War is a racket Phil Donahue on the foreign policy of a warrior nation


War is a racket Phil Donahue on the foreign policy of a warrior nation.

“If you take each war we have “injected” our country into over the past ten years and examine it very closely, you will find one common denominator. And it is that same old dirty mean and nasty thing….OIL! Take oil out of the equation and there would have been no wars in these countries. There are many other countries which have been as guilty, if not more so, than the ones we have insisted on “picking on” and yet you have hardly heard a word about them. I would say it is safe to assume it is because they are lacking the common denominator…they have nothing we want! Especially as much as we want that oil so we loosely weave together issues based mostly on bad or fabricated intelligence to justify attacking these countries so we can do whatever is necessary to invade and what is the very first thing we do? Secure our position around their oil reserves and wells!”

Phil Donahue, an American media personality, writer, and film producer best known as the creator and host of ‘The Phil Donahue Show’, was interviewed recently and had some very common sense arguments against the next war. “You can hear the drums in the background,” says Phil as we listen to any one of the Presidential candidates on the campaign trail. “You can’t use an anti-war platform to get elected, so maybe that explains why it’s so easy for us to go to war.” Phil’s right, but I certainly hope he’s wrong…

Phil Donahue on the foreign policy
of a warrior nation


The Iranian oil embargo:
does this mean war?


The Guardian


The decision to impose an EU oil embargo on Iran, agreed on Monday by European foreign ministers, sets a potential bomb ticking, timed to detonate on 1 July.

On that day, according to the package of measures on the table in Brussels, Europe will stop importing oil from Iran, about a fifth of the country’s total exports. At about the same time, US sanctions targeted at the global financing of Iran’s oil trade will also kick in. Iran could still export some of its oil to Asia, but at big discounts.

Unlike previous sanctions on Iran, the oil embargo would hit almost all citizens and represent a threat to the regime. Tehran has long said such actions would represent a declaration of war, and there are legal experts in the west who agree.

The threat of an immediate clash in the Gulf appeared to recede over the weekend when the USS Lincoln aircraft carrier and its task force, including the British frigate HMS Argyll and a French warship, travelled through the strait of Hormuz without incident. This was despite warnings earlier this month from the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that it would oppose the return of a US carrier to the region.

But tensions are almost certain to build again as the effective date of the oil sanctions approaches. The US has already begun beefing up its military presence in the region, and the IRGC is planning new naval war games next month. Rear Admiral Ali Fadavi told the Fars news agency earlier this month that the upcoming exercises, codenamed “the Great Messenger”, would be different from previous war games, without going into detail.

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War is a racket A brief history of America’s dumb policies towards Iran


War is a racket A brief history of America’s dumb policies towards Iran.

Dumb Policies Towards Iran

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In more than 50 years, America’s leaders have never
made a move in Iran (or near it) that didn’t lead
to unexpected and unpleasant blowback.

 

 

 

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These days, with a crisis atmosphere growing in the Persian Gulf, a little history lesson about the U.S. and Iran might be just what the doctor ordered. Here, then, are a few high- (or low-) lights from their relationship over the last half-century-plus:

Summer 1953: The CIA and British intelligence hatch a plot for a coup that overthrows a democratically elected government in Iran intent on nationalizing that country’s oil industry. In its place, they put an autocrat, the young Shah of Iran, and his soon-to-be feared secret police. He runs the country as his repressive fiefdom for a quarter-century, becoming Washington’s “bulwark” in the Persian Gulf — until overthrown in 1979 by a home-grown revolutionary movement, which ushers in the rule of Ayatollah Khomeini and the mullahs. While Khomeini & Co. were hardly Washington’s men, thanks to that 1953 coup they were, in a sense, its own political offspring. In other words, the fatal decision to overthrow a popular democratic government shaped the Iranian world Washington now loathes, and even then oil was at the bottom of things.

 

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Iran/US sabre rattling “Accusing Iran of 9/11 echoes Iraq scenario”


U.S. judge rules Iran abetted 9/11 attacks

A federal judge in Manhattan has ruled that Iran was complicit in the 9/11 attacks. Among the thousands killed in the terrorist strikes were more than a dozen Bucks County residents. The judge, who received affidavits from members of the 9/11 Commission and three Iranian defectors, made the decision in a lawsuit filed on behalf of some of those Philadelphia area families, and others.

The decision is shocking, said University of Pennsylvania political science professor Ian Lustick.

“This is a major political statement and for the judge to establish it as accepted fact, or to claim that is, is to me shocking,” Lustick said. “I know of no significant evidence that Iran was involved that has been advanced seriously.”

Lustick said he doubts this case will set precedent. But he said he’s concerned it could stoke the fires for a U.S. military strike against Iran.

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War is a racket Libya destroyed: next stop Syria and then Iran


War is a racket Libya destroyed: next stop Syria and then Iran.

Why are we still in Iraq, why are we still in Afganistan? We are there to turn them upside down and to keep that cash cow flowing! If we were not spending  $6.7  billion per month in the Middle East we wouldn’t be able to debate the debt ceiling and government shutdown or budget cuts. The politicians and news media wouldn’t have much to talk about would they?

Libya destroyed: next stop Syria and then Iran

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