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Donald Trump occasionally utters unspeakable truths. In March 2018 he called Bush Jr.’s decision to invade Iraq “the worst single mistake in US history.” Earlier, Trump had said that Bush should have been impeached for launching that disastrous war.

Yet on January 2 2020 Trump made a much bigger mistake: He launched all-out war with Iran—a war that will be joined by millions of anti-US non-Iranians, including Iraqis—by murdering Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the legendary hero who defeated ISIS, alongside the popular Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Gen. Soleimani was by far the most popular figure in Iran, where he polled over 80% popularity, and throughout much of the Middle East. He was also adored by millions even outside that region, non-Muslims as well as Muslims. Many Christians throughout the world loved Gen. Soleimani, whose campaign against ISIS saved the lives of thousands of their co-religionists. Even Sunni Muslims (the people, not the billionaire playboy sheikhs) generally loved and admired the Shia Muslim Gen. Soleimani, a saintly warrior-monk who was uncommonly spiritual, morally impeccable, and the most accomplished military genius of this young century.

The strategic stupidity of Trump’s order to murder Soleimani cannot be exaggerated. This shocking, dastardly murder, committed while Soleimani was on an American-encouraged peace mission, has unleashed a “Pearl Harbor effect” that will galvanize not just the nation of Iran, but other forces in the region and around the world. Just as the shock effect of Pearl Harbor helped the American war party overcome domestic political divisions and unite the nation in its resolve for vengeance, so has the Soleimani murder galvanized regional groups, led by Islamic Iran and Iraq, in their dedication to obliterate every last trace of any US-Israeli presence in the region, no matter how long it takes, by any means necessary.

Most Americans still don’t understand the towering stature of Soleimani. Perhaps some comparisons will be helpful.

To understand the effect on Iran and the region, imagine that Stalin had succeeded in murdering George Patton, Dwight Eisenhower, and Douglas MacArthur, all on the same day, in 1946. These US generals, like Soleimani, were very popular, in part because they had just won a huge war against an enemy viewed as an embodiment of pure evil. How would Americans have reacted to such a crime? They would have united to destroy Stalin and the Soviet Union, no matter how long it took, no matter what sacrifices were necessary. That is how hundreds of millions of people will react to the martyrdom of Gen. Soleimani.

But even that comparison does not do justice to the situation. Patton, Eisenhower, and MacArthur were secular figures in an increasingly secular culture. Had Stalin murdered them, their deaths would not have risen to the level of religious martyrdom. Americans’ motivation to avenge their deaths would not have been as deep and long-lasting, nor as charged with the avid desire to sacrifice everything in pursuit of the goal, in comparison with the millions of future avengers of the death of Gen. Soleimani.

The tragedy, from the US point of view, is that this didn’t need to happen. Iran, a medium-sized player in a tough neighborhood, is a natural ally of the United States. As Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in The Grand Chessboard, “Iran…provides stabilizing support for the new political diversity of Central Asia. Its independence…acts as a barrier to any long-term Russian threat to American interests in the Persian Gulf region.” (p. 47) Obama, guided by Brzezinski and his acolytes, set the US on a sensible path toward cordial relations with Iran—only to see his foreign policy triumph sabotaged by the pro-Zionist Deep State and finally shredded by Netanyahu’s puppets Trump and Pompeo. Iran, dominated by principled anti-Zionists, is a thorn in the side of Israel, so the unstable Iranophobe Trump was inserted into the presidency to undo Obama’s handiwork and reassert total Israeli control over US policy—the same total control initially cemented by the 9/11 false flag.

If the murder of Soleimani bears comparison to Pearl Harbor, it also echoes the October 1914 killing of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo, the first domino in a series that ended in a world war. The dominos are lined up the same way today, though it may take longer for all of them to fall. Due to the enormity of its psychological effect, the Soleimani assassination irreversibly sets the US at permanent war with Iran and the rest of the Axis of Resistance. That war can end in only two ways: The destruction of Islamic Iran, or the complete elimination of the US military presence in the region. The first alternative is unacceptable not only to Iran, its regional friends, and the conscience of the world, but also to Russia and China, who would be next in line for destruction if Iran is annihilated. The second alternative is probably unacceptable to the permanent National Security State that governs the US no matter who is in office, and to Israel and its global network (and its agents in the “US” National Security State). So the irresistible force will soon be meeting the immovable object. It is difficult to see how this could possibly end well.

Ironically, given Trump’s well-justified scorn for Bush’s invasion of Iraq, the first front of the world war unleashed by Soleimani’s killing will be in that long-suffering nation, whose government has just ordered US troops to depart posthaste. If Trump wants to keep US forces in Iraq he is going to have to re-invade that nation, attack and destroy its government and military, fight a long-term counterinsurgency (this time against the vast majority of the population) and take far more casualties than Bush Jr. did.

Trump’s decision to martyr the great Iranian general and the celebrated Iraqi commander was perfectly timed to unite Iraq against the American occupation. Prior to the murder, Iraq was in the midst of color-revolution chaos, as demonstrators protested against not just the US and Israel, the real culprits in the destruction of their country, but also Iran, Iraqi politicians, and other targets. Those demonstrations, and the murders that marred them, were orchestrated by Gladio style covert US forces. As Iraqi Prime Minster Abdul Mahdi explained:

“… I visited China and signed an important agreement with them to undertake the construction instead (of an American company). Upon my return, Trump called me to ask me to reject this agreement. When I refused, he threatened to unleash huge demonstrations against me that would end my premiership.

“Huge demonstrations against me duly materialized and Trump called again to threaten that if I did not comply with his demands, then he would have Marine snipers on tall buildings target protesters and security personnel alike in order to pressure me. I refused again and handed in my resignation. To this day the Americans insist on us rescinding our deal with the Chinese.

“After this, when our Minister of Defense publicly stated that a third party was targeting both protestors and security personnel alike (just as Trump had threatened, he would do), I received a new call from Trump threatening to kill both me and the Minister of Defense if we kept on talking about this ‘third party’.

“I was supposed to meet him [Soleimani] later in the morning when he was killed. He came to deliver a message from Iran in response to the message we had delivered to the Iranians from the Saudis (as part of a peace initiative).”

So Trump lured Soleimani to Tehran with a peace initiative, then ambushed him. That’s why Soleimani was traveling openly on a commercial flight to Baghdad International Airport. He thought he was under US protection.

Abdul Mahdi’s explanation rings true. It reflects the views of most Iraqis, who will be galvanized by Trump’s atrocious actions to resume their insurgency against US occupation.

As Iraqis continue to attack the hated US presence in their country, Trump will undoubtedly blame Iran, whatever its actual role. So this time the Iranians will have no motivation to avoid helping the Iraqi liberation struggle—they would be blamed even if they didn’t. Though Soleimani was a relatively America-friendly stabilizing force after the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan—the claim that he was behind IEDs that killed US troops is a ridiculous lie—in the wake of his death Iran will respond positively to Iraqi requests for help in its national liberation struggle against the hated US occupier.

A rekindled anti-US insurgency in Iraq, and various forms of ambiguous/deniable retaliation for the murder of Gen. Soleimani throughout the region and the world, will force Trump up the escalation ladder. Iran, and the larger eject-the-US-from-the-Mideast project, will not back down, though they may occasionally stage tactical retreats for appearance’s sake. The only way Trump could “win” would be by completely destroying Iran. Even if Russia and China allowed that, an unlikely prospect, Trump or any US president who “won” that kind of war would be remembered as the worst war criminal in world history, and the US would lose all its soft power and with it its empire.

Russia now faces the same kind of decision it had to make when the Zionist-dominated US tried to destroy Syria: stand by and let Tehran be annihilated, with Moscow next in line; or use its considerable military power to save its ally. Putin will have no choice but to support Iran, just as he supported Syria. China, too, will need to ensure that the USA loses its Zionist-driven war on Iran. Otherwise Beijing would risk facing the same fate as Tehran.

Even if the only help it gets from Russia and China is covert, Iran is in a strong position to wage asymmetric war against the US presence in the Middle East. Almost two decades ago, the $250 million war game Millennium Challenge 2002 blew up in the neocons’ faces, as Lt. Gen. Paul Van Riper commanded Iranian forces against the US and steered them to victory. Though some technological developments since then may favor the US, as Dr. Alan Sabrosky recently pointed out on my radio show, others favor Iran, which now has missiles of sufficient quality and quantity to rain down hell on US bases, annihilate much of if not all of Israel, and send every US ship anywhere near the Persian Gulf to the bottom of the ocean. (Anti-ship missiles have far outstripped naval defenses, and Iran has concealed immense reserves of them deep in the Zagros Mountains overlooking the Persian Gulf.)

So Trump or whoever follows him will eventually face a choice: Accept defeat and withdraw all American bases and forces in the region; or continue up an escalation ladder that inexorably leads to World War III. The higher up the ladder he goes, the harder it will be to jump off.

The apocalyptic scenario may not be accidental. Mike Pompeo, who is widely believed to have duped Trump into ordering the killing of Gen. Soleimani, may have done so not only on behalf of the extremist Netanyahu faction in Israel, but also in service to an apocalyptic Christian Zionist program that yearns for planetary nuclear destruction. Pompeo is ardently awaiting “the rapture,” the culmination of Christian Zionist history, when a global nuclear war begins at Megiddo Hill in Occupied Palestine and consumes the planet, sending everyone to hell except the Christian Zionists themselves, who are “beamed up” Star Trek fashion by none other than Jesus himself.

Whether it goes down in radioactive flames or in a kinder and gentler way, the US empire, as unstable as its leaders, is nearing the final stages of collapse. “Very stable genius” Trump and Armageddonite Pompeo may have hastened the inevitable when they ordered the fateful killing of Gen. Soleimani.

 
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  1. The “Rapture” is certified insanity, but it is good for Israel to involve America in endless Middle Eastern wars. Very tragic that Trump, the buffoon, has certifiably insane advisors to guide him.

  2. Anonymous[392] • Disclaimer says:

    Even though Zionists play a huge role in the current conflict with Iran, it is not correct to blame all of it on them.

    America itself, even if Jews did not exist, would still need to control Iran to maintain its dollar hedgemony.

  3. Eighthman says:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/if-us-does-itll-lose-iraq-forever-trump-threatened-cut-baghdads-access-its-ny-fed-cash

    If you don’t stop telling me to pack my things and get out of your house, I’m going to steal your wallet.

    • LOL: WHAT
  4. The assassination of General Soleimanj, an official in charge of the old guard who in Iran’s power structure is more important than the Iranian president, is an act of recklessness that is bound to put the world on the path of WWIII.

    The Shiites have still have not overcome the emotional trauma of the assassination of their revered leader Imam Al Hussein thirteen centuries after the fact. Martyrdom for those people is the very essence of their existence. Soleimani, being a devout Moslem and a man of great devotion to his cause, coupled with his charisma and his down to earth approach, is considered by most Shiites and many rebels against Zionist colonialism as the closest reincarnation of the martyred Imam Hussein. Iranians simply cannot turn the other cheek. Their nation/ empire is more than 2500 years old whereas the American empire is barely 250 years old. This is going to be a war between a David and Goliath, with the Iranian David resorting to wisdom and asymmetrical warfare with patient planning against a Goliath that is robotically controlled by the Zionists and their lackeys. Moreover, the Iranian leadership, very much like the Russian leadership, is highly sophisticated and relatively free from the influence of vested interest pressure, that it can afford to play the confrontation game as it sees fit thus taking a very deep breath until Iran’s leaders see the proper opportunity to eat their vengeance plate cold.

    For Trump to send two diplomatic emissaries right after the assassination, an Arab and a Swiss, to try to extend an olive branch, both plainly rebuked by the Iranian leadership, is proof to the emotional stress that Iranians are suffering from this act of war. Trump’s gesture towards Iran and his readiness to de-escalate are added proof that this dangerous move was impressed on him by his neocon entourage.

    Trump might be a wily, crafty businessman, but his knowledge of history is almost nil. He is definitely kowtowing to his Zionist masters first among them Jared Kushner, but I fear he has set himself on a path that could make or break American diplomacy in the Middle East irrespective of wether he will be in the White House after the 2020 elections. Trump who is at heart an American isolationist has boxed himself into a conflict with the Iranians that could force his hand into an outright confrontation with Iranians who will prove to be the most formidable foe compared to all other U.S. military engagements after 9/11. Trump could have set himself for the worst security crisis in this volatile area of the world, a dream for the Israelis and a nightmare for the Americans. Trump or his deep state handler(s) are playing Russian roulette while the master of the deal has put himself on the defensive trying to guess the Iranian reaction during an election year. The moderates in Iran are toast while the conservatives are getting a field day rallying the people around their cause. Let us hope Trump is a good surfer for he is about to ride a tsunami rather than a wave.

  5. Excellent Article by Kevin Barrett. It highlights the fact that Iran is not the only theocracy in the world but rather we have worse theocracies disguised as secular democracies, with the United States ‘rapture’ ideology impinging on American foreign policy in such a flagrant way, as the most flagrant exhibition of the centricity of religion on political matters.

  6. A123 says:

    Trump’s Killing of Soleimani: New “Worst Mistake in US History”

    There are much worse events:

    Electing Barack “The Submissive” Hussein immediately springs to mind:

    — He kept the U.S. in a recession for 8 years to serve his banking buddies.
    — He tried to destroy healthcare in this country. Remember the lie, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
    — He further destabilized the ME by dumping pallets of cash on Iran. Presumably his hope was to create a new arms race. His Globalist masters in the Military Industrial Complex [MIC] would clean up by selling to all sides.
    _____

    #1 Worst Mistake in U.S. History:

    Allowing the courts to create a fake obligation ‘birthright citizenship’ based on birth location. The XIV Amendment is about legal jurisdiction, not physical location. The U.S. would be in much better shape today if the courts had not enabled mass illegal migration.

    PEACE 😇

  7. @Anonymous

    Wrong. Absent Israel, the US could easily work out acceptable terms-of-trade arrangements with Iran and the region. Obviously the petrodollar can’t last forever, with or without Iran; what the US needs is a soft landing, and cordial relations with Iran would make the landing much softer.

    • Agree: Rurik, Dannyboy
    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @tygertgr
  8. alley cat says:

    Nice analysis. Depressing but oh so true.

    I would add another tragic ingredient to this witches’ brew of human tragedy: Trump’s flawed character foreordained this unfolding disaster and exacerbates it with every additional flawed decision he makes.

    Barrett says that “[t]he tragedy, from the US point of view, is that this didn’t need to happen.” But that’s the point of tragedy, or at least Greek tragedy—character is destiny. And Trump’s character has now become America’s destiny.

    I’m focusing so much on Trump’s character because immediately after committing what Barrett calls the new “worst mistake in US history,” Trump proceeded to compound his error by threatening to bomb Iranian cultural sites, apparently without comprehending the hideous obscenity of that particular threat. Yes, it would have been worse had our president threatened to rape all Iranian women and kill their children, but only as a matter of degree of obscenity. He had already gone beyond the pale of any semblance of civilized behavior, and no amount of walking-back could retrieve him from that no-man’s land inhabited by monsters like Vlad the Impaler, Nazis, Taliban and head-choppers.

    Before Trump murdered Soleimani by stealth, the world would have dismissed the threat to destroy Iranian cultural sites as mere bluster or posturing. No more. The real Trump, like Macbeth, now stands revealed, bloody-handed and capable of murdering Macduff’s children in furtherance of his schemes. Didn’t Trump propose killing the families of alleged terrorists?

    Following such a flawed leader into an unwinnable war against Iran is a truly terrifying prospect. If it doesn’t give you nightmares you have no imagination. Think Abu Ghraib on an industrial scale. If Iran starts inflicting huge casualties on the US, would Trump quickly resort to nuclear weapons?

    At what point would the civilized world conclude that America is a mad dog that must be put down?

  9. /Megiddo Hill/

    Academic point: There are no mountains or hills of Megiddo, just the plain thereof. Some assert that, since the term megiddo is derived from moed, it should be translated as “assembly,” which renders har megiddo as “mountain/hill of assembly.” In Revelation 16: 16, it’s referenced as a place where “the kings are gathered together,” and doesn’t necessarily imply the locale of battle.

    • Replies: @Peter D. Bredon
  10. Ron Unz says:
    @alley cat

    At what point would the civilized world conclude that America is a mad dog that must be put down?

    Well, “mad dogs” are those infected with the rabies virus, and on numerous occasions I’ve suggested that as the metaphor for America’s increasingly bizarre behavior over the last couple of decades:

    Or to apply a far harsher biological metaphor, consider a poor canine infected with the rabies virus. The virus may have no brain and its body-weight is probably less than one-millionth that of the host, but once it has seized control of the central nervous system, the animal, big brain and all, becomes a helpless puppet.

    Once friendly Fido runs around foaming at the mouth, barking at the sky, and trying to bite all the other animals it can reach. Its friends and relatives are saddened by its plight but stay well clear, hoping to avoid infection before the inevitable happens, and poor Fido finally collapses dead in a heap.

    https://www.unz.com/forum/huawei-c-f-o-is-arrested-in-canada-for-extradition-to-the-u-s/#comment-2684228

  11. Fascinating that you reference General MaCarther in this article. I just finished reading his bio. “Recollections”, which all but confirms my suspicions that the great American General and Statesman was deliberately shafted and marginalized by the period equivalent to our Neo-cons.

    • Replies: @Kevin Barrett
  12. alley cat says:
    @Ron Unz

    Ron, thanks for providing a platform like Unz Review, in times like these a portal to truth and understanding, impervious to the machinations of empire.

    • Agree: Alfred, Bookish1
    • Replies: @Abbybwood
  13. @Anonymous

    Doesn’t threatening Iraq with cutting them off to access to NY Fed cash negate the petro dollar theory?

