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Obama is being praised as a man of peace for the nuclear agreement with Iran. Some are asking if Obama will take the next step and repair US-Russian relations and bring the Ukrainian imbroglio to an end?

If so he hasn’t told Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland or his nominee as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force General Paul Selva, or his nominee as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford, or his Secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James.

The other day on Ukrainian TV Victoria Nuland declared that if Russia does not “fulfill its obligations,” by which she means to turn all of Ukraine over to Washington including Crimea, a historical Russian province, “we’re prepared to put more pressure on Russia.” During the past week both of Obama’s nominees to the top military positions told the US Senate that Russia was the main threat to the US, an “existential threat” even. With this level of war rhetoric in play, clearly Obama has no interest in reducing the tensions that Washington has created with Russia.

In my last column I wrote that the agreement with Iran does not mean much, because Washington can renew the sanctions at any time merely by making false charges against Iran. Obama knows this even if Lindsey Graham and John McCain pretend that they don’t know it.

The US and its proxies continue to murder people over a large area of the earth. Clearly Obama is not a man of peace, and neither are his European enablers and the United Nations. So what is the reason for the accommodation with Iran after many years of rabid demonization of a country for no other reason than the country insisted on its rights to nuclear energy granted by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty?

If you can free yourself from the brainwashing from the presstitute media, three BIG reasons jump out at you. One is that the neoconservatives’ perception of the threat has shifted from “Muslim terrorists” to Russia and China. Unlike Muslim terrorists, both Russia and China are constraints on Washington’s unilateralism. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Washington has grown accustomed to being the Uni-Power, able to exercise its will unchallenged in the world. The rise of Russian strength under Putin and Chinese strength under the new policy has destroyed Washington’s Uni-Power privilege. Washington wants the privilege back.

Washington is not in good shape, economically or militarily. According to Nobel Economist Joseph Stieglitz and Harvard University budget expert Linda Bilmes, Washington has wasted at least $6 trillion dollars in its 14-year old wars in the Middle East. Despite the extraordinary cost, Washington has been defeated, and is now faced with the Islamic State, a new entity arising out of Washington’s mistakes that is creating a new country partly out of Iraq and partly out of Syria.

Despite its gigantic hubris, Washington has figured out that the US cannot simultaneously take on Russia, China, Iran, and the Islamic State. This realization is one reason for the nuclear agreement with Iran. It removes Iran from the mix.

A second reason for the agreement is that Iran is opposed to the Islamic State and can be employed as an American proxy against the Islamic State, thus freeing Washington for conflict with Russia and China.

ORDER IT NOW

A third reason for Washington’s agreement with Iran is Washington’s concern with Europe’s energy dependence on Russia. This dependence is inconsistent with the EU going along with Washington’s sanctions against Russia and with NATO’s military moves against Russia. Washington wants to end this dependence and has hopes that money can bring Iran into becoming a supplier of natural gas and oil to Europe.

The explanation I have provided is realism, not cynicism. All that the agreement with Iran means is that Washington has belatedly realized that the concocted Iranian and Muslim threats are using up time, energy, and resources that Washington needs to apply to Russia and China. Moreover, there were too many threats for the American people to know which was paramount.

One of the reasons that Greece has to be destroyed is to block the entry of Russian natural gas into Europe from the Russian pipeline into Turkey.

Washington has US troops in Ukraine training the Ukrainian military how to subdue the break-away provinces, and the stooge Ukrainian government has taken no steps to comply with the Minsk Agreement. Clearly Washington intends that peace is not in the cards in Ukrainian-Russian relations.

At some point Russia will have to accept defeat or else stop contributing to its own defeat. On more than one occasion when the Russian break-away provinces had the Ukrainian military totally defeated, the Russian government intervened and prevented the collapse of the Ukrainian military. For its consideration, Russia has been rewarded with more demonization and with US aid to the Ukrainian military. When hostilities resume, which they will, Russia and the break-away Russian provinces will find themselves in a worsened position.

The Russian government cannot pursue peace when Washington is pursuing War.

(Republished from PaulCraigRoberts.org by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. You omit one important factor in the making of the agreement with Iran – possibly the most important. That is the need to keep at least five other major countries lined up imposing sanctions and willing to go on doing so.

    Also, why do you think those essential sanctions could be revived just on US say-so? What evidence produced by the US would be enough after Colin Powell’s disastrous speech at the UN?

    • Replies: @Maj. Kong
  2. “Greece has to be destroyed”? The US was amongst those trying to make sure it wasn’t possibly for reasons to do with Russia and China.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  3. @Wizard of Oz

    Of course Greece has been left in a v bad condition. Perhaps it is time for the US to encourage Goldman Sachs to provide Greece with a new package: the how-to-manage-a-smooth Grexit program.

  4. J Yan says:

    The man behind the curtain is as unimpressive as ever.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  5. alexander says:

    Dear Mr Roberts,

    Not sure you are right on this one !

