That Time John Bolton Promised Regime Change In Iran Before 2019

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In July of last year neoconservative death cultist John Bolton, now the National Security Advisor of the United States, gave a speech at the Grand Gathering of Iranians for Free Iran in which he openly called for regime change in Tehran.

Bolton, who is so stupid, crazy and evil that he remains one of the only high-profile individuals on this planet who still insists that the Iraq invasion was a great idea, spoke about the need to prevent the Iranian government from achieving "an arc of control" through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. He decried the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), claiming that Iran was still a nuclear threat under the existing agreement, and spoke glowingly of aggressive sanctions against Tehran. He concluded his speech with the following statement:

"There is a viable opposition to the rule of the ayatollahs, and that opposition is centered in this room today.

I had said for over 10 years since coming to these events, that the declared policy of the United States of America should be the overthrow of the mullahs' regime in Tehran. The behavior and the objectives of the regime are not going to change, and therefore the only solution is to change the regime itself.

And that's why, before 2019, we here will celebrate in Tehran!"

Whoa there, Grandpa Clusterbomb. Back up a bit.

"There is a viable opposition to the rule of the ayatollahs, and that opposition is centered in this room today."

Who was that in that room? Who were those people applauding so enthusiastically to Bolton's regime change rhetoric? Who are these people Mustache Satan sees as a "viable opposition to the rule of the ayatollahs"?

Well that's actually where it gets even more freaky, believe it or not.

These Grand Gatherings of Iranians events are actually put on by the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, also known as the Mojahedin-e Khalq or MEK, a group of a few thousand members who vocally oppose the Iranian government.

The MEK is widely considered a cult, using very cult-like methods of indoctrination including exerting control over the personal and sex lives of its members and forcing them to go through weekly "ideological cleansings".

Previously listed as a terrorist organization by the US government because it has killed Americans and has an extensive history of committing acts of terrorism, in 2012 the MEK was taken off the State Department's terrorist list by Secretary of State and virulent Iran hawk Hillary Clinton.

Clinton's job, incidentally, is currently occupied by another notorious Iran hawk in Mike Pompeo.

As noted in 2012 by the New York Times, a bizarre amount of lobbying went into getting MEK taken off the terror list, the provocative nature of which was justified by the claim that "United States-Iran relations are already at such a low point that it is unlikely to make them much worse." Among those lobbying for the move was former CIA Director James "Ha ha, of course we meddle in foreign democracies" Woolsey and other CIA affiliates.

This would be the same CIA, by the way, which recently ramped up covert operations in Iran under the guidance of aggressive Iran hawk“Ayatollah Mike” D’Andrea.

The MEK reportedly has weirdly deep pockets which have enabled it to spend millions of dollars rehabilitating its image in recent years, and to pay out sizable fees for panelists and speeches by experts willing to advocate in favor of its regime change agenda. Rudy Giuliani, currently one of President Trump's attorneys, led a "regime change" chant at another MEK event in March.

So the US president has just authorized aggressive sanctions against Iran after a highly dishonest speech to the American people, and now there's a well-funded extremist group all set and groomed to become the "viable opposition" to the government of that country with the blessings of the CIA and the president's bloodthirsty National Security Advisor.

Sound familiar? Maybe sorta kinda exactly the same as what we've seen in the buildups to staged coups on Syria, Libya and Ukraine?

Americans have been reluctant to consent to boots on the ground in the Middle East since Iraq, which is why the US war machine has been switching its emphasis to psyops, armed regional militant groups, and airstrikes/drone warfare. But just because there are no flag-draped coffins flying home doesn't mean that America will be any less culpable if violence erupts in Iran in the wake of crushing, destabilizing Iran sanctions. It will have been deliberate, and the bloodshed, suffering and chaos caused will be on this administration's hands.

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DuneCreature Fri, 05/11/2018 - 03:36 Permalink

Which side is John The Bolt on?  ... Bibi's?

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Billy the Poet a Smudge by an… Fri, 05/11/2018 - 03:58 Permalink

Bolton, who is so stupid, crazy and evil that he remains one of the only high-profile individuals on this planet who still insists that the Iraq invasion was a great idea


The Iraq war gave Iran control over major swaths of Iraq and opened a corridor for them to link up with their Syrian allies. If Bolton, who hates Iran, thinks that was a good idea then he doesn't seem to be playing with a full deck.

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Shemp 4 Victory Four Star Fri, 05/11/2018 - 04:43 Permalink

"The declared policy of the world should be the overthrow of the Dulles regime in Vichy DC. The behavior and the objectives of the regime are not going to change, and therefore the only solution is to change the regime itself.

And that's why, before they destroy the world, we here will celebrate outside the smoking ruins in DC!"
-- any sane human

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wwwww hestroy Fri, 05/11/2018 - 08:35 Permalink

Bolton was born on November 20, 1948, in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Virginia Clara "Ginny" (née Godfrey), a housewife, and Edward Jackson "Jack" Bolton, a fireman. He grew up in the working-class neighborhood of Yale Heights and won a scholarship to the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland, graduating in 1966. He also ran the school's Students For Goldwater campaign in 1964.

