The Israeli Prime Minister has threatened to attack Iranian oil shipments in violation of a US imposed embargo designed to starve the nation into submission.
“Iran is trying to bypass the sanctions on it through the covert smuggling of petroleum via the sea. As these attempts expand, the navy will have a more important role in efforts to block these Iranian actions,” Bibi Netanyahu declared during a graduation ceremony for Israeli Navy cadets at a naval base in Haifa. “I call on the international community to halt, by any means, Iran’s attempts to bypass the sanctions via the sea.”
In other words, Israel will confront and possibly sink Iranian oil tankers, never mind the ensuring environmental disaster. The Zionist state has a puny navy hardly capable of pulling off this threat and that’s why Netanyahu called for participation on the part of the “international community,” that is to say the military heft of the US Navy.
Israel knows Iran has a far superior navy to its own. Iran has nearly 400 naval assets, while Israel has a scant 65. Iran has promised to use its navy to protect oil exports. If it responds in self-defense and counterattacks Israeli warships, that will bring the US in pronto.
If this happens, the corporate government script reading propaganda media will dish up scary stories about Iran, its imaginary nukes, its self-defense missiles, and the bogus assertion it is engaged in international terrorism, once again tricking the American people into supporting military intervention and the mass murder of innocent civilians.
I filled up today. Unleaded had gone from $2.65 to $2.75 overnight. It will go even higher as Trump’s sanctions imposed on Iran go into effect and markets are restricted.
Once again, we have to pay for a neocon foreign policy apparently welded into place for good in Washington.
The EU is resisting this act of war. It’s working on ways around the sanctions. This elicited the ire of the resident neocon, John Bolton.
“We do not intend to allow our sanctions to be evaded by Europe or anyone else,” the national security adviser, John Bolton, said about Iranian sanctions. The European Union is still trying. https://t.co/FZ6dUY2JOS
All but a select few will be expected to sacrifice.
Pompeo said India will be given a waiver. China and India import half of Iran’s oil. France was denied a waiver, so if the EU doesn’t find a way around the sanctions quandary, its industries and people will be required to suffer so the neocons might realize their dream—complete US and Israeli hegemony in the Middle East.
Speaking of Bolton, you can bet he will have a direct hand in choosing the next UN ambassador, one that will be part of the neocon club, not a pretend neocon like Nikki Haley. I’m sure her belligerence—much of it unprecedented—aimed at Russia and Iran was sincerely appreciated by dyed-in-the-wool neocons like Bill Kristol and the Kagan brothers.
#IranSanctions working | “The fear (#Iran’s) now is whether the person who replaces her will take an even tougher line against the UN, especially with National Security Adviser John Bolton now in the White House” https://t.co/Q1uArY1TKq
I’d say the attention she drew to herself during a short tenure is a PR effort ahead of a 2020 presidential run.
John Bolton and Mike Pompeo now run US foreign policy. Both want to starve the people of Iran until they are so desperate they revolt, thus allowing the MEK cult of personality—the favored neocon choice—to take over and set-up a bizarre form of totalitarianism, part Marxist and part Islamic. A new version of Savak, the Shah’s brutal secret police, will not be far behind.
In Bolton’s Orwellian world, up is down and black is white. In regard to terrorism, Iran does not remotely approach the decades of evil behavior by Saudi Arabia and its Wahhabi cousins sitting on a bounty of oil in the Persian Gulf.
Viewed through the neocon lens, terrorism becomes counterterrorism. In Syria US counterterrorism kills innocent men, women, and children in the thousands. Counterterrorism slaughtered 30,000 Libyans. It destroyed Iraq—before 1991 the most advanced nation in the Middle East—after two family dynasty invasions killed around 1.5 million Iraqis.
Finally, it’s fairly obvious the neocon endgame for is in fact a repeat of the Iraq sanctions between the two Bush invasions. After the International Court of Justice said the US must allow humanitarian and medial supplies into Iran, Pompeo announced termination of the six decade old Treaty of Amity between the two countries (two years after the CIA overthrow the democratically elected leader of the country).
Pompeo said that while the United States is “disappointed the court failed to recognize it has no jurisdiction,” he framed the ruling as a defeat for Iran.
“Iran is abusing the ICJ for political and propaganda purposes, and their case, as you can see from the decision, lacked merit,” he said. “Given Iran’s history of terrorism, ballistic missile activity and other malign activity, Iran’s claims under the treaty are absurd.
Pompeo and Bolton believe endangering Iranian aviation and impeding the delivery of humanitarian aid are chock full of merit. They plan no less than to malnourish and starve the people of Iran—similar to the way Iraqis were starved and allowed to die as a result of sanctions imposed on medicine and water purification technology targeted as dual-use.
But then crimes against humanity and flaunting the laws of war are now the norm in America, and have been in one form or other since at least the end of the Second World War.
Did the US try to assassinate Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro?
John Bolton, Trump’s veteran neocon national security adviser, told Fox News the US had nothing to do with the explosive drone attack during an appearance in Caracas that injured several people but left Maduro and his entourage untouched.
“I can say unequivocally there was no U.S. government involvement in this at all. If the government of Venezuela has hard information that they want to present to us that would show a potential violation of U.S. criminal law, we’ll take a serious look at it, but in the meantime I think what we really should focus on is the corruption and oppression in the Maduro regime in Venezuela,” said Bolton during an interview with Chris Wallace.
