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Philip Giraldi: “Punishing America’s Enemies”

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Philip Giraldi: "Punishing America's Enemies"

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Written by Philip M. Giraldi; Originally appeared at The Unz Review

Much remains to be learned about the coronavirus, though it is quite possible that it will not be possible to determine how it developed if the various governments that might be involved prove to be uncooperative. The Chinese carefully controlled the information on the virus in its early stages, though they eventually adopted a complete lockdown to prevent its spread that seems to have been successful and might serve as a model for other nations to follow if they can overcome concerns about threats to civil liberties that evolve from placing too much power in the hands of corrupt and ignorant government officials.

Over two weeks ago, I suggested that the current form of corona might have possibly escaped from someone’s lab where a weaponized virus was being developed, most likely in China itself, though nations like the United States and Israel which are believed to have significant capabilities in biowarfare as well as a geopolitical motive to unleash the disease on certain countries should not be excluded. I still believe that assessment should be considered as viable particularly as the politicization process involving the virus is now fully in play.

China is now claiming that U.S. soldiers involved in the World Military Games held in Wuhan back in October might have deliberately planted the virus, while President Donald Trump and other Republicans in the U.S. are calling the disease the Wuhan or China virus, implying willful or careless behavior by the Chinese and a clear effort to demonize the Beijing government by exploiting the appearance of the virus as a wedge issue. And one might take note of the fact that the virus has particularly hit both China and Iran, countries that are on Washington’s enemy list, which generates additional conspiracy theories.

Donald Trump is not exactly a person overflowing with compassion. When corona virus began to emerge in the U.S. he called it a “hoax” and urged everyone to keep going to work even if ill, precisely the opposite of what was being recommended by most responsible medical authorities. He is now planning to throw $1200 dollars at each American resident whether they need it or not to undo the political damage, a proposal that will cost as much as $500 billion of money that the United States does not have and which it will have to either print or borrow. The money should be going to those who are now unemployed as a result of the virus, a point that surprisingly enough is being made by several Republican Senators.

Hundreds of billions more will go to the usual “victims,” banks and large corporations that will use the cash to pay off long terms loans and also to buyback their own stock and raise the value of their shares for investors. That is precisely what happened in 2008, with little to show for the average American.

One of the most truly despicable aspects of the coronavirus is how it is being exploited by Washington to punish countries like Iran and Venezuela, currently the enemy-designates of the inside the Beltway crowd. It would be possible to describe the Trump Administration policy towards both nations as sadistic apart from the fact that the behavior of the president and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo might actually shock the Marquis de Sade.

Venezuela has been denied a $5 billion International Monetary Fund loan to combat the virus based on the seemingly irrelevant and politically motivated argument that it is not clear who represents the legitimate government in the country, whether it is Nicola Maduro, the president, or Juan Guaido, the aspirant to the position of head of state being promoted by Washington. The White House has also declared a “maximum pressure March” directed against the Venezuelan economy, with the health care sector particularly targeted. So, Venezuelans will die and Maduro will undoubtedly continue to run the government, making the position of the Trump Administration demanding regime change both toxic and pointless.

Iran is also seeking a $5 billion IMF emergency loan to cope with the crisis, a request that will almost certainly also be torpedoed by the Trump Administration. Last Thursday Pompeo doubled down on Iran, initiating new sanctions based on the evidence-free allegation that Tehran is behind the recent attacks on U.S. military bases in Iraq. He also confirmed that, as part of the “maximum pressure” policy, all existing sanctions will remain in place, saying “Our sanctions will deprive the regime of critical income from its petrochemical industry and further Iran’s economic and diplomatic isolation. The United States will continue to fully enforce our sanctions.”

The fact that the Iraqi government and parliament have asked the Americans to close their bases in the country while the U.S. is highly unpopular due to its killing of Iraqi militiamen and soldiers seems to have escaped Pompeo as possible causes of the series of missile strikes. Pompeo also seems oblivious to the fact that remnants of ISIS are active in the areas where the bases are located and have proven quite capable of firing missiles from improvised pick-up truck launchers.

