US Empire Is Running The Same Script With Iran That It Ran With Libya, Syria

Authored by Caitlin Johnstone via,

Two weeks ago a memo was leaked from inside the Trump administration showing how Secretary of State and DC neophyte Rex Tillerson was coached on how the US empire uses human rights as a pretense on which to attack and undermine noncompliant governments. Politico reports:

The May 17 memo reads like a crash course for a businessman-turned-diplomat, and its conclusion offers a starkly realist vision: that the U.S. should use human rights as a club against its adversaries, like Iran, China and North Korea, while giving a pass to repressive allies like the Philippines, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

“Allies should be treated differently — and better — than adversaries. Otherwise, we end up with more adversaries, and fewer allies,” argued the memo, written by Tillerson’s influential policy aide, Brian Hook.

With what would be perfect comedic timing if it weren’t so frightening, Iran erupted in protests which have been ongoing for the last four days, and the western empire is suddenly expressing deep, bipartisan concern about the human rights of those protesters.


So we all know what this song and dance is code for. Any evil can be justified in the name of “human rights”.

In October we learned from a former Qatari prime minister that there was a massive push from the US and its allies to topple the Syrian government from the very beginning of the protests which began in that country in 2011 as part of the so-called Arab Spring. This revelation came in the same week The Intercept finally released NSA documents confirming that foreign governments were in direct control of the “rebels” who began attacking Syria following those 2011 protests. The fretting over human rights has occurred throughout the entirety of the Syrian war, even as the governments publicly decrying human rights abuses were secretly arming and training terrorist factions to murder, rape and pillage their way across the country.

We’ve seen it over and over again. In Libya, western interventionism was justified under the pretense of defending human rights when the goal was actually regime change. In Ukraine, empire loyalists played cheerleader for the protests in Kiev when the goal was actually regime change. And who could ever forget the poor oppressed people of Iraq who will surely greet the invaders as liberators?

In 2007 retired four-star General Wesley Clark appeared on Democracy Now and said that about ten days after 9/11 he learned that the Pentagon was already making plans for a completely unjustified invasion of Iraq, and that he was shown a memo featuring a plan to “take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”

So it’s an established fact that the neocons have had Iran in their crosshairs for a good long time.

This is all coming off the back of the nonstop CIA/CNN narrative being advanced that Iran is a top perpetrator of state-sponsored terrorism, which is just plain false. I have a lot of Trump-supporting followers, and I would like to stress to them that the group of intelligence veterans who authored this memo about Iran is the same group who released a memo dismantling the bogus Russiagate narrative; these are good people and you can trust them. I encourage you to read it.



Trump is lying when he says Iran is “the Number One State of Sponsored Terror”. This is the same exact script they run over and over and over again, and people are falling for it again like Charlie Brown and the football. It is nonsensical to believe things asserted by the US intelligence and defense agencies on blind faith at this point, especially when they are clearly working to manufacture support for interventionism in a key strategic location. In a post-Iraq invasion world, nothing but the most intense skepticism of such behavior is acceptable.

Luckily, because a full scale invasion of Iran would be far more costly and deadly than the invasion of Iraq, support for this will need to be manufactured not just in America but within an entire coalition of its allies. This will be extremely difficult to do, but by God they are trying.

Please keep your skepticism cranked up to eleven on this Iran stuff, dear reader, and be very loudly vocal about it. My Trump-supporting readers especially, I implore you to think critically about all this and look closely at the similarities between the anti-Iran agenda and the other interventions I know you oppose. Together we can kill this narrative and spare ourselves another senseless middle eastern bloodbath.

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Bes Tue, 01/02/2018 - 23:07 Permalink


the MIC's best friend


but you know, all is forgotten because of cankle's emails.........

hahaha.  fucking pathetic

shitshitshit Billy the Poet Tue, 01/02/2018 - 23:37 Permalink

 whenever the public at large can figure out the intricacies of the few, it is a telling sign that intelligence has dropped down significantly. 

This illustrates perfectly how the political purges ushered during the Obamination era have done spectacularly well for the "intelligence" apparatus. 

Amerika, you are being run into the ground by a band of obedient (to whom?) fools. 

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Shemp 4 Victory cheka Wed, 01/03/2018 - 00:39 Permalink

Another script which is being repeated:

SBU prepares the murder of Navalny in order to place the blame on Putin…

Expect the timing to be optimized for maximum disruption to Russia's presidential election. When the US interferes in elections, it doesn't waste time on shit like Facebook ads or Pokemon Go.

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Billy the Poet LetThemEatRand Wed, 01/03/2018 - 00:08 Permalink

Exactly. Those who were not paying attention still don't understand and no one who has been paying attention has become confused. It is possible for those who follow current events to pursue more than one story at a time.


If anything the Iran story has distracted me from the Mueller investigation. I know it's of great importance because it involves extra-constitutional elements running the government behind the scenes but at this point I'm not particularly interested in the personal fate of Donald Trump.

