Trump Pulls US Out Of "Unacceptable, Defective" Iran Deal; Obama Slams Decision As "So Misguided"

Summary:

  • President Trump is withdrawing the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran

  • Trump is reinstating sanctions on Iran, but didn't explain how that will play out

  • The deal "should have never never been made," the president says

  • Trump says the Iran deal negotiated by the Obama administration failed to protect America's national security, but he didn't give any examples

  • Iran's ballistic missile program feature strongly in Trump's remarks, even though this activity wasn't covered under the original agreement

  • Trump cited Iran's involvement in other regional conflicts, including Yemen and Syria

  • While his statement started out using the harshest possible language to describe the Iranian regime, he softened his tone to talk about the Iranian people

  • The president cited "evidence" from Israel to back his claims on Iran's activity

  • Trump compared his actions today to the ongoing negotiations with North Korea to bring an end to that country's nuclear program

  • Rouhani, commenting on Trump's announcement, says Iran can achieve benefits of the JCPOA with five countries. He said that the country is prepared for enrichment IF NEEDED in three weeks

  • "The EU is determined to act in accordance with its security interests and to protect its economic investments" in Iran, EU foreign policy chief Mogherini said. The bloc signals it won't shy away from a showdown with Trump

  • Former US President Barack Obama called Trump's decision "so misguided."

  • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls on other nations to preserve Iran deal.

 

Update 6: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that he is "deeply concerned by today's announcement that the US will be withdrawing" from the Iran deal.

Guterres said controversies relating to the agreement should be resolved within its mechanism for handling disagreements, and that "issues not directly related to the JCPOA should be addressed without prejudice to preserving the agreement."

He also called on the deal's remaining partners to work together to preserve the accord.

Read the full statement below:

I am deeply concerned by today’s announcement that the United States will be withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and will begin reinstating US sanctions.
 
I have consistently reiterated that the JCPOA represents a major achievement in nuclear non-proliferation and diplomacy and has contributed to regional and international peace and security.  
 
It is essential that all concerns regarding the implementation of the Plan be addressed through the mechanisms established in the JCPOA. Issues not directly related to the JCPOA should be addressed without prejudice to preserving the agreement and its accomplishments.
 
I call on other JCPOA participants to abide fully by their respective commitments under the JCPOA and on all other Member States to support this agreement.

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Update 5: Former President Barack Obama has issued a statement about President Trump's decision to pull out of the 2015 JCPOA, one of his signature foreign policy accomplishments.

And as one might expect, he's not happy.

Obama slammed the decision as "so misguided" and said that "walking away from the JCPOA turns our back on America’s closest allies, and an agreement that our country’s leading diplomats, scientists, and intelligence professionals negotiated."

 

 

 

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Update 4: Iranian President Rouhani appeared State TV blasting Trump, saying that "Iran complies with its commitments, US has never complied." Furthermore, Rouhani added that from now on, "JCPOA is between Iran and 5 counties only."

Rouhani confirmed that currency controls and reforms are being undertaken to be ready for the decision, and added that Tehran is ready to resume its nuclear enrichment work within 3 weeks after holding talks with the European members of the deal.

Nancy Pelosi backs Rouhani:

Today is a sad day for America’s global leadership.  The Trump Administration’s dangerous & impulsive action is no substitute for real global leadership.

Saudi Arabia welcomed President Donald Trump's decision on Tuesday to withdraw the United States from the international nuclear agreement with Iran and to reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran.

"Iran used economic gains from the lifting of sanctions to continue its activities to destablise the region, particularly by developing ballistic missiles and supporting terrorist groups in the region," according to a statement carried on Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television.

Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally, has been at loggerheads with Shi'ite Iran for decades, and the countries have fought a long-running proxy war in the Middle East.

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Update 3: US Treasury announces that it will begin the process of implementing 90- and 180-day wind-down periods for activities involving Iran that were consistent with sanctions relief. At the end of that period, all applicable sanctions will come back into effect.

