Trump’s New Strategy on Iran Embraces “Israel-First”, “Saudi-Second” and “America-Last” Perspective

by Philip Giraldi, Aletho News

President Donald Trump’s move to decertify the Iranian nuclear Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), entered into a little over two years ago, was applauded by Israel, Saudi Arabia and a couple of Persian Gulf States, but by no one else. Quite the contrary, as the European and Asian co-signatories on the agreement, having failed to dissuade Trump, have clearly indicated that they will continue to abide by it. Also, the decision to kick the can down the road by giving Congress 60 days to increase pressure on Tehran in an attempt to include other issues beyond nuclear development like its ballistic missile program and labeling the country’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group are likely to create confusion as Washington is unable to communicate directly with Iran. That uncertainty could possibly lead to a fraught-with-danger Iranian decision to withdraw completely from the agreement.

The Trump speech could reasonably be described as embracing an “Israel-First” and “Saudi-Second” perspective that might plausibly suggest that it was actually drafted by their respective foreign ministries. Contrary to Trump’s campaign pledges, it might also be characterized as an “America-Last” speech, since it actually encourages nuclear proliferation while rendering it even more difficult for anyone to respect the agreements entered into by the United States government.

Fred Kaplan sums up the speech’s fundamental dishonesty with considerable clarity by observing that   “It flagrantly misrepresents what the deal was meant to do, the extent of Iran’s compliance, and the need for corrective measures. If he gets his way, he will blow up one of the most striking diplomatic triumphs of recent years, aggravate tensions in the Middle East, make it even harder to settle the North Korean crisis peacefully, and make it all but impossible for allies and adversaries to trust anything the United States says for as long as Trump is in office.”

Former senior CIA analyst Paul Pillar has also dissected the untruths and false analogies that made up the bulk of the Trump speech. In short, Pillar argues that the president is using faulty analysis to end a program that is working and that employs unprecedented intrusive inspections to guarantee that Iran can make no progress towards having a nuclear weapon for at least eight more years and quite likely for even longer. Against that, Iran could well end its cooperation and, out of fear of U.S. attack, might well turn towards possession of a nuclear arsenal to guarantee its own survival. Pillar calls ending JCPOA now because Iran just might develop a weapon after it expires in 2025 as “committing suicide because of fear of death.”

In a second highly partisan international action last week, the United States led a march out the door of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization due to its alleged “bias against Israel.” UNESCO had enraged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by declaring that the Old City of Hebron and the associated Cave of the Patriarchs on the West Bank is an endangered Palestinian world cultural heritage site. A few hundred Israeli settlers live in Hebron, guarded by the Israeli Army, amidst 200,000 Palestinians who, according to The Guardian, “have long lived under harsh restrictions in the city, which is one of the starkest symbols of the Israeli occupation.” The U.S. is also threatening to pull out of the U.N.’s Human Rights Council “to protect Israel,”…

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Trump refuses to certify Iran nuclear deal despite EU criticism

In Service to Netanyahu, Trump Administration Figures Freak Out Over Iranian Missile Test

by Scott Creighton

The lies are coming fast and furious. This guy says the medium range ballistic missile (MRBM) Iran tested is “capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and traveling 4,000 km”. But then again he also says “the ayatollah regime” continues to fan the “flames and calling outright for the destruction of the Jewish state.” … so that should give you an idea of the truthfulness of his “fake news” website.

The Khorramshahr MRBM is one of three new missiles Iran has developed. Like most of these types of weapons, it probably has a range of 2,500 km max. A MRBM can ONLY have a range of 3,500 km before it becomes something else (intercontinental ballistic missile perhaps?) So, it can’t have a range of 4,000 km.

It’s also not designed to carry nuclear warheads and even the White House and Defense Department acknowledge that fact. But Hasbara will be Hasbara so you can’t really expect anything else from these guys, can you?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately went into hyperventilation mode after the test, screeching to the world that action must be taken to stop Iran from developing defensive weapons… weapons designed to defend their country from out of control people like… crazy, ranting racist Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Noam Chomsky on the Iranian Deal (video) and My Comments

by Scott Creighton

In this first video, it seems hard for Noam Chomsky to get his point across to al Jazeera’s Antonio Mora. That’s because it’s next to impossible for someone to learn something if their paycheck depends on them not learning it as is the case with Mr. Mora. And no, al Jazeera isn’t the truth-telling outlet they once were when they were the only news agency reporting on the Egyptian revolution back in 2011.

And here’s my take on this:

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Iran Calls for Nuclear Disarmament by US, Israel, World

by Juan Cole, Common Dreams

At a summit on Monday, Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif turned the tables on the countries demanding that Iran keep its nuclear program for solely civilian, electricity generation. Zarif called for all countries to give up nuclear weapons, including Israel and the US. Iran does not have a nuclear bomb and gives no signs of trying to develop one.

