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Oct 24 01:34

Rouhani: Trump's Efforts to Quash Iranian Nuclear Deal Have Failed

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has stated that any attempts to undermine the nuclear deal are futile. The agreement that has long been criticized by US President Donald Trump took another hit earlier this month as he refused to certify Tehran’s compliance with it.

`Every day [Trump] says this deal is the worst in US history. As he put it, it is shameful for America, but still he has not been able to do anything with this agreement," Rouhani said in a televised speech on Sunday, as quoted by PressTV.

Earlier, Rouhani said, defending the agreement, that "Trump or anyone else" cannot reverse the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"During the nuclear negotiations and agreement we reached issues and benefits that are not reversible," the Iranian president said at Tehran University on October 7.

Oct 23 14:38

John Brennan’s Police State USA – Mike Whitney

So it all started with Brennan, the resentful Intel chief who got his nose bloodied by Putin in Syria and decided to seek his revenge.

And, keep in mind, Washington’s Sunni proxies were not a division of the Pentagon; they were entirely a CIA confection: CIA recruited, CIA-armed, CIA-funded and CIA-trained. The defeat is not a loss for the US Military, but a blot on the record of CIA Director John Brennan, the architect and main proponent of the failed project to remove Assad. Brennan’s whole scheme has gone down in flames.

Oct 23 11:55

Tillerson Demands Iran "Militias" Leave Iraq As Fighting Against ISIS "Comes To A Close"

One week after we reported that the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard (which two weeks ago was designated by the US as a terrorist organization), Qassem Soleimani, was observed in Erbil last Sunday where he met with Kurdistan regional president Barzani to "discuss" the growing crisis - the latest indication of Iran's surging influence in the region - and just days before Iraq sent in troops assisted by Iranian militia into Iraq's Kurdish region, which promptly regained control over the oil-rich Kirkuk region, on Sunday Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that Iranian "militias" need to leave Iraq as the fight against Islamic State militants was coming to an end.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's take a look at a map of Iran:

Iran and surrounding countries

IF the US military is planning a strike against Iran, they will need all Iranian militia out of Iraq, if they are looking to base some military actions against Iran from Iraq, with which it shares a border.

Additionally, the SDF, which recently captured the Syrian city of Raqqah, are refusing to turn it over to the Syrian government; SDF refuses to hand Raqqah over to the Syrian government

It is conceivably possible that the US military is thinking about using Raqqah a "base" for both operations against the Syrian government and Iran.

But I would politely suggest that the US government and military think twice about an attempted decap against Tehran; Russia has long stated that should Iran be attacked militarily, Russia will come to its aid.

And BTW, what specific charges does Secretary of State Tillerson hold against Iran's Revolutionary Guard?!? Sir, if you expect young Americans to die to neutralize Israel's "existential enemy du jour", I believe American mothers and fathers need a reason for this to happen, not just unspeicified accusations.

Oct 23 11:26

Israel nuke arsenal threatening region, beyond: Iranian diplomat

Al Habib, Deputy Permanent Representative of Iran to the UN criticized the anti-Iran propaganda of westerners for ignoring the nuclear arsenal of some countries in the world.

Es’hagh Al Habib, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations addressed the First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.

The Iranian ambassador’s speech was focused on conventional weapons. He highlighted that Iranian ballistic missiles are solely capable of carrying conventional warheads come under criticism by some countries while the nuclear arsenal of “Israeli regime” is capable to destroy the whole world.

Oct 23 08:55

IAEA not authorized to inspect Iran’s military sites: Russia

A senior Russian diplomat has criticized certain countries’ calls for the expansion of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s inspections to include Iranian military sites, saying the IAEA has no authority to carry out such inspection.

“I would like to say absolutely clear and directly that acquiring some false topicality [about] the theme of the IAEA work on Section T of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA) over the Iran nuclear program has no topicality for us although it is a talking point now,” Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told TASS on Saturday.

Oct 23 08:26

Rex Tillerson: 'Iranian militias' need to leave Iraq

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Sunday it's time for Iranian "foreign fighters" to leave Iraq, now that Islamic State militants are nearing defeat.

"Iranian militias that are in Iraq, now that the fight against Daesh and ISIS is coming to a close, those militias need to go home," Tillerson said during a press conference in Saudi Arabia.

"The foreign fighters in Iraq need to go home and allow the Iraqi people to regain control," the former CEO of Exxon Mobile said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Does that mean the Americans are leaving Iraq?

I didn't think so.

Oct 23 07:52

‘We don’t need you on this’: Trump says US can pressure Iran without EU’s help

Donald Trump said the EU would have supported US sanctions on Iran if he was insistent. But, according to the US president, he allowed Germany and France to keep making money with Tehran as America was capable of putting pressure on Iranians on its own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Trump "allowed" Germany and France to keep making money?!?

Oct 23 06:40

Tillerson Warns Europe Against Iran Investments

NYTimes: Saudi Arabia — Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson warned Europeans on Sunday not to invest in certain Iranian businesses as the Trump administration considers walking away from the Iran nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions against Iran.

Speaking during a visit to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Tillerson said, “Both of our countries believe that those who conduct business with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, any of their entities — European companies or other companies around the globe — really do so at great risk.”

(*White House mixed signals continue . Of course , this article comes from The NY Slimes , a publication the potus would prefer you ignore , in lieu of him declasifying The Obama "OK For The Press To Lie To You" bill
The Times of Israel gives a much brighter look at The Trump sentiment towards this same situation https://www.timesofisrael.com/trump-tells-paris-berlin-to-keep-making-... Trump has been reminding the base about the dangers of fake news recently , http://investmentwatchblog.com/donald-j-trump-it-is-finally-sinking-th... Yet weve never heard the potus call out The Slimes of Israhell !)

Oct 23 05:09

Tillerson tries to undercut Iran in Saudi Arabia summit

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has hailed the renewed cooperation between Riyadh and Baghdad at a Saudi-organized summit. He also called on Iran to recall paramilitaries from Iraqi territory.

The U.S. top diplomat said Sunday that Saudi Arabia was not ready for direct talks with Qatar to resolve the region's ongoing diplomatic crisis.

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Oct 22 12:00

Israeli Merkava Hit by Hezbollah in 2006

This is what Hezbollah fighters did to Merkava MBT's in 2006 with Kornet ATGM's. The Israelis advanced up valleys without clearing the ridges. The Kornet outranged the Israeli's tank guns by over 1,000 meters and the Israelis couldn't elevate their tank cannons enough to shoot back anyway. They were out thought and out fought.
The IDF has been fighting unarmed people in the main since 1973. Hezbollah,the Iranians and Syrians are experienced blooded fighters with good weapons and tactics as well as strategy and they are backed up by The Bear. All the Israelis have left are nukes and the weakened US.
A very dangerous situation for the Planet and the People indeed..

Oct 22 09:50

Armed Forces Spokesman Rules Out Talks with Europe over Iran's Missile Issues

Deputy Chief of Staff and Spokesman of Iran's Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazzayeri warned European states to avoid meddling with his country's missile program and presence in the region.

Oct 22 08:58

The Iran Dilemma

The Iran Dilemma – The Tyrant Has Spoken

The tyrant, of course, is Donald Trump. He launched tirade after tirade, and keeps launching them, insult after insult, lies after lies after miserable lies at the Government of Iran – about Iran not fulfilling the conditions of the Nuclear Deal. The typical mass indoctrination of the western world through the presstitute mainstream media. Goebbels might smile in his grave, how well the neolibs or neo-Nazis have learned from the Nazis of his time – and perfected this science of deceit in the last 50 years. Fortunately, the counter culture, the truth seekers have also become more sophisticated. More people are waking up to the truth every day.

This Nuclear Deal was an agreement reached after 9 years of meticulous, often perilous and at times for Iran demeaning and offending negotiations. But Iran endured, because Iran’s negotiators, notably the Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, knew what they were talking about, namely that Iran had never any plans to develop nuclear weapons, but using the enrichment process for the production of nuclear power. This was, by the way, confirmed by all 16 US security agencies. To no avail.>>>

Oct 22 08:43

The Real Danger of Refusing to Certify the Iran Deal

President Trump’s decision not to certify the Iran nuclear deal is reckless and dangerous. By all accounts—including that of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), America’s European allies, the U.S. intelligence community and Trump’s national security team—Iran has complied with the restrictive terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and significantly rolled back its nuclear program, while subjecting itself to the most intrusive inspections regime in the world.
Undermining a successful nonproliferation agreement in this way isolates America, sows doubt about its credibility and trustworthiness, signals to other rogue regimes, like North Korea, the imperative of a nuclear deterrent, and worst of all, needlessly puts the United States and Iran back on the road to confrontation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, the hubristic rantings of one of Trump's "President Whisperers", Israel's Bibi Nentanyahu, have driven President Trump over the edge of reason, and into a closed mindset that only a successful, regime-changing war against Iran will stop it from developing nuclear weapons past the point of no return.

There are three major factors absent President Trump's calculus on this; first, that Russia will, most certainly, come to Iran's aid if militarily attacked.

Secondly, the people of this country have become war weary and war sceptical about yet another potential military misadventure in the Middle East or other places, when the wars in Afghanistan; Iraq; Yemen; Libya; and Niger, continue to go horribly badly for this country.

And third, and perhaps most importantly, although President Trump has been getting much cheerleading for a potential attack against Iran by Israel and Saudi Arabia, the horrific costs of such an invasion will be borne only in American blood and American money.

As a businessman, President Trump needs, right now, to be thinking cost/benefit ratio for such a war; if he does not, the potential harm to this country, from such an attempted invasion and occupation if the US doesn't win it, will be extraordinary bad.

Oct 21 10:41

Haley: Iran Has Repeatedly ‘Thumbed Its Nose’ at UN Resolutions, It ‘Must Stop’

United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley scolded Iran on Wednesday and urged the UN Security Council to adopt the Trump administration's approach to Iran by addressing the nation's "destructive conduct."

"The security council has repeatedly passed resolutions aimed at addressing Iranian support for terrorism and regional conflicts, but Iran has repeatedly thumbed its nose at those efforts," Haley said. "Worse, the regime continues to play this council. Iran hides behind its assertion of technical compliance with the nuclear deal while it brazenly violates the other limits on its behavior."

Haley went on to say that the UN Security Council has allowed Iran to get away with violations, and that it "must stop."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Gee, for a moment there I thought she was talking about Israel!

Oct 21 10:09

US House to discuss missile sanctions bill against Iran next week

In a Friday joint statement, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the number two House Republican, and Representative Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, stressed Congress' resolve to work with US President Donald Trump’s administration to iron out a strategy against Iran.

"Immediate action towards this goal will come from the House next week as we vote on legislation that furthers sanctions on Hezbollah and Iran’s missile proliferation," they said.

The new bipartisan sanctions bill against Iran, which is expected to pass the Senate, targets entities with assets outside the US if they are found to support Iran's ballistic missile program.

Oct 21 10:08

GOP PROPOSAL TRIGGERS NUCLEAR SANCTIONS ON IRAN FOR MISSILE WORK

Reimposing sanctions on Iran would effectively withdraw the US from the nuclear deal. But doing so for behavior not addressed in the deal itself may not break the deal entirely.

