Special kind of stupid

 

Our leaders seem to believe that the American people are a special kind of stupid. The latest propaganda campaign against Iran demonstrates that at this point they’re just going through the motions.

As any half-wit could have foreseen, Trump pulled out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, and announced aggressive new sanctions against Iran. “The decaying and the rotten structure” of the 2015 agreement does not block Iran from developing nuclear weapons, declared Trump during a speech at the White House.

Last week Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a completely dishonest presentation arguing in favor of the termination of the  Iran nuclear deal, so Trump’s action was hardly a surprise.

This latest dog and pony show demonstrates once again the most absurd thing about Russia-gate. Despite the shrieks of alarm raised over the prospect of Kremlin influence, Israel is the foreign power that has a hammerlock on US policy.

Israel also maintains a sizable arsenal of nuclear warheads, fitted to ballistic missiles, or delivered by bombers and subs. Western politicians and the corporate media manage to omit mention of of this salient fact when hyperventilating about Iran’s alleged “weapons of mass destruction.”

Trump also repeated the neocon lie that Iran is the world’s “leading state sponsor of terrorism”, a lie again repeated on his Twitter account. Instead, the actual leading state sponsor of terrorism is US ally–Saudi Arabia.

Predictably, the reasons for Trump’s withdrawal from the JCPOA involves the neocons. They are feeling especially butt-hurt now that their scheme to overthrow the Syrian government has been thwarted by Russian and Iranian intervention. In fact, Iran has gained strength in the region mostly because the US, led by the neocons, has produced one devastating war fiasco after the other.

Despite all the hue and cry, it’s clear Iran is in full compliance with the JCPOA, and we’re being lied to by yet another US president about yet another country in the Middle-East.

There seems to be a precedent. This century we’ve been lied into war by a Republican president and a Democratic one. Bush invaded Afghanistan and Iraq, while Obama attacked Libya and Syria. And now another Republican  president, Trump, is beating the drums of war.

 

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