US State Department Hints At Iran Overthrow: Are We Witnessing The Early Stages Of Regime Change?

The US State Department has issued a formal condemnation of the Iranian government following two days of economic protests centering in a handful of cities, calling the regime "a rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos" while announcing support for protesters. It fits a familiar script which seems to roll out when anyone protests for any reason in a country considered an enemy of the United States (whether over economic grievances or full on calling for government overthrow).

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The statement by spokesperson Heather Nauert, released late on Friday, further comes very close to calling for regime change in Iran when it asserts the following:

On June 14, 2017, Secretary Tillerson testified to Congress that he supports "those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of government. Those elements are there, certainly as we know." The Secretary today repeats his deep support for the Iranian people.

Though most current reports strongly suggest protests are being driven fundamentally by economic grievances, the US has already framed this week's events inside Iran as revolutionary in nature and as aiming for "transition of government". On Friday evening White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted the following statement:

Reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with the regime’s corruption and its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. The Iranian government should respect their people’s rights including their right to express themselves. The world is watching.

The media is already promoting a regime change narrative

As we noted during our initial coverage of Thursday's protests, Israeli as well as Iranian opposition media commentators (and of course pundits in the US mainstream) have generally appeared giddy with excitement at the prospect that protests could spread inside Iran, potentially culminating in society-wide resistance and possible change in government. It goes without saying that Iran has been enemy #1 for the United States and Israel since the Islamic Revolution and embassy hostage crisis beginning in 1979. 

Consider for example this major Israeli international broadcast network, which in an English language interview segment covering the very beginnings of (relatively small and limited) protests Thursday quickly linked the Tehran government with use of chemical weapons in Syria, supporting the "biggest butcher in this region Bashar al-Assad", and facilitating the killing of civilians:

Simultaneously the resident "expert" presents the protesters as condemning these things while yearning for freedom and democracy. He can barely contain himself while repeating "It's spontaneous! It's spontaneous!... and could be more spontaneous! ...it inspires people to go out more! ...Because it's spontaneous these two are combustible mixtures":

Other tweets and statements from the generally pro regime-change media and the experts which frequent their panels seem very eager to prematurely cast this as a 'revolution':

...And notably (just above) the Saudi royal family owned Al-Arabiya is presenting the Iran protests in terms of women's rights.

Are we witnessing regime change agents hijacking economic protests?

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Further to this point, the always excellent Moon of Alabama blog explores the possibility that what we are witnessing is the beginning of a covert regime change operation in Iran, similar the story of the war in Syria.

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InsaneBane InsaneBane Dec 30, 2017 9:57 AM Permalink

Saban Forum 2017: A keynote conversation with Jared Kushner

"As the American administration nears its first anniversary, we are witnessing an approach that is new and different. “America First” naturally raises questions among allies and partners abroad about the scope and depth of U.S. involvement in world affairs. This year's Saban Forum discussions and webcast sessions focused on the U.S.-Israel relationship, the future of the Middle East, and much more."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQdUyvZoonw

https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/06_iran_strategy.p…

 

 

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Yuri Bezmenov skbull44 Dec 30, 2017 10:18 AM Permalink

Zionism, like socialism/marxism etc are merely tools for the elite. They are using their court jews for their dirty bidding, like they used them in the Bolsjevik revolution example: Trotsky/Lenin came from Suisse into Russia. 

They want to restore the third temple in Quds (Jerusalem) for the Vatican. The USA, Commonwealth in hands of the queen are subservient to the Vatican. Study the maritime law that they have in common.

 

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two hoots Moe Howard Dec 30, 2017 12:50 PM Permalink

We can expect the US to target Iran from every angle but never directly.  Iran is considered a source of instability and a threat to those it opposes.  It alone is not the final puzzle piece that could bring lasting calm, US version, to the region but a very large and critical piece indeed.  This attempt to push Iran to a moderate position is one of many that never ended well.  Repeating the same thing and expecting different results is….well….traditional with US foreign policy.  Briefing something with PowerPoint slides vs traditional transparent slides is not a different approach to the same old problems.

