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Monday, 8 August 2016

Hillary, Queen of War: The Road Map Ahead

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It All Starts With a Wahhabi-Zionist Lovefest

The Saudi Foreign Ministry had to go on non-denial denial overdrive about a visit to Israel on 22 July by a delegation led by retired General Anwar Eshki. Eshki happens to be close to Saudi intel superstar and onetime close Osama bin Laden pal Prince Turki bin Faisal, who recently met in the open with former Israel Defence Forces (IDF) generals Yaakov Amidror and Amos Yadlin. Whilst in Israel, Eshki met with Foreign Ministry Director-General Dore Gold, and Major General Yoav Mordechai, the top IDF honcho in the West Bank. There’s absolutely no way the House of Saud wouldn’t have given a green light for such a visit… and such a high-level meeting. By the way, the Interior Ministry in Saudi Arabia bans all travel to Israel… as well as to Iran and Iraq. So what’s the big deal? The Israelis spun it as the Saudis… fronting for the Arab League… offering normalisation of ties with the Arab world without Israel abdicating from anything on the Palestinian front. The only thing Tel Aviv would have to do, later, is to adopt the 2002, Saudi-proposed Arab peace initiative.

That’s nonsense. For starters, the ultra right-wing Zionists in power in Tel Aviv will never accept reverting to the pre-1967 borders and recognising the state of Palestine. What was “discussed” was a non-deal, even as Tel Aviv gloats:

Important Arab states are willing to openly embrace us, even though we haven’t given up one inch of the West Bank and even as we continue to control al-Aqsa Mosque.

If the Arab League ever embarked on such a blatant non-deal, forever throwing the Palestinians under myriad bulldozers, chances are oligarchies and petromonarchies all across the spectrum would start booking that one-way ticket to London.

That Moscow-Tehran-Ankara Alliance

So what did they actually talk about? Predictably, they talked about the imminent prospect of the Full Spectrum Dominatrix finally taking over the White House. The Obama administration reduced both Bibi Netanyahu in Tel Aviv and de facto House of Saud ruler and Prince of War Mohammad bin Salman in Riyadh to the status of proverbial euphemistic “estranged allies”. Between them, they’re de facto allies… even as they can’t admit it to the Arab street. Both are dead sure, under the Queen of War, there’d be… what else… war. The question is against whom.

Informed speculation has it that the common enemy of the Saudis and Israelis, Iran, would be the target. That’s complicated. Indeed, the joint Saudi/Israeli strategy across the Middle East is in tatters. Tehran isn’t stuck in a quagmire… neither in Syria nor in Iraq. ISIS/ISIL/Daesh and assorted “moderate rebels”… covertly supported by the Saudi/Israeli axis… are on the run, even if they insist they aren’t “al-Qaeda” anymore. In fact, an unwinnable war on Yemen entraps Prince of War bin Salman. Then, there’s the spectacular post-coup pivot by Sultan Erdoğan in Turkey… for all practical purposes abandoning those elaborate no fly zone dreams of annexing a post-Assad Syria to his neo-Ottoman set up. The House of Saud is livid, as Turkish diplomats have started to spread this blockbuster news… Erdoğan proposed to Iran’s Rouhani an all-embracing alliance with President Putin to find a definitive solution to the Middle East riddle.

However erratic Erdoğan’s agenda may be, the upcoming Putin-Erdoğan face-to-face meeting may de facto discuss a possible icebreaking new deal between Moscow and Ankara. All geopolitical signs at this stage point…  albeit tentatively… towards a revived Russia/Iran/Turkey alliance, even as a horrified House of Saud is going no-holds-barred to gain Moscow’s trust by offering “untold wealth” and privileged access to the GCC market. As confirmed by a top Western intel source:

The Saudis are definitely keeping all contacts open with the Kremlin. The Saudi King is in Tangiers now and met Russian envoys there. They mean what they say. However, Putin won’t abandon Assad. There has to be a compromise. Both need it.

