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Maybe the president believes he’s won a great victory over the wicked Syrians by lobbing cruise missiles at one of their underused air bases. Maybe Trump believes that he’s scared the evil Russians and the too big for their sampans Chinese into obedience.

His 22,000 lb MOAB terror bomb on Afghanistan should keep those pesky Taliban quiet for a while even though the Pentagon claimed the intended target was a group- Khorosan – that may not actually exist.

Those major malefactors, the crazy North Koreans, could be about to feel America’s full military might if they so much as twitch.

Not content with nearly stirring up a new war with North Korea, President Donald Trump is now waving the big stick at another of Washington’s favorite bogeymen, Iran. For the Trumps, Iran is poison.

In recent days, President Trump has threatened to renounce the six-power nuclear agreement to freeze or shrink Iran’s nuclear infrastructure. This sensible pact was signed during the Obama administration by the great powers: US, Britain, France, Russia, Germany and China. Trump appears willing to abrogate the treaty and outrage the other great powers just because he hates Iran for some reason and, it appears, Muslims in general.

The Trump administration seems increasingly influenced by Israel’s far right Netanyahu government. In fact, PM Netanyahu often appears the most moderate member of his rightist coalition which is dominated by militant West Bank settlers.

Trump has surrounded himself with ardent supporters of Israel’s right. One of his major bankrollers is casino mogul Sheldon Adelson who is a key supporter of Jewish expansion on the illegally occupied West Bank.

Israel’s right has made a hate fetish of Iran and incessantly calls for war against the Islamic Republic. However, the mighty US Israel lobby twice failed to push the Obama administration to attack Iran. The US Congress, by contrast, is totally under the thumb of Israel’s American lobby and pays more respect to PM Netanyahu than the president. He who pays the piper….

In fact, Congress sought to block sales of Boeing civilian airliners to Iran worth $16.6 billion even though it would have cost thousands of American jobs. Congress has been trying to sabotage the Iran nuclear deal ever since it was signed, putting American national interests on a collision course with those of Israel’s right.

But now President Trump says he’s found a new reason to sabotage the six-power deal: Iran, insists Trump, supports ‘terrorism’ and has bad intentions. This charge has been around for decades, cited by Israel as a compelling reason to attack Iran because Tehran supports the ‘terrorist’ Lebanese movement Hezbollah and the Palestinian movement Hamas.

The ‘terrorist’ label is slapped onto all enemies of Israel and the United States. It’s a handy, meaningless sobriquet that automatically denies those so named political or moral justice.

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I was with the Israel army when it invaded Lebanon in 1982 and saw first-hand how its arrogance turned formerly pro-Israel Shia Lebanese in the south into anti-Israel fighters. Israel actually encouraged and may have secretly financed the growth of Hezbollah and Hamas hoping they would drain support from the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Lebanon’s Amal militia.

Israel hates Hamas and Hezbollah and is determined to eradicate them. The principal supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah has long been Syria. Large parts of Syria have now been destroyed by a US-engineered uprising and bands of Saudi-financed mercenaries. That has left Iran as the main supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, and a principal backer of Syria’s Assad government. The PLO has become a puppet of Israel and the US.

So Israel is now determined to destroy Hezbollah in its strongholds in Lebanon and then crush Hamas with Trump’s blessing, so ending any dreams of a Palestinian state. Iran is now being blamed for all Washington’s problems in the Mideast. So war fever against Iran is again mounting.

Interestingly, Iran, which has 79.1 million people, is not cowering before this threat. Like North Korea, Iran’s air force and navy are sitting ducks. But Iran has strong infantry, some 500,000 men including Revolutionary Guards. They are armed with outdated weapons but showed redoubtable fighting spirit in the Iran-Iraq War. Any US invasion would be met by fierce resistance.

An Iranian commander told me, ‘let the Americans come and invade. They will break their teeth on Iran. Then we will drive them out of the Mideast.”

