Trump Signs Secret Pact With Israel To “Deal With Iran”

It is no revelation that a fair number of Republicans have dreamed of a “substantial” war with Iran going back to 1979 when the Islamic population chose its own government. Imperialist regimes always have problems when sovereign nations reject foreign domination, and America’s conservatives are still angry the leader they installed in Iran was sent packing and the Ayatollah became Iran’s Supreme Leader. Add to that simmering anger the Republicans’ devotion to executing the demands of a foreigner who dreams of America waging war on Iran and any idea of peace in the region looks bleak at best.

Because Republicans control the entire government, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a devoted puppy in the White House, it was just a matter of time before the Israeli leader exercised his authority to set American Middle East (war) policy. It was something he enjoyed during the Bush administration where he successfully directed George W. Bush  to attack and invade Iraq. He missed having that awesome authority during President Barack Obama’s tenure and it informs his willingness to humiliate himself by pandering to Trump’s narcissism and assuming a man-crush on an honest-to-dog moron.

Now Netanyahu is imposing his will and flexing his American puppet’s muscle and setting the stage for the war Steve Bannon, most Republicans and some Israeli-Democrats want American soldiers to engage in on Israel’s behalf. Trump is an ignorant buffoon who needs a new distraction so he is obviously doing his best to satisfy his Middle East war policy advisor Netanyahu – at least as long as good old “Bibi” continues stroking Trump’s ego.

According to Israel’s Channel 10 News, Trump and Israeli “officials reached a highly secretive closed-door cooperation agreement on how to deal with Iran” a couple of weeks ago.  The “Times of Israel” reported that the “deal” was signed at the White House on December 12 with the specific aim of countering Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. The “agreement” is being touted as “translating Trump’s decertifying the Iran deal into steps [boots] on the ground.

An Israeli official commented on the purpose of the “highly secretive” agreement thus:

“The U.S. and Israel see eye to eye the different developments in the region and especially those connected to Iran. We reached at (sic) understandings (sic) regarding the strategy and the policy needed to counter Iran. Our understandings deal with the overall strategy but also with concrete goals, way of action and the means which need to be used to get obtain (sic) those goals.”

Most of the world believed that any “developments connected to Iran” were adequately dealt with two years ago by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed upon by Iran and the so-called P5+1 nations (America, United Kingdom, China, France, Russia and Germany). Trump and Netanyahu refuse to acknowledge the validity of a major deal with the world’s leading powers and Iran because it did not plan for American military action against the Islamic Republic.

It is important to note that when Trump refused to certify Iran’s compliance with the P5+1 nations, he did so despite confirmation from all the parties involved that Iran was in total compliance with conditions of the agreement. As noted here, even the “Iran nuclear deal’s critics in Congress said it was in the best interest of all parties to stay in the deal” and they were not alone by any means.

For example, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is responsible for verifying whether Iran has been in compliance and that organization reported just prior to Trump’s decertification that “Iran has been fulfilling the commitments it entered into” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). That “official agency” confirmation was in addition to American intelligence agencies, America’s top military brass, Israeli intelligence, and Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary who all verified and assured Trump that “there is no evidence that Iran has violated the terms of the deal.”

Still, no matter how many times he has been told Iran is fully compliant with the terms of the JCPOA, Trump is fulfilling months-long rumors that a war with Iran is in the near future. That Trump made a “closed-door” secret agreement with Israel to “deal with Iran” to “translate decertifying the Iran deal into steps on the ground” is fairly telling about the warmongers’ intent.

Apparently, the rumors that Trump would make a move in October or November to expedite a conflict with Iran were not rumors after all. Decertifying the Iran deal in October and then entering into a secret agreement a mere month later to “deal with Iran” was part of a strategy to start a conflict. Moreover, it appears the strategy has been in the works since before Trump’s poorly attended inauguration.

Remember, Steve Bannon promised very early in Trump’s tenure that America would have to be at war with Iran prior to starting a war in the South China Sea.  It is noteworthy that a war with Iran will not only sate the neo-con warmongers in Trump’s administration, it will satisfy the demands of the military industrial complex for more wars to sell more weapons. However, the primary purpose of decertifying Iranian compliance and making a secret pact is to satisfy Netanyahu’s demand that America wages war against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

As a brief aside, it is important to note that Iran has never attacked or invaded any nation in over 240 years; something Israel can never claim in its short 69 year existence. And yet America under Trump and Israel are promoting the Islamic Republic as an aggressor that needs to be “dealt with.

It should not surprise anyone that Trump signed a secret pact with Israel “to deal with Iran.” It is fairly obvious that because the official  P5+1 Nations’ “deal with Iran” did not give Netanyahu the American attack and invasion of Iran he wants, Trump stepped up to do the foreigner’s bidding. Trump wants to show Netanyahu that he will use American military might to “deal with Iran” the same way Israel deals with Palestinian civilians.

