by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog
U.S. President Donald Trump is bigoted against many peoples, but especially against Shias such as Houthis in Yemen, and such as against the entire nation and culture that is Iran, which likewise is overwhelmingly Shia. Against those people, it’s a genocidal hatred, which is limited only by what his fellow-Republicans will accept as being morally acceptable and what he can coerce, by means of sanctions and other means, other nations to comply with in order to destroy Iran and to cause the Iranian people to suffer and die as much as possible. His clear goal is genocidal against the Houthis, and against the Iranians. His policies treat them like trash, though he’s not so stupid as to call them that. He displays it, by his decisions.
On 7 November 2018, his chosen Secretary of State and fellow rabid neoconservative and champion of the United States Government ruling over and dictating to the entire world, the intense bigot Mike Pompeo, stated flat-out, and baldly, to Iran’s Government, “the leadership has to make a decision that they want their people to eat.” If they won’t comply with America’s demands, then their population will die. That was his message to Iran’s leaders: Submit, or else your people will be starved to death. He’s telling Iran’s leaders that the country’s population are America’s hostages, and, “the leadership has to make a decision that they want their people to eat.”
In other words: the U.S. Government’s policy toward Iran’s Government is that if Iran’s Government will not comply sufficiently with whatever America’s Government demands that it do (which changes at the whim of Trump, but is always along the general lines of what the likewise rabidly anti-Shia Governments of Israel and Saudi Arabia want, which is the destruction of Iran or else the imposition of a Sunni dictatorship there, in that overwhelmingly Shia land), then the Iranian people will be starved to death by America’s Government, and by all governments that follow America’s lead. (Other governments will become subject to punishing economic sanctions for any of their firms that continue to trade with Iran: this is a global dictatorship that the U.S. regime is operating, and America’s allies are vassal-nations that will themselves become victimized if they disobey.)
Whereas many people automatically presume that Trump’s hatred of Iran is motivated mainly by his support of Israel, and it might be, he also is deeply committed to the Saud family who own Saudi Arabia and who have been committed ever since 1744 to the fundamentalist Sunni cleric Mohammed ibn Wahhab’s goal of eliminating all Shiites. Trump’s bond with the Sauds became perhaps the central economic commitment of his Presidency when he arranged in 2017 the world’s largest-ever arms-sale, a $400 billion sale of U.S.-made weapons over the next ten-year period to Saudi Arabia, and thus greatly boosted America’s billionaires who own the largest military contractors such as General Dynamics. Without their funding of his political campaigns, Trump would stand no chance of winning. On May 18th, CNN headlined “Democrats claim watchdog fired by Trump was probing Pompeo’s fast-tracking of $8 billion Saudi arms sale” and reported congressional Democrats’ election-year charge that Trump had just fired the State Department’s Inspector General in order to preserve that deal (which until now had been kept mostly secret from the American public both by congressmen and by the press — but not now, during Trump’s re-election campaign). That deal which Trump had made with the widely despised Sauds, plus his non-performance against the coronavirus, are now weakening the President’s re-election chances, and this is actually ironic because Trump had negotiated that deal precisely in order to boost his re-election chances. He wasn’t making any money from it himself. It was only for his re-election.
As regards Trump’s alliance with the Israeli regime, it continues unimpeded, just at the very time when that regime is in the processs of finalizing its long anticipated total conquest of the Palestinian territories. Polls of Americans show the American people to be overwhelmingly supportive of Israel against the Palestinians, and of Trump’s policies regarding both Israelis and Palestinians — love for Israelis, and hate for Palestinians. These attitudes have long been inculcated into Americans, not just by the enormous Israel lobby in Congress but by the news-media.
Regardless of whether mainly for Israel or mainly for Saudi Arabia — or maybe instead directly for America’s own aristocracy — the U.S. Government clearly aims to conquer Iran. Trump had this intention even at the very start of his Presidency. In fact, seven days before he started his Presidency, I headlined on 13 January 2017, “Trump Team Targets Iran” and noted the obsessive hatred that all of his foreign-affairs hires had against Iran; not a one of them was (or today is) an exception.
Right now, the U.S. regime is demanding that Iran not trade with Venezuela, which is yet another country that the U.S. regime is determined to conquer. Those two victimized countries are therefore increasingly coordinating together in order to protect their independence and national sovereignty and avoid being gobbled up by the insatiably voracious U.S. regime.
