Officially, America is now bankrupt: financially, economically, politically – and morally. Its criminal aggression towards Iran is just one of many parts of a jigsaw that add up to a clear and grotesque picture of what the United States of America now represents in the 21st Century world.
The numbers and pictures for these constituent parts of this odious jigsaw puzzle are well known. But what has become glaringly clear is just how integrated the official image of the US now is. Bankrupt.
Terminally in debt, mass poverty at record levels, rampant militarism, draconian curbs on civil liberties, government by the rich for the rich, and lately the reactionary, debased cat-fight that passes for political debate among Republican contenders for the Presidency. Cringing is the sight of super wealthy career politicians throwing sand in each other’s eyes to scrabble up the pole for yet further personal accumulation of capital; disturbing is the easy way that psychopathic targeting of imagined enemies whether at home or abroad is worn like a badge of honour. It is a sign of how depraved the American political mind has become when would-be presidents can so openly talk of conducting foreign policy in terms of unquestioned international aggression.
Of course, this kind of political and moral bankruptcy is not just confined to those seeking office. It is the coin of those who are already in office.
In a report in the New York Times Monday we have the startling admissions that, taken together, show that the US government should be certified as criminal (if further proof were needed) .
First we have the top US military man confirming that long-averred war plans against Iran are indeed going ahead.
The NYT: “When asked on [CBS’s] Face the Nation about the how difficult it would be to take out Iran’s nuclear ability in a military strike, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said: ‘Well, I would rather not discuss the degree of difficulty and in any way encourage them to read anything into that. But I will say that my responsibility is to encourage the right degree of planning, to understand the risks associated with any kind of military option, in some cases to position assets, to provide those options in a timely fashion. And all those activities are going on.’”
In other words, the US is preparing for war.
Deadly Spark: What can trigger US-Iran war?
Tension between the U.S. and Iran is being ratcheted up on what seems like a daily basis. The U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton added fuel to the fire calling Tehran’s recent threats to close a vital oil transit route in the Gulf a provocation. RT’s Gayane Chichyakyan looks at whether words could soon become action.
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Tension between the U.S. and Iran is being ratcheted up on what seems like a daily basis. Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan from the Natanz uranium enrichment plant was killed in a car bomb on Wednesday. Tehran has accused Israel of what they’ve called a “heinous act”. Washington denied any role in the death. This incident is the latest in a series of mysterious incidents involving Iran’s nuclear industry. Columnist and veteran war correspondent Eric Margolis believes Tehran is willing to retaliate, but is being cautious at the moment.
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Reminds me how World War 1 was started. It all began with a assassination plot.
Iran is accusing the EU of waging an economic war. It’s in response to Europe considering banning Iranian oil imports in the coming weeks. There’s already a verbal standoff over sanctions imposed by the U.S. at the end of last year, aimed at pressing Iran into abandoning its nuclear programme. Tehran threatened to block a key maritime trade route in the Persian Gulf, and later backed off, but is still warning U.S. ships against sailing in the area. Iran will reportedly hold another naval drill next month. But anti-war activist John Rees sees Western worries over Iran’s supposed nuclear ambitions, as an excuse to curtail Iranian influence in the region.
Irans “Photo-Shopped” Existential Threat
The regime that allegedly threatens the survival of America has now backed down from threats to close the Straits of Hormuz as its economy reels from sanctions and the threat of more. Their boasts about their rocket ranges are also, well, a little thin:
The Qhader missile, introduced in September, has a range of just 124 miles. The U.S. Navy’s fifth fleet in Bahrain is 150 miles from Iran. Israel is four times farther. “We’ve seen that they’ve photoshopped, for example, photographs of missile tests before to make it look more impressive than it actually is, so I would take all this with a grain of salt. I think this is mainly posturing. It’s gamesmanship. And it’s again meant to send a message that the Iranians aren’t simply going to sit back while their oil is sanctioned,” said Michael Singh, Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
Iran’s entire GDP is less than Norway’s. Without oil, it’s a basket-case. The idea that it can threaten the survival of the US, as Gingrich claims, is loopy. But in the current GOP race, Ron Paul is paranoid, not Newt.