Hostile US Agenda Against Iran, China, and Other Countries It Doesn’t Control

By Stephen Lendman

There’s no ambiguity about it — whether Republicans or undemocratic Dems are in power. Their tactics at times differ, their objectives the same, seeking dominance over other nations, demanding they bow to Washington’s will or face its wrath.

Toughness is only language the US understands, how China, Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, and Cuba respond to its acceptable actions, refusing to go along.

It’s a lesson Russia failed to internalize, falsely believing normalized relations with the US are possible ahead — despite over 100 years of hostility, except during WW II against Nazism and the end of the Reagan era. 

Today bilateral relations are more dismal than during the height of Cold War differences, its most potentially dangerous time during the missiles of October when Jack Kennedy was president.

He later said he never had any intention of attacking Soviet Russia over the issue, a nation he favored rapprochement with, nuclear disarmament, and peace over war — why the CIA killed him.

Russia’s ineffective approach to the US shows in various ways, including by referring to its ruling authorities as “partners” and “colleagues.” 

Republicans and undemocratic Dems consider Russia their mortal enemy, falsely accusing it of all sorts of things it had nothing to do with, imposing illegal sanctions on its officials and enterprises. That’s not how “partners” and “colleagues” treat each other.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Trump regime’s “real agenda” toward Iran is all about waging sanctions war for “enough economic distress” to get its ruling authorities to “buckle under the weight of popular discontent.”

A second claimed objective aims “to drive Iran’s top leaders back into a conversation with the US, perhaps with (DJT) himself.”

In other words, the Journal believes tough talk and actions on Iran can work the way as it got North Korea’s leader to hold two summits with Trump. 

Cold hard reality tells a different story with both countries. Sanctions don’t work. Most often they’re counterproductive. In nations where they’re imposed, ordinary people hit hardest most often blame the government levying them, not their own.

True enough, North Korea came to the bargaining table with Trump, well aware of longstanding US hostility toward the country, knowing talks could be futile like other times before.

Nothing was accomplished between both countries because of unacceptable US demands. Nor is anything positive ahead likely.

Time and again, the US proves it can never be trusted. Even when becoming signatories to treaties, conventions, and agreements, most often it breaches them.

The Trump regime offered North Korea nothing but empty promises, decades of US hostility toward the country left unchanged, the same thing true for Iran.

The US wants both countries, and all other sovereign independent ones co-opted as client states, demanding they subordinate their sovereignty to US interests, polar opposite what dealmaking the way it should be is all about, why Iran wants no part of talks with Trump or other US officials.

The Journal’s premises are wrong. The harder the Trump regime comes down on Iran, the more ordinary Iranians despise the US, supporting their government, not opposing it.

The same holds for its ruling authorities, wanting no part of dealing with a regime it can’t trust.

Russia foolishly thinks diplomatic outreach to the US can resolve differences, even though the approach when tried fails time and again.

Most recently, Iran experienced US duplicity by Trump’s illegal JCPOA pullout — on top of 40 years of hostility toward its government and people. For Russia, it was DJT’s abandonment of the INF Treaty — each action based on Big Lies.

There’s no prospect whatever for normalized US relations with nations it doesn’t control. Polar opposite it true, going all out to force their compliance with US demands — by war by other means, the hot alternative, and/or other hostile actions.

Retired US Army Colonel/former chief of staff to Colin Powell when  secretary of state Lawrence Wilkerson believes Trump regime tough tactics against China could lead to war, and not just over trade differences.

Both countries are world’s apart on political, economic, financial, trade, and military issues, Wilkerson saying US confrontation with China is all about feeding the military, industrial, security complex’s insatiable appetite for near-unlimited funding.

The same goes for Russia, Iran and other nations the US falsely calls threats to its national security, a sure way to get billions more dollars from Congress for offense on the phony pretext of protecting national security.

What mostly scares the Pentagon and industrial/security complex is a peace dividend, why enemies are invented when none exist.

They’ve been none since WW II ended, so they’re manufactured to assure endless wars, peace treated as a threat to national security.

It’s why the global war OF terror, not on it, was created, major media playing a lead role in perpetuating the myth of barbarians at the gate threatening the US.

Americans are easy marks to be fooled, no matter how many times they were duped before, believing rubbish pounded into their minds by the power of state and media propaganda — the latter acting as press agents for powerful interests against the general welfare.