By coincidence or otherwise, both of those two targeted nations stand at or near the top of the world in oil and gas reserves. Regarding another of America’s victim-countries, which is Syria, Trump had said on 1 November 2019, “I like oil, we’re keeping the oil” — though that’s international theft, he is willing to assert this publicly. He even said there, “We did leave soldiers [in Syria] because we’re keeping the oil,” America’s soldiers are staying in Syria in order to steal Syria’s oil. And, of course, both Iran and Venezuela dwarf Syria as regards their oil reserves; so, Trump’s motivation is even stronger to rob them.
As regards whether he is a pure psychopath and not really driven by bigotry, psychopaths are bigots, because they display hatred of entire classes of total strangers, and this is the way that they become enabled to rob, rape, and/or kill, individuals whom they’ve never met — people who are total strangers. There are no pangs of conscience, because bigots don’t have conscience — they have only cravings.
On May 17th, Iran’s Press TV bannered “Iran’s fuel shipment to Venezuela guaranteed by its missile power” and reported that Iran’s Government publicly challenged the international Trump dictatorship to follow through with its military threats against both countries: Iran and Venezuela. “Iran has intentionally hoisted its own flag over the huge tankers which are navigating through the Atlantic before the eyes of the US Navy.” They are baiting the international bully. “Confident about its missile capabilities, Iran is going on with the gasoline shipment to its ally in the Latin America, mocking the US sanctions on the oil sectors of both countries.”
Both Iran and Venezuela are more dependent upon oil-income than the international tyrant-regime, America, is; and, so, both of those lands that have been targeted by America to be conquered are willing to accept the risks which are entailed if America decides to take that bait and to continue yet further with its goal of total global conquest. Otherwise, Trump would need to back off in regard to not merely one of his targets to control, but both of them: Iran and Venezuela.
Regarding specifically Iran, the U.S. regime has effectively prepared its population to support whatever measures it might take in order to achieve conquest. However, regarding specifically Venezuela, that’s not the case. Public opinion is crucial even in a dictatorship. Adolf Hitler had to have his public’s support, and so he lied that communists (instead of his own thugs) had burned down the Reichstag, and that Poland was preparing to invade Germany. Similarly, the U.S. regime has lied and dinned into Americans’ heads the also rabidly false assertion that Iran is “The Top State Sponsor of Terrorism”, even though not only is that accusation rabidly false but the U.S. regime’s own fundamentalist-Sunni allies and especially the Sauds have been secretly and overwhelmingly the chief funders of Al Qaeda and other jihadist (or “Islamic terrorist”) organizations, so that, when I studied the 54 most widely reported Islamic terrorist incidents that had occurred between 2001 and 2017, I found that all of them except the few which were against Israel had been perpetrated by fundamentalist Sunnis, not at all by Shiites — not by the branch of Islam that America’s rulers are trying to crush. Just as Hitler had lied to his people in order to get them to support his policies, Trump and his predecessors have lied constantly to their people in order to get them to support America’s atrocities abroad.
Consequently: the American public are broadly supportive of their Government’s actions, thus far, in regard to Iran. The idea that a nominal democracy (such as the United States) cannot be imperialistic and an international aggressor (such as against Iraq, Venezuela, Syria, Yemen, Iran, and Nicaragua) is empirically a blatant falsehood. When the same few individuals (billionaires) who control the major media control also the major weapons-manufacturing firms (such as Lockheed) and the extraction-firms (such as Exxon), anything becomes possible, even the rise of another nazi regime (which in this case was created on 26 July 1945 even before the original one had become conquered — mainly by the Soviet Union, which itself was a Marxist dictatorship).
However, with regard to Venezuela, that’s not the case. The U.S. regime hasn’t been working ever since 1979 to prepare its people to hate Venezuelans. For one thing, Venezuelans were like America’s aristocrats, its billionaires, wanted them to be, ruled by a compliant U.S.-allied aristocracy, until 1998 when the neoconservative U.S. Republican Party’s International Republican Institute reported the results of Venezuela’s Presidential election by saying that, “Hugo Chávez Frías was elected to Venezuela’s presidency by a landslide on December 6, 1998. His 16-point margin of victory — coupled with the election’s impressive 64 percent voter turnout — suggests a strong mandate for change. Analysts agree that popular support will prove crucial to President Chávez as he strives to keep his far-reaching campaign promises.” The immediate strategy of America’s billionaires was to get him to respond to their carrots, not yet any sticks. This was already 19 years after America’s billionaires had decided to go to a long war against Iran. There just hasn’t been enough time for them to build the hate against Venezuela that they wish.