Oct 21 09:07

Ministers weigh plans to broaden Iran-Russia defense ties

Iranian and Russian defense ministers explored avenues for the enhancement of military cooperation between Tehran and Moscow in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

Oct 21 09:06

Why do media keep saying "Iran has a nuclear weapons program"?

When it comes to Iran, do basic facts matter? Evidently not, since dozens and dozens of journalists keep casually reporting that Iran has a “nuclear weapons program” when it does not—a problem 'FAIR' has reported on over the years

Oct 20 13:30

Neocon Nikki Haley’s Anti-Iran Rage: Prelude to War?

Neocon Nikki Haley is Trump’s leading administration antagonist, notably on North Korea and Iran. Her hostile early September address on the Islamic Republic before the hawkish American Enterprise Institute preceded Trump’s decertification of the JCPOA nuclear deal – an international treaty the president defied by his action.

Haley’s address was a deplorable litany of beginning-to-end Big Lies. On Wednesday during a Security Council open debate on the Middle East, she was at it again.

Her remarks included a long laundry list of long ago discredited canards.

Washington, Israel, and its sinister AIPAC lobby resent Iranian sovereign independence, its military strength solely for defense – an obstacle to Israeli regional dominance, along with America’s presence.

Were Haley’s hostile Wednesday remarks prelude for initiating diabolical Trump administration plans ahead, including naked aggression against the country – nuclear deal decertification a starter for what’s to come?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sure that Haley's strongest qualifications for the job as Bimbobassador to the UN, was her unswavering, slavish affection for Israel, allowing her to believe that this country can do no wrong, and an absolute, nearly pathological inability to look at facts, and make intelligent conclusions from a review of the facts.

A thinking Ambassador to the UN would be loathe to be condemn both North Korea and Iran for trying to defend their countries, and would be condemning Israel's flagrant collective punishment of the Palestinians; unfortunately, that is not what we have in Ambassador Haley, and the world may suffer terribly from this.

Oct 20 07:54

CIA to 'become a much more vicious agency' in fighting adversaries.

Though he evaded a question about whether Iran had violated the nuclear deal on a technical level, Pompeo focused on the Islamic Republic's continued testing of ballistic missiles, prompting of Hezbollah to threaten Israel and being “at the center of so much turmoil in the Middle East.”

He admitted the deal’s inspection provisions had put things “in a marginally better place” in following Iran’s nuclear activities, but said he hoped Trump’s new pressure on Iran would lead to “more intrusive inspections.”

The CIA director expressed concern that the exchange of nuclear technology between Iran and North Korea was a major danger, and specifically mentioned them assisting each other in the area of nuclear weapons testing.

Oct 19 09:48

IRGC vows enhanced Iranian missile power in face of threats

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has sharply denounced the US president’s hostile policies and insults against the Iranian nation, vowing that the country will speed up its conventional missile program and regional role in response to enemy threats.

In a Thursday statement, the IRGC stressed the Guards’ resolve to defend the Iranian nation’s security and emphasized that it will not waver in its resolve to stand against the global “hegemonic system” and “the vicious network of international Zionism.”

The elite Iranian force further stressed that the Islamic Republic’s regional influence and missile program, which came to fruition under tough sanctions, will incessantly continue to expand.

The IRGC statement slammed the “rogue” and “lightheaded” president of the US, Donald Trump, for insulting the Iranian nation and paving the way for cruel sanctions against Iran’s Guards in his mid-October speech.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Look, if you had a powerful foreign leader PUBLICLY threaten your country at the UN with the possibility of a war and national extinction against your people, wouldn't you take the precise same steps as Iran and North Korea are doing?!?

Logic says, HELL YES!!

Unfortunately, these statements from the IRGC are going to play right into Trump's and Netanyahu's plans to further demonize Iran, as a prelude to a war against it.

But Americans had better wake up to the stark reality that the costs of this war, which may well include war with Russia, whose leadership have long pledged military support of Iran should it be attacked, will only be paid in American blood and American money.

Oct 19 08:48

America’s Predictable Betrayal of the Iran Deal

In a 2009 report titled, “Which Path to Persia?: Options for a New American Strategy Toward Iran” (PDF), corporate-financier funded US policy think tank the Brookings Institution would explicitly call for a deal to be offered by the US to Iran only to be intentionally broken and used as a pretext for direct military confrontation.

The report would propose (emphasis added):

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A war against Iran will most likely mean a war with Russia, whose military and civilian leadership have long pledged to defend it, should it get attacked.

Oh yes, Saudi Arabia and Israel will "cheer the US military on", should such a confrontation begin; but Americans had better damned well wake up to the cold, hard reality here that the costs of such a war will be borne only through American blood and American money.

In connection with this upcoming war, I see the reinstitution of the draft in the US as a defninite probability in the near future; and this time, the US military will not only be coming for our young men, but also our young women as well.

Oct 19 08:25

Norwegian Firm Signs $2.9bn Solar Deal with Iran

Norway’s Saga Energy has signed a 2.5 billion-euro ($2.94 billion) deal to build solar power plants in Iran, the company said.

Saga inked the preliminary agreement with Iran’s state-owned Amin Energy Developers on Tuesday.

The deal would see the construction over a four- to five-year period of 2 gigawatts of power generation capacity, Saga Energy spokesman Rune Haaland said, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

The company will rely on banks, pension funds and Norwegian state export guarantees to fund the plan, and aims to recoup its investment through a 25-year deal on electricity prices, he added.

Oct 19 08:23

How Netanyahu Pulls Trump’s Strings

Over the summer, Trump listened to advice about a possible major overhaul of U.S. foreign policy that would have checked Israeli/Saudi regional ambitions, opened diplomatic doors to Iran, and addressed the Korean crisis by brokering negotiations between the North and the South over some form of loose confederation.

There was even the possibility of a Nixon-goes-to-China moment with tough-guy Trump meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the two countries restoring diplomatic ties, a process that could have given U.S. companies a better chance to compete in the Iranian market.

Those proposed moves had the advantage of reducing international tensions, saving the U.S. government money on future military adventures, and freeing U.S. corporations from the tangle of economic sanctions – exactly the “America First” strategy that Trump had promised his working-class base.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The level of absolute betrayal that I, and much of his base, felt at President Trump's martial rantings at the UN, threatening both North Korea and Iran with war and extinction, is so intense as to be absolutely unconveyable.

So I am hoping that some folks in the White House, Pentagon, State Department and Congress are asking themselves, quite seriously: is the US government actually prepared to go to war with both Iran and Russia, egged on by the Israeli cheerleaded in chief Netanyahu, when it is a dead moral certainty that the costs will be borne only in American blood, and with American money?!?

I would hope that a measured, collective answer to that question is, HELL, NO!!

But then again, I do not know what kind of Svengali hold Netanyahu has over President Trump, in terms of intel or background to which the American public is not privy.

Unfortunately, just because an action on the part of the US government could be the most ham-fistely, pig-headedly stupid thing it could do, is no guarantee that it will not do it.

And do take note; there have been absolutely no missile tests by North Korea over this last week of intense military exercises between South Korea and the US military off the Korean peninsula. Even though North Korea's Ambassador to the UN made the following statement on 16 October "Nuclear War May Break Out at Any Moment, these exercises are due to end tomorrow, and yet North Korea has not carried out its threats.

38north.org, an organisation under the auspices of John Hopins University, which studies North Korean actions by analyzing satellite imagery, has made no mentions of any movements of missiles to their testing site as of yesterday, 18 October, and this is my "canary in the coal mine" resource when it comes to North Korean military activity.

I doubt that this will ever happen in my lifetime, but what this country desperately needs right now, is a Department of Peace, to counter the warmongers in our government, and create options for resolving this country's geopolitical issues through intelligent, moral, hard-won negotiations, rather than through war.

Oct 19 08:22

Israel Root Cause of Mideast Crises: Iran’s UN Envoy

Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations slammed the Zionist regime of Israel and its occupation of Palestine as the underlying cause of all conflicts in the region.

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Oct 19 04:25

Commission for Military to Consider Draft,

Commission for Modern Military to Consider Skills-Based Draft, Women's Roles, Millennial Recruitment

A U.S. commission on national service has been impaneled to provide Congress and the White House with the experts’ opinion on revamping a proposed gender-neutral military draft.
Congress also wants the U.S. National Commission on Military, National and Public Service to suggest methods to close the cultural gap between the conscript-free armed forces and private citizens by inspiring millennials to join.

(*Strike While The Iron's HOT , and Patriotism is high !)

Oct 19 03:58

Nikki Haley Urges UN Security Council to Adopt Trump's Approach to Iran

(*It may prove a tough sales pitch , at first , but most Americans support Trump's approach to Iran . Haley will be earning her well deserved pay check as Trump's , and America's best ever , Ambassador to The UN .)

Oct 18 14:05

Trump And Netanyahu Walk In Lockstep On Iran

During his presidential campaign and throughout his nine-month presidency, Donald Trump has been fixated on ending the Iran nuclear deal, which he called “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.”

Oct 18 11:24

Benjamin Netanyahu: 'Israel will not allow' Iranian bases in Syria

Israel says it "will not allow" Iran to build up a long-term military position on its borders, according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu delivered the warning to Russia, which has been Iran's partner in backing Syrian President Bashar Assad, during a meeting in Tel Aviv on Tuesday. The talks occurred as coalition forces are nearly finished liberating the Islamic State's capital of Raqqa as key world powers try to secure long-term strategic gains out of the Syrian civil war.

"Iran is attempting to establish itself militarily in Syria," Netanyahu tweeted Tuesday after a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. "I told [Shoigu]: Iran needs to understand that Israel will not allow this."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israel will do anything it can to start an all out war against Syria and Iran, with the US government sleepwalking into such a war before it realizes what has happened, and that is precisely what Netanyahu wants to engineer, with these moves.

Such a war could well see the US military fighting the Russian military in Syria; and if Israel and the US go into Iran, you will most probably see Russia fighting against US forces here as well.

I have felt that we are on the keening edge of either a total financial breakdown, or world war for quite some time; I don't know which will be first, but the current geopolitical and financial situations cannot stand as they are for much longer.

Oct 18 11:19

Russia: U.S. violating nuclear deal, Tehran ‘fully compliant’

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Tuesday that the United States has failed to comply with its obligations under the Iran nuclear deal, while Tehran has been “completely compliant”.

Oct 18 10:28

Buchanan: Is War With Iran Now Inevitable?

With his declaration Friday that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Donald Trump may have put us on the road to war with Iran.

Oct 18 07:57

From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

"We are in Damascus to assert and coordinate and cooperate to confront our common enemies, the Zionists and terrorists," Iranian General Mohammad Baqeri said, referring to Israel and millitants including Isis. "We drew up the broad lines for this cooperation."

Oct 18 07:50

Khamenei urges EU to stand against US on nuclear deal issue

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called on the EU to stand against the US in the nuclear deal issue.