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The Ram Billy the Poet Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:03 Permalink

I suppose Trump does not care about a second term.  Any sort of military strike on Iran will cause enough geopolitical and financial havoc to ensure political disaster.  It's a huge can of worms.  This is probably hype because I just don't see the power elite wanting a war that may destroy Wall Street's 'good times.'  Of course, if the 'good times' have run the course, then we may be in for a real calamity.  

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Moe-Monay dirty fingernails Wed, 01/03/2018 - 00:23 Permalink

on the other hand one has to wonder who could go into the office of presidency and not be brought to heal.

Ok so which one of you commenting here who have children or anyone else they care about would go against the banksters if you were bluntly made aware that "your kids are wonderful would be a shame if something were to happen to them"

Now before you say you are more brave than Trump I want you to imagine that favorite grand child being "accidently" run over by a car.  These accidents happen quite often it seems.

Seems to me the presidency has been a case of that guy who bought JATO rockets and strapped them onto a Rambler.  Just how effective can you through the brakes on with that Rambler?  

If we get started breaking down the state today 3 generations in the future things might be better.  I would not expect things to get better much faster than that.

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Billy the Poet Moe-Monay Wed, 01/03/2018 - 00:30 Permalink

I have a feeling that the US is going to have its ass handed to it militarily in the near future. It will be some obscure affair in which we should have prevailed easily and there will be catastrophic loss of life.

When US military might is doubted at home and abroad the entire edifice will come tumbling down, dollar and all.

Should that happen I'm taking control of my own fate. It's a damned shame when the world only allows you dreams in the form of nightmares but make of it what you will.

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dirty fingernails Billy the Poet Wed, 01/03/2018 - 01:50 Permalink

Agreed. Right now the US foriegn policy resembles a drunk belligerent guy roaming the bar looking for trouble or some free drinks or pussy to grab. As Giant Meteor pit it in another thread "I'm getting concerned about having Archduke Ferdinand moments every week".  Seems like an apt description. I agree that it will be something smallish/routine and we'll see a large scale version of those crying sailors Iran captured.

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Faeriedust Moe-Monay Wed, 01/03/2018 - 08:41 Permalink

Ah.  There IS an advantage to being a childless functional sociopath.  My nieces would of course be put into safekeeping with one of four people I know who could and would protect them against any and all threats.  Functional sociopaths know people like that.  For that matter, I doubt that Trump is being controlled in this matter.  Because he too is a functional sociopath, and we know that he has hired private protection outside the public servants appointed to him by the Deep State. I happen to think that protection is more secure when handled by tribe rather than hirelings, but I'm sure he's hired the best.

We started breaking down the state in 1968.  We've come a long way.

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BobEore Moe-Monay Wed, 01/03/2018 - 00:45 Permalink

Iran does not have a private central bank.  See: Petro Dollar.


Iran’s private sector constitutes about a quarter of the country’s gross domestic product. The rest of the economy is taken up by regime institutions and by the “semi-private” sector, which is dominated by the IRGC. IRGC also controls most of Iran’s internet telecom bandwith, and its subsidiaries include major corporate entities in Iran’s oil and gas industry, the banking and insurance sector, and mining and construction. The IRGC owns soccer teams and hotels. The capital-flush Bonyad Taavon Sepah investment outfit is owned and run by IRGC commanders.


What's not to luv bout that toxic concoction... for 'lubberty-luvin' libbertardians with a dually tongued mission to 'make america go away' on behalf of their talmudic masters?

Holy heapin hypocrisy batman! This is gettin to be like shootin ducks in a barrel!

Watch! As we connect the dots... tween talmudic rebbe run Sraeil... and talmudic 'fake mullah' run

Iran. They ran.... they ALL runnin to hide now.. as the sunny rays o truth in media break cloud cover!


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JSBach1 BobEore Wed, 01/03/2018 - 02:19 Permalink


Why is it that people stubbornly refuse to see things for what they are? Is it their personal belief of a "safe-space" that will supposedly somehow shield them from the unwashed, barren, detritus that is the stark reality? How is this different from simply sticking the proverbial head in the sand in the hope that the incoming barrage of nuclear-tipped missles will somehow someway just pass by and onto the third-world occupied by "others" -- who are simply out-of-sight and therefore necessarily out-of-mind?

Why is it so hard to comprehend that one's best chance of survival is first and foremost, an accurate diagnosis of the pathogen entrenched upon one's internal organs using one's very defenses in order to penetrate them in the first place? Being late in the realization of this proviso is recipe for annihilation. Hence, we find ourselves in this very predicament....

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BobEore JSBach1 Wed, 01/03/2018 - 05:44 Permalink

one's best chance of survival is first and foremost, an accurate diagnosis of the pathogen entrenched upon one's internal organs using one's very defenses in order to penetrate them in the first place?

Now... if that don't nail it - what the hell ever would? Would there be but one in a hundred thousand who could read every word of your sentence... with a comprehension unclouded by the thing wrapped around their very brain! 

But there is not that one, my friend. To put the truth in front of those who... at this late late stage of their own reduction into but spores of the mycellium which is devoring them in plain sight... is a fruitless task.

Yet... we must do it anyways.

