Trump Is Misleading America Into a New War

Trump’s closest allies (and business partners) in the region—Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Israel—urge military attacks. His closest Washington advisors in the White House, the State Department, and Fox News also want war and have said so repeatedly. They skillfully feed reporters sound bites and cherry-picked intelligence to convince them to report Iran’s “malign activities” in the region. With Trump’s approval or ignorance, they have taken a series of steps, beginning with the ill-advised and unnecessary abrogation of the Iran anti-nuclear accord, to provoke a conflict. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, meanwhile, is working full-time to lay the groundwork for military strikes. Continue reading

If Trump Really Only Wants ‘No Iranian Nukes,’ Then He Should Just Rejoin the Nuclear Deal

Trump said at a news conference in Japan, “We aren’t looking for regime change – I just want to make that clear. We are looking for no nuclear weapons.” But Trump breached the treaty the US and other members of the UN Security Council signed with Iran in 2015, which aimed precisely at forestalling Iran from having nuclear weapons. Continue reading

The Threat of War with Iran

Iran is three times the size and population as Iraq and has a modern military force with missiles capable of reaching U.S. bases, navy ships, and troop concentrations up to 1,200 miles away. A war would effectively close shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, through which 40 percent of the world’s oil is shipped, likely triggering a global recession. Attacks on Iran’s remaining nuclear facilities, some of which are located in heavily-populated areas, would release large amounts of radiation and other poisonous gasses. The Iranian-aligned Lebanese Hezbollah would likely unleash large-scale missile attacks against Israel, and other extremists groups could launch a series of terrorist attacks against Americans worldwide. Such violence would likely trigger a still wider war, led by a President and military command with little concern about civilian casualties. Continue reading

ICJ Ruled US Sanctions Violate Treaty With Iran, So Pompeo Just Ditched It

After the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday ruled the Trump administration’s sanctions against Iran violate the 1955 Treaty of Amity, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the United States will terminate the decades-old bilateral agreement rather than comply with the United Nations court’s order to ease sanctions. Continue reading