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Aftermath: The Iran War After the Soleimani Assassination – CounterPunch.org

I’ve been writing and speaking for months about the looming danger of war with Iran, often to considerable skepticism.

In June, in an essay entitled “Eve of Destruction: Iran Strikes Back,” after the U.S. initiated its “maximum pressure” blockade of Iranian oil exports, I pointed out that “Iran considers that it is already at war,” and that the downing of the U.S. drone was a sign that “Iran is calling the U.S. bluff on escalation dominance.”

In an October essay, I pointed out that Trump’s last-minute calling off of the U.S. attack on Iran in June, his demurral again after the Houthi attack on Saudi oil facilities, and his announced withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria were seen as “catastrophic” and “a big win for Iran” by the Iran hawks in Israel and America whose efforts New York Times (NYT) detailed in an important article, “The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran.” I said, with emphasis, “It always goes to Iran,” and underlined that Trump’s restraint was particularly galling to hard-line zionist Republican Senators, and might have opened a path to impeachment. I cited the reported statement of a “veteran political consultant” that “The price of [Lindsey] Graham’s support… would be an eventual military strike on Iran.”

And in the middle of December, I went way out on a limb, in an essay suggesting a possible relation between preparations for war in Iran and the impeachment process. I pointed out that the strategic balance of forces between Israel and Iran had reached the point where Israel thinks it’s “necessary to take Iran down now,” in “the next six months,” before the Iranian-supported Axis of Resistance accrues even more power. I speculated that the need to have a more reliable and internationally-respected U.S. President fronting a conflict with Iran might be the unseen reason—behind the flimsy Articles of Impeachment—that explains why Pelosi and Schumer “find it so urgent to replace Trump before the election and why they think they can succeed in doing that.”

So, I was the guy chicken-littling about impending war with Iran.

But even I was flabbergasted by what Trump did. Absolutely gobsmacked. Killing Qassem Soleimani, Iranian general, leader of the Quds forces, and the most respected military leader in the Middle East? And Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, Iraqi commander of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) unit, Kataib Hezbollah? Did not see that coming. Rage. Fear. Sadness. Anxiety. A few days just to register that it really happened. To see the millions of people bearing witness to it. Yes, that happened.

Then there was the anxious anticipation about the Iranian response, which came surprisingly quickly, and with admirable military and political precision, avoiding a large-scale war in the region, for the moment.

That was the week that was.

But, as the man said: “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” And it ain’t over. Recognizing the radical uncertainty of the world we now live in, and recognizing that its future will be determined by actors and actions far away from the American leftist commentariat, here’s what I need to say about the war we are now in.

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/01/24/aftermath-the-iran-war-after-the-soleimani-assassination/

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If Trump, the very very good friend of Benyamin Netanyahou, Israel’s prime minister, follows the advice of Netanyahou, he’ll do his best to start a war so his empeachment might, if not will be, set aside until the next presidential election. Netanyahou is facing the court for corruption, and he’s doing his best to have Israel in a warring situation, in a constant theft of the tiny left Palestinian territory, etc. Netanyahou has been doing his best to steal Palestinian oil, Syria’s… Well, Trump has a master in the field as a friend. One more item: the yearly 4-billion US$… Read more »

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It seems the Slime-who-Rule over-played their hand (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Libya, Gaza, etc) and understand their days are numbered. Perhaps not by financial collapse, or by unsustainable war, or by disease, or over-population and devastation of the planet — or even a combination of all that. Fact is, Elites appreciate that their undoing will likely be by their own hand. As options fade and variables by which the Rulers of the Planet might undo their Evil Empire exponentially increase (ie Syria, Iran, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil, Yemen, Afghanistan, Gaza, Occupied Territories, Iraq, Central America, Libya/Africa, etc etc etc etc etc… Read more »

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