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President Donald Trump has put the United States on the course for war with Iran. That was clearly his objective last Friday when he refused to certify the international nuclear accord with Iran and proclaimed heavy sanctions against Tehran’s powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Trump’s move was also a clever ploy to deflect blame for abrogating the key 2015 Iran nuclear treaty that the US signed with Iran, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union.

Accusing Iran of ‘terrorism’ and ‘violating the spirit of the accord,’ Trump threw the Iran issue into the hands of the Republican-dominated US Congress. He had to. All of Trump’s senior national security officials and those from the treaty partners and UN reported that Iran had kept its end of the deal.

So Trump trotted out the old song and dance about terrorism – which means anything Uncle Sam does not like. The same United States that supports the murderous Islamic State and its allies in Syria and Iraq.

There won’t be much doubt about how Congress handles this hot potato. The leading senators and congressmen who will deal with the issue, like Bob Corker, Tom Cotton, and Marco Rubio, are all firmly in the pocket of pro-Israel lobbies.

The US vociferous ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, is almost a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Las Vegas gambling mogul and uber Zionist billionaire, Sheldon Adelson – who is also a key financial backer of Trump and Netanyahu.

In fact, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to have more influence on Capitol Hill than President Trump. He used to show it off by humiliating former president Barack Obama.

Israel has just scored a major triumph by using Trump to sabotage the Iran nuclear pact. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long been adamant in insisting that the pact be scrapped. Having pushed the US to destroy its old foes, Iraq and Syria, Israel now has its big guns trained on Iran, the last regional power that can challenge Israel’s domination of the Mideast. Iran, we should remember, is also the only important Mideast power backing the Palestinians and calling for a Palestinian state.

Trump is surrounded by a coterie of ardently pro-Israel advisors and cronies aligned to that nation’s far right wing. So far to the right, in fact, that their Israeli opponents often call them ‘fascists.’ Trump, with this Mussolini complex, fits right into this mind-set.

In addition, Trump’s virulent hatred of Islam and his deep support from America’s evangelicals fuels his antipathy to Iran. The Israeli lobby and so-called Christian Zionists that make up his electoral base are beating the war drums against Iran.

ORDER IT NOW

If the Iran nuclear deal is abrogated, America will have shot itself in the foot and shown the world it has fallen under the control of special interests for whom America’s national interests do not come first. Europe, already disgusted by the Trump carnival in Washington and its religious supporters, will pull further away from the US and closer to Russia and China. Who would trust America’s word after deal-break Trump?

Europe has lately signed billions in new trade accords with Iran, most notably and $18 billion deal with Airbus for the sale of commercial aircraft. Boeing wants to sell 80 aircraft to Iran worth $16 billion. Thus Trump’s jihad against Iran will likely deny high-paid jobs to tens of thousands of American workers. This from the president who was going to create jobs, jobs, jobs.

Iran handed over ten tons of medium-enriched uranium as part of the nuclear deal. Will Tehran get this trove back if Congress scuppers the Iran deal? Doubtful. Iran destroyed many of its uranium centrifuges as part of the deal. Can it sue Washington for breach of contract?

Meanwhile, the US heads towards some sort of military conflict with Iran at a time when it may go to war any day with North Korea. Trump, who evaded the draft during the Vietnam War due to a trivial foot problem, is now clearly thrilled by all his new military toys. Many of Trump’s close advisors fear Trump will trigger a nuclear war. It may be time for his top officials to step in and take away the president’s nuclear launch codes.

Israel is determined to destroy Iran so that it can never pose a military or political challenge to the Jewish state. Call it Iraq II. This means turning Iran’s nuclear industry and its civilian economy to ruins. And maybe even breaking up Iran – as was done with Iraq – into Iranian, Azeri and Kurdish mini-states.

Rome’s famous statesman Cato the Elder used to end every speech with ‘Carthago Delenda Est’ – (Carthage, bitter rival and enemy of Rome, must be destroyed.’) Now, it’s Iran’s turn.

(Republished from EricMargolis.com by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. nsa says:

    Surprise, surprise……..more guv of the jooies, by the jooies, for the jooies. There will never be a war with Korea……nothing in it for the conniving self-serving traitorous bloodthirsty jooies.