“European states stressed their support for the JCPOA (aka nuclear deal) and condemned the remarks made by the US President Donald Trump. We welcomed this, but this is not enough,” Khamenei told a meeting with a group of outstanding university students on Oct. 18, the leader's official website reported.

Europe, firstly, needs to stand against the US’ practical measures regarding the JCPOA, Khamenei said, adding, “Secondly, they should not interfere the Islamic Republic’s defense issues.”

Oct 18 06:46

The Certification of Lies

The Decertification of Iran Speech: Refuting Trump
Iran’s hardliners were right. They recited a long history of agreements in which Iranian compliance was repaid with American betrayal. >>>

Oct 18 05:17

FOX: Netanyahu Says Israel Won't Tolerate Iran Presence in Syria

Netanyahu says his meeting with visiting Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu on Tuesday focused mostly on Iran's efforts to establish a presence next door.

Netanyahu says that "Iran has to understand that Israel will not allow this."

The meeting comes a day after Israel destroyed a Russian-made, anti-aircraft missile launcher that took aim at its planes.

Israel has largely stayed out of the fighting in Syria>>>

Oct 18 05:07

Iran Aircraft Deals Hang by Thread as Trump Targets Tehran

President Donald Trump’s hawkish new approach towards Tehran, coupled with banking worries and domestic political turbulence in both countries, are causing growing uncertainty over Iran’s $36 billion deal to buy airliners from Boeing, Airbus and ATR.

IranAir’s decision to buy a total of 200 aircraft from the two giants and Franco-Italian turboprop maker ATR marked the zenith of a 2015 pact between Tehran and world powers to renew trade in exchange for placing curbs on Iran’s nuclear activity.

IranAir says its $16.5 billion deal with Boeing is the biggest with a U.S. company since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

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Oct 17 08:57

Susan Rice calls ‘BS’ on AIPAC — but she pandered to the lobby when she was in power

One of the choicest moments from Donald Trump’s decertification of the Iran deal Friday was when the Israel lobby group AIPAC applauded his speech for “accurately” outlining the history and dangers of Iran’s “aggression,” and former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice promptly called bullshit.

The tweet is deliciously disturbing because Susan Rice had ample opportunity while she was in office to call out AIPAC’s bullshit, but she never did. In fact, she groveled to AIPAC on at least two occasions– below– and pleaded with the group to support the Iran deal– and completely affirmed the claim of Iran’s aggression she refutes now.

Oct 17 08:24

Iran Navy commander officially welcomed in Venice

Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari was officially welcomed by Italian officials in Venice, Italy on Tuesday.

Oct 17 08:24

IRGC Commander: Iran Not to Stop Missile Production Under Any Condition

Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General Amir Ali Hajizadeh blasted US President Donald Trump's anti-Iran rhetoric, and said that Tehran will not stop boosting its missile capabilities under any circumstances.
"Even if a wall is constructed all around the country, the production of missiles will not be halted, because this is a completely indigenous and domestic industry,” Brigadier General Hajizadeh said on Monday.

The IRGC aerospace commander reiterated that the IRGC was defending the Iranian nation’s interests and would not be deceived by the enemies, and said, "The IRGC would continue to boost its capabilities on a daily basis, because security is paramount in all conditions."

Oct 17 08:07

Trump prevents US companies from coming to Iran

Iran’s oil minister stated that Iran does not prevent American companies from doing business in the country; rather it is Trump who creates the obstacles.
Iran’s Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zanganeh questioned Trump asking why he is concerned that Europeans take money from Iran and why he does not allow American companies to benefit from Iran.

Zanganeh made the remarks Tue. speaking to the reporters following his meeting with South Korean Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Kim Hyun-mi, adding that Trump prevents American companies to enter Iran’s market, they are not blocked by Iran.

“We are prepared to negotiate with American corporations on developing petroleum and gas resources. Mr. Trump does not need to feel so concerned about this.” The Iranian official stated.

Oct 17 08:07

Trump, not Iran, blocking US companies: Iran's Petroleum Minister

Iran's Minister of Petroleum said on Tuesday that US President Donald Trump is unhappy with the fact that Europeans work with Iran and earn money.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

US President Donald Trump is unhappy with the fact that Iran sells its oil in currencies other than the US dollar!

Oct 17 08:00

Trump’s “Israel-First”, “Saudi-Second” And “America-Last” Iran Strategy

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.

Oct 16 17:13

Total Termination Of Iran Nuclear Deal Is A ‘Very Real Possibility’

US President Donald Trump said that a total termination of the Iran nuclear deal is a very real possibility. Meanwhile, Tehran has said it detailed a plan of action in case Washington backs out of the deal.

Oct 16 11:17

‘Iran deal not a bargaining chip’: Trump proved US can break agreements at any time, Moscow says

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned Donald Trump’s refusal to adhere to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, saying that the move poses a threat to international security and nuclear non-proliferation, and exposes the US as an unreliable partner.

Oct 16 10:37

Germany predicts World War 3 if Trump pulls out of Iran nuclear deal

THE German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel voiced his concern about a potential war with Iran if President Donald Trump decides to withdraw the UK from the Iran nuclear deal.

Oct 16 10:33

North Korea invites Iran to struggle together against US’ unfair steps - delegation leaderMore:http://tass.com/world/970795

. North Korea invites Iran to pool efforts to "struggle against injustice" of the United States’ unfairness," Deputy Chairman of North Korea’s Supreme People’s Assembly An Tong Chun, who heads his country’s delegation to the Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly, said at a brief meeting with speaker of Iran’s parliament (Mejlis) Ali Larijani on Sunday.
"Thank you for your speech. It was a brilliant speech," he said.
"We have a strong will against offenders, we and you have been struggling for a long time," he noted. "Let us struggle together against injustice, for justice."

Earlier in the day, Larijani severely criticized the United States’ actions, including those related to the Iran nuclear deal. He said that US President Donald Trump is demonstrating disrespect to the United Nations and inability to implement international agreements.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Speaker Larijani, please do not go for this; sir, I am on my knees with lighted candles in each hand, because what passes for the alleged "free press" in this country, i.e., the corporate Presstitutes who simply regurgitate government propaganda, are already demonizing your country by linking it to North Korea, and suggesting that you are assisting North Korea in its nuclear weapons program.

And we have already heard the grating statement from President Trump's "BimboBassador to the UN, Nikki Haley yesterday:

US Envoy to UN Says Trump's Move on Iran Nuclear Deal Message to North Korea

Oh, yes, Ambassador Haley, a message was sent from President Trump, loudly and clearly; the US government believes that it has the right of refusal to honor any deals which have been made in good faith, therefore, North Korea is correct in their not engaging any negotiations with the US.

Oct 16 10:28

Macron says he warned Trump not to scrap Iran deal

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday that he was opposed to a “tougher” approach toward Iran.

Speaking to TF1 and LCI in his first live TV interview since taking office, the French president said he had told Trump not to scrap the Iran deal.

Macron said Trump “wants to get tougher with Iran. I told him I thought this was the wrong approach because we have to look at where we are now with North Korea.”

Oct 16 10:27

Iraqi envoy calls for establishment of joint bank with Iran

Iraq has called for setting up a joint Tehran-Baghdad bank to increase financial and economic exchanges between the two neighboring states, said the country's ambassador to Iran.

Oct 16 10:26

Russia Rejects US Call for ‘Fixing’ Iran Nuclear Deal

Sergei Ryabkov told Russian news agency TASS that there was an American saying that goes “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”

“That’s what I would like to address to the colleagues in the United States,” the Russian diplomat said.

The approach of calls for fixing the Iran deal “seems to be a wrong way to follow as the existing documents are working quite efficiently,” he said of the deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Oct 16 09:35

Trump’s anti-Iran rhetoric made under Israeli-Saudi sway: Larijani

Iran’s Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says US President Donald Trump’s recent anti-Iran speech showed strong traces of lobbying by the Israeli regime and Saudi Arabia.

Oct 16 09:22

Saudi king phones Trump to thank him over Iran

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has telephoned Donald Trump, voicing appreciation for the aggressive speech that the US president delivered against Iran on Friday night, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

Salman “affirmed the kingdom’s support and welcomed the firm strategy announced by Trump towards Iran and its aggressive activities and support for terrorism in the region and the world,” it cited the monarch as saying during the Saturday conversation.

Trump on Friday asked the US Treasury Department to impose further sanctions on “the entire” Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) for what he claimed was “its support for terrorism.”

Oct 16 09:07

Trump says total termination of Iran nuclear deal is a very real possibility

Oct 16 08:52

IRAN'S TOP GENERAL MEETS WITH KURDISH PRESIDENT BARZANI AS U.S. NEOCONS PUSH FOR WAR

In an unexpected diplomatic turn of events which underscores the seriousness of escalating tensions between the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard (which last week were designated by the US as a terrorist organization), General Qassem Soleimani, arrived in Erbil on Sunday and met with Kurdistan regional president Masoud Barzani to discuss the growing crisis at a moment when Kurdish Peshmerga forces are blocking Iraqi Army access to Kirkuk oil fields and military installations.

Major General Qassem Soleimani reports directly to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and his elite force provides training and weapons to Iraqi paramilitary groups (PMU or Popular Mobilization Units) backing the Baghdad government. The meeting comes just after President Trump announced his new policy against Iran on Friday that includes designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terrorist organization.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What I am seeing here, from the US State Department, White House, and Pentagon, is foreign policy via dartboard, with no cohesive, top-down overview whatsoever.

And from yesterday, courtesy of zerohedge.com, we have the very much expected headline:

Casualties reported after Iraqi Troops Enter Oil Rich Kurdish City, Kirkuk: Oil "Spikes.

Oct 16 08:37

Iran deal working well, no need to fix it: Russia

A Russian deputy foreign minister says the international nuclear deal with Iran is working “quite efficiently” and requires no amendment, dismissing calls by the United States to address “flaws” in the deal.

Sergei Ryabkov told Russian news agency TASS that there was an American saying that goes “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.”

“That’s what I would like to address to the colleagues in the United States,” the Russian diplomat said.

The approach of calls for fixing the Iran deal “seems to be a wrong way to follow as the existing documents are working quite efficiently,” he said of the deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Oct 16 06:08

Iran: We Will Stick to Nuclear Deal if Europe Does

"The resistance of the Europeans (against the US) will show whether the nuclear agreement can be carried forward or not"

Oct 16 05:42

Trump's Iran Plan Faces Resistance in Congress

With the entire international community having ruled out negotiating a new P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran including the terms President Trump wants, the administration’s strategy has focused on trying to get the US Congress to impose the changes within US participation in the deal.

This includes expanding US threats of “snap back” sanctions into myriad behaviors totally unrelated to the nuclear deal. No one else would respect these US demands, but it would give President Trump some claim of Congressional support for imposing sanctions in violation of the pact.

