We Are Edging Closer to War with Iran

The Trump administration continues to beat the war drums with the announcement of 1,000 additional troops being deployed to U.S. Central Command to act in a “defensive” role against the “threat” from Iran. This comes after the administration instantly blamed Iran for the attack against Japanese and Norwegian oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on shaky evidence. The United States government stands ready to defend the Strait of Hormuz from anyone who would threaten its oil shipping routes and disrupt the American domination of the global oil market. Therefore, it has to justify making moves towards military conflict, and on the same hand, it has to pretend like it does not want war.

Even the Japanese government casts doubt on whether the Iranians were responsible for the attack on its country’s ship, and it has so far refused to label Iran as a threat that requires combative action. It is also interesting that a government source in Japan made a comparison between this event and the false intelligence used to justify war in Iraq. The crew of the Kokuka Courageous stated that the ship was attacked by a flying object and not a mine, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed.

So, what is going on in the American intelligence community and with government officials? It seems as if they are concocting yet another false narrative in order to blame Iran and rally Americans to support war with that country. Maybe Americans should also start questioning the official reports on chemical weapons attacks in Syria and the Russian hacking of the American elections because the intelligence agencies are seemingly being used to further the government’s cause of moving towards war. This appears to no longer be about intelligence gathering, but rather, it is about the spread of propaganda. Americans will believe the rhetoric because the intelligence agencies are considered credible sources by most.

After the president withdrew from the nuclear agreement last year, he destroyed any hopes of resolving the conflict peacefully. Iran has announced that it will now enrich uranium to pre-agreement levels, which will be used by the Trump administration to justify a war. The irrationality of this is astounding. Let us pull out of an agreement that was preventing Iran from enriching uranium to weapons grade and then condemn them when they start increasing their enrichment again. Does this make sense to you? It can ultimately only mean one of two things. The Trump administration has been planning a war with Iran for some time and is looking for any justification it can to start one. The other explanation could be that the Trump administration is irrational and incompetent, but this is likely not the case. From watching their moves, it appears that they know what they are doing, and they want a war with Iran.

With the United States sanctioning Iran’s oil and metal exports, threatening any countries that purchase Iranian oil, and beefing up its presence in the Middle East to intimidate Iran, it seems as if war is inevitable at this point. We can hope that the Trump administration will change course and allow talks to occur, but this does not seem likely.

Thank you for reading, and please check out my book, The Global Bully, and website.

This morning, it has been reported that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard shot down an American spy drone flying over its airspace. U.S. officials claim that the drone was flying over international airspace, but this incident will likely be used to further justify war with Iran. Regardless of whose account is correct, why was the American drone flying so close to Iranian territory in the first place? Were U.S. officials hoping for such an incident?
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Published on June 20, 2019 02:42
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