Last week Iran confirmed that it had experienced 988 deaths from the coronavirus and the infected number in the tens of thousands, but many believe that testing has been inadequate and the government may be understating the number of cases for political reasons. Pompeo has repeatedly insisted that Iran will be allowed to buy necessary medicines from abroad, but the U.S-imposed currency exchange restrictions on the activity of the national bank as well as of the country’s remaining commercial banks means that there is no mechanism to pay for the drugs and medical supplies so the country is combating the epidemic without many badly needed pharmaceuticals.

Even some congressmen have noticed that there is something fundamentally evil about the U.S. policy. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to Pompeo and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin that included “I am concerned about the vulnerability of the Iranian people to the coronavirus and the potential for Iran’s coronavirus cases to worsen the spread of the disease to neighboring countries, including regional allies, and to the rest of the world. Therefore, I seek an assurance that every reasonable effort is being made by the United States to ensure the availability of medicine and other non-sanctionable humanitarian items to the Iranian people to help prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.”

Senator Bernie Sanders tweeted “Iran is facing a catastrophic toll from the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. sanctions should not be contributing to this humanitarian disaster. As a caring nation, we must lift any sanctions hurting Iran’s ability to address this crisis, including financial sanctions.”

Iran’s government is admittedly unpopular due to the mishandling of the shoot-down of the Ukrainian airliner and the inability to cope with a deepening economic crisis caused largely by the U.S. imposed sanctions. Given the current signs of weakness and instability in Tehran, there was recently a meeting in the White House discussing whether the U.S. should take the opportunity to attack Iran. It was, fortunately, rejected by a narrow margin when the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff strongly opposed the proposal.

Meanwhile the usual Iranophobes in Washington at the Israeli-linked Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) have seen an opportunity to tighten the screws a bit more and hopefully bring down the Iranian leadership through economic warfare. Their support for increasing sanctions on Iran is a policy designed to inflict the maximum pain on the Iranian people so they will rise up seeking to destroy their government. If that were to occur it would mean a civil war, but the folks at FDD would be hard pressed to even acknowledge the blood on their hands.

Ironically, if the United States were to make a serious effort to actually help the Iranian people by suspending sanctions and helping to expedite medical assistance it might actually produce a genuine thaw in a relationship that has been unnecessarily locked into 1979 and the embassy hostage crisis. Waging war on innocent people should not in any event be what the United States of America is all about. A shift in policies that actually demonstrates that Washington might be interested in saving lives rather than destroying them would be welcomed by most of the world and also by many Americans.

Philip M. Giraldi, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest, a 501(c)3 tax deductible educational foundation (Federal ID Number #52-1739023) that seeks a more interests-based U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East. Website is councilforthenationalinterest.org, address is P.O. Box 2157, Purcellville VA 20134 and its email is inform@cnionline.org.

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  • peter mcloughlin

    An indiscriminate policy that mainly affects a civilian population is condemned by most governments. Sanctions can have this effect. They are defended as an alternative to war: but in reality are often a precursor. What we are witnessing today is the build-up towards another world war; sanctions are part of the phenomenon: history is the pattern.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

    • verner

      Yep, the planning is well under way and Iran on behalf of the jews shall be exterminated. no place in this world for the jews and iranians and one must go although I think the servant in this case, the dysfunctional states of A under the command of the commander in chiefs son in law, jared kushner, has made some grave and probably fatal miscalculations.

      • JIMI JAMES

        Usa voted 3-2 secretly against war,4-2 if you add trump,pompeo is a cia/knucklehead=flogged!

      • JustPassingThrough

        “Iran on behalf of the jews shall be exterminated”
        really, by who?

        • dontlietome

          …………….Are you serious ? What planet are you on ?

          • Jake321

            LOL…the one where anyone who seriously tried what you crave will make such pretty glow in the dark dust and vapor, AH.

          • JustPassingThrough

            yes, i am serious.
            quit dancing like a child that’s got to take a leak.

            just answer the question, braintrust.

          • verner

            if you read the full text the answer is in there – try to be intelligent for once.

          • JustPassingThrough

            the lagdog yaps
            yap, yap, yap.

          • dontlietome

            …………says the boo hoo twat who uses dog paw imprints as a meme……………….you sorry bitch.

          • JustPassingThrough

            your command of the english is a credit to the gnat-sized brain you are sitting on.

            i’ve had my share of idiots today. go abuse yourself.

          • dontlietome

            Oh fuck off and get a good dose of Sarin.