It’s not clear President Trump will be able to push this through Congress however, especially in the Senate,where trying to get 60 votes is going to involve courting Democrats. There weren’t a lot of Senate Democrats >>>
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It’s not clear that Republicans in Congress are as uniformly against the deal as they were in 2015 either.>>>

Oct 16 05:02

New Iran Sanctions Could Send Oil Prices Higher

Oil prices are bound to remain low over the next couple of years, but two potential events could send them either higher than today’s levels or sinking into the $30s — new U.S. sanctions on Iran or OPEC failing to extend the production cut deal beyond March 2018>>>

Oct 15 09:05

Is Trump’s “Friend” Kissinger Steering Him From Calm To Storm?

Kissinger’s timely guidance to the President during “the calm before the storm” should give the American public considerable cause for concern.

Tuesday’s meeting was not the first occasion Trump has met with Kissinger since becoming a fixture in American politics. The pair’s first meeting after Trump’s rise to political prominence took place in May of 2016.

Oct 15 07:24

Two Cents on the Decertification of the Iran Deal

President Trump had a good day on Friday. First there was the end of illegal “cost-sharing reduction” payments (subsidies) to insurers under ObamaCare — a laudable end to a totally extraconstitutional executive action by Obama. Hooray! Then Trump went even further and decertified the Iran deal. Double hooray!

Now. Let’s take a second and talk about the Iran deal. I for one have become sick of partisan knee-jerk reactions to every policy issue under the sun. So let’s avoid that sort of thing, and ask ourselves: why is the Iran deal bad, after all? Is it because Obama did it therefore it’s bad? Is it because Tougher Is Always Better in every situation, no matter what?

No and no. There are actual reasons >>>

(*#101 It actually would have been terrible had Hillary Clinton decertified the deal , herself !)

Oct 15 02:29

Saudi King Salman Welcomes US Strategy Toward Iran

Saudi Arabia praises the hardline policy of Donald Trump toward Iran as relations between Tehran and Riyadh have been strained for a long time. The Sunni-led kingdom considers Shia Iran to be its main rival in the Middle East.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Saudi King Salman bin Adulaziz Al Saud held a telephone conversation with US President Donald Trump and welcomed Washington’s policy toward Tehran, praising the role of the US administration, local media reported Sunday.

According to the channel Al Arabiya, King Salman also noted that the US administration recognizes the challenges and threats coming from Iran>>>

Oct 15 02:13

'We've buried many like Trump'

'We've buried many like Trump': Iranian general warns Tehran knows how to 'fight against US'
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"We are not a war-mongering country. But any military action against Iran will be regretted...Trump's threats against Iran will damage America...we have buried many...like Trump and know how to fight against America">>>

Oct 15 01:53

‘Stop this drift toward war’

‘Stop this drift toward war’: Outrage & praise from US lawmakers for Trump on Iran deal

US lawmakers jumped at the chance to give their opinions about President Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal. Some were delighted with Trump’s stance on the deal, while others see the decision as the first step to war with Iran.

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Oct 14 21:49

Trump goes full shabbos-goy – The Saker

For 10 years I have considered that my prediction of a US attack on Iran was the biggest analytical failure in my career. I now hope and pray that it will remain so...

At the risk of deepening what still might be my mistaken prognosis of 2007 I will say that yes, the USA will probably attack Iran. Since there is exactly ZERO chance of Iran caving in to the latest US-Israeli threats, not attacking Iran will now represent a major loss of face and humiliation for Trump and his Neocon masters. So the USA will go to war yet again, not for any rational reason, but solely because Bibi Netanyahu “owns” Trump and Israel “own” the USA.

Oct 14 10:07

Trump Decertifies

Trump Decertifies
by The Editors of THE NATIONAL REVIEW

Trump is decertifying the Iran deal, and gave a tough-minded speech announcing his decision.

We have opposed the Iran deal from the beginning. Building on the North Korean model of negotiations, Tehran engaged in a years-long dialogue with the West over the question of whether it would have a nuclear program, all the while developing its nuclear program. The upshot of the agreement was that we accepted Iran’s becoming a threshold nuclear power and showered it with sanctions relief — including, literally, a plane-full of cash — for the privilege.

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(*and oddly enough , they've been AGAINST TRUMP http://www.nationalmemo.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2016-01-21-nati... from the beginning , as well)

Oct 14 09:34

Trump Is Signaling an Unprecedented Right Turn on Foreign Policy

Every few years – sometimes four, sometimes eight – America’s political mood swings from one pole to another.

It’s a not-uncommon disorder for democracies. Voters get disgusted with one flavor of politics and opt for another. For better or worse, the United States doesn’t have a Baskin-Robbins democracy. So, the vacillations in Americans’ political taste can only pendulum between chocolate and vanilla.

It’s one thing for America to lurch from one end of the spectrum to the other on fiscal matters, the advisability of universal health care, or the economic impact of immigration.

On foreign policy, however, the shifts are not just mystifying to those outside U.S. borders, they’re downright frightening.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortuntately, it appears to me, courtesy of President Trump's "whisperers" (including Kelly; Mattis; Mc Masters; Netanyahu; and Kissinger) we are looking down the double barrels of a war against Iran, which will most probably mean a war with Russia, as Russian politicians and military leaders have vowed to defend it, should it come under attack.

I cannot say precisely when; but the extreme demonization of the Iranian government, and its people, is on full-tilt boogie right now, courtesy of the presstitute corporate media, and that kind of narrative is generally the prelude to war.

Remember: narratives are crafted to fulfill an agenda; right now, the agenda is attempting to convince the American people that they need to sacrifice their sons and daughters on the field of battle to create regime change in Tehran; give the US and Israel access to Iran's resources; and make sure that those resources are only sold in American dollars.

THAT... is what is going on right now.

But understanding how intensely those in the Bowels of Power in DC have lied to the American people to "bring them to heel", in terms of supporting its wars of conquest, I want all of you to think about this very carefully; are the lives of your fathers; moms; family members and friends; your sons and daughters, worth their sacrifice to this agenda, which is patently economic in nature?!?

There is only one intelligent answer to this question, and that is, HELL, NO!!

Oct 14 09:20

The Deep State’s Bogus ‘Iranian Threat’

Thursday we identified a permanent fiscal crisis as one of the quadruple witching forces arising in October 2017 which will shatter the global financial bubble. Today the Donald is on the cusp of making the crisis dramatically worse by decertifying the Iranian nuke deal, thereby reinforcing another false narrative that enables the $1 trillion Warfare State to continue bleeding the nation’s fiscal solvency.

In a word, the whole notion that Iran is a national security threat and state sponsor of terrorism is just as bogus as the Russian meddling story or the claim that the chain of events resulting from the coup d’ etat fostered by Washington on the streets of Kiev in February 2014 is evidence of Russian expansionism and aggression.

Likewise, it’s part of the same tissue of lies which led to Washington’s massive, destructive and counterproductive interventions in Syria and Libya – when neither regime posed an iota of threat to the safety and security of the American homeland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

False narratives are those engineered to favor the agendas of the Deep State, which are, these days, generally war-centric activities, in order to create regime changes; expropriate resources to which American companies, and their international subsidiaries, have absolutely no moral right; and to insure those resources are only sold with American approval, and in American dollars; it is just that simple.

When Karl Marx made the observation that all wars are economic in origin, he was absolutely correct.

This nonsense that Iran poses any real "threat" to Americans is just that; nonsense, engineered to demonize the Iranian government and the Iranian people to the point where the US government believes the American people will be ready to fight in a war against it.

There is only one industrial strength problem here; the US government has lied the American people into numerous previous wars, and the American people understand this.

They are not war-ready, or war-centric; they are war weary, and war-sceptical.

They understand the concept of how false flags are used as a tool of American statescraft, to create wars, and this goes back to our current understanding of how the Japanese were "tricked" into bombing Pearl Harbor, to get this country into World War II by what FDR's administration had done.

Pearl Harbor: Hawaii was surprised: Roosevelt was Not

I have posted an earlier article today about totally some totally unconfirmed reports that Pyongyang was going to test another missile next week.

I am frankly hoping and praying that DC is not planning to have Oahu play the part of the "sacrificial lamb" again by way of a false flag aimed at this island, to be blamed on North Korea, as the "justification" for an all-out attack against it.

Oct 14 09:16

The Real Danger of Refusing to Certify the Iran Deal

Scuttling the nuclear deal leaves America with less leverage than it had when it negotiated the JCPOA in the first place.

President Trump’s decision not to certify the Iran nuclear deal is reckless and dangerous. By all accounts—including that of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), America’s European allies, the U.S. intelligence community and Trump’s national security team—Iran has complied with the restrictive terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and significantly rolled back its nuclear program, while subjecting itself to the most intrusive inspections regime in the world.
Undermining a successful nonproliferation agreement in this way isolates America, sows doubt about its credibility and trustworthiness, signals to other rogue regimes, like North Korea, the imperative of a nuclear deterrent, and worst of all, needlessly puts the United States and Iran back on the road to confrontation.

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Oct 14 08:45

Israeli minister says Trump speech may start war with Iran

Israel’s intelligence minister said U.S. President Donald Trump’s speech against the 2015 international nuclear deal with Iran on Friday was “very significant” and could lead to war given threats that preceded it from Tehran.

Israel’s Channel 2 TV asked Intelligence Minister Israel Katz whether he saw a risk of war after Trump’s speech.

“Absolutely, yes. I think that the speech was very significant,” Katz responded. “Iran is the new North Korea. We see where things are goings.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, Intelligence Minister Katz, what will be the Israeli contribution to such a war, in light of the fact that you, and the rest of the Israeli government (and that of Saudi Arabia) are so gleefully egging on those in the Bowels of Power in the the Occupied Unhinged Surveilled States of Amerika to do this?!?

Will you provide troops, planes, ships, and logistical support?!? To what will you publicly commit, if the US goes to full all-out to war against Iran?!?

Minister Katz, I... and the world... are awaiting your verbal, recorded response to this question; but all I am getting here is deafening silence.

So what you, and the rest of the Israeli government in Tel Aviv (and Saudi Arabia) are expecting is that the costs for this war are to be borne solely in American blood and American money?!?

I am sorry, sir; your government's objectives and those of We the People absolutely do not align on this issue; if you want a war with Iran, please fight it yourself; we are singularly uninterested in fighting it for you, and will be thororoughly enraged if President Trump puts this nation into this position, and will peacefully insure that he will be decidedly a one-term president.

Oct 14 08:40

Russia Says Trump's Iran Deal Actions Are 'Doomed to Fail'

(*ASTONISHING: There's always somebody somewhere , ready to rain on Trump's parade !)

Oct 14 08:34

Pentagon Reviews Plans, Seeking Ways to Confront Iran

According to Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, the US military has begun a review o the “full breadth” of their activities in the Middle East, including troop positioning and cooperation, looking for ways to target Iran.

The comments came after President Trump’s Iran speech, in which he laid out a much more confrontational approach toward the country, and Pentagon officials couched their position as one of supporting the president’s plans.

Maj. Rankine-Galloway said the focus would be on neutralizing Iran’s influence across the region, “particularly its support for terrorist groups and militants.” This suggests the Pentagon looking to pick more fights against Shi’ite forces in Syria.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Non fact-based foreign policy seems to be a major specialty of the Trump administration these days.

