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President Trump has been notoriously inconsistent in his foreign policy. He campaigned on and won the presidency with promises to repair relations with Russia, pull out of no-win wars like Afghanistan, and end the failed US policy of nation-building overseas. Once in office he pursued policies exactly the opposite of what he campaigned on. Unfortunately Iran is one of the few areas where the president has been very consistent. And consistently wrong.

In the president’s speech last week he expressed his view that Iran was not “living up to the spirit” of the 2015 nuclear agreement and that he would turn to Congress to apply new sanctions to Iran and to, he hopes, take the US out of the deal entirely.

Nearly every assertion in the president’s speech was embarrassingly incorrect. Iran is not allied with al-Qaeda, as the president stated. The money President Obama sent to Iran was their own money. Much of it was a down-payment made to the US for fighter planes that were never delivered when Iran changed from being friend to foe in 1979. The president also falsely claims that Iran targets the United States with terrorism. He claims that Iran has “fueled sectarian violence in Iraq,” when it was Iranian militias who prevented Baghdad from being overtaken by ISIS in 2014. There are too many other false statements in the president’s speech to mention.

How could he be so wrong on so many basic facts about Iran? Here’s a clue: the media reports that his number one advisor on Iran is his Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley. Ambassador Haley is a “diplomat” who believes war is the best, first option rather than the last, worst option. She has no prior foreign policy experience, but her closest mentor is John Bolton – the neocon who lied us into the Iraq war. How do these people live with themselves when they look around at the death and destruction their policies have caused?

Unfortunately the American people are being neoconned into another war. Just as with the disastrous 2003 US attack on Iraq, the media builds up the fear and does the bidding of the warmongers without checking facts or applying the necessary skepticism to neocon claims.

Like most Americans, I do not endorse Iran’s style of government. I prefer religion and the state to be separate and even though our liberties have been under attack by our government, I prefer our much freer system in the US. But I wonder how many Americans know that Iran has not attacked or “regime-changed” another country in its modern history. Iran’s actions in Syria are at the invitation of the legitimate Syrian government. And why won’t President Trump tell us the truth about Iranian troops in Syria – that they are fighting ISIS and al-Qaeda, both of which are Sunni extremist groups that are Iran’s (and our) mortal enemies?

How many Americans know that Iran is one of the few countries in the region that actually holds elections that are contested by candidates with very different philosophies? Do any Americans wonder why the Saudis are considered one of our greatest allies in the Middle East even though they hold no elections and have one of the world’s worst human rights records?

Let’s be clear here: President Trump did not just announce that he was “de-certifying” Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal. He announced that Iran was from now on going to be in the bullseye of the US military. Will Americans allow themselves to be lied into another Middle East war?

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. “Will Americans allow themselves to be lied into another Middle East war?”

    The die was cast the minute they ended the draft and mandatory service. What the hell does anyone in this country care about the next war? Maybe some realize it’s a theft, a looting, but as long as it isn’t THEIR blood being spilt, nothing goes nuclear, they don’t care. Few outside our little venue here even understand, they think it’s still Rah! Rah! And then, I suppose if I were in Congress, I might demand votes on these deals. Civilian control of the military, funding the wars, etc. Of course, if I pushed the point, they’d put a bullet in my HEAD. Just because. And headline me, my Mistress and my wife on the front page of the Post. Because NSA just KNOWS shit. Probably set me up with my Mistress to begin with so they’d have something on me, heh. This is the dilemma the Hill has on a personal level. We don’t vote on wars, we gave em a blank check after 9/11 and that’s that. Keeping it all going? That’s all private. None-ya.

    No one can talk about it, they just do it.

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    Of course, if I pushed the point, they’d put a bullet in my HEAD. Just because. And headline me, my Mistress and my wife on the front page of the Post. Because NSA just KNOWS shit. Probably set me up with my Mistress to begin with so they’d have something on me, heh. This is the dilemma the Hill has on a personal level.
     
    They're practical calculating people and they make a good living at it. It makes no difference to them that they are sitting on top of a rotten system, since they have all the advantages of being part of the upper class.

    The late 18th Century French aristocracy had the same awareness, and it was their chief representative Louis XV who presciently said, "Après moi le déluge".

    The "Deluge"in question, seems to be the point where popular discontent becomes a non-controllable mass movement. For example, Rumanian dictator Ceausescu's brutal secret police (Securitate) realizing that there were too many demonstrators to deal with, and Ceausescu lasting only 5 days between his heckled public speech in Bucharest's Palace Square and his capture and summary execution (25th Dec. 1989).

    From the US point of view, the country hasn't so far experienced any real mass demonstrations, but it doesn't mean that it can't happen over some triggering issue.

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  2. Trump is so wrong on Iran, but this story is too funny.

    Shrinks against Trump. ROTFL.

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  3. Miro23 says:
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    "Will Americans allow themselves to be lied into another Middle East war?"

