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Posted: Jun 23, 2019 - 10:58am

The Exceptionally American Historical Amnesia Behind Pompeo’s Claim of ’40 Years of Unprovoked Iranian Aggression’
US Carries Out Cyber-Attacks on Iran
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Posted: Jun 22, 2019 - 3:55pm

Trump’s climbdown on Iran is a defeat to the Israel lobby
Since Donald Trump decided not to attack Iran Thursday, it has been stated again and again that the American people don’t want another war in the Middle East. NPR says so, PBS says so, the Washington Post says the Congress is “war-weary,” the Times notes the considerable support Trump has gotten from Republicans; and even Lindsey Graham has backed Trump’s decision. So do Democratic liberals and centrists and Nancy Pelosi.

Trump himself said a war with Iran is unpopular when he told his Orlando rally Thursday that great nations don’t fight “endless wars,” and he was removing troops and putting “America first.”

The reasonable question here is, Who wants a war with Iran, and why do they want it? (...)

Mainstream Media Faults Trump for Not Following Through on Iran Attack
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Posted: Jun 17, 2019 - 11:50am

The July 3, 1988 Vincennes incident is also instructive because it vividly displayed of how things can go horribly wrong really quick and how the U.S. government will brazenly lie to evade liability for its criminal misconduct.

With the U.S. playing a ‘Top Cop’ role in the Persian Gulf – today as in the 1980s ostensibly to contain Iran – it’s interesting that the U.S. Navy’s defense of that indefensible 1988 airliner shootdown contained components of excuses utter persistently by American police in instances of fatal shootings of unarmed civilians.

In the cases of those murdered by American cops, the offending officer immediately declares he or she fired because they feared for their life. The captain of the Vincennes declared he ordered the airliner to be shot down because he feared for his life…the life of his ship and crew allegedly endangered by an unarmed civilian airliner.

Like the standard cop defense of supposedly seeing a gun in the hand of the unarmed suspect, Vincennes Captain Will Rogers claimed he saw a jet fighter descending in fast attack approach not a widebody airliner ascending after taking off from an airport.

Like the physical evidence in too many cop shootings that contradict cop claims, data from the sophisticated combat control computer system onboard the Vincennes contradicted the contentions of its captain. Top Navy and Reagan Administration officials later accepted that captain’s claims as valid.

Another parallel between cop shootings and the airliner shootdown is the blame-the-victim reflex.

The Vincennes captain, Navy brass, top Reagan Administration officials (along with much of the American mainstream news media) blamed Iran for allowing its airliner to fly outside the corridor for commercial airliners, allowing that airliner to operate without using identification signals for civilian airplanes and allowing the airliner to fly over a skirmish where lightly armed Iranian military motorboats were allegedly harassing the Vincennes, a heavily armed cruiser larger in size than any U.S. naval vessel except an aircraft carrier.

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Posted: Jun 4, 2019 - 2:12pm

The State Department has been funding trolls. I’m one of their targets.
The targets of the tweets included think-tank analysts, human rights activists and journalists (including me). The common thread is that we are all perceived by regime change proponents and supporters of the Trump administration’s so-called maximum pressure policy to be soft on Iran because we are critical of crushing economic sanctions and the threat of the use of military force against it.

For these thought crimes, we are branded by @IranDisinfo and similar social media accounts as Tehran’s “mouthpieces,” “apologists,” “collaborators,” and “lobbyists” in the West.

I won’t speak for others who have been attacked, and my own views are irrelevant to this situation. From what I can see, though, we all appear to share the view that Iran should be secular and democratic. The main difference between us and those spreading these falsehoods against us is how we envision that change in Iranian politics coming about.

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Posted: May 22, 2019 - 4:58am

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seems like some sort of low grade conflict in the ME has been going on for eons

"when administrations get into trouble politically they will make the eagle scream"

˜ chalmers johnson

 
Yea but this one is different if we actually do something foolish like Afghanistan and Iraq.  Iran is a whole other level with all of the implications.  Or as Fred Sanford says...."This is the big one, Elizabeth."{#Sad}

 

Bolton is just awful.  Of all of Trump's transgressions, appointing this bozo is by far his worse.