And I would like to ask Maj. Rankine-Galloway precisely what concrete evidence he has that Iran is supporting alleged "terrorist groups and militants".

If American kids will be ultimately paying the price in blood in a war against Iran, which is the ultimate goal of this US aggression against it, cheerled by Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman, the American people have a right to understand why their children should be sacrificed in such a war.

Please remember: both countries want regime change in Tehran, but only at the costs of American blood, and American money. President Trump needs to understand this, and soon, before he makes some very horrible miscalculations here.

Oct 14 08:28

‘Iran deal not a bargaining chip’: Trump proved US can break agreements at any time, Moscow says

Trump's toadying for Israel has just ended what little credibility DC had left. The slide into oblivion for dc has begun.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned Donald Trump’s refusal to adhere to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, saying that the move poses a threat to international security and nuclear non-proliferation, and exposes the US as an unreliable partner.

Oct 14 08:28

‘Iran deal not a bargaining chip’: Trump proved US can break agreements at any time, Moscow says

Trump's toadying for Israel has just ended what little credibility DC had left. The slide into oblivion for dc has begun.

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned Donald Trump’s refusal to adhere to the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, saying that the move poses a threat to international security and nuclear non-proliferation, and exposes the US as an unreliable partner.

Oct 14 07:52

Saudi Arabia Welcomes New US Strategy Toward Iran

Saudi Arabia welcomed the new U.S. policy toward Iran and said lifting sanctions had allowed Iran to develop its ballistic missile program and step up its support for militant groups, state news agency SPA reported on Friday.

The kingdom said Iran took advantage of additional financial revenues to support for the Lebanese Shi‘ite movement Hezbollah and the Houthi group in Yemen

Oct 14 07:29

UAE Says Fully Supports New US Policy Against Iran

“The UAE announces its full support to the new U.S. strategy to deal with the Iranian policies undermining security and stability,” WAM said on its twitter account.

Bahrain has also announced it welcomed the shift in U.S. policy on Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its support for extremist groups in the Middle East

Oct 14 07:24

Netanyahu Congratulates Trump for 'Courageous Decision' to Decertify Iran Nuclear Deal

Netanyahu says Trump has created an 'opportunity to fix this bad deal, to roll back Iran's aggression and to confront its criminal support of terrorism'
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"That's why Israel embraces this opportunity"

Oct 14 06:55

Pentagon Reviews Plans, Seeking Ways to Confront Iran

According to Pentagon spokesman Maj. Adrian Rankine-Galloway, the US military has begun a review o the “full breadth” of their activities in the Middle East, including troop positioning and cooperation, looking for ways to target Iran.

The comments came after President Trump’s Iran speech, in which he laid out a much more confrontational approach toward the country, and Pentagon officials couched their position as one of supporting the president’s plans.

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(*I thought it smelled fishy when they were saying The Generals were Opposed to The President decertifying The Iran Deal . This is more like it !
ALSO: Decertification happened only yesterday , and the Pentagon is already seated around The War Table . I'm always amazed by how quickly The Government can get some things done .)

Oct 13 11:43

Iran nuclear deal: Donald Trump 'decertifies' 2015 pact

US President Donald Trump has refused to certify Iran's compliance with a landmark 2015 deal curtailing Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

Trump - who opposed the agreement between Iran and world powers, including the US, from the outset - on Friday said that Iran was not living up to the spirit of the accord, despite the UN nuclear watchdog repeatedly confirming that the country was complying with its obligations.

Oct 13 09:42

Donald Trump to snub world leaders by decertifying Iran deal

Donald Trump will refuse to certify the Iran nuclear, it has been announced, in a blow to Theresa May and world leaders who urged him to back the agreement.

The US President wants Iran to be bound by tighter restrictions to avoid economic sanctions and will urge Congress to make such changes.

Oct 13 08:52

Trump to ‘decertify’ nuclear agreement with Iran - Tillerson

US president Donald Trump has decided to ‘decertify’ the 2015 nuclear pact with Iran, but that does not mean Washington is withdrawing from the accord, said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

Trump will announce the decision in a speech on Friday afternoon that will lay out a “more confrontational” US approach toward Iran, Tillerson told reporters.

Oct 13 08:42

Israeli defense experts warn against dropping Iran nuke deal

JERUSALEM — If President Donald Trump moves to scuttle the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, Israel’s nationalist government can be expected to be the loudest — and perhaps only — major player to applaud.

But the true picture is more complicated than what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu might portray: There is a strong sense among his own security establishment that there are few good alternatives, that the deal has benefited Israel, and that U.S. credibility could be squandered in the turbulent Middle East in ways that could harm Israel itself.

Oct 13 08:21

Report: Trump Won’t Certify Or Rewrite Iran Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump is set to announce Friday afternoon that he will not certify the controversial Iran nuclear deal. However, he also won’t unravel or rewrite it. Instead, Trump reportedly wants Congress to establish “trigger points” that could prompt the U.S. to reimpose sanctions on Iran.

Oct 13 07:41

Trump to rebuke Iran but won't call for sanctions that threaten nuclear deal

Donald Trump is expected to disavow the Iran nuclear deal in a speech denouncing the government in Tehran, but he will not call for the US to abandon the agreement, according to officials briefed on the president’s intentions.

In his speech on Friday, Trump will unveil what he will describe as a new, tougher strategy against Iran, and blame his predecessor, Barack Obama, for the rise of Iranian influence across the Middle East.

He will impose fresh sanctions on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, propose measures to punish Tehran for its ballistic missile programme and call for Congress to pass legislation that will trigger automatic sanctions and potentially a US exit from the nuclear agreement in the event of future Iranian transgressions.

European officials expressed relief that the White House speech did not appear to represent an immediate US abrogation of the 2015 deal.

Oct 13 07:05

Lavrov: Tehran abides by all commitments on JCPOA

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has told in a telephone conversation with his American counterpart Rex Tillerson that Tehran has implemented all its commitments on Iran nuclear deal also called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Oct 13 07:04

US Deep State concocts bogus ‘Iranian threat’: Ex-top US official   

The US Deep State is peddling a plethora of untruths to build a false narrative that Iran presents a national security threat to the United States, according to an American writer and former Republican politician.

David A. Stockman, the director of the Office of Management and Budget under former President Ronald Reagan, made the remarks in an article, headlined Another Step Toward Fiscal Collapse -- The Deep State's Bogus ‘Iranian Threat’, published on Thursday.

Oct 13 06:54

France Renews Support for Iran Nuclear Deal

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif renewed his country's support for the nuclear agreement signed between Tehran and the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) in Vienna in July 2015.

Oct 12 11:11

‘If Trump reneges on Iran deal it’d show he is being controlled by Israeli lobby’

If US President Donald Trump pulls out from the international nuclear deal with Iran it would be further evidence that his foreign policy is being controlled by the Israeli lobby, a former US Senate candidate says.

“If Mr. Trump reneges on this deal it would be further evidence that his foreign policy like that of several of his predecessors is being controlled by the Israeli lobby and the Zionist government of Israel at the expense of what’s truly in American interest,” said Mark Dankof, who is also a broadcaster and pastor in San Antonio, Texas,“Israel clearly is trying to subvert this treaty. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is trying to subvert American continuance with this treaty,” he told Press TV on Wednesday.

Oct 12 10:45

Trump Expected to Designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as Terrorists

President Trump will announce his decertification of the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran this week, and the White House has said he will provide details on his overall strategy for Iran going forward.

Today, we may have our first idea what this might entail, as officials are being quoted as saying President Trump is “likely” to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.

This would be the first time the US has ever designated a branch of another country’s military as “terrorists,” and would be hugely problematic, signaling growing US hostility toward Iran. Opponents of the move warn it risks provoking an Iranian retaliation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

About what alleged "bad behavour" is President Trump speaking, when he and his cronies can offer utterly no "proof" of such activities, and Iran is documented by the IAEA to be conforming to the P5+1 treaty completely?!?

I will chance a prediciction here, and hope to heaven that I am wrong; the US will be at war against Iran within the year, and the OUSSA (Occupied, Unhinged, Survieilled States of Amerika) will be reinstituting the draft, for both our young men, and our young women in this time frame.

I don't want to be "Mrs. Chicken Little of Oahu" here, but the tempo, and scope, of potential war against both North Korea and Iran, seem to be compounding incrementally.

Note that relatively recently (back in September), President Trump made the accusation that North Korea and Iran were colluding on their mutual weapons program.

Iran colluding with N. Korea on nukes: Trump

This linkage is truly troubling, and telegraphs clearly that he and his "Presidential Whisperers" have some very clear and present plans for attacking both countries militarily, although were I a betting person, I would bet that North Korea will be the first to be targeted in this manner.

I cannot believe that the President's advisors would have any confidence in doing two attempted decap strikes simultaneously,and expecting both of them to succeed.

Oct 12 10:31

US Lawmakers, European Nations Scramble to Save Iran Deal From Trump

President Trump is expected to decertify the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran this week, pushing the issue to Congress for a vote. With Iran not having violated the deal, Trump’s efforts to kill it are fueling a lot of reaction at home and abroad.

European nations are looking down the road for ways to save the deal, saying that it would be difficult to keep the deal in place if the US withdraws. The nations are planning to issue a joint statement in support of the deal, and also commit to lobbying Congress on the matter.

Congress was broadly opposed to the deal two years ago, but it’s not clear that’s the case anymore. Heavy Israeli lobbying was making it a very divisive issue back then, and while the lobby still has some opposition to the deal, it’s not clear it’s as vocal, nor necessarily something the EU couldn’t counter with its own lobbying.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Killing this deal, as President Trump is expected to do, will result in three outcomes.

1. IF Iran walks away from the deal, as much as Europe and the countries of the Middle East want it to stay, it will most probably go back to its nuclear development program.

2. If that happens, that will be the "justification" the US and Israel will use as the excuse for a military campaign against it (which Russia will most probably join on the Iranian side).

3. The world will understand that the Occupied, Unhinged, States of Amerika can never be trusted to keep any geopolitical treaty or promises whatsoever, so negotiating with this country is utterly useless, and a complete waste of time.

Trump's unholy Triumverate of "President Whisperers", Kelly, Mc Master, and Mattis, understand this perfectly well, but will not mention this to him, in fear of losing another opportunity to wage war, which seems to be the only answer they collectively have to any geopolitical challenges.

Oct 12 09:57

US withdraws from Unesco over 'anti-Israel bias'

The United States has withdrawn from Unesco over what it claims is the organisation's "continuing anti-Israel bias".

The US State Department recently announced its intention to withdraw from the UN's cultural, scientific and educational organisation and become a permanent observer instead.

"This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects US concerns with mounting arrears at Unesco, the need for fundamental reform in the organisation, and continuing anti-Israel bias at Unesco," the State Department said in a statement.

The country hopes to remain a non-member observer state, in order to contribute US opinions and expertise on issues like press freedoms and protecting world heritage, according to the Department. The decision will take effect at the end of 2018.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, in President Trump's world view, no matter how many Palestinian homes are demolished in the West Bank or East Jerusalem; no matter how many Palestinian children are killed or tortured in jail by the IDF in order to exact "confessions" from them; no matter how deeply Israel's "final solution" to the "Palestinian Problem prevents Palestinians from getting desperately needed medical care outside of Gaza; the government of Israel, fronted by their evil incarnate Prime Minister Netanyahu, can do utterly no wrong.

