The United States attacked Iraq in the Gulf War in 1990, followed by years of US bombing of Iraq. Then, in 2003, the US invaded and conquered Iraq in the Iraq War. Since then, many US troops have been stationed in Iraq, along with a huge contingent of US government employees and contractors from a variety of agencies, seeking to mold the country to US wishes. Still, 28 years since all this began (and longer since the previous US assistance for the Iraq government it later overthrew), the US House of Representatives approved on Tuesday a bill titled the Preventing Destabilization of Iraq Act (HR 4591).
The only way this bill title would make sense given the long history of massive US intervention failing to improve the situation in Iraq is if the bill required the end of US intervention. Instead, the bill seeks more intervention.
In particular, the Preventing Destabilization of Iraq Act calls on the US president to impose sanctions on any foreign people he determines knowingly commit “a significant act of violence that has the direct purpose or effect of — (1) threatening the peace or stability of Iraq or the Government of Iraq; (2) undermining the democratic process in Iraq; or (3) undermining significantly efforts to promote economic reconstruction and political reform in Iraq or to provide humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people.” Further, the bill charges the US Secretary of State to determine if listed individuals should be sanctioned and if people connected to certain organizations should be considered terrorists or sanctioned. In other words, the bill calls for ramping up proven destructive policies for reshaping Iraq.
Also included in the bill is a call for action that would help push for escalating the US government’s destabilization project in Iran. The bill says the Secretary of State “shall annually establish, maintain, and publish a list of armed groups, militias, or proxy forces in Iraq receiving logistical, military, or financial assistance from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps or over which Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps exerts any form of control or influence.” Thus, claims of Iran’s intervention in its neighboring country can be used to build the case for massive intervention in Iran, up to invasion and conquest of Iran, by a nation thousands of miles away. Not to worry, 28 years from now, the US Congress can approve a Preventing Destabilization of Iran Act.
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‘US wants Iraqi-style regime change in Iran’
“If one listens carefully to what Trump was saying, really, the US is not only withdrawing from this multilateral international agreement unilaterally – scrapping it, but it’s also, actually, threatening a regime change in Iran,” Ramadani said.
“The tone of his [Trump’s] speech; the words he used are reminiscent of George Bush Jr’s speech” before the US-led the invasion in 2003 when “lies were used to launch a genocidal war against the people of Iraq,”he said. The expert noted that not only was the Iraqi regime overthrown due to the US’ military involvement, but the whole country was “destroyed.” The US has been trying to destabilize Iran for decades, he said.
Washington wants a lot more from Tehran than concessions regarding the nuclear deal, which Iranian authorities are unable to provide due to a strong dissatisfaction with the agreement at home, Ramadani said. “I don’t think Iran is capable of making further concessions – they said they’ve never planned to develop nuclear weapons| and its compliance with the deal has been confirmed by the IAEA on numerous occasions,”he added.
“What the US wants from Iran is to abandon its independence. That’s bottom line… They don’t want any independent strong nation in the world, especially, in the Middle East. And – regardless of what we think of its political system – Iran has chosen the path of independence from the US. They don’t want to be a lackey of the US policy in the region. And the US is telling them: ‘We’ll punish you for this,” the expert explained.
Journalist Max Blumenthal says that Tel Aviv stands behind Trump’s decision to pull out of the agreement.
“Israeli influence is absolutely key here. At least Trump sided with Netanyahu’s kind of used car salesman style of presentation in order to justify withdrawing from the Iran deal and his new policy of rollback,” the journalist said.
In late April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a PowerPoint presentation, allegedly revealing Israeli intelligence on Iran’s non-compliance with the deal. The presentation, however, rang hollow according to Blumenthal.
“It’s another intelligence scam driving us to war,” he said, calling the intelligence cited by Netanyahu “arguably fabricated.” Blumenthal added that nothing new was presented and that “much of the intelligence” appears to be “cooked” and stems from the early 2000s.
Earlier on Tuesday, Trump announced that Washington will “withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal” and that sanctions will be imposed against the country. The US president explained his decision by saying that that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) did not prevent Tehran from enriching uranium, and it put the Middle East on the path of a nuclear arms race.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has slammed Trump’s decision as “illegal and illegitimate,” promising that Tehran will remain in the accord despite the US withdrawal.
The JCPOA deal, signed by Iran and P5+1 powers (China, France, Russia, UK, US, plus Germany) in 2015 after years of negotiations, saw international sanctions on Tehran lifted in exchange for Iran curbing its controversial nuclear program.
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