    • Replies: @Haxo Angmark
    , @Anonymous
  14. The only disagreement I have on this good article is the title.
    The worst mistake of the US was to achieve independence from England. This allowed a few million of the native tribes to be eliminated, then the slaughter of the civil war, the genocides in the Phillipines the Versailles treay and so on. Today US foreign poicy wades through innocents blood-not entirely unassisted by the defence policy of the UK. Although Minister Ben Wallace is showing some modest hints of a more independent UK foreign policy in the near future

    • Troll: Chris Mallory
  15. djm says:

    Reading the article & comments………there’s no arguing with stupid

  16. @Frank Frivilous

    You caught my between-the-lines allusion. The Zio-Bolshevik proto-neocons not only shafted MacArthur, they murdered Patton. https://www.amazon.com/Target-Patton-Assassinate-General-Collection/dp/1621572919 (Great book, by the way!!)

    But at least they weren’t stupid enough to openly take credit for it.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
    , @RDB
  17. lloyd says: • Website
    @Joe Levantine

    This is in danger of becoming self fulfilling. As you said, the murder of Al Hussein is theological. Shiites the world over don’t spend their days in a trauma about his death. The Iranians actually are a civilised rational people. They joined the Shiite sect as really a cover for their native Zoaraster religion which is not based on vengence. England got over the assassination of Thomas Becket. We just have to keep our fingers crossed. Trump appears to be doing penance.

  18. @Old and grumpy

    it might if Drumpf actually did so.

    but with Drumpf, as with any ZOGster,

    pay no attention to what they say, just

    watch what they do. In this world,

    the petrodollar (oil) – and Israhell (gold) – ultimately rule.

  19. onebornfree says: • Website

    And now, following Pompeo’s back pedaling , we can witness the back pedaling of another lying scumbag, Esper:

    “Esper Contradicts Trump: “Didn’t See” Specific Evidence Of Iran Plot To Attack 4 Embassies”: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/esper-contradicts-trump-didnt-see-specific-evidence-irans-plot-attack-4-embassies

    • Replies: @renfro
  20. Sparkon says:
    @Ron Unz

    Why is it always dogs? And anyway, a dog doesn’t have to be rabid to go crazy and try to kill you. If you want to talk about dirty dogs, the dogs that attack and kill people aren’t rabid, they’re just, you know, very baaad doggies.

    In 2018, 36 dog attacks resulted in human death.

    As we’ve seen, a cur’s predatory instinct may be lurking just below the surface, waiting for the activating stimulus to the dim little brain that turns him into a killer, and the same is also true with dogs.

    Anyway, I suggest a more verisimilitudinous biological metaphor for the condition of the United States today is a host infected by a parasite that affects the host’s behavior to its own detriment, while keeping the host alive so the parasite can continue feeding.

    Or, keeping to canine metaphors, perhaps the fox is in the hen house and will soon kill all the chickens. Isn’t it odd the hens never learn to pool their pecking order and mob the fox? Surely a couple dozen chickens weigh more than one fox. They could probably peck its eyes out in a flurry of flying beaks if they worked together, but they all chicken out, and it’s every hen for herself as the fox chews them all to pieces one by one.

    Nevertheless, so far we haven’t run out of chickens, nor their droppings, metaphorically speaking, of course.

    • Agree: Charon
    • Replies: @augusto
  21. Yes I agree with you about the underhanded way that Jew owned Trump murdered Soleimani. I always refer to it as the “sneak” attack murder. The words used by the warmongers to incite a declaration of war against Japan after Pearl Harbor. Because back then a “sneak” attack was as un-American as you could get. Apparently since the Israelis have taken over, that is no longer the case.

    Of course this assassination plays into the hands of the Muslim hating Jews and Israeli. There’s nothing they want more in this world than an overt Iranian attack on Americans. Like their 911 false flag attack the goal is the same; to create hatred and fear of Muslims, Arabs, and Persians by Americans. A fear and hatred that would never exist if it weren’t for Israeli control of the USA.

    Regarding Trump I really doubt he was ever his own man. He is as much a puppet as Bush was. He says and does what he’s told to do by his Jew handlers.

    • Agree: Irish Savant
  22. @Joe Levantine

    The average American doesn’t want a blood feud with the Iranians or the Shia. Most of them can’t even find Iran on the map.
    The obvious reason they support war with Iran is because of the warmongering propaganda they are immersed in by Jew/Israeli mouthpiece called the Mainstream Media.

    But’s that’s still not an excuse for what they’ve allowed to happen in their name.

    • Replies: @Joe Levantine
  23. “To understand the effect on Iran and the region, imagine that Stalin had succeeded in murdering George Patton, Dwight Eisenhower, and Douglas MacArthur, all on the same day.”

    man, this Kevin Barrett character writes some great comedy! ;-D

  24. @AnonStarter

    Dude, you’re arguing with Christians, who just make shit up. Next I suppose you’ll try to tell them that the Gospels weren’t written by the guys whose names are clearly written right there on top.

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
  25. Anonymous[392] • Disclaimer says:
    @Old and grumpy

    No it doesn’t. The main way Petro Dollars affect Iraq is that they aren’t allowed to sell oil except in dollars.

    So even if the West withheld a billion in US dollars to Iraq, the oil is still going to be sold in US dollar denominated notes.

    • Replies: @GMC
  26. Things would be so much for the Middle East, the US, and the whole world if most Americans felt “Iran is our greatest ally.”

  27. renfro says:
    @onebornfree

    Trump and his puppets and puppet masters contradict themselves more often then they change their underwear.

  28. MrTuvok says:

    The former Iraqi PM’s speech is based on one twitter account in the referenced article. Has this been verified? It is pretty explosive stuff.

    • Replies: @foolisholdman
  29. Anonymous[392] • Disclaimer says:
    @Kevin Barrett

    Are you kidding me?

    Even before Zionists took over the West, the West treated Iran like a colony to be used. The British and Americans overthrew the Shah in order to control it and steal all their oil.

    Iran would be stupid to come to an agreement with the West, if it meant turning their backs on their real allies in Russia and China.

    The West is not going to let Iran play with both sides. So there is no agreement to be reached.

    Dollar Hedgemony dictates total control of the Oil market. That’s why the West is targetting Venezuela and there are no Jews directing them there.

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
    , @Curmudgeon
  30. @Peter D. Bredon

    /Dude, you’re arguing with Christians/

    No argument. Just some observations, many of which are supported by Christians themselves.

  31. Biff says:
    @A123

    It was my understanding that Talk Radio is antithetical to the mission statement of the Unz Review. Yet here it is:

    There are much worse events:

    Electing Barack “The Submissive” Hussein immediately springs to mind:

    — He kept the U.S. in a recession for 8 years to serve his banking buddies.
    — He tried to destroy healthcare in this country. Remember the lie, “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.”
    — He further destabilized the ME by dumping pallets of cash on Iran. Presumably his hope was to create a new arms race. His Globalist masters in the Military Industrial Complex [MIC] would clean up by selling to all sides.
    _____

    #1 Worst Mistake in U.S. History:

    Allowing the courts to create a fake obligation ‘birthright citizenship’ based on birth location. The XIV Amendment is about legal jurisdiction, not physical location. The U.S. would be in much better shape today if the courts had not enabled mass illegal migration.

  32. Abbybwood says:
    @alley cat

    Right.

    Late at night, once I have perused the usual alt-MSM sites, I ALWAYS come to Unz to do some serious reading.

    The comments are often just as compelling as the articles.

  33. GMC says:

    Good article Doc, Pompeo and all the other Apocalyptic freaks, think that they will make History , while they hide in their underground bases. Hey, the Aliens live there – we can too ! lol Are these so called “Christians”, going to do a 180 , 0nce they come out of their hiding places and Love the World and everyone , that is left in it ? Hell No, they will want to rule it , destroy some more and have control over everything – Everything. This is why the Revolution against the NWO – Has – to succeed. Thanks Unz Rev.

  34. Anonymous[124] • Disclaimer says:

    As I read the forums, so many Americans, brain-washed into accepting the Israeli global Zionist agenda either via Trump or the equally deranged Democrats, somehow think that Trump’s great faux pas in killing Soleimani has been negated by Iran’s accidental shooting down of the Ukrainian plane. They concur with idiot Canadian prime minister Trudeau that the shoot-down was deliberate not accidental, that it will rally a tidal wave of color revolutionaries within Iran and the Ayotollah’s government will inevitably collapse in favor of some yet-to-be-identified American puppet. They advise Iran to unconditionally surrender post haste or be destroyed by the radiance of Washington’s greatness (and vast tonnage of depleted uranium weapons).

    As usual, these lockstep muttonheads are playing their typical role as sheeple and fools. This great misstep will cost Trump his presidency once the world accommodates to the reality of both tragedies (the assassination and the plane crash) and rightfully blames both on Trump’s insane actions. America may not get the message over the unending propaganda emanating from its mass media, but everyone else will come to realise that even the 176 killed in the downed plane would never have died if not for Trump’s initial orders to assassinate Soleimani from a Reaper drone which then precipitated the entire sequence of events following, including the paranoia engendered within the Iranian defense forces quite reasonably expecting further strikes.

    Decades of hybrid warfare directed at a country by the world’s most powerful military and economy for no reason other than being on Israel’s shit list can cause anyone to develop an itchy trigger finger. The officer in charge of Tehran’s air defenses, though he made the wrong call, is not to be blamed. All the blame, legal responsibility, moral culpability and duty to make reparations for this entire chain of catastrophes lies with Washington, not Tehran. Hell, it would represent a blatant double standard if Iran were held legally guilty of criminal activity and punished for this clear mistake after the command of the USS Vincennes was judged blameless by the American government, which for many years resisted even reparations to the victims for its downing in 1988 by a SAM missile of Iran Air Flight 655 carrying 290 souls, all of whom perished.

    Contrary to a lot of muddled thinking going around, this latest shoot-down does not square Washington with Tehran when it comes to civilian victims of military madness, it does not make Donald Trump right about any decisions he made leading to this catastrophe and it does not prove the Russians shot down the Malaysian plane over Ukraine (if you can believe THAT is being floated!). Unlike the MH-17 shootdown, covered up in nearly all details by the Washington regime, except for a royal proclamation of Russian guilt accompanied by no hard data, in this case Iran has promised to deliver all the evidence to a multinational investigatory board, including France, Ukraine, and the United States. I hope Iran demands the right to observe the proceedings every step of the way, considering the notoriously deceitful USA has been let into the mix and will try to rig the outcome (it’s what they do).

    • Agree: Parfois1
  35. GMC says:
    @Anonymous

    Agree – but once the Amerikanskiis are gone, they { Iraq } can sell their oil to the Russians for rubles or the Chinese for quan. I doubt that Turkey or Israel pays much for the stolen Iraq and Syrian oil – Israel – probably doesn’t even pay for it – they’re business Jews. Trump screwed te pooch – Again.

  36. What the US did was murder a rival wether it was a business CEO or Commander or diplomat in charge all in cold blood and we have seen instances of each.. What this criminality showed is that the US will instead of negotiating or asking to talk to you would prefer to murder you in cold blood to get around such unpleasantries.

    While learning US history unlike American history I already knew this. I have seen plenty of instances where the US would shoot others who are entirely defenceless even when facing them, instead shoot them in the back being such cowards. I consider it a cowardly nation of arrogant ignorant and illiterate blabbers. Uncivilized and with no redeeming qualities even its step child ISIS has more honor..

    • Replies: @Murmele
  37. “their dedication to obliterate every last trace of any US-Israeli presence in the region, no matter how long it takes, by any means necessary.”
    I like it!

  38. Wally says:
    @Bruce Arney

    This and Obama’s numerous drone attacks are curiously forgotten while you bang on Trump.

    The Obama Administration Wrecked Libya for a Generation: https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/the-obama-administration-wrecked-libya-for-a-generation/
    exc.:

    “We came, we saw, he died’

    —Hillary Clinton smirked when she said it. She had no idea how many people that would apply to.

    • LOL: bluedog
    • Replies: @Meimou
    , @bluedog
    , @Karma
  39. @tim hardacre

    Although America is powerful enough to do whatever it wants whenever it wants, it seemingly still looks to Europe for “permission”, so as to give its actions an aura of respectability.

    This is why they absolutely flipped out when France rejected to participate in the Iraq War, they started childishly renaming “French Fries” to “Freedom Fried” in the Congress food hall and the US media began a long campaign of demonising and ridiculing France, most shamefully distorting their WW2 history to paint the as complete cowards.

    The UK is traditionally the country that carries the most clout when it comes to affirming the legitimacy of US foreign wars. As a Briton myself, I feel quite ashamed that our spineless politicians kowtow to the US and endorse them all the way. For all the anti-British things about Corbyn, he certainly had a good foreign policy outlook, so much so that the Pompeo even talked about “pushing back” against Corbyn should he get elected in a speech to Jewish leaders

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jun/09/mike-pompeo-leaked-recording-corbyn-labour-jewish-leaders

  40. @Priss Factor

    That is morally wrong as Iran would oppose the Jewish Lebensraum program. Jewish Lebensraum is vital for the survival of the Chosen People and denying them this is akin to perpetrating a second Shoah (assuming the first one actually happened the way popular narrative says)

    The US must give billions to Israel, a first world country, because they all suffered in the Holocaust and despite this carry out many great innovations in the life sciences. Israel is just one big research hub for America and all the benefits eventually come back…

  41. But look at the media. Whore Corp, that is what US journalists are.

  42. @Ron Unz

    Its friends and relatives are saddened by its plight but stay well clear, hoping to avoid infection before the inevitable happens, and poor Fido finally collapses dead in a heap.

    Why wait for something bad to happen?

    That’s one of the reasons they invented ‘mercy-killing/s.’

    So, at the first sign/s of something being wrong with this K9, bullet through the brain, and be done with it.

  43. JimDandy says:

    “The strategic stupidity of Trump’s order to murder Soleimani cannot be exaggerated.”

    Maybe not, but you definitely gave it a shot.

    If, in fact, America is a like a dog infected with rabies (which I think is an excellent way of putting it) then, tragic as that is for Americans, it creates a strategic (sorry) trump card that can’t be underestimated. Neither Iran or Trump wants all-out war, but Iran wants it less, because it would suffer far, far more than Trump. Russia and Iran both recognize the mad-dog potential of Israel’s vassal state. I think it is unlikely that this assassination will lead to all-out war.

    • Replies: @Nonny Mouse
  44. @Anonymous

    ‘Even before Zionists took over the West, the West treated Iran like a colony to be used. The British and Americans overthrew the Shah in order to control it and steal all their oil.

    Iran would be stupid to come to an agreement with the West, if it meant turning their backs on their real allies in Russia and China.’

    This is sort of a non-sequitur. If the British and Americans have been bad, what makes you think Russia’s been Iran’s big friend over the last two hundred years?

    To cite one example, in 1943 the Russians (who had happened to invade Iran two years earlier), made off with the entire wheat harvest, causing a famine that killed around a million Iranians.

    Iranian and Russian interests may coincide at the moment. That doesn’t make Russia Iran’s ‘real ally.’

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    , @Parfois1
  45. @Priss Factor

    ‘Things would be so much for the Middle East, the US, and the whole world if most Americans felt “Iran is our greatest ally.”’

    How about if we settle for feeling she’s an exotic and interesting country that happens to be on the opposite side of the planet and whose affairs couldn’t be of less material concern to us?

    Nobody can satisfactorily explain why we’ve just whacked her leading general, for example. Are we mad?

  46. Antares says:

    Iran is in a strong position to wage asymmetric war against the US presence in the Middle East.

    Good article, but, aren’t it the Americans who are waging asymmetric war?

    Btw, if they both conduct asymmetric war it is again symmetric.

  47. Charon says:
    @A123

    Previously I had thought that the Iraq invasion and occupation was the worst mistake in our history, but you’re right: we could recover from that one if we wanted to.

    There’s no recovering from replacing ourselves with the Third World. That’s forever–or at least until they regress to the Stone Age. Then that will be forever.

  48. Tom Welsh says:
    @Joe Levantine

    The real Axis of Evil is an Axis of Fundamentalism.

    Saudi Arabia – Muslim fundamentalism
    Israel – Jewish fundamentalism
    USA – Christian fundamentalism

    But although those nations claim to revere their religious prophets, they ignore the teachings of the prophets.

    Jesus Christ said that “No man can serve two masters”. Yet the Saudis, the Israelis and the Americans all join in the worship of Mammon (money) which is their true idol.

    • Replies: @Joe Levantine
  49. Renoman says:

    Where is this all out war of which you speak? Not much so far.

  50. Alfred says:

    “Worst Mistake in US History”

    But getting the USA out of the Middle East was Trump’s intention all along. I fail to see where the “mistake” is. The only mistake I can see is that the writer, the MIC and the Neocons underestimated Trump all along.

    He should get a Nobel Peace Prize.

    Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis were replaceable soldiers. They have already fulfilled their strategic missions. When the Israelis assassinated Abbas al-Musawi in 1992, he was replaced by Hassan Nasrallah as head of Hezbollah. I am sure the Israelis now regret that assassination. 🙂

    BTW, non-Arabic speakers should know that “Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis” means “the father of Mahdi, the engineer”. His real birth name might be completely different.

    I just checked on the Jewpedia and his real name is apparently Jamal Jaafar al-Ibrahimi

    • Replies: @Meimou
  51. swamped says:

    Actually, the Iranian regime took the whole thing rather calmly. President Trump allowed them a token missile strike on an Iraqi/American base that carefully avoided any American casualties & then they fell silent. The govt. of Iran right now is having a harder time trying to control the fallout from their more recent “unforgivable mistake” (as FM Zarif described it); of shooting down a civilian passenger plane with many Iranian citizens on board, as well as quite a few foreigners. Assassination of any kind is seldom a good idea, but Gen. Soleimani, the fallen legendary hero, will not be the cause of another “worst mistake” on the order of the on-going Iraq War, let alone WW3. It’s the Middle East after all, these things happen, even if they shouldn’t.
    “The strategic stupidity of Trump’s order to murder Soleimani cannot be exaggerated.” Yes it can, you just proved it. It was a bad idea, but not the end of the world. Get a grip.

    • Agree: RichardTaylor
  52. Alfred says:
    @alley cat

    Trump proceeded to compound his error by threatening to bomb Iranian cultural sites

    You seem to think that the USA did not destroy cultural sites in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen. The Saudis did the same to remove evidence that the Jews were in the west of that fake country – in Hijaz.

