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Mike Pompeo pushes for war in Iraq (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 520.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to push for war in Iraq against Iran militias, while the world is concentrated on fighting the coronavirus pandemic.


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A brave U.S. army lieutenant general may be risking his career to resist Trump administration efforts to provoke war with Iran. Robert P. White, who commands American forces in Iraq, last week wrote what the New York Times called a “blunt memo,” in which he opposed a new plan by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and others to attack Iranian-allied militias inside Iraq.

Most of the world is concentrating on fighting the coronavirus pandemic. But a small group of powerful men are taking advantage of the huge distraction to try and instigate Iran into a war, apparently hoping against all logic that a conflict will prompt regime change there that will neutralize Teheran’s influence in the Mideast. This warmongering group includes Pompeo; Robert O’Brien, the U.S. national security adviser; some top Israelis, including Benjamin Netanyahu; elements of the Israel lobby inside the U.S., and Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Lt. Gen. White’s memo, which was leaked to the Times, warned that the proposed campaign in Iraq against Iranian-allied militias would “require that thousands more American troops be sent to Iraq and divert resources from what has been the primary American military mission there: training Iraqi troops to combat the Islamic state.”

The Pompeo/Netanyahu/Saudi target is the Kataib Hezbollah militia, which has attacked U.S. forces in Iraq, including after the Trump administration assassinated the senior Iranian general, Qassim Soleimani, in January. Pompeo et al dismiss Kataib Hezbollah as Iran’s “proxies,” although genuine experts argue that the group emerged because of the reality in Iraq, including the U.S. occupation, now entering its 17th year, and can act on its own.

Today’s Times report did not go far enough. Pompeo and his allies are not merely targeting a militia in Iraq, (and unnecessarily jeopardizing the 5000 U.S. troops still stationed there). They have a much larger aim — to provoke Iran into a response, which they hope escalates into a broader war. Plenty of critics have noted that aim, but the paper couldn’t find any of them to interview.

(At least the Times did get its hands on General White’s memo. The Washington Post is running a pathetic report that simply takes the Pompeo/Netanyahu approach at face value.)

Mike Pompeo and Donald Trump are notoriously vindictive. Let’s see what’s in the future for Lt. General Robert White.

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Occasionally Astute Observer
Occasionally Astute Observer
April 5, 2020

What’s the difference between Pompeo and Bolton?

Pompeo knows how to massage Trump’s ego (alternately; kiss his ass).

Bolton didn’t.

Meanwhile, the deep state’s pulling out its mess kits in plans to spoon-feed Biden all sorts of stuff. But on the physical side, where will the bibs come from? China, of course.

Captain Crozier
Captain Crozier
Reply to  Occasionally Astute Observer
April 5, 2020

“Mike Pompeo and Donald Trump are notoriously vindictive. Let’s see what’s in the future for Lt. General Robert White.”

White’s toast. Trump’s second religion is chain-of-command and woe be to those who dare break it.

James Hunter
James Hunter
Reply to  Occasionally Astute Observer
April 6, 2020

The Bolted-On Mustache is the difference, but I think the Bolted-On is more dangerous for foreign countries that are not kissing the US president: Groping Elephant Trunk…

Oh my
Oh my
Reply to  James Hunter
April 7, 2020

Jeez, that invoked a flashed image in me, of a herd of elephants standing on a globe and groping their trucks into every nation on earth, while a herd of jackasses sounded off, braying ‘we want our turn, we want our turn’.

Literary Lobotomies
Literary Lobotomies
Reply to  Occasionally Astute Observer
April 7, 2020

Whatever happened to Bolton’s stupid tell-all book? Is it on the dollar table yet?

lynette cracknell chaplin
lynette cracknell chaplin
April 5, 2020

I am not so sure Trump sees eye to eye with Pompeo, he recently said in a sort of joking way that Pompeo was part of the deep state. He should sack him like he did Bolton.

Mister Mxyzptlk
Mister Mxyzptlk
Reply to  lynette cracknell chaplin
April 6, 2020

Sure, then he can put Elliot Abrams in his place, Ms. glass half full.

ManintheMoon
ManintheMoon
April 5, 2020

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Alexes. This is an indeed interesting story (and one that would have passed me by) as it shows that at least one US general is not a political lapdog. However, as usual the Alexes give Trump a free pass. Hell, the guy could sack Pompeo now – especially if he has the backing of the military – he is meant to be in charge after all!. But my bet this was the top brass who realised that Pompeo was risking a major disaster. The problem is that not just Pompeo, but Trump’s Neocon… Read more »

Rick Oliver
Rick Oliver
April 6, 2020

Trump should threaten Pompeo to get suited up for a parachute drop into Iraq , M16 in hand , no back up , on his covertly own . Or better still , he could sack him !

James Hunter
James Hunter
Reply to  Rick Oliver
April 6, 2020

He could drop Pompeo in many countries that would take their revenge for having been sanctioned by the US of Aggression, forced to buy second-class fighter jets and weapons of all kinds or forced to see the US of A steal their oil in order to remain the GREATEST CROOKED AND MURDEROUS COUNTRY on this lonely liveable planet.

Gud Enuf fer Govirmint Werk
Gud Enuf fer Govirmint Werk
Reply to  Rick Oliver
April 6, 2020

Contemporary American history is rich in irony. Bush put Iraq in the Shi’ite majority’s hands and now they wring their hands over Iranian influence, as if it came as a huge surprise, like a pandemic. 😉

Remember when they put all their faith in Chalabi and expanding his WMD claims and he ended up collaborating with the Iranians post facto? Just can’t make this level of stupidity up.

peter mcloughlin
April 6, 2020

Countries trying to exploit this pestilence to their own advantage delude themselves. Blindly empires stumble into the conflagration of their own annihilation.
https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

John Ellis
John Ellis
April 7, 2020

Actually, the hierarchy of power in Empire USA is, first the rich, second the rich and for an absolute only the rich.
Keeping in mind that Pompeo is a graduate of West Point Military Academy.

John Ellis
John Ellis
April 7, 2020

What controls the power of man’s government,
wealth or the god-ego of politicians?
Answer right and you walk in light,
answer wrong and:
“He who strays from the path of understanding,
comes to rest in the company of the dead.”

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