The Trump Administration’s Anti-Iran Rage

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by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

During the 2008 US presidential campaign, staunch Obama supporter Samantha Power called Hillary Clinton “a monster…stooping to anything” to get what she wants.

The same characterization applies to Trump’s deplorable neocon UN envoy Nikki Haley, one of many rogue elements in his administration.

Shamefully calling America “the moral conscience of the world…human rights…at the heart of” its agenda, her rhetoric reflects its ruthlessness, showing she’s militantly pro-war, pro-imperial lawlessness, pro-Israeli ruthlessness, and anti-Iran.

On June 30, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif explained the Trump administration is in denial of his government’s full compliance with its obligation under the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal because of (its) “visceral hatred” of the Islamic Republic.

The world community believes one thing, America and Israel disgracefully another.

On June 29, Haley’s remarks at a Security Council plenary meeting, addressing implementation of the JCPOA, proved Zarif right.

UN, EU and major world countries praised Iran’s full compliance with JCPOA principles. Seven IAEA reports confirmed it.

After meeting EU leaders, Zarif tweeted: “Excellent meetings with leaders in Berlin, Rome & Paris. Despite US reckless hostility, EU committed to JCPOA & constructive engagement.”

Addressing Security Council members, Haley lied claiming “Iran’s repeated (nuclear deal) violations.”

She lied claiming “Iranian…defiance of (SC) Resolution 2231,” making the JCPOA nuclear deal binding international law, Washington alone flagrantly breaching it, falsifying accusations against Iran.

She lied about Tehran’s legitimate ballistic missile program, unrelated to JCPOA provisions.

She lied claiming “Iran’s support for terrorist groups…”(f)rom Syria to Yemen to Iraq to Lebanon.”

She lied claiming “Iran’s weapons, military advisors and arms smugglers stoke regional conflicts and make them harder to solve.”

She lied claiming “Iran’s leaders abuse their own people.” She lied calling Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “a dictator.”

She lied saying he “uses (chemical weapons) against his own people.” She lied claiming Iran “deliberately violate(s)” SC Resolution 2231.

Haley: The Trump administration “will not continue to turn a blind eye to (Iran’s) behavior…The continuance of (its) destructive, destabilizing behavior will prevent it from ever having a normal relationship with the United States…”

Haley barely stopped short of declaring war on the Islamic Republic. Plans were drawn years ago, regularly updated.

Perhaps Trump intends implementing them. His administration’s reckless hostility toward Iran risks another possible devastating regional war – long sought by Israel and its AIPAC-led US lobby.

In recent testimony before House Foreign Affairs Committee members, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson provocatively said:

“Our policy towards Iran is to push back on (its regional) hegemony, contain (its) ability to develop, obviously, nuclear weapons and to work towards support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government” – regime change, longstanding US policy since 1979.

Defense Secretary James Mattis’ intense anti-Iran hostility got Obama to replace him as CENTCOM commander. In 2012, while still on active duty, he said America’s three gravest threats are “Iran, Iran, Iran.”

In retirement, he’s been more outspoken, calling the Islamic Republic “the single most enduring threat to stability and peace in the Middle East…a revolutionary cause devoted to mayhem,” not a nation-state.

“I consider ISIS nothing more than an excuse for Iran to continue its mischief,” he railed. “Iran is not an enemy of ISIS. They have a lot to gain from the turmoil that ISIS creates.”

During his Muslim world address in Riyadh weeks earlier, Trump accused Iran of “fuel(ing) the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.”

He lied claiming its “government…speaks openly of mass murder, vowing the destruction of Israel” and other regional states.

He lied saying “Iran’s most tragic and destabilizing interventions have been in Syria.”

He lied accusing Iran of “reckless pursuit of conflict and terror.”

Remarks by him, Mattis and Tillerson are ominously reminiscent of claims against Saddam Hussein in the run-up to Bush/Cheney’s 2003 aggression.

Is Iran next on America’s target list, perhaps along with North Korea?

The Trump administration’s obsession with both countries risks the unthinkable – possible wars endangering world peace, perhaps leading to confrontation with Russia and China, their own security jeopardized by US imperial recklessness.

Noninterventionist candidate Trump so far looks as aggressive as war goddess Hillary. Humanity’s fate hangs in the balance.

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.