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U.S. threats to crush Iran and North Korea may yet work, but as of now neither Tehran nor Pyongyang appears to be intimidated.

Repeated references by NSC adviser John Bolton and Vice President Mike Pence to the “Libya model” for denuclearization of North Korea just helped sink the Singapore summit of President Trump and Kim Jong Un. To North Korea, the Libya model means the overthrow and murder of Libya strongman Col. Gadhafi, after he surrendered his WMD.

Wednesday, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui exploded at Pence’s invocation of Libya: “Vice-President Pence has made unbridled and impudent remarks that North Korea might end like Libya … I cannot suppress my surprise at such ignorant and stupid remarks.

“Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States.”

Yesterday, Trump canceled the Singapore summit.

Earlier this week at the Heritage Foundation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out our Plan B for Iran in a speech that called to mind Prussian Field Marshal Karl Von Moltke.

Among Pompeo’s demands: Iran must end all support for Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthi rebels in Yemen, and Hamas in Gaza, withdraw all forces under Iranian command in Syria, and disarm its Shiite militia in Iraq.

Iran must confess its past lies about a nuclear weapons program, and account publicly for all such activity back into the 20th century.

Iran must halt all enrichment of uranium, swear never to produce plutonium, shut down its heavy water reactor, open up its military bases to inspection to prove it has no secret nuclear program, and stop testing ballistic missiles.

And unless Iran submits, she will be strangled economically.

What Pompeo delivered was an ultimatum: Iran is to abandon all its allies in all Mideast wars, or face ruin and possible war with the USA.

It is hard to recall a secretary of state using the language Pompeo deployed: “We will track down Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah proxies operating around the world and crush them. Iran will never again have carte blanche to dominate the Middle East.”

But how can Iran “dominate” a Mideast that is home to Turkey, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt, as well as U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Sea and Syria?

To Iran’s east is a nuclear-armed Pakistan. To its west is a nuclear-armed U.S. Fifth Fleet and a nuclear-armed Israel. Iran has no nukes, no warships to rival ours and a 1970s air force.

Yet, this U.S.-Iran confrontation, triggered by Trump’s trashing of the nuclear deal and Pompeo’s ultimatum, is likely to end one of three ways:

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First, Tehran capitulates, which is unlikely, as President Hassan Rouhani retorted to Pompeo: “Who are you to decide for Iran and the world? We will continue our path with the support of our nation.” Added Ayatollah Khamenei, “Iran’s presence in the region is our strategic depth.”

Second, Iran defies U.S. sanctions and continues to support its allies in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Yemen. This would seem likely to lead to collisions and war.

Third, the U.S. could back off its maximalist demands, as Trump backed off Bolton’s demand that Kim Jong Un accept the Libyan model of total and verifiable disarmament before any sanctions are lifted.

Where, then, are we headed?

While our NATO allies are incensed by Trump’s threat to impose secondary sanctions if they do not re-impose sanctions on Tehran, the Europeans are likely to cave in to America’s demands. For Europe to choose Iran over a U.S. that has protected Europe since the Cold War began and is an indispensable market for Europe’s goods would be madness.

Vladimir Putin appears to want no part of an Iran-Israel or U.S.-Iran war and has told Bashar Assad that Russia will not be selling Damascus his S-300 air defense system. Putin has secured his bases in Syria and wants to keep them.

As for the Chinese, she will take advantage of the West’s ostracism of Iran by drawing Iran closer to her own orbit.

Is there a compromise to be had?

Perhaps, for some of Pompeo’s demands accord with the interests of Iran, which cannot want a war with the United States, or with Israel, which would likely lead to war with the United States.

Iran could agree to release Western prisoners, move Shiite militia in Syria away from the Golan Heights, accept verifiable restrictions on tests of longer-range missiles and establish deconfliction rules for U.S. and Iranian warships in the Persian Gulf.

Reward: aid from the West and renewed diplomatic relations with the United States.

Surely, a partial, verifiable nuclear disarmament of North Korea is preferable to war on the peninsula. And, surely, a new nuclear deal with Iran with restrictions on missiles is preferable to war in the Gulf.

Again, we cannot make the perfect the enemy of the good.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. MEexpert says:

    It is hard to recall a secretary of state using the language Pompeo deployed: “We will track down Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah proxies operating around the world and crush them. Iran will never again have carte blanche to dominate the Middle East.”

    Never in my life have I heard this kind of language from a diplomat. The top diplomat of the US is running around giving war ultimatum to another country. Absolutely unbelievable!

    Surely, a partial, verifiable nuclear disarmament of North Korea is preferable to war on the peninsula. And, surely, a new nuclear deal with Iran with restrictions on missiles is preferable to war in the Gulf.

    And what happens if the North Koreans and the Iranians accept these demands? US will continue the sanctions for she has proven to be unreliable and undependable to keep her end of the bargain. The US will again up the ante and demand more because the spoiled brat, Israel, will ask for more and Trump will want to please his masters.

  2. Anonymous[419] • Disclaimer says:

    For Europe to choose Iran over a U.S. that has protected Europe since the Cold War began and is an indispensable market for Europe’s goods would be madness.

    For some context first:-

    World $79,865,481

    1 United States $19,390,600
    — European Union $17,308,862
    2 China $12,014,610

    The US is 24% of world GDP. The EU isn’t far behind at 22%. If the EU and China stand together in refusing to recognize the sanctions snapping back on then the US would have no ability to severely retaliate against the EU for the simple reason that there is too much world economic power opposing its decision. The US would face a counter reaction that it would not be able to economically bear.

    • Replies: @myself
    , @Miro23
  3. Renoman says:

    Americans having stolen everything from each other to the point where there is zero trust and nothing left to hock has sent their representatives forth in the World to see what else they can steal and are finding that no one trusts them and there are few easy pickings any more. What an embarrassing Country, you must be horrified. You know what living by the sword will get cha.

    • Agree: jacques sheete
    • Replies: @Moi
  4. anonymous[189] • Disclaimer says:

    More pronoun propaganda:

    “Earlier this week at the Heritage Foundation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out our Plan B for Iran ..”

    Our?

    This isn’t just an annoyance. It keeps people marinated in the sense that, because they live in Nebraska, they should root for Uncle Sam.

  5. KenH says:

    Say hello to George W. Bush’s third term.

    Trump’s anal cavity has been invaded so many times by Bibi and and his domestic Israel firsters like Bolton that it probably hurts to sit down. For all his tough guy posturing he’s sure letting himself be led around by the nose by the neocons.