Today President Donald J. Trump announced his decision to cease the United States’ participation in the JCPOA and begin reimposing U.S. nuclear-related sanctions on the Iranian regime. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is taking immediate action to implement the President’s decision. Sanctions will be reimposed subject to certain 90 day and 180 day wind-down periods. At the conclusion of the wind-down periods, the applicable sanctions will come back into full effect. This includes actions under both our primary and secondary sanctions authorities. OFAC posted today to its website frequently asked questions (FAQs) that provide guidance on the sanctions that are to be re-imposed and the relevant wind-down periods.

Below is a statement from Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin in response to the President’s decision:

“President Trump has been consistent and clear that this Administration is resolved to addressing the totality of Iran’s destabilizing activities. We will continue to work with our allies to build an agreement that is truly in the best interest of our long-term national security. The United States will cut off the IRGC’s access to capital to fund Iranian malign activity, including its status as the world’s largest state sponsor of terror, its use of ballistic missiles against our allies, its support for the brutal Assad regime in Syria, its human rights violations against its own people, and its abuses of the international financial system.”

OFAC updated its website today to provide guidance, including new FAQs

The Treasury Department's FAQ on sanctions is very blunt:

Q: Will the United States resume efforts to reduce Iran's crude oil sales?

A: Yes.

However, it appears it is very unclear just what sanction-specifics are...

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Update 2: After initially spiking, oil is now rapidly fading the entire move.

Meanwhile, at least Israel is delighted by the development:

  • NETANYAHU SAYS DEAL GAVE IRAN BILLIONS TO FUND TERROR
  • NETANYAHU  CALLS ON INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO STOP THE BAD DEAL

Statement from House Speaker Paul Ryan:

"From the beginning, the Obama-era Iran Deal was deeply flawed. Iran’s hostile actions since its signing have only reaffirmed that it remains dedicated to sowing instability in the region. The president’s announcement today is a strong statement that we can and must do better. I have always believed the best course of action is to fix the deficiencies in the agreement. It is unfortunate that we could not reach an understanding with our European partners on a way to do that, but I am grateful to them for working with the United States toward that goal. The president is right to insist that we hold Iran accountable both today and for the long-term. There will now be an implementation period for applying sanctions on Iran. During that time, it is my hope that the United States will continue to work with our allies to achieve consensus on addressing a range of destabilizing Iranian behavior—both nuclear and non-nuclear."

The full White House fact sheet on ending the "Unacceptable" Iran deal can be found here, some excerpts below:

The Iran Deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.

President Donald J. Trump

PROTECTING AMERICA FROM A BAD DEAL: President Donald J. Trump is terminating the United States’ participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran and re-imposing sanctions lifted under the deal.

  • President Trump is terminating United States participation in the JCPOA, as it failed to protect America’s national security interests.
  • The JCPOA enriched the Iranian regime and enabled its malign behavior, while at best delaying its ability to pursue nuclear weapons and allowing it to preserve nuclear research and development.
  • The President has directed his Administration to immediately begin the process of re-imposing sanctions related to the JCPOA.
  • The re-imposed sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran’s economy, such as its energy, petrochemical, and financial sectors.
    • Those doing business in Iran will be provided a period of time to allow them to wind down operations in or business involving Iran.
  • Those who fail to wind down such activities with Iran by the end of the period will risk severe consequences.
  • United States withdrawal from the JCPOA will pressure the Iranian regime to alter its course of malign activities and ensure that Iranian bad acts are no longer rewarded.  As a result, both Iran and its regional proxies will be put on notice.  As importantly, this step will help ensure global funds stop flowing towards illicit terrorist and nuclear activities.

IRAN’S BAD FAITH AND BAD ACTIONS: Iran negotiated the JCPOA in bad faith, and the deal gave the Iranian regime too much in exchange for too little.

  • Intelligence recently released by Israel provides compelling details about Iran’s past secret efforts to develop nuclear weapons, which it lied about for years.
    • The intelligence further demonstrates that the Iranian regime did not come clean about its nuclear weapons activity, and that it entered the JCPOA in bad faith.
  • The JCPOA failed to deal with the threat of Iran’s missile program and did not include a strong enough mechanism for inspections and verification.
  • The JCPOA foolishly gave the Iranian regime a windfall of cash and access to the international financial system for trade and investment.
    • Instead of using the money from the JCPOA to support the Iranian people at home, the regime has instead funded a military buildup and continues to fund its terrorist proxies, such as Hizballah and Hamas.
    • Iran violated the laws and regulations of European countries to counterfeit the currency of its neighbor, Yemen, to support the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force’s destabilizing activities.