Boastful, yes, but not impossible. Iran could prove more than the US can handle. President Trump does not know this yet and is still having fun with his new military toys. Problem is, he just can’t decide where to attack first.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. “The Trump administration seems increasingly influenced by Israel’s far right Netanyahu government.” -Eric Margolis

    More to the point:

    “We control America.” -Former Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon

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  2. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    By all means sell all the guided missiles, sorry… airliners, that Persian hearts desire! They will go up in smoke, torched by 500 lb bombs, or maybe by Standard missiles while trying to hit a high-rise building in the civilized world.

    And Israel wins without fighting yet again. Sun Tzu is smiling, but looks a bit tired.

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    Sorry, 911, inside job!
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  3. IDF vs Hezbollah round 2 should be interesting. All the Pauly Shores and Jared Kushners in uniform shat their panties when they faced a tough disciplined adversary immune to air superiority. Asymmetrical warfare is the 21st century’s antidote to gunboat diplomacy.

    We in the west got scant information of the drubbing the Edomites got in that scrap. If you read between the lines of major media coverage (as obviously should be done) one got the distinct impression that they ran out of euphemisms to try to paint that conflict as anywhere near positive.

    It turns out that the mighty Israeli army had feet of clay. And hurt feelings too judging by the massive 48 hour air assault they conducted before the peace agreement came into effect.

    My prediction is that the next time around the IDF will use all modern MOAB and fuel air ordnance weapons (gifted by Uncle Sugar) to clear the ground before their snowflake grunts appear on the scene. A real holocaust (by dictionary definition) as it were. Of course militarily it is the proper thing to do but politically problematic. If Hezbollah has accounted for this by burrowing ever more deeply, there will be dragons. Israel cannot allow for any kind of casualty count domestically.

    It is written that the French killed 75,000 0f their own due to artillery barrages in WW1. Those days are long over.

    Cheers-

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  4. KenH says:

    It looks like Trump hasn’t gotten Eric’s memo. He’s also not afraid to think really big. Besides, Trump is one of those people who double down and try to prove anyone wrong who says he can’t do something, so we should prepare for war with Iran, Syria, N. Korea, and Russia no matter the consequences.

    The Trump administration seems increasingly influenced by Israel’s far right Netanyahu government.

    Ditto that. Trump is a Judaized white man who was surrounded by many American Jews with longstanding ties to the Likud party, so I always thought his talk of non-interventionism and “America first” seemed fanciful and merely designed to ensnare “deplorabes”. It was only a matter of time before his court Jews employed their wiles to change Trump from populist with a humble foreign policy into a cross between George W. Bush and Bibi Netanyahu bent on regime change and more reckless and insane than both combined.

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  5. Actually, Shel Adelson put all his casino chips in Rubio’s corner, and considered Trump unreliable at best. Until Trump won. Then I guess Adelson did support him, though I doubt Trump is bought and paid for to the extent Rubio would have been.

    Let’s look at the alternatives here. Any other Republican except for Rand Paul wanted confrontation with Iran, and on a faster timetable than Trump. Hillary was more hawkish than Trump, on that nearly everyone agrees. So really, the odds of any other major candidate starting a war with Iran were greater than they are with Trump.

    But what of this?

    Trump is a Judaized white man who was surrounded by many American Jews with longstanding ties to the Likud party, so I always thought his talk of non-interventionism and “America first” seemed fanciful and merely designed to ensnare “deplorabes.”

    Again, it would be nearly impossible for anyone to serve as President without “American Jews with longstanding ties to the Likud Party” to be lurking around somewhere. They are everywhere, in both parties, and at a synagogue near you. But if Trump gets into the morass of regime change, he’s a one-term President and a massive failure. I think he knows that.