President Putin is in a privileged spot. Even without accepting the Saudi offer… it’s just a promise, with no ironclad guarantees… Russia holds the best cards, as in a quite problematic but ultimately possible Moscow-Tehran-Ankara alliance that is all about Eurasian integration (and a future seat for Turkey, alongside Iran, in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, SCO). For its part, a Saudi-Moscow alliance  would inevitably lead a Queen of War administration towards… what else… régime change in Riyadh disguised as R2P; “responsibility to protect” the Saudi populace. One should expect Hillary crony Samantha Power to defend it vehemently at the UN.

It’s All About the Three Harpies

Yet, considering the Queen of War’s instincts, all signs do point towards Iran. The manual/blueprint/road map for Hillary’s wars is arguably here, in this very dangerous intersection between American neocons and neoliberalcons. The head of the CNAS think tank one-third (Michele Flournoy) of what I dub The Three Harpies; Hillary Clinton, Flournoy and… the most terrifying words in the English language… probable US Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, the possible lethal trio in charge of foreign policy under a Clinton Three administration. In fact, this is PNAC (the Project for a New American Century) on steroids, with echoes of the warlike 1992 US Defence Planning Guidance disguised under the soothing rhetoric of benevolent hegemony and “rules-based international order”. If the Trump campaign managed to restrain his motor-mouth and/or motor-tweet instincts and focus on what this warmongering opus means for the USA and the world at large, they’d strike a chord with millions of undecided American voters. For all her bluster, and that rise to unheard-of hysterical levels, the Full Spectrum Dominatrix won’t be foolish enough to launch a war…one that’d inevitably be nuclear… against either Russia (Baltics as a pretext) or China (South China Sea as a pretext), the Pentagon’s top two “existential threats”. In Syria, on the other hand, by January 2017 al-Qaeda/not al-Qaeda goons formerly known as “moderate rebels” will be mostly six feet under.

Erdoğan may be making NATO’s life in Turkey unbearable. As the Queen of War is in AIPAC’s pocket, and considering the Clinton Foundation’s by now legendary cosy ties with the House of Saud, the war target would have to be the Saudi/Israeli preferred target, on top of it pro-Damascus and in close touch with both Ankara and Moscow… Iran. However, how does one pull it off? One avenue, already being explored, is to bomb by all means… and not figuratively… the Iran nuclear deal. A concerted campaign in American mainstream media is already burying the deal; and even Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei… as reported in the USA… is on the record saying one can’t trust Washington:

They tell us, “Let’s talk about regional issues, too”. However, the experience of the nuclear deal suggests this is deadly poison… in no way can you trust the Americans.

So, expect from Team Clinton the proverbial media barrage of dodgy spin, baseless accusations, and the occasional, perfectly positioned false-flag to lure Tehran into a trap, like, for instance, in neoliberalcon wishful thinking, Iran reviving its nuclear programme. Of course, this won’t happen, but the powerful anti-Iran lobby in the US Congress will use a Hellfire barrage of disinformation to sort of make it happen, even as an illusion. All this while Iran, amongst other development matters, is busy planning a new transportation corridor from the Persian Gulf to the Black Sea, connecting to Armenia, Georgia, and Bulgaria, and positioning the nation as a key trade hub connecting the Arab world in the south and west, Central Asia in the north, and Afghanistan and Pakistan in the east, all the way to Europe. Once again, Eurasian integration on the move. Tehran has myriad reasons to be on red alert if the Full Spectrum Dominatrix gets her hands on the nuclear codes (how’s that not scarier than Trump?)  She’d act as a surefire faithful servant of the Saudi/Israeli alliance. The road map is ready. Moreover, neocons and neoliberalcons alike can hardly contain their excitement at seeing in action “a force that can flex across several different mission sets and prevail”.

