State Dept Insider: "Eerily Familiar Drumbeat Of War Intensifying" Ahead Of Pompeo's Iran Speech

Reza Marashi served in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. State Department and is currently research director at the National Iranian American Council. He is frequently consulted by Western governments on Iran-related matters. He took to Twitter on Friday to sound the alarm ahead of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's upcoming address called "Supporting Iranian Voices," set to be held Sunday at the Reagan Library, warning as a former longtime State Department insider that this is not about "rights" or "democracy promotion" but that the wheels of the Washington regime change machine are turning. 

Authored by former State Department Iranian Affairs officer Reza Marashi,

And now I shall go on one of my famous rants. This time about Mike Pompeo's upcoming speech on "Supporting Iranian Voices." This is going to be long. Find your favorite comfy chair. Put on some cozy attire - sweatpants, perhaps. Pop some popcorn. Pour yourself an adult beverage.

To date, out of respect for my friends still fighting the good fight at the State Department, I have kept silent about this heavy, wet, overflowing diaper of everything that should not be. But I keep getting asked about it, so I will oblige once and then let the clown show carry on.

An eerily familiar drumbeat of war is intensifying across DC, as the continues its wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen. The ghosts of America’s neoconservative past are dusting off their Iraq playbook to make the case for war with Iran.

Their formula is simple but effective: Portray the Iranian government as an existential threat, insist that a chain of catastrophic events will result from inaction, and minimize costs and risks of the war that is necessary to facilitate their regime change efforts.

If one looks back, however, neocons weren’t alone in their push for war with Iraq. A crucial aspect of selling the war to the U.S. public was a modicum of support within the Iraqi-American community.

Iraqi exiles living abroad, such as Ahmed Chalabi and Kanan Makiya, as well as supposed whistle-blowers turned known fabricators like the infamous "Curveball," led a contingent of vocal Iraqis who pushed for steadily more aggressive actions to topple Saddam Hussein’s regime.

Their promise that the invasion would be a cakewalk and that U.S. soldiers would be greeted with flowers and candy didn’t quite pan out. Now, the fruits of their labor are clear for all to see — a broken country, devastated by war, with no discernible end in sight.

Fast forward to 2018, and most Iranian Americans oppose Trump's push to war. Working at the State Dept and NIAC has crystallized one key takeaway: Iranian Americans deeply resent Iran's government, but prefer U.S. policies that emphasize engagement and de-escalation. For four decades, Iranian Americans have grappled with the paradox of wanting to make Iran a better place - but fearing success as much as defeat. Some worry that contributing to positive changes inside Iran will only strengthen a draconian system, extending its lease on life.

For many Iranian Americans, this dilemma was resolved by their disastrous historical experience with revolutionary upheaval. Rather than laying the groundwork for democracy, Iran’s 1979 revolution simply replaced one authoritarian government with another. As a result, Iranian Americans strongly prefer to use the rule of law to alter not only the Iranian government’s behavior, but also the thinking of Iranians inside Iran. Efforts by Iranian Americans to promote engagement and oppose war have been consistent and cohesive.

Overwhelming Iranian American support for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign is a telling indicator of our political attitudes. For every $1 raised by GOP nominee John McCain from Iranian Americans, Obama — who ran on a platform that promoted diplomacy with Iran — raised $5. Iranian Americans understand from personal experience that abrupt political change is unlikely to produce the desired result. Liberal Iranians were unable to contain the 1979 revolution’s excesses. And they lacked the stomach for the brutality that wins revolutions.

Reza Marashi, a former State Department insider and consultant to Western governments on Iranian affairs speaking to CNN about the widespread protests that gripped Iran in late 2017 and into January 2018.

Despite the fact that most Iranian Americans favor a more tolerant, pluralistic, and democratic system in Iran, they see little evidence that U.S. efforts to topple the current government would bring Iranian democrats to power. Within Iran, rampant popular dissatisfaction has yet to evolve into a sustainable and coherent challenge to the system. The Iranian government’s monopoly on violence has prevented such challenges, but has not ended the desire for change.