The Latest: President Donald Trump’s national security adviser says the U.S. played no role in the apparent assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. https://t.co/l20pCum1GO
Only if you suffer from amnesia or lived under a rock for the last fifteen years would you believe this verified liar and terrorism conspirator. I’m not sure how many Americans believe Bolton’s denial, but considering the citizenry’s regrettable history of being taken in by lies and gross fabrications it is fair to say millions will believe their government wouldn’t do such a thing—never mind the obvious (if you bother to notice) Pilate stones strewn about in plain sight that tell a quite different story.
John Bolton can make such denials because the American people are ill-informed and many are quite frankly political retards. It’s more than intellectual laziness. Most Americans have been trained in government schools to accept unquestioningly a largely fictional history of the United States, especially in regard to foreign policy. Millions more wouldn’t be able to find Venezuela on a map.
After the people of Venezuela voted in the socialist Hugo Chávez in 1998, the US tried to foment a coup. This isn’t a secret. The coup attempt of 2002 was reported by The Guardian and other media outlets. It was revealed the US Navy had cooperated with the coup plotters and evidence emerged “of US financial backing for key participants in the coup,” Duncan Campbell wrote for the British newspaper.
“In Caracas, a congressman has accused the US ambassador to Venezuela, Charles Shapiro, and two US embassy military attaches of involvement in the coup,” Campbell continues.
“Roger Rondon claimed that the military officers, whom he named as (James) Rogers and (Ronald) MacCammon, had been at the Fuerte Tiuna military headquarters with the coup leaders during the night of April 11-12…
“In the past year [2001-2002], the United States has channeled hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to US and Venezuelan groups opposed to Mr Chavez, including the labor group whose protests sparked off the coup. The funds were provided by the National Endowment for Democracy [NED], a nonprofit agency created and financed by the US Congress.”
NED has specialized in overthrowing governments for over 30 years. It might be considered a CIA contractor. “To maintain appearances, it has been agreed that, as a general rule, CIA agents and former agents could not be appointed to the board of directors,” writes Thierry Meyssan.
“Most high officials that have played a central role in the National Security Council have been NED directors. Such are the examples of Henry Kissinger, Franck Carlucci, Zbigniew Brzezinski, or even Paul Wolfowitz; personalities that will not remain in history as idealists of democracy, but as cynical strategists of violence.”
Former CIA boss and leading neocon James Woolsey admitted the US works to overthrow foreign governments. During an interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News, Woolsey laughed about overthrowing governments and killing people. He said the US engages in subterfuge and murder “only for a very good cause.”
There was another coup attempt in 2015 and this also failed.
After Donald Trump—who said during the presidential campaign he opposed interventionism—was elected his former oil corporation CEO secretary of state went down to Argentina and rallied South American countries—doubtless with the standard bribery technique—to support a coup in neighboring Venezuela, which coincidentally has the largest oil reserve in the world. It is estimated at more than 300 billion barrels. Venezuela also has an estimated 513 billion barrels locked up in the Orinoco Belt oil sands.
“Tillerson met with Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie. In a press conference, they both agreed on promoting regime change in Venezuela and declared that they were studying the possibility of sanctioning Venezuelan oil, prohibiting its sale or refining in the U.S., but feared that it would hurt citizens, as all other imposed sanctions already do,” the multi-state funded Telesur television network reported.
Within the last 12 months, US Vicepresident Mike Pence made 3 trips to Latin America to meet at least 8 presidents from whom he demanded support for a military intervention against our brother president of Venezuela Nicolás Maduro. Those are the Empire’s coup attempts.
Due to falling oil prices and the inevitable failed policies of a socialist government, Venezuela is verging on the status of a failed state.
However, the situation has been made worse by sanctions denying access to US capital markets after Maduro was re-elected. Several executive orders were signed by Trump, including one designed to destroy a digital currency—appropriately titled the Petro—Venezuela engineered for oil transactions with Russian assistance. Iran and Russia are also designing cyber currencies to avoid US sanctions.
The latter is a direct and serious threat to the US-imposed international petro-dollar arrangement put into place after the Bretton Woods gold-backed dollar system was chucked by Nixon in the early 1970s.
“In order to ensure their economic hegemony, and thereby preserve an increasing demand for the dollar, the Washington elites needed a plan. In order for this plan to succeed, it would require that the artificial dollar that had been lost in the wake of the Bretton Woods collapse be replaced through some other mechanism,” writes Jerry Robinson.
Now that this artificial mechanism is under serious challenge, the United States is lashing out, primarily at oil producers not part of the neoliberal club—Russia, China, Iran, and Venezuela. Meanwhile, Trump has a soft spot for the war criminal head-choppers in Saudi Arabia.
The US will continue its efforts to unseat the democratically-elected Nicolás Maduro and grab control of the world’s largest bounty of petroleum. Trump has an assignment handed down from on-high by the elite—forget Obama’s softball approach, the US is moving to violently ensure its control over the global economy.
In Venezuela this will not be much of a problem.
However, it’s a different story with Russia and China. Both nations are bristling with nukes. Invasions and coups will prove to be a deadly fool’s errand and may result in a nuclear winter that will make who owns the international petro-based economic system irrelevant.