    A great deal of the loot that was collected in these countries were privately sold in places like New York. You can guess the ethnicity of most of the dealers in this contraband.

    All of this happened under Bush and Obama. Not under Trump.

    Trump is just talking gibberish. He wants to make the USA appear to be a nation of pirates. That is his aim. He is succeeding. Obama was acting in a totally dishonest and piratical fashion – while talking sweet nonsense.

    So who do you think is the real psychopath?

    • Replies: @bluedog
  53. Sean says:

    [M]urdering Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the legendary hero who defeated ISIS, alongside the popular Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.

    IN March 1952, Anastasia allegedly ordered the murder of Arnold Schuster, a New York man who successfully identified fugitive bank robber Willie Sutton, resulting in Sutton’s arrest. When Anastasia saw Schuster being interviewed on television, he allegedly said: “I can’t stand squealers! Hit that guy!”

    That was a murder, Muhandis was responsible for the 1983 U.S. and French embassy bombings in Kuwait according to a Kuwaiti court that sentenced him to death thirteen years ago.

    Shia Muslim Gen. Soleimani, a saintly warrior-monk

    He did not have much of a choice in Iran.

    [T]he most accomplished military genius of this young century.

    He couldn’t even manage to keep himself alive; Soleimani was foolhardy.

    As Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in The Grand Chessboard, “Iran…provides stabilizing support for the new political diversity of Central Asia. Its independence…acts as a barrier to any long-term Russian threat to American interests in the Persian Gulf region.” (p. 47) Obama, guided by Brzezinski and his acolytes, set the US on a sensible path toward cordial relations with Iran—only to see his foreign policy triumph sabotaged by the pro-Zionist Deep State and finally shredded by Netanyahu’s puppets Trump and Pompeo.

    Zbigniew Brzezinski caused the whole thing by his anti Soviet fixation. Carter was overly influenced by Brezinski, and let the completely discredited Shah into the US, which the Iranians foolishly interpreted as the prelude to a US backed coup, as if that would be possible again. Iran wanted to be independent of both the US and Soviet Union, and as a result in the Iran –Iraq war it ended up fighting Saddam’s Iraq that was being supported by both the US because of the embassy hostages and the Soviet Union due to liquidation of Iranian communists. Yet Iran has learned nothing and is still trying to play the part of a regional hegemon.

    What on Earth does Iran need a nuclear weapon if not a nuclear Mexican Standoff in a projected asymmetric and possibly regular-conventional offensive against Saudi Arabia at some time in the future.Saudi Arabia is already begining to buckle under the pressure exerted by Iran, America will not let that continue. Iran is neither as vulnerable as Saudi Arabia or as rich a prize as Saudi Arabia; Iran’s terrain, large population, homogeneity and ethos whereby a 13 year old who destroyed an enemy tank in a suicide attack is a national heroes would make it extremely difficult to invade. And why would anyone want to? There are a lot of factors that make Trump less able to launch major airstrikes. Whoever succeeds him is likely to be less constrained. The trouble with Iran is has become accustomed to political theatre in which they don’t really believe America dares do anything. America has not attacked Iran or killed Iranians in Iran at all. That will change in the near future and Iran is bringing it on themselves.

  54. Tucker says:

    I don’t see eye to eye with everything Kevin Barrett puts out, but I do generally agree with most of what he has written in this article.

    Inviting Soleimani to travel to Baghdad and openly pretending to appreciate his willingness to negotiate a deescalation and a peace agreement – under the flag of a truce, and then murdering the guy and his Iraqi associates – that is one of the most cowardly, dastardly, and dishonorable stunts I have ever witnessed from a sitting American President.

    But, regarding this statement: “To understand the effect on Iran and the region, imagine that Stalin had succeeded in murdering George Patton”

    The jews did murder Patton and the American population was so brain dead clueless regarding the JQ that there never was any kind of uprising, just like they were able to murder JFK, kill 34 and wound 171 US Navy sailors on the U.S.S. Liberty on June 8th, 1967, and how they were able to kill 2977 Americans on Sept 11, 2001 in that false flag ‘New Pearl Harbor’ style event and then consider the thousands of US military service men and women who have died or maimed for life in the ensuing wars that Bush lied us into after 9-11.

    None of these events, which are covered with Israeli fingerprints, have been sufficient to jar the heads of the average nose picking American kwanzombine out of their nether regions.

  55. Alfred says:
    @tim hardacre

    Although Minister Ben Wallace is showing some modest hints of a more independent UK foreign policy in the near future

    Dream on my dear sir!

    The last time a British foreign secretary did not do as he was told, he was forced to resign and he met with an “accident”

    Lingering questions about Robin Cook’s death (2006)

    The lying mainstream media even tried to pin the murder of David Kelly on the Iraqis. Quite hilarious. Blaming the victim is an old favourite. 🙂

    David Kelly did not commit suicide in 2003 but was in fact murdered by an Iraqi hit squad, a crime known to, but secretly covered up by, the UK authorities.

    Norman Baker: finally the conspiracy theorists have an inside man (2013)

    All these fake analysis fail to mention who had the most to gain from the elimination of people like Robin Cook and David Kelly. I am absolutely convinced that many more were “dealt with” but their fates never entered the media. It is so easy to rub out someone when the media is in your pocket.

    Please be careful Mr Unz.

  56. For Kevin. It was Soviet union that won the great war. So, the right comparison would have been Truman ordering hit on Stalin or Zhukov / Rokossovskij . This also would have been withing your Anglo saxons matrix of behaviour.

    • Agree: Bookish1
  57. Anonymous[392] • Disclaimer says:
    @Colin Wright

    There are no real allies, only self interest.

    So long as America has the Petro Dollar, Iran can never trust the West. This is independent of what Jews want or do.

    Iran and Russia may have had issues in the past, but today and in the future their interests align in wanting a multi polar world.

  58. “…the US empire …is nearing the final stages of collapse” while it still has the support of NATO ,the colonial powers of Europe , the international bankers and oil from the Middle East is still a valuable commodity , it can survive for quite a while .

  59. Anonymous[378] • Disclaimer says:

    Meanwhile in Trumpland—half the country—Soleimani’s assassination is seen as an act of moral and strategic clarity that contrasts with the Democrats’ incompetence, cupidity or worse.

    I suspect Trump thought a highly visible assassination would bolster his electoral prospects. Now he can position himself in November as a bold warrior stepping on a dastardly enemy’s neck—the only candidate who killed an enemy in combat.

    Trump 2020 is beginning to look like a foregone conclusion. Tough.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  60. irish says:

    the worst mistake in history was allowing this narcissistic bully to get the job of president to then commit even worse atrocities

    • Replies: @Chet Roman
  61. @Anonymous

    The future is over-rated and today you might be delusional.

  62. @swamped

    It may not be the end of the world but it may be the beginning of the end of US dominance. Putin and Lavrov have stated previously that the US is not a nation that can be depended upon to honour an agreement, but this latest act demonstrates that the US is nothing less than an outlaw criminal nation. Over time this will work against the US.

    • Agree: The scalpel
  63. Harbinger says:

    Donald Trump occasionally utters unspeakable truths. In March 2018 he called Bush Jr.’s decision to invade Iraq “the worst single mistake in US history.”

    He does but he plays the game of deception, the snake – oil – salesman who keeps the crowd occupied. He seems to be doing a rather good job, to keep even cynics at bay, by throwing them the odd titbit, making them reconsider their fastly growing, negative, opinions of him.

    It certainly has set the west onto the road of WWIII, but that’s been the agenda for the last century. And whichever talking head had taken the premiership of the US, whether Sanders or Clinton, they’d be doing no different to Trump, following orders from above.
    Until the western public come to realisation that voting for government is seriously detrimental to their health and worse, life, nothing is ever going to change.

    • Agree: Ghan-buri-Ghan, bluedog
  64. @Anonymous

    My crystal ball is still in the shop. But I’m almost certain that in the future Japan will need oil from the region.

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/01/13/national/politics-diplomacy/saudi-king-mohammed-bin-salman-shinzo-abe-msdf/#.XhxteB5OmNw

  65. Worst mistake in US History: giving women the vote.

    Runner-up: not putting a stop to Noseberg sabotaging our immigration laws in ’65.

  66. All wars are fought over interests, furthering them or protecting them. Empires undermine those very interests by their action, leading themselves into the very war they seek to avoid: utter defeat. The US administration needs to choose its allies carefully, those that genuinely serve “American interests in the Persian Gulf region”. History shows leaders eventually make a fateful decision – the wrong one.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  67. If you’re going hysterical, why stop where you did and not go full-out “greatest mistake in world history”? Or, hey, galactic history!

  68. Trump is a puppet of the zionists in the ZUS and Israel and will do anything that the zionists demand and that includes a war with Iran, which if Trump gets a second term, war with Iran is a done deal.

    This coming war with Iran also will bring in Russia and therefore the war will go nuclear and this is also what the zionists want, they want amageddon and Trump is just the puppet to deliver it!

  69. gotmituns says:

    Why does anyone think the killing of one guy might be our worst “mistake?” We’ve made whoppers in the past that this one doesn’t come close to. What about our involvement in WWI & WWII? Weren’t they fairly big mistakes?

  70. Ross537 says:

    The whole “arabs are going to blow up the world in revenge” argument has been repeated for 40 years or more. They make a lot of noise but their bark is much bigger than their bite.

    The bark is always massivly over exagerated.

    At the end of the day islam like the christianity in the west is still of great cultural & identity significance but long gone are the days when the majority will die for it.

    Only low iq retards go along with the whole jihad thing or would lay down their lives for their leader, some old man in a frock.

    The majority of young iranians just want what everyone else wants, make some money, find a nice girl and have a good life.

    • Replies: @Bookish1
  71. DanFromCT says:
    @Anonymous

    You have the tail wagging the dog. Were it not for US support for Israel in its ‘67 and ‘73 wars of aggression, the price of oil would most certainly have never quadrupled in the early months of 1974, as it did in an unambiguous response to US treachery against its real allies in the region to placate American Jewry. The control isn’t in Israel—that’s secondary—, but mainly with American Jews.

    In fact, were it not for Jewish power over the US government, control over the exploration, production, and distribution of ME oil would have remained under Western control, with prices moving within reasonable bounds determined by supply and demand. The actual bill for supporting Israel on order from American Jewry isn’t merely the $5 trillion these wars are so far going to cost us, but more than double that when the increased cost of oil is added in.

    • Agree: Desert Fox, Rurik
    • Replies: @jack daniels
  72. @lloyd

    Actually the Iranians were Sunni Muslims before they converted to Shiism in the 15th century to keep themselves free from the Sunni Ottoman Empire. Though what you are claiming about Shiism as a covert resistance to Islam started in Iraq. When their leader Al Hussein was besieged and liquidated by his nemesis Yazid Bin Mouawea, the Iraqis of Kufa did not attempt to rescue him most probably because deep in their hearts they resented being ruled by tribal Muslims from the Arabian peninsula.
    And yes indeed, of all the Muslims I met, the Iranians proved to be the most sophisticated. In the West, we forget that the first constitutional revolution in the Middle East at the beginning of the first century occurred in Iran and was subsequently crushed by the Russian Tzar who feared its influence on his reign. We also forget that they had a thriving democracy before the reign of the shah and the Mullahs, that was overturned by the British and the Americans because the British refused to share Iran’s oil wealth on an equal basis which led their Prime Minister Dr. Mossadegh to nationalise the oil assets of BP only to have him liquidated by CIA coup in 1953 and replaced by the rule of America’s friend and ally the corrupt and brutal Shah Pahlavi.

    • Replies: @Joe Levantine
    , @Alfred
  73. @Bruce Arney

    If the “RAPTURE” should ever occur they will need extra helium to lift up Pompeo…

    • Replies: @Z-man
  74. Honkler82 says:

    this is fake news. This article will age like milk left out.

  75. @alley cat

    At what point would the civilized world conclude that America is a mad dog that must be put down?

    The world isn’t some moral entity that’s going to “correct” America. Most leaders of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia have levels of corruption and psychopathology far beyond anything we’re used to. Let’s keep some perspective.

    Beyond that, there’s nothing they could do. America’s technology lead just keeps growing. I know there’s a fantasy about Russia unleashing secret weapons, but it’s not going to happen.

    And frankly, no one would be surprised if it was all a choreographed stunt. Look at Iran’s tepid response. Ol’ Soleimani may have been a threat to Iran’s #1 leader, since he was #2. There could have been a deal worked out between Iran’s and America’s leadership behind the scenes, as the rumor goes.

    • Troll: L.K
    • Replies: @Turk 152
  76. BL says:

    [Killing] Soleimani . . . has unleashed a “Pearl Harbor effect” that will galvanize not just the nation of Iran, but other forces in the region and around the world.

    Nice try. I posted this comment on January 5th:

    It’s been evident for some time that the Maximum Pressure campaign isn’t the joke that the smart set claimed. It most especially wasn’t making Iran stronger and more economically independent as was and continues to be claimed about the sanctions on Russia.

    That has created a danger roughly akin to how the Empire of Japan was backed into a corner by the US, leading it to green light the Pearl Harbor attack.

    It seems the common sense historical interpretation is a problem for the friends of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Thus Barrett attempts a thoroughly childish revisionism, putting the US into the position of Japan, and Iran that of the US pre-Pearl Harbor.

    No doubt Barrett does this to distract from the game changer attacks (of the “Benghazi” and Iran Hostage Crisis varieties) Soleimani was go to execute or, if you like, under the totality of the circumstances were deemed above a tolerable risk threshold by the POTUS.

    By the way, the US took out Admiral Yamamoto, who planned Pearl Harbor, in Operation Vengeance:

    https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/killing-yamamoto-how-america-killed-japanese-admiral-who-masterminded-pearl-harbor-attack

    Note the date of this article, August 2018, just a few months after Trump withdrew from JCPOA and instituted Maximum Pressure.

    . . . the Soleimani murder galvanized regional groups, led by Islamic Iran and Iraq, in their dedication to obliterate every last trace of any US-Israeli presence in the region, no matter how long it takes, by any means necessary.

    Just simply writing something because it puts a smile on your face does make it so.

    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
  77. @Anonymous

    Iran and Russia may have had issues in the past, but today and in the future their interests align in wanting a multi polar world.

    Agree

    The Strangling of Persia: Story of the European Diplomacy and Oriental Intrigue that resulted in the Denationalization of the Twelve Million Mohammedans, A Personal Narrative, by W. Morgan Shuster, ex-Treasurer-General of Persia

    William Morgan Shuster (1877−1960) was an American lawyer and financial expert who served as treasurer general to the government of the Persian Empire in 1911.

    In 1910, the Persian government asked U.S. president William Howard Taft for technical assistance in reorganizing its financial system. Taft chose Shuster to head a mission of American experts to Tehran. The Strangling of Persia is Shuster’s account of his experiences, published soon after his return to the United States.

    In the Anglo-Russian convention of August 31, 1907, Britain and Russia had divided Persia (present-day Iran) into a Russian sphere of influence in the north of the empire and a British sphere in the south (with additional arrangements for Afghanistan and Tibet). Each power was to have exclusive commercial rights in its sphere.

    Under this agreement and other arrangements, Persian customs revenues were collected to guarantee the payment of interest and principal on foreign loans. Seeking to defend the interests of the Persians, Shuster clashed repeatedly with Russian and British officials, until his mission was forced to withdraw in early 1912. The book provides a detailed account of the background to the mission, of political and financial conditions in Persia in the early 20th century, and of the rivalry among Russia, Britain, and eventually Germany for influence in the country.
    The narrative covers the Russian military intervention of 1911, the atrocities committed by Russian troops, and the coup and dissolution of the Majlis (parliament) carried out under Russian pressure in December 1911.

    The book includes numerous photographs and a map, an index, and an appendix with copies of key documents and correspondence

  78. augusto says:
    @Sparkon

    So sorry.
    another adept of the current western doglatry. Or would it be cynlatry?

  79. Ram says:

    If as reported Trump made the decision to murder Soleimani 7 months ago, then all the yapping about imminent danger is BS. Pompeo, the man responsible for his murder will be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life wherever he is.

    It is good that the UK government is distancing itself away from the US for the event.

  80. Mulegino1 says:

    Pompeo is ardently awaiting “the rapture,” the culmination of Christian Zionist history, when a global nuclear war begins at Megiddo Hill in Occupied Palestine and consumes the planet, sending everyone to hell except the Christian Zionists themselves, who are “beamed up” Star Trek fashion by none other than Jesus himself.

    Every word of Mr. Barrett here is true. The pseudo-Christian Zionists- actually the spiritual descendants of a Masonic cult conjured up in the 19th century- really believe this garbage. They claim to be “Christians” but they worship the Jewish collective in its most toxic, murderous and offensive articulation- the Israeli state. How is this not idolatry of the first magnitude? In what sense is this even remotely Christian?

    The characteristic obesity of Le American Bear- the quintessential “Christian Zionist” – does not stop at his corpulent torso but has made him immune to reality by surrounding his brain and immunizing it from reality with a mass of Zionist-jingoist blubber.

    • LOL: Parfois1
    • Replies: @gerry
  81. @BL

    the game changer attacks (of the “Benghazi” and Iran Hostage Crisis varieties) Soleimani was go to execute or, if you like, under the totality of the circumstances were deemed above a tolerable risk threshold by the POTUS.

    “Soleimani was go to execute” [sic]

    a. See Lies, the Bethlehem Doctrine, and the Illegal Murder of Soleimani by CRAIG MURRAY

    aka the Jewish-origin Purim doctrine, aka Rise and Kill First
    https://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/-rise-and-kill-first-goes-inside-israel-s-targeted-assassinations-1151219779905

    . . . Iran Hostage Crisis varieties

    Interesting how the ziofreaks who control media are emphasizing that “Solemeini orchestrated the attack on the US embassy in Baghdad.”
    What is not so frequently said, as in, never, is that:
    a. US forces killed between 25 and 32 PMF — Iraqi forces who had, indeed, been trained by Iranians but who were Iraqis, and had functioned to defeat ISIS.

    b. The protesters who stormed what appears to be a reception area — a kind of air-lock between the (highly-protected 10-mile) perimeter of the embassy and its interior — were said to be members of that PMF, enraged that their comrades had been killed by Americans.

    c. Moreover, the fact that protesters were able to gain that access to the highly-protected embassy suggests that Americans issued a stand-down order. In other words, the protest was at very least opportunistically incentivized or amplified precisely in order to raise fears of the “Iran hostage crisis — Benghazi . . .”

    under the totality of the circumstances were deemed above a tolerable risk threshold by the POTUS.

