The Way Out Of The Impasse Between Iran & U.S.

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The Way Out Of The Impasse Between Iran & U.S.

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Written by Eric Zuesse, originally published at Strategic Culture.

On June 18th, Iran will hold its Presidential election. The current Government is led by Iran’s moderates, who are the people that aren’t closed-minded to the possibility of America’s being less than 100% determined to take back Iran as America had grabbed that country in the 1953 U.S. coup there, which ended Iran’s democracy and installed the brutal and much-hated fascist Shah Reza Pahlevi. The non-moderates in Iran will not negotiate with the United States, and never did. Restoration of the Iran deal will be impossible if the non-moderates again win power there. But we have only until before that June 18th election to restore it, if it is to be done at all.

There is a superb explanation of this situation, by Alexander Mercouris, in a 38-minute talk by him at The Duran on 2 May 2021, and it is a preface to everything that I shall here be adding to it, which will be only my policy-conclusions which follow, I believe, quite logically, from the facts that he so clearly and accurately presents there. That video (which I recommend everyone to listen to) can be seen here:

https://theduran.com/us-confusion-on-iran-jeopardises-jcpoa-talks

He concludes by saying (and I add my comments [in non-italics and in-between brackets]), starting at 31:50-

We will see, over the next few weeks, whether the U.S. and Iran are able to overcome their common mistrust [which has resulted from Trump’s having cancelled the Iran deal, which had taken years to negotiate] and find a way forward, or whether opponents of the JCPOA [the Iran deal] in the United States, in Saudi Arabia and Israel, and in Iran itself, will instead prevail. I should say that I think that this is going to be a key moment in the Middle East. If the United States is able to re-enter the JCPOA, after having made various steps to walk away from it [Biden’s having promised that he wouldn’t return to it unless Iran would first agree, in advance, to making concessions, beyond those it had made in the JCPOA, which — if Iran, which had adhered to the deal, which the U.S. did not, were to do that — would outrage the Iranian public and thus guarantee the current Iranian Government’s fall and replacement by the non-moderates; so, that demand by Biden was stupid in the extreme], but if it re-enters it on Iranian terms [that is, unconditionally, which is the only way for the deal’s violator to be able to return to the deal], then it would be very difficult for people in the Middle East to see it [because Biden had promised not to do that] as anything other than a major concession and a signal that the United States is, indeed retreating from the Middle East. Iran will, at that point, be in the ascendant, and it will probably increase its influence in places like Iraq, and possibly Syria and Lebanon also. The Saudis and Israelis, by contrast, will be dismayed, and no doubt they will consider what steps they should take, possibly distancing themselves, to some extent, not perhaps from the United States, but from this Administration [meaning that many mega-donors to the Democratic Party while Biden or Harris are leading the Party will quit or greatly reduce their donations to it, and that Republicans will probably then easily retake the U.S. White House in 2024]. The alternative, however, it seems to me, is worse [for the United States and everyone]. If the United States and Iran cannot agree a way forward, and the JCPOA [restoration] fails, then the situation is set up for a showdown, at some point, between the United States and Iran, with Iran, almost certainly in that case, pushing forward [under rule by its non-moderates] with its nuclear enrichment program, and forging, at the same time, ever-closer ties with the new Eurasian powers, Russia and China, which are increasingly working together. At that point, some kind of military hostilities, in the Middle East, become more likely. 

The United States, once more, finds itself in a difficult position. It does so because of the way in which it has inserted itself, to such a degree, in the affairs of the Middle East, which, in some ways, it does not fully understand, and which it is certainly unable to control. 

Trying to build long-term policy in the Middle East by an outside power, like the United States has done, is like trying to build a castle on a foundation of sand. The edifice might look imposing for a while, but eventually it crumbles.

It seems to me that, whatever happens, over the next few weeks, we are going to see, with these negotiations, the beginning of that long retreat, or, rather, a further step in that long retreat, of the United States, from the Middle East, and [from] that era, which began in the 1970s, when the United States managed to establish itself as the prevailing overwhelmingly dominant power across the Middle East and the country that essentially decided the course of decisions and events there.

So, this will be a step towards the end of an era. If so, however — if the United States manages to withdraw in an orderly way by agreeing to the JCPOA, despite the embarrassment and, to some extent, the humiliation [because Biden has promised not to do this] that it will suffer — that will at least provide a route for a dignified farewell.

If, on the other hand, the negotiations fail, and the JCPOA dies, then the eventual outcome of an American retreat from the Middle East will probably happen still, but the sequence of events will be disorderly, chaotic, and, perhaps, violent.          