    It will be endless war, regime change and empire for Israel’s sole benefit until the realm is secured. Any American who opposes this will be shouted down as an anti-semite, un-American, a librul (sic) and giving aid and comfort to our enemies.

    I know Sean Hannity is thrilled with this news.

    • Replies: @windwaves
    , @anon
  6. The world history books and press are awash with the story of the Munich meeting between Hitler and Chamberlain and Daladier and Mussolini that cleared the way for Hitler to annex the Sudatenland. The moral of the story is that if you try to accommodate the demands of a tyrant, you are not buying peace but you are enhancing the appetite of the tyrant to ask for more.
    While I do not agree about the general consensus about the Munich meeting, I do believe that the accepted logic of the Munich event very much applies to the current crisis with respect to America versus Iran and North Korea, except that the tyrant which we are prone to appease is neither the Iranian leadership nor the Korean leadership but the United States Establishement.
    The more Europe, Russia and China bow to US pressure, the more obnoxious the demands of the rogue American elephant will be.
    Very sadly, the world is everywhere ruled by spineless leaders who are unwilling to take a firm stand against the bully in chief the United States of America.
    While history applauded the courage of England for standing up to the Nazi regime, it is about time we praise the courage of North Korea and Iran for defying on their own the madhouse that is the United States government.

    • Replies: @Grumpy dave
    , @windwaves
  7. Bully Mike Pompeo is trying to blackmail not only the allies of the US but also ask Tehran to surrender unconditionally. Such ideas can only be hatched by guys like Bolton and his ilk or Netanyahu himself who is obsessed with Iran. He is hell-bent to go to war with Iran but the US has to do the fighting and the bleeding. To listen to the advice of the Zionist regime means disaster. The US should get rid of this Zionist liability and engage positively with the rest of the world. For this to happen, it seems the world has to wait for another US president.

    http://betweenthelines-ludwigwatzal.com/2018/05/24/are-the-u-s-and-israel-preparing-for-war-against-iran/

    • Replies: @anon
  8. Moi says:
    @Renoman

    Yup, that pretty much sums things up.

  9. Stick says:

    Couple of points – EU was created with the goal of creating a marketplace equal to the US – a continent of free borders for commerce. It has the same population of the US with basically the same GDP. With that known, why are they incapable of policing/defending their own continent? The EU, by design, was created to exclude American business in favor of European business. Given we are their janitors in a can when things get messy and dangerous, I see no reason we shouldn’t twist their arm in supporting non-lethal remedies to bad actors in their backyard. If they want to piss and moan and resist, fine, we can easily contribute to NATO what the Netherlands contributes and call it a day.

    As for China, their economy was built on our ‘NEO CON Globalist wet dreams”. China’s economy can easily be remade should the US decide to become a Republic again instead of an Empire.

    Choices.

    • Replies: @myself
  10. @Joe Levantine

    Very sadly, the world is everywhere ruled by spineless leaders who are unwilling to take a firm stand against the bully in chief the United States of America.

    The world is ruled by leaders who themselves or their financial backers are invested in the US led financial system. It’s not a question of whether Europe would suffer from US sanctions on Iran and NK but whether they, their party and their parties backers would suffer.

    It appears to me that we are already deep into WW3 economically. Those of us with little skin in the game see no harm in a multi polar world where one single country does not have economic hegemony over the world. We are also the ones who get hurt the most if this war goes full kinetic. But those that are heavily invested in the US system are going to be hurt by the USA losing economic control of world trade and will gladly let Iran and NK suffer under sanction as long as it means a healthy ROI for themselves.

    I think the Europeans are going to sit on the fence waiting to see what Russia and China come up with to fight sanctions before deciding which side to support.

    • Replies: @Jonathan Mason
    , @Momus
  11. I’m not sure what the reference to Karl von Moltke was about. Helmuth von Moltke the Elder was Chief of the Prussian General Staff during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. That war was engineered by Chancellor Otto von Bismarck-von Moltke was a soldier, not a diplomat. His nephew, Helmuth von Moltke the Younger, was Chief of the German General Staff at the outbreak of World War I. His possible greatest failing was an inability to revise the Schlieffen Plan to mobilize only against Russia, rather than France and Russia simultaneously. He also suffered a nervous breakdown during the First Battle of the Marne.

    On the whole, Bismarck and the von Moltkes were much better diplomats and soldiers than the rabble that presently inhabits Washington DC.

  12. anon[228] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ludwig Watzal

    WATCH: CBC exposé “The Godfather” on Adelson’s Influence on US & Canadian Policies
    By Andrew Scheer
    If Americans Knew
    Prominent Canadian news broadcaster Wendy Mesley exposes the role of billionaire campaign donor Sheldon Adelson in getting the U.S. embassy moved to Jerusalem, Trump’s abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal, and both U.S. and Canadian politics in general.
    Adelson, the tenth richest man in the world and the GOP’s largest donor, is known to use his money to influence policies on behalf of Israel.
    After trump tore up the Iran agreement, Adelson donated an additional $30 million to the Republican party, possibly the single largest single donation in U.S. history.
    Adelson also influenced former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who endorsed Trump’s embassy action and anti-Iran move, as well as Canadian conservative leader Andrew Scheer.
    Mesley interviews New York Times reporter Ken Vogel, who says that Adelson has private meetings at the White House with Trump, Vice President Pence, John Bolton, and others. Israel is at the heart of Adelson’s donations, who has been influenced by his Israeli wife, Miriam.
    Vogel explains that Adelson is “the enforcer” for Jewish American donors who give a lot of money to Republican politicians. People are afraid to cross him.

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/05/no_author/681970-2/

    US will not air this sort of expose’

    US will find ways to punish US has department of antisemitism That department will not allow someone to question Zionist money behind the wars

  13. no one is asking how strong/powerful is the ZIOnst control over Putin??? while Israel kills and bombs Syri at will Putin and Netanyahu marched together in the Russian VDay Parade??? Putin is just way too smart, he already cut his deal with Israel or he wil end up like a sandwich crushed in the middle of Syria vrs Israel…IF Israel wins Putin/Russia is out of MEast….

  14. windwaves says:
    @KenH

    sadly, I have to express my agreement. How could anyone disagree ??

  15. windwaves says:
    @Joe Levantine

    yep.

    It is for instance a great opportunity for Europe to do the right thing for the first time in its history: stand up and see f.u. US and your sanctions and your meddling evedywhere in the universe under orders from Israel.

    All israel firsters should be on trial for treason. The list is long.

  16. @Grumpy dave

    I think the Europeans are going to sit on the fence waiting to see what Russia and China come up with to fight sanctions before deciding which side to support

    I agree, and it certainly seems extraordinary that there is even a possibility that Europe might realign and leave the US power bloc, but under Trump, perhaps this is the endgame.