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  2. KA says:

    Iran is integrated with neighboring countries’s economies . There are Chinese trains hurting back and forth from China to Iran. India is developing a port . Russia onetime used the country to fire missile onto IS enclaves of Syria. Will these countries go quiet in case US decides to mount an overt attack .

    American soldiers are to the east and the west roaming around .

    So it seems any action will not be hazard free fro US.

    Second from now on any country entering into any negotiation with US can walk away if it suits and when it suits .

    Third will any country trust America to enter into a treaty or negotiation?

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  3. Issac says:

    “US heads towards some sort of military conflict with Iran”

    I’ve been reading this since the late 80s and it has yet to materialize. What makes it more likely today? I don’t doubt that the neocon usual suspects would deeply appreciate such a turn of events, but even the neocon-sympathetic Pentagon brass appear cognizant of the fact that it would be an order of magnitude worse than all the other mid-eastern quagmires combined.

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    More so since the Iranians will fight an asymmetrical war with the single intent to cause the attacker the highest cost in men, materials and economically. The Iranians have, as I understand, spilt the country into multiple military zones so there is no single point to 'kill'. The US could never invade and subdue Iran even with full mobilisation and no other nation will join them. Iran now has a number of defence pacts with in place with Russia, India, Syria and also China.
    , @Eileen Kuch
    Brilliantly said, Isaac.
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  4. State sponsor of terrorism: Pot, kettle … kettle, pot.

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  5. Nexus321 says:
    @Issac
    "US heads towards some sort of military conflict with Iran"

    I've been reading this since the late 80s and it has yet to materialize. What makes it more likely today? I don't doubt that the neocon usual suspects would deeply appreciate such a turn of events, but even the neocon-sympathetic Pentagon brass appear cognizant of the fact that it would be an order of magnitude worse than all the other mid-eastern quagmires combined.

    More so since the Iranians will fight an asymmetrical war with the single intent to cause the attacker the highest cost in men, materials and economically. The Iranians have, as I understand, spilt the country into multiple military zones so there is no single point to ‘kill’. The US could never invade and subdue Iran even with full mobilisation and no other nation will join them. Iran now has a number of defence pacts with in place with Russia, India, Syria and also China.

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    Iran now has a number of defence pacts with in place with *, India, * and also China
     
    The first, a hindoo nationalist pussy nation, which fancies itself a powerful global player, with a leader who can't get enough of bending over for Trump... will come to the defence of a nominally Islamic nation? Laughable!

    The other, a nation where nothing is more scared than, Wealth. Again, laughable.

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  6. The real reason the harpy was unacceptable was her advocacy of potential nuclear war with Russia in defense of US sponsored terrorists in Syria. Trump has now been fully neutered by the neocons and jumped the shark on this issue. The question is whether the grownups in his entourage, like Tillerson, can prevent things from going full nuclear war.

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  7. turtle says:

    Since Pres. Trump “decertified” Iran, in direct contradiction to the findings of
    U.S. intelligence agencies, IMO the main takeaway is that the U.S.
    government is not to be trusted, because their word is no good.
    As the saying goes, “White man speak with forked tongue.”

    For some people, Iran becoming a modern nation constitutes a “threat,” because
    they would prefer that Iran remain in the “dark ages,” and only be useful (to
    “the West”) as a source of raw materials, mainly oil & gas. The Iranians appear
    to have a different vision of their future.

    Those who do not want Iran to become a modern country include, but are not
    limited to, certain Israeli interests. All such people would prefer that Iran regress to a medieval society, like the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    This is not likely to happen, if the Iranians have anything to say about it.
    Nor is the U.S. likely to be stupid enough to invade Iran with ground troops.
    Only alternative for the Israeli extremists and their wild-eyed proxies and puppets in D.C., is to destroy Iranian civilization by “bombing them back to the stone age,” as the late Gen. LeMay liked to put it.

    Some “causes for alarm” among the various “hand-wringers” might include Iranian:
    Oil refineries
    Steel mills
    Automobile factories
    Nuclear power plants
    Civilian space program
    Research universities
    Majlis (elected representatives)
    Women wearing colorful (though modest) clothing
    Women driving automobiles
    Ski resorts

    Count on a U.S. bombing campaign to destroy the first five, and maybe the first seven, items in the above list, along with power plants, telephone exchanges, roads, bridges, dams and railways, as was done to Iraq at the behest of the “Israelis.”

