[ Editor’s Note: I published a similar article on this theme today on VT, Is the US running scared of Iran? Rafi Sheikh and I were reading the same tea leaves. But this was not a topic to sit on for a few days. After all, we are now trying to enlist Australia to send ships to defend the Persian Gulf.
For the US to sanction a foreign minister for doing the job of presenting his country’s positions as forcefully and clearly as he can, it has crossed over into the diplomatic hooliganism dark side.
Zarif goes from getting a secret meeting offer from the White House, which of course he could not accept, as that would fly in the face of Iran’s policy of “no negotiation until Trump returns to the JCPOA or rescinds the sanctions”. Out of embarrassment, some knucklehead at the White House, maybe Bolton, gets the bright idea that “we will sanction him”, a foreign minister, to “put da fear in ’em”, as they say in the South.
Now the US holds itself above and apart from long practiced diplomatic protocols if it does not get its way. VT has warned that unipolarism was extremely dangerous because it accepts no bounds of behavior, past or present. But it reserves that privilege only for itself.
VT’s Gordon Duff has long editorialized how major criminal elements brought their big money into big politics long ago, not only for self-defense reasons, but also because that is where the big money is in terms of having a national budget to loot from the inside.
Outsiders thought this was just a ploy to pull readership, but VT has published example after example to prove its case, with the long running Epstein blackmail case being a current example.
We have used the gangster term in describing how these uber-NeoCon people operate. And with Zarif we have the perfect example of “We’ll give ya an offer that you can’t refuse”. Zarif refused. They aren’t making it up. It’s who they really are — diplomatic gangsters. We deserve better, so the question is, how do we get it… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … August 11, 2019 –
The US president Donald Trump has managed to fulfill many of his election campaign promises – scrapping TPP deal, Paris climate agreement, scrapping the Iran nuke-deal, ending the Afghan war, building a wall on the US-Mexico border.
Even though we may disagree with his promises and some of them are extremely controversial in their nature, on top of being purely unilateral, the fact that Trump did fulfill his campaign promises speaks volumes about the lengths he can go to fulfill the remaining promises – particularly, Iran’s subjugation.
Perhaps, it the only one that has proven to be too tough for Trump, thanks to Iran’s resistance and the support it continues to receive from the two of America’s strongest strategic competitors: China and Russia.
The US president, therefore, is desperate to deliver on this promise and is working on a multi-dimensional policy, ranging from provoking military clashes in the Gulf and pushing other countries into a conflict with Iran to secretly convince the Iranians of negotiations, and to re-imposing sanctions. A remarkable show of desperation prevailing in the White House!
This desperation stems primarily from the Iranian refusal to accept US terms, and it grows out of Washington’s inability to force Iran into capitulation. To achieve the purpose through ‘other’ means, the US secretly invited, according to reports in the Western media, Iranian foreign minister to visit the White House to have a meeting with the US president.
Iran refused this invitation, leading to Washington’s decision to sanction the sitting Iranian foreign minister as well. According to reports, “President Trump has been very open that he is ready to speak to the senior leadership in Tehran and that he has certainly not prevented any of our friends or allies from communicating with them as well.”
Accordingly, “Trump relayed a message about potential diplomacy to Iran’s Supreme Leader through the Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, in June.”
Tehran did obviously refuse this offer, leaving the US with little options on the table. The manoeuvre, according to the said report, was to offer Iran Section 123 of the United States Atomic Energy Act of 1954, and make Tehran say no in a bid to show the Europeans just how stubborn Iran continues to be. Sensing the trap, Iran refused to send their FM to the White House, which resulted in the US introducing sanctions against Zarif.
Accordingly, the same Zarif that the US was trying to have in the White House a month ago was designated on July 31st. The statement issued by the US department of state callsZarif,
“…a means of advancing many of the Supreme Leader’s destabilizing policies. Foreign Minister Zarif and the Foreign Ministry he runs take their direction from the Supreme Leader and his office. Foreign Minister Zarif is a key enabler of Ayatollah Khamenei’s policies throughout the region and around the world. The designation of Javad Zarif today reflects this reality.”
While nothing in this statement really conflicts with what Zarif, as Iran’s FM, is actually supposed to do, what this statement and the sanctions do reflect that the US foreign policy has practically exhausted all options and can only rely on sanctioning Iranian officials one by one, a policy that would hardly serve US interests in any positive manner or bring the two countries any closer, leading to talks on deescalation in the Gulf.
On the contrary, by sanctioning Zarif, a highly seasoned diplomat who received his higher education in the US, Washington is only blocking his entry in the US, particularly terminating his presence at the UN sessions, in bid to block Tehran’s narrative from going world-wide.
Elsewhere, Iran continues to push-back against the US allies, mending its ties with as strong US allies as even the UAE, thanks again to Zarif’s seasoned diplomacy, which has already led the UAE to change, largely in agreement with Tehran, its Yemen policy.