Ongoing death and destruction in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and Yemen with no end in sight makes Iranian Americans even warier about foreign efforts to "liberate" their ancestral homeland. Right or wrong, many Iranian Americans see these U.S. military invasions as less about democracy, and more as a gambit to seize resources. These conspiracy theories may seem absurd, but behind them lies a deeper reality that is very powerful in the minds of Iranian Americans.

Few Iranian Americans would welcome the prospects of a U.S. war under the auspices of democracy promotion that, in turn, shattered any semblance of stability and ignited a destructive cycle of conflict. The long unmet political, economic, and social aspirations of Iranians inside Iran keep Iranian Americans searching for new ways to help foster peaceful, indigenous change. Their ideas remain diverse, but there is near-unanimous consent that change should occur without bloodshed.

Iranian expatriates want to change their government - it is their methods that differ. A majority of Iranian-Americans would welcome an improvement of relations between Washington and Tehran because it increases the prospects for positive, peaceful change from within. The watershed moments in U.S.-Iran relations over the past 40 years  particularly the JCPOA and intensive, sustained, direct U.S.-Iran diplomacy that it required  all occurred at the height of Obama’s "mutual interests and mutual respect" initiative.

Engagement with the Iranian government understandably spurs many moral dilemmas for Iranian-Americans. Most, however, understand the "alternatives"  particularly when juxtaposed with Iraq.

America's war has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis, millions of displaced Iraqis, and decades worth of destroyed lives for those still living in a perpetual war zone. And sanctions came before that! Are Iranians really supposed to prefer this over the status quo?

Let’s not kid ourselves: A minority of Iranian Americans support U.S.-backed regime change. American neocons have their kindred spirits  some long-established, some coming of age. But most Iranian Americans distrust anyone who welcomes economic or military warfare on Iran.

There's no arguing that Iran must change. Few Iranian Americans favor sitting idly by and waiting for the situation in Iran to improve on its own. But only Uncle Toms buy the deceit that Pompeo is selling. That is all. You may now return to your regularly scheduled programming.


Bokkenrijder Uchtdorf Sat, 07/21/2018 - 22:13 Permalink

Didn't Trump say that he would "hire the best people?"

I guess he meant "hire the best Swamp people..."

Trump is just another Deep State, lying, cock sucking, flip flopping, bullshit artist and he used the "drain the swamp" line to win over all the redneck suckers ("deplorables") to vote for him.

Trump is just a vassal of Netanyahu's and the MIC.

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Andre Enceladus Sun, 07/22/2018 - 01:09 Permalink

Something else worth pointing out - EVERY one of the targeted regimes was either neutral to, a former ally of, or has a border with Russia. This stuff goes all the way back to taking out Serbia.

So why not China? It has a border and has been friends with Russia, so why not them?

Probable answer - too big and too important to influence "kinetically". Not to mention the fact that while people rail on about "the jews" - with some justice - China looks to be the model the Obamanites and Hillarycunts have for the US.

Authority without responsibility. Control without compassion. People as "meat machines", not human beings.

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mark1955 Andre Sun, 07/22/2018 - 06:12 Permalink

Exactly and couldn't have said it better myself...War with Iran is all about Trying to Surround Russia!!! 


The NWO are Trying to defeat Russia, by Taking out Russia allies and Border Countries First. That's why the Globalist want to Try and invade Iran, that's why the Globalist have fomented "Color Revolutions" in the Ukraine and are now Trying to do the same in Armenia. 


That's also why the American Military is in Poland.


This is all about Global Enslavement by the NWO ( Lead by the United States ) , by First taking out the greatest impediment to that Enslavement...Pro-Christian Russia!

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mark1955 mark1955 Sun, 07/22/2018 - 06:20 Permalink

My Fellow Americans: Do Not Comply With War against Iran or any other Country...Do Not Comply!


