Here’s the former tank commander Mike Pompeo, Trump’s neocon secretary of state, addressing the Iranian people over Voice of America—or more accurately, the voice of the CIA.
The U.S. has great respect for the people of #Iran, and I believe it’s important for us to hear from them directly. So I asked the Iranian people to send me questions. I received more than 100,000 questions. Go to @USAdarFarsi to see my answers to many of them. pic.twitter.com/oFyOKmkqdT
National Security Adviser John Bolton has also voiced support for the group [MEK], in part because they represent an organized group with the aim of taking down the current Iranian government. That’s not a judgment on the nature of their organization, so to speak, or on the fact that they were included on a State Department list of terrorist groups until 2012.
Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MEK) or (MKO) is a brutal totalitarian organization accused of crimes against humanity in addition to mistreating its own cult members. If it manages to rule Iran, we can expect thousands of executions on par or worse than those committed by the tyrant Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the late Shah of Iran overthrown in a popular revolution.
“According to overwhelming evidence the former militant group has turned into a repressive sect far removed from the respectable image the representatives of this group display when visiting the European Parliament,” a statement issued by European political groups declared in 2011 following remarks made by MKO sympathizer and Vice-President of the European Parliament Alejo Vidal-Quadras.
Following the advice of his neocon masters, President Trump has decided to cook up a new round of misery for the long-suffering folks of Cuba, forever cursed for the crime of throwing out a brutal US puppet (Fulgencio Batista) and replacing him with a communist (Fidel Castro, who incidentally was not a communist until after the Cuban Revolution).
Tump has switched on his wayback machine and set the dial to 1959. He wants to give US citizens the ability to sue the Cuban government and “foreign companies that allegedly profit from… nationalized properties,” writes Marjorie Cohn for Truthout.
In accordance with international law, the Cuban government had offered compensation to U.S. nationals for the taking of their property… If Trump permits myriad new lawsuits to proceed, it would unleash a tsunami of litigation that would harm U.S. companies and punish the Cuban people even more.”
The new embargo proposed by Trump—to be rolled out on March 2—will be “one that would be very difficult to dismantle in the future.”
So here we are, back in the past, sans the long ago promised “peace dividend” following the fall of the Soviet Union and the supposed end of the Cold War. During the late 1950s and all through the 1960s, the US tried repeatedly to discredit and depose Castro. Both Eisenhower and Kennedy signed off on covert subversion campaigns and all of them failed. The CIA was unable to touch Fidel Castro.
The new cast of characters itching to overthrow and possibly give Raúl Castro and his confederates the Gaddafi treatment includes an assortment of neocons, their fellow travelers, and the humanitarian interventionists. They have apparently cast a spell on a shoe-gaze president who has but one obsession—himself.
The kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether by threatening to impose economic sanctions, using political pressures or repeating false accusations… The Kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action.
Meanwhile, the boss of the fount of Saudi propaganda, Al Arabiya, was a bit more blunt.
Turki Aldakhil said Saudi Arabia will respond by igniting “economic disaster that would rock the entire world” if it is held responsible for murdering and dismembering the journalist.
“There are simple procedures, that are part of over 30 others, that Riyadh will implement directly, without flinching an eye if sanctions are imposed,” he said.
Aldakhil also said Saudi Arabia may price its oil “in a different currency, Chinese yuan, perhaps, instead of the dollar.”
On Sunday Trump went on 60 Minutes and Lesley Stahl asked him what sanctions would be placed on Saudi Arabia. Trump said he doesn’t want to endanger the arms deal with Saudi Arabia.
“There will be severe punishment.” – President Trump on what will happen if Saudi Arabia is found to be behind the disappearance of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi pic.twitter.com/aE4581jHqY
“I don’t want to hurt jobs,” he said. “I don’t want to lose an order like that. There are other ways of—punishing, to use a word that’s a pretty harsh word, but it’s true.”
Jobs. In an industry manufacturing murder tools sold to Wahhabis so they might continue killing babies in Yemen.
Earlier today, Trump mounted Twitter and stepped back from blaming the boy king MbS after talking with his elderly father, King Salman.
