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Ash writes: "The Trump White House and the US commercial media are following precisely the Bush White House formula for making war on a nation that is no threat and wants no conflict."

National Security Adviser John Bolton. (photo: Justine Lane/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)
National Security Adviser John Bolton. (photo: Justine Lane/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

There Is No Threat From Iran

By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News

16 May 19


he Trump White House and the US commercial media are following precisely the Bush White House formula for making war on a nation that is no threat and wants no conflict.

“Tensions” are not mounting. The aggression and threat to peace are entirely of US origin. The provocation is US provocation, and it is intended to set the stage for a US military operation that is unwise, unnecessary, and will likely lead to a situation worse by orders of magnitude than the US war on Iraq that continues to this day, more than 16 years after the US started it.

Donald Trump, who as candidate Trump preached endlessly about the folly of “stupid wars,” now considers this ill-advised plan, ginned up for him by the notoriously unhinged crackpot masquerading as National Security Advisor John Bolton, to divert attention away from his own personal quagmire at home.

Would Donald Trump drag the US into a catastrophic conflict in the Middle East to boost his approval ratings to a level that could give him a chance of winning reelection?

If he needs it to save himself from financial, political, and legal ruin, the odds are he will do what he thinks he needs to do to protect his interests. It has always been his pattern to do so.

Effectively, this proposed war with Iran allows Trump to hold all of his domestic political enemies at bay. The mere threat of being dragged into a conflict so destructive to US interests and national security is enough to, in effect, hold every member of Congress hostage to his demands.

There is no provocation from Iran. There is no threat. The nuclear agreement signed by the US and ignored by Donald Trump and his camp has worked as intended. Any discussion of war is completely irresponsible and invites disaster.

This is a madman. Any members of Congress who do not do everything in their power to remove Trump from office are abdicating their duty to the Constitution and opening the door to the devastating consequences that will surely follow.

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+21 # Enoch E Birch 2019-05-16 12:49
What happened to the famous second Gulf War planner who predicted exactly what in the end happened in the way of resistance from the Iraquis after Dubya proclaimed victory and was sidelined before the start? Has he been called back for the Iran war games? I see a UK representative - general's rank - has been slapped down by the Trump Pentagon for pointing out -correctly - no Iranian threat exists. But the Tory right in the UK needs a trade deal with you, so we may expect "democracy" to triumph over common sense yet again. This is worse than insane - its Fascist.
+18 # Robbee 2019-05-16 13:15
There Is No Threat From Iran
By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News
16 May 19

- bernie just answered questions on public radio, 11:00 am est, for about 30 minutes, including re bizarro-world bolton

bernie sez congress declares war, not dickhead, and congress doss not want us warring in partnership with saudi kings

if i were bernie, i would get out ahead of every dem candidate on this issue and declare -

I F - D I C K H E A D - S E N D S - T R O O P S - T O - I R A N ?

A S - P R E S I D E N T - M Y - F I R S T - A C T !

