Trump Offers Talks to Iran… Down Barrel of Gun

Finian Cunningham – Strategic Review June 28, 2019

US President Donald Trump again reiterated an offer of talks to Iran this week as the two countries teeter on the brink of war. Trump says he is open to dialogue with Iranian leaders – in spite of his repeated threats to bomb the country, and his earlier labelling of the Islamic Republic as a “terrorist regime”.

Then Trump later this week flipped (yet again), warning he would use “overwhelming force” if Iran attacked US interests. “A war with Iran wouldn’t last long,” asserted Trump, suggesting, menacingly, he was contemplating using weapons of mass destruction. What else could such overweening confidence of rapid victory suggest? Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the aggressive, “mentally retarded” rhetoric showed Trump’s offer of talks was a lie.

Last week, the US president claimed that he called off air strikes against Iran a mere 10 minutes before their launch. “We were cocked and loaded,” he warned. That was after the Iranians shot down a US Global Hawk spy drone which they claimed violated Iran’s airspace. Tehran later provided debris evidence retrieved from its territorial waters in the Persian Gulf indicating its claim was valid. Russia has confirmed the Iranian data.

Doubling down, however, the Trump administration this week has ordered more economic and diplomatic sanctions on Iran in addition to the embargoes it re-imposed after pulling out of the international nuclear accord last year. In an unprecedented provocation, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif were among the sanction targets.

Iran’s foreign ministry dismissed the economic impact of the latest sanctions as meaningless. “There is nothing left to sanction,” said an Iranian government spokesman, inferring that no further economic damage could be inflicted by the US than what it already has done on Iran.

Brian Hook, the Trump administration’s point man on Iranian affairs, teased out the logic of the sanctions. He said Iran can either “come to the negotiating table or watch its economy crumble”.

The US position, by its own admission, is nothing short of “economic terrorism”. To deliberately and explicitly impose a blockade on a country’s economy with the stated intention of destroying its internal functioning is a violation of international law and the UN Charter. It is wholly indefensible, no matter what justification Washington claims.

Russia denounced the new US sanctions as “illegal” and said it would continue trading with Iran in defiance of Washington’s conduct.

Iran has consistently, verifiably abided by the nuclear accord or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) since its signing in 2015 by the US, Russia, China and European Union. It is therefore evidently flagrantly illegal for the Trump administration to reimpose bilateral sanctions on Iran just because the US side abrogated an international treaty. It is the US that is in breach of international commitments, not Iran. What’s more, Washington is demanding that the rest of the world comply with its illegal economic measures towards Iran.

Tehran has warned that it intends to lift restrictions in the coming days on the radioactive enrichment of uranium, citing clauses in the JCPOA which permit its partial withdrawal if there are disputes. Such activity does not in any way amount to Iran weaponizing its nuclear program. The country has disavowed nuclear weapons, but says it has the right to develop civilian nuclear energy in all its aspects, including the enrichment of uranium to whatever levels it wants. The JCPOA involved a self-imposed curb by Iran on lower levels, a curb which it says has become null and void given the lack of implementation of sanctions relief by other parties, the US and Europeans in particular.

The Trump administration’s policy towards Iran is incoherent, contradictory and capricious. Trump ostensibly offers talks, while his hawkish Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was this week visiting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in what seems to be an effort to drum up regional support for military action against Iran. Then we have Brian Hook warning of economic meltdown if Tehran does not roll over for talks.

It’s a mafia-style “offer you can’t refuse”. The US policy is not just economic terrorism. It is state terrorism. Period. It is dangling the “option” of talks from the barrel of a gun. Cocked and loaded, as Trump would put it.

The combination of US military force buildup on Iran’s doorstep, the menacing use of false-flag provocations such as sabotage of oil tankers and downing of spy drones, the continual ratcheting up of psychological pressure such as Pompeo’s regional visit this week, and the dire threat to destroy the country’s economy – these actions all constitute a massive terror assault by Washington on this sovereign nation. A nation which poses no credible threat to American national security or vital interests – despite the blustering allegations made by the Trump administration.

It’s gunboat diplomacy in the 21st Century with a twist of organized crime mentality thrown in for added “maximum pressure”.

And adding insult to injury, the question remains: what is the Trump administration “offering” any way?