My personal fave way of describing what you refer to:

"When the fungus is ready to sporulate, the mycelia grow into the ant’s brain. The fungus then produces chemicals which act on the host’s brain and alter its perception of pheromones. This causes the ant to climb a plant and, upon reaching the top, to clamp its mandibles around a leaf or leaf stem, thus securing it firmly to what will be its final resting place. The fungus then devours the ant’s brain, killing the host. The fruiting bodies of the fungus sprout from the ant’s head, through gaps in the joints of the exoskeleton."

from the story PEAK PROPAGANDA ... how the parasite devors its prey... little by little.

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BobEore Billy the Poet Wed, 01/03/2018 - 00:30 Permalink

he he heh...

it's almost as if

with wheels falling off of their 'fake news' empire of lies... the lil minions o sheitan here whose dominance of the debate had a collision with fate - last week late... 

still hope to somehow piece themselves - and HUMPTY DRUMFTY - back together agin! AND ...In a tru trial of hopium on steroids... the FAKE NEWS PRINCESS ... 'caitlin johnson'... returns with moar stories from the dark side!

We're off! On another year of false narratives... fake news... distorted dissimulations of the events in the muddled east and elsewhere...

but butt! Stop the presses! As the bobbycatz sez: cat's outta the bag! AND CAT'lins outta luck!

IRAN IS FALLIN IRAN IS FALLIN...into line with the new world ordure as exactly predicted by the observers who never paid a whit of attention to - russo-talmudic trolls pitchin tired storylines... fake news scribblers of the ONEMEDIA... OR ... alt0media mafiyas with strings pulled by [redacted!]...

and instead... jus wrote the real stories for all the world to see... when the time is right!

and that time.... is now!…

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Cabreado Bes Tue, 01/02/2018 - 23:34 Permalink

But too... you might imagine that a Presidency that has no support from virtually anywhere, including a critical mass of the People and a thoroughly corrupt Congress might have a struggle dealing with the MIC on his own.

Don't make it appear so simple -- that's a farce.

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Billy the Poet Cabreado Tue, 01/02/2018 - 23:39 Permalink

Trump was elected to not be a war president. If he pushes for covert or overt war with Iran he will sink below critical support levels.

Here's a new video from James Allsup who is a college Republican, alt-right kind of guy and he gets it. When Trump loses this demographic he's done.


War Pigs: The Truth About the Iran Protests



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BobEore Billy the Poet Wed, 01/03/2018 - 00:55 Permalink

Tis truly over for the butt-hurt poet brigade.


Gold for Oil - Oil for Blood: Part Nine - Return to Babylon

The Jews of "Babylon," those exiles from Judea who brewed their new religion of talmud and terror out of the leavenings of Babylonian black magic and spell casting, have never stopped dreaming of return to that same place. Even when invited by their generous 'hosts,' the Persians of Cyrus's age, to take an 'all expenses paid' return to their putative homelands, they, for the most part, stayed put... sending only a trickle of emissaries back to Judea to begin the long campaign of bringing the real Israel to heel! Here, in our example of the C19th, we find their direct descendants working their way back again... casting spells of bribery in the modern, updated manner of financial sorcery which seems more appropriate to our times, than potions or chants. Sir Julius, the man who would later go on from that mild setback to charter Iran's first bank, was waging that same politics 'as war by other means' as generations of talmudist kabbalists had done before him.

Iran/Srael/Turkey/Saudistan.... brothers in deception.... in the talmudic quest ... to destroy the west!

with some help from their... lil helper buddies.

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PrivetHedge Billy the Poet Wed, 01/03/2018 - 04:39 Permalink

You are right of course, but he's probably been reminded how that worked out for JFK so I think he's sought protection by the jooz, who will keep him alive while he's useful to them. 

Their aims are similar but different to the MIC.

His only other course of action was to go all out from the start and get some loyal marines to guard him 24 hours a day and clean house with the huge support of the US public, but he hasn't got the balls for it, so we get this subservient tweeter instead.

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HRClinton Bes Wed, 01/03/2018 - 00:48 Permalink

War is coming, against Iran, because:

1. Iran is critical to China for Silk Road South

2. Iran has so much oil & gas

3. Iran refuses to partake in Petrodollars

4. Iran does not have a Rothschild CB

5. Iran taunts, defies and threatens Israel

6. Iran supports Assad and Hezbollah

7. Iran is a strong competitor and enemy of KSA

8. Iran borders Russia, Kazakhstan, Caspian Sea

9. Zionist and Likudnik Global-lusts want Iran taken down

10. Iran war will make for nice excuse & cover for Financial Reset

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Aussiekiwi Bes Wed, 01/03/2018 - 03:59 Permalink

Going after Iran would end up being a monumental Middle East blood bath. They are wrong to think that youth in Iran would welcome US interference, they hate the US due to all of its sanctions on Iran, they are quite capable of seeing exactly what the US is doing, they are not blind to what happened to Iraq.

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historian40 Tue, 01/02/2018 - 23:09 Permalink

The US regime plots to attack Iran along with the "jewish state", which would result in untold numbers of deaths.  At the same time, those "collateral damage" are now of concern when protesting the Iranian government?  I'd walk out if it were a movie.