Accordingly, while still a member of the Saudi coalition, the UAE did (apparently) withdrew its forces from certain parts of Yemen after Zarif told reported that Tehran and the USE were “willing” to get in touch with each other and develop the kind of relations Tehran has with other Arab countries.
This comes in addition to the support that Tehran continues to receive from its strongest allies. While China continues to buy Iranian oil, Russia has unmistakably said that Iran remains its ally. Ironically enough, it was Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev who made this announced at the recently held US, Russia and Israel summit in Jerusalem. To quote him,
“Iran has always been and remains our ally and partner, with which we are consistently developing relations both on a bilateral basis and within multilateral formats.”
This has since then been followed by Russia advancing a new concept of collective security for the Persian Gulf, a system of security that would involve parties from within and outside the region. By thus advancing a kind of a security system, Russia is obviously inserting itself more deeply into the Gulf as a means to shrink the space for the U.S. to manufacture another war.
Iran, therefore, remains strong both diplomatically and strategically, causing the US to face utter desperation despite its superior military power. Accordingly, if it comes to re-negotiations with Tehran at any time, it will primarily be based upon Iran’s terms as outlined by Zarif in his meeting with the US senators than those of the US. More desperation is to follow.
Salman Rafi Sheikh, research-analyst of International Relations and Pakistan’s foreign and domestic affairs, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.
by Phil Giraldi, …with the Unz Review
[ Editor’s Note: Phil has a barn burner below, featuring not just a review our our Congress on its knees to the Israeli Lobby here, but new legislation for additional benefits to the dual citizens among us that not even veterans are entitled to.
It seems we are sentenced to suffering this ongoing humiliation with every new Congress, where the Lobby starts out with “what you have done for us in the past no longer matters, but only what you are going to do for us this new session.
You will notice that US media never touches on the topics below. We are betrayed by our Fourth Estate, also, and there are no signs that will stop any time in the near future.
If you are not a Chosinite, your place is at the back of the bus, period. That has a whiff of discrimination in it for me. How about you, and what can we do?
The longevity of these holocaust survivors shows that most have lived quite well here, have families and Jewish support groups, plus the highest per capita income group in the country.
Vietnam vets have had the worst “longevity” of any vets on record. Yes many of the survivors have their Agent Orange benefits, and PTST, but these same Congressman put a special group of Holocaust survivors above them. What else would you name a bill like this if not “The holocaust hustle”? You just can’t make this stuff up… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … August 06, 2019 –
If you have been wondering when the twenty Democratic aspirants for the presidency will begin a serious discussion of American foreign policy in the Middle East, where Washington has been bogged down in both current and impending wars, you are not alone. With the honorable exception of Tulsi Gabbard, no one seems keen to touch that particular live wire.
Part of the problem is the journalists who are asking the questions in the debates. To be sure, the publication of “The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy” by professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt back in 2007 opened the door to a frank discussion of why the United States is involved in unresolvable conflicts on behalf of a tiny client state.
But unfortunately, while it is now possible to find in the mainstream media some honest analysis of Israel’s ability to corrupt policy formulation in Washington, in general the Jewish state continues to get a pass from both the press and politicians on all issues that matter.
And then there is the problem of Congress itself, which is precisely the institution that has been most corrupted by Israel and Jewish money. Almost thirty years ago, American politician Pat Buchanan described Congress as “Israeli occupied territory.”
As a result, he was viciously attacked by the mainstream media and the political leadership of both parties, demonstrating beyond all doubt that he was correct in his observation.
Today the Israel Lobby in the United States is far more powerful than it was in 1990, so much so that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu actually boasts to his voters that he directs U.S. policy.
The hypocrisy inherent in the Israel-philia of America’s political leadership is such that it sometimes produces comic results. The whiney head of the House Intelligence Committee Congressman Adam Schiff, Democrat of California, was beside himself prior to the Robert Mueller testimony before Congress on July 24th, denouncing Russia and President Donald Trump, saying that the president’s actions amounted to,
“Disloyalty to country… Those are strong words… But disloyalty to country violates the very obligation of citizenship, our devotion to a core principle on which our nation was founded, that we, the people, not some foreign power that wishes us ill, we decide, who shall govern, us.”
Strong words indeed, but Adam Schiff knows perfectly well that Moscow’s alleged involvement in the 2016 election, which was relatively insignificant, had no measurable impact on the result. And both he and Mueller have been coy about presenting any real evidence that Russia is gearing up to do major damage in 2020, which is what they claim to be the case.
By way of contrast, everyone in Washington knows very clearly but will never admit that Israel has seriously corrupted the United States government and its elected officials at all levels.
But Schiff did not mention Israel, nor did he express concern that Israel’s clearly unsavory involvement with Trump transition team members General Michael Flynn and Jared Kushner was never thoroughly investigated or included in the final Mueller report.
One might assume that a deliberate decision was made by some parties in power to avoid embarrassing Israel. Those parties almost certainly included Schiff.