    You make an argument as though the ‘hegemonic” impulse ( the desire for world domination) displayed by Washington is in its DNA and not the product of the Neocon coup that occurred post 9-11.
    You make the argument that the” Iran deal ” is just an extension of that” hegemonic “impulse redirected toward Russia and China as our new (old) adversaries…….That the United States has chosen to utilize Iran as a geopolitical tool to drive a wedge between the growing symbiosis of Europe and Russia.
    Maybe .
    But maybe not !

    Maybe the Iran deal is an expression of the United States pivot away from the Neocon hegemonic impulse !?

    Maybe the Iran deal is an expression of the United States willingness to reject Nazi like wars of aggression and Nazi like desires for global domination that seem to manifest themselves within the Neocon mindset ?

    Maybe the Iran deal is an expression of the United States rejection of Neocon Fraud …
    and the 18.26 trillion dollar debt we have accrued by believing it ! ?

    Maybe we no longer want to live or die by…. Fraud …..at all ?

    Maybe we simply can’t afford it !

    Perhaps the” Iran deal” represents the” emancipation “of the United States from Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likudnik “reign of terror” that has engulfed , impoverished and delimited us
    for far too long ?

    Perhaps US Global Leadership, “actually” means making smart decisions… not being” terrorized” into foolish ones !

    Maybe there is actually a distinction between leadership and” domination”.

    Maybe, for once, the United States chose to lead !

    • Replies: @Realist
  6. Maj. Kong says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    The US could have the French produce the evidence at the UN, their opinion carries greater weight in the non-Western world. France has proven the second most hardline in the Iran negotiations, historically it was the UK with commercial ties to Iran, German corporations have many connections today.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  7. manton says:

    So when the US pursues sanctions and diplomatic pressure on Iran, it is an evil war-monger out to destroy all dissenters. When the US makes a craven deal against its own interests that is a giveaway to the Iranians, the US is … a war-monger out to crush all dissenters.

    Once again, total denial of Iranian support for terrorism, killing of American soldiers in the Middle East, etc. Is PCR’s point that none of that ever happened, or that it did, but we had it coming? If the former, he is at best willfully ignorant. If the latter, he is traitor.

    Either way, this man is insane.

  8. Realist says:
    @alexander

    “Maybe, for once, the United States chose to lead !”

    Ha,ha,ha,ha….good one.

  9. @Maj. Kong

    I’m all in favour of exploring logical possibilities but the US getting the French to propound false evidence doesn’t strike me as plausible. De Gaulle hasn’t been the only French leader to refuse America what it wants and the French refused to be moved by Colin Powell’s rhetoric.

    • Replies: @Maj. Kong
  10. @J Yan

    I don’t recall you making any contribution before, impressive or unimpressive. Excuse my asking a blunt question. Are you a sock-puppet of someone who frequents these blogs and wants to avoid identification for some reason?
    Have you a general position on any of the issues raised here that you would care to share? Or maybe you are one of those rare people who knows enough of a specific nature to contribute something interesting and worthwhile. Please offer potential readers that pleasant surprise if you can.

  11. Maj. Kong says:
    @Wizard of Oz

    False evidence is one thing, exaggerated evidence is another. If a series of Farsi blueprints was produced showing a nuclear warhead, and corresponding Russian blueprints found with again, it would look like prima facie evidence of a bomb, even if there is no bomb.

    France-Germany have to decide between the US or Russia as fuel supplier and international “hard power” to back their “soft power”.

    With a left-wing President in office, anti-Americanism isn’t what you might think it is. The more foreign leaders display it, it increases the chance of a Republican winning in 2016, which they loathe even more than a third major Mideast war.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  12. @Maj. Kong

    Well it’s a pleasure to read a coherent explanation on these threads even if I don’t in the end quite buy it as a probability. I think your scenario has just about the right degree of paranoia to make you a truly valuable security adviser:) ! More forward thinking like that and 9/11 might never have happened….

  13. If you really believe this shouldn’t you and everyone here be joining with AIPAC to stop the deal?

  14. conatus says:

    To say again the US has two great defensive resources, the Atlantic and the Pacific. Who else has that? Only the English with their little teeney weeney English channel.
    So what’s with our spearbumping and shield clanging?
    Russia is separated by rivers, little rivers with bridges. To protect their turf they have to be….whats the word?…proactive.
    But we are tickling the hairs in the bears nose? why is that?
    Basically because we are the biggest assholes on the planet. Our dick is the biggest in the world, just look at it.
    The Wikipedia entry

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

    List of countries by military expenditures has a circle chart, whose big green dick spans half the globe?

    We are led by a hostile elite who care little for our future. they want to use us as a resource and when we are used up, they move on. But as long as most Americans are happy with their Lethean pursuits of NFL football and Bud Light, nothing will change. A few macho ads at halftime and out of nation of 320 million, the Military will get enough Testosterone infused Doods to volunteer (for freedom)go at it again.

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