US a Major Global Destabilizer, Not Its Adversaries
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
The US, NATO, Israel, and their rogue partners constitute the greatest threat to world peace and stability.
On Saturday, Pompeo turned truth on its head, accusing Iran of sowing "chaos" in the Middle East, threatening US interests — bald-faced Big Lies, adding:
"We've done all the right things (sic) to increase our security posture to the best of our ability, but we also want to make sure that we had deterrent forces in place, so in the event that Iran decided to come after an American interest (sic) — whether that be in Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Yemen, or any place in the Middle East — we were prepared to respond to them in an appropriate way."
Neither Iran or any other countries threaten the US anywhere. Washington under Republicans and undemocratic Dems threaten everyone everywhere.
Preemptively at war in multiple theaters, is Iran next on the Trump regime's target list? "We're not going to miscalculate," Pompeo roared, adding: "Our aim is not war (sic). Our aim is a change in the behavior of the Iranian leadership (sic)."
Fact: For the past 40 years, Washington aimed and continues aiming to transform the Islamic Republic into a US client state, wanting control over its vast oil and gas resources, along with eliminating Israel's main regional rival.
It's doubtful the Trump regime intends war on Iran, but with lunatics Pompeo and Bolton in charge of Trump's geopolitical agenda, anything is possible.
If conflict erupts, a US or Israeli false flag may ignite it. Will Iran be falsely blamed for reported Sunday explosions in the UAE, destroying up to seven of its oil tankers, setting them ablaze at the country's al-Fujairah terminal?
An official statement said "(s)ubjecting commercial vessels to sabotage operations and threatening the lives of their crew is considered a dangerous development."
Unconfirmed reports said US and French warplanes were in UAE airspace over the al-Fujairah terminal when the above incident occurred, according to Sputnik News, citing eyewitnesses.
Days earlier, explosions rocked the Saudi port city of Yanbu, a key oil shipping terminal. Few details are known about what happened. Some reports said the city was struck by rockets.
Despite no evidence suggesting Iran responsibility for these incidents, will the Islamic Republic be falsely blamed?
Might either or both incidents be used as a pretext to attack the country? On Sunday, Iranian commander of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps' Aerospace Division General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said the following:
"If Americans make (an aggressive) move, we will hit them on the head. This is the current state of affairs in the region…It was not like this in the past. (US forces) were previously a threat to us, but they are not an opportunity."
A US carrier battle group with dozens of warplanes and troops were "a serious threat for us in the past, but (they're) now a target and threats have turned into opportunities" if the Trump regime attacks Iran, he added.
Parliamentary head of the Islamic Republic's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh called US saber-rattling "psychological war" on Iran, short of military confrontation.
Iranian missiles can strike targets accurately at distances up to 2,000 km away. Many US military facilities are within this range. So is Israel, less than 1,800 km away.
There's no ambiguity about US aims for Iran. Longstanding plans call for regime change. For the past 40 years, Washington pursued this agenda short of military action.
On Saturday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused the Trump regime of waging all-out political and economic war on the country, adding pressures now are greater than during the 1980s US-instigated Iran/Iraq war, saying:
"At the time of the war, we had no problem in banking, sale of oil and export and import, and the only ban imposed on us was the arms embargo."
Iran won't yield to foreign pressure, he stressed, adding: "Giving in is not consistent with our culture and religion and people won't accept it."
Trump regime hardliners heightened tensions with Iran and Venezuela, along with waging trade war with China, and maintaining hostility toward Russia.
Trump bit off more than he bargained for when seeking the nation's highest office.
He's got himself to blame for handing his regime's foreign policy portfolio to right wing extremists, dreaming of greater wars than already.
If they convince Trump to attack Iran and/or Venezuela, they'll get a whole lot more than they expected.
Both nations and their people can hit back hard, the US to get a taste of its own medicine, its own blood for the regime change and oil it seeks.
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