More here

Shortly after Trump's announcement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued the following statement:

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Update: President Trump has confirmed the US withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal and will be instituting the highest level of sanctions against Iran, adding that any nation that aids Iran will also be sanctioned.

  • TRUMP WARNS OF BIGGER PROBLEMS THAN EVER IF IRAN PURSUES NUKES
  • TRUMP SAYS IRAN'S LEADERS WILL `WANT TO MAKE' NEW NUCLEAR DEAL

Trump stated that he has decided against continuing to waive sanctions as laid out in the 2015 JCPOA pact, i.e. Nuclear Deal, between the United States, Iran, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and China. The deal provided Tehran billions in sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.

International inspectors and the deal’s signatories, including U.S. officials, have said Iran continues to comply with the terms of the agreement, but Trump has long derided the Obama-era accord as the “worst deal ever negotiated.” Trump had kept the deal alive by waiving sanctions several times since taking office. However, when the president last renewed the waivers in January, he warned he would not do so again unless European allies agreed to “fix” the nuclear deal.

At the end of April, as the waiver deadline approached, Europeans engaged in a flurry of activity to convince Trump to remain in the pact. French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson all visited the United States to make their case; however the deal’s international critics were also active, and none more so than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who last week  delivered a speech in which he declared “Iran lied” about its nuclear intentions.

Meanwhile, supporters of the deal say the United States withdrawing gives Iran an excuse to restart its nuclear program, effectively killing the pact; at the same time it permits Israel to launch a preemptive attack claiming Iran will now resume building nukes.

Not surprisingly, both France and Germany have warned the end of the deal could mean a Middle East war.

Still, experts have said Iran is likely to stay in the deal even without the United States if it can continue getting benefits from the accord by being able to do business with European companies. Although with Trump escalating sanctions against Iran, this remains to be seen.

In a sign that Iran is not ready to walk away from the deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday ahead of Trump’s announcement that Iran wants to keep “working with the world and constructive engagement with the world” adding that “It is possible that we will face some problems for two or three months, but we will pass through this."

And it seems CNN was once again 'fake news' as WTI prices spike on the Trump confirmation.

Gold also spiked, but is fading lower now.

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While President Trump is expected to announce that he will not continue sanctions relief for Iran, a major step toward ending the 2015 nuclear pact he calls the “worst deal ever," this morning's barrage of fake news has left markets and onlookers confused and looking for clarification.

As The Hill reports, the announcement follows weeks of furious lobbying by European allies who sought to convince Trump to remain in the deal.

That should not be surprising since The EU has the most to lose if the deal is scuppered..

Infographic: Iran Deal: The EU Has The Most To Lose  | Statista

You will find more infographics at Statista

But each one left the U.S. pessimistic about the deal’s future.

As we detailed earlier, while expectations are for Trump to withdraw from the deal, his speech will be all about the nuance: how will the president frame the US exit, and whether Iran will be allowed to continue its oil exports after the US is no longer a participant in the JCPOA.

One preview of what Trump's speech may look like comes from Citi's head of commodity research, Ed Morse, who in a Bloomberg interview this morning said that President Trump will likely give European governments "a chance to step up what they’ve already offered in terms of tightening sanctions" on Iran.

The tighter sanctions would relate to issues left out of the 2015 nuclear accord, such as Iran’s development of ballistic missiles, terrorist financing, Hezbollah, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp.

"The president’s going to say something that he’s going to move in a certain direction, that he’s ready to re-impose sanctions" predicted Morse, who added that Trump will "come out strong, and say the Europeans are stepping up to the table and we’ve got to do more."

Morse also said that it's possible OPEC will meet and decide to increase output to fill gap left by Iran, although with the price of Brent surging to the revised Saudi target of $80, it is unlikely that OPEC will interfere with the recent favorable equilibrium.

Finally, with everyone throwing their 2 cents on what the price impact of today's deal collapse could be, Morse said that the Iranian political risk in oil price is about $5/bbl, however the recently bearish analysts said that any sell-off would be “a lot more” than that.

