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Today Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei gave his first Friday sermon in Tehran for eight years to an audience of thousands, as he tried to calm down the furious public reaction to the Revolutionary Guards mistakenly shooting down a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers, then proceeding to lie about their responsibility for three days.

Khameinei spoke of the “cowardly” killing of General Qassem Soleimani by the US, of President Trump using the destruction of the plane to “push a poison dagger” into the backs of the Iranian people. Rhetorical flourishes like this are not going do him a lot of good with critics who see the shootdown as epitomising the incompetence, duplicity and division of his government.

But the nature of the crisis differs markedly from the way it is being portrayed abroad. For more has gone wrong than a series of blunders. Obscured amid the plaudits and denunciations directed at Soleimani and Khamenei is the fact that both men’s policies in the Middle East had become counterproductive.

Over the last four years, Iran has had great success in spreading its influence in countries with large Shia populations. But it has failed to consolidate the status quo it played such a large role in creating. “The Iranians are good at gathering cards, but not at playing them,” is an old saying in the region.

Despite Iranian successes in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, the power structure in all three countries is rickety and prone to crises. Over the last four months, Iraq, Lebanon and Iran have been rocked by mass protest, while Syria is in the final throes of civil war.

Much depends on how the Iranian leadership responds in the next few months to the assassination of Soleimani, formerly their high-profile viceroy overseeing the Iranian zone of influence. They could continue to head towards a full scale US-Iran conflict or, just possibly, veer towards some sort of compromise deal.

Neither side wants a war, as demonstrated by America’s belated revelation that 11 of its soldiers were injured by the Iranian ballistic missile strike on two of its bases in Iraq on 8 January. At the time, Trump had reassured the world that there were no American casualties. and therefore no need for him to retaliate. Meanwhile, Iranian paramilitaries in Iraq have been instructed not to attack US facilities in order to de-escalate the crisis.

In the longer term, if Iran continues with the policies pursued by Soleimani and Khamenei, it will feel compelled to resume low-intensity warfare to provide a counterbalance to US sanctions. Before this happens, Iran will have to decide if it is going to use the elimination of Soleimani to devise a new strategies to replace those that have failed.

Nobody watches the changing political winds in Tehran as closely as Iraqis, who know that their country is where the US-Iran struggle is being fought out.

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“Iran is in a very critical position,” says a prominent Iraqi Shia politician in Baghdad quoted in the online magazine Middle East Eye. “The policy that Khamenei previously pursued in managing the Iraq file and the region is no longer successful. The Iranian Revolutionary Guard had contributed to creating problems in Iraq that turned into a burden for Iran and became an obstacle in the way of its negotiations with the United States.”

Discussions now taking place in Iran are about whether the Revolutionary Guards should retain the Iraq file, or be handed over to some other body, such as intelligence or the foreign ministry. Soleimani’s former deputy and nominated successor as head of the Quds Force, Esmael Ghaani, has been handling Afghanistan, and is less familiar with the Middle East.

Quite aside from US pressure for disengagement, it is very much in Iran’s interests in Iraq to take a less hands-on role, and to look to the Iraqi government and Shia political parties to drive out the US. In Syria, where Iran had orchestrated support for President Bashar al-Assad after 2011, an Iranian pullback is feasible, because Assad has largely won the war to stay in power, and since 2015, the leading role in supporting him has been taken over by Russia.

Given these developments, it should be easier than it looks for Tehran and Washington to reach agreement on reducing Iran’s regional activism. The problem is that in Middle Eastern politics, everybody tends to overplay their hand at one time or another, usually when they come to overconfidently believe that they can put their opponent permanently out of business. The US has repeatedly fallen into this trap in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria – and it is all too likely to do the same in its confrontation with Iran which, whatever the two sides’ intentions, will remain a dangerous stalemate, always at risk of tipping into outright war.

The US maximalist demands on Iran’s nuclear facilities, ballistic missiles and regional influence effectively mean that it wants regime change or capitulation. Both outcomes are possible; neither is likely. The Iranian leadership tends to come together when threatened, and is prepared to use any degree of force to stay in power. Western capitals have been looking expectantly for an end to the clerical regime in Tehran since the overthrow of the Shah in 1979 – but to no avail.

