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Vice President Mike Pence accused “the murderous revolutionary regime” of Iran of calling for “another Holocaust” during a two-day summit in Warsaw yesterday where the Trump administration is rallying support for action against the Islamic Republic.

Administration officials have long used strong rhetoric on Iran, but the speech marked a first for alleging a so-called genocidal plot.

Speaking of a visit to Auschwitz planned for today Pence began, “anti-Semitism must be confronted, wherever and whenever it arises, and it must be universally condemned.” Turning his attention to Iran, he continued, “But beyond its hateful rhetoric, the Iranian regime openly advocates another Holocaust and it seeks the means to achieve it.”

The gathering in Poland was attended by officials from 60 countries. Pence pleaded a case for Europe to adopt sanctions and abandon JCPOA, the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Pence referred to the agreement as a “devil’s bargain with our common enemy.”

He argued the nuclear deal “did not prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.  It merely delayed the day when that vile regime would gain access to the world’s deadliest weapons.”

“The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us as we bring the economic and diplomatic pressure necessary to give the Iranian people, the region, and the world the peace, security, and freedom they deserve,” Pence said.

The U.S. “has been a force for good in the Middle East,” Pence continued, “But under the mullahs’ regime in Iran, for their people, it’s been 40 years of corruption, 40 years of repression, 40 years of terror, and 40 years of failure.”

Using religiously coated language, Pence closed his talk with an invocation for action against Tehran.

“I believe with all my heart we can claim that blessing anew for all the people of this region and the world for ourselves and our posterity.  If we claim it with faith and we claim it together, I believe God will surely bless us with peace,” Pence said.

Later in the day Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is also in Warsaw, was asked if Pence was able to make any inroads with Europe. Pompeo told Radio Farda, “There’s clearly differences on how to attack the problem. The Europeans are wedded to the JCPOA.”

When asked directly if the U.S. aimed to corral support for regime change in Iran, Pompeo repeated a mantra of senior officials in the administration over recent weeks, “We want a change in the regime’s behavior.”

The specter of American interest in ousting the Iranian leadership hightened yesterday after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he wanted “war with Iran.” The comment was made to reporters outside of an official session and released in a video that has since been deleted from social media by the Israeli government. An updated translation was later released where the prime minister called for “combatting Iran” and its aggression.

Earlier today Jared Kushner led a rare closed door session on his peace plan for the Israelis and Palestinians. Kushner said the agreement will be made public in April, following Israeli elections.

Palestinian officials boycotted the Warsaw summit.

Writing an op-ed for Haaretz, senior Palestinian leader Nabil Sha’ath explained the administration had already edged out Palestinians for Trump’s peace talks by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and de-funding refugee programs.

“While the obvious target of the conference is Iran, the Trump team aims to use this conference as an event to push for their vision for Israel and Palestine, one that, based on the steps they have taken, is certainly not about peace making” Sha’ath wrote. 

In 2003 a Saudi-led peace initiative first offered broad scale normalization between Arab countries and Israel in exchange for the creation of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Even if so superficially, Warsaw seems to have worn away at that deal.

Special envoy for Middle East Peace Jason Greenblatt joked on social media that Israel and Yemen bridged relations by passing a microphone.

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  1. eljay
    eljay
    February 15, 2019, 10:00 am

    … The U.S. “has been a force for good in the Middle East,” Pence continued, “But under the mullahs’ regime in Iran, for their people, it’s been 40 years of corruption, 40 years of repression, 40 years of terror, and 40 years of failure.” …

    Pence is right to suggest that the “mullahs’ regime” has not been a force for good for all Iranians in Iran.

    But the war-mongering U.S. has not been a “force for good” for the people of numerous countries throughout the Middle East (and the rest of the world) and Pence is seriously f*cked in the head if he actually believes that it has.

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      February 16, 2019, 10:27 am

      @eljay, et al

      For the record:

      https://www.newsweek.com/israel-wants-war-iran-netanyahu-1330704
      Newsweek, 2/13/19

      “Israel’s Netanyahu says he wants ‘war with Iran’ and is meeting Arab states to ‘advance’ it”
      BY TOM O’CONNOR

      “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his desire to go to war with Iran, and said he was meeting with dozens of foreign envoys, including those from the Arab world, in order to push the initiative forward.

      “The United States has rallied countries from across the world, especially from Europe and the Middle East, to attend a summit in Warsaw in a bid to form a united front against revolutionary Shiite Muslim Iran. In a video posted Wednesday to his office’s Twitter account, Netanyahu said he had just had an ‘excellent meeting’ in the Polish capital with Oman’s foreign minister, with whom he ‘discussed additional steps we can take together with the countries of the region in order to advance common interests.’

      “‘From here I am going to a meeting with 60 foreign ministers and envoys of countries from around the world against Iran,’ the Israeli head of state continued, according to the account’s English-language translation of his Hebrew remarks.