4 August 2016

Pepe Escobar

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/columnists/20160804/1043937453/hillary-clinton-war-queen.html

Thursday, 2 April 2015

BREAKING NEWS! Tehran and World Powers Reach Solutions on Iranian Nuclear Programme

00 Iran nuclear programme. political cartoon. 02.12.13

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On Thursday, according to a joint statement issued by negotiators, Iran and other international powers reached “solutions on key parameters” of Tehran’s nuclear programme following eight-day talks in Switzerland. The agreement envisages converting the Fordow facility into a nuclear physics centre with no fissile material. The parties agreed that the Natantz facility would remain as the only nuclear power plant in the country. Under the deal, Tehran agreed not to create nuclear weapons. Earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Twitter that drafting an agreement should start immediately, with a June 30 deadline to finish the process. In a Tweet, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said ahead of the press conference on the results of the talks in Switzerland on Thursday, “Found solutions. Ready to start drafting immediately”. EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini tweeted that the final ministerial meeting of the talks was over, adding, that there was “good news”. Iranian media reports suggest that the parties reached a deal on centrifuges; Tehran agreed to slash centrifuges to 6,000 from the current 19,000. Reportedly, the agreement will be in force for ten years. Press-TV reported the joint statement would announce the lifting of multilateral European and unilateral US financial sanctions against Iran.

2 April 2015

RT

http://rt.com/news/246297-iran-nuclear-talks-lausanne/

Editor:

Now, it’s obvious why Boehner invited Satanyahu to address the Congress. He wanted to knacker the agreement between Iran and the West. Let’s face it, he has moles and ratfinks in Foggy Bottom; he didn’t like what he heard from them. Therefore, in an attempt to knacker the pact before it even got off the ground, he invited his pal Bibi. Unfortunately for Boehner, Bibi was in the midst of an election (and subsequent coalition building), which meant that Bibi would be out of the loop for at least three weeks whilst he cobbled together a governing coalition. The EU, Russians, and Chinese took their chance… Israel can do nothing, as the Shin Bet, Aman, and Mossad are all against a strike on Iran, and Bibi’s tied up in horse-trading with political rivals. This leaves the US Republican Party holding the bag. Watch Cruz, Rubio, Cotton, et al make jackasses of themselves (just watch them try to take the praise for this and try to placate their Israeli pals at the same time… of course, they can’t do it… their attempt will be pathetic, funny, and fitting).

It’s going to piss off Satanyahu… but as the most junior partner in the concern, well, his voice isn’t much heeded outside of the US Congress (who, like all their predecessors, are bought n’ paid-for whores of the first water). Iran gets sanctions lifted… Russia and China cement their relationship with Iran… France and Germany get exports to Iran… Barack Obama gets another feather in his cap… John Boehner et al get the cardboard box. Payback is a motherfucker, ain’t it?

BMD

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Iran Rejects AP Report of Agreement with USA on Nuclear Materials Shipment to Russia

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On Saturday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry rejected an Associated Press (AP) report of an alleged agreement with the USA on the list of nuclear materials intended for shipment to Russia. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Marzieh Afkham said that the report on an agreement between Iran and the USA on a formula to reduce Tehran’s nuclear programme is “baseless”. Mehr quoted Ms Afkham as saying, “There’s been no deal on any issue” regarding Iran’s nuclear programme. She also said that such media reports aim to “complicate” and “demolish” the nuclear talks. On Friday, citing diplomatic sources, the AP reported that Iran and the USA tentatively agreed on a formula that Washington hoped would reduce Tehran’s ability to make nuclear arms by committing it to ship to Russia much of the material needed for such weapons. The report came as Iran and the six world powers were preparing to have the second round of talks on the Iran nuclear issue in Geneva on 15 January. After failing to reach an agreement by 24 November 2014, Iran and the six world powers (Russia, China, the UK, the USA, and France plus Germany) decided to extend their discussions for seven more months. Western nations suspect Iran of using its nuclear research for developing atomic weapons whilst Iran insists that its nuclear programme is only for peaceful purposes.