President Trump withdrew from the Iranian nuclear deal in May 2018 without a coherent explanation of what was wrong with it, or what would be put in its place. Since then, both Iran and the US have carried out what could be deemed acts of war, culminating in the last few months in the Iranians attacking Saudi oil facilities, and the US assassinating Soleimani. On each occasion, both sides avoided full-scale retaliation, but this restraint rests on a knife-edge, and cannot last forever. The basis for a deal exists, but that does not mean one will materialise.

(Republished from The Independent by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. The scalpel says: • Website

    The big picture is a holding action. The day is not far off where advancing and proliferating anti-aircraft technology takes away effective air cover for attacking forces. That is the day the US empire goes into retreat.

    Already, the US would find it impossible to assemble adequate ground troops in the Eurasian theatre for any attack on Russia or China. Attempts to transport significant numbers of troops for that purpose would be sunk or shot down in the no-mans-lands of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans

  2. melpol says:

    It is no secret that the US can carpet bomb Iran and in less than a week no structure will be standing. There is no choice for Iran but to call itself a safe zone between East and West. It would help Iran if
    they invited Netanyahu to Tehran for a peace conference.

    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
    , @stefanx
    , @KA
  3. Only ignorant people would agree with Iran deciding to come under US power.. Which also means selling out palestine like all the other arabs. Until their religion itself has lost its importance, this thinking wont change. Its a question of morals and ethics. It is very easy in the west to throw out any ethics one has for money. Morals dont even matter much. The harder life gets the more ethics you develop. Because here you get to a point where it is very easy to become a criminal to survive or hold onto your principles. Looking back at history, many were able to defeat them but they always came back with their own civilization in time. Remember that this was the place Alexander used to jump start his invasion of the world. I doubt westerners can even imagine what their culture is like or their beliefs. All this would only matter in time of extreme hardship. I highly doubt they would ever surrender no matter what. The US itself will end before their will is broken.

    • Replies: @NegroPantera
    , @Eileen Kuch
  4. Power struggles bring competing nations to that war they would rather avoid but would fight if left no alternative: eventually they do. The US-Iran conflict is not just a regional dispute. It has a global dimension that could make a local war a world war.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  5. @Igor Bundy

    What has Iran or for that matter the Mullas have done for Palestine and Palestinians?

    Nothing ? Nada?

    The whole charade of “liberating ” Palestine by the Mullas is a ruse. These are the same mullas who assisted the Amal militia to slaughter Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and while shouting death to Israel, were buying weapons from the Zionists.

    The Mullas rant and bark and shout death to this and that and yet at the same time pit one Muslim against other by spreading sectarianism.

    There will be no war between the US and the Mulla regime. The Mullas are doing the bidding for the empire by spreading sectarian conflicts, barking at their neighbors , pitting one Muslim against another and directly involving themselves in the slaughterhouse of Syria.

    President Trum has already declared that he was not seeking regime change for he knows that the next government in Iran will not do the bidding currently done by the criminal Mullas.

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  6. unit472 says:

    Iran’s GDP fell by 5% in 2018, almost 10% last year. Clearly they cannot afford to continue to support foreign proxy armies and retain popular support at home. The great US advantage in this contest is that our regional allies pay cash for US weapons and support. Iran’s do not.

    With the regimes loss of its “Heinrich Himmler” Soleimani, Iran will realize its in a hopeless position and won’t provoke the US coalition to take down their regime.

    • Replies: @A123
  7. A123 says:
    @unit472

    Iran’s GDP fell by 5% in 2018, almost 10% last year. Clearly they cannot afford to continue to support foreign proxy armies and retain popular support at home. The great US advantage in this contest is that our regional allies pay cash for US weapons and support. Iran’s do not.

    Correct. And, the financial noose against the regime is tightening:

    — The U.S. has announced additional industrial sanctions.
    — Khameni’s announcement about Uranium enrichment will cause significant EU and UN sanctions to ‘snap back’ into place. (1)

    Revolutionary zeal is not a replacement for food.

    With the regimes loss of its “Heinrich Himmler” Soleimani, Iran will realize its in a hopeless position and won’t provoke the US coalition to take down their regime.

    You are quite optimistic here.

    Khameni is a sociopath, and cannot comprehend or accept his hopeless position. Rational leaders in the Iranian military will probably have to step in to end the regime before it can provoke a wider conflict. This solution worked in Egypt, and looks viable for Iran as well.

