Pentagon - and Daesh - Target Iran
April 03, 2017 "Information
- CENTCOM commander Army Gen. Joseph Votel
channeled his full Dr. Strangelove in front of
the US House Armed Services Committee this past
to look at opportunities where we can disrupt
[Iran] through military means or other means."
Orwellian as our times may be, this still ranks
as a declaration of war. With the inbuilt
consequence of smashing to bits the UN nuclear
deal struck with Iran in the summer of 2015.
Strangelove did not bother to chainsaw his
one of the greatest threats to the US today
(Pentagon official doctrine; number four
after Russia, China and North Korea). Iran has
increased its "destabilizing role" and poses
"the greatest long-term threat to stability"
in the entire Middle East.
sneaky; "I believe that Iran is operating
in what I call a gray zone." And that’s "an area
between normal competition between states — and
it's just short of open conflict."
involved in "lethal aid facilitation"; the use
of "surrogate forces"; plenty of "cyber
has "not seen any improvement in Iran’s
behavior." The naughty boy/country in question
still poses "credible threats" through its
"nuclear weapons potential" and "robust"
ballistic missile program.
is it; we’re going to take them out.
easy way out would be to characterize this
juvenile mobster-style outburst as brought
to you by the House of Saud petrodollar fund.
Or to be
reminded that Joseph Strangelove was addressing
the very same crowd who despite acronym-laden 17
multibillion dollar intel agencies telling them
over and over, via National Intelligence
assessments, that Iran did not have, and was not
planning to have, nuclear weapons, still
mightily denounced Iran's "nuclear threat."
reality always tops fiction.
No one less than
Islamic State/Daesh released a video in Farsi –
complete with a message to Supreme Leader
Ayatollah Khamenei — declaring war on Iran
because they are apostate Shi’ites and because
they "tolerate" Jews.
No, this is not a
Monty Python sketch. In fact, we have been
propelled to the curioser and curioser situation
of a CENTCOM that invaded and occupied
Afghanistan and Iraq; distributed death and
destruction free of charge; provoked a myriad,
monster refugee crisis; is back at war in Iraq;
is still implicated in regime change by all
means in Syria; and "leads from behind" the
Saudi destruction of Yemen, is now de facto,
on the record, allied with Daesh – which it
let fester –
to take out Iran.
free to call it CENTCOM’s jihad.
Strangelove’s performance took place right
on cue as the neocon/neoliberalcon axis
hysterically peddling its Russophobia – and
Iranophobia — across the Beltway and beyond was
celebrating a tasty geopolitical candy: Iranian
President Hassan Rouhani meeting Russian
President Vladimir Putin in the magnificent
Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow. Or, in neocon
shorthand, “the mullahs” meet “Hitler”.
predictable developments; Foreign Minister Javad
Zarif confirmed the Russian military may use air
bases in Iran on a “case by case basis” –
essentially against Salafi-jihadis in Syria,
as was the case in August last year, when
Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34s flew
missions from Hamadan airbase.
But, as Rouhani
and Putin made it quite clear, the meeting went
way beyond cooperating on a real, on the ground,
war on terror.
partnership now encompasses increased trade;
energy investments; scientific exchanges; Russia
building two new nuclear power plants in Bushehr,
site of Iran’s first reactor; the upcoming
membership of Iran in the Shanghai Cooperation
Organization (SCO); and in the near future, the
possibility of Russia-China helping Iranian
White House tries to get its act together
before Secretary of State “T.Rex” Tillerson’s
first official trip to Russia, in two weeks
time, Russian “overtures to Iran” is now being
packaged as one of the key problems preventing
some sort of deal – alongside the same old
“Russian aggression” meme in Ukraine, Eastern
Europe and cyberspace.
Pentagon, Iran-Russia cooperation is anathema –
in Syria or anywhere else, especially
after Aleppo. That happens to mesh quite well
with the White House Richelieu/Macchiavelli
Steve Bannon’s worldview; Bannon was a naval
officer during the Iran hostage crisis and
regards Iran as an existential threat as much
as the Pentagon brass.
picture now sold to internal US public opinion
could not be more frightful; Iran “destabilizes”
the entire Middle East while Russia
“destabilizes” Eastern Europe, the Western
Balkans, Ukraine, actually the whole planet.
least Washington’s road map ahead on Iran is now
being fully laid out; more – and tougher –
sanctions; non-stop harassment coupled
with brainwashing of Western public opinion;
covert ops; and last but not least, outright
Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign
Relations Committee is avidly promoting the
Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Bill
which, if approved, will bury the American
commitment to the UN-sponsored nuclear deal;
brand the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)
as a terrorist organization; and open the gates
to yet another sanctions flood.
might as well be a case of all bark, no bite.
Anyone who’s seen the writing on the wall
across the Beltway knows that the Iran-Russia
strategic partnership is one of the three key
nodes, along with China, in the big story of the
young 21st century; Eurasia integration,
with Russia and Iran closing the energy equation
and China as the investment locomotive. And
there’s not much they can do to prevent it.
again the dogs of demonization bark while the
Eurasian caravan passes.
Escobar is an independent geopolitical analyst.
views expressed in this article are solely those
of the author and do not necessarily reflect the
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