So, will he? Or won't he? (Trump is due to speak at 1400ET)

Comments

BaBaBouy RawPawg Tue, 05/08/2018 - 13:52 Permalink

Thump won't Piss Off BB ...

UPD: ... AND ... The fun Begins...

"Israeli IDF says it has identified "unusual movements of Iranian forces in Syria", ordered the opening of Shelters in the Golan Heights and are saying: 'We are on hightend alert, and forces are deployed & we are ready for all scenarios'"

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JimmyJones bananas Tue, 05/08/2018 - 14:23 Permalink

He campaigned on ending the deal.  He would of been lying if he stayed in it.  Now if you are alluding to more war in the Middle east, that hasn't happened, yet.  He ended funding for the so called Moderate Rebels, the Syrian Strike was a nothing burger, every thing points to less war.  Time will tell.

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Shillinlikeavillan Stan522 Tue, 05/08/2018 - 14:31 Permalink

This isn't about nukes or even really israel, this is about isolating iran from global trade, particularly with oil...

 

It is in Saudi lands' best interests that iran is not allowed to sell oil on the global scam... err, I mean market.

Israel just gets the icing on the cake, and trump looks good for his base too, especially the hardcore motherfuckin warmongers that have sent us to 16/17 years of moar war...

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Jim in MN Croesus Tue, 05/08/2018 - 14:49 Permalink

It's unimportant whether Israel's current psycho leader likes this or not.

It was a stupid deal, the pallets of cash alone show you that.

Stop with the Trump as Israel's patsy shit, it's boring and irrelevant.

Syria is NOT going Israel's way thanks to Trump; other than the embassy move, nothing else will go Israel's way either.

Israel is over and done.  Just shrill whining in the lonely desert wind.

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JSBach1 tmosley Tue, 05/08/2018 - 15:09 Permalink

Bibi is up to his lying ways again in the next bid (his desperation is growing off the charts) to blame Iran by ways of a false-flag attack:

Benjamin Netanyahu has accused Iran of planting “very dangerous weapons” in Syria in a bid to threaten Israel.

According to the prime minister, Iran is “seeking to plant very dangerous weapons in Syria … for the specific purpose of our [Israel’s] destruction.”

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/netanyahu-claims-iran-planning-to-…

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201805081064245268-iran-weapon-syria…

http://www.france24.com/en/20180508-netanyahu-accuses-iran-over-syria-a…

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PrayingMantis Manthong Tue, 05/08/2018 - 16:12 Permalink

 

... remember this? >>> Satanyahoo saying, “America can easily be moved” ... unaware the camera kept on recording after directing the cameraman to turn it off ... here’s the video clip >>> https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JrtuBas3Ipw ...

... Bibi, whose real name is Mileikowsky, knows very well he controls the Americans from the WH to CONgress, the banksters to the media, corporations to big pharma, including the judicial branches of government ... and that’s just the tip of the ((( iceberg ))) ...

... will the real POTUS please start dancing the 9/11 shuffle  ... 

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mkkby PrayingMantis Tue, 05/08/2018 - 17:15 Permalink

The middle east is a sunni vs shiite non-stop revenge feud.  Has been for 1000 years.  Each side has their terrorists and each side is horrible to their own people.  It's simply a power game of psychopaths who want to rule over others, and they use religion to control their muppets.

Having said that, I don't think the US licks Israel's boots.  Bush fucked things up by taking out Saddam and handing Iraq over to the shiites.  Since then the chess game has been one sided and now Iran/shiites have become the power in the region.  It makes sense to dial that back a bit and restore a bit more balance.  After all, we broke it, so now we have some obligation to fix it.  I say SOME SENSE because it makes even more sense to just back off and not get involved.

The Saudis and Israel are brutal fucks, but you have to be when your neighbors are hyper violent uncivilized neanderthals.  Of course there is oil involved too and Russia knows the plan is to replace their exports to europe with a pipeline thru syria.  And of course, Syria and Iran remember that the long term plan blabbed out loud by Bush was to regime change everybody one after another.  Yep, that Bush really fucked things up with the neocon arrogance and being indiscreet.