Iran has done nothing to the people of the United States and as a-matter-of fact, Iran along with Russia and Syria, are Fighting to defend Christians in Syria.


These are just Wars of Profit/Slaughter for the satanic NWO, that is meant to eventually be turned against the American People! 


  I say this as a 63 year old American Military Veteran and retired Fire Fighter in Greater Boston

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mark1955 mark1955 Sun, 07/22/2018 - 06:41 Permalink

More Anti-Iranian "Fear Porn" by the NWO!


 Iran is Not going to Ever INITIATE any type of Attack ( EMP, Hacking, Shooting bombing, chem/bio ) against the United States or Try and close the Persian Gulf or Straight of Hormuz!


Any attack against the United States or Persian Gulf or Straight of Hormuz, will have been launched by the US Military/Israel and blamed Falsely on: Iran, China, Russia, North Korea, to Try and motivate the American people to go to War and also to get the American people to Comply with:

                                                1. Martial Law/Curfew


                                                 2. Food/Firearm Confiscation


                                                 3. Mandatory Military/National Service


                                                 4, Mandatory microchipping/Vaccinations 


                                                 5. Our Enslavement/Genocide


            Do Not Comply!!!

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Billy the Poet mark1955 Sun, 07/22/2018 - 09:34 Permalink

I get where you're coming from but it simply isn't possible to effectively oppose individual edicts of the state. There are to many interdependencies between the state and its citizens, even those who despise many of the state's actions. The only way to overcome a state policy -- especially a war policy -- is to overcome the state itself.


"I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe- "That government is best which governs not at all"; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have." -- Thoreau

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Griffin Billy the Poet Sun, 07/22/2018 - 08:22 Permalink

Qanon's predictions are so vague and cryptic that its impossible to decipher them until after the "predicted" event.

Its kind of like an artist randomly splashing paint on canvas and spreading it out with a brush until is a huge mess, and then letting the critics, and especially the experts spin all kinds of nonsense about the wisdom and depth in this work.

This would be more interesting if the writers actually had some knowledge and insight, then this would not be so pointless.

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bshirley1968 Billy the Poet Sun, 07/22/2018 - 06:49 Permalink

Because it is all part of the script to "divide and conquer".

You guys always portray Trump as being 5 steps ahead, and yet you, yourselves can't see past the obvious front being played on the American people.

There hasn't been one indictment of a major player, much less an outright arrest. All there has been is a bunch of ya-ya in the press that keeps the kabuki theater going......nothing real ever Trump appoints the former CIA director to Secretary of State, increases the military budget, let's Sessions sit on his do-nuthin ass, puts bullshit sanctions on Iran AND Russia, and openly admits that intelligence agencies were right about Russian interference in the 2016 election....EVEN THOUGH HE WON!

Mutiny? You need to wake up.

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Billy the Poet bshirley1968 Sun, 07/22/2018 - 09:06 Permalink

it is all part of the script

Then read the script to me. Give me a day by day accounting of coming events. Be specific.


You guys always portray Trump as being 5 steps ahead,

But Trump isn't five steps ahead. The mutineers continue to exercise great power. Mueller the unelected bureaucrat is seen as being unassailable while the constitutionally elected president is not.


nothing real ever happens

If you believe that nothing is happening then what are you complaining about?



JFK won too. But you probably think that nothing happened to him.


You need to wake up.

Well, I do plan on having several more cups of coffee.

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nmewn Dindu Nuffins Sat, 07/21/2018 - 21:35 Permalink

Not surprising considering where the author gets his filthy lucre take a gander at Reza shall we?...among the other highlights of the author Reza Marashi's remarkably parasitical career are...  

"Reza Marashi joined NIAC in 2010 as the organization’s first Research Director. He came to NIAC after serving in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to his tenure at the State Department, he was an analyst at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) covering China-Middle East issues, and a Tehran-based private strategic consultant on Iranian political and economic risk. Marashi is frequently consulted by Western governments on Iran-related matters. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Atlantic, among other publications. He has been a guest contributor to CNN, NPR, the BBC, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, and the Financial Times, among other broadcast outlets."