W I L L - B E - T O - W I T H D R A W - T H E S E - T R O O P S !
-29 # BKnowswhitt 2019-05-16 13:36
Navy pilot told me he flew missions into iran in the 1970's .. night missions undercover .. they have bunkers deep in inacessible mountains to make their stuff. Can't get planes into that region if necessary to take them out. O Bumma and the rich Sec of State got a deal not unlike clinton tried to do with Palestine. No threat eh? They talk about nuking Israel off the planet. I believe what i see and my mind tells me. To ignore as lefties do there is evil based in the world via an evil source and the Muslim Shittite Dark Ages run views of their religious extremist leadership .. is a very real threat to freedom democracy and a Free World .. dictators past like Hitler .. no different this time around.
+12 # HarryP 2019-05-16 16:07
So, you “believe mind tells me.” Wonderful.
Is your fertile mind telling you that “O Bumma” tried to reach a nuclear nonproliferatio n agreement with the Palestinians? If so, how’d that go? Does your mind tell you the Palestinians “make their stuff” (nuclear stuff, I suppose) deep in their mountain bunkers (they way the Iranians are doing?)
I’m surprised you don’t have a job with the Trump National Security Council. Then again, maybe you do, Your highly qualified.
-13 # BKnowswhitt 2019-05-16 23:50
"O Bumma and the rich Sec of State got a deal not unlike clinton tried to do with Palestine." Obama deal same as Clinton tried to do with Palestine/Israe l .. analogy if you know history that is .. if you believe that deal that did not allow inspection to those areas was good .. then i've got some cheap land for you to buy in Florida ... oh yeah inland as you believe also in the CO2 causes global warming leftie hoax as well no doubt ..
+9 # HarryP 2019-05-17 13:45
I’d like a clarification: Are you saying that the Iran denuclearizatio n agreement does not permit inspections? If so, you should inform the IAEA of it.
As for the “global warming leftie hoax,” all I know Is that thanks to the modern invention of the thermometer, we know temperatures are rising, we finally found a navigable Northwest Passage, and the glaciers are disappearing - at a rapid rate at that.
But thanks for the offer of land in Florida. I hope it’s not Miami where streets flood after a run-of-the-mill afternoon rainstorm.
-8 # BKnowswhitt 2019-05-18 14:54
Correct not to those areas. It's a shell game. They can move stuff around as well. Temps aren't rising it's all a political use of weather and false claims backed by phoney 'science' studies during O'bumma that got federal dough to gain the ends of the green movement out of their minds .. you know nothing .. slight increase in global temps within margin of error and many other reasons for it .. the Left is completely off their rocker .. EU is totally nuclear and driving the scherade as well ..
+18 # dbrize 2019-05-16 16:57
1. Israel possesses somewhere between 100-800 nuclear weapons. Nothing in Persian history (one of the more advanced in civilization) indicates they are suicidal. Jews in Iran are protected by fatwa, participate in low level government activities and worship in synagogues.

2. By your own definition it would require an invasion with hundreds of thousands of troops to conquer Iran. Followed with the thrills of occupation. Even the near insanity of Bolton and Pompeo doesn’t go to this level of insanity.

3. Since the US appointed itself the global police force and arbiters of who is and is not an “acceptable” government there exists substantially less democracy and freedom in the world.

4. Empires historically crumble from avarice, overreach, an inability to pacify the satraps and economic collapse.

5. Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
+6 # dbohj5l 2019-05-17 00:23
BK Sir ,the quote about removing the state of Israel from the map was about the right to exist as a nation not about whether it was allowed on planet earth. I do not recall anyone threatening nukes in that or other contexts. I believe you are entirely correct that they have bunkers, so do we and everyone else who freaks out about nukes.There was a pretty well respected inspection regime that lots of countries contributed to to make sure no one made a mistake with such an important situation.Peopl e doing that job in Iraq were successful why not Iran? I figure that they were training Iranians to fly the planes we sold them.They aren't spoiling for a fight, they talk that way because they insist on counting themselves the equal of anyone.There is a lot to them tons of culture, their religious viewpoints often say that we are all part of God's creation and thus have no right to treat each other cruelly. I can point to the American Philosopher Emerson" Nationalism is often silly-Every Nation believes God has a sneaking affection for it."and this is the Iranian's way just as much as we often hear some stuff about America being a shining city on a hill etc. I have been to Bible classes where the direct opposite is interpreted straight from Revelations and we are in deep shit Jesus said love Your enemies.It ain't necessarily easy but that's the point isn't it?It's the better course.Please reconsider, Bless You for loving America,please try to love them too or we are still fucked.
-1 # BKnowswhitt 2019-05-19 14:03
Question is sanctions. it hurts everyone including us. World problems must be addressed and EVIL. We allow freedom of religion in our constitution however it it a catch 22. Reason for it is .. we are primarily a Christian Nation by the founders .. allowing that with freedom of speech ..purpose of that is to guard against 'anarchy of the masses' as in past history to one religious rule corrupting us all. And false profecies that abound .. Iran and Muslim World is all about that .. on the Leadership Side .. if they have no hidden agenda .. they don't need NUKES ..
-6 # BKnowswhitt 2019-05-19 16:36
And who says Iran has the 'Right' to have Israel removed as a nation. They have said things denying the holocaust and backed Hezbollah lobbing rockets into civilian neighborhoods. These are the leaders you want to allow to have NUKES!!!
+22 # janie1893 2019-05-16 14:24
Planet Earth did nothing to deserve the THREE STOOGES --Trump, Bolton and Pompeo!
+13 # chapdrum 2019-05-16 15:40
Why can't Bezos or Musk take "patriots" like Bolton and Abrams to the moon...permanen tly?
+8 # pres 2019-05-17 03:41
Why wreck a perfectly good moon? :-)
+8 # tedrey 2019-05-16 16:22
Remember the "17" intelligence agencies that gave unanimous (and non-existent) evidence to justify previous wars. Has John Bolton managed to get even one of them to stick out their neck in this case? Why not?
+9 # DongiC 2019-05-16 18:20
Bolton's advice is so bad that you have wonder whose side is he on? Ours or the Russian's? The stage is being set for one of the greatest mistakes in American history. We play the role of a terrorist nation. Will other nations In the world ally themselves against us? Will Europe perceive its danger and join with the Chinese and Russians, Pakistan and India in a grand anti-American alliance? That would be one awesome international mess. Maybe, that's Trump's ultimate contribution to the world, the biggest mess in history.
+5 # tedrey 2019-05-16 23:49
That would be a collossal achievement, to unite a full half of the world together, even if against the other half. Hitler managed to do it. Could Bolton?
+4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-05-17 13:24
Bolton is on the side of Israel. He has always been. He's very close with Nethayahoo, much closer than his is with Trump. Both Bolton and Netanyahoo consider Trump a useful idiot.