3 January 2015

ITAR-TASS        

http://itar-tass.com/en/world/770286

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Rouhani Set to Ease USA-Iran Tensions… “Won’t Budge” On Nukes

00 USA Iran. 19.06.13

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US President Obama and Iranian President-elect Rouhani appeared to be willing to improve ties between their nations Monday, but made it clear that progress in resolving the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme requires a great deal of work. In his first news appearance since his election as Iranian president on Friday, Hassan Rouhani ruled out suspending Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, saying, “Those days are behind us.” Many consider Iran’s uranium enrichment the biggest source of tensions between the nations. Mr Rouhani said, “All should know that the next government won’t budge in defending our inalienable rights”. A former nuclear mediator, Rouhani is to take office on 3 August. Speaking at the news conference, he said he called the animosity between the two sides “an old wound that must be treated”.

Obama also appeared to rule out any easing of economic sanctions soon, saying, “Those won’t be lifted in the absence of significant steps in showing the international community that Iran isn’t pursuing a nuclear weapon”. The ban slashed Iranian oil revenue by over a third and drastically reduced the value of Iran’s national currency. Rouhani outlined several preconditions to beginning of a “constructive dialogue” with the USA. He said, “First, America mustn’t interfere in Iran’s domestic affairs based on the Algiers Accords”, referring to the agreement that ended the Iran hostage crisis in 1981. “They have to recognise our nuclear rights, put away bullying policies against Iran. If such is so, and they have good intent, then, the situation will change”.

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President-elect Hassan Rouhani expressed hope Monday that Iran can reach a new agreement with other international powers over its nuclear programme, saying they should reach such a deal through more transparency and mutual trust. He said, “To settle the nuclear dispute, I’d first show more transparency for strengthening trust (with the world) and whenever our trust is tarnished, I’d try to rebuild it again”. Rouhani, a moderate cleric, won the Iranian presidential election on Saturday, ending eight years of conservative rule, also described the sanctions imposed against the Islamic republic over the nuclear issue as unfair and unjustified. The 64-year-old’s victory raised hopes of an easing of strained ties with Western nations, but he used his first news conference on Monday to rule out a halt to his country’s controversial enrichment of uranium.

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On Monday, Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani vowed to pursue moderate policies during his first press conference, after beating hardliners close to Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Rouhani told reporters in Tehran, “This was more than an election; it was a call by the majority of the people for moderation and respect, and against extremism. Iran has started a new chapter of moderation. I’ll not forget the promises I made before the elections, but what I can say now is that the era of sadness has ended”, he added, referring to the eight-year presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

18 June 2013

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_06_18/Rouhani-set-to-ease-US-Iran-tensions-won-t-budge-on-nukes-8116/

http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_06_17/Iran-to-show-more-nuclear-transparency-Rouhani-8574/

http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_06_17/Irans-new-president-vows-moderation-2143/

Editor’s Note:

Let’s keep it simple. Rouhani is taking a hard line on the nuclear programme for two reasons. Firstly, it makes him more amenable to the circle around Ali Khamenei. Secondly, it means that Russia and China have given Iran guarantees. Both mean that Rouhani isn’t going to cave to the West… no way, no how. In any case, Rouhani is a close and devoted disciple of Grand Ayotollah Ruhollah Mostafavi Musavi Khomeini. He’s a solid Twelver, and a believer in the concept of an Islamic Republic. Don’t believe the lies circulated by Fox News and the Israeli media… Iran isn’t a cheerless and retrograde police state (Ayotollah Khomeini’s fatwa on transsexuals is proof of that). Iran has powerful enemies who wish to demonise it due to it being an Islamic Republic and a semi-socialist society. Be careful… the corporate media usually lies by omitting things…not by making things up (although it does lie when it thinks it can get away with it… as most of their audience is ignorant, they get away with all too much). Have a care…

BMD  

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