With that being said, and understanding that Netanyahu is one of the most influential of President Trump's "whisperers", look for a US-sponsored war against Iran to begin in the not too distant future, bringing back the draft, and engaging with Russia over Iran, as Russian military and civilian leaders have sworn to protect it, should it come under US attack.

Israel has been cheerleading for decades for regime change in Tehran; what President Trump needs to understand, and sadly, does not, is that Tel Aviv is counting on the costs of such a war to be primarily borne by American blood and American money.

Oct 12 09:37

US to lose trust of nations if walks away from Iran deal: Top EU diplomat

The EU foreign policy chief says Washington’s possible withdrawal from the Iran deal will send a message to the international community that the US is not trustworthy when it comes to deal making.

Oct 12 09:36

US lawmakers urge Trump to stay in Iran deal to save national security

Earlier Wednesday, Republican and Democratic leaders of the US House Foreign Affairs Committee urged Trump against abandoning the Iran nuclear deal on eve of Trump's decision to decertify the JCPOA.

Oct 12 09:35

Europeans feel Donald Trump's expected withdrawal from Iran deal threatens world peace

Most analysts expect US President Donald Trump to abandon the landmark nuclear agreement with Iran this week. Will he really do it? And if he does, what will it mean for Europe? Max Hofmann reports from Brussels.

Oct 12 09:31

Iran's ‘various scenarios’ awaiting Trump’s JCPOA move

Iran is considering “various scenarios” in response to US President Donald Trump’s “probable withdrawal” from the international nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi made the remarks on Wednesday following a meeting with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London.

Iran has “prepared itself for various scenarios,” and will undoubtedly deliver a proper response, Salehi stated.

Trump’s administration, which took over a year after the nuclear agreement had come into force, has repeatedly attacked the agreement and desperately sought a pretext to scrap or weaken the deal.

While the Trump administration has twice certified Iranian compliance with the deal in notifications to the US Congress under an American law, the White House has indicated that a third verification — due later this week — would not be offered.

Oct 12 08:52

European Leaders and GOP Urge Trump Not to Kill Iran Nuclear Deal

European allies and Republicans are urging President Donald Trump not to completely unravel the Iran nuclear deal, The New York Times is reporting.

Trump's top security advisers have been pushing for the president to decertify the deal, the newspaper said. The plan would leave the accord in place, but set the stage for making revisions.

Oct 12 04:02

Trump Looks Set to Start Blowing Up the Iran Deal

Decertification would begin a 60-day congressional review period during which the administration may propose legislation to “strengthen” the agreement and Congress may decide to re-impose sanctions, according to The Washington Post.

If Trump pursues this strategy, he will be going against his own secretary of defense, James Mattis, who told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was in the national security interest of the U.S.

He will also be going against the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, who told the committee in a written statement last month that “The briefings I have received indicate that Iran is adhering to its JCPOA obligations.”>>>

Oct 11 14:54

Israel-Iran conflict in Syria reaching point of no return

Analysis: As Tehran keeps ignoring the Israeli warnings against an Iranian expansion in the Middle East, the atmosphere created by the Trump administration against the nuclear agreement is only adding fuel to the fire. The effort to prevent a deterioration will resume immediately after the High Holy Days, but if the diplomatic move fails—Israel is likely headed toward a conflict with Iran.

Oct 11 10:43

The House of Saud bows to the House of Putin – Pepe Escobar

Saudi Arabia pivots to Russia, the new sheriff in town.

What a difference a year – an eternity in geopolitics – makes. No one could see this coming; the ideological matrix of all strands of Salafi-jihadi terror – which Russia fights no holds barred, from ISIS/Daesh to the Caucasus Emirate – beating a path to the Kremlin and about to embrace Russia as a strategic ally.

The House of Saud was horrified by Russia’s successful campaign to prevent regime change in Syria. Moscow was solidifying its alliance with Tehran. Hawks in the Obama administration were imposing on Saudi Arabia a strategy of keeping oil prices down to hurt the Russian economy.

Oct 11 10:40

Iran, Turkey sign deal to trade in own currencies

Iran and Turkey have signed a draft agreement to carry out trade activities based on their own local currencies instead of traditional foreign currencies such as the euro and the dollar.

Oct 11 03:01

Trump is Pulling a Libya on Iran

Muammar Qaddafi learned the hard way how the U.S. reneges on deals.

Word is out that President Trump this week will “decertify” the nuclear deal with Iran, also known as JCPOA, for Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. This is the deal struck with Tehran not only by the United States but also by France, Germany, Russia, China, the UK, and the European Union. It’s a nifty word, “decertify.” It hides the real meaning of Trump’s planned action.>>>

Oct 10 10:22

Trump's Iran Gambit: The World is 'Moving Toward Some Kind of a Crisis'

The Iran nuclear agreement won't automatically collapse if the US withdraws from the multilateral deal, Iran analyst Mahan Abedin told Radio Sputnik. However, one shouldn't underestimate Washington, since it could give EU member states an ultimatum seeking to ruin the accord, the expert said, assuming that the world is moving toward a new crisis.

Oct 10 08:55

Amano confirms Iran complying with nuclear deal

The UN atomic agency chief on Monday affirmed Iran’s commitment to a 2015 nuclear deal, in a statement that came as US President Donald Trump said Tehran was not living up to the “spirit” of the agreement.

“I can state that the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the (nuclear agreement) are being implemented,” International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said in prepared remarks during a conference in Rome, reported Hindustan Times.

Oct 10 08:28

Cancelling Iran deal, US new affront to UN: Int'l inspector

Abandoning the Iran nuclear deal by the United States would be tantamount to another affront to the United Nations by Washington after its 2003 invasion of Iraq, former UN weapons inspector said.

Oct 10 08:15

IAEA, world leaders reject US claims on Iran nuclear deal

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and many world leaders have unanimously thrown their weight behind the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, rejecting US President Donald Trump’s claims that Tehran has violated the “spirit” of the deal.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in a statement on Monday once again confirmed that Iran was in compliance with its commitments under the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“I can state that the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the (nuclear agreement) are being implemented,” Amano said in prepared remarks during the 20th Edoardo Amaldi Conference in Rome.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is the US Government, in adding more sanctions, that has violated the spirit of the deal!

Oct 09 12:59

Iranian President: 'Entire World Will Condemn America' If Trump Kills Nuclear Deal

Amid reports that President Donald Trump is planning to decertify the Iran nuclear accord sometime this coming week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Saturday that any attempt to undermine the deal will earn the United States condemnation from “the entire world.”

Oct 09 12:11

Iran Vows "Decisive, Crushing" Response If Trump Designates Its Elite Guards As Terrorists

On Sunday, in its most explicit warning to Donald Trump not to revise the terms of the Nuclear Deal - something the US president is expected to do over the coming days - Iran warned the United States that U.S. regional military bases "would be at risk" if further sanctions were passed. "The Americans should know that the Trump government’s stupid behavior with the nuclear deal will be used by the Islamic Republic as an opportunity to move ahead with its missile, regional and conventional defense program," Iran Revolutionary Guards’ commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said, quoted by Reuters. He then threatened US presence in the region, warning that “if America’s new law for sanctions is passed, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 km range of Iran’s missiles."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would politely suggest that President Trump take Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Qasemi at his word.

The following article is very illuminative in describing what the Iranian government may do, should such a US decree be issued:

Iran to declare US Military a Terrorist organisation in a tit for tat response

On 24 September of this year, President Trump accused Iran of collusion with North Korea on its nuclear program, which is certainly not helping ratchet down the tensions with either country:

President Trump accuses Iran of Colluding with North Korea on its nuclear program

The US decertification is going to happen Sunday 15 October, this coming Sunday; South Korean/US military exercises are going to happen around 20 October.

I am sincerely hoping and praying that the Unholy Quartet of "President Whisperers", consistingof McMaster; Mattis; Kelly; and Netanyahu have not convinced President Trump that he could handle wars against both countries simultaneously and victoriously; such an attack would demonstrate, and create, the failing of the American empire in its last death throes.

Oct 09 10:33

UK’s May tells Netanyahu her country is sticking with Iran deal

In phone call, Israeli leader, British PM agree world should be 'clear-eyed' about Iranian threat, 'push back' against destabilizing activity

Oct 09 08:14

‘World will change’: Trump likely to pull out of Iran nuclear deal next week – German FM

Germany’s foreign minister has expressed concern that US President Donald Trump is “likely to quit” the Iranian nuclear deal next week. Germany along with other EU states has been a staunch supporter of the agreement brokered by Barack Obama’s administration.

Breaking the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is a great concern to Germany as it brings new risks to international security and effectively would change the world, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Sunday.

Oct 09 08:13

Iran: US bases at risk if sanctions pass

“As we’ve announced in the past, if America’s new law for sanctions is passed, this country will have to move their regional bases outside the 2,000 km range of Iran’s missiles,” Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Sunday, according to an Iranian state media report cited by Reuters.

Oct 09 08:13

Iran Dismisses Link with N. Korea's Nuclear Program

"The positions taken by the US (against Iran) on the nuclear, missile and regional issues are irrelevant allegations that will receive a necessary response at a proper time. It is a strategic mistake for the US to raise irrelevant and improper comments that will finally harm the American people and government," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi told reporters in his weekly press conference in Tehran today.

Asked about the US media allegations about links between Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs, he said, "It is an irrelevant and wrong word in line with the Iranophobia policy and is rejected."

Oct 09 08:12

Trump's Desire for a Better Deal With Iran Could Isolate the U.S.

The Iran nuclear deal is in real trouble. Signed in July 2015 by Iran, the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the E.U., the agreement waived nuclear-related economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for limitations on its uranium-enrichment program. International inspectors say Iran is keeping its end of the deal. But the Trump Administration must certify the country's compliance every three months, and the President has hinted that he won't recertify the agreement by the next deadline of Oct. 15.

Trump wants a better deal. He wants to extend the time frame on Iran's compliance. He wants expanded access to military sites. He says it must stop testing ballistic missiles, which were not part of the deal, and halt its support for organizations that Washington classifies as terrorist groups, like Hizbollah and Hamas. Politically, Trump wants to show that Obama made a bad deal and he can make a better one.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Trump is showing is that deals made by the US Government cannot be trusted.

Oct 09 08:09

Iran Strikes Back at Trump Amid 'Calm Before the Storm' Speculations

The Iranian leader has defended the nuclear deal, saying that Donald Trump cannot change the fact that the agreement is "irreversible." Interestingly, the comment came several days after his "calm before the storm" remark, which prompted media speculations suggesting that the US president aims to pull out of the deal.

Oct 09 07:58

Possible US Exit From Iran Nuclear Deal to Have Negative Consequences - Kremlin

“[Russian] President [Vladimir] Putin has repeatedly spoken about the importance of the agreement on the so-called Iranian nuclear dossier. Of course, the withdrawal of one of the countries, especially a key country like the United States, from this agreement will only have negative consequences,” Peskov told reporters, adding that Moscow was trying to analyze it.