    Just like LBJ assessed the “totality of the circumstances” that his head would be JFKd if he took the actions demanded of an American president when a US Navy vessel is attacked and 34 US citizens/sailors killed by Israeli warriors?

    “Just simply writing something because it puts a smile on your face does make it so.” [sic]

    If you say so.

    otoh
    “Just simply writing something because it puts a smirk on zioborg’s homicidal face does not make it so.”

    • Replies: @BL
  82. @alley cat

    Great comment.

    “I would add another tragic ingredient to this witches’ brew of human tragedy: Trump’s flawed character foreordained this unfolding disaster and exacerbates it with every additional flawed decision he makes.”

    We see Trump’s character as “flawed” but to our Satanic masters, it’s an asset. This is apparently why Trump is president and not Clinton. Clinton is evil, yes, but not a demon-possessed madwoman. She’d never take the risks that the evil ideologue Trump is taking.

    “Before Trump murdered Soleimani by stealth, the world would have dismissed the threat to destroy Iranian cultural sites as mere bluster or posturing. No more. The real Trump, like Macbeth, now stands revealed, bloody-handed and capable of murdering Macduff’s children in furtherance of his schemes. Didn’t Trump propose killing the families of alleged terrorists?”

    As I’ve been saying since early 2017, the political ascendancy of the demoniacal Trump is the result of jewish-supremacist desperation.

    The whole history of the U.S. has one central theme: the accumulation and projection of coercive power. Our masters have been working tirelessly for over 150 years to accumulate this power: financial, political and military power.

    But what good is all this power if the the constitution, laws and treaties binding on the U.S. government prevent the illegitimate use of it to achieve Satanic ends (i.e. complete world domination and control)? This is where 9/11 comes into the picture.

    The motive of 9/11 was to overthrow the constitution and the rule of law; erect a domestic police state; and, very, very ™ importantly, to consolidate power into the executive branch. (After all, it’s much easier to find one demon-possessed mentally unhinged madman willing to take personal responsibility for giving orders that risk WW3 – than it is to find and install 535 such people in the U.S. congress).

    With money being no object (thanks to the Fed and the world reserve currency status of the U.S. dollar); with the largest military force in the world, with thousands of nukes and hundreds of military bases spread out all over the world; with a seat on the UN security council (controlled y the executive), and now (in the calculated aftermath of 9/11), finally freed from the strictures of constitutional “checks and balances”/”separation of powers,” the only real limit on the use of all this accumulated power (to Satanic ends) is the moral compunction and/or mental stability of the executive, i.e., the man holding the office of president.

    But with a rising Russia and China and an powerful Iran, and with political opportunist Obama in the white house (who seems a little apprehensive about flirting with planetary extinction), the agenda is stalled.

    Enter deus ex machina Donald Trump, the criminally insane end-times madman that seems to be just what the elders need and just when they need him.

    “At what point would the civilized world conclude that America is a mad dog that must be put down?”

    Perhaps when the Russians and Chinese finally come to the realization that “Mystery Babylon” intends to destroy them.

    • Agree: bluedog, Parfois1
  83. Deep state Barrett wants the voters to argue over the merits of the candidates. The whole scenario needs to be considered in terms of Trump which makes it real easy to understand. The voters love to argue over the merits of the candidates to suppress fear and anxiety.

    I remember when most conservatives loved W. Never did understand it then. I suspect their Christian faith made the deaths of thousands of people “biblical” and cartoon like, or funny. At least some woke up to that mistake. Only the worst sort of people run for office or get the funds to run. The rich can’t bribe good people.

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
    , @Parfois1
  84. @irish

    The worst mistake in history was to try to coronate one of the most disliked warmongering candidates whose poll numbers actually decrease the more personal appearances she makes. History will reflect the fact that the Democrats abandoned their working class base and corrupted the nomination process, which led to the outcome of the 2016 election.

  85. gerry says:
    @Mulegino1

    @ Mulegino1

    Idolatry is the word!!! Thank you!!! Christ refferred to it as the Abomination of Desolation which is what exactly? Well, imagine a type of Stalin who will control all politcal, economic power throughout the world by way of a technocracy and then does the unthinkable demands to be worshipped as god and in of all places Jerusalem!

    Now how any Christian can support this is simply unbelievable really!

    • Thanks: Mulegino1
  86. Turk 152 says:
    @RichardTaylor

    The pathology in the US is far worse than the MSM caracicatures of foreign leaders because all its decisions are based on how a few families can use the tremendous resources in the US to acquire all the wealth in the world. That is the essence of America and no other country has been developed culturally with the single goal of wealth accumulation. Even China has a culture thousands of years old which influences their behavior, while the entire US is just how much can I grab for me covered up with a religious patena to assuage the guilt. What exactly is going on in America beyond that, a football game?

    • Replies: @jack daniels
    , @Parfois1
  87. WHAT says:
    @swamped

    >”allowed”
    >literal rout
    >no AA fire, had to lift every plane up in the air for fear of losing them all
    >quite literally shaking when delivering his speech after this slapping
    >russians now have even bigger queue for proper AA at their door

    Cope is strong with this one, lol.

  88. @DanFromCT

    That’s true: a lot of talk about Israel and Zionism is motivated by reluctance to talk about “the Jews” meaning the American or world-wide Jewish community with its many political organs. While both will draw criticisms of anti-Semitism, the former at least gives the writer an out.

  89. c matt says:
    @A123

    Not to worry, I am sure whoever wins 2020 will commit a new worst mistake in US history.

  90. @Kevin Barrett

    George Lincoln Rockwell said the event that got him started was MacArthur being shafted by the “Zio-Bolshevik proto-neocons”? Ironic, isn’t it?

  91. This article is mostly speculation. If Russia is not willing to openly take sides and make threats, then they are afraid of the US or don’t see engagement as in their interest.

    Despite US and Israeli machinations there is genuine division in Iraq and Iran as a result of their managerial class being somewhat westernized by US education and the general dissemination of liberal ideas. Iranians have the same desire for sex, drugs, and rock n roll as US kids, only they have a more powerful countervailing force in the mullahs. However, who would you bet on, going forward? What about Ireland’s recent ditching of Christianity. Who woulda thunk it? Iran and Iraq will likely move toward secularism and westernization though perhaps hanging on to their anti-US and anti-Israel animus.

    A regime-change war in Iran would probably be a mistake for the US and the Trump administration, but it could happen, especially if Russia is seen as unwilling to intervene, and if there is no genuine threat of effective retaliation against Israel. I remain to be convinced that Iran has the power to flatten Israeli cities as opposed to wounding a few stray dogs and cats. Where does Barrett get his confidence that this is so??

    • Replies: @Mulegino1
    , @Sean
  92. @Turk 152

    Well, it’s a pretty important football game, you infidel!

    • Replies: @Deniz
  93. @Anonymous

    Even before Zionists took over the West, the West treated Iran like a colony to be used. The British and Americans overthrew the Shah in order to control it and steal all their oil.

    Large parts of “the West” have been in the Zionists hands for well over a century. The Zionists are shape-shifters, and often difficult to pick up on. For example, there is convincing evidence that the “Young Turks” were Donmeh Jews. Much of what they did assisted in the break-up of the Ottoman Empire. That would suggest that they were also Zionists. The “great English statesman” Churchill was on the Zionist payroll. His oft referenced article 1920s about the struggle for the Jewish soul between Marxim and Zionism is mistaken for being a balanced assessment. It wasn’t. He’d already picked his side. Even today Joe Biden unashamedly claims to be a Zionist. They are everywhere, and deeply embedded.

    • Agree: Z-man
  94. Agent76 says:

    Jan 12, 2020 The Plot to Attack Iran – Myths, Oil & Revolution

    Abby Martin sits down with Dan Kovalik, human rights attorney and author of the book “The Plot to Attack Iran,” to discuss the context to Trump’s recent attacks, the most common myths about the country, and the history of US plots.

  95. BL says:
    @SolontoCroesus

    It’s telling that you don’t even attempt to defend Barrett standing the Pearl Harbor analogy on its head, even though that was the import of my comment.

    Nor did you address the decision made by the POTUS to order the drone strikes on Soleimani and the Iraqi militia leaders he was aligned with in any intelligible way. Shouting about Israel and the Jews is no substitute.

    I wrote in concise form of Trump making the decision under the totality of the circumstances to account for what might be left out of the narrative, by whomever is weaving it. All of it, including the earlier strike purportedly in response to the killing of the US contractor.

    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Trump didn’t like the risk so he made the call.

    Behind the curtain, I doubt anyone, including the Iranians dispute the Trump had reason to be concerned about what Soleimani was intending, and why he flew back into Bagdad when he did.

    I’m not trying to agitate you and those who think like you here. Though I know I am. Trump is a POTUS. He’s got a lot on his plate besides Soleimani monkeying around in the Middle East.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  96. bluedog says:
    @lloyd

    If Trump is doing penance I’m sure it will not be enough,for as far as Iran and its allies are concerned the only penance Trump can do, is when he’s in that box beside that hole just reserved for him.!!!

  97. Z-man says:
    @Really No Shit

    If the “RAPTURE” should ever occur they will need extra helium to lift up Pompeo…

    That’s a good one! I’m gonna use it, (grin).
    Have you read my ‘affectionate’ terms used to describe Mikey? Plump’eo. Lard face. Meat head. Just a few, lol.

  98. Meimou says:
    @Wally

    Whataboutisms are not arguments. Trump is President, not Obama or Hillary. For what it’s worth, almost no one at unz cares for any of them.

    You are the exception for a reason. Ever wonder why? What information about Trump do you have that we don’t? What unique insight?

    • Replies: @Thomasina
    , @Wally
  99. Mulegino1 says:
    @jack daniels

    Iranians have the same desire for sex, drugs, and rock n roll as US kids, only they have a more powerful countervailing force in the mullahs.

    Therein lies the power of the empire: the lowest common “Jewnominator” counter-culture imaginable.

    As Codreanu observed, “The Jews thrive in the swamp of our sins.”

    America has been wrecked by seventy years of this raw sewage, the Africanization and sexualization of popular “culture”, the advance of the sodomite agenda from a standoffish “tolerance” to the embrace of homosexual marriage, transexualism and transhumanism and the elevation of the kosher “American dream” to a sacred status, i.e., the glorification of consumerism and money making as the supreme aspiration of life. This state of affairs leads to remote war as mere 24/7 entertainment.

    America’s spiritual foundation was always fragile and absolutely dependent upon a vigorous and flourishing popular religiosity which instinctively mistrusted Jewry as the hereditary enemy of Christ and Christianity.

    • Replies: @jack daniels
  100. bluedog says:
    @Wally

    And we slaughtered millions in Asia, thousands in Iraq under Clinton/ Bush, now just how far do you want to go back,what Trump did was corrupt, immoral and the mark of a coward,a pox on all of them in Washington immune from the death and destruction they cause,while the country is going down the crapper and the sooner it does the better.!!!

  101. Meimou says:
    @Alfred

    But getting the USA out of the Middle East was Trump’s intention all along. I fail to see where the “mistake” is. The only mistake I can see is that the writer, the MIC and the Neocons underestimated Trump all along

    Are you a qanon follower? Trump said what he needed to win the election. The scum he appointed made it clear who he really is. I fell for the con too, but unlike trump cultist, I accepted the truth eventually.

    1. He is a second generation Zionist
    2. He said in his own words “we are in Syria to protect Israel”.
    3. He said those who commit “hate crimes” should be given the death penalty without trail after that synagogue shooting.
    4. He won the Tree of Life award.

    Youtube>know more news for the skinny about Trump.

    The US is still in the ME so I won’t give him the peace prize yet.

  102. Very heavy article, but I do have to agree with everything stated, Particularly with the conclusion.
    I do consider Iran’s technical and technological development truly remarkable, particularly in the field of armaments.
    From political perspective Levant did become for US a rosebush Labyrinth.

  103. Sean says:
    @jack daniels

    Iranians have the same desire for sex, drugs, and rock n roll as US kids, only they have a more powerful countervailing force in the mullahs.

    Poverty is necessary for religious and national fervour, as is a youth bulge. The youth bulge in Iran is fading away and they are getting ever further away from being paupers.

    A regime-change war in Iran would probably be a mistake for the US and the Trump administration, but it could happen, especially if Russia is seen as unwilling to intervene

    If by regieme change in Iran a war, invasion and occupation is meant, that is not the way it would be done. The US did not in Syria, and Iran would be ten times more difficult. I should point out that at present it is the Iran that is engaged in a campaign of regime change through the pressure they are exerting on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and it is working because the KSA is buckling under the pressure. Pressure makes the opponent make mistakes, and Saudi Arabia has made more than a few of late.

    However, there is more than one way to skin a cat showing up its leaders to be vainglorious fools would be likely to at least discredit the policies of the current Iranian leadership. Killing Soleimani was a start because it made Iranians have some doubts about his reputation (James Bond is licensed to kill not get whacked himself) they now see Soleimani PR bullshit for a little more of the myth and propaganda written in others’ blood it always was.

    The ludicrous shooting down of an airliner that had taken off from Tehran airport made the upper middle class come out in protest in Iran for the first time, because they are aghast at the exposure of the incompetence of the vaunted Revolutionary Guard. This was was a total justification of Trump’s action. The closer Iran comes to making Saudi Arabia cry uncle the more implacable the US will be.

    • Replies: @Owen C.
  104. @swamped

    “Actually, the Iranian regime took the whole thing rather calmly.” You mean, strategically.

    The Supreme Leader of Iran has stated the obvious: The rocketing of US bases in Iraq was “just a slap” not the actual retaliation, which will be orders of magnitude greater and on a scale designed to force the to US leave the region. It’s just a matter of when. I would expect major US casualties in the region during election season. Think Beirut Marine barracks bombing, Mogadishu, etc. Maybe much bigger. Many regional groups that are not under Iranian command will be retaliating for the Soleimani murder, and it will be difficult to distinguish which attacks were blessed/organized by Iran and which weren’t.

    Even if the Resistance didn’t do such things, Israel would false flag it. So the Resistance has absolutely no reason not to act and seize the initiative.

    • Replies: @Sean
  105. bluedog says:
    @Alfred

    The one who believes and perpetuates this nonsense that every ones bad except my boy,that everything he does is all planned out when in reality its chaos and confusion,he’s talking gibberish, tongues and only they can understand him, where black is white and white is black,good luck with that one you bought you own it.!!

    • Replies: @Alfred
  106. @lloyd

    I’m sorry to say you both are incorrect. Shia Islam and the 10 days of Muharram drill into Shia heads that bowing down to tyranny is un-Islamic and this is repeated during all ten days. The example of Hussain, with his family and few supporters is cited as an example. It is an exemplary example. All he had to do was capitulate and it all would have ended well, but he didn’t bow. There was a massacre and just a few survived. That’s the core of Shia belief.

  107. Deniz says:
    @jack daniels

    I am sure you believe it is; thanks for helping me make my point.

  108. Anonymous[379] • Disclaimer says:

    Two ameliorating factors:
    1) Iranian admission of shooting down the Ukrainian jet has disrupted Iranian unity – at least in the short term.
    2) Trump impeachment and 2020 election. Who will the US president be for the next few years? We might get someone in office that has a less adversarial stance.

    I predict status quo for now: resumption of low level conflict.

  109. Ahoy says:

    https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C1GCEA_enGR797GR797&sxsrf=ACYBGNSMfaYBECMQKvHmWueaE6DsPYIAoA:1578905810786&q=iran+pictures+1970&tbm=isch&source=univ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjygfG_moDnAhUlmVwKHa_CBU8QsAR6BAgKEAE&biw=1242&bih=568

    Just let that sink a while and then ask the question. Who deposed the Shah and brought Homeini back from Paris?

    Could it be that Suleimani was a global hero for freedom and a real threat to the Mulahs as a potential replacement of them?

    • Replies: @Republic
  110. Tony Hall says:

    Canada’s version of the Israel Lobby brazenly beating the war drums

    • Replies: @c matt
  111. Sean says:
    @Kevin Barrett

    Even if the Resistance didn’t do such things, Israel would false flag it

    But if Israel was going to do a false flag, there is hardly any point in doing the kind of things Iran has been doing anyway. An Israeli false flag of Iran would be at the tactical-nuke-in-a-city level of destruction.

    Think Beirut Marine barracks bombing… The rocketing of US bases in Iraq

    Those kinds of things work because no one was sure who was really behind them. The Supreme Leader of Iran has made it apparently obvious will be behind anything: Iran. Which is an invitation to false flag. He is clearly more worried about domestic patriot disgust with Iran’s heros being shown up as idiots who went into the Lion’s Den in the case of Soleimani, and hadn’t the brainpower of a drunken Russian in the case of the Tor-M1s crew.

    Talk is cheap, all Trump had to do was all a bit of pressure, and Iran started coming apart. The Iranian leadership now understand the structural weakness of Iran will be cruelly exposed ant they with it should they try to make good their threats.

  112. Owen C. says:
    @Sean

    Sorry, but this is the Unz Review, not QAnon.

    • Replies: @Sean
  113. Robjil says:

    We have been living in a Judean Theocracy since 12.23.1913 in the west. The recent Christian Zionists are order followers of our Judean Theocrats.

    The second century of our Judean Theocracy started on 12.23.5761 (9.11.2001).

    The Purim theme is one of the big themes of our Judean Theocrats.

