Have you checked the price of gas lately?
I filled up today. Unleaded had gone from $2.65 to $2.75 overnight. It will go even higher as Trump’s sanctions imposed on Iran go into effect and markets are restricted.
There is the small matter of oil closing in on $100 a barrel https://t.co/L62mvAcJBC
— Bloomberg Opinion (@bopinion) October 7, 2018
Once again, we have to pay for a neocon foreign policy apparently welded into place for good in Washington.
The EU is resisting this act of war. It’s working on ways around the sanctions. This elicited the ire of the resident neocon, John Bolton.
“We do not intend to allow our sanctions to be evaded by Europe or anyone else,” the national security adviser, John Bolton, said about Iranian sanctions. The European Union is still trying. https://t.co/FZ6dUY2JOS
— NYT Politics (@nytpolitics) October 9, 2018
All but a select few will be expected to sacrifice.
Pompeo said India will be given a waiver. China and India import half of Iran’s oil. France was denied a waiver, so if the EU doesn’t find a way around the sanctions quandary, its industries and people will be required to suffer so the neocons might realize their dream—complete US and Israeli hegemony in the Middle East.
Speaking of Bolton, you can bet he will have a direct hand in choosing the next UN ambassador, one that will be part of the neocon club, not a pretend neocon like Nikki Haley. I’m sure her belligerence—much of it unprecedented—aimed at Russia and Iran was sincerely appreciated by dyed-in-the-wool neocons like Bill Kristol and the Kagan brothers.
#IranSanctions working | “The fear (#Iran’s) now is whether the person who replaces her will take an even tougher line against the UN, especially with National Security Adviser John Bolton now in the White House” https://t.co/Q1uArY1TKq
— Wendy R. Acho (@Acho_Wendy) October 9, 2018
I’d say the attention she drew to herself during a short tenure is a PR effort ahead of a 2020 presidential run.
John Bolton and Mike Pompeo now run US foreign policy. Both want to starve the people of Iran until they are so desperate they revolt, thus allowing the MEK cult of personality—the favored neocon choice—to take over and set-up a bizarre form of totalitarianism, part Marxist and part Islamic. A new version of Savak, the Shah’s brutal secret police, will not be far behind.
New US Counterterror Strategy Focuses Heavily on Iran
Bolton: Sanctions on Iran are cutting off extremists from support#IranSanctions #Iran #JohnBoltonhttps://t.co/Gqo5MR5Ytw pic.twitter.com/hEzq1xfyQc
— Antiwar.com (@Antiwarcom) October 7, 2018
In Bolton’s Orwellian world, up is down and black is white. In regard to terrorism, Iran does not remotely approach the decades of evil behavior by Saudi Arabia and its Wahhabi cousins sitting on a bounty of oil in the Persian Gulf.
Viewed through the neocon lens, terrorism becomes counterterrorism. In Syria US counterterrorism kills innocent men, women, and children in the thousands. Counterterrorism slaughtered 30,000 Libyans. It destroyed Iraq—before 1991 the most advanced nation in the Middle East—after two family dynasty invasions killed around 1.5 million Iraqis.
Finally, it’s fairly obvious the neocon endgame for is in fact a repeat of the Iraq sanctions between the two Bush invasions. After the International Court of Justice said the US must allow humanitarian and medial supplies into Iran, Pompeo announced termination of the six decade old Treaty of Amity between the two countries (two years after the CIA overthrow the democratically elected leader of the country).
From The Hill last week:
Pompeo said that while the United States is “disappointed the court failed to recognize it has no jurisdiction,” he framed the ruling as a defeat for Iran.
“Iran is abusing the ICJ for political and propaganda purposes, and their case, as you can see from the decision, lacked merit,” he said. “Given Iran’s history of terrorism, ballistic missile activity and other malign activity, Iran’s claims under the treaty are absurd.
Pompeo and Bolton believe endangering Iranian aviation and impeding the delivery of humanitarian aid are chock full of merit. They plan no less than to malnourish and starve the people of Iran—similar to the way Iraqis were starved and allowed to die as a result of sanctions imposed on medicine and water purification technology targeted as dual-use.
But then crimes against humanity and flaunting the laws of war are now the norm in America, and have been in one form or other since at least the end of the Second World War.