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MoreSun mkkby Tue, 05/08/2018 - 18:45 Permalink

While the synagogue of satan aka so-called israel agitates for more and more wars.

They are also Destroying your rights of FREE SPEECH:

"As is expected in this upside-down world of ours, while Mamma Merkel roams free to wreak havoc and cause more rapes and deaths of Germans at the hands of her sainted and untouchable Turd World "migrants," Ursula (89) and Monika (60's) -- with the gleeful approval of Jews all over the world -- are condemned to waste away a few years in German prisons for their thought-crime of Holocaust Denial" ™. Boy-oh-boy, the "usual suspects" sure do make it difficult for decent people of good will not to "hate" them, don't they?"

Dear God please effect the release of these women: Ursula Haverbeck, Monika Schaefer, Sylvia Stoltz from their jew supremacist terrorist oppressors !

http://tomatobubble.com/haverbeck_schaefer.html

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philipat MoreSun Wed, 05/09/2018 - 00:15 Permalink

So if the Orange Jesus makes a deal with NK and the next President doesn't like it? Doesn't exactly inspire confidence for anyone to enter into any type of deal with the US?

The ABM treaty, from which the US walked away unilaterally was the last example and which ultimately resulted in Russian hypersonic weapons and the obsolescence of the entire US Navy. Great strategy there Washington!!

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FBaggins libertyanyday Wed, 05/09/2018 - 11:36 Permalink

Welcome to WWIII. Mr. Putin, this is your test for the self-determination not only of Syria and Iraq but also of Russia. Also, it is the test for all other nations seeking self-determination to look to Russia as a source of hope and refuge from the tyranny and plundering, of the evil cabal running the US-Israeli-UK “Axis”. It has to be vanquished once and for all or we are all doomed. If it is successful in neutralizing or driving the Russian presence from Syria so that it has a free hand against Iran, there will be no peace, stability, or real sovereignty left anywhere on the earth, including that of Russia, and it will continue to cause war and suffering to the people in any nation in their way of conquest and domination. That is the history of the last hundred years everywhere they have gone in the world and it will not end until the cabal has ended.

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FBaggins FBaggins Wed, 05/09/2018 - 11:37 Permalink

In pulling out of the Iran-nuclear deal, the Trump-US-led Axis now needs Russia to back down in Syria. They wanted to break the Iran nuclear deal so that they can now put on display the formidable military power of the US and at the same time exhibit to Iran that even Russia does not have the courage to stand up for the sovereignty of its closest neighbor. If that occurs then then Iran will be forced to deal with Axis on its terms in either having its nation reduced to rubble like Iraq and Syria or agree to its terms which are:

a) Iran will stay out of Syria leaving it to the devices of the US-Israeli-UK Axis. In exchange the US will promise to safeguard Shea Muslims living in Syria;

 b) Iran will allow the Western oil companies, which were kicked out of Iran in the revolution, back into the picture with promises of the US lifting its sanctions and making platitudes of more prosperity for Iran, and a bigger piece of the economic pie than when in the past under the US puppet, the Shah; 

c) Iran will allow a Rothschild bank into Iran for a major control of its finances;

d) Their oil and gas will be traded in US petrodollars;

e) Iran will sever ties with Russia. 

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FBaggins FBaggins Wed, 05/09/2018 - 11:39 Permalink

The interests of the US-Israeli-UK Axis are as follows:

1. Zionist Expansion: The Zionists control both financially and politically all three nations of the Axis, and are committed to the Greater Israel Project (the Oded Yinon Plan):  https://www.globalresearch.ca/greater-israel-the-zionist-plan-for-the-m….

The Zionists are committed to expanding the war in Syria because they are committed to expanding Israel into Syria, and at least as far as the Euphrates River. They have spent hundreds of billions in destabilization efforts and in supporting and supplying the terrorists insurgents fighting the Assad government. The Zionist fear was and remains that the increased economic development, prosperity, and stability of Syria will forever ruin their plan for a greater Israel, with their own exclusive ethnic-racial stock taking over and occupying the land just has they have done to the land known as Palestine. As long as Iran and Russia remain in the picture and supporting Syria, then Syria will no longer be destabilized but will rebuild itself once again into a self-sufficient, independent, and sovereign nation.