    Purim 1917 – the 1st Russian Revolution started on Purim of that year.

    https://www.chabad.org/holidays/purim/article_cdo/aid/3605206/jewish/Purim-in-Petrograd-1917.htm

    That year, International Women’s Day serendipitously coincided with the festival of Purim, which marks the salvation of the Jewish people, in part through the audacious bravery of Queen Esther. Tens of thousands of men and women joined the workers of the Putilov factory who had already been striking for several days. Marching in the streets of Petrograd they demanded an end to the continuous food shortages, an end to the war, and an end to the Tsarist autocracy. Michoel Dworkin, a graduate of the Tomchei Temimim yeshiva, was in the city at the time and recalled that the Rebbe delivered a discourse marking the festival. It began with the passage from the megillah in which Haman, the arch-foe of the Jews is advised to “build a gallows fifty cubits high” (Esther, 5:14). Though originally intended for Mordechai, the righteous Jew, Haman himself was ultimately hung upon it instead. Unfortunately, no transcript of the discourse is extant.25

    Nuremburg trial of 1946 was a Judean passion play. Ten National Socialists were hung like the ten sons of Haman of Purim. Julius Streicher noted this theme.

    https://unitedwithisrael.org/strange-parallels-between-the-purim-story-and-the-nuremberg-trials/

    In fact, Julius Streicher, the Nazi editor of the anti-Semitic Der Stürmer newspaper, even proclaimed before he was hung, “Purim Fest 1946.”

    1991 war on Iraq ended on Purim

    https://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1793.cfm

    Secondly, immediately after the “Highway of Death” destruction, President Bush ordered a cessation of hostilities. The war ended on February 28, 1991. Gulf War I has been popularly called the “100 hour war”.

    February 28, 1991, was the Jewish Festival of Purim. This fact means that the slaughter of these fleeing Iraqi soldiers occurred on Purim, 1991!

    2003 war on Iraq

    https://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1793.cfm

    In Israeli time, President Bush appeared on TV at 3:15am on March 18 and the deadline expired at 3:15am, March 20.

    Purim was celebrated this year from Sundown, March 17 through March 19. In fact, the Purim celebration this year is comprised of the following events:

    1. March 17 — Ta’anit Esther — a feast to Queen Esther, the heroine of Purim

    2. March 18 — Purim

    3. March 19 — Shushan Purim — the day Purim is celebrated in Jerusalem and other cities

    Thus, the entire 48-hour ultimatum to Saddam Hussein occurred precisely during the time of the Purim celebration!

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/purim-history-what-you-ne_n_837107

    Purim falls every year on the 14th of Adar in the Jewish calendar, but this date varies on the Gregorian calendar. Like all Jewish holidays, Purim begins and ends at sundown. The following are the dates for Purim for the next several years.

    2011: March 19-20

    https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/spotlight/libya/2011/10/20111020104244706760.html

    Well wonder of wonders, Purim time again for war.

    March 19, NATO starts bombing Libya

    After a debate, the United Nations Security Council voted to impose a no-fly zone over Libya. Ten of the council’s 15 members voted “yes,” while five – Russia, China, India, Germany and Brazil – abstained.

    This year Purim is:

    https://nykolami.org/purim/

    Purim – March 9-10, 2020

    Purim, or the Feast of Lots, is a joyous holiday that is recounted in the Book of Esther. It tells of the saving of the Jews during the Persian Period (539-330BCE).

    Well, will we have another war related to this festival for our Judean Theocracy in the west?

  114. Paul says:

    Noam Chomsky has pointed out that if the United States is truly against terrorism, it should stop engaging in it.

    • Agree: Harbinger
  115. @MrTuvok

    This is lifted from Moonof Alabama:
    “At the beginning of the session, Al-Halbousi left the presidential seat and sat next to Mr. Abdul-Mahdi, after his request to cut off the live broadcast of the session, a public conversation took place between the two parties. The voice of Adel Abdul Mahdi was raised.

    Mr. Abdul Mahdi spoke with an angry tone, saying:

    “The Americans are the ones who destroyed the country and wreaked havoc on it. They are those who refuse to complete building the electrical system and infrastructure projects. They have bargained for the reconstruction of Iraq in exchange for giving up 50% of Iraqi oil imports, so I refused and decided to go to China and concluded an important and strategic agreement with it, and today Trump is trying to cancel this important agreement.”

    The American President’s threatened the Iraqi Prime Minister to liquidate him directly with the Minister of Defense. The Marines are the third party that sniped the demonstrators and the security men:

    Abdul Mahdi continued:

    “After my return from China, Trump called me and asked me to cancel the agreement, so I also refused, and he threatened me with massive demonstrations that would topple me. Indeed, the demonstrations started and then Trump called, threatening to escalate in the event of non-cooperation and responding to his wishes, so that the third party (Marines snipers) would target the demonstrators and security forces and kill them from the highest structures and the US embassy in an attempt to pressure me and submit to his wishes and cancel the China agreement, so I did not respond and submitted my resignation and the Americans still insist to this day on canceling the China agreement and when the defense minister said that who kills the demonstrators is a third party, Trump called me immediately and physically threatened me and defense minister in the event of talk about the third party.”

    The reliable Based Cat in Iraq seems to confirm the timeline:

    TØM CΛT @TomtheBasedCat – 4:00 UTC · Jan 7, 2020
    Yes a 50-person delegation visited China in 2019 and then the protests started on October 1st until the Arbaeen dates, then picked up again on Oct 25th. I’m skeptical about the 3rd party but the timing itself was interesting. The flames were fanned by Gulf media and Al-Hurra.
    Al-Hurra is a U.S. government financed Arab language TV outlet.”

    Southfront has a similar report, seemingly from a different source, with some

    • Replies: @A123
  116. @JimDandy

    It’s the 18th century system of government that the USA has that is the real problem. Get rid of checks and balances. If Trump had simply had Pelosi shot, likewise the top halves of the CIA and FBI with the bottom halves put on lifelong pensions, there’d be no US troops abroad, no Israel, and Trump would have spent his last holiday break in Iran before travelling round his own country by high speed rail rectifying the homelessness problem. He’d want all his people to be happy.

  117. @2stateshmustate

    Let us hope that a rude awakening will put the mainstream media in its right place: the garbage can of history.

  118. @Joe Levantine

    The first revolution in the Middle East in the 20th century occurred in Iran. Sorry for the typo.

  119. A123 says:
    @foolisholdman

    Iraqi PM, Abdul Mahdi is in a weak position. In his no debate allowed, non-binding referendum, he only managed to get 52% (170 of 328) for ejecting the U.S. The snap vote was designed to deny Arab constituent/voters from contacting their minister about Persian colonialism. The U.S. is disliked. Persians are Feared.. In a fair and balanced debate about U.S. versus Persian influence in Iraq, there is no reason to believe the slender 52% margin would hold.

    If Mahdi keeps down the path serving Persian Mullahs instead of Iraqi Citizens, he could easily wind up losing a vote of ‘no confidence’. It is hard to see how he intends to deliver on his extremist position, and he risks re-igniting civil war if he tries.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Art
    , @AnonStarter
  120. Republic says:
    @Ahoy

    Like the case of the famous Cuban war hero,General Ochoa,who was executed by Castro in 1989.
    Ochoa was very popular for his role in
    the war in Angola

  121. Art says:

    Iraq PM “I received a new call from Trump threatening to kill both me and the Minister of Defense if we kept on talking about this ‘third party’.”

    Publish the call!

    Think Peace

  122. Agent76 says:

    Jan 13, 2020 Assassination-gate! Trump Officials Say No ‘Imminent Threat.’ With Guest Phil Giraldi

    Trump officials – including Trump himself today – have been steadily pulling back from initial claims after the January 3rd assassination of Iranian top general Soleimani that he was killed because of “imminent threats” of attack led by the Iranian.

  123. Art says:
    @A123

    If Mahdi keeps down the path serving Persian Mullahs instead of Iraqi Citizens, he could easily wind up losing a vote of ‘no confidence’. It is hard to see how he intends to deliver on his extremist position, and he risks re-igniting civil war if he tries.

    We all know that this two faced Jew wants civil war in Iraq.

    The Jews are bloody killers – it is in their intellectual religion and their biological tribal way.

    Hope — Think Peace — Do No Harm — Western thoughts.

    • Replies: @A123
  124. @A123

    /In a fair and balanced debate about U.S. versus Persian influence in Iraq, …/

    In a fair and balanced debate about Israeli influence over American government, we’d never be there to be begin with.

    • Thanks: Alfred
    • Troll: A123
  125. @Anonymous

    A 5th column in the IRGC shot the plane down on purpose. After you see the radar data compared to the other flights, you just cannot believe it was an accident

    Iran is either covering up the 5th column or they dont yet know it

  126. Rurik says:

    Just as the shock effect of Pearl Harbor helped the American war party overcome domestic political divisions and unite the nation in its resolve for vengeance, so has the Soleimani murder galvanized regional groups, led by Islamic Iran and Iraq, in their dedication to obliterate every last trace of any US-Israeli presence in the region, no matter how long it takes, by any means necessary.

    I haven’t read all the comments, but if the criminal assassination were to accomplish this goal, then at least he would not have died in vain. Indeed, I suspect, reading what I’ve read about him, if that were the price of his death, he’d likely have welcomed it.

    the complete elimination of the US military presence in the region. … … is probably unacceptable to the permanent National Security State that governs the US no matter who is in office, and to Israel and its global network (and its agents in the “US” National Security State). So the irresistible force will soon be meeting the immovable object. It is difficult to see how this could possibly end well.

    The irresistible force meeting the immovable object was always inevitable.

    Israel, by its every nature, will never relent in its pursuit of absolute domination. ‘It is written’.

    The only, and I mean only thing that will rein them in, is a superior force. And so it’s Zion against the world, as it always has been. The only question is how will it ultimately play out..

    —in the wake of his death Iran will respond positively to Iraqi requests for help in its national liberation struggle against the hated US occupier.

    Good!

    Whether it was intentional or not, the tragic death of that (apparently) great man, might cause tectonic plates in the geopolitical firmament to shift, in ways that bode some hope for long beleaguered Iraq and Iran, and for those of us in the ZUS, who’ve always hated acting as the blood-stained Janissaries of Zion.

  127. “If the murder of Soleimani bears comparison to Pearl Harbor, it also echoes the October 1914 killing of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo, the first domino in a series that ended in a world war. ”

    The first domino in a series that started WW1 was the plot that was initiated by Cecil Rhodes and the Anglo-Zionist deep state to form deep state alliances with France and Russia to wage war against Germany to eliminate a serious rival to their empires. This happened 10 years before WW1 started, and included the establishment of the Federal Reserve and the Income Tax in 1913 to finance war, one year before the the start of WW1.

    • Replies: @Harbinger
  128. A123 says:
    @Art

    Art “The Warmonger”,

    … this two faced Jew

    Please stop trolling with your lies. I am a Christian and have never claimed otherwise.

    We see through your misdirection and understand your true goal… Genocide of all Jews.

    Think PEACE — Do No Harm 😇

    • Replies: @Franklin Ryckaert
  129. I do not agree with the analysis of Mr. Barrett. However, I understand his reasoning.

    For starters, Iran does not implement its strategies based upon religious emotionalism. That is used simply for appeasing the public. Iran is a very sophisticated thinker as to its every move in a very volatile region.

    Had Mr. Barrett been correct in his analysis, Iran would have simply gone ahead and destroyed Israel, denying the United States its most important bridgehead in the region. It may still very well do that but only as part of much larger strategic plan.

    I have developed a military analysis for this situation based on historical precedent, which describes that whatever violence in the Mid East region does occur as result of the murder of General Qassem Soleimani will be done for show, or in military parlance, feints.

    The real target will be the peaceful overthrow of the United States government. Given the porous nature of current US society, the revulsion and contempt with which many American citizens now hold for the US federal government and a number of state governments, and the already many existing organizations already working to turn the tide in US politics, it is my belief that provocateurs and agents-in-place will be sent into the United States to foment the complete arrest of the entire federal government with assistance from honorable echelons of the US military services.

    There is no win for Iran in any situation in which it deals with violence whether directly or through proxies on the grand strategic scale.

    And with Iran’s predilection for using extremely, sophisticated implementations of the military axiom of the “indirect approach”, which has been now currently popularized as asymmetric warfare, I believe they will and have already come to this conclusion.

    Iran approaches the battlefield with the “long game” in mind and having a friendly US government in place where it can trade peacefully gets it a lot further in the long run than all out conflict, which could drain it of resources.

    The historical precedent I cited above is the historical conflict Rome had to engage with Hannibal Barcha when he attacked Italy through the Alps. The resolution was to threaten the home city of Carthage, which was successfully accomplished by Scipio Africanus where he summarily defeated Hannibal on the plains of Zama in North Africa.

  130. @Maqtada Al Cia

    “I remember when most conservatives loved W.”

    I never met a single conservative who didn’t despise W. The ones who loved him were the neocons and the Rapturetards. None of that bunch was conservative by any standard other than that of the zionist MSM.

  131. Thomasina says:
    @Meimou

    The folks at The Duran (Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris) provide some excellent insight into Trump’s behavior. Check it out.

    Mercouris goes over some of the mistakes that JFK himself made (because he listened to the neocons around him), and how he quickly went about correcting them, as Trump has done. Mercouris stresses that several people who advised Trump have since been fired, and he well expects Pompeo to be next.

    Give it a listen.

    • Replies: @Steve Naidamast
    , @Avery
  132. DFC says:

    The author said that US could “annihilate the Iranian people”, well we can think about a less radical scenario, like the event that US, after mounting casualties in his forces and losing the war with Iran, resort to use a tactical nuke on a military target and then threat to use many more in the future if Iran do not surrender. We could think the following consequences:

    a) Of course Iran will not surrender after the blast and under the threat of more destruction, as Germany did no surrender after the Allies carpet bombing all the German cities, with or without military importance. This atrocity only would unite more the Iranian people and the rest of Shia and Sunni people against US. They have used the worst WMD against a Muslim country. The Iranian will be more resolute to kill Americans than before

    b) After the destruction of Iraq (twice), Libya, Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen using nukes against a Muslim non-nuclear armed country, will be too much for the Islamic people, when the photos of the “collateral” babies and woman smoked and also affected by the fall-out, it is possible that for many many millions Muslims the US soldiers and even US civilians would be considered legitimate targets, and many of them could think that Bin Laden was right to consider US the enemy of Humanity…I would not like to be an American citizen in any Muslim country after that.

    c) If there are many civilians casualties, as expected by the blast and the fall-out, it is probable that the Iranian soldiers, after knowing this barbaric act, do not feel obliged to follow the Geneva Convention or any civilized rule of modern wars, and proceed not take any prisoner in the future, so it is not good news for the US garrison in Iraq or Kuwait at all. Also they have all the right to use WMD against the Americans, as gas attacks against all the US bases in the ME

    d) The risks of terrorist attacks inside US will increase by x1000, from the hundreds of thousands Muslim people living there, and US has around 100 nuclear reactors, probably in the coming decades some of them could suffer a melt-down…

    e) From the first nuke blast, every country in the world will learn that US can wage a nuclear war against any of them in any moment if they contradict the US policy, so the rational choice for every single country that want to be independent and not subject to American nuclear threats, will be to develop a nuclear weapons program and a delivery systems (ICBM), of course all of them pointing to the US mainland. The world will be a much more dangerous place.

    f) Many people in Iran would think that was Israel who press the Americans to wage the war against Iran in such an inhuman way, and then Iran could decide to retaliate sending hundreds of missiles against the Dimona nuclear power plant, and converting Israel in a radioactive waste for the following 100.000 years.

    g) The rest of countries in the world stop to work with the US military and politically, is too dangerous to work with such a country, all the alliance US has with many countries will crumble, because the population will not tolerate it in the future

    h) The US $ will cease to be the world currency, the US economy will collapse

    i) After the first nuke, of course the nuclear strategic forces of Russian and Chinese will be in state of high alert, and then the Russian will threat US, so if they use more nuke Russia they will side with the Iranians “up to the End of the World”. From this moment the flow of weapons and “military advisers” from Russia and China in Iran will be constant, US will be doomed

    j) After this the USA only could “win” if it defeat in a all-out nuclear war Russia, China and Iran, so even Trump could seems suicidal, it is possible that a military or political coup could end his presidency, and that could ignite a Civil War inside the US.

    I think that if the US would start using nukes the more likely scenario is the complete defeat of the US Army and probably the dissolution of US as a united country.

    Many times in history, mainly in Korea and Vietnam, the leadership in US was seriously considering the use of nukes, but they always arrive to the conclusion that the effects will be much much worse than if they escalate using conventional weapons, and that it is what they always do, even if at the end they lose the war (as in Vietnam). That thing happens….I think this time will not be different, aand the USA will lost the war (US has never fought alone a war against a country of more than 80 million people with a well equipped and motivated army it is like Hezbollah x 100)

    • Replies: @Castellio
  133. Harbinger says:
    @Charles Carroll

    Agreed.
    If you haven’t already, I highly recommend that you (and everyone) watch the brilliant, Corbett Report’s series of videos on WWI, why they happened and who were behind it. Then think about the nonsense you were taught at school.

    https://www.corbettreport.com/wwi/

    • Replies: @Steve Naidamast
  134. @Joe Levantine

    Christian Zionists have no power. The only issue they ever win on is support for Israel. They lose on every other issue they care about.

    Jews are responsible for the USA’s behavior in the Middle East. Christians are not.

    • Agree: Robjil
  135. Skeptikal says:

    “dastardly.”

    That is exactly the right word.

  136. @A123

    “…I am a Christian and have never claimed otherwise.

    We see through your misdirection and understand your true goal… Genocide of all Jews…”

    For a self-declared “Christian”, you show the typical Jewish paranoia, which sees in any criticism of Jews the danger of “another Holocaust”. Try again.