    PEACE 😇
    _______

    (1) https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2020-01-15/us-expects-un-sanctions-on-iran-to-snap-back-into-place-treasury-secretary

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  8. @NegroPantera

    What is your evidence that Iran assisted the Amal militia to slaughter Palestinian refugees in Lebanon?

    Usually, Iran is blamed for everything that Hezbollah does, even though the two have not always seen eye to eye on key issues (e.g., western hostages in Lebanon.)

    Now, you are asserting without the least bit of substantiation that they were complicit in some vague actions–you don’t describe them–of Amal against the Palestinians.

    The last several paragraphs of unhinged ranting about the “mullahs” who are supposedly “doing the bidding of the empire” are barely comprehensible.

  9. @A123

    How is Khamenei a “sociopath”?

    Do you even understand the meaning of the word?

    Which leaders in the Iranian military do you imagine would try to overthrow Khamenei? It’s utter nonsense.

    • Replies: @A123
  10. Anon[103] • Disclaimer says:

    Patti 2 must be on the sauce again.

  11. A123 says:
    @Oscar Peterson

    How is Khamenei a “sociopath”? Do you even understand the meaning of the word?

    A sociopath is incapable of having feeling of others. Sociopath Khameni does not feel anything for the suffering of the people of Iran. All he can see is his own personal glory. Sending wealth & men abroad to claim his Shia Crescent is how he seeks immortality.

    Which leaders in the Iranian military do you imagine would try to overthrow Khamenei?

    Sociopath Khameni exterminates potential competitors. The individual leader fated to get rid of the Ayatollah has kept intentions to himself.

    It’s utter nonsense.

    I would never utter nonsense. Being nonsensical is your turf not mine.

    Feel free to post more of your nonsense….

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  12. @melpol

    Melpol says “It is no secret that the US can carpet bomb Iran and in less than a week no structure will be standing. There is no choice for Iran but to call itself a safe zone between East and West. It would help Iran if
    they invited Netanyahu to Tehran for a peace conference”.

    Would you like to invite gangsters and killers to your house?

    I remember Nuttyahoo advising his cabinet ministers not to comment on the murder of Solemani. Every aware and non-jewish person knows the game Israel is playing. If the politicians are compliant, it’s due to blackmail by some kind of Jeffery Epstien operation.
    How many more such operations are still on and entrapping more politicians daily? Even the one run by Epstein is still under wraps.
    I remember reading about a German editor who claimed almost all mainstream media reporters were compromised by the CIA. He died shortly afterwards, aged just in his 50’s.

    Iran has proved yet again its missiles have pinpoint accuracy so this hot war will be postponed once again.
    Patrick Cockburn once again demonstrates that showing truth to power is not something he is capable of.

  13. melpol says:

    Modern naval ships have scattered firewalls which isolate water damage. Iranian missiles will only disable US ships not sink them. US bombs can destroy all of Iran’s oil producing structures and steel manufacturing facilities. Nothing will be entering or leaving Iran. Bridges transporting farm goods will be bombed and Iranians will go hungry. Millions of Iranians will beg the US for Humanitarian aid. They will gladly accept unconditional surrender. Oil facilities will become the property of US international Texaco and Shell corporations. Peace will be rigidly enforced as Japan was after WW2.

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  14. @A123

    “A sociopath is incapable of having feeling of others. Sociopath Khameni does not feel anything for the suffering of the people of Iran.”

    By your logic, Churchill should have surrendered to Germany in 1940 to spare Britain the suffering of the Blitz, etc. That is to say, there is no logic in what you say. You merely assert that anything other than surrender to the true sociopaths–in the USG and in a position to influence it–is thoughtless cruelty. Khamenei permitted the signing of a nuclear deal with the US although he was suspicious of the outcome–and rightly so, as things have turned out.

    “Sociopath Khameni exterminates potential competitors. The individual leader fated to get rid of the Ayatollah has kept intentions to himself.”

    Well, if that’s so, then what leads you to be certain there IS someone in the military who could/would try to overthrow K, since you admit you have no idea of anyone’s intentions? Do you see the basic illogic in your ramblings?

    • Replies: @A123
  15. @melpol

    Goodness–what an insane little Jew you are.

    “Modern naval ships have scattered firewalls which isolate water damage.”

    Those would be water-tight compartments and/or double hulls–not “fire walls.”