Israel came into being with huge amounts of Rothschild money, manipulation, and war. The war and terrorist activities of the Zionists in Palestine before and after 1948, was not the beginning of the Zionist violence, terrorism, and warmongering.  The methods of Zionist founder, Theodore Herzl, from the mid 1800's are just as diabolical, deceptive, and ruthless as those of Marx who preceded him in that era. In fact, the Zionist are experts at employing Marxists violence, terrorism, and ideology as they did in various attempted revolutions and finally a successful one against the Tsars of Russia. This is exactly what they are doing in Iran at this time. Their goal is not just the greater Israel as seen on the map at globalresearch. It is global financial and resource hegemony. They are no different from the German Nazis.  Russia has always been on their hit list. 

Also, through the Rothschild agent Soros, hundreds of thousands of "displaced" Syrians and Iraqis have been systematically herded out of their own homelands into Turkey and Europe under the guise of Soros funded and organized, and Zio media propagated borderless "open societies."  Last year Soros said that Europe was not taking enough "refugees" and had to take "millions more". With all this going on, not even the so-called "alternative media" has dared to connect the dots, and there has not been even a peep of any of this in the Zio-controlled mainstream media. 

The bottom line is that Zionism cannot and will not allow there to be peace in the Middle East. Wherever they are there is turmoil and restlessness. If you have any doubts, just look at the fake-news generated controversies in the US right now. It is all about concentrating power by causing restlessness, division and diversion.  Like the Nazis the more ruthless the means, the more ground they cover. They have no moral limits except for their own interests.  

2. Oil, Gas and Pipelines:  Western oil barons, multinationals, and establishment members, and particularly those in the Anglo-Dutch Zionist crowd, have need of ME oil and gas resources. That is their main reason for them to continue in the war in Syria and carry it to Iran. There is a symbiotic relationship between the Western oil giants and the Zionists. At the beginning of the last century when it was clear to the UK and the US that oil would be the “black gold” of the future, the British and American oil barons quickly began to stake out, divide, conquer and partition large swaths of the Levant. However, when in the later part of the 20th century various Middle East nations became more developed, and wanted to take more control of their resources, our Western multinational establishment coincidently found the Zionist cause also very useful for their own ends. The insertion of the Zionist state right into the heart of oil country, to cause an endless threat, strife and turmoil did greatly assist in their divide and conquer efforts, and continues to serve as a launching pad for terrorism and aggression against any nation which becomes too uppity about its oil and gas reserves. Israel to the Western oil giants remains a continuing threat, provocation, and pretext to wage war against any nation in the region asserting actual sovereignty.   Iraq and Syria are prime examples. Now, Iran is on their hit list.

3. The US Petrodollar:  The basis of the "fiat" in the US petrodollar is not just that of the US government or the Fed. It is largely based on various nations "agreeing" with their noses at the end of a long gun barrel to purchase and sell oil only in US dollars. With the demand for oil, this arrangement has maintained a constant and increasing demand for US dollars since the early 1970's maintaining its position as the world’s leading reserve currency despite its endless duplication. However, as more nations opted out of trading oil in US dollars, the demand began to slide. Too much of that and the bottom falls out of the dollar. With dwindling Western control of oil resources in the world, with more and more oil-rich nations like Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran and Russia asserting control and resources over their oil and gas reserves, the US petrodollar which is pegged on oil in more ways than one, eventually is going to look pretty silly and worthless, and the Western Axis no real power to control the taps of the major oil reserves of the world. The bottom line is that if the Anglo-Zio Axis are not in actual control of the major oil and gas reserves, then all the US can do is run around the world with its warships and bombers threatening to destroy any nation not trading their oil in US dollars - which is what they have been doing for the past 50 years.  

4.  Russia:  There can be no global hegemony for the Anglo-Zio cabal without geopolitical and resource control of Russia. The US is banking on Russia backing down in an escalated conflict against Syria and Iran, and once that happens then Iran will be vulnerable and have to come to the table. If the relationship between Russia and Iran is severed, Russia will be not only be more encircled geopolitically but much more isolated and vulnerable economically. 

