“America’s declared policy should be ending Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution before its 40th anniversary…Recognizing a new Iranian regime in 2019 would reverse the shame of once seeing our diplomats held hostage for 444 days.” – John Bolton (January 15, 2018)
Coincidentally or not, America’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign against Iran began within a month of John Bolton’s installment as National Security Advisor. On May 8th of 2018, President Donald Trump announced the U.S. was backing out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by the U.S. under President Barrack Obama along with the other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Germany and the EU in July of 2015. Consequently, the sanctions imposed on Iran previous to the JCPOA were reinstated, and additional sanctions imposed by the end of the year.
In April of this year, the Trump Administration took the unprecedented step of declaring the Middle East country’s military, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to be a terrorist organization.
Two weeks later, the Trump Administration ended the waivers it had extended to other countries which had to that point allowed them to escape sanctions for purchasing Iranian oil. The aim of this manoeuvre being to strangle the Iranian economy by preventing its ability to profit from the sale of its main source of revenue.
Two weeks after that, Bolton announced the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and Air Force Bombers to the Middle East as part of an effort to “send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.”
The following week, four tankers were attacked in the Persian Gulf. Bolton and Secretary of State Pompeo blamed Iran for the attacks.
America’s choke-hold on Iran’s economy continued to tighten with further sanctions on May 8th of this year, the anniversary of Trump’s JCPOA pull-out.
Two weeks after that, President Trump ordered 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East, and was able to declare an emergency over Iran, allowing the White House to circumvent Congress, and move ahead with arms sales to allies Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
By early June, the administration started sending out conciliatory signals. The President indicated he, unlike his National Security Advisor, was not seeking regime change in Iran, and shortly afterwards, Secretary of State Pompeo said the U.S. was prepared to engage the Iranians “without preconditions.”
Then, on Thursday June 13, two ships in the Gulf of Oman were fired upon. U.S. officials including Trump are pointing to Iran as the guilty party, although Iranian officials categorically deny the accusation.
Is the world now on a trajectory toward war? Perhaps even a world war?…
It is known that the US has for long had a comprehensive and combined plan with Israel to attack Iranian targets with huge, non-nuclear, bunker-busting, 10 ton, GBU-43 air-blast bombs capable of destroying the deepest underground installations – these are the most powerful non-nuclear ordnance pieces ever produced – but first the Trump-Netanyahu war-plan needed a credible excuse.
It is also known that the Israeli military have been an integral part of that US plan to first cripple the Iranian economy with global oil sanctions and then to initiate an air and sea attack against the Iranian state and its people.
But first, a credible excuse was required. That excuse was orchestrated jointly by a belligerent Trump and Netanyahu, this week, when two oil tankers were structurally damaged by limpet mines, off the coast of Oman – subsequent to a similar action the previous week – and the sabotage immediately blamed by US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, without any evidence whatsoever, upon Iran. However, the state actor concerned was, almost certainly, not Iran but very probably the Israeli navy with its state-of-the-art, German-built, nuclear-armed submarines, covertly patrolling the deep waters of the Gulf.
Iran, of course, unlike Israel, has no nuclear weapons of mass destruction but does have a nuclear-power program and it is these non-military installations that the combined forces of the US and Israel are determined to destroy at any cost in order to further cripple Iran’s civil infrastructure in addition to enforcing a global ban on its oil so as to decimate its economy and to force, yet another, regime change.
The deliberate sabotaging of four shipping tankers in the Gulf and the too obvious accusations against Iran, indicate that US-Israeli plans for a combined attack against the Iranian state are now fairly imminent. And that fact should make the world take notice because such unwarranted and unprovoked aggression against a sovereign state could very easily escalate into a global conflict…
For the ‘exceptional’ Americans who still buy into every baldfaced-lie/false-flag this government panders/commits, I recommend they read and comprehend all of the material I have posted here. I know reading and comprehension are difficult for these almost illiterate folk, being as dumbed-down as they are, but they still need to do this. What I’m really trying to say to them is: You need to wake the fuck up, before Putin and Jinping wipe your ignorant, insouciant arses off the face of the planet:
Neocons: The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight
By Kurt Nimmo
It only took a couple hours for the latest false flag directed at Iran to go down in flames, derided as unconvincing even by The New York Times.
I wrote the other day the Trump neocons wouldn’t release purported evidence of the Iranian complicity in the bombing of two tankers, as cited by former CIA boss Mike Pompeo.
I was wrong about that.
The Pentagon followed up Pompeo’s press conference with a grainy black and white video that shows… basically nothing, certainly not Iranian sailors detaching a limpet mine from the hull of a tanker. The video shows two ships, one big and the other small, and that’s it.
Trump said the video is proof positive Iran was behind the supposed bombings. Now he looks like a total blockhead, which is nothing new. This is, after all, the Idiocracy presidency.
The fumbling neocons are running on fumes, unable to convince anyone beyond their compeers that Iran was stupid enough to bomb a Japanese tanker, the Kokuka Courageous, while Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with the Iranians.
The neocons, of course, will try again, probably with an equally shoddy false flag, but they may not—we hope and pray—get the chance. If Trump wants to dial-down the tension, he will need to deep six his national security adviser, the crucial link between executive power and troublemaking think tank neocons.
Ditto Mike Pompeo, although that is less likely to happen. Mike knows what side his bread is buttered. He said God sent Trump to set things straight. The Donald likes it when underlings polish and wax his ego. Throwing in God earned Mike a gold star on his forehead.
The neocons, Israelis, and the Saudis will have to come up with something more substantial if they’re going to get a war going against Iran.