    And if Europe says “enough is enough”, then what next?

  17. anon[228] • Disclaimer says:
    @KenH

    It was anti Semitic to doubt that Iran had a nuclear program.

  18. Field Marshal Karl Von Moltke? Compared to that blow hard Pompeo? How absurd!

    Von Moltke was probably the most tutored (and successful) progeny of the Prussian/German General Staff system. He was instrumental in the victories the Germans achieved during the 19th Century.

    Von Moltke was not given to making speeches, but to winning wars, decisively; unlike our pampered General Officers who have spent 17 years failing in Afghanistan.

  19. Mulegino1 says:

    Is US Bellicosity Backfiring?

    Does a hog like slop?

    US bellicosity, warmongering, meddling in foreign matters, regime changes, interventions, wars of choice, and general bloodlust have been backfiring since the days of “Remember the Maine! To hell with Spain!”

    One would be hard put to find a world power whose actions overseas have been more catastrophic since Mr. Wilson’s greatest blunder of all time served as the remote cause for the geopolitical cataclysm of the Second World War, which for all intents and purposes eventually destroyed the demographic, cultural and spiritual nuclei of western Europe, enslaved much of eastern Europe, threw the Middle East into chaos, and created the menace of the Third World via the destruction of the colonial administrations of the European empires.

    The Second World War, basically a continuation of the First, was Mr. Wilson’s and America’s chief contribution to history. Had the blackmailed Wilson not entered the war, there would almost certainly have been a negotiated peace, and Germany would have resumed its rightful place as the premier nation of continental Europe. But no, Britain had to protect her own empire at all costs, including destroying the Ottoman Empire in order to batten on the spoils of cheap Iraqi oil to maintain the new British fleet, and so got the Zionists on board to persuade the Americans to get on board with the project.

    • Agree: mark green
  20. myself says:
    @Anonymous

    1 United States $19,390,600
    — European Union $17,308,862
    2 China $12,014,610

    Interesting figures.

    But maybe even more interesting, from the point of view of Iran, may be the respective sizes of the markets for IMPORTS – after all, Iran wants to trade, and presumably earn lots of money by exporting not only oil, but all manner of products.

    — European Union (excluding intra-EU trade) $2,244,000,000,000 ($2.244 Trillion) – this already includes Germany, the UK, France, Italy etc.
    1 United States $2,352,000,000,000 ($2.352 Trillion)
    2 China $1,731,000,000,000 ($1.731 Trillion)
    4 Japan $625,700,000,000 ($625.7 Billion)
    7 Hong Kong $561,400,000,000 ($561.4 Billion) – much of this is probably bound for China
    8 South Korea $448,400,000,000 ($448.4 Billion)
    9 Canada $443,700,000,000 ($443.7 Billion)
    11 India $426,800,000,000 ($426.8 Billion)

    Combined 2) and 7) China/Hong Kong (2.292 Trillion)

    source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_imports.

    Yeah, I know it’s wikipedia. but it does give some ballpark idea of who’s buying how much.

    To me, it breaks down like this:

    Add China’s and Hong Kong’s imports together (which you should, Hong Kong is a Chinese city with local autonomy but no independent foreign policy – and Beijing has final word even domestically), you get imports of (2.292 Trillion), second only to the United States, and a little ahead of Europe.

    The above list of entities were chosen because all of them have a fair to excellent chance of not going along with U.S. sanctions vs Iran.

    Re-arrange them in any combination. In the previous round of sanctions, all the East Asians on the list, insisted on continuing to trade with Iran. So much for American alliances in East Asia.

    India may or may not go along, but will certainly exact substantial concessions from America for it to do so.

    That leaves Europe and Canada. These entities are on the fence, and will remain so.

    In previous decades, during the Cold War, Europe and Canada would have been in America’s pocket.
    Now, in the current world situation, not so much.

    I think the Europeans can be said to be very angry at American unilateralism (as in they are very much against our policies), and while Canada is not (YET) against us, they are also rapidly losing patience with us.

    Looking at the above list, East Asian import markets are about 3.366 Trillion, or 73% of combined United States and European imports. India and Canada are the swing importers, and can go either way.

    In summary, depending on who does or doesn’t go along with renewed Iran sanctions, the Iranians will find ready markets that are open to them. If we try to unilaterally sanction Iran, that’s an automatic fail for us. The figures do not lie.

    If the Iranians are smart, and reach out to the rest of the world, they can handily weather the storm.

    • Agree: Catiline
    • Replies: @Momus
  21. myself says:
    @Stick

    As for China, their economy was built on our ‘NEO CON Globalist wet dreams”. China’s economy can easily be remade should the US decide to become a Republic again instead of an Empire.

    But what happens when the US cuts off all trade, investment and American tech to China, and the rest of the world (you know, bush-league teams like Europe, Japan, Russia – and advanced smaller players like Canada and South Korea) simply keep on trading, investing and sharing tech?

    Is the ENTIRE WORLD going to cut off China, or ONLY the United States?
    Just how does ONE country, albeit the strongest, all alone, “stop” another?

    We CAN slow down China, surely. No doubt in my mind that the US, cutting off ALL relations, can do that. From the U.S. point of view, a moderately advancing China is still better that a fast advancing one.

    BUT if we wanted to slow China down to an actual crawl, we need to get the whole damn PLANET on board first.

    I have honest doubts that’s gonna happen.

  22. Miro23 says:

    While our NATO allies are incensed by Trump’s threat to impose secondary sanctions if they do not re-impose sanctions on Tehran, the Europeans are likely to cave in to America’s demands. For Europe to choose Iran over a U.S. that has protected Europe since the Cold War began and is an indispensable market for Europe’s goods would be madness.

    I’m not so sure about this. There’s a general tiredness with the US in Europe.

    - The US is stirring up unnecessary trouble in the Middle East by breaking the Iran agreement and threatening military action.

    - The provocative move of the US Embassy to Jerusalem, and indifference to the consequent Israeli “border” turkey shoot of Palestinian demonstrators.

    - The US now threatening European countries with economic sanctions.

    - The fake “Russian hacking” story, fake Iraq WMD, and fake official account of 9/11 (that European governments don’t believe for a moment).

    - The US attempt to divide Europe from Russia.

    - US bases and missiles in Europe while the Cold War finished years ago.

    - The European sympathy with the Russians and Chinese wanting an alternative to the US $ as a world reserve currency.

    - Constant US “Israel First” policy at the UN and elsewhere.

