Imperial madness defines US geopolitics under Republicans and undemocratic Dems, seeking dominion over planet earth, its resources and populations.
Naked aggression and other hostile actions are its favored strategies. Trump delegated his geopolitical agenda to hardline extremists Pompeo and Bolton.
They’re spoiling for more wars than already, Venezuela and Iran in the eye of their storm—supported by congressional hardliners and major media, providing propaganda services for their imperial agenda.
On Monday after meeting with Pompeo in Rovaniemi, Finland, Sergey Lavrov said US military intervention in Venezuela would be “catastrophic.”
His warning applies equally to Iran. “I don’t see any supporters of a reckless military solution” in Venezuela, he stressed, not regionally or in Europe.
Nor is there any international support for US belligerence against Iran, Israel, the Saudis, and perhaps the UAE likely the only nations for it.
Hostile Trump regime actions against Iran and Venezuela are all about wanting to isolate their countries, crush their economies, and immiserate their people—its actions in flagrant violation of international and US constitutional law.
Measures against Iran include withdrawing from the JCPOA nuclear deal, imposing multiple rounds of sanctions on its officials and enterprises, threatening sanctions on nations buying its oil and continuing normal relations with its ruling authorities, designating its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IGRC) a terrorist organization, along with threatening military action against the country.
In response to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani earlier saying US confrontation with the Islamic Republic would be “the mother of all (regional) wars,” Trump shot back tweeting:
“To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.”
“WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
Bipartisan hardliners in Washington support transforming Iran into a US puppet state, eliminating Israel’s main regional rival, a scheme the Jewish state has been pushing for by its majority extremists.
Prior to joining the Trump regime, Pompeo and Bolton publicly urged terror-bombing strikes on Iran’s nuclear facilities—despite knowing they include no military component, nor is there any evidence that Tehran seeks it, just the opposite.
The Islamic Republic abhors these weapons, wanting them eliminated everywhere. Trump regime hardliners want regime change in Iran and Venezuela by whatever it takes to achieve it.
If war by other means fails, naked aggression remains an ominous possibility against both countries—despite no world community support for going this far.
Iranian retaliation against US and Israeli sites would clearly follow Pentagon surgical strikes on its nuclear and/or military facilities, destabilizing the region, risking global war if Russia intervenes as it did in Syria at the behest of Damascus.
Time and again, the Islamic Republic is accused of things it had nothing to do with. According to National Iranian American Council director Triti Parsi, “Bolton wants war [with Iran]. He will do any provocation to get” it.
On Sunday, he ominously said the following: “In response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings [sic], the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the US Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message to [Iran] that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force.”
Pompeo made similar remarks, falsely claiming the Trump regime has seen “escalatory actions from the Iranians,” adding: “[W]e have good reason to want to communicate clearly about how the Iranians should understand how we will respond to actions they may take.”
Fact: Iran hasn’t attacked another country in centuries. It threatens none now.
The US threatens everyone everywhere, at war in multiple theaters, threatening more aggression against Iran, Venezuela, perhaps against Cuba and Nicaragua as well—what the scourge of imperialism is all about.
Hostile statements by Bolton and Pompeo, along with Trump regime actions against the Islamic Republic and Venezuela ominously resemble anti-Iraq Bush/Cheney rhetoric in the run-up to their 2003 aggression—based on Big Lies and deception.
Neocon extremist head of the undemocratic Foundation for Defense of Democracies Mark Dubowitz urges war on Iran, earlier saying: “The next time a Revolutionary Guard attack boat harasses the US Navy [sic], we should sink it, put it in the bottom of the Gulf. That would be a good start,” adding:
Israel is striking Iranian and other targets in Syria. “I think the US could do the same.” Analyst Seyed Hossein Mousavian believes “[a]s the US pushes Iran to the brink, Tehran may need to get tough,” adding: Trump regime hardliners are “laying siege to Iran in ways similar to the way [Bush/Cheney] did as it prepared to wage an illegal war against Iraq.”
Will they convince DJT to attack Iran and Venezuela, ignoring the risk of possible global war?
In early 2017, senior Iranian National Security and Foreign Policy Commission member Mojtaba Zonour warned that Tehran would retaliate swiftly if its territory is struck—saying it’s able to hit regional targets with destructive force in minutes.
“[O]nly seven minutes are needed for [an] Iranian missile to hit Tel Aviv,” he added. Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) General Amir Ali Hajizadeh said “[i]f the enemy makes a mistake, our roaring missiles will come down on them.”
Over five million Venezuelans are armed and mobilized in citizen assemblies to defend the revolution from internal and external efforts to undermine it, Maduro explained.
Venezuela’s military stands with him against US regime change tactics, committed to protect the republic and its social democracy, its forces trained and able to wage protracted guerrilla war against Yankee imperialism.
If the Trump regime attacks Venezuela and/or Iran militarily, all bets are off. Both countries will go all-out to defend their sovereignty.
If Russia intervenes to help them as it acted in Syria, global war could follow. What’s unthinkable is possible—maybe inevitable given US rage for wanting all sovereign independent governments eliminated.
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.