Only an idiot doesn’t believe that “deal with Iran” is not-so-subtle code for “start a war with Iran” to assure Netanyahu that with a Republican controlled government, Israel effectively controls America’s Middle East war policy. With a willing sycophant in the White House and an obedient Republican majority in Congress, it appears that going forward Netanyahu will determine which majority Muslim nation America wages war on.

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Two New Polls Show Major Disgust With Trump and Republicans  

According to two new surveys, a majority of Americans are distressed at the current state of the nation and its future; that distress coincides with a record level of support for impeaching Trump and ousting Republicans from power.

If one listens to Trump and his corporate Republicans running Congress, America is greater than at any time in its history and will only get “greater.” Of course they claim it is because they are in power and giving the people exactly what they’ve been demanding for the past eight years. Trump recently said again that he already accomplished more in 9 months than any other president in America’s 214 year history and that the people swoon when they hear his name. For their part, Republicans claim Americans desperately want the Affordable Care Act abolished, tax reform (cuts) for the rich and corporations passed tomorrow, and the Iran Nuclear Agreement scrapped with extreme prejudice.

Of course Republicans and Trump lie at the same rate most Americans use the toilet, and there are two new polls debunking every dirty lie Trump and Republicans have been spewing. The polls’ results should embolden “the resistance” because as it turns out, the majority of Americans oppose everything Trump and congressional Republicans are proposing.

Nearly half of the population are so opposed to Trump they want him impeached; congressional Republicans don’t fare any better and they are facing an existential crisis if they proceed on their present course.

First, a recent American Psychological Association (APA) poll reported that 59 percent of the population say this is the “lowest point in the nation’s history they can remember.” As if that wasn’t revealing enough, 63 percent of the people are rightfully stressed about the nation’s future and it is down to Trump and Republicans. It is noteworthy that 60 percent of respondents said they were seriously “stressed” about the social divisiveness in the country today and that too is down to dirty Don.

There is no way Trump can spin these two polls’ results to be about his predecessor or Democrats because according to a national Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey just released, 54 percent of the people wish that Barack Obama was still the President. Conversely, 56 percent of the population disapprove of everything Trump, and a record 49 percent of the people want Trump impeached and thrown out of office.

Republicans in Congress are as unpopular as Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is hanging on to an 11/44 approval rating with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-MN) at 22/60; Congress under Republican control stands at a noteworthy 9/77 approval rating.

The hateful attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act is only one of the reasons congressional Republicans’ political lives are in serious danger. Sixty-one percent of the people want the ACA left right where it is and for Congress to do what it takes to fix it where and when necessary.

The GOP tax reform proposals are equally opposed by the people for the same reason Democrats reject them; they favor the rich and corporations. The PPP survey showed that by a 15-point margin, voters say they are unlikely “to vote for a member of Congress next year who supported the Republicans’ tax reform plan.” The PPP poll revealed that barely 29 percent of voters support the Congressional Republicans’ tax reform plan, and even Trump voters oppose it by 39 percent. A majority of voters, 53 percent, know the tax plan only helps the rich and 28 percent think it might help middle class families; only 7 percent think it will help low income Americans who likely don’t pay income taxes because their income it too low.

Trump isn’t helping congressional Republicans by threatening to scrap the Iran Nuclear deal with the P5+1 nations. By a 19-point margin voters say they’d be “less likely to vote for any member of Congress who voted to take action that could cause the collapse of the deal.” Just last week Trump ignored the facts, the other P5 nations’ leaders, and his intelligence-military experts’ counsel and “decertified” Iran’s compliance with the deal. Every other P5 nation and American intelligence agency, including Trump’s Defense Secretary and Secretary of State assured him Iran is in “full compliance” with the agreement.

Overall, there isn’t much about Trump, like Republicans, that Americans accept as anything remotely normal or presidential. Well over half the population say he’s dishonest and a solid majority (52 percent) “come right out and say Trump is a liar.” That is particularly true when it comes to Trump’s bovine excrement mantra that only he tells the truth and the media are liars publishing “fake news.

The good news for journalism, and our struggling democracy, is that “Trump isn’t succeeding” with his “fake news” bullshit.

The “voters trust each of the 6 media outlets Trump has attacked the most by a 15 to 18 point margin.” According to the poll,  the people trust NBC, ABC, CBS, the New York Times, CNN and the Washington Post more than Trump “when pitted against each other.

In fact, “transparency,” or the lack thereof, is a major issue for Trump among the voters and who can blame them; they already know Trump is a liar. A solid majority of voters,  60 percent, say he needs to release his tax returns and 60 percent say he’s failed to deliver on any part of his “core campaign promise to Make America Great Again.

Even if a person doesn’t put much faith in polls and surveys, the APA and PPP results both reveal that contrary to prevailing opinion, Trump is not fooling the majority of the people; including a fair percentage of Republicans. His zealot religious and racist base believes everything he says because they are religious and racist zealots lusting for a man-god to make America white and Christian; there is no hope for them.