The speech is a welcome reminder of how topsy-turvy Washington discourse on Iran is. Iran is viewed suspiciously as going for broke to get an atomic bomb, when there is no evidence for an Iranian nuclear weapons program. That the US has a massive nuclear arsenal is not mentioned. That the only nuclear-armed country in the Middle East is Israel is not mentioned. That George W. Bush was alarmed that an Israeli PM brandished the threat of a nuclear strike against Iraq is not mentioned. That Israel is not inspected by the International Atomic Energy Agency but Iran is, is not mentioned. That Western countries have actively connived to give Israel a nuclear weapons capability and to improve it is not mentioned. So US politicians constantly warn that if Iran gets a bomb it will kick of a nuclear arms race in the region, ignoring the fact that Israel has a bomb, which has already driven such a race (it was why Iraq in the 1980s sought bomb-making capabilities).

Zarif spoke on behalf of the Group of the Non-Aligned States Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons at the 2015 NPT Review Conference in New York, saying that the NPT is the essential framework for the whole world and that a complete disarmament should be the end game

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“W” Emerges from the 9th Circle to Appease the War-Mongering Republican Jewish Coalition

by Scott Creighton

frozen in a lake of ice up to his chin, the traitor spends eternity in solitude and torment pondering his treachery forever

Former President George W. Bush was the main event speaker this past Saturday night at Sheldon Adelson’s Venetian hotel and casino where the traitor and former “Liar in Chief” came out of hiding, dragged himself from a lake of ice, in order to address 700 members of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Adelson, the billionaire with a $100 million set and ready to purchase the next Republican nominee for the White House, was in attendance.

“W”, as he is called, made sure to appease his war-mongering audience:

Mr. Bush voiced skepticism about the Obama administration’s pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran. Although he had begun the diplomatic effort to press Iran to give up its nuclear program, Mr. Bush questioned whether it was wise to lift sanctions against Tehran when the Islamic government seemed to be caving in, and suggested that the United States risked losing leverage if it did so. New York Times

Sure I could repeat, once again, the simple fact that Iran does not have, nor have they every had a nuclear weapons program under the current political organization of the country.

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In Spite of Kerry’s Spin, Geneva Talks Derailed by France for Saudi Arabia and Israel

by Scott Creighton

UPDATE:

Netanyahu, for his part, issued a call to arms for all Jews, everywhere, but particularly in North America, to unite behind him in opposing diplomacy with Iran.AntiWar

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Di$info Jone$: “And by the way, Iran has nuclear weapons folks.  Everybody gets mad when I say that, they say “why are you promoting war with Iran?” I’m not promoting war with Iran. But from my high level military sources, is that they’ve got nukes that they got from Pakistan, for a decade.” starts at the 14:30 mark of this video

UPDATE: Iran’s deputy minister of industry, trade and mines was assassinated late last night.

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You can expect something dramatic to derail the process from either the Saudis or the Israelis in the next ten days.

The negotiations in Geneva between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (Britain, France, China, Russia, U.S.) plus Germany to hash out a nuclear deal which will bring an end to the crippling sanctions currently being imposed on the country came to a conclusion this weekend without reaching a resolution.Barring any serious developments, the talks will start back up on Nov. 20th.

The spin that Sec. of State John Kerry is pushing is that it was the Iranians who stood in the way of the positive conclusion when in fact it was the French who tried to impose a condition that was illegal according to international law. A condition that everyone knew was a deal-breaker from the start.

The L.A. Times published an article yesterday in which they reported that French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius claimed the terms of a preliminary accord were too easy on Tehran,” “One wants a deal … but not a sucker’s deal,”

There is a great deal of speculation that France derailed the deal on purpose, looking to improve either their commercial interests or as some kind of political favor to other regional powers, namely Israel or Saudi Arabia or both.

Lending credence to that theory, Sen. John McCain tweeted that France “had the courage to prevent a bad nuclear agreement with Iran. Vive la France!” .  When you have the war-hawk McCain tweeting ‘viva la France” you know something isn’t kosher (wink wink)

The Times of Israel is reporting that a French member of parliament telephoned French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Geneva to warn him that if he didn’t derail the deal, Bibi the Psycho would launch an attack on Iranian enrichment facilities.

“I know [Netanyahu],” the French MP, Meyer Habib, reportedly told Fabius, and predicted that the Israeli prime minister would resort to the use of force if the deal was approved in its form at the time. “If you don’t toughen your positions, Netanyahu will attack Iran, ”  the report quoted Habib as saying. “I know this. I know him. You have to toughen your positions in order to prevent war.” ” Times of Israel

How much of that report is accurate and how much is simply posturing by Netanyahu is unknown at this time.

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