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Ron Paul: President Trump’s Iran Policy – Is It ‘Normal’?

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Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity:

It’s not often that US Government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy. The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a “liberation.” The 2011 US-led destruction of Libya was a “humanitarian intervention.” And so on.

So, in a way, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was refreshingly honest last week when, speaking about newly-imposed US sanctions, he told the BBC that the Iranian leadership “has to make a decision that they want their people to eat.” It was an honest admission that new US sanctions are designed to starve Iranians unless the Iranian leadership accepts US demands.

His statement also reveals the lengths to which the neocons are willing to go to get their “regime change” in Iran. Just like then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said it was “worth it” that half a million Iraqi children died because of our sanctions on that country, Pompeo is letting us know that a few million dead Iranians is also “worth it” if the government in Tehran can be overthrown.

The US Secretary of State has demanded that Iran “act like a normal country” or the US would continue its pressure until Iran’s economy crumbles. How twisted is US foreign policy that Washington considers it “normal” to impose sanctions specifically designed to make life miserable – or worse – for civilians!

Is it normal to threaten millions of people with starvation if their leaders refuse to bow down to US demands? Is the neoconservative obsession with regime change “normal” behavior? Is training and arming al-Qaeda in Syria to overthrow Assad “normal” behavior? If so, then perhaps Washington’s neocons have a point. As Iran is not imposing sanctions, is not invading its neighbors, is not threatening to starve millions of Americans unless Washington is “regime-changed,” perhaps Iran is not acting “normal.”

So what is normal?

The continued Saudi genocide in Yemen does not bother Washington a bit. In fact, Saudi aggression in Yemen is viewed as just another opportunity to strike out at Iran. By making phony claims that Yemen’s Houthis are “Iran-backed,” the US government justifies literally handing the Saudis the bombs to drop on Yemeni school busses while claiming it is fighting Iranian-backed terrorism! Is that “normal”?

Millions of Yemenis face starvation after three years of Saudi attacks have destroyed the economy and a Saudi blockade prohibits aid from reaching the suffering victims, but Secretary Pompeo recently blamed Yemeni starvation on, you guessed it: Iran!

And in a shocking display of cynicism, the US government is reportedly considering listing Yemen’s Houthis as a “terrorist” organization for the “crime” of fighting back against Saudi (and US) aggression. Labeling the Yemeni resistance a “terrorist” organization would effectively “legalize” the ongoing Saudi destruction of Yemen, as it could be justified as just another battle in the “war on terror.” It would also falsely identify the real culprits in the Yemen tragedy as Iran, which is repeatedly and falsely called the “number one sponsor of terrorism” by Pompeo and the rest of the Trump Administration neocons.

So yes, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told one wicked truth last week. But before he demands that countries like Iran start acting “normal” or face starvation, perhaps he should look in the mirror. Are Pompeo and the neocons “normal”? I don’t think so.


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

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Jane Karlsson
Jane Karlsson
November 13, 2018

No, Trump’s policy on Iran is not normal. Not remotely normal. He wants to replace the Iranian government with a vicious cult called the MEK. I suspect he gets his completely insane ideas about Iran from John Bolton, who is a huge MEK supporter.

Last week the Guardian published an excellent article about the MEK.

John Nolan
John Nolan
November 14, 2018

Amazia, the land of the freaks, the home of the sleaze, a once great nation, back in the 1800’s, but now the most brutal, subservient, mind dead state on the planet, who is now in the spasmodic throes of her imminent death. What right has CHUMP, a servant of Israel, a dememnted, very wealthy killer, got to declare war on the world, the children of the world, especially those of the Middle East, with starvation, as his (and Amazia’s populace!), most lethal weapon? Now we know who is the most ugly, vile, cruel nation of dictators on earth, and, very… Read more »

Shaun Ramewe
Shaun Ramewe
November 14, 2018

Who cares about what Zio-liar pro-terrorist coward-pervert war criminals Swamp-Chump, Pumphole and Bolt-on say or their BS-based so-called sanctions on resource-rich well-connected anti-terrorist Iran? Tehran’s leadership laughs and continues to assist other sovereign nations kill the global-traitor civilian-murdering oil-thieving political-meddling media-lying ZOG’s sicko mercenary terrorists.

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