          • JustPassingThrough

            my, my a homeboy on the rampage.
            a brain no larger than a pimple on a gnat’s a**

          • verner

            lagdog! I suggested you try intelligence as a change!

          • JustPassingThrough

            yap, yap, yap.

          • dontlietome

            Work it out for yourself fuckwit…………………..you are about as much use as half a cunt……………….no use to nout.

          • JustPassingThrough

            my,my does your mommie know you talk like that.
            you silly little overpaid troll.
            get a life..

          • dontlietome

            At least I know mine……………cucky boy.

          • JustPassingThrough

            yeah, you probably do. lol

          • dontlietome

            ………..more verbal diarrhoea from a halfwit…………..

          • JustPassingThrough

            they can’t even find any good trolls these days.
            you are about the worst in a long time.

      • Jake321

        Whatever. But whatever it is, you will be on the losing side.

        • dontlietome

          LOL…………like you know what sides there are and which one you are on…………..

    • JIMI JAMES

      They can’t anymore unless the nwo/tyrants insists usa to be decimated in world record time frame!
      Alot has changed this century,thies will backfire on the nwo/tyrants,they are not the realm economy!

    • JustPassingThrough

      who is going to war with who?

      • peter mcloughlin

        America against Russia and China the most likely configuration.

        • JustPassingThrough

          really.
          suggest you do some homework.
          the U.S. is ill-prepared to fight with anyone that has weapons.

          here is what the U.S. is prepared to fight:

          The KY Mountain Dew wars

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=ca0a4oKa0ZY&feature=emb_logo

          • peter mcloughlin

            Nations do get into wars they are ill-prepared to fight by deluding themselves to the contrary.

          • JustPassingThrough

            really?
            Iraq, Afghanistan, Viet Nam, Korea, and the list goes on.

    • Jake321

      Nahhhhhhhh…it is a prelude to bankrupting the SOB’s into behaving themselves and giving up their Greater Nuclear Persia delusions. And maybe having the folk their use those cranes for all their Ayatollahs.

  • Maria23

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  • JustPassingThrough

    Corona is coming home.
    It loves fat people.

    “In 1990, obese adults made up less than 15 percent of the population

    in most U.S. states. By 2010, 36 states had obesity rates of 25 percent

    or higher, and 12 of those had obesity rates of 30 percent or higher. (1)

    Today, nationwide, roughly two out of three U.S. adults are

    overweight or obese (69 percent) and one out of three is obese (36

    percent). (2)

    While U.S. obesity rates have, overall, stayed steady since 2003, the

    rates are still rising in some groups, and disparities persist:

    Non-Hispanic black, Hispanic, and Mexican American adults have higher

    rates of obesity than non-Hispanic white adults. (2)

    Even more alarming, the prevalence of overweight and obesity in

    children and adolescents is on the rise, and youth are becoming

    overweight and obese at earlier ages. One out of six children and

    adolescents ages 2 to 19 are obese and one out of three are overweight

    or obese. (3) Early obesity not only increases the likelihood of adult obesity, (4) it also increases the risk of heart disease in adulthood, (5)

    as well as the prevalence of weight-related risk factors for

    cardiovascular disease such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol,

    and high blood sugar. (6–9)”

    https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/an-epidemic-of-obesity/

    • dontlietome

      ……….Fat people will ride out the infection BETTER than anyone……………..go do some homework dickwad.

      • JustPassingThrough

        oh no another dickbump troll.
        get a life idiot.
        lol
        359 posts and i upvoted myself 309 times, ain’t i clever.
        blocked

        • Jake321

          LOL…unlike the Putz Putin Trolls who get their butt buddy trolls and their Kremlin up vote Bot to do that.

    • Jake321

      Hispanics in the US on average outlive typical Whites here even though Hispanics have significantly lower typical incomes. And most all groups in the US outlive Russians, on average, because Russians are a violent and self-destructive lot with a very high murder and suicide rate. Oh, and they are so stupid despondent with living in that shithole country they drown their sorrows with way too much Vodka binging which gives them the escape they yearn for in an early grave. Try to keep up.

      • JustPassingThrough

        jake the more you post the dumber you get.
        i thought i blocked your diahrhea long ago.
        blocked again.

        • Jake321

          Try double strength Imodium. It might also help hold your brain cells together. By the way, all that I posted is backed by objective stats.

          • JustPassingThrough

            jake the more you post the dumber you get.

