U.S. to Step up Sanctions on Iran, ‘Squeeze Them Until the Pips Squeak’

Introduction — Nov 13, 2018

John Bolton. Click to enlarge

John Bolton. Click to enlarge

John Bolton is one of the lowest forms of life in Washington. Apart from being an outspoken supporter of the Zionist lobby he’s also a committed warmonger with a proven track record
In May 2002 John Bolton told the Heritage Foundation that Iraq:
“… has developed, produced, and stockpiled chemical weapons, and has shown a continuing interest in developing nuclear weapons and longer range missiles.
On November 1, 2002, then Undersecretary of State John Bolton told the Second Global Conference on Nuclear, Bio/Chem Terrorism, “We estimate that once Iraq acquires fissile material—whether from a foreign source or by securing the materials to build an indigenous fissile-material capability—it could fabricate a nuclear weapon within one year.” (Source)
This was part of the run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, which once military action was underway and thousands of innocents had been killed or mutilated, revealed that Iraq didn’t have a WMD program after all.
However, Bolton didn’t stop there and nor did he limit his concerns to Iraq. In Sept 2003, he warned that Syria was emerging as part of a new Axis of Evil and as such was a threat to U.S. national security.
According to the Washington Times Sept 29, 2003, Bolton told a subcommittee in the capital that Washington was determined to “roll back” the threat of WMD in the hands of such nations. In his words, the U.S. intended to “ultimately eliminate such weapons from the arsenals of rogue states and ensure that the terrorist groups they sponsor do not acquire weapons of mass destruction.”
Significantly, he left open the possibility that Washington might one day need to use force against regimes it considered dangerous, like the one in Damascus.
While Bolton has couched his language in the language of diplomacy when it came to some theatres of conflict his statements have had one ultimate objective: regime change.
This became apparent in March 2011 when the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations called for the death of Libyan President Gaddafi. Little more than six months later Western-backed Libyan “rebels” had delivered on Bolton’s call.
So John Bolton has been one of the main cheerleaders for U.S. sponsored regime change — either through direct military intervention or covertly through sanctions and support for “opposition groups — in all the major conflicts in the past decade and a half.
Although he’s never served in the military and almost certainly never will, John Bolton has fanned the flames of wars that have left hundreds of thousands dead. That’s what he does for a living and he’s well paid for it too.
In other words this man is nothing less than a war criminal, well paid and securely ensconced in plush offices far from the conflicts he fuels.

U.S. to Step up Sanctions on Iran, ‘Squeeze Them Until the Pips Squeak’

Jack Kim — Reuters Nov 13, 2018

The United States will step up enforcement of sanctions on Iran, national security adviser John Bolton said on Tuesday, as Tehran tries to find ways to evade the restrictions in oil trade and in banking.

“The objective has been from the beginning to get oil exports from Iran down to zero,” Bolton said.

“It is our intention to squeeze them very hard. As the British say: ‘Squeeze them until the pips squeak’.”

The United States announced the reinstatement of sanctions earlier this month as the Trump administration tries to force Iran to curb its nuclear and missile programs as well as its support for proxy forces in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and others in the Middle East.

Eight importing countries have been given temporary exemptions by the United States to keep buying Iranian oil when it reimposed sanctions, prompting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to say Washington would not be able to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero.

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