    Other likely targets would be museums, ancient artifacts and architecture, as was done in Iraq.
    In short, the goal will likely be to erase, insofar as possible, all trace of one of the most ancient civilizations on Earth.

    >Israel is determined to destroy Iran

    Nope. Israel is determined to have the U.S. destroy Iran, for the benefit of Israel.

    Sad.

    Message from one U.S. citizen (me) to the people of Iran:
    You are not my enemy. I neither hate nor fear you, or your government, and I bear you no ill will.
    I do not subscribe to the beliefs or behavior of the thugs in D.C., nor those of their masters in Tel Aviv, Hollywood, or Las Vegas.
    I wish you peace and prosperity, and relief from the depredations of criminal regimes such as the G.I.W. (government in Washington).

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  8. Miro23 says:

    Trump is surrounded by a coterie of ardently pro-Israel advisors and cronies aligned to that nation’s far right wing. So far to the right, in fact, that their Israeli opponents often call them ‘fascists.’

    In reality, the Americans no longer have a country.

    They thought that electing Trump would fix the problem but their Democracy is a sham.

    However, they still don’t realize that their lives can get much worse. The US economy can’t take $ Trillions in extra debt to pay for an Iran war, and (along with the existing debt mountain) it only leads to loss of confidence of the dollar = inflation and higher interest rates.

    If American taxpayers are not going to pay a special Iran War Tax (which they aren’t) the dollar has to take the strain, with extra $ Trillions printed to cover the cost. The MIC needs to be paid in real money, so this value has to come from somewhere.

    The cost is spread around the world, among everyone who holds the dollar as a reserve currency (dollar balances), but its fate in now in Chinese hands (in the same way as Pound Sterling reserve status was in American hands after WW1), and the Chinese clearly don’t like the situation and want to get out.

    Should they do that, the dollar loses much of its reserve role, and the US public will have to carry most of their debt themselves – which they can’t, and the US descends into some kind of inflationary chaos (the US government won’t admit real default).

    Do the US Zionists care? Not in the slightest – they will be the first to clear out of the dollar, and if things get really bad, they’ve got Homeland Security to take care of “Domestic Terrorists” and the implicit dictatorship becomes explicit.

    All Empires seem to come to an end financially, from the Romans, through the British, to the Soviets and I can’t see why the US should be any different.

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  9. observer4 says:

    Eric, did you visit jeffrey Epstein’s island? Can you tell us about your visit there?

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    Is this for real? Did Margolises name show up on Epsteins list?
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  10. KenH says:

    I strongly disagree with Trump’s unilateral breakage of the Iran nuclear deal but this is one instance where he’d been telling us his plans to do so since early in the campaign, so it should come as no surprise or considered a betrayal. And since the response of most of his supporters was “Yeah, git them eye-ranians”, he could probably get away with starting a war and it wouldn’t erode his base of support much if any.

    The American Knesset, formerly known as the U.S. Congress, will rubber stamp any military action and hostilities initiated by the Donald.

    We shouldn’t have expected him to defuse tensions with Iran given his close ties to Israel, the NYC Jewish community and since his ace (((son-in-law))) is practically Benjamin Nutandhyahoo’s godson. Trump can be considered a Judaized goy and he will hate whoever Israel wants him to. Hildabeast would have been no better and V.P. Pence is a lickspittle of the Jewish lobby, too.

    Either way both he and the Congress have a serious conflict of interest owing to their passionate attachment to state of Israel.

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  11. It’s funny how most Jewish Libs are silent about this. They act like the mafia.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/harvey-weinstein-urges-jews-take-784210

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    Surprise, surprise. A prototypical vile jooie behaving badly toward the host society.....protected by their JooieVision and KosherMedia for decades. North America received the lowest quality jooies from Eastern Europe........the specimens too stupid to cheat even Slavic peasants ended up over here, perfectly matched against the exported white trash refuse of Europe. They deserve each other.....cultural symbiosis.
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  12. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer
    @observer4
    Eric, did you visit jeffrey Epstein's island? Can you tell us about your visit there?