 

The results of the polls should embolden the resistance, and particularly the media, to press on because now it is relatively apparent that the majority of the population are “the resistance” and greater than Trump or his Republican allies can withstand. It is noteworthy that the PPP poll was conducted October 27-29 and the APA survey from August 2 to August 31, prior to recent revelations about Trump’s Russia problem. Trump and congressional Republicans should be just as terrified of the people as they are Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump Just Destroyed America’s Credibility and World Leadership

Once again, Trump has sullied America’s good name, and any semblance of trustworthiness it once enjoyed, and was “humiliated” in the process by the world’s leading nations. Trump is renowned for balking on his and his businesses’ dealings, and now he has taken another step toward making America in his own pathetic image. Subsequently, America’s image is so tarnished by Trump that any global leadership America once had vanished as the the world’s leading nations are “stepping over America” and moving forward.

There have been rumors over the past several months that in October or November Trump would make a move to expedite a conflict with Iran; partly to sate the warmongers in his cabal and further enrich the military industrial complex, and partly to fulfill Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s demand for America to wage war against the Islamic Republic of Iran. Trump’s loyalist advisor, Steve Bannon promised early in Trump’s administration that America would start a war with Iran prior to its eventual war with North Korea; Trump is on schedule to make Bannon’s pledge a reality.

Last week Trump refused to certify that Iran was in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreed upon by Iran and the so-called P5+1 nations (America, United Kingdom, China, France, Russia and Germany). It’s the Iran Nuclear Deal that Israel and its representatives in the House and Senate railed against last year. In decertifying Iran’s compliance with the nuclear agreement, Trump ignored the prevailing arguments by American intelligence officials’ claims Iran was in compliance and that the “accord” was certainly in the United States national security interests.

The action doesn’t scuttle the deal, but it is a first step toward inciting a war with Iran and a sign to the rest of the world that under Trump,  America cannot be trusted and is no longer a world leader.

In what is being touted as “a humiliating moment” for Trump, the other P5+1 signatories reaffirmed their commitment to the Iran nuclear deal. Obviously, America no longer has any credibility in the world and is now relegated to an observer position. A former diplomat noted what foreign leaders already know;

Under Trump  the world will move on and the United States is going to be in the room but we’re not going to have the influence that we had.”

In reaffirming its commitment, Russia issued a damning indictment of America, not Iran, for violating the terms of the agreement in “spirit and letter.” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov said:

Trump administration officials have violated not only the spirit, but also the letter of the JCPOA, as it appears to us with a number of their actions.”

China said it is siding with Russia and the European signatories and is “pushing past Trump’s position on Iran to keep the deal intact.” China understands, unlike the moron in the White House, that in pulling out of the deal with Iran, it “doesn’t look good” and “sets a bad precedent” for any hopes of striking a deal with North Korea to curb its nuclear weapons program. Former Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday that Trump’s actions “worsens” any hope for a peaceful settlement to North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

Even the deal’s critics in Congress now realize that it is in “the best interest of all parties to stay in the deal,” but Trump has a war to start in Israel’s behalf no matter how many times he has been told Iran is fully compliant with the terms of the JCPOA.

The organization responsible for verifying whether Iran has been in compliance, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), reported that yes, “Iran has been fulfilling the commitments it entered into” under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Add to the IAWA verification, American intelligence, America’s top military brass, Israeli intelligence, and Trump’s Secretary of State Rex Tillerson have all verified and assured Trump that “there is no evidence that Iran has violated the terms of the deal.”

It is noteworthy that Trump certified the deal twice before, but after his Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, joined the rest of the world reporting directly to Trump that Iran was and has been in full compliance with terms of the deal, Trump said “no they’re not” and decertified Iran’s compliance.

Of course Trump and plenty of congressional representatives from Israel want a war with Iran and it is obvious that decertifying its compliance is a step towards what former Trump advisor Steve Bannon said was America’s next war in the Middle East. That is bad enough, but worse is the idea that no nation on Earth can trust anything America says or any agreement it enters into ever again.

Trump’s actions can’t scuttle a deal among 7 nations on its own, but his intent of levying new sanctions on the Islamic Republic will violate the P5+1 groups’ part of the agreement and in turn allow Iran to restart its nuclear program according to the terms of the deal. On top of that tragedy, North Korea now knows, for certain, that any negotiations, much less an agreement, with the United States will not be honored because there is a dishonest dotard in the White House

America’s image was already damaged by allowing a corrupt con man to enter the White House. And it hasn’t helped that the malcontent Trump has unilaterally insulted every nation’s leader except those ruling Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Philippines. America may have a powerful military, but that is where its leadership and exceptionalism ends. Because although it was once a world leader, with Trump in the White House the world is moving on while America becomes an deceitful outlier without an iota of credibility or leadership in the world.