  • hvaiallverden

    Yeah, nice days, isnt it, when the west reaks of fear, yeah, slaughterig people.. sorry colateral damages, since only soldiers from the west is what counts, if its not an Jewish one, f… the rest, and I just read an jaw dropping article in our uh….. “eminent” MSM in Norway, where the paper charfed,, sorry puked up some more propaganda against Iran, and of course it was he Muhulahahas fault for everything, and fake twitter videos, you know the blurry ones in an time where not HD is an sign of something to hide, like the fake man/person dropping face down and died, to the bat eating Chines in uh… Guam, smuam, huam, whom the f… cares, its chinks anyway, and not an word about Irans problems, Iran whom was occupyed for decades until the Iranians kicked the Moronikans out, to not bothering to mention the severity of sactions in this present time of problems, and so on, to when I read the coment field, where the “vikings” where extatic, Iranians are dying of like flies, yeah, kill em all, not one of them cared, not a single one, instead we got an field witch would make BreitFartlingas howling about wiping out Mooslems to an cosy old hippi camping site and howering around an water pipe.
    Yup, Norway, 2020, the result of centurys of inbreeding Khazars and sprikle that with Jews from the NetherLands, you get something even an Orc would detest for been to foul.
    Not all, of course, but most of them, belive me, I am stil considered to be an sub-human among the Uber menchens aka the “norse”, and they dont like me, because I see straight thru them, for what they are, pure scums.
    And you wounder why we stil have wars, upon wars, and now this Corona came riding in from the sun sett.

    And to me, the best thing, this days, if I may be so frank/honest to use such an term, despite the uncertaty of the outcome of this eh… epidemic even for my self personaly since I am in the cateGory of possible death, from you know this life, an condition, witch may be defined as an sexualy transmitted condition with an deadly outcome witch is the only thing I know is 100% certain, is the smell of fear, not from ordinary people, not even from the poor, the downtrodded ones, the ones whom have been on the wrong side of the cannons witch fired upon them for the sake of Humanity and Democrasy, of course, but the scums that live on the mansions up on the hill/s, for the first time in their misserable life, they can see it them self, the end line closing in, yeah, the bread line, standing there with the rest of us, hoping they get some crums, this time.
    I know they havent even considered this, ever, but this time, it may very well infact be real, life and karma indeed can be an nasty, nasty bitch, scums, welcome to the real world.
    Ohyeah, I can smell their fear, yup, fear and expencive cologne.
    Have an nice day.

    peace

    • Jake321

      LOL…you really should take your meds for Mania and delusion, sport.

  • TomWonacott

    Last Thursday Pompeo doubled down on Iran, initiating new sanctions based on the evidence-free allegation that Tehran is behind the recent attacks on U.S. military bases in Iraq.

    Giraldi is the same author without any evidence who suggested the US could have made the Iranian shot down airliner look like a hostile aircraft.

    The same technology can, of course, be used to alter or even mask the transponder on a civilian airliner in such a fashion as to send false information about identity and location.

    That was a ridiculous charge against the US military or intelligence – whereas the US military has been attacked by Iranian-backed militias for years. The US military designated Kataib Hezbollah a terrorist organization. An Iraqi government official named Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis met Suleimani at the airport. He founded Kataib Hezbollah so the connection between anti-US activity and Suleimani is clear. That Al-Muhandis met Suleimani at the airport was a gift to the US. Both were killed in the strike. Al-Muhandis is also an important figure with a terrorist history (https://www.npr.org/2020/01…. Al-Muhandis was sentenced to death in absentia by a Kuwaiti court for the bombing of the French and American embassies in 1983.

    That is far better evidence connecting Kataib Hezbollah to attacks against the US than the US was responsible for making the flight 752 appear hostile to anti-missile defenses in Tehran.

    • dontlietome

      Be that as it may, Soleiman was travelling under the protection of Diplomatic immunity…………….there are certain protocols which are sacrosanct, and the USA has, as per usual, decided that its o.k. to kill people under a flag of truce.

