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Johnson's Big Lie and NATO's War v Russia - Part 1

by Oui Wed May 22nd, 2024 at 01:54:44 PM EST

Of course joined at the hip by Dutch PM Mark Rutte

Making NATO defense of Europe "Trump Proof"...

Sparks Fly As Cruz Confronts Blinken Over 'Worst Foreign Policy Disaster Of Modern Times'

The legacy left by the Trump/Kushner/Pompeo administration ... even beyond the attempt to overthrow the newly elected president on 6th of January.

The Secret History of the Push to Strike Iran | NY Times Magazine - 4 Sept. 2019 |

Hawks in Israel and America have spent more than a decade agitating for war against the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. Will Trump finally deliver?

As a top national security official in the George W. Bush administration, Bolton was one of the architects of regime change in Iraq. He had long called not just for withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or (JCPOA), as the 2015 nuclear deal was known, but also for overthrowing the Iranian regime that negotiated it.

Earlier that July, he distilled his views on the matter in Paris, at an annual gathering in support of the fringe exile movement Mujahedeen Khalq, or the M.E.K., which itself had long called for regime change in Iran. Referring to the continuing policy review in Washington, he repeated his belief that the only sufficient American policy in Iran would be to change the Iranian government and whipped the crowd into a standing ovation by pledging that in two years, Iran's leaders would be gone and that "we here will celebrate in Tehran."

The document that Bolton produced at Bannon's request was not a strategy so much as a marketing plan for the administration to justify leaving the Iran deal. It did little to address what would happen on Day 2, after the United States pulled out of the deal. But Bolton's views were hardly a secret to those who had spoken to him over the years or read the Op-Ed he wrote in The New York Times in 2015: Once American diplomacy had been set aside, Israel should bomb Iran.

How to Get Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal | The National Review -

Many outside the administration wondered how this was possible: Was
Trump in control, or were his advisers? Defining a compelling rationale to exit
Obama's failed nuclear deal and elaborating a game plan to do so are quite easy.
In fact, Steve Bannon asked me in late July to draw up just such a game plan for
the president -- the option he didn't have -- which I did.

Here it is. It is only five pages long, but like instant coffee, it can be readily
expanded to a comprehensive, hundred-page playbook if the administration
were to decide to leave the Iran agreement. There is no need to wait for the
next certification deadline in October. Trump can and should free America
from this execrable deal at the earliest opportunity.

I offer the Iran non-paper now as a public service, since staff changes at the
White House have made presenting it to President Trump impossible.
Although he was once kind enough to tell me "come in and see me any time,"
those days are now over. If the president is never to see this option, so be it.
But let it never be said that the option didn't exist.

-- John R. Bolton is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. [a recess appointment not confirmed by Congress]

Abrogating the Iran Deal: The Way Forward

With friends like John Bolton, who needs enemies? | Ynet News - April 2018 |

Op-ed: Americans who encourage Israel to launch wars, Americans who are trigger-happy when it comes to someone else's trigger, don't really love us. And even if they do, it's negated by their prodding.


'Win-Win?' Trump, Netanyahu Say Mideast Peace Plan Offers a Two-State Solution | Bloomberg - 28 Jan 2020 |

The offer to Palestinians sealed in building a new settlement on Syrian Golan Heights.


Doha: Pompeo meets with Taliban delegation | AFP News Agency - 12 Sept 2020 |

Brought Sudan in the Abraham Accords of normalisation with the Jewish State of Israel

US Presses Sudan to Normalize Relations with Israel | Arab Center - 14 Oct 2020 |

The Trump Administration is holding up the removal of Sudan from the State Sponsors of Terrorism (SST) list because it wants Khartoum to establish diplomatic ties with Israel before the US presidential election in November. The aim is to tout another foreign policy "success." This pressure has exacerbated divisions in Sudan between the civilian transitional government and the military hierarchy, with the former stating that the issue of normalizing relations with Israel is too sensitive to be taken up now without a broad public consensus and the latter showing eagerness for it because of supposed benefits that would likely accrue to its institution.

The American pressure campaign on Sudan is being aided by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which favors the Sudanese military and is eager to show Washington that it can do its bidding in the region--perhaps in an effort to bolster the UAE's chances of receiving the much-coveted F-35 aircraft and to further diffuse Palestinian anger over Abu Dhabi's decision regarding ties with Israel.

Secretary of State and Prime Minister Netanyahu Joint Statement | C-Span video - 19 Nov 2020 |

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a joint statement in Jerusalem in what appeared to be their last meeting before the Biden-Harris transition. Both leaders highlighted the progress of U.S.-Israel relations under the Trump administration, including the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital and location of the U.S. embassy and the decision by President Trump to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. The prime minister said the United States had no better friend than Israel. Secretary Pompeo also announced that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement would be recognized by the U.S. as being anti-Semitic. "We want to stand with all other nations that recognize the BDS movement for the cancer that it is," Secretary Pompeo remarked.

The results of Trump policy visible in the future ...

Retreat after defeat in Afghanistan

Sudan famine United Nations News

Sudan: 18 million face acute hunger as conflict, economic woes worsens | Sudan Tribune - 18 Feb 2024 |

How 2 debunked accounts of sexual violence on Oct. 7 fueled a global dispute over Israel-Hamas war | AP News -  6 hrs ago |

Gaza obliterated by American bombs, aircraft and political support

Netanyahu's response to the ICC invokes another genocidal biblical reference | Mondoweiss |

Netanyahu's rant against the ICC quoted a biblical verse that warns against the dangers of not completely wiping out your enemy's society. It doesn't take much to figure out what this means for Israel's genocidal war on Gaza.

The version of the address that he delivered in English (text here) was also unhinged, calling the ICC application a "blood libel" and likening the ICC's Chief Prosecutor to a Nazi judge. But that's where the English version ended, with an invocation of the Holocaust in asserting that "never again is now."

The Hebrew version was different. It ended with a Hebrew phrase -- "Netzah Israel lo yeshaker" -- which means "the Eternal One of Israel shall not lie." This was the phrase he directed at "the lies at The Hague," as he said in the statement. The significance of this phrase will not be apparent to the general public, as it draws upon loaded codes in both biblical and Zionist history and mythology.

The phrase itself comes from Samuel I, 15:29. Context here is everything.

King Saul was admonished by the prophet Samuel for not completely eradicating the Amalekites -- Saul had spared their king Agag and "the best of the sheep and cattle," which the Israelites "were unwilling to destroy completely." According to the Bible, this level of annihilation was not enough and displayed King Saul's supposed weakness. {Putting the call in today's politics: Bibi needs to wipe out Palestinians or he will lose his position as prime minister]

That is why the Prophet Samuel admonished the biblical king:

      "The Lord anointed you king over Israel. And he sent you on a mission, saying, 'Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.' Why did you not obey the Lord? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the Lord?"

Saul seeks to defend his actions, but Samuel delivers an uncompromising message:

      "You have rejected the word of the Lord, and the Lord has rejected you as king over Israel!"

Saul seeks forgiveness, but Samuel delivers the unrepentant message:

      "The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors -- to one better than you. He who is the Eternal One of Israel shall not lie  or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind."

True ... friendship with Putin and Russia because Ukraine worked with democrats to defeat Trump in 2016. A follow-up soon :-)


We cannot apply international law only when
it's convenient | Senator Bernie Sanders (Vt) |

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed May 22nd, 2024 at 02:30:50 PM EST

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