    • Replies: @General Koofta
  137. Greenwald says:

    Tel Lie vised 911 EvageLIED Santa Claus Christians will kill innocent people in the ME to bring about their supposedly false messiah, the Anti-Christ Dajjal to rule the world from Jerusalem.
    https://www.bitchute.com/video/aBzlnZOhtZ0/

  138. RDB says:
    @Kevin Barrett

    Target Patton is a great book. I checked it out at the library just after publication…who are the Zio-Bolshevik proto-neocons you mention…..what group of people? I believe the forrunner of our CIA did this to Patton…..he was planning resigning from the army, returning to Calif and running for public office and would spill the beans of the war crimes of the US and allies…..Gen Eisenhour would have been taken to the carpet…..if Patton would have succeeded in getting back to Calif….he did not, and is burried in europe.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  139. @Thomasina

    Though I agree with your assessment that JFK had some very bad people around him, they were not what we see as today’s neocons.

    For the most part they were right winged military leaders that couldn’t seem to wait to get into a shooting war with Russia (thus the Cuban missile crises).

    The other nut job JFK had to contend with was Allen Dulles, the head of the CIA, who JFK would eventually fire (if I remember correctly)…

    • Replies: @RDB
  140. BN says:

    “Yet on January 2 2020 Trump made a much bigger mistake: He launched all-out war with Iran”

    Am I living in some alternate reality where this happened? “all-out” war with Iran?

  141. @Joe Levantine

    The rapture ideology is vastly over rated by those who seem to want an excuse for our foreign policy. The truth is that most fundamentalist churches and their flock scarcely give a flip for Israel or the Jews.

  142. @Harbinger

    I went through your link to the Corbett Report and though I found the information quite intriguing, as one who has read a great deal on WWI history, to date I have not found any information that can confirm that this British conspiracy by Cecil Rhodes played any real significant part in starting WWI.

    This doesn’t mean it didn’t just that I have not been able to find it yet as a viable aspect of the march to war.

    In the end, Cecil Rhodes’ grand plan did not work out considering that FDR himself was quite instrumental in ensuring the complete bankruptcy of Britain during and after WWII…

    • Replies: @Harbinger
  143. RDB says:
    @Steve Naidamast

    the worst of the bad people around JFk was LBJ….if you read what’s available on the internet of LBJ’s life you will be astounded of his evil mind and deeds all through out his political life from the beginning……it’s my thought, LbJ was the mastermind of killing JFK…I was a first year college student when this happened and have followed the murder to this day…..our country has not recovered from that event

    • Replies: @Steve Naidamast
  144. Thomasina says:

    Thanks for the follow-up, Steve. I just thought the video was interesting in that Trump did do the right thing (in the end). He used a back channel through the Swiss Embassy in Tehran and deescalated tensions.

    Thought it was also interesting how Mercouris said JFK was at one time all full of bluster too, at least outwardly, but he knew what to do when things started to get out of hand, and he acted quickly to use a back channel as well – straight to the Kremlin.

    The present neocons are bent on war. Trump will be lucky to come out of this alive. They may have threatened to impeach him in the Senate if he didn’t follow orders, or bring down the stock market (which they could easily do). Maybe even threaten the life of his daughter if he doesn’t play along. I would NOT want to be in his shoes.

    Have a good day!

  145. Karma says:
    @Wally

    May it be Killarys obituary

  146. @BL

    Soleimani is from the ME, lives there and his family is from and lives in the ME. Trump is the one monkeying around in the ME surely, his beat is NY, FL and now DC.

    Trump mostly has little more than McDonalds Big Macs and fries on his plate and I suspect that he does exactly as he’s told to do most of the time, just like a McDonalds “restaurant” manager.

    • Replies: @A123
  147. Parfois1 says:
    @Colin Wright

    To cite one example, in 1943 the Russians (who had happened to invade Iran two years earlier), made off with the entire wheat harvest, causing a famine that killed around a million Iranians.

    And here is another one of those glib comments stating anti-Soviet bullshit propaganda as fact. Persia became a virtual colony of Britain and a point of entry for British forces on the side of the White Guards in the civil war. There were many unresolved border conflicts, mostly by local chieftains on both sides, until the Persia-Soviet Treaty of 1921 stabilised both diplomatic and commercial relations between both countries. That treaty favoured Persia in many ways and granted both countries the right of entry for defensive purposes into the other’s territory if either were threatened by a third country. That clause of the treaty was aimed particularly at British interference in the underbelly of the Soviet Union.

    There you are, ignorant sheepheads ruminating bullshit in the UR paddock. The Soviet Union did not invade Persia; it merely exercised a right conferred by a treaty contemplating possible British aggression. And aggression against the USSR was more than a possibility, it was a certainty because every country then bordering the SU, taking advantage of the perilous conditions in Russia following WWI and the civil war, were greedily taking bits of its lands. Even little Finland as well as the Polish hyenas were gorging from Russia’s difficult times.

    And the Soviets were right and prescient about protecting the country. Early in WWII, the French and British were planning Operation Pike.

    • Agree: Alfred
    • Disagree: Colin Wright
  148. Murmele says:
    @Igor Bundy

    It really makes me wonder how Putin, Assad, Erdogan, Modi and all the others that Dump might not like so much feel right now. Does this mean they have to secure the airspace with an S-400 before attempting a meeting not authorized by the Dumpsters?

  149. Harbinger says:
    @Steve Naidamast

    Did you watch all of them, all three?
    Cecil Rhodes himself was overwhelmingly a puppet of Rothschild:

    “In October 1871, 18-year-old Rhodes and his 26-year-old brother Herbert left the colony for the diamond fields of Kimberley in Northern Cape Province. Financed by N M Rothschild & Sons, Rhodes succeeded over the next 17 years in buying up all the smaller diamond mining operations in the Kimberley area.”

    Source

    As you know, FDR was simply a puppet, controlled by much higher powers. So it wasn’t him, per se, who bankrupted the British. Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I truly don’t believe that FDR would have dreamed of thieving off of the Rothschilds, who essentially owned Britain. My guess is that the loans which bankrolled Britain in WW1, most certainly came from the Rothschilds (American branch). The banks just happened to use another name, other than Rothschild, in order to do their thieving. Britain was bankrupted, but the Rothschild made a killing, just as they did 100 years previous with the taking complete takeover of the British Stock Exchange.

  150. A123 says:
    @NoseytheDuke

    Soleimani is from the ME

    I hate to point it out, but you have a linguistic tense issue:

    — Soleimani *was* from Iran
    — Soleimani *is* in Hell with his SatanoAllah

    PEACE 😇
    ________

    • Troll: Herald
  151. artichoke says:

    Empirically it seems successful, not a mistake.

    Before we had crowds chanting “Death to America” and burning US flags.

    Now we have authorities painting a US flag on the ground and the student body shaming them and refusing to show disrespect by walking on the area.

  152. Castellio says:
    @DFC

    Good post.

    Made me think of a quote from a novel, published 2014, that I recently reread.

    https://www.guernicaeditions.com/title/9781550718584

    “The real question, Mahfouz, is this: how can those of us who want to remain sane see within the darkness? For that we need the illumination of our history, which includes our religion. It’s not a question of being either modern or anti-modern, but of not being blind. You have no idea how sad your words make me. You tell me that for the people of America we are lesser beings, deserving of contempt. From the depth of my sadness I tell you this: good, let their ignorance be our strength.” He looked about, as if to see who was in earshot of his unspeakable thoughts. “You want to be frank? What’s a missile or a bomb if not a portable oven? What is the American military if not millions of portable ovens, all set to bake human flesh? Have you ever seen the photos of charred bodies after an attack from the drones or F-16s? That is what we Muslims face as we seek our independence from colonialism. Incineration. Ask all those whose family members have been cooked. Oh, it’s unfortunate, everyone says when it happens, but then the next day it happens again: in Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Afghanistan. Or for that matter, ask the people of Tehran if they feel good with the threat of being baked. I tell you, Mahfouz, the Israelis and the Americans will eventually bomb Iran, and they will eventually bomb Cairo too, but we, like the Persians, like the Palestinians, will emerge from beneath the radioactive sand having become the mutant cockroaches they fear, and we’ll force the Europeans and Americans out and retake our places in our own land. Some things are foreordained.”

    “Foreordained?”

    “You see how useful faith is. It strengthens one.”

    “Illusions. Fantasies. Nothing real!”

    “Commitment!”

    “And if they don’t bomb Iran? How does your story end then? What if they’re intelligent enough not to do that? What happens then?”

    “We should give thanks if they don’t bomb Iran. We should give thanks if they leave Iraq, if they recognize Palestinians as human, if they leave Afghanistan to the Afghanis, if they no longer protect and defend the worst of our dictators, if they stop supporting Israeli expansion. But Mahfouz, seriously, how likely is that?”

  153. Avery says:
    @Thomasina

    { some excellent insight into Trump’s behavior.}
    { Mercouris stresses that several people who advised Trump have since been fired, and he well expects Pompeo to be next.}

    The question I have is: why does Trump keep hiring these ultra-neocons, and then has to fire them after they have screwed him over?
    Maybe he didn’t know Pompeo, et.al, but Bolton was a well known ultra-neocon, endlessly braying for war with Iran. Why would he hire him?

    So who is it advising – or compelling – Trump to hire these people?
    Is it IvanJarro?
    Who?

    • Replies: @Skeptikal
    , @Incitatus
  154. Bookish1 says:
    @Ross537

    I agree. ww1 and ww2 were the biggest mistakes this country has ever made and ever will make. Those are ended america

  155. Parfois1 says:
    @Maqtada Al Cia

    Only the worst sort of people run for office or get the funds to run. The rich can’t bribe good people.

    That statement explains it all and the message should dwell and be read in every human being’s brain whenever the synapses start firing. Long ago Plato said the same thing by different words and history screams the same message: anyone who seeks a position of power and influence in every field of human activity should be disqualified from such position.

    Not very hard to implement such a system but impossible while the rulers rule.

    • Replies: @Harbinger
  156. @A123

    You are correct in that point about tense but wrong on almost everything else that you post here. Thanks for the correction but as Herald and many others have noted previously, you are indeed a troll.

    • Replies: @AnonStarter
  157. little bitch, Iran is now a joke because of that sweet murder. You have a Barry Obama IQ?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  158. @Bruce Arney

    We all know how this story ends. After the next financial crash America may not be willing or able to be so generous toward Israel. This is when all the rules will change. Nobody in America or Israel makes policy based on an expected Rapture or Second Coming.

  159. Skeptikal says:
    @Avery

    “The question I have is: why does Trump keep hiring these ultra-neocons”

    My question, too, after viewing the Mercouris cast.
    Not only after that—for a LOOOOOONG time.
    But Mercouris didn’t address himself to this issue/question.
    Great fan of AM, but still, he kind of sidestepped that obvious question, or, wasn’t asked it and didn’t answer it.

    • Replies: @Franklin Ryckaert
  160. Harbinger says:
    @Parfois1

    If you’ve ever read the brilliant The Hitch Hiker’s Huide To The Galaxy series of books by the late, Douglas Adams, then you will remember his take on government. The following quote is from the second book in the series, ‘The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe’:

    “The major problem—one of the major problems, for there are several—one of the many major problems with governing people is that of whom you get to do it; or rather of who manages to get people to let them do it to them.
    To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it.
    To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”

  161. Parfois1 says:
    @Turk 152

    The pathology in the US is far worse than the MSM caricatures of foreign leaders because all its decisions are based on how a few families can use the tremendous resources in the US to acquire all the wealth in the world. That is the essence of America …

    Don’t accuse America, only the unnamed part of America now colonized by the Jewish masters: Usrael…

    Before the Zionist take over of the US there was a rampant capitalist ethos, but it was moderated by a strong undercurrent of Christian morality. You see it personalized in, say, Ford creating an efficient money-making machine through industrial capitalism while being aware of and responsive to his social responsibilities. He’s also the contemporaneous image of the the industrial capitalist fighting against the emerging financial capitalist spreading his tentacles from the Jewish quarters in Wall Street, setting up the Federal Reserve and institutional framework for the imperialist project. At the same, the also Jewish “Pubic Relations” machine started its work to change the cultural foundations of society to bring about a materialistic and egocentric type of man to become a “wants-consumer” to grease the wheels of the machine.

    The complete take over and the rise of Usrael was the gift of WWII, in fact the only winner. All other countries, especially the USSR and Germany, were losers.

    • Agree: Bookish1
  162. Pompeo is ardently awaiting “the rapture,”

    Neither Pompeo, nor anyone in government, actually believes any of that nonsense. They posture about religious nonsense to sucker the rubes. And most Christians, even the Zionist nutjobs, don’t “really” believe that crap except for little old ladies and sub-room temperature IQ types.

    • Replies: @Achilles Wannabe
  163. @A123

    A123 thinks that all of Virginia’s heroes are in hell along with Soleimani.

    I’ve always said it: Jews hate Americans just as much as they hate Muslims.

  164. “Just as the shock effect of Pearl Harbor helped the American war party overcome domestic political divisions and unite the nation in its resolve for vengeance”

    Pearl Harbor was a plan and only secondarily by the Japanese. Today everybody knows – and many knew even then – that Roosevelt wanted into the war despite the carnage for Americans that American entry would cause. Roosevelt established the preconditions for a Japanese attack. Likewise, fifth columnist Jewry and their collaborators which includes Pompeo like Evangelicals want this war with Iran no matter what it does to American national interests conventionally defined If killing the General causes the war , the assassination is not “stupid” from a fifth columnist perspective as Iraq was not stupid from a fifth columnist perspective. People who write articles about foreign policy really ought to get over this idea that anything like a national interest conventionally defined is operative or at issue in ME foreign policy. At this point on our tragic trajectory, that idea itself is stupid or perhaps willfully naive

  165. wraith67 says:

    The man’s hands were as red with his own people’s blood (bloodier, actually) as they were with Sunni blood. As the meme says, you don’t have to lick the balls of the terrorist to say you don’t like DJT. There’s nothing different now than there was at any time over the last 40 years. I’m sure there will be rivers of alligator tears if that regime met the same fate, but it won’t be very many Iranian tears.

  166. Omegabooks [AKA "Anon"] says:

    Russia and China didn’t help Libya and (except for going through the motions) won’t help Iran either. China right now is fast becoming Israel’s poodle (after it completely parasites the US which is coming soon, wasting the US away), and Putin is in with his Chabad buddies (or should I say, bubbies)…

    And do you Christian Zionists actually think God will just look the other way as to your desire for death and destruction so that you can be “raptured”? Repent, because you may not be “raptured” to where you think you’ll be “raptured” to!

  167. E_Perez says:

    Funny to read all these complaints about Jewish power, Jewish warmongering and (((mainstream media))).

    Dont you know you got what your grandfathers fought for? Those, your neighbors still call “the Greatest Generation”?

    You have been warned some 90 years ago what the tribe is up to: destroy Aryan culture and race. You have been shown a peaceful solution: separate the tribe from the gentiles and settle them far away.

    You(r grandfathers) have chosen to fight for the Jews against the only white nation who could have saved you.

    • Agree: Bookish1
    • Replies: @John Johnson
  168. Sean says:
    @Owen C.

    QAnon was about the President combating internal conspiracies so powerful they could not be openly confronted. Applying pressure to a foreign country is what the armed forces are there to do. The army is a killing machine for use abroad, not the FBI.

  169. @Parfois1

    “…Before the Zionist take over of the US there was a rampant capitalist ethos, but it was moderated by a strong undercurrent of Christian morality…”

    That is certainly partially true, but we still have to account for the US behavior in the Philippines during the Spanish-American war, its behavior in Latin America throughout its history and during such relatively recent events as the Korean and Vietnamese wars, all actions with no demonstrable Jewish interests.

    Henry Ford was an exceptional productive and moral man, equally devoted to the welbeing of his workers, society at large and peace, reason why he came into conflict with the Jews. Alas, such persons are rare in public American life.

  170. tygertgr says:
    @Kevin Barrett

    > the petrodollar

    There is no petrodollar. I can’t get over how obvious this and how often I hear people making nonsensical claims about it.

    Oil is less than 13% of global trade yet almost all of this non-oil trade is settled in USD. Literal “dollars for petroleum” are a rounding error in global finance.

    Trump just threatened to cut off Iraq’s SWIFT and Fed window access. That’s the exact opposite of something you’d do if “the petrodollar” is the point. That’s more like punching somebody in the face until they refuse to use dollars. Iran, Russia, and China have been getting slapped around by the USG like this for years yet they continue to extensively use dollars for almost all trade. Claims to the contrary are hot air.

    The dollar is the currency for global settlement of trade because the united states is the only sovereign on the planet right now to have never cancelled a cash note and to have never outright defaulted. Oil has nothing to do with it.

    Oil has a lot to do with USG geostrategy and military activity. But if you think it’s somehow inextricably linked up with the USD you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    • Replies: @tygertgr
  171. @Skeptikal

    The only explanation is that Trump is not really a “puppet of the Jews”, but is engaged in a kind of tug-of-war with them. On the one hand he is dependent on their money and power (perhaps even blackmail), but on the other hand he has his own ideas to “make America great again”. Thus we see the curious phenomenon of him hiring the most obnoxious persons (clearly on the instigation of the Jews), and then firing them shortly after. His secretly making a deal with the Iranians to retalliate without making victims was certainly a move to prevent a war with Iran against the wishes of his would-be Jewish “puppeteers”.
    Interesting times!

    • Replies: @Thomasina
  172. sally says:
    @Anonymous

    Economically you are wrong.. morally you are wrong, What I think you meant is that Jews are not to blame. With that I might Agree. Zionist have been victimizing Jews since the Mobsters began their activities.
    In 1972 3,000,000 persons were involved in pumping oil from holes in America to extract, refine and deliver oil and gas to gas pumps. There were lots of small oil companies around. The average price of oil was about $.27 a gallon.. When I was in school, gas at the pump reached about $.17 per gallon. Cars were big, safe, and fast. By 1974 3,000,000 jobs were lost to foreign lands, the price of OPEC oil went to $3.50 a gallon and all of the little guy gas stations dried up..
    A Washington, DC committee in 1948 figured out that oil companies could control all of the oil and gas in the world, if only they could make the people believe controlling the environment was essential to the survival of mankind. The EPA permitting process would stop all competition to the oil company monopoly in oil and gas.

