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Bolton and Trump’s Obvious Lies About Iran

The Trump administration is once again repeating some of its many lies about Iran:

In the message, Bolton tells two obvious lies. The first lie is that Iran “continues to seek nuclear weapons.” There is no evidence to support this, and there is overwhelming evidence that Iran has complied with the JCPOA’s restrictions on its nuclear program that make it practically impossible for their government to develop and build such weapons. The second lie is that Iran is developing ballistic missiles to use as delivery systems for the nukes they don’t have and aren’t seeking. Bolton is an old hand at promoting lies about other states and the weapons of mass destruction that they supposedly have. He and Trump are attempting to promote the lie that Iran is still seeking nuclear weapons to justify their aggressive and bankrupt Iran policy, and that lie needs to be countered, debunked, and exposed as often as possible.

Bolton’s third claim that Iran “remains the central banker of international terrorism.” That both exaggerates Iran’s role and requires us to ignore the many other states and private donors elsewhere in the region that are responsible for promoting, arming, and funding jihadist groups. Al Qaeda and ISIS affiliates have nothing to do with Iran, and Iran is their enemy. The sponsors of terrorist groups are far more likely to come from states that are supposedly aligned with the U.S. The next part of the statement is probably the most insulting, since it talks up the economic problems inside Iran but says nothing about the U.S. sanctions that have done so much to exacerbate those problems.

In addition to the lies and misrepresentations contained in the message, using Bolton as the messenger makes it obvious that the administration’s feigned concern for the Iranian people is cynical and empty. Bolton is one of the most prominent shills for the Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK) cult hated by virtually all Iranians, and he has repeatedly advocated for attacking Iran and overthrowing its government. The administration’s policy is rooted in a deep hostility for Iranians and their country, and Bolton’s role in crafting that policy is proof of that.

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4 Comments To "Bolton and Trump’s Obvious Lies About Iran"

#1 Comment By a spencer On February 11, 2019 @ 10:15 pm

“40 years of failure”?

And yet, despite decades of isolation and having the world’s superpower as an enemy, the regime is still in place, their borders still intact.

The Islamic Republic is far from ideal, but it was always going to change over time, especially as its large demographic of young people – born well after the revolution – matures. If we’d apply patient diplomacy, we’d probably achieve a great deal of what we’d like.

But Bolton, like so many before him, has only bullying language and playground antics.

#2 Comment By Clyde Schechter On February 12, 2019 @ 12:04 am

“But Bolton, like so many before him, has only bullying language and playground antics.”

If only that were true. He also has the US Armed Forces at his disposal, not to mention the CIA’s paramilitary operations. His potential to wreak havoc in the middle east goes far beyond mere bullying language and playground antics.

To me, the most frightening aspect of the Trump administration is Bolton’s position as national security advisor. My hunch is that before he’s done he will be responsible for the deaths of millions of innocent people.

#3 Comment By Chris G On February 12, 2019 @ 8:48 pm

“He also has the US Armed Forces at his disposal, not to mention the CIA’s paramilitary operations.“

True, but let’s also not forget that he also has US economic sanctions administered through the Treasury Department and amplified by US secondary sanctions on other countries through the SWIFT interbank system. These tools are nothing less than undeclared war on Iran. These sanctions are not authorized by the U.N. and should be considered war crimes.

#4 Comment By a spencer On February 13, 2019 @ 10:54 pm

Of course that’s true. I was speaking figuratively.

At any rate, wonderful opportunity for Congress to do something about it.