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FBaggins No1uNo Fri, 05/11/2018 - 10:29 Permalink

The Rothschild Syria Connection - Major Revelations

The Rothchild’s are sure to track their Middle East investments in making a decision for the greatest return:

(Rothschild’s + $$$ + CIA + $$$ + Mossad + $$$ + Israel + $$$ + Al Qaeda + $$$ + Syria + $$$ + ISIS + $$$ + Genie Energy + Syrian oil +  $$$) + Russia + Iran  = war +  $$$$$$$

(Rothschild’s + $$$ + CIA + $$$ + Mossad + $$$ + Israel + $$$ + Al Qaeda + $$$ + Syria + $$$ + ISIS + $$$ + Genie Energy + Syrian oil +  $$$) - Russia - Iran  = oil + $$$$$$$$$$

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PrayingMantis FBaggins Fri, 05/11/2018 - 10:57 Permalink


... “... The Rothchild’s are sure to track their Middle East investments ... “


... just to illustrate what’s behind the Rothschild clan’s satanic persona, here’s a collection of revealing pictures from their 1972 Rothschild Illuminati Ball ...


... >>> ... 


... one picture shows on the dinner table dolls that are dismembered or with a shattered skull ... who would want to eat with these props in front of them ... 🤢



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Giant Meteor Bay of Pigs Fri, 05/11/2018 - 08:32 Permalink

“The machiavelian threefold game of the neoconservatives”
by Laurent Guyénot

"To realize their fantasies of world domination, the neocons resorted to a triple discourse, as Laurent Guyénot shows in this study, i.e. a cynical political philosophy developed by their mentor Leo Strauss for domestic consumption; a cold analysis of Israeli strategic interests for the benefit of the leaders in Tel Aviv, and a fear-mongering warning against imaginary dangers besetting U.S. public opinion."

"Third, unlike evangelical Christians who openly proclaim their unifying religious principles, neoconservatives do not display their Judaism. Whether they’d been Marxists or not, they appear mostly non-religious. It is well-known that their major influence is the philosophy of Leo Stauss, so much so that they are sometimes referred to as “the straussians”; Norman Podhoretz and his son John, Irving Kristol and his son William, Donald Kagan and his son Robert, Paul Wolfowitz, Adam Shulsky, to name just a few, all expressed their debt to Strauss."

"Leo Strauss, born to a family of German Orthodox Jews, was both pupil and collaborator of political theorist Carl Schmitt, himself a specialist of Thomas Hobbes and advocate of a “political theology” by which the State must appropriate the attributes of God. Schmitt was an admirer of Mussolini, and the legal counsel of the Third Reich."

"After the Reichstag fire in February 1933, it was Schmitt who provided the legal framework that justified the suspension of citizen rights and the establishment of the dictatorship. It was also Schmitt, in 1934, who personally obtained from the Rockefeller Foundation a grant for Leo Strauss to study Thomas Hobbes in London and Paris, and then finally end up teaching in Chicago."

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EddieLomax Billy the Poet Fri, 05/11/2018 - 05:08 Permalink

Bolton is our man, he just needs one more "win" to achieve world peace...

Seriously though, exactly what reality does this guy live in?  I can understand Cheny and co.  At least they have oil in mind and a fear of peak oil when they rolled out their plans for the middle east, I can understand that even if it didn't work out how they thought it would.  The only good thing I can point at is that its either a dictator killing his own people, or lots of tribal chiefs who want to be a dictator massacring their own people out there.  

While they keep that crap to themselves they're welcome to the 7th century.

If I'm to believe this, the whole idea is to spend trillions and countless lives in order to downgrade a set of mud huts and get another group of muslims to choose their tribal leaders via a headcount rather than the time honored "who can shoot the most relatives" method?


Sounds good to me.


Seriously though, I loved this bit "Previously listed as a terrorist organization by the US government because it has killed Americans".  No red flags then, satire really is dead.

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hazardous77 Billy the Poet Fri, 05/11/2018 - 06:45 Permalink

The CIA - under either and both the Democrats and the Republicans has been meddling on the Arabian Peninsula for many decades ... it's just what they do! 


Not Bolton's fault that the Iraq War was messed up by a lack of proper 'military' planning. While Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was asserting that we would not make the same mistakes of previous administrations, they proceeded to make some of the very same, as well as new ones. US had no working plan for Iraq AFTER Saddam!  It wasn't the War that was a mistake, it was the aftermath!

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Jim in MN DuneCreature Fri, 05/11/2018 - 10:04 Permalink

DC, have you considered the possibility that the sudden onset of virtually unprecedented levels of global peace and economic growth might just be crossing a lot of peoples' wires by now?

I know, no one wants to talk about it, it is a horrifying development for the 'bad hombres'' agendas.  But you know, facts on the ground and all that.

I can't even get the Wikipedia nerds to update the fatality chart for global armed conflicts to 2017 data:…

I did the maff for them, it's down again (big surprise) to about 130,000 for 2017.  That is a huge drop from the post-WWII average.

With entire continents now at peace, even Africa, what if the regional powers (the real ones not Israel/KSA) are settling in with China and Russia to just, you know......make some money and fuck?  i.e. live normal lives.

