President Trump may be coming around. Yesterday he said to Iran–“call me…let’s talk…we can make a deal…”
Was the Venezuela debacle effectively his Bay of Pigs moment (my analogy not his)? Orchestrated largely by Bolton and hawks, aided and abetted by false narratives presented by the mainstream media,* failed embarrassingly.
Let’s look at the timeline leading up to the Iran overture statement:
1) Some, if not all, of the so-called Iran intelligence was provided by Mossad – Israeli intelligence. It was not specific. Clearly Israel is not an objective observer.
2) Pompeo cancels Germany trip to go to Iraq – to reaffirm U.S. support for “a sovereign, independent” Iraq, free from the interference of neighboring Tehran. Pompeo meets with Iraq’s president and prime minister.
3) Pompeo cancels Greenland trip to speed back to US “amid rising tensions.”
4) Trump, already stung by the Venezuela swindle, says to Iran– “Call me, we’ll make a deal”- off the cuff? – a signal to Bolton that the gig is up?
Question: what did the Iraqi’s tell Pompeo— maybe something like “we have no sovereignty independent from Iran- our forces failed against ISIS, it was the Iranian backed forces – Badr, Quds, Mahdi – that succeeded. If you try this who will have our back, and what about your back? The country may quickly descend into violent chaos…”
It was probably not a great night at the Bolton dinner table.
Watch: Trump Press Conference – Iran, “Call Me”
* FAIR.Org critique of Venezuela Coup coverage
FAIR.Org Distorting “Democracy” in Venezuela Coverage
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- 1911: Xinhai Revolution. An Army revolt marks the beginning of the Republic.
- 1912: Sun Yat-sen is made first provisional President of the Republic.
- Guo Min Dang (KMT), The National People’s Party is founded.
- Emperor Xuan Tong resigns.
- Yuan Shikai becomes provisional President.
- 1915: Japan presents its Twenty-One Demands.
- 1916: Warlords struggle for power after the death of Yuan Shikai.
- 1919: May Fourth Movement.
- 1921: Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is formed.
- 1921-1922: Nine Power Treaty.
- 1923: Chiang Kai-shek becomes head of the Huangpu Military Academy.
- 1925: Sun Yat-sen dies.
- 1926-1927: Mao Zedong organizes the peasants of Hunan Province.
- 1927: Chiang Kai-shek turns on the leaders of the labor unions and the Communist Party. Many are killed.
- 1928: Capital is moved to Nanjing.
- Most of China is under KMT control.
- Japanese blow up Zhang Zuolin’s train.
- 1929-1931: Disastrous famine.
- 1930-1934: Chiang Kai-shek leads five encirclement campaigns against the Communists.
- 1931: Mukden Incident.
- 1934-35: The Long March of the Communist Party.
- 1936: Xian Incident. Attempted coup against Chiang.
- 1937: Incident at Marco Polo Bridge. Begins Second Sino-Japanese War. Communist Eight Route Army Formed.
- 1938: Japanese take much of China. Communists filter in behind enemy lines and fight guerrilla war against Japanese.
- 1940: Puppet government under Wang Jingwei is established.
- 1941: New Fourth Army Incident
- 1945: Japanese surrender.
- 1946: KMT and CCP agree to a cease fire. Cease fire does not last.
- 1948: CCP takes Manchuria and northern China.
- 1949: Chiang Kai-shek and KMT retreat to Taiwan.
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