What the offer amounts to is for Iran to come to negotiations in order to discuss false claims made by the Trump administration concerning allegations about secret development of nuclear weapons and “sponsoring terrorism” in the region. If Iranian leaders were to somehow capitulate to the “offer” they would be on a path to nothing except validating Washington’s slander and bullying.

Trump is acting like a backsliding bad loser. He feels the US didn’t get a good deal with the JCPOA under the Obama administration, and now wants to renegotiate – using the threat of massive violence as his ultimate bargaining power.

Iran is right to demand that the only possibility for talks to ease the dangerous tensions is for the US to back down from its atrocious conduct. That means reversing the economic terrorism and abiding by an international treaty – the JCPOA – which it negotiated and signed up to in 2015.

The trouble is, for that to happen, the Trump administration is going to have to eat some humble pie and admit – at least tacitly – that its allegations and bullying tactics against Iran are unfounded and futile. President Trump, the showman narcissist he is, probably wouldn’t have an iota of understanding about the need for such an enlightened correction.

The former real-estate magnate has apparently built his career on using “maximum pressure” and ultimatums on what he considers weaker parties to get his deals done. Making Iran “an offer it can’t refuse” is typical of Trump’s business model and his delusional sense of “genius”. That’s why the impasse with Iran looks like a precarious precipice with no safe way back.

As for Trump’s declared “restraint” on holding back violence against Iran, American political analyst Randy Martin says this kind of virtue-seeking is perverse. He says it’s like a psychopath looking for applause just because he calls off a plan to shoot up a crowd of people.

 

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11 responses to “Trump Offers Talks to Iran… Down Barrel of Gun”

  1. Quote:
    ” Trump is acting like a backsliding bad loser. He feels the US didn’t get a good deal with the JCPOA under the Obama administration, and now wants to renegotiate – using the threat of massive violence as his ultimate bargaining power.”

    The Only Evil on Earth: https://t.co/AUrvnLZdrQ
    ” When a person is born, he is born with a rational mindset, he is uncorrupted, without blemish. Unfortunately soon after birth the individual identifies with one of his parents, and he loses his identity, his mindset changes, from rational to irrational. This fall from grace happens to all, and once it has taken place, our minds are open to be programmed to conform to the corrupted world we live in. Being part of the corrupted world, irrational man by default, defends his world with all his might. In reality he is defending his own identity. He becomes a devout conformist. ”

    ” The sad part about a deluded person is that such a person cannot know that he is deluded. If he knew that he is deluded, it follows that he is not deluded, a contradiction, rendering the word “deluded” meaningless. A deluded person cannot know anything, least of all that he is irrational. The ONLY way a deluded person can restore his rationality, is for such a person to accept in FAITH that he is deluded. Once he acknowledges in faith that he is deluded, it opens the door for transformation, restoration. ”

    The faithful Witness

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  2. “cocked and loaded” ? Should be “locked and loaded”! That Trump is a fool. He is not and never was and never could be any kind of a cowboy! Pretentious fool.
    Besides, imagine a cowboy – or any kind of a tough guy, wearing that horrible hair!!!

    “cocked and loaded” ? It is “locked and loaded.”

    “cocked and loaded” ?

    “cocked and loaded” ? He meant “locked and loaded.” Silly old fool, pretending to be a tough guy! He never would have made a cowboy -especially with that hideous hair.

  3. I am sorry about that mess – dont know what happened except that it kept disappearing.

  4. Don’t You Love Trump!

    The man has a gift for hyperbole! So let’s start with this piece of gold, “A war with Iran wouldn’t last long.” Priceless! And you people still think I am bonkers saying what I am saying about Trump?

    Operation Enduring Freedom started now almost 18 years ago! Afghanistan, aka The Graveyard Of Empires (you Brits. should know about that), with a population of 35 million people, with their most advanced weapon being a suicide bomber, their most valuable export being opium, and is now officially the longest war in US history.

    And now lets take a look at Iran….

    – How many years of fighting have these Persians? A war with Iran will not last long, with this experience!

    – How technologically advanced are they in weapons systems? Check out the Bavar 373, its a remake of the Russian S-300. That’s only a knock-off, while the Iranian home made Khordad 15 shot down that drone. No it wasn’t a suicide a bomber!

