May 13, 2019
The deployment of a US aircraft carrier to Iran’s regional waters is nothing but psychological warfare and part of a plan to intimidate Tehran, the head of the Revolutionary Guards Corps, Gen Hossein Salami, has told parliamentarians in a closed-door session.
The IRGC commander said a US war against Iran was impossible, claiming Washington lacked the necessary military strength.
Another senior commander claimed Iran had the firepower to “hit the US in the head” during the session in Tehran on Sunday.
The combined remarks represent another ratcheting up of the bellicose rhetoric between Washington and Tehran, since Iran began a partial withdrawal last week from 2015 the nuclear deal.
The withdrawal is designed to put pressure on Europe to help ease US economic sanctions, as well as reassure Iranians that the government will resist Donald Trump.
The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, carrying up to 40 strike aircraft, has been deployed to the Gulf.
Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said in a tweet on Sunday that the US national security adviser, John Bolton, had laid plans for the US to withdraw from the nuclear deal and take a more aggressive posture toward the Islamic Republic even before he took up his current post.
Zarif tweeted a link to a 2017 National Review article written by Bolton entitled How to Get Out of the Iran Nuclear Deal.
“A detailed blueprint for #FakeIntelligence, #ForeverWar and even empty offers for talks – only phone numbers were not included,” Zarif wrote on Twitter.
.@realDonaldTrump : ICYMI, before you hired him, this was the plan that @AmbJohnBolton and his #B_Team cohorts had for Iran. A detailed blueprint for #FakeIntelligence, #ForeverWar and even empty offers for talks—only phone numbers were not included.https://t.co/beCZByEaCT pic.twitter.com/q5fXBGcwtj
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) May 12, 2019
CNN reported on Friday that the White House had passed a telephone number to Switzerland for contacting Trump in case Iranian officials want to hold talks.
Iran has given the EU 60 days to come up with fresh measures to dilute the impact of US sanctions, or else it will take fresh steps to leave the agreement, including increasing levels of uranium enrichment.
Although EU leaders blame the US for forcing Tehran to retaliate, it is urging Iran not to take the steps now threatened since they might be seen as legally breaching the deal’s terms.
The US withdrew from the deal a year ago, but the EU, Russia and China have remained committed, saying there is no evidence Tehran has breached its terms.
Ellie Geranmayeh, an Iran expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said Iran still hoped Europe and China might “pull something out of the hat” to save the deal by easing sanctions. She added that Tehran had wild expectations of what the EU might be able to do to protect Iran from the effects of US sanctions.
Iran is bluffing that they will enrich uranium if Europe doesn’t do what they want, while the US is bluffing that they will start a war if Europe doesn’t do what they want.
Europe is going to have to call one bluff or the other.
I would think that Europeans are generally tired of being bullied by belligerent American warmongers. At the same time, they are pussies who don’t want to risk a war.
However, if the US is bluffing on starting a war over Europe refusing to pull out of the deal, and Europe does pull out of the deal, and Iran does start enriching uranium, then the US would have an excuse to bomb.
Of course, the US plan is to push Iran to the brink of starvation by cutting off all oil exports, then do a color revolution in the country to replace the Islamic regime with a “human rights democracy.”
And they’ve already staged one semi-successful ongoing riot in the country.
But if they fail to do a revolution, and Iran is enriching uranium, the Jews can almost certainly push Trump into launching a war.
I suspect that Europe will choose whatever they determine to be the most cowardly action.
And we’ll have to see if Trump integrates the Iran deal into his trade negotiations with China. I am now starting to believe this is the entire purpose of setting up trade negotiations with China right now, and the reason why Jews are now supporting these negotiations.
Hang tough on China, President @realDonaldTrump. Don’t back down.
Strength is the only way to win with China. https://t.co/pZqeR346ov
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 5, 2019
As far as Iran being able to sink a US aircraft carrier – I don’t know. Who knows? From what I’ve read, no one seems to know. So I gather that it is at least within the realm of possibility, and certainly, having the American military humiliated like that on the global stage would be good for everyone – especially Americans.
I just want all of these bastards to do whatever is best for the price of bitcoin.