All sovereign independent countries are threatened by John Bolton’s appointment, notably Russia, China, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and Iran—world peace threatened with him and Mike Pompeo given key Trump administration positions.
Tehran’s Supreme National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani blasted Bolton’s appointment—citing his connection to Iranian opposition Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) terrorists, seeking forcible regime change.
Bolton earlier said US policy should “unequivocally” aim to “overthrow” the Iranian government.
Ahead of him assuming office in April, hostile anti-Iran activity increased.
On March 23, the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) falsely charged 10 Iranian individuals and one entity with engaging in malicious cyber activities—Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker, saying, “Iran is engaged in an ongoing campaign of malicious cyber activity against the United States and our allies,” adding, “Treasury will continue to systematically use our sanctions authorities to shine a light on the Iranian regime’s malicious cyber practices, and hold it accountable for criminal cyber-attacks.”
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein falsely accused the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps of “profit(ing) from America’s ideas by infiltrating our computer systems and stealing intellectual property”—no corroborating evidence cited.
An anti-Iran UN Human Rights Council resolution was adopted, falsely accusing its government of human rights violations—an unacceptable action, according to Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi, saying, “Although most members of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) refrained from supporting the resolution, it was simply adopted through positive votes of a specific political bloc and certain regional countries, which are known to be main violators of basic human rights across the world and region.”
Twenty-six of 47 HRC member states either opposed the resolution or abstained. It approved continuation of Special Rapporteur Asma Jahangir’s mandate to report on human rights in Iran.
Qassemi blasted her “suspicious record . . . her [lack of] credibility and legitimacy,” her anti-Iranian history. She’s no honest observer.
New unfounded accusations surfaced, falsely accusing Iran of secretly building military facilities in Syria, claiming it’s to accommodate thousands of Shiite fighters from Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, along with aiming to sharply increase Syria’s Shiite population.
No evidence was cited. None exists, nor about falsely claiming Tehran spent over $30 billion in recent years, waging war in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and elsewhere.
Iranian MP spokesman for its parliament commission on national security and foreign policy, Seyyed Hossein Naghavi-Hosseini, slammed the appointments of Bolton and Pompeo, saying it “proves that the final US purpose is overthrowing the Islamic Republic.”
Regime change is longstanding US policy since its 1979 revolution. Bush/Cheney nearly waged war to achieve it.
Will neocon hardliners running Trump’s foreign policy forcibly pursue what they consider unfinished business?
Will other sovereign independent countries be targeted the same way? Is unthinkable global war moving closer to reality?
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.