    Population of Iran 82 million people, more than double of Afghanistan. With thousands of years of experience in war. Technologically advanced. Russia asking Iran, continuously if they want any help. And the Iranians, just smiling back politely and saying, “Relax, we got this.”

    Prediction: If Trump actually finds the stupidity to order a first strike on Iran, we will see for the first time since World War 2, a US aircraft carrier sink to the bottom of the Persian Gulf! Then we are going to find out what Americans are really made of!

  5. Great article by Finian Cunningham!

    I couldn’t help making a few slight modifications…{{{smiles}}}

    Crian Kook, the Grump administration’s top goon on Iranian affairs, squeezed out the tortured logic of the sanctions. He said Iran can either “come to the negotiating table or watch its economy crumble”.

    The US position, by its own admission, is nothing short of “economic terrorism”. To deliberately and explicitly impose a blockade on a country’s economy with the stated intention of destroying its internal functioning is a violation of international law and the UN Charter. It is wholly indefensible, no matter what justification the Washington Warmongers claim.

    Russia denounced the new US sanctions as “illegal” and said it would continue trading with Iran in defiance of Washington’s conduct.

    It is the US that is in breach of international commitments, not Iran. What’s more, Washington is demanding that the rest of the world comply with its illegal economic measures towards Iran.

    The Grump administration’s policy towards Iran is incoherent, contradictory, capricious, scandalous, immoral, destructive, stupid, ignorant, diabolical, unacceptable, intolerable and unforgivable; in other words, it is standard procedure for the US government.

    Grump ostensibly offers talks, while his gawkish Secretary of State Terrorism, Large-Mouth Pike Pompedo, was this week visiting Shoddy Arabia and the United Arab Epirates in an effort to dum up regional support for a terrorist attack against Iran. Then we have Crian Gook warning of economic meltdown if Tehran does not roll over for talks.

    It’s a mafia-style “offer you can’t refuse”. The US policy is not just economic terrorism. It is state terrorism. Period. It is dangling the “option” of talks from the barrel of a gun. Coked up and loaded, as Drunkenstein would put it.

    The combination of US military force buildup on Iran’s doorstep, the menacing use of false-flag provocations such as sabotage of oil tankers and downing of spy drones, the continual ratcheting up of psychological pressure such as Pompedo’s regional visit this week, and the dire threat to destroy the country’s economy – these actions all constitute a massive terror assault by Washington on this sovereign nation. A nation which poses no
    credible threat to American national security or vital interests – despite the blustering
    allegations made by the Grump administration.

    As for Grump’s declared “restraint” on holding back violence against Iran, American political analyst Randy Martin says this kind of virtue-seeking is perverse. He says it’s like a psychopath looking for applause just because he calls off a plan to shoot up a crowd of people.

    Hey Pike Pompedo, Johnny Boltoff and Grump!
    Why don’t you burn me joose!?
    https://grizzom.blogspot.com/2019/06/gaza-arson-balloons-cause-20-fires-in.html

  6. Trump’s game is put maximum pressure and force the targeted nation to come to the table and capitulate to his demands which are not in that nation’s interest. So far North Korea, Venezuela, and Iran have called his bluffs and aren’t caving to his bully tactic.

    Trump thinks (in his own twisted narcissistic mind) that he’ some legendary deal maker. In truth he is an amateur who offends everyone and fails in his arm twisting strategy. In the case of Iran, he is trying to wreck Iran by cutting off it’s ability to sell oil. See chart:

    https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/news/976/cpsprodpb/10D48/production/_106763986_iran_oil_production_apr_2019_976-nc.png

    Iran needs to take action against the bully and cut off the world’s oil. If they can’t sell their oil then why should anyone else be allowed to? The oil sanctions are an act of war and Iran should respond and kick sand in the face of the bully. This would be a provocation to start a larger war, so be it.

    If oil skyrockets then what happens to the derivatives market and western economies?

  7. Donald Trump is only a symptom of the evil that prevails.
    More about the only evil on earth, the IRRATIONAL MINDSET of man.

    1 Corinthians 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

    3 John 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

    Revelation 2:2 I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not
    bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars:

    John 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

    John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.

    Take heed.