    - Highly questionable covert US deep state activities like supporting ISIS or the Gulenist coup against (Democratically elected and fellow NATO member) Erdogan.

    And as far as trade is concerned, Europe has good markets in Asia, Russia and the Middle East with the waning importance of the United States.

  23. Miro23 says:
    @Anonymous

    The US is 24% of world GDP.

    A lot of things get included in US GDP that aren’t so impressive, like the spectacularly overgrown and wasteful Military Industrial Complex or “legal services”.

    • Replies: @myself
    , @KA
  24. myself says:
    @Miro23

    A lot of things get included in US GDP that aren’t so impressive, like the spectacularly overgrown and wasteful Military Industrial Complex or “legal services”.

    Also don’t forget “financial services” – a truly unimaginably enormous chunk of the American economy.

  25. Virgile says:

    “Reward: aid from the West and renewed diplomatic relations with the United States.”

    Are you serious? The USA will never reward any country that shows obedience. It will pressure it further until its reduce Iran to a weak puppet. Iran is the last powerful country in the region that can oppose and threaten the existence of an appartheid Israel, blindly supported by the USA and the zionist lobby . Iran is becoming a symbol in the region of an independent moslem country and because its semi democratical system and its progressist Islam doctrine is a threat to the Gulf countries ruled exclusively by a family. As the USA is paid heavily for its support to these rich families, it will conveniently forget about the ‘democracy’ it pushes in poorer countries with a ‘moral’ authority.
    The USA’s hypocrisy, its military and economical power and Trump’s bully approach to the world is making the USA a threat to the world.
    Unless this path brings the USA down and hopefully the “after Trump” may restore the USA’s moral authority that has been corrupted by greed and arrogance.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  26. KA says:
    @Miro23

    GDP is still used to make all kind of positive claims by the nationalistic without having remotest idea

    Having said that , I don’t have faintest idea how military or police force could get included in GDP
    or election expenditure and what meaning they do bring .

    Also Indian GDP is impressive but China with GDP of India few years ago , was socio economically much better than India of today is .

    We can have a few turbo charged super business making trillions but if the employee base is meager and tax revenue for the government is minimal, then counting that GDP lulls people into becoming nothing but cheer leader for that sort of destructive economy and political philosophy .

  27. Re doubts and debates about Europe and the rest of the world coming aboard Trump’s latest round of ballistic tweets, sanctions, secondary sanctions, gratuitous insults, threats, and the other tools of high statesmanship: how could you all forget that there are those grand soccer games coming up in Russia. Anything could happen during those games, anything. When that anything happens, the Europeans will scurry back into Uncle Sam’s lap, leaving Vlad holding the ball all by himself. And also remember, the way things are shaping out, Vlad would rather play ball with Netanyahu than with the Iranians (not bad soccer players, BTW). The question is whether Netanyahu will really play with Vlad. And when Netanyahu blows the whistle, the Europeans will, willy nilly, return home.

    • Replies: @RVBlake
  28. Momus says:
    @Mulegino1

    Great bloviating rant but completely ignoring the fact that the threat of US military action, explicit and implicit, backed by her overwhelming power, has given the world it’s most peaceful and prosperous seven decades ever.

    The best victories are the ones where no fighting occurred. Winning the Cold War, despite skirmishes here and there between proxies, is probably the greatest military victory of all time.

    • Replies: @Mulegino1
    , @seeing-thru
  29. Momus says:
    @myself

    Multinational corporations bear the cost of sanctions and make the financial decisions, not governments.

    If Corps are barred from trading in the US they will get out of Iran. The US economy is about 80 times the size of the Iranian economy. None of the figures you list matter at all. Sure there will be sanction leakage, but if Trump goes in hard the Iranians are toast.

    • Replies: @Anon
  30. Mulegino1 says:
    @Momus

    You must be crazy. The world is qualitatively much worse off than it was in 1939.

    The US was the first nation to develop and use atomic weapons on civilian targets. Today the threat of nuclear weapons is the greatest it has ever been, and has the potential to turn the entire Northern Hemisphere into a lifeless desert.

    The attempts at NATO/Israeli hegemony in the Middle East have turned it into a killing field. The presence of the “sh*tty little country” in the Levant, largely thanks to US and initially, Soviet, support, is a cancer.

    The rise of violent Wahhabism, at the behest of MI-6, Mossad and the CIA, about to turn the region into a theater of violent Sunni-Shia internal war.

    Europe, unlike your stolen settler’s compound in the Middle East, which has nothing to do with marauding Caucasian Talmudists, is the true homeland of Christendom. The meretricious NATO satrap the EU, is allowing the genocide by replacement of the European peoples by allowing a tsunami of third world scoria to crash its borders. Such a course of events is encouraged, promoted and even demanded by organized Jewry.

    The former colonies of the European empires are, for the most part, hell holes of violence, chaos and utter poverty.

    The world narcotics trade has exploded since 1945, and a primary reason the US invaded Afghanistan- to secure the production of opium poppies, which, by 2001, the Taliban had greatly diminished. The US is now faced with the worst drug addiction crisis in its history.

    Hollywood and the entertainment industry, controlled by the Jews, continues to pour out ever more perverse and disgusting raw sewage to wreck its host cultures, as it did in Weimar Berlin.

    The US has a national debt of over 20 trillion dollars.

    No, the world would be much, much better off had America heeded the words of its first President against foreign entanglements and alliances.

    Germany lost the First World War, but Europe lost the Second.

  31. @Mulegino1

    Excellent comment! All true.

  32. @Virgile

    The USA will never reward any country that shows obedience.

    True.

    In fact it will never reward anyone, including it’s own subjects ( yes, subjects), other than the crackpot Zionist tyrants. It has the most pathetic rulers in the world. Positively loathsome.

  33. @Mulegino1

    That troll is nuts. You should see its comments over at the Giraldi piece.

  34. Mulegino1 says:

    Thanks, JS! In my reply to Momus, I did neglect to mention that the big loser of the Third (and final) World War, which will be fought for the benefit of “you know who” will be the entire world.

    They say that cockroaches will ultimately survive any cataclysm, however destructive. Perhaps rats too. I wonder (not really) what ethno-religious collective most closely resembles those aforementioned scurrying insects and rodents. Interesting to ponder, at any rate.

  35. @Mulegino1

    Hollywood and the entertainment industry, controlled by the Jews, continues to pour out ever more perverse and disgusting raw sewage to wreck its host cultures, as it did in Weimar Berlin.