Once Syria winds down Afghanistan and Yemen will be the only 'hot wars' left on Earth.  And you know what?   Neither one is all that big, and both could be wound down in a matter of weeks with some political will.


The neolibcon Clinton/McCain Keystone Kop paddy wagons are looking like a mighty small circle all of a sudden.


Q. Why was the ground white at Little Big Horn?

A. Because the Indians kept coming, and coming, and.....


Keep up the great work and stay safe (unless it's really worth it)

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Shibumi2 Fri, 05/11/2018 - 03:44 Permalink

Dont worry...trump campaigned on US disengagement in the middle east and the US has a long history in not getting involved in the affairs of other countries. 


What could go wrong?

herefortheshow17 Fri, 05/11/2018 - 04:03 Permalink

The 2016 election was a PSYOP, as in; Psychological operations.

Trump was always the one intended to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. 
But the powers that shouldn't be knew that if the average American voter knew that, they would reject him.
Look at the facts, they always project the idea of the lesser of two evils as the only choice we have, hence the reason all the negative information about Clinton being "Exposed".

While the corporate media pretended to hate him, they were talking about him 24/7/365. Any publicity is good for the candidate, and they made his name a household word.

It's all smoke and mirrors, the same puppet masters are still in control, so the illegal wars of aggression will continue unabated, the rich will continue to get richer, and all the while, they will keep the population fighting amongst themselves and blissfully unaware of the real agenda.

Billy the Poet herefortheshow17 Fri, 05/11/2018 - 04:27 Permalink

Trump was always the one intended to occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. 
But the powers that shouldn't be knew that if the average American voter knew that, they would reject him.... It's all smoke and mirrors, the same puppet masters are still in control,


If the powers that be have complete control over ever single thing that ever happens anywhere, anytime then why would they need to maintain an illusion of choice?


Look at the facts, they always project the idea of the lesser of two evils

Look at the facts. Life is a series of not so great choices.

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Giant Meteor bshirley1968 Fri, 05/11/2018 - 08:44 Permalink


“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater.”

― Frank Zappa

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Iconoclast Fri, 05/11/2018 - 04:51 Permalink

Forget the Wesley Clarke infamous “kill list”, regime change and chaos will not be taking place in Iran and regime change will not take place in Syria because Russia has both countries’ backs. The USA neocon warmongers and the MIC need to give up on this fruitless ambition and invest in renewables. The Syrian pipeline will not be built at the behest of Saudi and Qatar and the USA needs to accept as does Israel that Iran’s is sitting on $45 trillion of fossil fuels that can’t be stolen. And if iran, China and Russia  want to trade such assets in euros and harm the value of the petro dollar hegemony the new it’s a position that the USA and Israel has to live with" 

No1uNo Iconoclast Fri, 05/11/2018 - 06:53 Permalink

That's a rational conclusion. The "kill list" generators have been very successful in regime changes / including bringing down the USSR, and previous Govt's in Iran. Tiennaman Sq. China. & Hong Kong Umbrella movement likely had some Langley Soros sponsors during their development. So all can be "got at".

Venezuela and the equally incompetent Zimbabwae have very different stories - and SOME of the difference is the ability to access external markets - where the (pre-guided) choices of the US aligned institutions (WB/BIS etc) are significant to the Country's outcome.

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herefortheshow17 Fri, 05/11/2018 - 04:53 Permalink

"For as we can have no better clue to a man's character than the company he keeps" -Niccolo Machiavelli

Look at the people Trump has chosen for his team.
Any non globalist would NEVER have gone anywhere near them.

Expect another 9/11 style false flag sometime in the near future. Avoid the bigger cities if you can.

Brazen Heist Davidduke2000 Fri, 05/11/2018 - 05:13 Permalink

Lets get a Bolton countdown clock going.....

These stoopid morons have lined up MEK and a few old Monarchists (the Reza Pahlavi crowd) as alternative options in Iran. LooL

MEK are like Iran's PKK. Hardly viable to govern.

The US empire sure loves using Communists and Jihadists to promote some of that awe-inspiring "freedom"! 

Here's something to ponder: if you feel like you need to shove your ideas down other people's throats, they're not really that great to begin at the barrel of a gun.

Iran has been in the Middle East for thousands of years. America has only existed for 250 years, and Israel for 70 years. Yet these two butt buddies think they belong in the region. They are both cancers.

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veritas semper… Brazen Heist Fri, 05/11/2018 - 13:17 Permalink

  Next government in Iran will be made of the "hard line" opposition ,the ones who warned that the west ,and especially US can not be trusted and Iran should not do any deals with them.

  And they were proven right.

  Only idiots can pretend to trust US ,after so many proofs to the contrary.

  A rogue nation ,lead by an actor installed to give the American slaves the illusion of liberty and that voting still matters , an actor with the intellect of a 12 year old twitting boy , and the manners of a gangster, Il Capo dei tutti capi , really fit to try to extort from the world what is left . No honor, no respected word , no decency .

  But ,for the American sheeple , he is the Savior ,because he "was the best of the two rotten offers".

  What a joke.


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