Tensions between the US and Iran are ratcheting up as the War in Yemen rages on. National Security Advisor John Bolton warned the Iranians "we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces". The danger of this open-ended warning is the inclusion of the word "proxy".
Many consider the Houthis in Yemen to be a proxy of Iran, including President Trump himself. His November 2018 statement, in response to the criticism of US-Saudi relations after the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said "the country of Iran, as an example, is responsible for a bloody proxy war against Saudi Arabia in Yemen, trying to destabilize Iraq’s fragile attempt at democracy, supporting the terror group Hezbollah in Lebanon, propping up dictator Bashar Assad in Syria (who has killed millions of his own citizens), and much more. Likewise, the Iranians have killed many Americans and other innocent people throughout the Middle East."
The last time negotiations were planned between Venezuelan government and opposition forces, opposition leader (and US puppet) Guaido launched his ill-fated coup and the talks were scuttled. Today a new effort, brokered by Norway, is being launched to solve the conflict without further bloodshed. What kind of monkey wrench will the neocons throw into the mix this time? Tune in to today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report.
The ducks are lining up for the warhawks aiming for Iran. Today the State Department announced that all non-essential personnel should leave the US Embassy in Baghdad. US allies are wondering where are these “increased threats”? Are the neocons about to get their Iran war? On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:
The Wall Street Journalreports some unsubstantiated speculation coming from a single anonymous administration official about alleged sabotage of oil tankers in the Persian Gulf:
An initial U.S. assessment indicated Iran likely was behind the attack on two Saudi Arabian oil tankers and two other vessels damaged over the weekend near the Strait of Hormuz, a US official said, a finding that, if confirmed, would further inflame military tensions in the Persian Gulf.
The assessment, while not conclusive, was the first suggestion by any nation that Iran was responsible for the attack and comes after a series of US warnings against aggression by Iran or its allies and proxies against military or commercial vessels in the region.
The US official, who declined to be identified, didn’t offer details about what led to the assessment or its implications for a possible US response.
We should be extremely skeptical of anything coming from administration officials about supposed foreign threats, especially when it concerns Iran. The president and top officials have lied so often about Iran in the last two years that nothing they say about this can be trusted. An anonymous official unwilling to offer any details about murky events is just about as unreliable a source as one could have. It is an open secret that National Security Advisor John Bolton is gunning for confrontation between the US and Iran, and he has been exaggerating and distorting intelligence to do it. For all we know, this lone official telling this story is a Bolton ally trying to ratchet up tensions. The American public has been burned often enough with dishonest claims and shoddy justifications for war over the last twenty years, and this feels like another phony pretext for a conflict that many in our government have been trying to start for a long time.
When it comes to the next war that the United States engages in, it appears that the government is experiencing a bit of flip flop syndrome. It is like a child who cannot decide what it wants. "Mommy, I don’t want war with North Korea anymore. I want to go into Iran…I mean Venezuela…no, North Korea is better…Wait…no, I want Iran." War is inevitable, and to appease the military-industrial complex, it is a necessary, yet imprudent, aspect of our war culture. We as Americans have been convinced that we must be the dominant empire and must dictate what other countries can and cannot do. It is just a question of where the next war will be, not whether one will occur, because not every country on the planet will roll over for its master. Will the next war be with North Korea, Iran, or Venezuela? Which one would you bet on?
Venezuela became the crowd favorite early this year because of the disaster plaguing the oil-rich South American nation. After years of economic mismanagement through socialism and the effects of American-imposed sanctions that were intended to coerce the current president from his position, self-declared president, Juan Guaido, attempted to seize power from the actually-elected Nicolas Maduro. This scenario would be like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declaring that President Trump was illegitimately elected and that she is the interim president of the United States. Then, most of the major countries around the world would recognize the Pelosi regime over the Trump one. This is ludicrous, yet, the United States and its allies have supported just that in Venezuela. The neoconservatives, like National Security Advisor John Bolton, have been waiting for the right moment to be able to justify military action. After the failed coup attempt by the American-backed rebels, it appears that the United States government may have to focus on another war front for now.
US warships and B-52s moved to Iran’s borders to counter an “unspecified threat” to US interests. President Trump warns of massive destruction should Iran make a wrong move. Are neocons about to get their war on Iran? Former CIA officer and political analyst Phil Giraldi joins to discuss…in today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report: