excellent “Against Our Better Judgment” by Alison Weir. It’ll open your eyes, and then it’ll open your mind (along with other pertinent reading, analysis, and conclusion) to the reason Iraq and Iran (first pitted against each other in the ’80s) were and are targeted. Hint: the reason starts with “Zio” and ends with “ism.”

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      Comment by roberthstiver | November 12, 2018 | Reply

      • Thanks! I’ll check that out! I also looked at your article “The Irrelevance of Liberal Zionism” and I think I’ll start a focus on that too.


        Comment by Taylor Madison Ellis | November 13, 2018 | Reply

  4. Iran Policy. By that you mean ISRAEL’S policy. Isn’t that right? Please stop trying to fool us. It’s just disgusting.


    Comment by tsisageya | November 12, 2018 | Reply

  5. Wow — THAT was a while ago. The article is by Dr. Richard A. Falk, one of my all-time heroes. Somehow I got “tagged” with it, and I guess it will follow me forever…. (I guess the top lead-in line was in fact mine…something about Prof./Dr. Falk’s great worth as a human being and geopolitical analyst.)

    Sincere bests of luck and fortune to you!


    Comment by roberthstiver | November 13, 2018 | Reply

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