      Certain portions of the intelligence community have aired that CIA/DARPA have used the Corona virus as a camouflage whereby its spread had been “salted” with a measure of SARIN NERVE GAS. The results of which showed up as “hotspots” where the percentage of deaths far exceeds that of other areas or countries which deal only with the virus itself. This would also explain the haste and secrecy with which the corpses of Italian victims are cremated without lingering on autopsies: the corpses being the only potential evidence of any bio-genetic viral weapons having been used.
      So now we have a clearer picture of the whole Corona Virus story…………………..except it is not about the Corona virus, which is being used as a smokescreen to disguise the true intentions of the American-Israeli alliance.The true nature of the plot is as follows;-
      1. Under the cover of the C.V. ( Corona Virus )
      outbreak specific areas of the target countries,
      namely Iran, China, Italy and Spain, were attacked
      using mini-drones which released Sarin gas.
      2.They are confident in releasing Sarin because they
      are sure that none of those countries can strike back
      at either Israel or America. Iran does not possess the
      military strength, China is heavily dependent on
      America to maintain its economy, and Italy and Spain
      are being punished for entering into the Chinese Silk
      belt and Road project, by which they would have
      benefited greatly economically.
      3.The American-Israeli alliance did not strike Russia
      as it is independent and would have probably struck
      back with an even deadlier nerve gas such as VX.

      • TomWonacott

        I’m not sure why I didn’t think of that.

        Thanks.

      • Jake321

        LOL…Islamist Iran gave up any diplomatic immunity when it took our Embassy and held our diplomats hostage for over a year. So “F” them and “F” you. The rest must be your attempt at an early April First.

    • Ronald

      Kataib Hezbollah is one of many PMU’s in Iraq. They came into existence as self defence units. Some are Sunni, some Christian, most are Shia, because Iraq is 70 % Shia.
      They have been integrated into the Iraqi Army for more than two years.
      The US did not like them, as they actually defeated ISIS.
      Your assertion that any PMU attacked any Americans is unfounded, they fought together in Iraq against ISIS.
      Kuwait is Wahhabi Sunni, with the Saudis, they sponsor ISIS, not exactly neutral.
      General Soleimani coordinated the PMU’s attacking ISIS, not Americans.
      One, just one example of the PMU’s attacking US troops..

      • TomWonacott

        Utter BS Ronald. You can read about Kataib Hezbollah in “The Counter Extremism Project”:

        Anti-American: During the U.S.-led war in Iraq, KH built its reputation by targeting U.S. personnel and interests and killing numerous U.S. soldiers in terrorist attacks.* Since the U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq in December 2011, KH has retained its anti-American ideology. KH’s website states that the group’s first goal “was and still remains: thwarting the American project in the region, defeat of the occupation, and expelling them from Iraq, broken and humbled…. As for our jihadi pillars, there are four. Firstly, waging jihad against the occupation until the last American is expelled from Iraq.”* In KH’s efforts to fight ISIS in Iraq, KH remains opposed to any cooperation with the United States. In September 2014, for example, KH released a statement saying, “We will not fight alongside the American troops under any kind of conditions whatsoever. [Our only contact with Americans will be] if we fight each other.”* In March 2015, KH’s military spokesman reaffirmed the group’s anti-American position, saying, “It is not possible for Kataib Hizbollah or any of the resistance factions to be in the same trench as the Americans.”* In December 2017, following ISIS’s defeat in Iraq, KH released a statement declaring that “the enemy of humanity, the US, can no longer desecrate Iraqi soil, as the fighters of [KH] will not allow them to do so.”*

        Kataib Hezbollah is responsible for killing hundreds of US soldiers since they were created by Iran and Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. They are anti-American to the core. Their goal is to get the US out of the region which is why they attacked the US – and which directly led to the US assassinating Suleimani.

        • Ronald

          Tom Wonacott
          I was referring to after Soleimani established a truce in order to defeat ISIS.
          but you have taken it back to the beginning.

          So who really were the terrorist back in 2003 ?
          American troops invading Iraq, or Iraqi patriots waging war on the invaders.
          Do you have any documentation of Saddam giving Iraq to America,

          or just more of the same BS of weapons of mass destruction.

        • Ronald

          TomWonacott
          Yes utter BS Tom, didn’t think you would have a response.

  • Jake321

    LOL…you forgot to mention the country that has had the must advanced m bio-weapons program in the World, Russia. A country that spent a great deal working on the weaponization of Coronaviruses. And Russian bio-weapons scientists have worked at the Chinese bio-weapons lab in Wuhan where the virus got out likely due to yet another typical Russian techno fuckup. Give credit where credit is due…