Consequently, the U.S. regime hasn’t been devoting nearly as much resources to controlling Americans’ public opinion regarding Venezuela as compared with regarding Iran. The Polling Report site currently shows only a single U.S. poll regarding Venezuela, taken in May 2007, and this CNN poll indicated 50% labeling Venezuela as either “Ally” or “Friendly,” and 40% as either “Enemy” or “Unfriendly.” Not shown there is a much more recent, and basically secret, January 2019 Ipsos poll, which found (but did not publish) that 20% of the sampled Americans supported “The U.S. using military force to remove Maduro from power and support Guaido” and that 49% opposed this policy. That’s nowhere close to being high-enough support for Trump to go to war against Venezuela during an election year, but Americans’ hatred of Iranians might be high enough, and that could turn out to be sufficiant for Trump to pull the trigger against those ships.
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.
Good article Mr. Zuesse, but theirs one mistake. Muhammad ibn Abdul wahhab is not a sunni. He technically created his own interpretation, basically taking the ideas of Ibn tayymiah. The Sunni scholars were actually the first scholars to write refutations against the Wahhabi movement, due to the fact that it was Sunnis who first felt the brunt of the Wahhabi movement. This whole equating Wahhabi’s with Sunnis is something the western world and Saudis push for recruitment purposes and to push their narrative on the whole Sunni/shiite. Wahhabi’s like hiding behind the Sunni title for recruitment.
Ahmed, this is not a good article. It´s very simplified and mistaken view of foreign policy of Trump. Trumps battle is in domestic front, and only after he wins it, the world will see the real Trump…and real America. Trump doesn´t hate Iran, right now he just need to please Israel, he has his reasons for it. But US influence is diminishing in ME, and believe me, it´s intentional. And that´s why there will be no war between Iran and US.
“As regards whether he is a pure psychopath and not really driven by bigotry, psychopaths are bigots, because they display hatred of entire classes of total strangers, and this is the way that they become enabled to rob, rape, and/or kill, individuals whom they’ve never met — people who are total strangers.”
Above quote from the article is simply not true, I could also say that this article spreads indirectly hatred against patriots. In general, article has surprisingly globalist and liberal undertone.
Lol… so you’re telling me to “trust the plan”…qanon, 007 Donald trump and all the white hats are here to save the day…I’m pretty sure the Palestinians have a whole lot of “trust in the plan” as the Zionists continue to steal their land, imperturbable sure the Yemeni people trust the plan as the Saudi barbarians are given all diplomatic cover, and trump gleefully talks up his weapon sells with that rotten kingdom. The fact you think Donald Trump is normal just goes to show how abnormal “normal” is in the USA. Lol I’m sure the Zionists are quaking in fear as Donald Trump orchestrates the most genius 4d chess move.
No, did I mention anything about Qanon? Trump is not here to save your day, he wants to save US from the “false song of the globalism”. That´s all.
Don’t misunderstand Trump. Trump is a supreme egotist. Whether or not he belived this before he became president is incidental. He belives it now. Power has this effect. Hitler, Mao, Bush and Stalin became captive without much pushing. Ditto Donald, ‘our present infallible superman’.
Yet it requires awareness to know you are self-aware as it requires intelligence to know you are an idiot. Thus idiots have no self awareness. Example Donald (I,I, me, me).
That’s fantastic, incredible, great, better than a ride on a unicorn. It is just amazing how you can accomplish these incredible, unbelievable things after you wake up and put on your superman costume before breakfast Donald.
“hatred of Iranians might be high enough, and that could turn out to be sufficient for Trump to pull the trigger against those ships.”
Nope—————Not gonna happen. Because I don’t hate Iranians.
And so my solipsism is as valid as anyone else’s solipsism that presumes all Americans hate Iran, because they just feel that it is so because that’s the Tavistock Mind Control narrative…..which they feel compelled to repeat as their own.
Or that Trump is included in that monolithic position because he hasn’t gotten rid of Pompous yet.
Patience! The home battle is still the priority. That’s the one against the “Invisible Enemy”…… which isn’t the virus thingee OR China. …. but is the ….. oh what the heck. It’s too complicated to fit into the reductionism of British Geopolitics.
But time will tell even if argument that the world is more complex than a board game…where tokens of all one color of mind are placed on their corresponding home turf………is denied.
Particularly because I know that presumption to be false among millions of Americans that ARE learning not to think in terms of such oversimplified stereotypes, and I can already see with confidence how Trump is gonna surprise (disappointingly so???) Eric Z’s “rooting for failure” stance regarding DJT’s Anti-Plandemic performance.