    You obviously have no idea what you’re talking about. Modern warships are not nearly as missile-proof as you seem to believe. It’s the anti-missile defenses they have that will protect them, but they aren’t foolproof either. And the geography of the Persian Gulf will make things difficult for the US. The Tomahawk strikes in Syria were not that effective. And where will the US fly manned aircraft from besides carriers well out in the Indian Ocean? Turkey will not permit the US to fly from there. Iraq will probably not be viable, and Oman is not likely to give its permission, and it’s not clear what Qatar will do. So Saudi, Bahrain, Kuwait and the UAE will probably be the main bases, all of which can be targeted by Iran (and from Yemen as well.)

    Yes, the US can destroy Iranian infrastructure, but targeting inside Iran will be much harder than anything the US has done–Iraq, Afghanistan, Serbia. And while nothing will get into Iran from the Persian Gulf, it’s not at all clear that food and other humanitarian aid will not come across the Caspian Sea.

    “Peace will be rigidly enforced as Japan was after WW2.”

    One thing that is guaranteed is that the outcome, whatever it is, will be nothing like Japan and WW II.

    “Millions of Iranians will beg the US for Humanitarian aid. They will gladly accept unconditional surrender.”

    How typically and repulsively Jewish. Reveling at the prospect of millions starving. What a disgusting race you are–a true curse on all humanity!

  16. A123 says:
    @Oscar Peterson

    Khamenei permitted the signing of a nuclear deal with the US although

    Everyone knows that the the U.S. Constitution requires treaties to be ratifed.

    Do you understand that Barack The Submissive Hussein failed to obtain ratification for the JCPOA Treaty?

    Do you comprehend that executive agreements end with the departure of the administration that used their ‘pen & phone’ to bypass the Constitution?

    The IslamoGlobalists were counting on NeoConDemocrat Hillary to win. Christian Populist Trump and the citizens of the U.S. are not bound by Obama’s cowardice & fecklessness.

    Well, if that’s so, then what leads you to be certain there IS someone in the military who could/would try to overthrow K, since you admit you have no idea of anyone’s intentions?

    It is statistically likely that there are member of the Iranian military who can see the harm being done by Sociopath Khameni. Yes. Almost certainly.

    Can I know that one of them will have the courage to take the opportunity when it presents itself? 100% certainty, no. However, I can hope. The human condition and the lessons of history support this as a highly likely outcome.

    Do you see the basic illogic in your ramblings?

    Do you see how you are ranting over trivial and pedantic matters to distract from your failing world view?

    You should, because the rest of us do.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
    , @KA
  17. melpol says:

    Khomeini can be expected to offer Trump the keys to the city as his nation goes bankrupt. Executives from major oil companies will accept the keys and help restart the energy sector of the economy. Russia and China will stand down after they are promised lucrative contracts to build nuclear power plants. Iranians will be put back to work building the new Iran. Profits from new oil field discoveries will pay for reconstruction costs

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  18. augusto says:

    ‘problems to Iraq in their negotiations with the United States?
    What the shit negotiations do you mention?
    you mean the Iraqi parliament voto to sweept the exceptionalist criminals out of the country – ah yes, it is just a kick off for negotiantions.
    Well, I ‘ ve always thought that what has KEPT and maintained the foreign invaders who have killed over 1,5 million iraqis in 27 plus years – just add up the crippling sanctions and the two US agressions was merely the Iraqi level of corruption on public servants.
    And remember Madeleine Albright ‘s candid ”it was worth the price”?

    • Replies: @A123
  19. A123 says:
    @augusto

    you mean the Iraqi parliament vote to sweep the exceptionalist criminals out of the country – ah yes, it is just a kick off for negotiations.

    The vote was pushed rapidly on party lines to prevent MP’s from speaking to their constituents. Even at max pressure in the heat of the moment it only received 52% support (170 out of 328). This is not an overwhelming mandate.

    That being said — The vote was taken, and the Iraq government can get something out of it.
    _____

    How about this as a possibility:

    — The PM has one of his people call Gulliani asking for help with Obama hold-overs in the U.S. embassy monolith.
    — Gulliani goes to Trump with a plan to turf out Obama loyalists.
    — A bit of negotiation to earn domestic points for both sides.
    — U.S. State Dept. staffing (a.k.a. The Meddlers) in Iraq are cut back 66%.

    The U.S. and Iraq win. The deep state establishment Globalists lose twice. Not only will they lose staff, excluding Globalists from the negotiations would be a body blow.