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Posted: May 22, 2019 - 4:42am

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'Merica's next war.
fuck

 

seems like some sort of low grade conflict in the ME has been going on for eons

"when administrations get into trouble politically they will make the eagle scream"

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Posted: May 21, 2019 - 5:17pm

'Merica's next war.


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Posted: Feb 4, 2019 - 12:21pm

Britain and the Iranian revolution: Expediency, arms and secret deals
British policy towards Iran has often been based on pure expediency
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Posted: Aug 9, 2018 - 2:06am

Iran Hawks: Get Over Your Coup Allergy And Embrace Regime Change
But now that Trump this week officially reimposed the first series of sanctions that were lifted as part of the agreement, Dubowitz, his FDD colleagues, and other Iran hawks could hardly contain their glee at the renewed opportunity for regime change and/or war.

FDD's Reuel Marc Gerecht and Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign Relations climbed to the top of the heap with a 5,000+ word missive in Bill Kristol's Weekly Standard calling for a CIA-assisted regime change effort in Iran.  Depending on what the mullahs do, they write, war may once more be on the horizon.

Aside from the enormous complexities of pulling off such a regime change and the extremely dangerous consequences that would result (none of which the authors address suggesting that the CIA launch another coup in Iran takes some real gall). After all, the CIA's past involvement in fomenting a coup in Iran (or anywhere else for that matter) didn't turn out so well for anyone.

Gerecht and Takeyh try to weasel their way out of this quandary by claiming that the CIA didn't really have all that much to do with the coup in Iran in the 1950s. So, they argue, Americans should just get over their "coup allergy" because "it inhibits creativity." (The CIA itself has admitted that it was behind the 1953 coup that overthrew Iran's democratically elected prime minister. Gerecht and Takeyh acknowledge that the CIA launched the coup but claim that the agency called it off. That is also false.)

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Posted: May 19, 2018 - 11:05pm

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The Phantom Menace: Fantasies, Falsehoods, and Fear-Mongering about Iran's Nuclear Program
(...) If these warnings are to be believed, Iran is only a few years away from unveiling a nuclear bomb...and has been for the past three decades. Fittingly, let's begin in 1984.

An April 24, 1984 article entitled "'Ayatollah' Bomb in Production for Iran" in United Press International referenced a Jane's Intelligence Defense Weekly report warning that Iran was moving "very quickly" towards a nuclear weapon and could have one as early as 1986.

In response, a U.S. Department of State spokesman was reportedly quick to point out the official government belief that "it would take at least two to three years to complete construction of the reactors at Bushehr," adding that the light water power reactors at the Bushehr plant "are not particularly well-suited for a weapons program." He also noted that "we have no evidence of Iranian construction of other facilities that would be necessary to separate plutonium from spent reactor fuel."

Two months later, on June 27, 1984, in an article entitled "Senator says Iran, Iraq seek N-Bomb," Minority Whip of the U.S. Senate Alan Cranston was quoted as claiming Iran was a mere seven years away from being able to build its own nuclear weapon.

In April 1987, the Washington Post published an article with the title "Atomic Ayatollahs: Just What the Mideast Needs – an Iranian Bomb," in which reporter David Segal wrote of the imminent threat of such a weapon.

The next year, in 1988, Iraq issued warnings that Tehran was at the nuclear threshold. (...) (...) (...)

And, Netanyahu warned the bomb is nearly ready ...     in 1992, 1996 and ...  https://theintercept.com/2015/03/02/brief-history-netanyahu-crying-wolf-iranian-nuclear-bomb/
 

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Posted: May 19, 2018 - 3:01pm

EU Blocks US Sanctions Against Iran

As had been previously reported, the European Commission on Friday enacted their “blocking statute,” which would forbid EU-based companies from complying with US sanctions against Iran. The statute also means EU courts will not recognize international claims related to those sanctions.

The commission aims to set the statute back into effect, but it won’t be formally done until at least 60 days from now. The US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal has a 90-day wind-down period, so theoretically there should be nothing to block until early August at any rate.

EU officials have been negotiating the matter all week, as an attempt to try to save the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran after the US withdrew, and started reimplementing sanctions. EU leaders have agreed that the entire union will work together in protecting the deal.

Two major EU companies, Germany’s Siemens and France’s Total S.A. had previously indicated they’d stop Iran deals for fear of punishment from the US. With the law passed, they now have considerable protection, and would be violating EU law in refusing to do business over US sanction threats.