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  6. Donald Trump’s rhetorical bravado in Syria and Afghanistan is a prelude of a looming attack on Iran that will evolve, at the end, into an outright war across the Middle East. Such a war of aggression will break America’s neck and will be the beginning of the end of the State of Israel. Both crazy states have nuclear weapons and they will use them. Both, Israel and the US, don’t have any ethics. They are driven by a domination of other peoples. The US have been waging wars since its establishment, except for 17 (!) years. A real peace-loving nation. The same holds true for Israel. Since 1948, Israel has been at war with its neighbors and threatens Iran with war. Trump, at the order of Netanyahu, will destroy Iran in order to establish Israel as the only hegemonic power over the whole Middle East and Northern Africa. That’s why they are destroying one country after another according to sectarian and religious lines such as the Yinon Plan outlined. The whole chaos in the Middle East serves only Israel. Just recently, Netanyahu said that Israel is one of the superpowers. How right he is.

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  7. Druid says:
    @Anonymous
    By all means sell all the guided missiles, sorry... airliners, that Persian hearts desire! They will go up in smoke, torched by 500 lb bombs, or maybe by Standard missiles while trying to hit a high-rise building in the civilized world.

    And Israel wins without fighting yet again. Sun Tzu is smiling, but looks a bit tired.

    Sorry, 911, inside job!

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  8. Duglarri says:

    Hey Eric- in your list of threats by Trump, you skip his threats to Mexic0, China, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Britain, the EU, and most recently South Korea. And not to forget: Canada.

    Of course, he’s not threatening war against any of those. Just trade war.

    Except China.

    It’s hard to tell whether he knows the difference between friends and foes.

    Oh, wait, there is one country and one leader he has never threatened, never spoken a bad word of, and never so much as hinted at being any sort of issue for the United States.

    Wonder why that is?

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  9. Thank you for frankness Mr. Margolis.
    Humanity always prevails, terrorists always lose!
    God Bless Mankind!

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    when the terrorist army is ISIS israels private army they will not lose. they have the backing of the whole west and saudia arbia. keep dreaming evil never loses in a world controlled by satan and his spawn
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  10. Delusion says:

    Be deluding yourself that Iranian Armed Forces are outdated. Wait until their high precision Fateh110 missiles are rained on you, or their supercavitating Hut torpedoes sink your Subs or their Qaher313 stealth fighters knockout your sluggish F35s. Then you will know if their weapons are outdated

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  11. Only sure cure, to get Americans to stop terrorizing the planet earth—Remove/relocate UN into Palestine (West Bank).

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  12. Didi says:

    Mr. Margolis. Everything in Trumpland has to be magnified to huge.
    The attack on the Iran agreement fits nicely in Trump’s idiosyncrasy that every achievement of president Obama must be dragged through the mud and declared the worst thing ever done by a US president. As in the case of NAFTA Trump may actually do nothing after he has talked to two women: May and Merkel. There is even an outside chance that he will talk to a third: Le Pen.

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  13. mr meener says:

    head rabbi in Israel….goyim were born to serve Israel. trump has been kosherized by all the traitor jews around him with the master of them all kosher Kushner. the Syrian air force base was bombed because Syria did shoot down an Israeli jet. even the NK fiasco is tied to Israel. when Israel bombed the Syrian reactor in 2006 they killed 10 north Korean scientists who they knew were there. EVERY foreign policy war blockades sanctions bombing are ALL for israel. there is utterly no hope for this country

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  14. mr meener says:
    @Proud_Srbin
    Thank you for frankness Mr. Margolis.
    Humanity always prevails, terrorists always lose!
    God Bless Mankind!

    when the terrorist army is ISIS israels private army they will not lose. they have the backing of the whole west and saudia arbia. keep dreaming evil never loses in a world controlled by satan and his spawn

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  15. China and Russia, both bordering Korea, have not yet drawn their redlines to any attack on NK.

    And why not? Is it because they know or feel sure that US dares not wage a full scale war against NK?

    Surely, surely mad US generals, fake MSM, fake Congress are not that mad to attack a country like Korea.
    How about by a pinprick; similar to that on the Shayrat airbase?