Schiff, who is Jewish, frequently tells audiences about his love for Israel, sometimes complaining that it is treated unfairly. It might be suggested that if anyone in the government is partial to a foreign power it is Schiff, and that foreign power is Israel, not Russia.
Unfortunately, Schiff is far from unique. Perhaps he and a number of other Congressmen should register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as required by law. Congressmen are not exempt when they work to benefit a foreign nation, though they frequently believe themselves to be not subject to the very laws that they pass.
In May a letter was sent to the White House with the signatures of 400 congressmen, purely to express America’s legislature’s solidarity with Israel and to give it a green light to do whatever it wishes vis-à-vis its neighbors. The letter cites some questionable American interests relating to Syria, but it also mentions Israel no less than 13 times.
If that does not convince one that Congress has always been and continues to be Israeli occupied territory, check out some bills that have been working their way through the legislature. The House voted overwhelmingly on July 23rd to formally oppose the Palestinian-backed nonviolent movement to boycott Israel.
The measure, H.Res.246 opposes “efforts to delegitimize the State of Israel and the Global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement [BDS] targeting Israel.” The bill had 349 co-sponsors and passed by a 398–17 vote. Sixteen Democrats and only one Republican opposed the bill. The bill is not a law but is rather intended to express the will of congress, which is perhaps the only good thing to say about it.
Other bills have not yet been voted on, presumably because friends of the Jewish state are looking for more goodies to add in. The pending legislative action includes the aid to Israel bill H.R.1837 the “United States-Israel Cooperation Enhancement and Regional Security Act”, which has 279 cosponsors.
When the bill is approved, which it will be, it will increase the amount of aid given to Israel over ten years to $38 billion, though this is now regarded as a minimum figure which will be supplemented to meet the Jewish state’s expressed needs.
And the aid is now unconditional, meaning that Israel will receive the money no matter how it behaves, while the Jewish state will also be able to use the U.S. taxpayer provided money to buy weapons from its own arms industry, cutting American defense contractors out of the loop and costing jobs in the United States.
Another bill to benefit Israel is also pending: H.R. 1850, the “Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act of 2019,” a law that would authorize and encourage financially sanctioning any foreign organization or individual that provides “support” to any group, organization or individual considered to be part of the Palestinian resistance.
Interestingly, the bill does not even pretend to be based on U.S. national security: it is all about and for Israel. It could mean that foreign supporters of BDS, which is now considered a hostile entity by “the will of” Congress, could be subject to sanctions even though they are non-violent and threaten no one.
One final bit of bipartisan legislation best described as a pander to both Israel and the Jewish community is a bill that has appeared recently in the Senate that will prioritize and pay for health care and nutrition services for those who claim to be holocaust survivors.
The bill is entitled the “Trauma-Informed Modernization of Eldercare for Holocaust Survivors Act” or “TIME for Holocaust Survivors Act.” It is intended to “increase the chances that survivors could age in their own homes” and also “to ensure that holocaust survivors have care and services tailored to their needs.”
Sponsor Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, who is of course Jewish, elaborated: “Holocaust survivors came to the United States seeking refuge from unimaginable horrors. They have lived their lives here and enriched our nation. With an average age of 85, we have an obligation to provide Holocaust survivors the community support and special services they need to live out their final days,”
WE have an obligation? How about you and your co-religionists Ben as you seem to have a lot of money to spend on lobbying for Israel and corrupting our government? Special services? Why do they need help? Because, the bill states, “institutionalized settings, with confined spaces or restrictions on food, can induce panic, anxiety, and re-traumatization due to their holocaust experiences.”
What about other elderly American who have problems with “institutionalized settings” or “confined spaces” or “restrictions on food?” How the Senate will justify special benefits for a small group of self-described victims drawn from the wealthiest demographic in the U.S. remains to be seen.
If there is anyone who actually needs help, it is the U.S. taxpayer, who has to bear the burden of this utter nonsense, which sets up Jews as a special privileged group within our social services network.
So-called holocaust survivors are identified in the bill’s “Findings” as “(2) More than 200,000 Jews fleeing from Nazi occupied territory found refuge in the United States from 1933 through 1945, and approximately 137,000 additional Jewish refugees settled in the United States from 1945 through 1952. (3) Hundreds of thousands of additional Jewish refugees continued to immigrate to the United States from Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union during the subsequent decades. (4) The number of Holocaust survivors living in the United States at the end of 2018 was approximately 80,000 individuals, down from an estimated 13 127,000 in 2010.”
Thus, holocaust survivors who will benefit from the bill are inevitably and by intention only Jews – no Christians who went through 1933-1945 in Europe need apply.
That one highly privileged group should deserve special benefits from government that other retirees cannot have is a disgrace. So, is the United States Congress Israeli and also, by extension, Jewish occupied territory? I think the question answers itself.
Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation (Federal ID Number #52-1739023) that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is councilforthenationalinterest.org, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is email@example.com
One hears the word “TERRORIST” a lot today…..US / Israel………