Administration Escalates Threat Against Iran While Making it Seem Just the Opposite.
Today arrives the next step in the escalation against Iran. Headline: Pompeo offers to talk to Iran with no preconditions.
This is the age-old playbook for escalating tensions. The subterfuge is designed to make it appear that we are easing our stance, to make it seem like Donald Trump is the restraining force on his overzealous war mongers, but in reality this puts more pressure on Iran. And as usual the media is either complicit or just plain oblivious, either way they aren’t serving us. Note the first line in the Politico piece below:
“His (Pompeo’s) remarks suggest increased flexibility by the Trump administration. President Donald Trump’s desire to avoid a war with Iran appears to be prevailing in his own administration — for now…”
He then went on to demand a precondition:
Reuters: “The United States is prepared to engage with Iran without pre-conditions about its nuclear program but needs to see the country behaving like “a normal nation”, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.”
Guardian: “But Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday Tehran would not negotiate with Washington, even after Rouhani had previously signaled talks might be possible if sanctions were lifted.”
Al Jazeera: “Ruohani says Iran will not be bullied into negotiations with tightened sanctions and threats by Washington”
AP: “But the United States will not relent in trying to pressure the Islamic Republic to change its behavior in the Middle East, America’s top diplomat said.”
This is why they pulled out of the nuclear deal in the first place- to isolate the moderates. Knowing full well that the moderates can’t talk and the hard liners won’t, they will now pose themselves as the good guys– we tried everything, including offers of no conditions, but it’s Iran that won’t negotiate because they want Nukes, so we have no other choice. If you look back at what was happening right before we invaded Iraq you’ll find much of the same – Saddam: if you’ll just negotiate on the WMDs, tell us where they are, we can make a deal. Like the Iranian nukes, the WMDs didn’t exist.