    The faithful witness

    Source: ” Believers Information Network “

  8. Discover why Donald Trump arranged to meet Kim Jong-un in the demilitarized zone this morning: https://t.co/lplx9qAluM

    Mutual attraction between to similar individuals.

    The faithful one.

  9. @Voltman

    Yep I like your analogy, “we’ll make you an offer you can’t refuse”, so say the American envoys to the Iranian.

    But I am pretty sure, the Iranians, will not accept and will not refuse either. I think the cards are in the Iranian hands right now. Its just a waiting game. Trump can’t start a war now, for if he did, he would lose the next election, something his vanity is desperate not to do, and more importantly he wants to go down in history as the only President to not start a war and do his maximum term as President. FYI, Carter is the only US President in USA history to not start a military action, but only survived 1 term. And I’d hardly call it down the barrel of a gun. Lets not forget which side can actually shoot down the other sides’ drones!

    I think everyone, especially the Iranians and Russians, are onto this. They aren’t stupid. Iran knows the US are in a very tight bind. They left their need to find new oil resources too late. Now the doors are closing on the American’s faces all around the world. First Venezuela and now Iran. Time is running out, and Trump has an election to win first!

    Prediction: I have said this before but I’ll say it again. Pharaoh Trump to make a deal with Iran before next US elections!

    Now let’s see how stupid, you all think Pharaoh Trump is? This is going to be one heck of a deal! Like I said in another post, The Art Of The Deal Goes International!

    Set let the pantomime continue, and so it will, its too early, for a deal. Some time about this time next year, and then, BOOM! Pharaoh Trump announces a new agreement between the US and Iran, and the House of Saud, start making plans to leave Saudi Arabia!

  10. Trump Does It Again! Another First For The Pharaoh Himself: North Korea!

    True to form, Pharaoh Trump does it again! Talks war but goes for deal: Trump At Korean DMZ, First President Ever In North Korea and where was Soldier Bolton? Bolton Banished(?) To Mongolia. Is this a sign that Bolton is going to get the can? Maybe, it will definitely give him a boost for the up coming election, next year.

    Pharaoh Trump is definitely now thinking about his 1,000 year legacy. How about this guys? Trump makes a deal with North Korea, and officially ends the North Korean War. You heard it hear first folks, Trump ends the Korean War. What ending that will make for his first term as President!

    You may hate the Pharaoh, you may despise the Pharaoh’s methods, you may be revolted by Pharaoh’s image, but you got to admit, Trump is the greatest show on Earth.

    Oh and if there are some lost fools out there, that think that Bolton is going to make a deal to get US forces stationed in Mongolia, the underbelly of Russia, give it up. It ain’t going to happen. The Mongolians were ruled by the Chinese for many centuries, they aren’t going to swap China for the USA. So why is Bolton there?

    Trump, like any good Pharaoh, revenge is a tool to be used for punishment …”after his first presidential debate, he spent days of valuable campaign time (and hours of valuable sleep time) slamming Alicia Machado, the former Miss Universe. At other times during this contest, he could not let go of his feud with Rosie O’Donnell. He tried to smear Judge Gonzalo Curiel, the American-born federal judge hearing a fraud case against Trump University, as a “Mexican” unqualified to preside over this litigation. For days, he derided Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq, after Khizr criticized him during a speech at the Democratic convention. He launched misogynistic attacks against Carly Fiorina and Megyn Kelly. Rather than attempt to unify his party after a divisive primary fight, he threatened to finance future campaigns against GOP rivals, most notably Ohio Gov. John Kasich. He encouraged violence against protesters at his rallies. And there were the mean and nasty nicknames: Lyin’ Ted, Little Marco.”

    In short, Bolton has been sent to Mongolia to prepare him for his new career as Chief Yak Flea Picker to Pharaoh Trump.

  11. The mindset of any individual human being is an absolute.
    Any individual person is rational(spiritual), or he is irrational(worldly).
    There can be no meaningful dialog between a spiritual person and a worldly person, they are not on the same wavelength. https://bit.ly/2Lz7iKs

    Now is the time to separate the sheep(spiritual), from the goats(worldly) individuals.
    John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.

    Those who reject the Son of man bring condemnation upon themselves.
    Luke 19:22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant.

    The faithful witness

    Source: ” Believers Information Network “