The US hasn’t yet responded to the move, but officials have indicated they are willing to directly target EU companies who keep trading with Iran. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he expects EU nations to back the US in killing the deal.


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Posted: May 16, 2018 - 9:28am

The Phantom Menace: Fantasies, Falsehoods, and Fear-Mongering about Iran's Nuclear Program
(...) If these warnings are to be believed, Iran is only a few years away from unveiling a nuclear bomb...and has been for the past three decades. Fittingly, let's begin in 1984.

An April 24, 1984 article entitled "'Ayatollah' Bomb in Production for Iran" in United Press International referenced a Jane's Intelligence Defense Weekly report warning that Iran was moving "very quickly" towards a nuclear weapon and could have one as early as 1986.

In response, a U.S. Department of State spokesman was reportedly quick to point out the official government belief that "it would take at least two to three years to complete construction of the reactors at Bushehr," adding that the light water power reactors at the Bushehr plant "are not particularly well-suited for a weapons program." He also noted that "we have no evidence of Iranian construction of other facilities that would be necessary to separate plutonium from spent reactor fuel."

Two months later, on June 27, 1984, in an article entitled "Senator says Iran, Iraq seek N-Bomb," Minority Whip of the U.S. Senate Alan Cranston was quoted as claiming Iran was a mere seven years away from being able to build its own nuclear weapon.

In April 1987, the Washington Post published an article with the title "Atomic Ayatollahs: Just What the Mideast Needs – an Iranian Bomb," in which reporter David Segal wrote of the imminent threat of such a weapon.

The next year, in 1988, Iraq issued warnings that Tehran was at the nuclear threshold. (...) (...) (...)

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Posted: Mar 7, 2018 - 2:47pm

New Findings on Clerical Involvement in the 1953 Coup in Iran
“Large Sums of Money” from U.S. Embassy Sent to “Influential People” in Tehran Prior to August 19, Declassified British Memo Alleges
Latest Declassification of Internal CIA History “The Battle for Iran” Adds More Detail to the Public Record
A passage from a recently declassified document on the 1953 coup in Iran alleges that senior Iranian clerics received “large sums of money” from U.S. officials in the days leading up to the August 19, 1953, overthrow of Prime Minister Mohammad Mosaddeq. The document is apparently British but was located by researchers in files at the U.S. National Archives. It is posted in full today for the first time by the nongovernmental National Security Archive, based at The George Washington University.

The September 2, 1953, British memorandum titled “Persia: Political Review of the Recent Crisis” first appeared in partially declassified form in 1989 in a volume of the State Department’s official Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series. However, that volume excised two key passages for security reasons. Tulane scholar Mark Gasiorowski and BBC correspondent Kambiz Fattahi each independently discovered the unexpurgated version at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland. (Both versions are available here for comparison.)

The exact role of the clergy in Mosaddeq’s ouster is one of the main unanswered questions still surrounding the decades-old coup. Previous accounts by American intelligence operatives and scholarly reconstructions have shown that the CIA planned to provide certain influential mullahs with funds to help organize street demonstrations, but it has never been known whether those payments reached their intended recipients – and if they did, whether the recipients knew the source. 

In general, eliciting facts and even reliable sourcing on the 1953 coup is notoriously difficult. The surviving record is far from complete, much of it having been destroyed; and in any case, contemporaneous reporting was spotty and frequently unreliable. This makes it a huge challenge to judge the accuracy of what is still available. In the case of the British memo posted today, even the State Department knows very little about it. A footnote in the FRUS volume reports there is no information about its source or how it reached the department. The most the FRUS editors could say was that it “resembles” a Foreign Office or British Embassy record.

From appearances, the memo, which may be a draft given the existence of several typographical errors, was probably written for a British government audience, though not one authorized to know the full details of the operation, often referred to by its British codename BOOT or its American codename TPAJAX. The document had Top Secret classification yet it omits any reference to U.K. assistance in planning the coup, which suggests its readers were not cleared for that information. It even avoids directly acknowledging other basic facts, such as the U.S. role in the operation, saying only that “sources” have pointed to Washington’s participation. The memo also does not name most of those sources, opting instead for euphemistic references to “reliable reports,” for example.