    That scam took our jobs and our livelihoods and delivered both to foreign away places. The gallows are still waiting for the guilty that did that.

    President Trump (or I mean Truman), proclaimed in 1946 that the USA owned all of the oil and gas under the sea and everywhere inland, the Zionist made Churchill claim the same for the British. In 1954 the continental shelf act was instituted to fund college programs to teach people how to find and get the oil and to map for the big oil companies, the exact location and amount of oil and gas under the sea everywhere in the world, and 20 miles inland. In 1973 I think it was the EPA was born and soon thereafter no oil and gas jobs were in America and for that matter no chemical plant or manufacturing jobs were available as the government, on behalf of private investors shut down America’s industries and shipped not just the jobs overseas but also the technology, experience and know how that made Americans Great.

    What American would take American jobs from America? What American would scalp Americans wallets by raising the price of gas to $3.50 a gallon, none other than dual citizens? 110% of the blame for Soleimani should be attributed to whoever did this. .. but the Zionist thing goes back to 1897 (the First Zionist Congress in 1897 in Basil , Switzerland) where the plan for WWI was working (its purpose to remove competitor Germany from competing with British, French imperialist and to steal the from the Ottoman Muslim their oil). Mobsters (bankers, corporations, and privateers) pressured their host governments ( France to sign a treaty with Russia designed to keep Germany Contained), and the next year in BPs England 1897 and French big oil France agreed with corrupt components at the USA to involve America and Americans in approaching WWI.

    The mobsters seeking WWI, needed money (the Federal Reserve soaked it up from Americans and loaned it (1913) and the USA taxpayers fund the bank that loaned European warriors the money that made WWI possible. The mobsters also needed manpower, and for that British Propaganda Technology was applied in American to psycho-entice Americans into marching into a war planned long before it started, to make mobsters rich and famous.

    It is beyond me why Jews support Zionism?

  173. tygertgr says:
    @tygertgr

    Drug dealers and black markets all over the planet operate on $100 and $50 USD bills. You’re telling me this is fundamentally because of oil? It’s because every other currency is a total joke and that’s all there is to the story. The entire planet knows dollars will be good for a long while, while the Euro and everything else is a joke. You would have to be insane to save a CNY note or a Rouble under the mattress long term. People aren’t using dollars ‘cuase “petro-dollar”, it’s because there is no alternative.

    • Replies: @Biff
  174. Turk 152 says:
    @Parfois1

    That probably had much more to do with the impossibility of outsourcing a manufacturing supply chain to the third world in the 1920s, than Christianity.

    Wasn’t JP Moegan, a white guy, the biggest champion of consolidated banking power in that era? Jews were second class citizens back then who were just beginning to get into elite schools and were certainly not members of the elite gentleman’s clubs where deals were made. I think the Rothschilds were influencing the Bank of England,, not US banking.

    I think the Jews became powerful in banking after the 1960s when banks started doing mergers and acquisition work which was then considered unsavory by the white shoe protestant elites.

    I’m a CPA, the old Jews in the profession told me there were so many Jews in accounting because that was the only profession in business they were allowed to have.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Parfois1
  175. artichoke says:
    @Harbinger

    This is a part of why Trump seems more trustworthy than others. He hasn’t spent his whole life climbing the greasy pole of politics, but doing other things. Then once that was done and he saw a need (or, granted, an opportunity) he ran one political campaign.

    If he was corrupt in business, at least he was corrupt with his own money or that of other big business people. He competed with sharks, survived and overall profited. That’s better than using political power to line one’s pockets with taxpayer money.

  176. @E_Perez

    You(r grandfathers) have chosen to fight for the Jews against the only white nation who could have saved you.

    Would that be the same country that started a war by bombing Christian Poland?

    The same country that talked about turning Warsaw into a lake?

    Quite ironic how this war against Jewry to save Aryans started with carpet bombing Christian European cities.

    Oh but I guess the Poles aren’t Aryan enough so bomb em and their kids too. We’re the saviors of Europe.

  177. @BannedHipster

    NO, you got that wrong. Perhaps you are right about Pompeo and the professional pols in government who may just use the end time looniness to sucker the base But I know the ordinary evangelicals personally and they believe it. I know a minister who has an IQ of 136 and who shows it when making many sorts of life decisions and calculations but when it comes to the Rapture, he is waiting to ascend, Skeptics – and I am one of you – make the mistake of thinking that there has to be some other explanation than actual belief for the mind set of Evangelicals But there isn’t. God help us

    • Replies: @BannedHipster
  178. Ron Unz says:
    @Turk 152

    Wasn’t JP Moegan, a white guy, the biggest champion of consolidated banking power in that era? Jews were second class citizens back then who were just beginning to get into elite schools and were certainly not members of the elite gentleman’s clubs where deals were made.

    No, that’s entirely mistaken, largely based upon highly dishonest later histories.

    Although it’s true that WASPs dominated Wall Street during the early decades of the century, Jews were also very powerful, with J.P. Morgan being the top banker, but Jacob Schiff of Kuhn Loeb a close second. My rough estimate would be that 60% of the financial power was WASP and 40% Jewish. Jewish groups also gained enormous power, influence, and wealth during WWI.

    A much more realistic, if critical, account of that era can be found in Henry Ford’s The International Jew, conveniently available on this website:

    https://www.unz.com/book/henry_ford__the-international-jew/

    • Thanks: JimDandy
    • Replies: @Parfois1
    , @Turk 152
  179. Anonymous[277] • Disclaimer says:
    @RDB

    I doubt it. Patton had the political sense of an eight-year-old. His tendency to tactless remarks in speeches shows it, and if he had run for public office things like slapping soldiers around in Sicily, which put a significant crimp in his WW2 career would have come back to haunt him. “If you want your sons in uniform slapped around, vote for Patton”.
    Although the press were more inclined then to cover up sexual indiscretions, his odd relations with his niece might also have come out.
    Patton could be neutralised without killing him, so I do not buy the assassination theory.
    And why California? Patton was from Virginia.

    • Replies: @RDB
  180. Wally says:
    @Meimou

    – IOW, you prefer to dodge the precedents set by Obama …. which US pols have brought up repeatedly regarding the Soleimani incident.

    – Obama is in this argument whether you like it or not.

    – You do not speak for all the others at Unz.

  181. Anonymous[277] • Disclaimer says:

    A later glance at Wiki says he was born in California, although he went to Virginia Military Institute. His accent sounded to me more Virginian than anything else in voice recordings.

  182. Biff says:
    @tygertgr

    it’s because there is no alternative.

    There are alternatives, and the list of them are getting longer.

    https://www.investopedia.com/articles/forex/091013/future-cryptocurrency.asp

    Some economic analysts predict a big change in crypto is forthcoming as institutional money enters the market. Moreover, there is the possibility that crypto will be floated on the Nasdaq, which would further add credibility to blockchain and its uses as an alternative to conventional currencies.

  183. Parfois1 says:
    @Harbinger

    If you’ve ever read the brilliant The Hitch Hiker’s Hide To The Galaxy series of books by the late, Douglas Adams, then you will remember his take on government.

    Yes Harbinger, read it. Plato said the same thing in The Republic, and many others throughout history. It is well known by observers of social institutions and studies in social psychology, even in law when one has an interest in a matter being adjudicated should be disqualified from hearing it.

    Yet societies are ruled by the very people who do so for their personal gain and self-gratification. Worse, the people vote for them!

    Thanks for the reminder.

  184. Alfred says:
    @bluedog

    My background is engineering and IT. I deal with reality. With things that happen physically. The real world. Clearly, you have a different background. One in which appearances and utterances are all that count. We are like oil and water.

    So far, Trump has not started any new war. His efforts to withdraw troops are about to bear fruit – despite the opposition of Zionists, Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UK, France, the MIC, Democrats, Republicans, his own family and the MSM. Not bad for one individual.

    What do you say to that?

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @Bjørn Keldur
    , @bluedog
  185. Parfois1 says:
    @Ron Unz

    I was about to reply to Turk152 but read yours before doing so. Thank you to come to the rescue because I could not disabuse the fellow in the authoritative fashion you did.

    The old hands here comment so often on the Judeo-Bolshevik conspiracy funded by the NY Jewish bankers (Schiff apparently gave some pocket money to Trotsky) and that, plus Ford’s troubles with them, was the only source I had that they were busily enlarging their portfolios. A bit of a haunch, really.

    • Replies: @utu
  186. Alfred says:
    @Joe Levantine

    … the British refused to share Iran’s oil wealth on an equal basis which led their Prime Minister Dr. Mossadegh to nationalise the oil assets of BP only to have him liquidated by CIA coup in 1953 …

    A small correction, if I may?

    Mossadegh dies in 1967 after many years of house arrest. He was never “liquidated”. I lived in Tehran in the 1970’s – until the Revolution. Stories circulated in the upper classes that the Shah used to visit Mossadegh and that they played chess together.

    • Replies: @Joe Levantine
  187. Parfois1 says:
    @Turk 152

    I’m a CPA, the old Jews in the profession told me there were so many Jews in accounting because that was the only profession in business they were allowed to have.

    On the other hand, it might have been the case that dealing with money matters was a definitive Jewish vocation. But the “old Jews” who told you that whopper about the CPA profession were pulling your leg; they were everywhere in business and professions, particularly law, and academia. One thing I noticed in my eclectic career: I have never heard of or come across a Jew blue-collar or farm worker.

    • Replies: @Turk 152
  188. Biff says:
    @Alfred

    I deal with reality.

    So does Jerry Springer.

    What do you say to that?

    Trump and Jerry are good friends.

  189. Frankly,

    I don’t think the current executive intends war as much as maximum pressure to get a better deal. Under the circumstances (the admission of the downing of a friendly passenger liner) maybe just maybe provide some space —- but in my view — might slim space.

  190. ThomasT says:

    And I thought 911 was the worst mistake. killing 3000 of their own.. but then again, it was intentional.. so not really a mistake. https://archive.org/details/youtube-ek-Q0T9wK2g

  191. utu says:
    @Parfois1

    The only truth about how the glorious and totally spontaneous grass root Bolshevik Revolution happened can be found in The History of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks): Short Course (Russian: История Всесоюзной Коммунистической Партии (Большевиков): Краткий курс).

    The History of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks): Short Course is a textbook on the history of the All-Union Communist Party (Bolsheviks) AUCP (B), first published in 1938. Colloquially known as the Short Course, it was the most widely disseminated book during the time Joseph Stalin was the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the AUCP (B) and one of the most important ones elucidating Marxism–Leninism.

  192. If you want to be religious (rapture etc) you could say that the “man of sin” is being revealed in all his glory (sic). I prefer Ron’s metaphor of a “mad dog” or as I recently used in an article “American Gangster”.

    Are you not tired of being ruled by a bunch of psycho’s? I thought you Americans were “free” and loved life and liberty? Looks to me like you gladly give your blood and treasure to a bunch of criminals. Where is the famous US spirit of independence? You are being led around by the nose.

    Don’t worry it is all coming – war, economic collapse, climate and natural disaster. Judgement Day is coming whether you believe it or not….it is coming… http://www.biblaridion.info/blog

  193. RDB says:
    @Anonymous

    my comments on Gen Patton are from, if memory serves me correct, what the author of the book, Target Patton had written…..my recollection of the book is one of scholarly type, with numerous footnotes all trough it…also, there were three separate attempts on his life….the car accident being the last…..then he died in the hospital….if my references to Gen Patton don’t make sense, then check it out for yourself…you may find on line a condensed review of it…..the book itself is fairly lengthy

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  194. Ron Unz says:
    @RDB

    if my references to Gen Patton don’t make sense, then check it out for yourself…you may find on line a condensed review of it…..the book itself is fairly lengthy

    Actually, I wrote an article on the exact topic a couple years ago, which you might find useful:

    https://www.unz.com/runz/was-general-patton-assassinated/

    • Thanks: NoseytheDuke
    • Replies: @RDB
  195. Turk 152 says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thanks for your reply, it’s a great website.

    Respectfully, I certainly agree they are very powerful today and our modern day historians are largely whitewashing their criminality. Dismissing the power of WASPs and the often harmful impacts of the culture in that era when they did have much more power than today is problematic.

  196. Turk 152 says:
    @Parfois1

    I was referring to corporate. I was also told that 1960s women had to enter an Arthur Anderson building through a seperate door. I am not sure everyone here appreciates what it was like i being on the wrong end of the glory days of WASPdom.

  197. @Harbinger

    Exactly! As Peter Simpson brilliantly explains in Political Illiberalism, “liberal democracy” is a sham. The only people who want the job of ruling are the most greedy, narcissistic oligarchs, who will always rule for their own benefit and the benefit of their corrupt and degenerate class.

    The Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in stark contrast, was chosen precisely because he did NOT want the job. He is a good, decent, pious, intelligent scholar of philosophy, who naturally tried repeatedly to refuse the honor of being named Supreme Leader after the death of Imam Khomeini. The more he refused, the more the Assembly of Experts knew he was the right guy. They basically had to drag him kicking and screaming into office.

    Today, Iran (unlike the USA) has a real separation of powers. The religious side, under the Supreme Leader, is decent, pious, patriotic, and moral. The “democracy” side (parliament, the presidency, etc.) not so much. But it still compares favorably to its Western equivalents.

    The real reason Iran is hated by the Western oligarchs is twofold:

    1) The Islamic Republic is a vastly superior model of governance that not only Islamic countries, but also Western Chirstian ones, should follow—as E. Michael Jones among other Christians has suggested.

    2) Evil naturally hates good.

    • Replies: @Wally
  198. @Alfred

    I say you have watched “A Few Good Men” way too many times.

  199. @Alfred

    Thanks for the correction. It is worth researching the matter. According to most Iranian students I befriended in the seventies while Iran was under the rule of the Shah, Mossadegh was killed by the Pahlavi regime. Well who knows for sure. History is always open to revisionism.

  200. Turk 152 says:

    Sorry to go on, but I find this a fascinating topic

    In the 30s we had Brown, Brothers, Harrigan financing Hitlers war, Presscott Bush, and many US corps, Ford, GM, doing business and supplying the Nazis. Can you imagine our modern leaders in banking and industry doing anything remotely resembling that? You cant even sell pencils to Iran without disclosing it in your tax forms, let alone all the heretofore nonexistent legislation in our southern states that it is illegal to criticize Israel.

    I am not suggesting they did not have any power, but to suggest that they orchestrated the Federal Reserve without the explicit direction of the ruling WASP aristocracy of the day seems like alot to swallow. Since then have they taken that institution over and do they use it for their schemes, sure, but that is another debate.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Harbinger
  201. c matt says:
    @Tony Hall

    Can Canada go to war on its own? Don’t the other 50 states of the US have to be on board as well?

  202. Devastating and damning as it is to the United States and its leaders, this is something that had to be written.

    There are a couple of errors that should be corrected:
    “. . . it also echoes the October 1914 killing of Archduke Ferdinand in Sarajevo . . .”
    Archduke Ferdinand was killed on June 28, 1914.

    “So Trump lured Soleimani to Tehran with a peace initiative, then ambushed him.”
    Soleimani was ambushed and killed near Baghdad International Airport in Iraq.

    • Replies: @Steve Naidamast
  203. Ron Unz says:
    @Turk 152

    Sorry to go on, but I find this a fascinating topic

    In the 30s we had Brown, Brothers, Harrigan financing Hitlers war, Presscott Bush, and many US corps, Ford, GM, doing business and supplying the Nazis.

    Well, you seem to be new here and also somewhat brainwashed by three generations of dishonest propaganda. During the 1930s Nazi Germany was highly successful economically, so much so that Hitler was widely admired across the world. For example, former WWI British Prime Minister Lloyd George characterized him as “the George Washington” of Germany. Why shouldn’t Wall Street firms have invested there?

    The Communists and most of the Jews obviously didn’t like him, but he maintained a quasi-alliance with the growing Zionist faction.

    You might want to read a few of my major American Pravda articles on these matters:

    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-understanding-world-war-ii/

    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-jews-and-nazis/

    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-how-hitler-saved-the-allies/

    I am not suggesting they did not have any power, but to suggest that they orchestrated the Federal Reserve without the explicit direction of the ruling WASP aristocracy of the day seems like alot to swallow.

    Frankly, much of the endless ranting about the Federal Reserve both on this website and elsewhere strikes me as mere crackpottery. But it’s certainly true that both the leading WASP and the leading Jewish bankers on Wall Street together organized its establishment in 1913 for their own financial purposes, constituting a roughly 50-50 split between the two groups.

    • Replies: @utu
  204. @NoseytheDuke

    /you are indeed a troll/

    I liken most of his contributions here to roadkill that’s decomposed just enough to make you wonder what kind of animal it might have been. Usually, you give it a curious glance and move along, but every now and then, you just gotta poke it with a stick.

    • Troll: A123
  205. RDB says:
    @Ron Unz

    Thanks to Ron Unz
    Now when commenters decide to strike me dead with words, they might first decide to do some reading of the matter themselves…..and your link is a quick place to start……The book Target Patton, is a masterpiece of scholorship…..and worth anyone’s time to read who has a sincere interest in the tale end of WW2 and specifically, Gen Patton…….thank you Ron

  206. @RDB

    Oh god, how could I forget that monstrosity of a human being.

    And I agree, I would not put it past LBJ being involved the JFK assassination. And as you noted, there is credible evidence that he was.

    What is interesting to note is that in the 1980s or 1990s (I can’t remember which decade) a book appeared about LBJ’s history in the Senate. The author described a man so evil it was a wonder no one assassinated him before he got to be JFK’s vice president…

    • Replies: @RDB
  207. RDB says:
    @Steve Naidamast

    My reading of the evil LBJ…most important info is footnoted nearly in stone…c0ncerning his warped mind….actually he got himself on as V Pres to JFK by blackmailing Kennedy at the convention over JFK’s previous women…..how Jfk couldn’t have seen through that and avoided the guy is beyond me. Had JFK chosen someone else…likely our world today would be much different, much calmer, much safer….all around the globe…..and JFK may have lived a normal longer life…..I remember Nov 22 as thought it was yesterday….having listened to it happening live on the radio as an 18 yr old first yr col student

    • Replies: @Steve Naidamast
  208. @James Collinson

    I have recently heard of this theory that Trump lured General Soleimani to Iraq via a peace intiatitive that was sent through Saudi Arabia.