    Linh Dinh reports…

    On June 1st in Las Vegas, at least a thousand people are expected to participate in the world’s biggest orgy ever. Couples must pay $200, and it’s $25 for single women. Since no single men are allowed, the incels can stay home and seethe.

    http://www.unz.com/ldinh/dreamers-opioids-and-involuntary-celibates/

    MAGA, for sure. What a pathetic sewer this is!

  36. For Europe to choose Iran over a U.S. that has protected Europe …

    I swear that PB must be an idiot-savant or somrething close to it.

    Protected?? How could such a smart an knowledgeable person make a statement like that?

    Protected? Really?

    • Replies: @gsjackson
    , @Momus
  37. Mulegino1 says:

    I believe that PB is simply in the stages of denial described by Kubler-Ross.

    Buchanan desperately clings to the Eisenhower years as normative “America”. In reality- Eisenhower’s America was built on the destruction of National Socialist Germany while at the same time stealing some 600,000 of its patents (including the V2 program which lead to the NASA programs) and the construction of the American autobahn (a.k.a. the Interstate Highway System). Eisenhower was a war criminal whose actions proved he hated the Germans with a passion, while secretly admiring what had been achieved by Hitler’s “socialist state of the highest order.”

    Buchanan is simply incapable of reconciling his own world view of “the good old USA” saving humanity with the inevitable consequences of the destruction of the only European power of the 20th Century able and willing to take on the great enemy of all humanity openly- international Jewry.

  38. gsjackson says:
    @jacques sheete

    He was a hard-line anti-communist during the Cold War, and I suppose believed in dominoes falling and such, with Uncle Sam ever vigilant to keep the dominoes standing around the world. I’d imagine one relevant distinction in his mind now is between the godless communism of the USSR and Vlad’s Christian Russia.

    His analysis sometimes suffers from not discerning what (((godless communism))) and other campaigns of aggression really are.

    • Replies: @jacques sheete
  39. Iran would be totally within its rights if it helped Syria take back the Golan from the illegal Israeli occupation. Too bad that’s impossible. If only they’d gone ahead and made those nukes that Netanyahu keeps lying about.

    • Replies: @Momus
  40. Momus says:
    @Grumpy dave

    China is looking the other way with this. They are invested in their new Silk Road project and attempting to link up 60 or so third and fourth rate economies- which they bribe, or loan money to on usurious terms.

    The Russian economy is a lot smaller than Australia’s, so perception is one thing; the reality is Russia has highly vulnerable, medium sized pie that is controlled by leaders with a high investment and sympathy for the west and antipathy towards Muslim Iran.

  41. Momus says:
    @Fidelios Automata

    Cognitive dissonance much there?
    Golan has been de facto ceded to Israel- to whom it is much more useful, in exchange for Israel’s cold eyed non intervention in Syria.

  42. Momus says:
    @jacques sheete

    I don’t know why you bother commenting. Your grasp of history and perception of the flow of current events is grotesquely distorted. You are like a plumber who expects water and shit to flow up hill.

    Of course the US has protected Western Europe after they rebuilt the place. Have you heard of the Marshall Plan? The great irony for many who saw the sacrifices the British made was that they needed and deserved reconstructing, but Germany (and Japan) got all the funds for the new machine tools and infrastructure and quickly built the second largest economy while the poms suffered with worn out pre first and second WW gear.

  43. RVBlake says:
    @Mulegino1

    Thanks for reminding me how despicable Wilson was…I was starting to forget.

  44. RVBlake says:
    @seeing-thru

    Your leading sentence is an insightful description of America’s foreign policy.

  45. Pat, instead of presenting all of your articles as a question, why can’t you just do a little more research and either prove or disprove your latest suspicion. It’s downright disgusting.

  46. Anon[371] • Disclaimer says:
    @Momus

    Momus: an Israel-Firster…amirite?

  47. @Momus

    Wow! You must believe in the peace of the graveyard by writing ” the fact that the threat of US military action, explicit and implicit, backed by her overwhelming power, has given the world it’s most peaceful and prosperous seven decades ever. ”

    Peaceful for whom? For the millions of Vietnamese killed by “her overwhelming force”? Peaceful proven by the fact that the tonnage of bombs dropped over Vietnam exceeded the tonnage of bombs used in the whole of WW2 by all sides?

    Try a little test. Spread out a map of the world, close your eyes, and randomly put down your finger or a pencil anywhere on the map. The chances are over 50% that the USA’s peaceful bombs have landed over the spot marked by your randomly selected point on the map.

    Try this test a few times, then come back and report your results.

    • Replies: @DB Cooper
    , @Momus
  48. DB Cooper says:
    @seeing-thru

    Vietnam wasn’t the most heavily bombed country. Laos is. And Laos wasn’t even fighting against the US. It just has the misfortune that it is a neighbor of a country at war with the US.

    Between 1964 and 1973, the United States dropped around 2.5 million tons of bombs on Laos. The equivalent of a planeload of bombs every eight minutes for nine years, or a ton of bombs for every person in the country—more than what American planes unloaded on Germany and Japan combined during World War II. Laos remains, per capita, the most heavily bombed country on earth.

  49. @Momus

    Your grasp of history and perception of the flow of current events is grotesquely distorted. You are like a plumber who expects water and shit to flow up hill.

    There you go again, projecting as usual. In any case I bet you know all about shit, but not plumbing. You kooks have a thing about the stuff.:

    12 Eat the food as you would a loaf of barley bread; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel.”
    - Ezekiel 4

    The prisoner was “cuffed behind a chair 17 hours a day for 120 days . . . [he] had his head covered with a sack, which was often dipped in urine or feces.
    - Wayne Madsen, Rape, Feces and Urine-Dipped Cloth Sacks

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2004/05/10/rape-feces-and-urine-dipped-cloth-sacks/

    “WASHINGTON — “I’m not spreading propaganda,” George Stephanopoulos’ orthodox-nun sister vows, but Israeli soldiers last week “defecated” on the floors of a West Bank medical clinic they raided.
    They’re also looting Palestinians’ homes there, claims Sister Maria Stephanopoulos, a nun at the Convent of St. Mary Magdalene in Jerusalem.”

    http://www.wnd.com/2002/04/13678/

  50. @gsjackson

    He was a hard-line anti-communist during the Cold War…

    True, and the stance leaves me curious about their thought processes. Buchanan surely knows that this country had long viewed the Reds as a threat, yet FDR went balls to the walls supporting the goons, smashing the anti-Red Germans and Japanese in the process. He even supported them when Hitler and Stalin were allies! Go figure.

    Moral consistency is probably not one of “our” strong points. Flip-flops-R-Us, I guess.

  51. Ghost says:

    I’m ashamed and embarrassed by my country.
    I think both our government and our military are terribly dangerous.