    Is this for real? Did Margolises name show up on Epsteins list?

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  13. turtle says:

    Here is part of what the “Israelis” wish the U.S. to destroy:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehran

    With a population of around 8.8 million in the city and 15 million in its larger metropolitan area, Tehran is the most populous city in Iran and Western Asia,

    It is certainly a “target rich” environment, for those bent on its destruction.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabiat_Bridge

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leila_Araghian

    Meanwhile, here is what the U.S. is “in bed “with:

    https://www.rt.com/news/404259-women-have-quarter-brain-saudi-cleric/

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  14. Didn’t Rouhani win over Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because he convinced people it was a good idea to negotiate with the USers?

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    At a time when Iran needed an Ahmadinejad, the got the smiling Rouhani instead, who did not know that our signature on any document means zilch (ask the Native Americans).
    , @MEexpert
    No. Ahmadinejad's second 4-year term expired in 2013. He was not eligible to run.
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  15. Good one by Margolis! He’s starting to inch closer to identifying the beast that ate Washington.

    Indeed, throughout the West, Israel and its agents play a political role so vast that it’s nearly unfathomable. To counter this alarming fact, Israel’s dominant position in American life is strategically down-played if not ignored altogether. Let’s talk about ‘Russia-gate’!

    Routine falsehoods and sacred myths are embedded in the public mind via a compromised (Zionized) news and entertainment media that’s All-Kosher all-the-time.

    Additional tricks include: the imposition of arcane and politically-correct ideologies (which don’t upend the Sacred Cow), contrived political rationales which also serve you-know-who, concocted alliances (and hostilities), fake news, fake history, and dubious ‘lessons’ of history. It’s all a complete crock. But please support our troops!

    Zionist pressures are so vast and slippery that one cannot fully comprehend US foreign policies without examining them. Media pomp, outrage and noise comprise merely one appendage of this Zionist hydra. It’s all-kosher machine that is constantly enveloped by smoke, mirrors and a protective financial wall.

    As the wars grind on however, cracks in the Great Democratic facade are beginning to show.

    Nevertheless, Washington continues to play the deplorable role of a rabid and obedient war horse that responds only to the shrill commands of an all-kosher trainer and guardian.

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  16. Amerikastan
    Amerikastan
    Wants to fight Russia and China
    Iran and North Korea
    Can’t even beat
    The Taliban.

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  17. John Hawk says:

    Eric, I have followed your writings for years now and generally agree with your posits. However, to use the adjective ‘jewish’ is a misuse of the word. Israel is de facto a ‘zionist’ state, and Zionism has nothing to do with authentic Hebrewism, i.e. the Hebrew faith of the Torah.

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    Agree. Conflating the religion of theTorah with a state (Israel) is wrong--especially for Jewish people of faith.
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  18. Moi says:
    @The Cleaner
    Didn't Rouhani win over Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because he convinced people it was a good idea to negotiate with the USers?

    At a time when Iran needed an Ahmadinejad, the got the smiling Rouhani instead, who did not know that our signature on any document means zilch (ask the Native Americans).

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    { who did not know that our signature on any document means zilch }

    Irrelevant.

    Iran was hurting, because of UN sanctions, which were honored by Russia too (...strangely enough).
    With EU and Russia and China on board the UN sanctions train, Iran was boxed in.

    US can remove its signature all it wants: means zilch.
    EU already said that US can't unilaterally abrogate the agreement.
    EU was not too enthusiastic when US forced them to participate in the UN sanctions, but they did. Reluctantly.

    Now that there is a UN agreement, US is all alone.
    Iran will trade with EU, and Russia, and China, and everybody else.
    US can do nothing about it.

    And the $8 Billion order by Iran for Boeing passenger jets will go nowhere.
    Another "gift" to US taxpayers and workers from our alleged "indispensable ally" Israel.

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  19. Moi says:
    @John Hawk
    Eric, I have followed your writings for years now and generally agree with your posits. However, to use the adjective 'jewish' is a misuse of the word. Israel is de facto a 'zionist' state, and Zionism has nothing to do with authentic Hebrewism, i.e. the Hebrew faith of the Torah.

    Agree. Conflating the religion of theTorah with a state (Israel) is wrong–especially for Jewish people of faith.