Biden chose, when he entered office in January, to commit his Administration to Trump’s foreign policies. He accepted the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, which was a slap in the face to the Palestinians. He accepted Trump’s acceptance of Obama’s policy that Crimea and Donbas — which had separated themselves from Ukraine after Obama’s coup which had seized Ukraine’s government in February 2014, as a result of a plan by Obama which had started forming in Obama’s Administration in 2011 — must be seized back by Ukraine, and Biden promised that the United States would help Ukraine to do that. And he accepted Trump’s continuation of Obama’s plan to oust Bashar al-Assad from power in Syria and replace him with leaders who would be selected by the Saud family. He also accepted Obama’s and Trump’s change in American policy on Taiwan, toward switching away from the decades-long “one-China” policy of refusing to grant separate-nation status to Taiwan, toward now sending officials to Taiwan in violation of that policy and toward sending warships to the Taiwan Strait (internationally recognized by every nation except America to be Chinese territory) as a threat and preparation for publicly demanding that Taiwan be recognized by the United Nations as being a separate nation and no longer a province of China. All of these policies were build-ups toward some hoped-for surrender by Russia, and by China, and by Iran, to Biden, which would supposedly happen in some way without direct military conflict between the United States and Russia, and/or China, and/or Iran.

Furthermore: Biden continues Trump’s — who continued Obama’s — policy to get the UK Government to transfer Julian Assange from a British super-max prison in solitary confinement to a U.S. Supermax prison in solitary confinement so that the U.S. can permanently remove Assange from access to the public and perhaps execute him on totally bogus charges. Assange has never been convicted of anything and has been imprisoned by the UK Government for over a decade, awaiting a court ruling that he can be extradited to the U.S. for elimination. Here was the first day of his only trial, which ended in no conviction and in what was expected to be his release from that super-max prison, and both on that first day and on the last day of his trial (as can be seen there), British ‘justice’ was clearly outrageous and suitable only for a dictatorship. Furthermore, instead of that regime releasing him, the U.S. regime under Trump and now continuing under Biden appealed UK’s ruling that had declined to extradite him, and both the UK and the U.S. Governments are keeping him in that UK supermax solitary confinement until UK either announces that he is dead or else extradites him to a U.S. prison to await his death in some American prison — regardless of whether or not he ever becomes convicted of anything.

Biden chose this astoundingly stupid and arrogant policy of the U.S.&UK imperium, instead of criticized and renounced his immediate predecessors’ policies on these matters.

It is vastly more difficult for him to reverse those stupid and dangerous policies now, after he had announced them, and to back America down from them peaceably, than it would have been if he had not entered the White House in the way that he did, as a continuation of George W. Bush and of Barack Obama and of Donald Trump’s policies on these matters. He has been continuing down their road to World War III.

His immediate predecessors were building toward World War III, and he chose to build more toward that War, but Mercouris seems to me to be expecting that Biden will discontinue that road now, after Biden’s having committed himself toward building that way even more than his immediate predecessors did.

The road to WW III is long, and Biden, by now, should recognize that we are nearing the end of that road, which would be the inevitable annihilationist destination of the road that the U.S. has been taking.

At this point, either Iran will, yet again, have to yield-up its sovereignty (basically return to being an American colony, as it was between 1953 and 1979), or Russia will have to yield-up its sovereignty (which it never did yield), or China will have to yield-up its sovereignty (which it formerly had done when Britain grabbed it), or else the United States will have to stop demanding them to yield up their sovereignty.

Why has Biden chosen this dead-end? The reason (besides his stupidity) is obvious: The only alternative for him has been and is for the U.S. Government to face courageously and honestly in front of the entire world, that its existing policies on each one of these matters is imperialistic and alien to what had been the plan and the intent of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his plan to end all imperialisms and replace them by the first global democratic federation of nations, by means of the sole possessor of strategic weaponry being the United Nations, the organization which FDR himself invented, created and named, but which his immediate successor, Harry S. Truman, catastrophically weakened in order to prepare for the U.S. Government itself to take over control of the entire world and dictate to it as the world’s first all-encompassing global empire. In 1991 when the Soviet Union and its communism and its Warsaw Pact military alliance all ended, it seemed as if Truman’s goal of a global U.S. dictatorship would finally be fulfilled, and that was supposed to be “the end of history.” But it was, instead, only America’s intensified war for global dictatorship, and the end of that war will come now, but definitely not on America’s terms.

Either Biden will, now, proudly take up and continue, the vision of FDR — to end all empires, meaning especially its own, and to transform the U.N. into what FDR had planned it to become, the democratic federation of all nations — or else, there will be global nuclear annihilation.

Clearly, Biden, throughout his life, has been stupid and arrogant, but the question facing him now is whether to continue this, right up to its ugly end, or else to announce, proudly, that he is a decent person and will return America, and the world, to what had been FDR’s vision for it.

If he chooses the latter path, then — and this is the only way to do it — America will again take up the banner of freedom and democracy, to the entire world: including nations that it (for whatever reasons, valid or not) disapproves of. And, then, he will win the Nobel Peace Prize, which Obama had won but did only one thing ever to have deserved, which was the JCPOA (which he hadn’t yet even envisioned when he was accepting that entirely unearned Prize).

Whereas Mercouris seemed to me to be optimistic that Biden would do the sane thing, I am not, because Biden has given no indication that he is willing to renounce his, and his immediate predecessors’, extremely ugly record, of reaching to grab the entire world.