In recent years, new interpretations of the coup have called into question the accuracy of various U.S. archival records and first-person accounts, discounting the importance of the CIA and British intelligence role in the operation and casting doubt on any connection between Iranian clerics and the Western powers. The principal aim of the latter contention is to bolster the case that Iranians, including leading mullahs, acted essentially (if not entirely) on their own in bringing about Mosaddeq’s ouster. (...)


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Posted: Apr 12, 2017 - 8:07am

Return of I'm a Dinner Jacket
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Posted: Aug 29, 2016 - 10:39am

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Yes, but aside from the fact that imperial powers like the USA will use any pretext to start a war that it wants to start, this is different.

 
You see Iran, for a series of reasons, opposes the Israeli ethnic cleansing/nation building project.  For that reason, Iran cannot be America's friend.

Iran reminds us that Israel has a regional monopoly on nuclear weapons and the American commitment to non-proliferation is not credible.

Iranian troops could easily dislodge Dae'sh from Iraq but that is not consistent with American goals of settling the West Bank and Jerusalem.

As far as this incident reminding us that the USA has spent billions upon billions of dollars protecting the flow of oil out of the Strait of Hormuz, it should also remind us that American voters have always rejected the easy, ecologically responsible solution to energy security:  charge high excise taxes on gasoline and diesel fuel like the Nordic countries do.  

The Nordic countries are interesting because they typically have higher per capita incomes and a better quality of life than the USA.

The USA charges the lowest excise taxes on dirty petroleum products among the rich-OECD countries.  

It is interesting and rather alarming to what extent American conservatives, liberals and self-styled progressives are wed to the cheap energy entitlement — even if it means killing innocent civilians.   


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Posted: Aug 26, 2016 - 6:51am

Remember The Gulf of Tonkin?
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Posted: Feb 27, 2016 - 10:42am

Iran elections: gains for Rouhani could help promote greater opening to the west

Early results in Iran’s hard-fought elections are showing strong gains for supporters of President Hassan Rouhani that could help promote greater opening to the west and limited political advances at home – and secure him a second term in office.

Friday’s polls for the parliament and the assembly of experts – its role is to choose the Islamic republic’s clerical supreme leader – were extended by nearly six hours due to a high turnout that was seen as likely to favour the reformist-moderate camp.

In one highly significant result, the former president, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani – a key Rouhani ally – was leading the race for membership of the assembly in Tehran, the official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.

The interior ministry said it had counted 33 million of 55 million votes by Saturday afternoon, though a final national tally is still unlikely to be known before Monday. The preliminary turnout figure was 60%, it said, less than the 70% that had been predicted.

Early returns showed that none of the competing factions would win a majority in the 290-seat majlis (parliament), but reformists and moderates appeared on track to win their strongest presence since 2004 at the expense of conservative “principalists”. Broader support in parliament would strengthen Rouhani’s hand – though under Iran’s hybrid political system key decisions still rest with the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Reports from the semi-official Fars and Mehr news agencies and a count conducted by the Associated Press showed the hardliners were the main losers of the vote. (...)

The result in Tehran – where, including the surrounding province, there are 36 majlis seats – will be closely watched because of its political importance. Nearly 5,000 candidates, including about 500 women, were competing.


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Posted: Aug 25, 2015 - 12:00pm

I have actually changed my opinion on this so called deal, I support it.  Now, this has nothing to do with the deal itself, it is a joke as I said before we cannot stop Iran from eventually getting the bomb short of all out war and most sane people do not want that (unfortunately many of the insane are in positions of power{#Rolleyes}).  The reason I support it is that the Iraninan people support it because contrary to neocons and the Murica Toby Keith crowd, the Persians actually like our culture and long to reconcile our differences even some in the hardline government.  I have heard reports from Iran that the deal is all they want to talk about and are excited and more importantly emboldened to criticize their own hard line government now that they think we are trying to meet them half way.  This is far more valuable than centrifuges and inspections.  We are missing a golden opportunity to give the people of Iran hope which will hopefully light a fire under the resistance changing the government from within to something that is at least workable for a true relationship between our two countries.  {#Pray}  All those arguing for or against the deal based on the premise that Iran should never have nuclear weapons is completely missing the point imo.


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