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  20. nsa says:
    @Priss Factor
    It's funny how most Jewish Libs are silent about this. They act like the mafia.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/harvey-weinstein-urges-jews-take-784210

    Surprise, surprise. A prototypical vile jooie behaving badly toward the host society…..protected by their JooieVision and KosherMedia for decades. North America received the lowest quality jooies from Eastern Europe……..the specimens too stupid to cheat even Slavic peasants ended up over here, perfectly matched against the exported white trash refuse of Europe. They deserve each other…..cultural symbiosis.

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  21. anonymous says: • Disclaimer
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    More so since the Iranians will fight an asymmetrical war with the single intent to cause the attacker the highest cost in men, materials and economically. The Iranians have, as I understand, spilt the country into multiple military zones so there is no single point to 'kill'. The US could never invade and subdue Iran even with full mobilisation and no other nation will join them. Iran now has a number of defence pacts with in place with Russia, India, Syria and also China.

    Iran now has a number of defence pacts with in place with *, India, * and also China

    The first, a hindoo nationalist pussy nation, which fancies itself a powerful global player, with a leader who can’t get enough of bending over for Trump… will come to the defence of a nominally Islamic nation? Laughable!

    The other, a nation where nothing is more scared than, Wealth. Again, laughable.

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  22. Avery says:
    @Moi
    At a time when Iran needed an Ahmadinejad, the got the smiling Rouhani instead, who did not know that our signature on any document means zilch (ask the Native Americans).

    { who did not know that our signature on any document means zilch }

    Irrelevant.

    Iran was hurting, because of UN sanctions, which were honored by Russia too (…strangely enough).
    With EU and Russia and China on board the UN sanctions train, Iran was boxed in.

    US can remove its signature all it wants: means zilch.
    EU already said that US can’t unilaterally abrogate the agreement.
    EU was not too enthusiastic when US forced them to participate in the UN sanctions, but they did. Reluctantly.

    Now that there is a UN agreement, US is all alone.
    Iran will trade with EU, and Russia, and China, and everybody else.
    US can do nothing about it.

    And the $8 Billion order by Iran for Boeing passenger jets will go nowhere.
    Another “gift” to US taxpayers and workers from our alleged “indispensable ally” Israel.

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  23. @Issac
    "US heads towards some sort of military conflict with Iran"

    I've been reading this since the late 80s and it has yet to materialize. What makes it more likely today? I don't doubt that the neocon usual suspects would deeply appreciate such a turn of events, but even the neocon-sympathetic Pentagon brass appear cognizant of the fact that it would be an order of magnitude worse than all the other mid-eastern quagmires combined.

    Brilliantly said, Isaac.

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  24. MEexpert says:
    @The Cleaner
    Didn't Rouhani win over Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because he convinced people it was a good idea to negotiate with the USers?

    No. Ahmadinejad’s second 4-year term expired in 2013. He was not eligible to run.

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  25. Regula says:

    Yes, if it were up to Trump, he would start a war on Iran tomorrow. But the generals know better: that would be starting WW3. Russia, China and India have large investments in Iran. China buys Iran’s oil and depends on it. Russia has a defense pact with Iran and a mutual defense pact regarding terrorism. Since the US makes common cause with ISIS in Syria, the US is de facto a terrorist. Russia made clear with the temporary use of an Iranian base that it would not stand aside if Iran were attacked. Trump may not have understood such subtle signs, but the generals did. And while the generals claim that the US could win a nuclear war against Russia and China combined, they did point out that there would be large casualties – and they didn’t say in what shape the US would be after such a war! Which is why one of the generals mumbled about proxy war, apparently realizing that the projection by the generals was lofty and overly optimistic.

    The Europeans, Russia and China want the agreement with Iran to continue. Which means the US is the only power exiting it – and isolating itself with that exit. But even more so, Trump lost any chance of getting his tax reform through Congress: without taxes the debt from a war on Iran in addition to the war in Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya, Somalia, Nigeria etc. etc. etc. would become so enormous as to sink the US economy, i.e. the US dollar.

    So no, there will not likely be a war on Iran. but there will be ISIS or similar new terrorist groups invading Iran to destabilize and decapitate the regime. Which means, the Middle East in flames. And that could in fact spell Israel’s end.

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