  52. @Momus

    Have you heard of the Marshall Plan?

    Yup. Have you heard how it was in reality, a plan to keep the German economy under the boot heels of the New Yoik userers? Screw the Marshal Plan.

    The great irony for many who saw the sacrifices the British made was that they needed and deserved reconstructing, but Germany (and Japan) got all the funds for the new machine tools and infrastructure and quickly built the second largest economy while the poms suffered with worn out pre first and second WW gear.

    No, they did not get all the funds. Ever hear of Lend-Lease? The USSR was a recipient of US massive aid before, during and after WW2.

    Here’s one example, of countless ones.:

    Take the case of copper. American copper resources became so critical during the war that bus bars of the metal, on electric panel-boards, were replaced with conductors of silver, borrowed from the Treasury’s vaults at West Point. Brass, an alloy of copper and zinc, was scarce enough to warrant serious debate over substituting steel in shell cases. With such facts in mind, Lend-Lease shipments of copper, brass and bronze to the Soviet Union, divulged in the Russian lists, seem terrifying. They aggregated 642,503 tons, valued at $283,609,967

    -G. R. Jordan, From Major Jordan’s Diaries, p 69

    http://whale.to/c/Maj_Geo_Racey_Jordan-FROM_MAJOR_JORDANS_DIARIES.pdf

    The Zionist project in Palestine got plenty of aid too, including that which they stole or otherwise obtained illegally.

    We’ve been involved in everything we’ve been asked to do [re Israel]. Going back originally, I remember Dad coming home one day and saying that he was asked by– I don’t know who from the State–this would be I guess in the early 50s. That North American Aviation and one other company and I don’t know what the name of it is, merged, and because they merged, one of them’s factory was going out of business. And he was to go and buy the equipment for plane-manufacturing from– and not to ask, and no questions were to be asked.

    He went and he bought all of the equipment from the plant. It ended up being shipped to Israel. Because you know at that time, there was a complete embargo from the United States, and what little they got– well Most of what they got were smuggled in. Most of them were illegal, all the arms. That’s what Teddy Kollek did. That was his job before he became a mayor [of Jerusalem]. He was a master smuggler. And he was good. Oh was he good! [laughter]

    -Philip Weiss, Was it ‘jihad’ when Henry Crown smuggled plane parts to Israel?,July 29, 2013 27

    http://mondoweiss.net/2013/07/was-it-jihad-when-henry-crown-smuggled-plane-parts-to-israel-and-when-jeffrey-goldberg-moved-there.html

    The Germans got nothing but saddled with debt. Guess what profited from the debt????? Hint: Does the word, “usurer” ring any bells inside your otherwise empty head?

    ROFL.

    • Replies: @Momus
  53. I hope that Mr. Buchanan writes about this.:

    Two minute article that offers a glimpse of the US mobsters who supported the criminal state of Israel in the beginning. The Aspen Institute vid that’s linked there is worth viewing too.

    http://mondoweiss.net/2013/07/was-it-jihad-when-henry-crown-smuggled-plane-parts-to-israel-and-when-jeffrey-goldberg-moved-there.html

  54. Ghost says:

    Shameful. And terrifyingly true.

  55. @Momus

    Have you heard of the Marshall Plan? The great irony for many who saw the sacrifices the British made was that they needed and deserved reconstructing, but Germany (and Japan) got all the funds for the new machine tools and infrastructure and quickly built the second largest economy while the poms suffered with worn out pre first and second WW gear.

    One would almost think Momus and his tribe conceived or paid out on the Marshall Plan.

    Notice that the Plan did not go into effect until 1948, when American Gen. George C Marshall could no longer tolerate the barbarity and counter productiveness of the Jewish Morgenthau Plan, under which the Germans were tormented for three years after the end of hostilities.

    Even at that, a. if Jewish money was involved, it was going into, not out of, Jewish pockets; and
    b. the economic assistance the USA committed to the Plan went primarily to England and not to continental Europe:

    The Marshall Plan . . . was an American initiative to aid Western Europe, in which the United States gave over $13 billion. . . in economic assistance to help rebuild Western European economies after the end of World War II. The plan was in operation for four years beginning on April 3, 1948.[3] The goals of the United States were to rebuild war-torn regions, remove trade barriers, modernize industry, improve European prosperity, and prevent the spread of Communism. . . .

    Somewhat more aid per capita was also directed towards the Allied nations, with less for those that had been part of the Axis or remained neutral.
    The largest recipient of Marshall Plan money was the United Kingdom (receiving about 26% of the total),
    followed by France (18%) and
    West Germany (11%).
    wikipedia

    West Germany, 75% of whose civil and industrial infrastructure was destroyed,
    received $1.4 billion, while England, far less seriously damaged, received ~ $3.4 billion, less than the amount Israel receives every year from USA.

  56. Momus says:
    @seeing-thru

    Funny stuff. Sort of like refuting the usefulness of motherhood.

    Count the numbers killed by war in the 70 years preceeding WW2 and compare the percentage with post WW2. Do the same with average per capita incomes. The result shows an astonishing decrease.

    The US nuclear umbrella shielding the west: Europe, North America, Japan, Canada, Australia has allowed for an economic and social golden age that has lifted billions out of poverty and made Western Civilisation objectively the greatest in the history of mankind.

    • Replies: @Thirdeye
  57. Momus says:
    @jacques sheete

    Cobber, Lend Lease started in 1941.

    Marshall Plan started under Truman in 1947 and ran until 1952. Sure, funds had to be repaid but the highly positive trade liberalisation and social effects were the main benefit. About 75% of Marshall Plan funds went to Europe.

    By the late 1940s the Lend Lease deals were being wound up.

    Israel, with a diagonal nod and a wink, also benefited from Marshall Plan style assistance. Like the major countries of Western Europe and despite great adversity they have been an astonishing success story.

    You are bare faced lying about Morganthau’s Plan. It was never enacted.

  58. Thirdeye says:

    As for the Chinese, she will take advantage of the West’s ostracism of Iran by drawing Iran closer to her own orbit.

    As is already happening, in the aftermath of the French withdrawal from their partnership with the Chinese in developing the Parsi gas field.

    Europe can be pressured to flip against Iran because of their complete dependence on Atlantic financial structures, but China and other Eurasian powers not so much. Iran has emerged as a core interest of China, being a Dollar-independent source of energy.

    Iran could agree to release Western prisoners, move Shiite militia in Syria away from the Golan Heights, accept verifiable restrictions on tests of longer-range missiles and establish deconfliction rules for U.S. and Iranian warships in the Persian Gulf.