Mr. Putin. many of us in the West are ready to offer you our services to defend the sovereignty and self-determination of nations, including that of Syria, Iran, Canada, and Russia.  

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Bubbette mkkby Tue, 05/08/2018 - 20:16 Permalink

Excellent post.  The only nit I would add, is it all started when President Carter refused to back the Shah to allow the Prince to take the Throne.  Iran was an ally and a lynchpin to control of the bat shite crazy shias.  If we knock over Assad we will get another crazy in charge.  Leave Assad alone.

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JimmyJones Bubbette Tue, 05/08/2018 - 20:38 Permalink

IMO the Shia's are way more westernized then the Sunni. Both have fanatics but the Sunni seem way more Stone age like in their wide spread application if religion. My wasn't the Sha out in place by CIA? wasn't that after the over throw of their elected govt? Isn't that what laid the groundwork for the Mullahs to take control via revolution?

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voting machine mkkby Wed, 05/09/2018 - 07:08 Permalink

Fucking idiot. Izrael shouldn't exist

Obama did their bidding daily , ie. Libya & Syria

Hillary was ready to do the same exact thing and even worse with war in Ukraine 

But we're all screwed now no matter

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FBaggins PrayingMantis Tue, 05/08/2018 - 17:41 Permalink

Listening to ABC radio and Rush Limbaugh you may as well listen to Israel’s most Zionist radio station.  Once upon a time many conservatives were united with other conservatives opposing such things as globalism and off-shoring of jobs and industry and involvement in unjust wars. But now nor more. The unity has ended. The globalists will now mop up after Trump loses the next election. Rush is a total Zionist. He never has and never ever will criticize anything Israel does. Nor will he criticize Trump, so long as Trump keeps pushing the Zionist buck.

The Zio-Nazi establishment in clearly drawing the US into a major war with Iran and probably with Russia.  It will likely be in full swing by the mid-term elections later this year. Today, before Rush heard Trump’s announcement he was condemning the Mueller witch hunt for having absolutely no evidentiary basis for starting the investigation, much less continuing with it. He was praising a federal judge for threatening to throw everything out for “the lack of evidence”. So it would seem that “evidence” is important to Mr. Limbaugh for domestic affairs. Then when later in the same program he hears Trump’s announcement on the Iran deal and he praises him. Yet, where is the evidence?

Trump says that Iran has been engaging in a nuclear program. His evidence? He has none. The rest of the world except for Israel agrees there is none, but puppet Trump relies on the recent Israeli hoax and fake info in binders and discs shown by his war-mongering liar, crook and fraudster friend Bi Bi.

Trump says Iran is the chief exporter of terrorism in the world. His evidence? He has none. The facts are that the biggest creators and exporters of terrorism in the world today are the US, the UK and Israel, with Saudi Arabia not even in the running, and Iran not even on the track.  In fact, not only are these three Axis nations responsible for the terrorism of Al Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS, ISIL, IS) and other insurgent groups in both Syria and Iraq, these three plundering nations are responsible for all of the radical terrorism in Iran, including that of the Marxists,  trying to bring down the democratically-elected government of Iran.

Trump says that Iran is not acting in good faith because it has been purchasing and developing a missile system which could reach Israel. His evidence? Missiles and other military offence or defence measures were never part of the DEAL. Trump knows this, but it sounds good to the dumbed-down audiences brainwashed by the Zio-deep-state-controlled mainstream media.

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MK ULTRA Alpha GoingBig Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:01 Permalink

The US Israel lobby, Israeli Zionist, Saudi Arabia and the US Christian right which is made up of the ranking military leaders are all pushing for war with Iran. Is Trump trying to do it without a war?

Trump mentioned it would all be over in around three months, does this mean the name calling between Trump and the Iranians will work?

The Iranians are at war in Syria and Yemen, what Trump has done is officially joined the forces against Iran. Extremist in the US military may decide the bloody nose treatment is needed. The plan could be a naval engagement scenario until the Iranian Navy is reduced.

It is unlikely, Iran would give up it's ballistic missiles, nor R&D. An Iranian withdrawal from Syria may be the peace prize for all players.