Bolton's mission is to further the interests of Israel. He really does not give a shit about the US. Bolton was one of the authors of the 1996 manifesto on the future of Israel: "A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm." Realm is an odd word. It literally means "kingdom" but Israel does not have a king. Its use looks to the German work Reich. This document is a declaration of a new Reich in Israel and a 1000 rule. Destroying Iran is one of the new strategies.

Trump will be asked to go read about a pet goat to first graders when the real work gets going. He's just not relevant here. You saw him yesterday when some reporter shouted "do you think there will be a war with Iran." Trump said, "I hope not." He does not even have a clue. He just hopes Bolton and Netanyahoo will not start a war but he has no idea what they will do.
+5 # chapdrum 2019-05-17 15:20
Several of these people clearly do not give a sh*t about the U.S.: Trump, Bolton, Abrams, Prince, Bannon, ad nauseum. They operate under cover of legitimacy. Dig that Bannon: helps get Trump and Bolsonaro into office, helps get Brexit on the ballot, and now lobbying the Vatican to move the church to the right.
+4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-05-18 05:49
Chap -- I agree. But I'm not worried about Bannon. He's an extremist but he has no institutional support in the powerful think tanks, government like Israel, defense contractors, and others of the Deep State. He's an outsider. Bolton on the other hand is the functionary for all of the above institutions.
+9 # corduroyz 2019-05-16 20:14
Doesn't everyone recognize John Bolton as that kid in junior high school who was bullied mercilessly every day? He now has the opportunity to fight back with the biggest military in the world and intends to take full advantage of it.
+6 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-05-17 13:40
+4 # hectormaria 2019-05-18 09:52
Remember North Korea a few months ago? Trump ramped up the rhetoric to a level that scared everyone that a war was imminent, then all was lovey-dovey all of sudden: 'Trump the great statesman' arose from all of the scandal. Now he has Bolton and Pompeo beating the war drums against Iran so he can be seen as the 'great statesman' again. He is not the 'great statesman', he is the 'great con artist': Con-Don is a great moniker for him (thank you Mayor de Blasio).
+9 # elizabethblock 2019-05-18 21:22
When was the last time Iran invaded another country?
Two and a half centuries ago.
When was the last time the US invaded another country?
Rhetorical question.
+3 # RICHARDKANE.Philadelphia 2019-05-19 14:49
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu faces imminent corruption charges, a war with Iran would help him change Israeli law to stay in power

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