Iranian Duplicity And Possible DC Collusion
Clearly Iran is no friend to America.
As the excerpts from the two articles in this post illustrate, it is obvious that either the White House and Iran are cosily in bed with each other, the Oval Office is stark raving staring mad, or the U.S. has been sold out.
Is the current bombast from the Iranians pure Kabuki meant only for the viewing of the Iranian people or do they truly mean it.
The American public had serious doubts about this deal from the beginning. Now that it has been revealed that assistant National security advisor Ben Rhodes openly bragged about how our "President" duped the American people over the Iranian deal, and soon to come revelations about Iranian mistreatment of our sailors, one can hardly draw any conclusion other than America has been betrayed by those in charge.
It would appear that the softening up and/or destruction of America has been the endgame all along---as many have suspected. The only other alternatives are that the "authorities" are governing via a block headed ideology (facts be damned) or stupidity. It is highly unlikely that any fully functional administrative body can be this stupid.
Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the Aerospace and Missile Force of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said at a conference of religious students in Qom on May 14, 2016: The Americans Are Telling Us 'Don't Talk About Missile Affairs, And If You Conduct A Test... Don't Mention It'...
"If we stand fast against this move by the Americans, who have stolen the funds of the [Iranian] nation, they will abandon this habit [of thievery]... They cannot be trusted. We must face them down firmly, and we must act. If we do not, we will witness daily their exaggerated and evil demands...
If we agree to this, they will advance another step, and say: 'Don't conduct [a missile test] at this time, and also don't do it in the Persian Gulf region.' After that, they will tell us: 'Why do you need your missiles to have a range of 2,000 km [anyway?]?'
"After that, they will tell [us]: 'Next, we will check whether your missiles can really carry nuclear weapons. Bring us the details [of the missiles].' After that, they will say: 'We need to set up cameras.' And, finally, they will say: 'Either saw [the missiles up into pieces] or, like [Libyan dictator Mu'ammar] Gadhafi, load them onto a ship and hand [them] over to us.'
"They are clearly deluding themselves. Nothing like this will ever happen."
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Iran's Soft War Against America
by Lawrence A. Franklin
Iran's sophisticated employment of asymmetrical tactics such as "soft war" -- which relies on the other side's wishes, conscious or not, to be taken in -- is apparently part of Tehran's strategy to level the playing field against the U.S., despite America's overwhelming military superiority.
Iran is now being treated by most of the world as a normal nation-state rather than the revolutionary, terror-supporting, totalitarian regime that in reality it is.
Iran is waging a "soft war" offensive -- media, social media, charm -- against the United States. Tehran believes it is scoring significant victories in this war, and it clearly has, as can be seen by the so-called "Iran deal" -- technically no "deal" at all: one side, Iran, got everything.
Iran's sophisticated employment of asymmetrical tactics, such as "soft war" -- which relies on the other side's wishes, conscious or not, to be taken in -- is apparently part of Tehran's strategy to level the playing field against the U.S., despite America's overwhelming military superiority.
Tehran seems to think, with justification, that it has successfully exploited the Obama administration's uncorseted desire for better bilateral relations into granting Iran concessions that are not part of the original Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA).
One of these concessions is granting Iran access to the U.S financial system; U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry spent last week trawling through Europe, imploring bankers to do business with Iran, despite that minor detail that America will not.
Another concession is the U.S. offer to buy Iran's heavy water, a product of its planned plutonium bomb-making reactor in Arak.
Still another concession is the U.S. administration's failure to increase sanctions on Iran for repeatedly launching potentially nuclear-capable ballistic missiles -- in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
The Iranian regime may well attribute these American concessions to its employment of the "jang-e-narm" (soft war) tactic of "smile diplomacy": the media-friendly demeanor of President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif...
Not surprisingly, those are the same tactics that Iran is accusing Washington of using against Iran... Presumably the next concession is that the U.S. be quiet and let Iran keep expanding as far as it likes. The other day, Iran threatened to block the transport of oil by closing the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf.
This is the problem: Iran is now being treated by most of the world as a normal nation-state rather than the revolutionary, terror-supporting, totalitarian regime that in reality it is...
Meanwhile, Iran's aggressive involvement in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq is clearly creating the impression among Gulf states and others that regional leadership is passing from Sunni Saudi Arabia onto a toxic Shi'ite Iran.
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