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Trump’s Pyrrhic Victory: the US Opts for a Path That Can Only Lead to War

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Written by Philip M. Giraldi; Originally appeared on strategic-culture.org

Nearly everyone loses by President Donald Trump’s decision on Tuesday to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) relating to Iran’s nuclear energy program and to reinstate the “highest level” of sanctions while also threatening secondary sanctions on any country that “helps” the Iranians. The whole world loses because nuclear proliferation is a disaster waiting to happen and Iran will now have a strong incentive to proceed with a weapons program to defend itself from Israel and the United States. If Iran does so, it will trigger a regional nuclear arms race with Saudi Arabia and Egypt undoubtedly seeking weapons of their own.

Iran and the Iranian people will lose because their suffering economy will not now benefit from the lifting of sanctions and other economic inducements that convinced it to sign the agreement in the first place. And yes, even the United States and Israel will lose because an agreement that would have pushed back by ten or fifteen years Iran’s timetable if it were to choose to develop a weapon will now be reduced to a year or less. And the United States will in particular lose because the entire world will understand that the word of an American president when entering into an international agreement cannot be trusted.

The only winners from the withdrawal are President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who will enjoy the plaudits of their hardline supporters. But their victory will be illusory as the hard reality of what they have accomplished becomes clear.

Failure of JCPOA definitely means that war is the only likely outcome if Tel Aviv and Washington continue in their absurd insistence that the Iranians constitute a major threat both to the region and the world. A war that might possibly involve both the United States and Russia as well as Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel would devastate the region and might easily have potential to escalate into something like a global conflict.

The decision to end the agreement is based on American domestic political considerations rather than any real analysis of what the intelligence community has been reporting. Deep-pocketed Iran-hating billionaires named Sheldon Adelson, Rebekah Mercer and Paul Singer are now prepared to throw tens of millions of dollars at Trump’s Republican Party to help it win in November’s midterm elections.

Those possessed of just a tad more foresight, to include the Pentagon and America’s European allies, have strongly urged that JCPOA be continued, particularly as the Iranians have been fully in compliance, but there is a new team in Washington. America’s just-confirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo did not exactly endorse the ludicrous Israeli claim made by Benjamin Netanyahu two weeks ago that Iran has a secret weapons of mass destruction program currently in place, but he did come down hard against the JCPOA, echoing Trump in calling it a terrible agreement that will guarantee an Iranian nuclear weapon. The reality is quite different, with the pact basically eliminating a possible Iranian nuke for the foreseeable future through degradation of the country’s nuclear research, reduction of its existing nuclear stocks and repeated intrusive inspections.

The failure of the JCPOA is not about the agreement at all, which is both sound and workable. There is unfortunately an Israeli-White House construct which assumes that Iran is both out to destroy Israel, for which no evidence has been revealed, as well as being singularly untrustworthy, an odd assertion coming from either Washington or Tel Aviv. It also basically rejects any kind of agreement with the Iranian government on principle so there is nowhere to go to “fix” what has already transpired.

The United States has changed in the past seventeen years. The promotion of policies that were at least tenuously based on genuine national interests is no longer embraced by either political party. A fearful public has allowed a national security state to replace a constitutional republic with endless war as the inevitable result. Presidents once constitutionally constrained by legislative and judicial balance of power have successfully asserted executive privilege to become like third world dictators, able to make war without any restraint on their ability to do so. If America survives, historians will no doubt see the destruction of the JCPOA as the beginning of something new and horrible, where the government of these United States deliberately made a decision to abandon a beneficial foreign treaty to instead opt for a path that can only lead to war.

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  • as

    The US today simply aren’t ready to fight a war on larger scale like the one they waged against Iraq. They have the firepower maybe but other like supply lines forces and overall manpower simply too lacking to maintain a long heavy campaign.

    • RichardD

      The US can cause plenty of problems without an invasion. The Jews would be fine with another 20 years of civil wars and airstrikes to keep the region mired in conflict, just the way that they like it.

  • Smaug

    And South Front wonders why they can’t make their budget…

    • RichardD

      What budget hasn’t SF been making? I donate every month.

      • Smaug

        I stopped, because of blatant propaganda articles like this.

        • RichardD

          You’re the one peddling propaganda. SF has been making their budgets just fine.

      • Caesar

        So do I.

  • velociraptor

    They want war and will make war. So big victory for trump.

  • RichardD

    “Deep-pocketed Iran-hating billionaires named Sheldon Adelson, Rebekah Mercer and Paul Singer are now prepared to throw tens of millions of dollars at Trump’s Republican Party to help it win in November’s midterm elections.”

    All AshkeNAZI Jews, here’s quite a few more:

    – List of ‘Donald Trump’s Jewish Cabal’ –

    http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/neo-nazis-publish-list-of-donald-trumps-jewish-cabal/2016/11/09/

    Obviously the America First platform that Trump won the election on, and what his strong AshkeNAZI Jew nexus want, are diametrically opposed. A lot of people who supported his election, myself included, voiced strong reservations about his Jew nexus. But gave him the benefit of the doubt because he was the only one besides Rand Paul who ran on an America First platform. All of the rest where clearly Jew marionettes who were just going to deliver more of the same Jew insanity.

    The Pleiadians, think of them what you will, using time forward viewing technology. Project the demise of America this century due to a series of civil wars.

    With the US under the control of an evil cult of criminally insane Jew pedophile mass cultists who have brought enormous tragedy to humanity over and over again. And who are by far the most persecuted, expelled and genocided group of miscreants in human history. It shouldn’t be surprising if that’s how things play out.

    “Jewish population centers have shifted tremendously over time, due to the constant streams of Jewish refugees created by expulsions, persecution, and officially sanctioned killing of Jews in various places at various times. In addition, assimilation and forced conversions have also impacted Jewish population sizes throughout Jewish history.”

    – Historical Jewish population comparisons –

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_Jewish_population_comparisons

    For the good of America and humanity, Judaism should be outlawed and the planet dejudified to create a Jew free world that will be much better for humanity.

  • RichardD

    The US position on denuclearization is only hindered by violating the Iran nuclear deal. The US and N Korean positions on denuclearization past and present are incompatible, unless something changes. Despite all of the happy talk, any Korean peace deal that has denuclearization as a prerequisite, is unlikely to come to fruition. The more realistic alternative is a peace deal that isn’t conditioned on denuclearization. The Koreas and China are likely to support this, the US is likely to oppose it.

    Trump’s challenge is to get the US government to agree to a deal that is acceptable to the Koreas and China. Given Trump’s capitulation to the Jews on so many other issues. I’m pessimistic that he’l get a peace deal done that they don’t want. Because it’s contrary to their criminally insane Jew world order hegemony drive. Which is heading down the tubes as it should. The unanswered question is how much damage are they going to do to the US and our planet in the process?

    It’s better for Judaism, Israel and Jews to go away and not come back. Then to allow them to do more damage than they already have.

  • alejandro casalegno

    If you like Iraq and Afghanistan……………you will love Iran!!!!!!!!!!

  • The Farney Fontenoy

    Israel’s puppet doing as he’s told.