    Reward: aid from the West and renewed diplomatic relations with the United States.

    Multiple problems with that scenario. Foremost, the United States has no credibility left that they would uphold their end of such a deal. That’s the main consequence of withdrawing from the 2015 deal. Iran does not control Shiite militia near the Golan Heights; Russia is now more influential than Iran in Syria. Shiite militia are unlikely to withdraw from the Golan Heights area as long as Al Qaeda and ISIS, aided and abetted by Israel, continue to operate in close proximity.

  59. Thirdeye says:
    @Momus

    Don’t confuse correlation with causality. The biggest guarantor against global war breaking out in the postwar era was the recognition among the major powers that it would surely result in everybody being destroyed, forcing foreign policy to be based on realism. Unfortunately, realism has fallen out of favor in the US during the post-Soviet era.

  60. As to China,

    I think they have made their position clear – they are all too happy to see the US get bogged down in the middle east.

    for obvious reasons.

    • Replies: @myself
  61. myself says:
    @EliteCommInc.

    As to China,

    I think they have made their position clear – they are all too happy to see the US get bogged down in the middle east.

    for obvious reasons

    “NEVER interfere with a competitor when he’s in the process of shooting himself in the head” – to paraphrase a well-known saying.

    Some things, you actively make happen. Uther things, you actively stop from happening.

    But in the case of the U.S., China just passively lets (without lifting a finger) America follow its natural course – straight off a rather high cliff.

    I remember Donald Trump ranting about how China was “laughing” at us (his words), back in the 2016 campaign.
    Hell, he ain’t seen nothin’ yet. If we’re idiotic enough to get into another Middle Eastern quagmire (Iraq wasn’t enough?) . . . well, words just fail.

  62. Berregamo says:

    Pat,
    I’ve read your books and articles and long admired your clear-eyed writing and calling out the corruption of the neocons, yet you’ve shown uncharacteristic naivete in this article, which is one of the worst I’ve seen from you in the past 5 years. Others have covered some of your unusual blind spots, in particular your laughable assertion of US “rewards” for Iranian capitulation in the form of Western aid and US diplomatic support– seriously? After Trump just unilaterally withdrew from an accord requiring a decade of diplomacy and Pompeo basically demanded complete capitulation? The US has no credibility to “guarantee” anything.

    But even more seriously, Pat, you worst failure and blind spot with this article is the way you bizarrely attribute a level of determination and competence to the Trump Administration that does not exist. You blindly assume that the EU will simply cave to Bolton and Pompeo’s utterly impossible demands, while failing to consider several very obvious reasons why the EU, even with the weakest leaders no better than vassals, need do no such thing:

    — Trump has gutted and continues to gut the US State Dept, so there’s no “enforcement system” in place to enforce even the primary sanctions against Iran leave alone the secondary sanctions against dozens of economically powerful countries which are unbelievably complex.

    — There is no substitute for Iranian oil on the market this time, very different from, say, 2014. Not only is OPEC cutting back, Venezuela is an utter basketcase, US sources are running dry (the price of fracking is that it quickly wrecks the productive capacity of an oil shale bed), meanwhile demand from China and even more critically, India is spiking fast. The global economy and esp. the USA (all those auto loans and student deb ton top of the $21 trillion national debt) cannot tolerate a prolonged spell of oil above $100 a barrel and a nastier recession than even 2008 which is exactly what sanctions on Iran would bring. In fact US law itself requires that sanctions be imposed only when the lost oil output can be made up for. It can’t, and the Trump admin has barely even begun to deal with this.

    — More the point Trump is be-set with chronic attention deficit disorder, and he ultimately cares far more about beating his many domestic enemies (the “fake news” media, both Dems and rival Republicans, Mueller, whatever official he plans to fire next) than any foreign policy “priority”, Iran included. Within a few months, Iran will have faded off from the radar screen esp. with the midterms, and since Trump has no coherent policy for Iran to begin with, there’s about zero chance of Team Trump getting anywhere near a coherent or disciplined enough policy to manage secondary sanctions against the EU or anybody else.

    — On foreign policy alone, North Korea and Venezuela are both going to be occupying more and more of the Trump Admin’s attention and military assets, the N. Korea flash-point alone means that Trump and Pompeo can’t afford the laser focus they’d need on Iran to make even a multilateral sanctions approach work, leave alone unilateral sanctions.

    — The US military is painfully over-stretched after 15 years of continuous ongoing war, and failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan esp. Our navy ships are colliding with merchant shipping and killing our own sailors, our warplanes either won’t fly or are falling out of the sky from exhausted pilots who are leaving the service, our Special Forces are being bled dry from casualties and suicides from non stop deployments.. and we’re supposed to be planning an invasion of Iran with it’s 80 million people and mountain-laden territory? Not without a draft, and not even Trump at his most deluded could try to pull that off.

    — Pat Buchanan brings up the EU, Russia and China as major players in deciding what happens with proposed US sanctions on Iran, but forgets perhaps the most important player over the longer term– India. India has very close relations with Iran, a good deal of trade and investment but more important, is totally dependent on Iran’s oil, much more than EU is. China is too to a degree, but the Chinese do have some wiggling-room with their deals with other Mideast sources, Russia and many African countries as suppliers, where China has heavily invested. Not the case with India, which completely dependent on Iranian oil with little substitute for India’s growing economy and it’s large population. Narendra Modi and all other Indian politicians know this– even if it wanted to, India cannot go without Iranian oil supplies, otherwise India would face a certain economic collapse, followed by popular unrest and a horrifically bloody breakdown in societal order that would make China’s Tai’ping rebellion seem like a picnic, not to mention breaking up India further into about a dozen independent statelets. This was probably Trump, Bolton and Pompeo’s biggest miscalculation, beyond the resistance of the EU or the scornful dismissal of Russia and China of US sanctions threats. India cannot be moved, because it’s not a “choice” for India, there is no option for India but to keep buying Iran’s oil. Which in fact Iran is already now doing– but in rupees rather than dollars. Which leads us to another twist:

    — Pat, please, please get this into your head once and for all– the world does not depend on the US dollar anymore, and certainly not the petrodollar anymore. This means that even if the Trump Administration magically developed a streak of competence and determination, re-staffed the State Dept and got the US private sector on board, there’s in reality very, very little the US can do esp. if Trump and Pompeo stupidly try out unilateral sanctions, aka. sanctioning the world. India again, is paying for Iran’s oil in rupees. Russia is doing deals with Iran in rubles and barter, China’s petroyuan is now trading at unprecedented levels at the Shanghai exchange and would do so even more amid US sanctions, Europe is buying Iran’s oil in Euros, Turkey is buying in lira, and it’s very easy for everybody to use specialized financial institutions that avoid the US dollar in general. The US government deciding to the use the dollar as a weapon for sanctions was one of the all time stupidest foreign policy decisions ever by a hegemonic power. Every single country that’s had a reserve currency, dating back to the Portuguese in the 1400′s, got that status because they were smart enough to disassociate their geo-political policy from the use of the currency itself which was “just business” even among enemy nations. Now the US, by way over-reaching in using the US dollar as a policy weapon– even against Europeans (and with Iranians for that matter, who never attacked us even after we overthrew their democratic elected leader Mossadekh in the 1950′), is all but guaranteeing it’s swift demise as the world’s reserve currency. And with $21 trillion in debt, that gives the US even less leverage to impose massive sanctions without angering the international bond-holders and sovereign funds we depend on to buy US deb and keep our economy afloat.