As reporters were surprised (and also disappointed) today that the President (and vice-president) has been taking something that will preclude Nancy Pelosi from taking over the rest of this term, because of POTUS and VPence getting the thingee ASAP……….as the Deep State so fervently desires:
Trump Says He Has Been Taking Hydroxychloroquine In Press Conference
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Oh boy, the realists here have to know that they are part of a “Tavistock Mind Control narrative”, just because they are not following the white rabbit.
Ladies and gentlemen, you are reading the rantings of the current qult in America and they have a plan, they say, and you have to trust it. And Trump communicates with them by way of secret tweets with spelling errors that are so meaningful that no-one but themselves understand, and by way of secret obscure gematria as well as codes – yeah dude, we have these codes. You just gotto understand the codes and immediately go buy a t-shirt. : https://www.amazon.com/Qanon-Shirt-Coming-Follow-Rabbit/dp/B07BBHWYKH
Then you too can be caught up in this mass psychosis and the obscurantism that we are being treated with in this comment.
Realists need to remember that all of the evil that this administration is pouring out across the world, is only as a result of the ‘home battle’. Just because of the ‘home battle’, lets kill Suleimani, sit in Iraq where we are not welcome, sit in Syria to steal oil and make life difficult for the Russian forces, threaten oil carriers that belong to others, fight China with dark deeds and demand that others pay us fealty, in words and in goods, under sanctions or under threatened weapons, which turn out to be not so terribly fiercesome any longer.
(Of course, I must clearly be part of the Tavistockian Mind Control group and I must clearly support the deep state because of not following that jumpy white rabbit and The Plan!).
Trump is a bigot. You only have to read his daily swarm of tweets on a regular basis to see that clearly.
Trump drinks Hydroxychloroquine – and this is evidence of what exactly? To live longer than Nancy Pelosi? or to try and save his ample seating area. The virus is a scam, but Trump is drinking his quinine anyways. Let’s dance in the streets! I’m sure he is taking some viagra as well – we all know about age and the unfortunate tendencies of the angle of the dangle – its a fact of life.
Thanks Eric Z. You are a patient man to so clearly compare and contrast the views of Americas on Venezuela and on Iran – and with that, bringing to the light that the man is as skewed and bigoted as an old twisted stick.
The incredibly sad part of this is of course that a tumbling empire cannot come up with anyone that is suitable for the job. Trump is a bigot, but his likely opponent is a stuffed human-like decoy – a scarecrow. Bigot trumps scarecrow at this stage but what a low level of human intelligence (add the Rabbit and the Plan, forget about realism, and lose a country).
How the “Shining City upon the Hill” now rolling fast downhill is proving that its great and wonderful deeds was only fake news all of this time. We can thank Trump for being the real life depiction of that. Bigotry is but one result.
I saw a very good headline somewhere in the Chinese press : “Trump races to rule the bottom with fool’s fantasies “
Bravo to you! I could not have said anything better than this. I try to view events as they are unfolding, looking for what is obvious. After all, we are not living in an Agatha Christie murder mystery. Or are we? When I read some of the comments I lose any desire to comment myself. What have I walked into here? Apparently the ‘Trump is playing 4D chess’ and ‘QAnon, trust the plan’ crowd have found the comments section. It is all really fairy dust and puppy dog tails after all so no need to be negative minded.
Trump and his regime are every bit as nasty as Eric has outlined. Trump plays this little game where first he will play to his dumb base. But then he does the opposite. The exceptions to this are his love of the military, support for ‘America’s great companies’ and his hatred of Iran. This has always been the case. Oh, and his love of oil and holding a view that ‘we should take the oil’. The man and his hand-picked government are following the evil agenda to enforce the rules-based order dictatorship over the world. He supports war, gun confiscation, forced vaccines, negative interest rates which help his corporate pals but will devastate the average person. It is going to get much worse. I wish I could say it was only the government and not the people. But it is a large chunk of the population too. The one called antichrist is coming.
Both the US and Iran have been severely been weakened by the coronavirus for now, certainly as long as the epidemic is raging. Imo. this makes war unlikely this or the next year. It is not so hard to imagine the situation of the US military, given what we know about the civilian outbreak and the conditions in jails and cruise ships in the US.