    Either way, I find such a theory somewhat dubious at best. For one, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey are involved in 3-way tug of war to gain regional influence and power, with Iran being the most sophisticated of the three. In addition, it is Iran that has the ability to unite the Shia Muslims around the region while Saudi Arabia’s Sunni version of Wahabbism make it a highly unlikely candidate for regional rule. Turkey has historically been the odd man out given that it rose as a separate nation after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

    As a result, I believe Iran would have been highly suspect of any overture from Saudi Arabia that somehow would benefit the US and\or Israel.

    As a result, I do believe that General Soleimani was somehow induced to go to Iraq to secure a negotiation with the Saudis. However, such a negotiation had to be rather specific in nature (as the Iranian Foreign Minister alluded to) whereby the Iranians would have not seen a threat to their commander’s life.

  209. bluedog says:
    @Alfred

    Well that’s nice that you have some credentials,I mean everyone one should have something even if its just common sense,Trump has failed to do anything we now have more troops in the middle east then we had before.The only thing Trump has done is to take care of the 1% with his tax cut,jobs are still flowing out of the country while we are going/in a recession, as he piles another trillion a year on to our debt,inflation is still creeping up or the stores are lieing as prices keep going up.The trouble with those with credentials is that they always put the cart before the horse ,when they should wait to see if Trump removes any troops out of the 800 bases we have,my guess is no unless the body bags start coming home to roost and he forced to.Now that’s common sense its reality now we’ll check with Pete over in the corner to see what his thoughts are and I ‘ll bet its different then yours or mine>!!!

  210. @Mulegino1

    We could fight these tendencies by the method of the ‘litmus test,’ forcing whorish politicians to declare themselves publicly pro or con on transgenderism, etc. They will be forced in most cases to uphold the traditional values. Then they can be asked to demonstrate their loyalty. Also, the general public will get to hear prominent persons speaking against the cultural left and that will give them confidence to speak against it themselves.

  211. Deniz says:

    “Well, you seem to be new here and also somewhat brainwashed by three generations of dishonest propaganda.” I make no claims of being able to out think the bottomless pit of indoctrination and its unlimited funding in the US.

    Thanks for the links, I appreciate your position and find it very consistent with the politics that I have witnessed in my lifetime, but haven’t done sufficient research to have an informed opinion on the subject.

    My point regarding Ford & BBH stems from the original poster claiming a morality and Christianity in US businesses of bygone era (specifically, before the Jews took over). I agree with you that business decisions have always been amoral, profit driven and in that sense, why not invest in Hitler. But amoral profit driven entities are fundamental, and overriding to what it is and always has been America.

    Which brings us back to Iran and Iraq. How are these decisions being made? Our politicians climb to the top of the ladder, if not being appointed by birth in the case of GWB, then they ask the question, how do I personally profit from my position. It has nothing to do with Christianity, because at the end of the day, it is apparently not very important.

  212. @Achilles Wannabe

    Perhaps you are right about Pompeo and the professional pols in government

    Yes, I am right.

    I know a minister who has an IQ of 136 and who shows it when making many sorts of life decisions and calculations but when it comes to the Rapture, he is waiting to ascend

    So he pays lip service to the idea, maybe even has some emotional attachment, but when it comes to making actual life decisions and calculations he uses his 136 IQ and not ridiculous prophesies of “the Rapture.” So, no, he doesn’t really “believe” it in a factual sense.

    Some scam artist on Christian radio claimed that 1996 was the year of the Rapture and people sold their houses and gave him all their money, then camped out in his parking lot to wait for Jesus. None of those people had 136 IQs.

    Unfortunately, the author wants people to think that US foreign policy is driven by superstitions like “the Rapture” but it clearly is not. (Driven by other superstitions, perhaps, but none Christian.)

  213. @Robjil

    You’re right !
    The sum of “December 23, 1913” and “September 11, 2001” alone is so special
    (for anyone familiar with gematria above beginners’ level), that to think of it as
    a mere coincidence is simply impossible. And there’s much more.

    • Replies: @9/11 Inside job
  214. @BannedHipster

    In my many conversations with Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Dominionists, and sundry Independents and Enthusiasts, Rapture and War on Iran seem to go together.

    The more blood you shed in the name of Jesus, the better.
    “WAR IS PEACE.”
    Love is slaughter.

    Lots of such spirited individuals in government, military academies, and military command.

    • Replies: @BannedHipster
  215. Wally says:
    @Kevin Barrett

    said:
    “The real reason Iran is hated by the Western oligarchs is twofold:

    1) The Islamic Republic is a vastly superior model of governance that not only Islamic countries, but also Western Chirstian ones, should follow—as E. Michael Jones among other Christians has suggested.

    2) Evil naturally hates good.”

    – Get serious, the now constant & massive Iranian protests contradict that blind categorization.

    – The Iranian people are intelligent, hard working, kind, and want more freedom than they have. Their all-controlling government is a travesty of authoritarian intolerance and brutal repression.

    • Agree: Dannyboy
    • Replies: @Kevin Barrett
  216. Incitatus says:
    @Avery

    “The question I have is: why does Trump keep hiring these ultra-neocons, and then has to fire them after they have screwed him over?”

    In a leadership state (Führer-Staat) a minority (33%?) blindly follows a leader: both ruthlessly project power and divide the majority to retain power.

    “Ultra-neocons” are useful to Trump since he can, at any moment, disavow them in failure and claim sanctitude (‘I had no idea, etc.’). Hitler played the same game (Dollfuß 25 Jul 1934). One serves another.

  217. Harbinger says:
    @Turk 152

    “Sorry to go on, but I find this a fascinating topic

    In the 30s we had Brown, Brothers, Harrigan financing Hitlers war, Presscott Bush, and many US corps, Ford, GM, doing business and supplying the Nazis.”

    Ron has already given a good reply and links to good reading, however, you’re looking at this the wrong way. You are looking at this how you’ve been programmed to look at it. That is, you’ve been programmed by the Jews, to see your history as their history. To simplify, the enemies of the Jews were the national socialists of Germany. The Germans had created an economic system that was not only anathema but detrimental to the Jewish monetary system, posing a serious threat to their control over it. In fact, the German economic system was such a threat that the west launched into a war against Germany, using the pathetic excuse of the invasion of Poland as the reason.
    Here’s something you and everyone else who likes to attack western business men who helped fund Hitler; do you actually think, it may very well be possible, that these men were dead against communism and saw that funding Hitler was a way to play their part in defeating it?

    You see, here in the west, we’re taught Jewish history. Jewish enemies are now our enemies, even our own people, because they oppose the Jewish monetary system and the way Jews ‘do’ things. So people now, instantly attack anything that could be ‘anti Jewish’ even when those peoples are doing their utmost to stop the creation of the Jewish, world order, totalitarian, global state and the subsequent obliteration of their nation. You, like many, think of the national socialists as bad because you’re TOLD their bad. You’re like one of the peoples, shouting out at Emmanuel Goldstein in 1984, even though you don’t know him, nor anything about him. When one looks at just what Hitler did for the German people, how he brought their society from the pit of despair and mass suicide, how he helped families, destroyed Jewish usury and brought in a banking system that didn’t involve debt and the creation of money out of thin air, along with many more laws that protected society, animal right laws etc, he should be a figure lauded and praised, but as stated he made one fatal error and that was, to quote Churchill speaking to Lord Boothby:

    “Germany’s most unforgivable crime before the Second World War was her attempt to extricate her economic power from the world’s trading system and to create her own exchange mechanism which would deny world finance its opportunity to profit.”

    In other words, Germany stopped Jewish control of the monetary system and had he been successful, he would have destroyed it, completely in the west, resulting in the end of Jewry, Israel and Jewish control. This was why the west went to war Turk. It had nothing to do with the protection of the Polish people, whatsoever. They got the drunken lout, Churchill in, the ‘John Bolton’ of the time who brought the west into a second world war and refused every peace deal with Hitler, to end all hostilities and defeat communism.
    The enemy of the western people was never Hitler, far from it. It was that bastard, Churchill, who should have been hanged, drawn and quartered for what he did.

    • Agree: Bookish1
  218. Thomasina says:
    @Franklin Ryckaert

    Franklin – that’s the way I see it too. Trump is riding the line.

  219. @AB_Anonymous

    Indeed there’s much more, as S.K Bain describes in ” The most dangerous book in the World : 9/11 as mass ritual” . With respect to Purim , Kevin Barrett writes about how “Israel celebrates successful 9/11
    operation on Purim holiday ” veteranstodayarchives.com

  220. @SeekerofthePresence

    During the Cold War “the Rapture” was always about the Soviet Union. In only moved to Iran and/or Iraq after 9/11.

    It really only became popular in the 1970s with the publication of the book “The Late, Great Planet Earth.”

    • Agree: SeekerofthePresence
  221. utu says:
    @Ron Unz

    Frankly, much of the endless ranting about the Federal Reserve both on this website and elsewhere strikes me as mere crackpottery.

    Yes, but is it possible that there is something worth looking in to? Is it possible that the crackpottery is there on purpose to obscure and compromise a legitimate inquiry?

  222. Turk 152 says:

    Thank you Harbinger, this has been a most enlightening conversation.

    I’m actually very clear on the evils of Zionism, it is something we witness again and again, the most recent example being Soleimani; it is hard to image why the past would be any different than today; other perhaps the Jews had less power in that era. I hold England and Churchill (incidentally, a wasp as was John Bolton for that matter) entirely responsible for WW1 and laying the groundwork for WW2, if they can be even be thought of as separate wars.

    Frankly, I am a little unclear about the perils of communism, (outside of Stalin, who seemed to be more of a military dictator driven mad by Stalingrad) it seems like a peasant uprising that level a lot dead royalty in its wake, including the cousin of the British King, and alot of expropriation of Catholic Church property, which I am sure would anger quite a few Catholics. I understand why that is mortifying to our ruling class, just a little unclear why those outside of the monarchy should spend the next century obsessing over it.

  223. @Wally

    The Iranian protests are very small compared to the crowds of millions that celebrate the Islamic Revolution every year (I was in one such crowd of five million a few years ago), and compared to the millions who came out to mourn Gen. Soleimani.

    Most importantly, the “anti-government” protestors are mostly people allied with one faction of supporters of the Islamic Republic against another faction. For example, most of the protests against the terrible economy are led by supporters of Ahmadinejad and other hardline pro-Islamic-Republic populists against the perceived too-pro-Western Rouhani, who failed to improve the economy with the failed nuclear deal.

    Yes, there are a few treasonous fifth columnists in Iran—the paid Zionist stooges of the CIA-manufactured “green revolution” etc.—and a handful of insane cultist terrorist criminals (Pompeo’s friends the MEK)—but they are an insignificant minority. Don’t believe the Zionist-controlled-MSM lies about Iran. Go there (like I have every year since 2013) and see for yourself what’s really going on. As E. Michael Jones said, Tehran today is “the capital of the free world.” People of all ideologies speak their minds boldly and freely there—unlike in today’s cowed USA. For example, you can easily find a cab driver who will rail against the government there. (As well as many who strongly support it.) Here, none will ever speak up unless you prod them, and maybe not even then; they are afraid they’ll be thrown in Guantanamo.

    Today’s USA is a gulag state, totally mind-controlled, except for a few corners of the internet like this one. The Islamic Republic of Iran is a free country, maybe the only one left on earth.

    • Replies: @Doctor M
  224. @BannedHipster

    No you are sinking into cynicism. That is not going to help us. Of course there are the hustlers but many of these Evangelical people are principled people – some of them smart – who believe what they say. I don’t know how they believe what they say. Maybe if I did I’d be one of them. But they do. believe what they say. The human capacity for irrationality is bottomless

  225. Derer says:

    This piece slightly exaggerates the anticipated reaction. Although, Netanyahu would be wise to spend more time in his bunker. We are told every day how Iran is effective in terrorist activities, hence the ranking list of American/Israel military personnel targeted for a hit is probably ready. Iran would consider copycat retaliation a fair game – no surprise there.

  226. @RDB

    I remember that day as well. I was 13 years old and in 8th grade. I was in the library at school with a friend doing some research when the news came over loud-speaker. We were both stunned by the news.

    Going on to my last class of the day after our study period ended I still remember a young lady in my social studies class sitting opposite me cracking up in tears over the final announcement of JFK’s passing.

    I walked home that day from the bus stop with a very cold pit in my stomach…

    🙁

    • Thanks: bluedog
  227. Ace1 says:
    @A123

    I agree that the biggest mistake was electing the non-citizen. As far as taking out the General how many American soldiers did he kill or wound. I have no problem with him being taken out. If it came to war with Iran would last about 4 days with no troops on the ground. Worst case would end of like Obama’s mess in Libya.

    • Troll: bluedog
  228. @Meretricious

    ‘little bitch, Iran is now a joke because of that sweet murder. You have a Barry Obama IQ?’

    Now here’s my idea of a Zionist. It would appear to have all the usual attributes.

  229. cyberg says:

    you guys act as if the biggest deterrent in the world doesn’t exist. any country that would join forces with Iran would be wiped off the map. believe it or not thousands of nukes send a message. just because you dislike trump doesn’t mean the apocalypse is coming. and to be clear i cant stand to hear him speak but stupid ass articles like this dont help anything

    • Replies: @bluedog
  230. bluedog says:
    @cyberg

    Stupid people who believe we would nuke this or that are insane, and should be put away to protect the sane ones,for Russia has a thousand + nukes so what are we going to play, who’s the biggest badass.The problem is some people watch to many Rambo movies and think real life is played that way,buts it not for others can reach out and bitch slap us.!!!!

  231. Doctor M says:

    You’ve missed the mark with this column. Soleimani wasn’t equal in stature to McArthur or Patton. The difference is Patton and Mac had support from the public, Soleimani has support only from the regime. What this accomplished was it has scared the leaders. They now understand how easily Trump could have them killed. They’ll be looking over their shoulders until they are dead. A brilliant tactical move by Trump.

    • Troll: bluedog
  232. Doctor M says:
    @Kevin Barrett

    What kind of drugs are you on? “The Republic of Iran is a free country” I’ve lived all over the World and trust me Iran ain’t free, You need to bust your ass and move out of this gulag. It appears you’ve never really seen a gulag. You know nothing about what you speak.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  233. @Doctor M

    Your claim to be so very worldly that you’ve lived all over the world is quite impressive. When exactly were you last in Iran? It would be nice to learn about where you stayed and for how long at each place.

  234. All out war, worst mistake, where do you guys find these hooples? Look at the economy, look at how angry the locals are. Look at the declining birthrate and aging population.

    What are they capable of doing? Nothing.’

    • Replies: @bluedog
  235. bluedog says:
    @tradecraft46

    Whom are you speaking about the U.S. with its defunctional government aging population,20% unemployment,25% living in poverty,21 trillion dollar debt,angry population with a bad moon rising over its financial system.What do they have to do,NOTHING except let us implode.!!!

  236. Very well written dose of reality!
    If there’s a Jesus out there then, he will surely burn Pompeo, Trump, Netanyahu and everyone belonging to the Evangelical cult.

  237. @Robjil

    Purim – March 9-10, 2020

    Purim, or the Feast of Lots, is a joyous holiday that is recounted in the Book of Esther. It tells of the saving of the Jews during the Persian Period (539-330BCE).

    Robjil, is that the time when Cyrus the Great defeated the Babylonians and set free the Jews. If I remember correctly he rebuilt their Temple after it was destroyed by the Babylonians and taken as slaves. I guess getting back at the Persians for taking them out of the Babylonian lifestyle would be something only a depraved perverted people that were happy there, would want to do.. I dont know about you, brother but all I see are people that are disloyal and cant be trusted. I say that because a while back I read an article about US War Plans and the date of 1917 that you mentioned came to mind.

    Here are two paragraphs and the URL so you can read the whole article, as it was too long to paste.
    Take care my brother…I dont know if you have been keeping up with Mexican news but things are changing down here, and I feel the US is looking too closely at us.

    February 17, 2006
    Secret War Plans and the Malady of American Militarism
    by Floyd Rudmin

    Between the First and Second World Wars–that is, between 1918 and 1939–the United States developed and approved as official national policy three major war plans: a War Plan ORANGE against Japan; a War Plan GREEN against Mexico, and a War Plan RED against the UK. (The most useful source here is R.A. Preston’s 1977 book, The Defence of the Undefended Border: Planning for War in North America, 1867-1939.) But there were other war plans as well. Special Plan VIOLET was approved by the Joint Board of the Army and Navy in 1925 for interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean “to forestall action by other countries including the League of Nations.” There was a War Plan WHITE initiated in 1920 for suppressing internal insurrection by U.S. citizens, but it was not developed or approved.

    These war plans were all declassified in 1974 and (can be purchased from the U.S. National Archives. Germany was color-coded black, but there never was a War Plan BLACK. War Plan RED was the largest of the war plans, the most detailed, the most amended, and the most acted upon. The Plan presumed that a war with the UK would begin by U.S. interference in British Commonwealth commercial trade, “although other proximate causes to war may be alleged”. The Plan presumed that the British navy would take the Philippines, Guam, Hawai’i, and the Panama Canal. In exchange for these losses, the U.S.A. would invade and conquer Canada.

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2006/02/17/secret-war-plans-and-the-malady-of-american-militarism/

  238. @Franklin Ryckaert

    @A123

    “…I am a Christian and have never claimed otherwise”

    my question to you; Christian brother, is have you been deceived by the Christian Zionist doctrine refuting the Lordship of Jesus Christ over ALL humans and the abomination of reestablishing Israhell after the creator stripped it away vowing it would never be rebuilt. me thinks
    you follow and believe these lies. if not, I ask your forgiveness for my error

    • Replies: @Achilles Wannabe
  239. @General Koofta

    Will you tell me about the ‘Christian Zionist doctrine refuting Christ as Lord over all humans? What is their reasoning there?

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