Oct 09 06:49

Trump to Unveil New Responses to Iranian 'Bad Behavior'

President Donald Trump will announce new U.S. responses to Iran’s missile tests, support for “terrorism” and cyber operations as part of his new Iran strategy, the White House said on Friday.

“The president isn’t looking at one piece of this. He’s looking at all of the bad behavior of Iran,” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, told reporters.

“Not just the nuclear deal as bad behavior, but the ballistic missile testing, destabilizing of the region, Number One state sponsor of terrorism, cyber attacks, illicit nuclear program”>>>
(*She Insisted)

Oct 08 09:54

Iran may equate US forces to ISIS if tough new sanctions confirmed – Revolutionary Guard chief

Tehran has warned it may begin to equate US forces to Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) if a report is true that Washington will include the elite wing of the Iranian Army in the list of terrorist organizations.

Oct 08 07:59

US addicted to imposing sanctions but Iran is immunized: Zarif

“The United States has had a policy of imposing sanctions on Iran for the past 40 years. Basically, they have immunized us to US sanctions,” Zarif said in an interview with Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera released on Saturday.

“But from a global perspective, it seems that the United States is addicted to sanctions," he added in response to a question about speculations on a possible decision by Trump and the US Congress to impose sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

“They believe that sanctions do work. In fact, I think they [American officials] should have learnt by now that sanctions don’t work,” he pointed out.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These days all sanctions do is drive nations to the growing global non-US economy.

Oct 08 07:47

Trump To Declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps A Terrorist Organization

Trump will also apparently decertify the Iranian nuclear deal this same week, though he won’t announce the resumption of broad, major sanctions against the country. Instead, Trump will seek more targeted sanctions against the IRGC and other Iranian-backed groups in Syria and other nearby countries.

“It’s an integrated Iran strategy focused on neutralizing and rolling back Iran’s malign activities regionally and globally,” the senior administration official said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Pot, Kettle, Black....

Oct 08 07:45

All-Around Villain? Trump Calls Iran 'Bad Player', Says Tehran 'Funding N Korea'

United States President Donald Trump has accused Iran of financially supporting North Korea and "causing trouble" in the Middle East. He said that measures will be taken towards Iran "in the not too distant future."

Oct 08 07:38

Iran says will not allow any intrusion into defensive affairs, vows to boost capabilities

“We will continue our country’s defensive capabilities and policies in full strength and will never allow others’ intrusion into this sector,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said in an interview with IRIB on Saturday.

He added that Iran would not accept to hold talks about its “non-negotiable” defensive and missile programs, stressing the importance of maintaining the country’s military prowess considering the ongoing complicated situation in the region.

Oct 07 11:09

US Withdrawal From Iran Nuclear Deal May Lead to Tehran ‘Outbreaks’

Russian State Duma’s International Affairs Committee Chairman Leonid Slutsky told Sputnik on Thursday that a possible US withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Iran may lead to possible “outbreaks” from Tehran.

Earlier on Thursday, the Washington Post newspaper reported that US President Donald Trump intended to “de-certify” the nuclear deal with Iran next week.

Oct 07 09:01

Trump Threatens as Iran Says Missile Program Not Up for Negotiation

Following up on yesterday’s report that President Trump is going to decertify the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran on the grounds it is “not in America’s interests,” he is stepping up threats against Iran, promising a “broad strategy” to punish Iran for all of its bad behavior.

Decertification would lead to a vote in Congress, which Trump appears to believe will lead to the US withdrawing from the P5+1. This isn’t going to take place until next week, however,which has fueled speculation Iran might be coerced into making new concessions to placate him.

Iran, however, says that this is not the case. Noting that they’re complying with the nuclear deal as it is, Iran has denied reports they’d be willing to negotiate on their conventional missile program, saying they believe demands for more concessions are a violation of the UN Security Council resolution on the nuclear deal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As I mentioned yesterday, a US decertification of the P5+1 deal, would be the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid decision the Trump administration could make, at this point.

Of course, with President Whisperer, Israel's Benyamin Netanyahu constantly cheerleading for "regime change" in Tehran, the purpose of the decertification is to leave the US open to attempt a regime change by force.

I would like to strongly caution President Trump that Israel fully expects the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika to do this for him, but primarily at the costs of American blood and American money.

And Mr. President, I would like to politely remind you that Russian diplomats and chief military officers have consistently stated, that if Iran is attacked, Russia will come to its aid miilitarily.

Do you, sir, really want a war with Russia over regime change in Tehran?!?

I would suggest, sir, that if Mattis, McMaster and Kelly are being painfully honest with you, they will urge extreme caution, and tell you to your face that this is one hell of a lousy option, no matter how much Netanyahu screams at you on the phone that you MUST do it, to destroy its existential enemy, Iran.

I would also like to politely remind you, that Iran has not initiated a war in over 200 years.

Oct 07 08:16

U.S. approves possible $15 billion sale of THAAD missiles to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale of a THAAD anti-missile defense system to Saudi Arabia at an estimated cost of $15 billion, the Pentagon said on Friday, citing Iran among regional threats.

The approval opens the way for Saudi Arabia to purchase 44 Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) launchers and 360 missiles, as well as fire control stations and radars.

“This sale furthers U.S. national security and foreign policy interests, and supports the long-term security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region in the face of Iranian and other regional threats,” the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation agency said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, the Pentagon is keen to close this deal, and quickly, as Saudi Arabia's King just inked a deal with Russia for their fighter-killer s-400.

Saudi Arabia agrees deal for Russian S400 missile defense systems

The Pentagon clearly understands that it may well be the last US big weapons deal with Saudi Arabia for quite some time, due to the mediocracy, and extravagant costs, of US weapons systems, as opposed to huge strides in both Russian and Chinese weapons systems which come at significantly less expense than do their US competitors.

And as to the alleged "Iranian threat"; Sec Def Mattis, a short, pop quiz, please; when, in the last 200 years, has Iran initiated a war?!?

Sir, I hate to burst your bubble on this, but the short answer is, NEVER!!

Oct 07 07:35

Russia, EU signal parting ways with US on Iran deal

Russia and the European Union rally behind a 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran after reports that US President Donald Trump is set to decertify the international accord soon.

Oct 07 07:20

Sen. Cotton on Iran: ‘When Your Opponent is on His Knees, You Drive Him to The Ground’

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) sparred with an audience member at the Council on Foreign Relations on Tuesday evening, after he took issue with the senator’s comment that an enemy on its knees should be choked out, not given a hand up – in reference to the Obama administration’s approach towards Iran in 2013.

During a discussion on the Iran nuclear deal, Cotton recalled the role that congressionally-imposed sanctions had in pushing Iran to a point where it agreed to negotiate over its nuclear programs.

“These were the toughest sanctions Iran had ever faced and they helped drive the regime to its knees,” he said. “One thing I learned in the army,” added Cotton, a U.S. Army veteran with combat service in both Iraq and Afghanistan, “is that when your opponent is on his knees, you drive him to the ground, and you choke him out.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Why is Iran, a nation that has not initiated a war of conquest in 200 years, an opponent? Because they want to sell their oil in currencies other than the dollar? Because they refuse private central banking? Iran is not my opponent.

If you think otherwise, Tom. here's your rifle, here's your parachute, watch your head climbing into that transport, and we'll call Tehran and tell them you are on your way to kick their butts all by yourself.

Oct 06 12:45

Iran, Iraq, And Turkey Unite To Block Kurdish Oil Exports

Iraq, Iran, and Turkey are taking a unified stance against Kurdistan’s oil sector after the region elected to seek independence from Baghdad in a referendum in September, according to a new report by Rudaw.

“In the case of northern Iraq; Iran, Iraq and Turkey will form a tripartite mechanism and will decide on shutting down the oil,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said after a meeting with leaders from the other two nations on Thursday.

A day before the vote, the Iraqi central government issued a statement calling on “neighboring countries and countries of the world” to stop buying crude oil directly from Kurdistan and only deal with Baghdad.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How, practically, are Iran, Turkey, and Iraq going to do this, without literally blowing up the oil rigs?!?

And please remember: Russia has just signed off on an independent deal with Kurdistan regarding its oil; these countries have better tread very softly on any Russian resolved to see an independent Kurdistan happen.

Oct 06 11:20

Trump Will Declare Iran Nuclear Deal ‘Not in the National Interest’

Officials familiar with the situation say that President Trump is intending to “decertify” the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran ahead of the October 15 deadline. With no evidence Iran is violating the deal in any way, he is going to instead claim it is just “not in the national interest of the United States” to honor the deal’s terms.

This has much the same effect as falsely claiming Iran to be in violation, as it would put the nuclear deal up for a vote in Congress. Though Congress has long expressed opposition to the deal, it’s likely to be controversial to cancel it years after its implementation for literally no reason.

President Trump is to give a speech surrounding the matter, expected next Thursday, and will lay out a broad strategy of confronting Iran, trying to blame them for all Middle East instability and terrorism. This would both be aimed at justifying the decertification, and setting the stage for another flurry of sanctions and threats to attack Iran

Webmaster's Commentary: 

President Trump, a word, please: walking away from the P5+1 deal will probably go down as the most ham-fistedly, pig-headedly stupid decision ever to be made by your administration so far.

To blame Iran for the instability in the Middle East, when it is the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of America which are generally responsible for creating the arc of instability (not to mention insanity) in the Middle East,moving Westward toward Russia, and Eastward toward China and Asia, appears, to most sane observers, to typify the behaviour here as that of the head of an empire which is on the desperate, utter brink of collapse.

Iran, as you should know, has not started a war in over 200 year; the same can hardly be said for either Israel, or the US, unfortunately.

IF you force the US to walk away from this deal, do you think that any leader of any country on the planet will believe that the US government can ever negotiate in good faith again?!? Mr. President, the short answer is, HELL, no!!

Walking away from this deal will probably translate into Iran getting back into their nuclear weapons program, because, like North Korea's Kim Jung Un, President Rouhani will realize that the only way to avoid an outright invasion from the US is to have a credible deterrent against it.

The P5+1 program is working; and the guys and gals at the IAEA have continued to certify, since the deal went into effect, that Iran is complying.

And Mr. President, I need to ask: what country's "national interests" are "injured" by the US complying with the deal?!?

You need to take a good, careful look at your key advisors, that unholy triumverate of "president whisperers" consisting of Kelly, Mattis, and Mc Master, who seem to believe that the only solutions to US geopolitical problem are more wars, and wars only; but there is a fourth, and we both know that is one Israeli Prime Minister, Benyamin Netanyahu.

I feel compelled to strongly caution you that although Netanyahu and Tel Aviv have cheerled for regime change in Tehran for decades, they fully expect that outcome to be purchased primarily at the costs of American blood, and America money.

Also, sir, there is that "6000 lb gorilla in the living room" snoozing on the Bosendorfer on the issue of an attack against Iran; the name of the 6000 lb Gorilla is Russia. Russian military and civilian politicians have sworn, consistently, that should Iran be attacked militarily, Russia will come to its aid.