 

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TBT or not TBT Skid Marks Dec 30, 2017 1:32 PM Permalink

Most Iranians now hate not just the mullahs but Islam itself.   A bit like in the set up conditions for the French revolution the people had come to hate the Catholic hierarchy alongside the hereditary aristocracy and monarchy it had worked comfortably in lockstep with for centuries.   The revolution was both anti-clerical and anti-monarchy.    But the French had largely not stopped yet believing in God and Jesus and biblical stories etc.   The Persians have largely rejected Islam.  It is now widely viewed there as the anti human tyrannical sect of a barbarous invading foreign culture that it was when it was first imposed by invading arabs.    Persians today often have a symbol of Zoroastrianism under their clothing or on display in their homes, as a symbol of Persian nationalism, and defiance to the sickness that is the Arab Islam   

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shuckster tmosley Dec 30, 2017 2:32 PM Permalink

Hopefully so. I'm tired of shitskins being all upity when it comes to world affairs: "you are jewSA umeryka!" "great satan!" "lalala" shut up sandnigger. we really should ban all muslims from entering america. And we should force our "allies" to do the same. start playing hard ball. either pitch in or get fucked

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Falcon49 Luc X. Ifer Dec 31, 2017 7:07 AM Permalink

Or...impose more sanctions to further weaken the economy and isolate the country.  Resulting in the creation of even further economic turmoil and hardship for the people...creating a fertile ground for regime change forces to work their magic and manipulation.  I think the original concept was to isolate Iran from any potential allies in the Middle East...this was being accomplished via the "Arab Spring" with Iran being the final objective.  It is all a grand manipulation...including Obama's so-called agreements/treaties with Iran.

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Tarzan Falcon49 Dec 31, 2017 10:19 AM Permalink

I agree with Sarah, kinda....

"fed up with the regime’s corruption and its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad"

If your awake, it's clear the US was funding, not fighting, ISIS.  It's also clear to most of the world, Russia defeated ISIS in a matter of months.

How  pathetic that the US feigned fighting ISIS for years, while funding and training them, and now takes credit for defeating them.

The only reason we deserve any credit is Trump joined the fight, WITH RUSSIA, to defeat ISIS!  Yes we colluded with Russia!

 

There's one thing in common with all these "Rogue" Countries America has decided to "Fix". 

It's an elementary game of, one of these things are not like the others, even Ernie could figure out, but our stellar MSM seems to miss.

Their Banking is not aligned with the Dollar, thus they're a threat to the Ponzi.  One by one the NWO is planting their Central planners, through the money changers, and going to war with any Country that resists.

...squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad, by enslaving the world with our War machines and the Dollar's deceptive promise, if we go we'll take the world with us. 

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tmosley Sir Edge Dec 30, 2017 6:31 PM Permalink

This article refers to the event itself, though I can't speak for its tone, bias, or accuracy: https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/10/iran-khamenei-ballis…

If you don't find it to your liking, you should still be able to use the info therein to find others on the subject.

What's really weird is that I thought this happened a lot longer ago, like early in the year. Sense of the passage of time is getting warped by all this fast paced news.

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Doña K Killdo Dec 30, 2017 10:31 PM Permalink

Sorry, but the Schism between Byzantine and Roman Christianity had  to do with control of the money coming in from the believers. As well as the power to control the masses.

Same as the various Islamic sects. The elite of each sect don't care a bit about religion,it's just another way to control masses across borders.

e.g. The Vatican Bank  

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two hoots TBT or not TBT Dec 31, 2017 8:06 AM Permalink

Iranians are no different from most of the changing and well informed modern world knowing it's bad enough to have government in your business they don't need to be in your faith business also.  Iranians know the requirements to live in Paradise forever and it doesn't include permission from a mullah or ayatolla.  Allah will judge them individually, Quran 2:82, accountable for only themselves, there is no "I'm a member of this group so I get a free pass ", like all changing religions.  Yes all need teachings and instructions but not rule and domination.  They, commoners, just want to live a free a peaceful life.  Yes all have their orthodox and strange ones but we all do.   No, I'm not.

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Sirius Wonderblast TBT or not TBT Dec 31, 2017 11:31 AM Permalink

I've no idea if you are right or wrong in what you say, and will do some reading. What I do think is that when other countries start meddling in regime change it can be seen as an attack on that country and provide a rallying point in opposition to/defence from that external party, especially where there is a strong sense of identity. Iran, aka Persia, is an ancient land and I suspect it's people are too shrewd to fall for such interference.

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dumluk Skid Marks Dec 30, 2017 2:58 PM Permalink

Give it a rest Skid.....J. Carter despite being a CFR member was one of the better and most decent Presidents we have had in our lifetime......And hes still out there working for the downtrodden and the underdogs....and speaking out against the madness.......look into it......He is the antithesis to George Soros.........

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TBT or not TBT dumluk Dec 30, 2017 8:28 PM Permalink

Do Gooder intentions of the lefty clothe the hungry and feed the naked type do not a good president make.  Wealth, among humans, results from systems where incentives are there to invent, to work, to save and invest.  Poverty results where charity and redistribution are the thing and hard/smart effort are punished.  

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