    The die was cast the minute they ended the draft and mandatory service. What the hell does anyone in this country care about the next war? Maybe some realize it's a theft, a looting, but as long as it isn't THEIR blood being spilt, nothing goes nuclear, they don't care. Few outside our little venue here even understand, they think it's still Rah! Rah! And then, I suppose if I were in Congress, I might demand votes on these deals. Civilian control of the military, funding the wars, etc. Of course, if I pushed the point, they'd put a bullet in my HEAD. Just because. And headline me, my Mistress and my wife on the front page of the Post. Because NSA just KNOWS shit. Probably set me up with my Mistress to begin with so they'd have something on me, heh. This is the dilemma the Hill has on a personal level. We don't vote on wars, we gave em a blank check after 9/11 and that's that. Keeping it all going? That's all private. None-ya.

    No one can talk about it, they just do it.

    Of course, if I pushed the point, they’d put a bullet in my HEAD. Just because. And headline me, my Mistress and my wife on the front page of the Post. Because NSA just KNOWS shit. Probably set me up with my Mistress to begin with so they’d have something on me, heh. This is the dilemma the Hill has on a personal level.

    They’re practical calculating people and they make a good living at it. It makes no difference to them that they are sitting on top of a rotten system, since they have all the advantages of being part of the upper class.

    The late 18th Century French aristocracy had the same awareness, and it was their chief representative Louis XV who presciently said, “Après moi le déluge”.

    The “Deluge”in question, seems to be the point where popular discontent becomes a non-controllable mass movement. For example, Rumanian dictator Ceausescu’s brutal secret police (Securitate) realizing that there were too many demonstrators to deal with, and Ceausescu lasting only 5 days between his heckled public speech in Bucharest’s Palace Square and his capture and summary execution (25th Dec. 1989).

    From the US point of view, the country hasn’t so far experienced any real mass demonstrations, but it doesn’t mean that it can’t happen over some triggering issue.

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  4. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I don’t think Trump has been inconsistent. He is telling the public what it wants to hear. Before the election he told Joe Sixpack that he was smarter than the elites. After taking office, he saw that dropping bombs in the Middle East is good for his ratings—“presidential” and all that.

    I suspect his loose playing with the facts (the “pics of gassed children” thing and now this weird speech) are merely symptoms of his contempt for the hoi polloi.

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  5. alexander says:

    Dear Dr. Paul,

    There is a very sophisticated (if unspoken) mechanism tied to the J.C.P.O.A. that goes much farther than Iran and its nuclear capabilities.

    It is very much bound up in how the world might respond to the United States committing to another multi trillion dollar catastrophic ” war of choice”.

    Major decisions in retaining the US Dollar as the world’s currency, may depend on whether the United States has the capacity to restrain its belligerent behavior around the globe.

    And I mean it.

    If we initiate another Iraq fiasco, but on an even larger scale (with Iran) the world may collectively choose to drop the dollar, and dump our bonds too.

    We become isolated, not just for our unrestrained belligerence, but the fact this belligerence is tied to an unrestrained spending spree that is bankrupting us….and everybody knows it.

    The price tag for our perpetual war making is so large (and so obscene), it is functioning as a sustained assault on the creditworthiness of our nation.

    It is not outside the realm of possibilities, that an emergency session at the Security Council, could well end in our seat being removed and sanctions being imposed (by the world) ,on US.

    As it stands right now, we have nearly “quadrupled” our entire national debt in a mere 17 years.

    2000- 5.65 trillion
    2017-20.32 trillion

    This an “insane” amount ( $14,600,000,000,000.00) of overspending.

    Furthermore , our national debt has now (shockingly)eclipsed our GDP by over one trillion dollars, whereas, 17 years ago our national debt was (comfortably) around HALF our GDP.

    2000- Nat. Debt 5.6 trillion/ GDP 9.8 trillion…a positive ratio of almost 1 to 2 [good]
    2017- Nat. Debt 20.3 trillion/ GDP 19.3 trillion….a Negative ratio of 1 to .95 [horrible] *

    The big warning sign (of impending insolvency) for “any” nation, ever a #1 superpower such as ourselves , is when one’s debt begins to EXCEED one’s GDP.

    and this has actually happened to our Great United States, once the gold standard for international solvency.

    If we plan to spend 7-10 trillion dollars on another big war, and our GDP does not somehow grow fast enough to outflank our debt….

    We will be looking at a national debt of 27-30 trillion and a mere 21-23 trillion GDP in a few years time .

    This is very bad.

    Very , very bad.

    * source : National Debt Clock

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  6. Virgile says:

    Trump has no choice. If he wants Saudi and Gulf oil and money to continue flowing in the USA, he has to show off publicly that Iran is also a US enemy to fight back.
    Beside the difference in their practice of Islam, Iran is a threat to Saudi Arabia mainly because it has a system close a democracy with elections and a parliament while Saudi Arabia is a family lead theocracy, a disguised dictatorship.
    Iran is a threat to Israel because it support resistance movement opposed to Israel apartheid and hegemony in the region. Israel has no official borders. It is a country in constant territorial expansion.
    If Trump wants the American Jewish lobby on his side, he has to declare that Iran is a threat to the “region” while it is clear that Iran is on the defensive side, against Sunni and Jewish extremism.

    By going to Moscow the Saudi King made it very clear to Trump: If you cozy with Iran, we’ll cozy with Russia. Trump is trapped.
    If the US gets out of the region, Israel will have to do many compromises about the Palestinians. This is why Israel will do all it can to get the US in the region by creating false flags and manipulating US public opinion.
    It won’t easily allow a US soft landing…

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