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The resignation of Sigal Mandelker, an Israeli operative in the US Treasury who designed the Trump administration’s Iran sanctions, is a sign of retreat.

Mnuchin, Mandelker, Sheldon Adelson and other Trump-handlers wanted “maximum pressure.” The goal of this policy was to blind side the Iranians by randomly withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear agreement in hopes of starving civilians by deplatforming the nation from international banking services and trade. They bet on this triggering a civil war.

White Zionist John Bolton was brought in a month before the arbitrary pull out in May 2018, much to the disillusionment of Trump voters, to exacerbate the economic strangulation with geopolitical pressure on Iranian chokepoints.

Now Bolton too has recently departed. He stormed out of the administration after a dispute about the sanctions with Trump, who is nervous about the mess Washington has created. The unelected Jews and lackeys who orchestrated a policy that contradicts actual US (not Israeli) interests are running away. Trump has been abandoned, flaming bag of dog shit in hand.

The president is now making desperate appeals, covered in a shallow sheen of bluster, for the Iranians to come back to the negotiating table in exchange for lifting all sanctions, a dramatic capitulation. So far, they have refused.

Maximum Resistance

The biggest defeat for Washington, Tel Aviv and Saudi Arabia is that they have been exposed as weak bullies. While these Zionist forces have been terrorizing the Middle East unimpeded for years now, Iran’s combination of well-timed counter-strikes have humiliated them on the world stage.

The September 14th attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels – who have been subjected to barbarism by US backed Gulf coalition forces – on Saudi oil refineries wiped out 5% of the entire world’s global oil supply in one day. This isolated act has been enough to impact global energy prices.

Judging from the nature of the weapons involved, it’s certain that the Iranians at the very least provided the means for this attack. After years of Saudi propaganda framing the Houthis as the Ayatollah’s proxies, the myth has come true.

The response from the Zionist Axis has been to make empty impotent threats. The Saudis would be obliterated in a war with Iran, while a costly and bloody American invasion of the Persian state would ironically destabilize the US from within.

In Syria, the Iranians have refused to break. They and their allies have increased their military presence massively on Israel’s border this year. The wise Persian generals know that if war ever broke out, the prospect of even one powerful attack against Israel intimidates our ruling oligarchy much more than a thousand dead US soldiers ever will.

In Yemen, newfound Iranian material support has completely turned the tide in favor of the Houthi rebels in the four-year-long war. In a recent battle, the scrappy Houthis crushed Gulf coalition forces and captured hundreds of their troops in what may be one of the biggest military embarrassments of the 21st century. The war is going so badly for the Gulf States that the American forward base supporting them in Qatar recently picked up and fled back to South Carolina.

Resistance Economics

President Hassan Rouhani is considered a “reformer.” He represents a more cosmopolitan wing in Iranian politics that is relatively sympathetic to the European Union and America.

After the 2015 nuclear agreement, Rouhani began to liberalize elements of the Iranian command economy so that international financial gatekeepers would allow his nation to access foreign technology and investment.

Rouhani’s reformist agenda is what split American Jewry when it came to the nuclear deal. They assumed that Rouhani could be another Gorbachev and weaken the national idea. By letting in markets he would open his country to liberal cultural influence, flourishing corruption and a loss of sovereignty to neo-liberalism, they calculated.

Rouhani’s reforms have now been totally undone by the Iranian state in a pivot back towards a “resistance economy.” The chief advocate for liberal economics in the government, Masoud Nili, was dismissed last year. Rouhani has lost all credibility. His brother was just sentenced to five years in prison for corruption.

While the Iranian economy is suffering, central planning, bartering and a crackdown against speculation has kept the industrial output afloat and grocery store shelves full of affordable food. This resilience in food security has angered American/Israeli policymakers, who are getting more petty in response.

While wages and living standards have fallen and inflation is high, average people are still living better than they were prior to 2015. This is thanks in part to the release of $150 billion dollars in Iranian assets and money by the Obama administration.

The bleeding, for now, has been stymied. The International Monetary Fund predicts that in 2020 the Iranian economy will have positive growth again.

New Allies

Hardliners who oppose Rouhani in Iran have been proven right on the risks of engaging with the EU and USA. They are advocates for becoming integrated into the Russian and Chinese spheres.

Some Chinese companies have been ignoring the US sanctions program, which also blacklists any company in the world that trades with Iran. China already has $400 billion dollars worth of investments in Iran and are looking to integrate the Western Asia power into the “Belt and Road” initiative, an ambitious trade program that aims to undermine the hegemony of the US dollar and threatens liberal unipolarity.

Russia and Iran have grown close thanks to military operations against Islamist terrorism in Syria. While trade between the two countries is limited, Iran and Russia are working together to figure out ways to become independent of American economic influence, embodied by instruments like SWIFT, which is being weaponized against both countries to try and bend them to Wall Street and Washington’s political will.

The big surprise during this process has been NATO member Turkey. Erdogan has publicly refused to obey the sanctions regiment. Turkey seems to be sick of American influence, especially now that the US military is providing aid and wasting diplomatic capital just to support Kurdish communist groups. The Turks are eager to work with the emerging Russia – Iran – China power bloc to confront what it now sees as a destabilizing, traitorous force.

Two decades ago the Iran sanctions may have worked exactly as our Jewish policy makers assumed it would. Instead, all it has done is galvanize existing US rivals and create new ones.

Maximum pressure has for the first time since the Cold War met maximum resistance. Liberalism is being routed globally, and soon, domestically.

(Republished from National Justice by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Iran, Oil Industry, Saudi Arabia, Yemen 
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