On a Path Toward WW III

By Stephen Lendman

A war able to end all future wars may happen – because of the destructive power of today’s super-weapons, making pre-nuclear age ones seem like toys by comparison. 

The possibility of WW III is real – perhaps inevitable the way scary events are unfolding. 

If launched, global war 3.0 most likely will be waged with nuclear weapons and other WMDs – a doomsday scenario, crossing a Rubicon of no return, humanity’s survival up for grabs. 

Bipartisan US hardliners dominating policymaking in Washington are hellbent on colonizing and controlling all countries worldwide – Russia and China the only ones able to challenge their imperial agenda, especially united.

Washington’s diabolical agenda involves consigning rule of law principles and democratic values to the dustbin of history, establishing ruler-serf societies worldwide (no middle class anywhere), waging endless wars, US dominated NATO operating as a global military force, the UN and other international agencies operating more as imperial tools than already.

The brave new world powerful interests in America envision will be more unsafe and unfit to live in than already. That’s where thing are heading unless increasingly likely global war kills us all.

Unfolding events should scare everyone. Endless US wars rage, other planned to be waged – Russia, China, and Iran key nations Washington targets ahead, wanting them and all others transformed into US vassal states.

Bipartisan hardliners in Washington operate by their own rules, no others. The Trump regime’s pullout of the JCPOA and INF Treaty were shots across the bow, indicating what’s likely coming.

Russian Security Council official Alexander Venediktov warned about the US seeking to radically change the nuclear missile balance of power in its favor.

Vladimir Putin warned that if the Trump regime leaves the INF Treaty as expected, and deploys missiles able to carry nuclear warheads near its borders, Russia will develop new missiles to counter them, adding:

“(W)e…have sea and airborne (missiles), and there will be no difficulty to carry out research-and-development and make them land-based if needed.”

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said the following:

“Washington publicly announced its plans to withdraw from the (INF) treaty in October. Through the high-level bilateral channels, it was confirmed to us that this decision was final and wasn’t an attempt to initiate dialogue,” adding:

“We’ll be forced to come up with effective compensating measures. I’d like to warn against pushing the situation towards the eruption of new ‘missile crises.’ ” 

“Russia isn’t threatening anybody, but has the necessary strength and means to counter any aggressor.”

Its super-weapons exceed the Pentagon’s best, including Avangard hypersonic intercontinental ballistic missiles (coming in early 2019) – able to carry multiple nuclear warheads and strike targets anywhere with pinpoint accuracy.

According to Tass, these weapons are “capable of flying at hypersonic speed in the dense layers of the atmosphere, maneuvering by its flight path and its altitude and breaching any anti-missile defense.”

Last June, Putin said “the Avangard system is already in the process of its manufacture and has entered its serial production, and in 2019 we are planning to deliver it to the Armed Forces.”

Trump regime hardliners falsely accused Russia of breaching the INF Treaty. Putin accused Washington of “blatantly violat(ing)” the landmark agreement by deploying its Aegis Ballistic Missile system in Romania and Poland. 

Trump officials “made hypothetical unfounded claims against us” – a pretext for likely greater US belligerence than already, the risk of military confrontation with Russia, China and Iran.

The US pullout “is one step towards an arms race,” Putin warned. Trump regime policies got the Bureau of the Atomic Scientists to move its Doomsday Clock to less than a full minute to midnight.

It was an unprecedented action, signifying the risk of catastrophic nuclear war or ecocide over the Trump regime’s threat to world peace and contempt for ecosanity.

Following Trump’s announced INF Treaty pullout last October, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned that the landmark agreement he and Ronald Reagan signed in 1987 means a “new arms race” has begun, adding:

Trump wants the US “release(d) from any obligations, any constraints, and not just regarding nuclear missiles.”

His belligerent agenda risks the demise of all post-WW II agreements to prevent another global war.

“There will be no winner in a ‘war of all against all’ – particularly if it ends in a nuclear war. And that is a possibility that cannot be ruled out,” Gorbachev ominously warned, adding:

“Faced with this dire threat to peace, we are not helpless. We must not resign. We must not surrender. Russia must “take a firm but balanced stand” with other nations worldwide – aiming for peace, wanting catastrophic nuclear war avoided.

The threat of its eruption is real, a doomsday scenario if waged with nuclear weapons. They’ll be no safe havens anywhere. Nuclear war risks ending all life forms on earth.

If waged, it’ll prove higher human intelligence is a curse, not a blessing.

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