(ANTIMEDIA Op-ed) — What should one make of the United States’ leader’s recent provocative threats to exterminate the people of North Korea? U.S. President Donald J. Trump made it quite clear last week that if North Korea continues to “provoke” the U.S., Kim Jong-un will be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” and yet North Korea responded immediately by specifying the exact location they wanted to strike in response (they have since delayed that threat).
Whether this is all a major distraction from Trump’s failing presidency or an inevitable war with North Korea is actually on the table in the not-too-distant future still remains to be seen.
However, while all of this is going on, Trump is constantly having to remind himself that he also has also been vying to bomb Iran for some time now.
As Anti-Media has documented, Trump has made it an official strategy to derail the 2015 nuclear accord signed with Tehran, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), so that détente with Iran can be completely demolished.
However, Trump’s original plan has been to find ways to prove Iran was non-compliant with the JCPOA by imposing spot-inspections on Iranian sites so that when the time comes for Iran’s next certification (around October), Trump can declare Iran non-compliant. This is in spite of the fact that Iran has been deemed compliant; Trump was forced to certify its compliance even though he didn’t want to.
Generally speaking, rule of law requires that people are assumed innocent until proven guilty. Trump has flipped this on its head and accused Iran of being guilty in the face of evidence of its innocence. He is seeking to provide the contextual facts that could bolster his case (usually, you have to have the facts first).
Even as he was busy saber-rattling North Korea, Trump could barely wait the 90-day period for Iran’s next stage of certification. He announced on Thursday that Iran is “not in compliance” with the JCPOA even though he certified their compliance just a few weeks ago.
“I don’t think they’re living up to the spirit of the agreement,” he told reporters at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he is currently taking a 17-day retreat from the White House.
Approximately two weeks ago, Trump told the Wall Street Journal:
“We’re doing very detailed studies…We’ve been extremely nice to them in saying they were compliant, OK? We’ve given them the benefit of every doubt. But we’re doing very detailed studies.”
“I think they’ll be noncompliant,” he added. “I think they’re taking advantage of this country. They’ve taken advantage of a president, named Barack Obama, who didn’t know what the hell he was doing. And I do not expect that they will be compliant.”
Trump wants to paint Iran as non-compliant even though he has no current evidence to prove as much, but for what purpose exactly? It is becoming increasingly clear that both Iran and North Korea are scapegoats designed to save Trump from his faltering legacy.
Neither of these countries is attacking the United States, nor do they ultimately seek to. Only one of them has launched a bomb into another country’s territory in recent times — Iran launched a missile strike in Syria in response to a terrorist attack on its own soil (Iran’s military presence in Syria is authorized through Iran and Syria’s mutual defense arrangements).
The U.S. is bombing seven countries at any given time and wants to bomb an eighth (Philippines), all the while threatening a ninth and tenth (Iran and North Korea) on top of this ludicrous show of aggression already destroying most of the Middle East and beyond.
“War is the health of the State,” essayist Randolph Silliman Bourne wrote during World War I.
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