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    Make no mistake Bob, the red lines have been drawn by China and Russia that forbid a US strike against North Korea. Much goes on in the background that is not fed to the US media. This is why the US media is useless for letting us know what is really happening in foreign affairs that include the US. It's also the reason why 90% of what we read on antiwar.com is useless too.
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  16. Israel hates Hamas and Hezbollah and is determined to eradicate them. The principal supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah has long been Syria. Large parts of Syria have now been destroyed by a US-engineered uprising and bands of Saudi-financed mercenaries. That has left Iran as the main supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, and a principal backer of Syria’s Assad government. The PLO has become a puppet of Israel and the US.

    I’ve said all along that the war being waged by the US against Syria is for the purpose of destroying the supply line used to transfer advanced weapons from Iran to Hezbollah. Israel simply cannot abide the thought of being unable to invade Lebanon at will, and will never, ever get over having their plow cleaned by Hezbollah in 2006.

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  17. Don G. says:

    Obama has left an indelible mark with his signing on of the US to the deal on Iran’s nuclear program. It’s irreversible now because Russia is a party to the deal. As is the Syria war because of Russia’s influence and it’s MAD deterrent. And North Korea is safe because of China’s influence.

    Throughout the world the situation is going to be different now for the US. Russia and China have stood up and drawn a line in the sand. The deterrent to US aggression that was missing since the fall of the Soviet Union is now back.

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  18. Don G. says:
    @bob balkas
    China and Russia, both bordering Korea, have not yet drawn their redlines to any attack on NK.

    And why not? Is it because they know or feel sure that US dares not wage a full scale war against NK?

    Surely, surely mad US generals, fake MSM, fake Congress are not that mad to attack a country like Korea.
    How about by a pinprick; similar to that on the Shayrat airbase?

    Make no mistake Bob, the red lines have been drawn by China and Russia that forbid a US strike against North Korea. Much goes on in the background that is not fed to the US media. This is why the US media is useless for letting us know what is really happening in foreign affairs that include the US. It’s also the reason why 90% of what we read on antiwar.com is useless too.

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  19. Barzini says:

    It’s a good idea to avoid military action against Iran. No matter how many military victories you chalk up on the battlefield, you can’t win in the long run fighting in an area in which the vast majority of the population does not want you there.

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  20. Kushner and the military have the foreign policy portfolio. Trump has no idea whats going on. All of a sudden everybody likes him. That’s enough for Trump. So “we” have gone full Zio. Duck and cover!

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  21. I think a lot of people are confusing the little independent State of Israel with the international bankers often referred to as the new world order NWO I don’t agree they are the same force and Israel has been and will continue to be as much of a victim as all the rest of us .

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    With American tax payers forking over in excess of 5 billion dollars per year to Israel (and that's only what we know about) you could hardly refer to that shitty little aberration as an independent state.
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  22. @eric siverson
    I think a lot of people are confusing the little independent State of Israel with the international bankers often referred to as the new world order NWO I don't agree they are the same force and Israel has been and will continue to be as much of a victim as all the rest of us .

    With American tax payers forking over in excess of 5 billion dollars per year to Israel (and that’s only what we know about) you could hardly refer to that shitty little aberration as an independent state.

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  23. [Using all caps in comments is shouting. Stop shouting or all your comments will be trashed.]

    ERIC MARGOLIS??????

    WHAT ,,,,,,, ARE YOU SUGGESTING THAT IT WILL BE JUST FINE,, TO ALLOW NORTH KOREA, AND ISIS & THE REST OF THE DANGEROUS ROGUE NATIONS TO CONTINUE ON WITH THEIR PLANS AND DETERMINATIONS TO COME AFTER THE US AS IT PLANS DICTATES???? WHO’S SIDE ARE YOU ON?????? IT CERTAINLY SEEMS SUSPECT IN THE WORST KIND OF WAY?????GLAD YOU ARE NOT IN A POSITION TO BE LEADING THE FREE WORLD!!!!!!! WHO ARE YOU??????

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