Instead, according to Trump, the murder may have been committed by “rogue killers,” whatever that means.
Trump didn’t speculate how these phantom off-the-reservation killers entered the Saudi embassy in Istanbul and accomplished a murder without raising suspicion or protest.
Of course, the medieval torture and murder of a lowly journalist will not be allowed to spoil the special relationship between the military complex and the Saudis or endanger the plan for a “Davos in the Desert,” never mind headlines to the contrary.
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.
Prior to George W. Bush illegally rolling into Iraq based on a passel of lies, Bill Clinton oversaw Papa Bush’s medieval sanctions on the country. The sanctions were not intended to stop Saddam Hussein from building WMDs as we were told by The New York Times and The Washington Post.
They were put in place to starve the Iraqi people, deny basic medical supplies, and turn the country into a failed state. The process resulted in the death of half a million Iraqi children.
Madeline Albright, Clinton’s Secretary of State, went on national television and said the murder of 500,000 Iraqi children was a price worth paying.
Now we have Mike Pompeo, Trump’s secretary of state, demanding similar sanctions imposed on Iran.
On Wednesday, Pompeo said the US will terminate a treaty with Iran put into place in 1955, two years after the CIA engineered a coup ousting the democratically elected leader Mohammad Mosaddegh.
The long forgotten Treaty of Amity was brought up by the International Court of Justice when it ruled the US must lift sanctions that affect the import of humanitarian goods and products.
The Hague said in a preliminary decision the US must “remove, by means of its choosing, any impediments arising from” sanctions that affect exports to Iran of medicine, medical devices, food, agricultural commodities and equipment necessary to ensure the safety of civil aviation, according to a report at Fox News.
The ICJ’s attempt to prevent the Trump administration from engaging in massive crimes against humanity, according to Pompeo, is “meritless” and accused the international court of “attempting to interfere with the sovereign rights of the United States to take lawful actions necessary to protect our national security and abusing the ICJ for political and propaganda purposes.”
Trump and his top neocon adviser John Bolton insist the International Criminal Court has no authority. “As far as America is concerned, the ICC has no jurisdiction, no legitimacy, and no authority,” Trump told the General Assembly at the United Nations. “The ICC claims near-universal jurisdiction over the citizens of every country, violating all principles of justice, fairness, and due process. We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable, global bureaucracy.”
The US is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Bill Clinton signed the Rome Statue in 2000, but it wasn’t sent to the Senate to be ratified. The Bush administration sent a note informing the Secretary-General that it would not ratify the Rome Statute and did not recognize any obligation toward it. Like the Trump administration, the Bush administration openly demonstrated hostility toward the idea of holding nations accountable for war crimes.
The US backed up this defiance by passing the American Service Members Protection Act in 2002 ahead of the Iraq invasion. The law includes a provision to “use all means necessary and appropriate to bring about the release of any U.S. or allied personnel being detained by, on behalf of, or at the request of the International Criminal Court.” Additionally, the act permits the president to order military action against the Court, which resulted in critics calling it the “Hague Invasion Act.”
However, the Bush administration and its neocons decided the ICC would be of use on a selective basis—against its official roster of enemies.
The former Bush UN ambassador (by recess appointment) and current top Trump administration neocon John Bolton declared war on the ICC after it announced it would investigate war crimes in Afghanistan. Bolton said the US will level sanctions against the international organization if it proceeds.
Trump and Bolton are clearing the decks in preparation of military action against Iran. They would like to see a return of brutal sanctions used for over a decade in Iraq.
Iran understands what this means: rapid deterioration of health, targeting water purification (a primary objective in Iraq), communications, agriculture, and medical infrastructure.
The US stated sanctions would remain in place even if Saddam Hussein decided to cooperate with the United Nations, thus demonstrating the sanctions and subsequent second invasion were not about WMDs and unfounded threats to America. The objective was to destroy Iraq, kill its people, and reduce the country to failed state status.
Neocon “creative destruction” is focused on making certain Iran does not pose a challenge to the hegemonic rule of the United States and Israel. Both Israel and the fossilized Sunni-Wahhabi emirates in the Persian Gulf avidly support destroying Iran and killing millions of its people.