...well now, I wonder what else I can find out about the National American Iranian Council in which Reza Marashi is a proud member?

Oh looky, it's George Soros funded...LMMFAO!!!...well, you coulda knocked me over with a feather with this nuuuz...

...shocking I know but...who has egg on their faces now? ;-)

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nmewn bshirley1968 Sun, 07/22/2018 - 08:15 Permalink

John and I were informing ya'll just WHO that messenger is and who HIS allies are. The main one being, the unquestioned face of evil on this planet, a billionaire Jew named George Soros and Reza's message will always be the same because that is what he is paid by Soros to say. 

Operative words:paid to say.

Now, only the dumbest of the dumb refuse to see this authors article as the pure propaganda & manipulation it is (even a cursory review of this author's articles has one name that jumps off the page at the reader, that name is Trump, for the dumbest of the dumb simply have to point that and only the dumbest of the dumb would go to war with Iran for no cause. 

The best advice I can give you (if you are in fact an American) is keep people like ObaMao and Hillary the hell away from the CnC chair to prevent a war with Iran (see Libya & Syria their latest, ahem, accomplishments). It's also a fact that America had the armies, equipment, capability and reason (Shia militia supply lines into Iran) sitting right there on the border with Iran when we were in Iraq and yet left Iran alone.  

For some reason.

But I'm sure it was because master chess player and anti-Trumper George W Bush was setting a decades long trap for The Don at the behest of his ex-CIA head dad or something along those lines, yes? ;-)

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johngaltfla nmewn Sat, 07/21/2018 - 21:28 Permalink

So this former OBAMA State Department rat is now an authoritative source?

Let's review his profile per the Huffington Puffington Post:


Reza Marashi joined NIAC in 2010 as the organization’s first Research Director. He came to NIAC after serving in the Office of Iranian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to his tenure at the State Department, he was an analyst at the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) covering China-Middle East issues, and a Tehran-based private strategic consultant on Iranian political and economic risk. Marashi is frequently consulted by Western governments on Iran-related matters. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, and The National Interest, among other publications. He has been a guest contributor to CNN, NPR, the BBC, TIME Magazine, The Washington Post, and the Financial Times, among other broadcast outlets.


Yeah, nothing screams globalist piece of shit like that profile. Hell, Bob Corker probably sucks his dick before he goes to bed at night.

ZH is moving further globalist/left with each post and that's a shame. Why not just sell the site to Soros?

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nmewn johngaltfla Sat, 07/21/2018 - 21:40 Permalink

Yep, just found the same thing.

George Soros.

It would appear that "the usual commentators" on threads such as these took the bait and fell right in-line, in lockstep as it were with their same old, at least now we can truthfully call them Soros shills.

Burn baby burn.


Awww, I'm now gitwing da down votes fwom de widdle lefties (and their allies) who just found out de got taken obvwantage a proxy eeebul jooo...George Soros.

I'll wear them as a badge of honor, knock yourselves out, you idiot losers ;-)

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Billy the Poet nmewn Sat, 07/21/2018 - 22:42 Permalink

I grow old ... I grow old ...

I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.


Shall I part my hair behind?   Do I dare to eat a peach?

I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.

I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.


I do not think that they will sing to me.


I have seen them riding seaward on the waves

Combing the white hair of the waves blown back

When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea

By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown

Till human voices wake us, and we drown.


-- T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


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therealestg9 07564111 Sat, 07/21/2018 - 22:02 Permalink

"This time it will be different" hahahahaha you sound like one of those socialists who say that REAL socialism has never been implemented in history. Why would it be different this time? It will be a repeat of Libya and Iraq. Putin will do nothing as usual apart from the occasional strongly worded, threatening press release.

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