    Without State Department support, some of the NGO’s currently creating problems in Iraq also become ejectable. It could be a double win for the Iraqi people.

    WIN-WIN solutions are possible if people are bold enough to find them.

    PEACE 😇

  20. @A123

    “Everyone knows that the the U.S. Constitution requires treaties to be ratifed.”

    Good Lord! Try to stay on topic. The point you tried to make (so ineptly) was about Khamenei. The constitutional issues on the US are utterly irrelevant to that question. What’s relevant is the actions that Khamenei and the Iranian government took. You are a bit of a dim bulb, aren’t you?

    “It is statistically likely that there are member of the Iranian military who can see the harm being done by Sociopath Khameni. Yes. Almost certainly.”

    Yeah, I’m sure you’re prepared to lay out a robust statistical case for this ludicrous hypothesis of yours.

    “Do you see how you are ranting over trivial and pedantic matters to distract from your failing world view?”

    What “failing world view” is that?

    • Replies: @A123
  21. A123 says:
    @Oscar Peterson

    What’s relevant is the actions that Khamenei and the Iranian government took. You are a bit of a dim bulb, aren’t you?

    You mentioned the JCPOA deal. I gave you facts about it.

    Are you so senile that you do not remember what you said?

    Yeah, I’m sure you’re prepared to lay out a robust statistical case for this ludicrous hypothesis of yours.

    Can you live up to your own standard?

    Present a robust statistical case that there are NO potential traitors in the Iranian military. What? You can’t?

    Wow! You must be profoundly incompetent if you cannot meet your own standards.

    What “failing world view” is that?

    Your failed world view that Khameni “won”. Let us review the facts:

    — Trump killed an important Iranian military leader.
    — Khameni caused limited property damage and butchered 176 innocents on a passenger jet.

    Everyone sees the ineffective & incompetent Iranian response. The world understands that your precious Ayatollah lost bigly.

    PEACE 😇

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  22. Ram says:

    The sociopaths are not in Iran. They are in the US and unless you are one, you will certainly not be elected.

  23. stefanx says:
    @melpol

    “It is no secret that the US can carpet bomb Iran and in less than a week no structure will be standing. ”

    It’s also no secret that Iran has the proven capability to launch a retaliatory missile strike on Tel Aviv and the Dimona Nuclear Research Center that would leave no building standing.

  24. @A123

    Your failed world view that Khameni “won”

    Now you’re just making stuff up.

    Show me exactly where I asserted that Khamenei “won.” I’ve made no case that he has won anything at this point.

    So far in this conversation, you have:

    –Made the faith-based contention that someone in the Iranian military–you have no idea who–is going to bring about the overthrow of the current Iranian government.

    –Claimed that Khamenei is a “sociopath” because he doesn’t care about Iranian suffering, but have then shown yourself utterly incapable of saying why Winston Churchill’s unwillingness to surrender to Germany under the Blitz doesn’t likewise make him a “sociopath” as well.

    –Wandered off into the completely irrelevant question of US domestic politics in connection with JCPOA

    I’m still unsure whether you are a conniving Jew or a pathetic shabbosgoy, but you certainly are a sad sack in either case. I should be getting paid for schooling you.

    • Replies: @KA
  25. @melpol

    Thanks for entertaining us with passages from your dream diary, my dear Jew fantasist.

  26. @Igor Bundy

    You’re absolutely right, Igor. Iran (formerly Persia) has a millennia-old culture, and only ignorant people would agree with Iran deciding to come under US power, which also means selling out Palestine, just as all Arab countries have (Iranians aren’t Arabs; they’re Aryans, btw) done.
    Older Iranians still remember the 1953 coup instigated by then President Dwight D. Eisenhower that overthrew the duly elected, popular President Mossadegh and installed the Shah – a despicable tyrant who ruled the country with an iron fist. It was his tyrannical rule that eventually led to his own ouster, by the Mullahs to take over – They still rule today.

  27. Bianca says:

    A very contorted analysis. Factually not accurate.
    As far as predicting — it would be extremely hard to predict outcomes when basic premise is flawed.

    The premise that Iran is in the driving seat — is flawed thinking. They are reactive, and using some famous expressions on card playing does not help. Shia population were endangered in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, are still endangered in Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. Not to mention Yemen. In many cases I would say that their treatment amounts of genocide. US attempt to marginalize them, playing Saudi card — has crested reaction and resistance. Iran may have had in hand in helping out, but not in any way attempting to hurt OTHER communities, be that Sunni or Christian.