But considering Iran, it is harder. The outbreak after the assasination of gen. Suleimani, and the initial rather fundamentalist approach by the government of not immediately closing public religious meetings must have dealt a severe blow. But now it is difficult to assess,as the media, including many alternative media, can totally not be trusted. But I don’t trust the Iranian numbers: 1,461 cases/ million and 84 deaths/ million (worldometers, 5-18-2020) either. We could get a better picture if we knew what kinds of therapy are being used. The numbers are remarkably similar to Brazil, which uses, just like many African countries, and mr Trump himself, HCQ or other antimalarials and antiparasiticals.
If that approach would be succesful (for which there is a lot of circumstantial evidence), Iran might be on its way to the end of the curve, just like China. This is most definitely not the case for the US.
In this case, epidemiological data might have a very high predictive value. Hopefully one of the readers, or authors, can clarify this issue…
Well, friend, the Athens plague did not stop the Peloponesian war, so it’s unlikely Covid-19 – a minuscule “plague” by comparison – will prevent Trump from attacking those Iranian vessels if he is so minded. All it takes is a few projectiles and a devil-may-care attitude.
But let’s hope he doesn’t.
So many war criminals, so little time. Pompeo, Trump, Bolton, Obama, the Clintons, Rumsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz, Brzezinski, Powell, Bush the Greater and Bush the Lesser… just to name a few of the most recent rats. Not to mention the many foreign accomplices who either looked the other way or joined in the horror all too willingly. Gotta admit, Nazi-ism 2.0 is a major leap from the relatively primitive early 20th century version. It’s gone global now!
And I see the AZ’s just seated Der Fuhrer Netanyahu again recently. I guess it’s true after all that old Nazis never die.
I agree that it will be difficult for the psychopaths to resist. But that emphasizes the obvious ; that this is a trap that could easily have a military component. Looks like the Neocon’s game is in CHECK.
“Whereas many people automatically presume that Trump’s hatred of Iran is motivated mainly by his support of Israel, and it might be…”
Of course it is. His son-in-Jerod Kushner is the Trump whisperer. He’s also totally beholden to Netanyahu. The dismissal by Attorney General William Barr of the criminal charges against former National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn was not about his dealings with the Russians so much as it was about his being directed by Kushner to convince the Russians to veto a resolution against Israeli settlements in the UN as Obama reportedly was going to abstain from voting. That, of course, was never reported in the MSM and both major parties are staying clear of charging Kushner under the Logan Act. To say that Trump is motivated by anything other than his total support for Israel is a complete red herring.
Please be so kind as to provide links to the best evidence of which you are aware (or else email to The Saker to forward to me personally your email with the contacts who might be able to verify) your sensational assertion that:
The dismissal by Attorney General William Barr of the criminal charges against former National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn was not about his dealings with the Russians so much as it was about his being directed by Kushner to convince the Russians to veto a resolution against Israeli settlements in the UN as Obama reportedly was going to abstain from voting. That, of course, was never reported in the MSM and both major parties are staying clear of charging Kushner under the Logan Act. To say that Trump is motivated by anything other than his total support for Israel is a complete red herring.
This, from the Unz Review…
Re: Eric Zuesse: You nailed it. Totally. The Assassination of Suleimani made no logical sense at all. None. Except to bait the Iranians . It did show the Iranians where their weaknesses were ( i.e. air defense monitoring
and communications) and rallied their people.
But I expect the Deep State to figure out a more sly way to blame the Iranians for whatever is going to happen off shore from Venezuela–I hope all spy satellites will be making orbits over that part of the world. The left wing of the Democratic Party–the nominally socialist– will be very vocal in their opposition to an outright invasion of Venezuela and rightly so. I expect a few sunken ships and CNN will criticize Trump for not going “far enough”. Trump figures he will win approval from the American people for being “tough” and “protective” and they will dismiss those two disparate critical elements as the same old hack opposition based on ideological narratives and slander. . Same-ol, Same-ol.
And no one seems to care about the deliberate actions to starve, sicken and rob the Venezuelan people of their birthright as humans on this earth. I am glad you spoke to this, Mr. Zuesse.
Now, how will Iran respond in the Mid East to the illegal, aggressive either seizure or sinking of their ships? Stay tuned…keep your mind off Covid-19, the next act is about to begin.
Wash, rinse, repeat. A country built on genocide, theft and slavery, current neo-confederate administration exemplifies what Amerikkka stands for. Would be sweet if exceptionals decided to attack Venezuela to fix their structural problems. I got a feeling the south american (Removed language,MOD)and indians could end the empire with a resounding defeat, right in their own backyard.
I see millions of others in America having the same views as Trump. ‘birds of a feather;. You get what you vote for.