Mr. President, this country is broke; its military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the manufacturing; or the money to successfully engage militarily with the Russians in Iran.

I therefore respectfully, and sincerely, ask you to reconsider this decertification; this decision will, unfortunately, most likely, lead this country into a world war.

Oct 05 11:56

Trump plans to declare that Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest

President Trump plans to announce next week that he will “decertify” the international nuclear deal with Iran, saying it is not in the national interest of the United States and kicking the issue to a reluctant Congress, people briefed on an emerging White House strategy for Iran said Thursday.

The move would mark the first step in a process that could eventually result in the resumption of U.S. sanctions against Iran, which would blow up a deal limiting Iran’s nuclear activities that the country reached in 2015 with the U.S. and five other nations.

Oct 05 07:08

Iran ready to help with Syria’s reconstruction

Senior MP Boroujerdi in a Thu. meeting with President Bashar Assad voiced Iran’s readiness to help Syria’s reconstruction after the defeat of ISIL terrorists in the war-ravaged country.

Head of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Alaeddin Boroujerdi held a meeting with Syria’s President Bashar Assad on Thursday in Damascus, during which he underscored Iran’s industrial and economic capabilities, and voiced the Islamic Republic’s readiness to employ such capacities to help Syria with reconstruction after the war.

Oct 05 07:08

Khamenei: Iran and Turkey Must Prevent Iraqi Kurds’ Secession

In his first major comments on the matter since Iraqi Kurdistan’s late September vote to secede from Iraq, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei spoke on state TV after meeting with Turkey’s President Erdogan. He said the two nations have to take steps to prevent the Iraqi Kurds from declaring independence.

Over 92% of Iraqi Kurds voted in favor of secession, with a high voter turnout. The Iraqi government has rejected the idea of accepting it, and has been working with Turkey and Iran to claim all border crossings between Kurdistan and the outside world.

It’s not surprising Iraq’s major neighbors are working with them on this. Both Turkey and Iran have substantial Kurdish minorities with their own ambitions for self-determination, and neither wants to set up the precedent of Kurds getting to be a state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question here is, what, precisely, will Turkey, Iran, and Iraq be willing to do to prevent Kurdish independence?!?

Go in with guns blazing?!?

And I would like to politely mention to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, that, in the words of my late Grandmother, "the horse is already out of the barn."

The Iraqi Kurds want independence, something which has been denied to them for hundreds of years.

It would be reasonable to suggest that those countries with a substantial Kurdish minority, open up dialogue with Kurdish leaders for more independence and more rights for their Kurdish populations, rather than persecutions of these minorities, as we have seen in Turkey.

But, of course, that...would be logical.

Oct 05 07:04

Trump Soon to Announce His Decision on Iran Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump makes a statement at the White House in Washington, Oct. 2, 2017. Officials say that he will announce his decision on the United States' continued participation in the Iran nuclear deal in a speech tentatively scheduled for October 12.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Building suspense? That is NOT a good sign!

Oct 05 03:39

Trump to Receive Multiple Options on Iran Nuclear Deal: Tillerson

Trump will be presented with multiple options regarding the future of the Iran nuclear deal ahead of an Oct. 15 deadline to certify whether Tehran is complying with the pact, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday.

Tillerson did not disclose details about the kinds of options he will present to Trump. He also declined to directly answer a question about whether he shared Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ assessment to Congress on Tuesday that Iran was “fundamentally” in compliance with the accord.

>>>

Oct 04 16:09

US Must Stay In Iran’s Nuclear Deal, Defense Secretary Mattis Tells Senators

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the administration of President Donald Trump must consider remaining a party to Iran’s nuclear deal with the world powers, as the international accord serves US national interest.

Mattis’ remarks at a Tuesday Senate hearing comes in sharp contrast with Trump’s assessment that the nuclear agreement is an “embarrassment” to the US.

Oct 04 03:30

Flags, Football, and Begged Questions

http://original.antiwar.com/srichman/2017/10/03/flags-football-begged-...

(*The Only Commentary That Matters Was Written In 1969 , By John Fogerty and Creedence Cleatwater Revival
Some Folks Were Born
Made To Raise The Flag
Prove They're Red White And Blue
And When The Band Plays Hail To The Chief
They Point The Cannon At You

and it's probably been played , over the air , in America a million times since then , and has never been banned .
Today it reads like prophecy .)

Oct 03 10:35

Palestinians React to Opening of First US Military Base in Israel

Despite the long-term military cooperation between the United States and Israel, the establishment of the first US military base inside Israeli territory takes military cooperation with Israel to a whole new level, with US troops present in anticipation of any possible future offensive against Israel.

Mohammed Abu Allan, a West Bank-based journalist who covers Israeli affairs, believes the US-Israeli military base is an additional indicator of the importance of the strategic military cooperation between the Americans and the Israelis, which has been materialized with the completion on Aug. 27 of a deal signed in November 2016 to purchase 17 F-35 fighters.

He told Al-Monitor,

“According to the Israeli media, this military base is established in light of attempts by Hamas and Hezbollah to obtain high-precision rockets. The objective of this step is to allow Israel to intercept long-range missiles in its next potential war with Hezbollah and Hamas and their main ally Iran.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The establishment of this US base in Israel is most likely about a coming war against Iran.

Oct 03 09:18

Iran Deploys Tanks, Artillery to Iraqi Kurdish Border, Kurdish Officials Say

Talk of Iraq, Iran, and Turkey responded to Kurdistan’s secession vote with military action seems to be growing more serious. Kurdish officials now say that Iran has deployed a dozen tanks and accompanying artillery to their border with Iraqi Kurdistan.

Kurdish officials say the tanks can be seen from their side of the border, dubbing the deployment a “dangerous escalation.” The Iranian government presented it as part of a joint military drill with Iraq.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get very ugly, very quickly.

Oct 03 08:12

How I Got Fired – Philip Giraldi

Exposing Jewish power in America has real consequences.

Two weeks ago, I wrote for Unz.com an article entitled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars.” It sought to make several points concerning the consequences of Jewish political power vis-à-vis some aspects of U.S. foreign policy. It noted that some individual American Jews and organizations with close ties to Israel, whom I named and identified, are greatly disproportionately represented in the government, media, foundations, think tanks and lobbying that is part and parcel of the deliberations that lead to formulation of U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

Inevitably, those policies are skewed to represent Israeli interests and do serious damage to genuine American equities in the region.

Oct 03 07:25

MOSSAD HEAD DECLARES: IRAN IS OUR PRIMARY OBJECTIVE

Yossi Cohen, the head of Israel's national intelligence agency, divulges on some of the organization's main priorities.

Oct 01 11:16

Unraveling the riddle of the Kurds’ Iraqi pipedream

Masoud Barzani has overplayed his hand – no regional powers are going to assent to partition of Iraq. Expect major turbulence ahead.

Question is will Erdogan sacrifice business interests to put political pressure ?

"Erdogan will get what he wants; the oil, and no independence. Barzani’s hand is not exactly brilliant" avers, Asia Times Roving Eye correspondent Pepe Escobar.

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), has announced that “Yes” won Monday’s non-binding independence referendum. Now that index fingers in indelible indigo ink are out of the way, the real battle between the KRG and Baghdad begins. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and the Iraqi Supreme Court have denounced the referendum as “unconstitutional.”

Oct 01 11:11

Washington’s Iron Curtain on the Euphrates

Washington has delayed its project to throw up an iron curtain along the eastern banks of the Euphrates River in order to deploy its Kurdish shock troops deep into Deir Ezzor province. The Syrian Defense Forces or SDF have been blitzing southward for nearly a week to head off the steady advance of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their elite Tiger Forces. The SAA’s stunning triumph in Deir Ezzor has knocked Washington for a loop triggering all manner of erratic behavior including rocket and mortar attacks on SAA troop positions, a US-coordinated stealth attack in Idlib province, and numerous other provocations meant to divert attention from the main strategic objective, the lucrative Euphrates Valley oil fields.

Oct 01 08:18

TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE PALESTINIAN WAY

I wish that the US and the Western governments take care of their people in need. Instead of legislating to help Puerto Rico, the Israeli occupied US Congress is trying to be an even more obedient "house slave" for the Zionist masters by imposing more penalties on Hizballah (Lebanon) and Iran and pushing for yet another devastating war (just like they did in Somalia, Yemen, Iraq, Syria, and Libya). Bernard Levy, the Jewish Zionist instigator of the mayhem in Libya was in Northern Iraq building Zionist relationships with the Kurdish region and instigating for dividing Iraq like the Zionists did in Sudan. Other Zionists pour illegally acquired money in illegal Jewish settlements and the largest terrorist organization in the world - the Israeli army. Dividing the world and creating hatred and wars has been a key pillar of global Zionist machinery for decades*. It is the old colonial strategy of divide and conquer. As always many reject divisions while some fall into this trap.

Sep 30 09:50

Iraq plans to take control of Kurdistan region's border 'in coordination' with Iran, Turkey

Iraq plans to take control of the borders of its autonomous Kurdistan region “in coordination” with Iran and Turkey, the Iraqi Defence Ministry said on Friday.

The statement did not give more detail or indicate specifically whether Iraqi forces were planning to move toward the external border posts controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) from the Iranian and Turkish side.

The move to seize the border posts is a response to a Kurdish referendum on Monday that produced a vote in favor of secession from Iraq.

Following the vote, Iraq, Iran and Turkey demanded that the KRG relinquish control over its external border crossings with Turkey, Iran and Syria.

Backed by Ankara and Tehran, the Iraqi government has demanded that the Kurdish leadership cancel the result of the referendum or face the prospect of sanctions, international isolation and possibly a military intervention.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears that this Kurdish independence referendum has brought Iraq closer into the orbit of Turkey and Iran, rather than the orbit of the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of America; one has to wonder, regionally, how this is going to play out over time.

Sep 30 07:57

Russia rejects US claim on Iran, IAEA

Back in August, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley attempted to convince the IAEA to request access to Iranian military sites, in what was generally viewed as an attempt to undermine a multilateral nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

That push failed when the IAEA said Iran was in full compliance with the deal and the agency had no reason to request access to Iranian military sites.

Then, the US began invoking Section T of an annex to the JCPOA to justify a push for access to Iranian military sites. Section T bans any development activity on nuclear weapons technology and restricts dual-use items that could be used to research warhead design but gives no jurisdiction to the IAEA on the matter.

Russia, which is a party to the deal, has thus been referring to the text of Section T to remind the US that the IAEA has no authority for inspections under that particular provision.

Sep 30 07:52

Iran, Iraq to hold joint military drill

A joint military drill will be held by Iran's armed forces and military units from Iraqi army on the border regions of the two countreis, an Iranian senior military official said on Saturday.

Sep 29 09:04

IRAN-TURKEY RAPPROCHEMENT HAS HARSH IMPLICATIONS FOR ISRAEL AND THE REGION

Iranian-Turkish relations improve with Russia's blessing, this is why Israel should be worried.

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