    Latest attempt of imposing Sunni rule under ISIS banner is yet to be historically digested — but the funding and the ideological/religious inspiration came from obvious sources. Their focus on exterminating Shia and Christian population has disappeared into the Western media black hole. I wonder why. Iran cannot and should not sort any of it out. These populations will either want to have a country and live with each other, or will disintegrate. Iran is wise enough to understand history and its inevitabilities.

    It is American naïveté that is astounding. Force dies not always win the day.

    The author must understand that US and US aline decides if there is going to be war or not. All they are doing is waiting. If there is one thing they achieved is to bind Shia and Christians together. Which in Levant means Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian Christians.

    The author is right in only one respect — this cannot go on forever. Trump — and all Republican and Democrat dreamers of Iran war — will have to wee or get off the potty.

    They may consider already well established fact — this will be a war on Russia and China. No delusions here, please. And their goals are also important — not tat anyone is even thinking about it.

  28. I find it odd that Cockburn submits to the BS story that it was Iran, instead of the Houthis, who hit the Saudi oil fields. Iran may have assisted the Houthis in some manner, but as it was quite well established soon after the attack, the Houthis are quite capable of conducting it. The UN report is simply ridiculous, attributing the attack to Iran solely because of the angle of attack by the drones.

    I also find it strange that he doesn’t fully acknowledge Trump’s, the neocons, and Israel’s position in the conflict, not to mention the US military-industrial complex. It is those forces and those forces alone which have brought the US and Iran to the brink of war. The idea that any of those forces will back down from starting a war – or be forced to do so by any other influence in the US – is ludicrous.

    The notion that Iran is going to give up resisting the US “maximum pressure” is also ludicrous. The US is not going to give up its ridiculous demands which, as Cockburn correctly notes, essentially demand regime change or total submission.

    To quote Percival Rose in the TV show Nikita, “That ain’t gonna happen.”

    In fact, war with Iran is inevitable. Historically you don’t have this level of animosity between two countries without it leading to war at some point. Pundits like Cockburn keep trying to minimize the probability by suggesting compromise is possible, but again “that ain’t gonna happen.” It’s merely a symptom of cognitive dissonance – the inability to recognize reality due to emotional issues resulting from doing so.

  29. KA says:
    @melpol

    Israel loves peace conference . It loves war also. It doesn’t love peace conference if it can get the desired result through war carried by west on its behalf. So Israel may not agree to this now.
    Oslo got what Israel could no longer get from war .

    Iran can invite anybody from Israel . Even the prosecutor indicting Netanyahu or the opposition leader . Even the dead Sharon. Result will be same .They would show up with anthrax or small pox virus or radio active pen .

  30. KA says:
    @Oscar Peterson

    “ should be getting paid for schooling you.”
    You should charge A123 . Here I agree with Wolfowitz. – Iraqi oil should pay for rebuilding the infrastructure ( that America destroyed )

  31. KA says:
    @A123

    Everyone knows that the the U.S. Constitution requires treaties to be ratifed.

    Tell us how did US manage to wage so many wars without respecting US constitution?
    How did US agree to give Golan to Israel?
    How did US manage to change the label of West Bank as disputed ?Did it have any debate?
    How does US make anti BDS law when that clearly is anti constitution?

  32. Mark12345 says:

    UNZ Review has gone full neocon with this trashy article. Will no longer be reading or posting this site. It is nothing but neocon zionist bullshit!

    • Replies: @Oscar Peterson
  33. The author misquoted Khamenei- his dagger response was a reply to Trump’s Persian tweet saying he was behind the Iranian people. Khamenei said he is lying and he would only stand behind Iranian people is to stab them @ the back.

    Amazing to see not even a mention of Israel in the entire article. I cntrl-F ed it.

    Unfortunately, Israel and Iran are caught up in a zero-sum war for survival. The side that loses will be the side to lose their country. Either Israel will end as we know it or Iran.
    -everything else is fluff.

    I doubt either side will retreat. A war will have to decide that.

  34. @Mark12345

    Oh, now don’t go overboard. This was certainly not one of Patrick Cockburn’s best. But there are few sites you can find that have more anti-neocon/anti-Zionist/anti-Likudnik articles than this one.

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