Conflicts of Interest: Biden’s Inability to Negotiate on Display as Iran Nuclear Deal Crumbles

On COI #286, Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman cover the U.S. government’s failure to track how often American provided weapons are used to kill Yemeni civilians as well as the latest Iran nuclear deal news.

Kyle discusses the White House’s attempts to defend Joe Biden’s impending meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Biden vowed – on the campaign trail – to treat MBS like the “pariah” he is. As that meeting approaches, Government Accountability Office officials spoke to The New York Times, on the condition of anonymity, about a report showing the Pentagon and the State Department failed to keep track of how many civilians were killed by U.S. backed forces in Yemen. The report spans the Obama, Trump, and Biden administrations. Estimates are that over 377,000 civilians have been killed or starved to death during this genocidal war. Officials fear that Secretary of State Antony Blinken will take a page out of his predecessor Mike Pompeo’s book by pressuring the GAO to classify the revealing and critical report. The data is currently inaccessible to the American people.

Connor talks about this week’s IAEA Board of Governors’ meeting which is being used as a political venue for anti-Iran statements levied by Washington, the British, the French, the Germans, and worse by the IAEA itself, namely its Director General Rafael Grossi. Grossi recently met with the Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and showed profound hypocrisy. He is actively facilitating Tel Aviv’s propaganda about Iran’s civilian nuclear program and standing by while Bennett threatens to attack a sovereign nation using false pretenses. Biden’s administration continues to absurdly blame Iran’s demands for sanctions relief for the stalled nuclear talks. By all appearances, Washington is ostentatiously beginning to roll out their international public relations campaign justifying what is arguably now a full adoption of the Donald Trump doctrine on Iran.

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