The US strategic block in Syria is preventing the Iranian Shia Islamic crescent from Iran to Lebanon. It's a planned line of containment. The next battle of containment could be naval, both off shore Lebanon-Cyprus natural gas fields and Persian Gulf Iranian-US naval engagements.

If Trump doesn't pull out of Syria before the mid term elections then the US has declared war on Iran. Trump's belief he will be able to talk a deal may not work and the result is a high risk game of escalation beyond the posturing of words.

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Benito_Camela FBaggins Tue, 05/08/2018 - 20:16 Permalink

Exactly. And why WOULDN'T Iran purchase or develop a (conventional) missile system (not to mention air force or cruise missiles) that would reach Israel? It's called SELF DEFENSE!

 

Who do the Zio-hawks think that Isra-hell has their OWN illegal/secret nukes pointed at? Sure as fuck ain't Switzerland, and if history is any guide, (((they))) also have a good number pointed right at US. 

 

Remember the U.S.S. Liberty!!

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falconflight Benito_Camela Tue, 05/08/2018 - 20:24 Permalink

 

The United Arab Emirates said it backed the United States' decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear accord on Tuesday and voiced support for President Donald Trump's strategy in dealing with Tehran.

The UAE foreign ministry urged the international community "to respond positively to President Trump's position to rid the Middle East of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction", the state news agency WAM reported.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/299142/World/Region/UAE-sup…

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BigJim strannick Tue, 05/08/2018 - 15:36 Permalink

This is a pretty smart move on the part of Bibi, whom I suspect ordered the EU "leaders" not to drop the deal. Why? Because Iran will not want to piss them off, so it won't restart enrichment or bomb research, and will continue to allow the IAEA to monitor its sites, which - as the previous ZH article on Thiel described - almost certainly feeds info to the CIA (and, by extension, Mossad). Meanwhile, the US sanctions will harm Iran's economy, and no doubt most non-US corporates will also comply with the sanctions so they don't run foul of the US' extraterretorial laws. This will also damage Iran's economy. If enough companies refuse to deal with Iran, then Iran might say "fuck it!" and start enriching uranium again, at which point ZATO will attack them.

Cunning. Say what you like about the Zios, they ain't stupid. Whatever happens going forward, Iran will be weaker.

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msamour BigJim Tue, 05/08/2018 - 15:53 Permalink

This plan you are describing sounds nice on paper, but will backfire "Bigly" like geniuses Americans like to say. Iran will sell their oil to Asian Markets. There are countries that are paying less and less attention to the US. I see the Chinese arming the Islands in the South China Sea as part of the picture to what is all happening at the moment. 

I can see Russia, China, and Iran will start collaborating even more together. It is only a matter of time before one of the rogue nations (Israel, UNITED STATES(I mean the Corporation here, not what's left of the Republic))      makes the mistake of starting the war, when this happens there will be consequences that were not foreseen. This time around, I believe those most affected will be the smaller nations that still believe the US is a knight in shinning armour, after the next war, world opinion will have changed greatly.

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MoreSun msamour Tue, 05/08/2018 - 16:05 Permalink

"As is expected in this upside-down world of ours, while Mamma Merkel roams free to wreak havoc and cause more rapes and deaths of Germans at the hands of her sainted and untouchable Turd World "migrants," Ursula (89) and Monika (60's) -- with the gleeful approval of Jews all over the world -- are condemned to waste away a few years in German prisons for their thought-crime of Holocaust Denial" ™. Boy-oh-boy, the "usual suspects" sure do make it difficult for decent people of good will not to "hate" them, don't they?"

Dear God please effect the release of these women: Ursula Haverbeck, Monika Schaefer, Sylvia Stoltz from their jew supremacist terrorist oppressors !

http://tomatobubble.com/haverbeck_schaefer.html

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Benito_Camela msamour Tue, 05/08/2018 - 20:18 Permalink

Yup. Say your final goodbyes to the petrodollar. Now it's only a matter of when, not if. China, Russia and others will establish a completely viable system that will require a false flag event 2x the order of magnitude of 911 to justify a massive military action to dismantle, and probably end the world as we know it. 

 

I bet the Christian right is loving this shit. Scriptures are becoming reality....

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