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of  CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.

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AMS

hopefully the moderates are voted out, it will make iran stronger i think

Erik Nielsen

Fidel could do it. He did it!
Clean Iran for foreign agents and throw US out in the swine bay from where they would swim home to Florida, and stay there for decades writing articles about how everything should have been done different in Iran ad Cuba…..LOL.

yuri

sociologists have long demonstrated that amerikans are FAKE; these robots cannot distinguish a vegetable from a dildo. their politicians are senile pedophiles. their villages LGBT methamphetemine marketplaces
the most recently installed senile vegetable, Biden will be worse than the previous hologram—he may install hunter as DEA director and legalize crack cocaine to improve his popularity in ghettos, otherwise his hollywood created regime will replicate the oligarchy policies found in 1800
the main churches—macdonalds and Burger King guarantee that spirituality and obesity remain—the comedy continues

zman

Very good article, as far as it goes. He encompasses the options and possible outcomes well. His assessments of Biden, et al, are pretty well on the money. However, the US (and thus the world) has a problem…over a century of Zionist infiltration, blackmail and propaganda. Europe has the same issues as well, but today seems to be more controlled by US whims (arm twisting) than those of Israeli origin. Which, actually, is to say that Israels political control extends to financial and political power through the US…sanctions of nations, people, corporations, UNSC control. What Zuesse does not mention, as most do not (like the elephant in the room), is the almost complete control of the US government since JFK assassination, followed by the Reagan enabled and embedded neocons (which were actually around since?) which are still in control…and their control is quite formidable. Zuesse himself remarks on the continued policies from Bush to Biden, regardless their purported stances. UNTIL that control is broken, there will not be a change coming…at least not without conflict, which is OK with them. What Biden does is not up to him…How many behind the scene control mechanisms are there? City of London, et al, is just one front, but very powerful. How were WWI, Bolshevik Revolution and WWII instigated and created? Israel? Although the people, even controlled politicians possibly, would like to take a different course, are they far too compromised to present a determined front? So far, yes…and the ones that have tried are dead, missing or left ruined. At this point, to believe that what we see is what is real, is a farce unto itself. There is far more to the story than just the scenario we are presented with. Is it not strange that when such articles are written, that those that orchestrate behind the curtain are not mentioned…at all?

yepitstrue

Good article – it is all too seldom remarked upon, that once in office Obama was another US Presidential war-monger for the Neo-Con foreign policy agenda – and not some saintly Nobel Peace prize winner, as he was immediately publicly marketed upon initial election (despite having done nothing at all that point). It was all about the politics and marketing of controlled opposition – in the wake of, by-then, deeply unpopular and expensive Iraq War 2.0 (read occupation quagmire), Obama was presented as the anti-Bush candidate to US electorate. However, in reality, Obama then promptly just continued on with the same basic policies of the Neo-Con clique – that underwrote all of Bush/Rumsfeild’s foreign policy actions. Obama was merely less bombastic in his foreign policy delivery, and tried to keep his war-mongering firmly under the humanitarian intervention rhetoric – less the post-9/11 revenge rhetoric of Bush era (that instinct was largely played out with electorate post Iraq). Beyond the marketing, it was really the same movie, with same ending, just different actors and a shift in motive emphasis in the screenplay.

farbat

hahahaha these clueless people

farbat

the problem of such people is that they have little imagination for constructs like governance systems and they are right the presidential office of iran is immensely powerful but that isnt how things work in its entirety and if it was than things would have looked different than they do today

farbat

it is important for iran to kill out all political factions outside the revolutionary spectrum so the moderates are dead in a political sense and the reformists even more so and ahmadinejad is a circus clown just like his party and they were done years ago

KnowTheJew

Anyone that is Jew-wise is aware, or should be, with the Jews’ designs for “Greater Israel” and the Jews’ Yinon Plan. I aware that the Jews will permit no peace in the Middle East until the Jews have killed or subjugated all of the Goy inhabitants of “Greater Israel.”

The Jew-wise know that the Jews cannot, will not, permit a check on their crimes by a rival, especially Iran. Know that the Jews MUST have Iran destroyed.

Those that are still convinced of that should read the Jews’ 2009 plan for instigating a war on Iran in their Brookings Institution’s “Which Path to Persia” document. “Which Path to Persia” includes utilizing a “rejected” deal with Iran and, between the lines, producing another 9/11 false flag blamed on Iran. The plan mostly is about how to propagandize Iran sufficiently as evil so as to induce we in the West to permit our children to be used as the Jews’ kill or be killed canon fodder, again.

farbat

@knowthejew they have failed we are shelling them day and night and we will have them eradicated before america ever could mobilize even 1 person they are that cornered and even after that we would not leave them alone that easily which means these jews arent safe even after we finished the zionist usurper entity we will see them on their knees and answer to us quite alot of things for us to make the choice what to do with them and in fact they dont need to answer us but they will have to answer god himself