    What it all adds up to Pat, is the US has a much, much weaker hand than at any time since WWII, esp. for these kinds of dumb unilateral sanctions that have no world support, and even very little support in the US– another thing the EU realizes, that Trump does not have the backing of the American people for this needless fight vs Iran, and if he pushes it too far, will be kicked out of office. The EU doesn’t even need to “assert itself” to break free from US vassalage and oppose the US sanctions. It can do so passively, just let Trump impotently lash out without the competence, staff or means to actually follow up the secondary sanctions, and allow it’s companies to profit from business with Iran while still continuing to trade with the US. Only a fool would cave to Trump, Bolton and Pompeo here.

    • Agree: Catiline
    • Disagree: SolontoCroesus
    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
  63. @Berregamo

    Trump has gutted and continues to gut the US State Dept, so there’s no “enforcement system” in place to enforce even the primary sanctions against Iran leave alone the secondary sanctions against dozens of economically powerful countries which are unbelievably complex.

    FDR ignored the State Department; most of his war policy was run by and through Henry Morgenthau Jr’s office at Treasury.
    Similarly, the sanctions are not so much sanctions as a combination of law fare and blackmail controlled by US Treasury, thru the office/tactic originating with Stuart Levey, The Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI)

    Levey is credited with developing and executing financial strategies to counter threats to U.S. national security and protect the integrity of the international financial system.[5][6] He has also been recognized for his efforts in leading the U.S. government’s efforts to disrupt financial networks supporting terrorist organizations; developing and implementing financial measures against proliferators of weapons of mass destruction; and playing a central role in U.S. strategies to pressure the regimes in North Korea, Iran and elsewhere.[7][8][9][10][11] He is credited, in particular, with designing the financial strategy that resulted in tremendous pressure on Iran’s economy and its isolation from the international financial system.[12]

    One of Levey’s innovations was harnessing the private sector to enhance the effectiveness of governmental measures. He “led an effort to convince foreign banks to cease conducting business with Iran until that country agreed to comply with international banking standards. By showing companies and banks that doing business in Iran has financial and diplomatic repercussions, he has convinced corporations to cut off business with Iran.” [13] TFI’s efforts received support from both Republicans [14] and Democrats [13][15] Levey, a Bush appointee, was asked to remain in his position by the Obama Administration.

    The real threat that US (Treasury) imposes on European states is denial of access to US financial and other markets, as well as SWIFT.

    When Levey left to take the post of legal director at HSBC, he handed over the director’s job overseeing TIF to his former law partner, David Cohen, and then to another partner in the same law firm, Adam Szubin.

    Meanwhile, Chicago native Richard Goldberg, now at Foundation for Defense of Democracy, did his part for the tribe while an aide to the governor of Illinois: Goldberg engineered the legislation by which Illinois divested its funds from companies doing business with Iran. Goldberg also worked as on Illinois senator Mark Kirk’s staff, in which position Goldberg was

    ““instrumental in the deployment of a U.S. missile defense radar to the Negev Desert—the first-ever full-time deployment of U.S. forces in Israel.”[6]

    In 2013, Goldberg was reported to have played a leading role in the Republican campaign in Congress opposing President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel. Roll Call reporter Meredith Shiner wrote that Goldberg was the source of numerous emails circulated among congressional staffers targeting Hagel.[7]

    “Richard Goldberg, a deputy chief of staff in Kirk’s office who also focuses on foreign policy issues, has been sending as many as three emails a day to the (staffers’) list, which CQ Roll Call confirmed includes reporters, Republican policy staffers and some Democrats,” she wrote. “The emails typically include links or text of articles that cast Hagel—a former Republican senator from Nebraska and President Barack Obama’s secretary of Defense nominee—in a negative light.

    “The chatter within Republican circles, however, is that Kirk’s office has been taking a lead role in the campaign against Hagel’s confirmation. Two sources said they expect Kirk will be more vocal about his concerns in the coming days.”[8]

    FDD’s Clifford May wrote that FDD executive director Mark Dubowitz worked with Goldberg to promote sanctions targeting the Central Bank of Iran, the SWIFT financial messaging service, and entire sectors of the Iranian economy. In a 2016 article, May relayed a story by Jay Solomon, chief foreign affairs correspondent for the Wall Street Journal. “Eventually, Mr. Dubowitz, working with Sen. Kirk’s then-deputy chief of staff Richard Goldberg, came up with a ‘financial bomb’—a Belgium-based financial firm called SWIFT—’which hosts the international computer network that facilitates virtually every banking transaction in the world through an extensive messaging and financial tracking system.’ The Obama administration opposed expelling Iran from SWIFT but ‘Congress once again overrode the White House’s concerns and unanimously passed’ legislation in 2012 that ‘de-SWIFTed’ Tehran. By 2013, such measures, ‘were crippling Iran’s economy.’” https://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/goldberg-richard/

  64. No question about it, President Trump is HARMING AMERICA.

    It is the man himself. He seems to be continually posing, like some latter day Mussolini. Nobody now takes him seriously.

    He is also under the thumb of Israel, and that is not the way the rest of the world wants to be led.

  65. It has been suggested that President Trump suffers from ADH, (Attention Deficit Disorder). That is not a disease as such, but a condition, usually found in agitated children, usually boys.

    I would say there is definitely something odd about him. He is continually posing and shows blatant vanity/narcissm. These characteristics seem to occur in dictators. Napoleon and Mussolini come to mind. He is not the sort of person I would hire.

    He is doing great harm to the USA, and to its reputation.

  66. Perhaps the elites in New York City and Washington DC should be more introspective. The millions of Middle-Americans who voted for Trump were not just voting for him but were also voting against them, the arrogant, controlling Metropolitan elites.

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