      “‘What is important about this meeting. and it is not in secret, because there are many of those—is that this is an open meeting with representatives of leading Arab countries, that are sitting down together with Israel in order to advance the common interest of war with Iran,’ he added.

      “*Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with press following a meeting with Oman’s top diplomat, in Warsaw, Poland, on February 13. Israel has attempted to break its traditional feud with Arab states in order to unite in the face of what it perceives as threats from Iran. ISRAELI GOVERNMENT PRESS OFFICE/SOCIAL MEDIA*”

      “The English-language tweets were soon deleted and re-uploaded with the phrase ‘combating Iran’ replacing ‘war with Iran.’ The video with English subtitles was also removed.

      “Just before heading to the Warsaw conference, Netanyahu revealed on Tuesday that Israeli forces were behind the shelling of an observation post in Syria’s southwestern Al-Quneitra province. The attack was the latest in a once-secretive, years-long campaign to target alleged Iranian and Iran-backed forces battling a 2011 rebel and jihadi uprising on behalf of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

      “Israel has argued that Iran was attempting to set up forward bases through its elite Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force. While the U.S. has tacitly endorsed such operations, Israeli strikes have antagonized Iranian officials, who have threatened retaliation and have also angered Assad’s other major ally, Russia, which has recently called for an end to such maneuvers.

      “While a number of Arab League states have begun to repair relations with Damascus, they have done so in the interest of pushing back against Tehran’s growing influence in the region, which includes friendly political forces in the capitals of Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen. In the Arab world, Saudi Arabia has led the charge against Iran, and Israel has often appealed to the kingdom to join forces against the Islamic Republic, though no high-level contacts have been publicly revealed.

      “Netanyahu has, however, traveled to Oman in a rare visit to one of the few Arab states that maintain ties with Israel. Upon the majority-Jewish state’s establishment in 1948 and the mass exodus [i.e., mass violent dispossession and expulsion] of [native] Palestinians that followed, Arab powers went to war with Israel, which would go on to clash with a coalition of hostile neighbors at least twice more in the 20th century before focusing on the threat posed by Iran and its own regional partners, such as the Lebanese Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement.

      “Israel and Saudi Arabia were among the few international voices supporting President Donald Trump’s exit from a 2015 nuclear deal that they alleged had allowed Iran to use funds unfrozen by its agreeing to curb nuclear activities to support militant groups abroad and develop ballistic missiles, which Iranian leaders have threatened to use against Israel and U.S. bases should a conflict break out. Fellow signatories China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom have vowed to continue trading with Iran despite new U.S. sanctions.

      “The White House stepped up its campaign against Iran ahead of the Warsaw summit as Trump and national security adviser John Bolton attacked Tehran’s leaders on social media with #40YearsofFailure hashtags mocking ongoing celebrations commemorating four decades since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that ousted a West-backed monarchy. Iranian officials have what they consider to be a conspiracy to overthrow their government.#

      “As international representatives met in Warsaw, a suicide bombing Revolutionary Guards blamed on ‘terrorists’ and ‘agents of intelligence services’ struck a bus carrying members of the Iranian force, killing up to 27 and wounding 10 more, in the southeast Sistan-Baluchistan province of Iran.”

  2. JaapBo
    JaapBo
    February 15, 2019, 10:49 am

    Pence is worse than the Iranian Ayatollahs! He’s warmongering, they’re not.

    • johneill
      johneill
      February 16, 2019, 7:25 am

      & theocrats all

    • Misterioso
      Misterioso
      February 16, 2019, 10:37 am

      @JaapBo

      Iran knows what war is. War monger, dim witted, phony “Christian” Pence and his boss, soft handed, spoiled rotten, duplicitous, utterly incompetent Trump have no idea. Can you imagine Trump as “Commander in Chief?” Wake up America!!

  3. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    February 15, 2019, 1:21 pm

    Pence is a mediocre talentless cowardly hypocritical freak. Exactly the kind of sidekick that Deranged Donald is comfortable with and despite Trumps “pussying around” he clearly worships the man(no not that way but then again?) given his habitual doe eyed demeanour when his CEO is blabbering on incoherently. I hope “Mother” is keeping a close eye on him – Poland after all is a “hotbed” of Homosexual Rights

    Can you imagine being marooned on a desert island with this wacko?

    • amigo
      amigo
      February 15, 2019, 1:43 pm

      0ssinev .do you mind.I am stool (no , not that kind) bound here at my local .nursing a bottle of Arfur G and you are dicussing Pence.s possible sex habits with his manboy boss.

      Slainte.

  4. marc b.
    marc b.
    February 15, 2019, 1:31 pm

    “But under the mullahs’ regime in Iran, for their people, it’s been 40 years of corruption, 40 years of repression, 40 years of terror, and 40 years of failure.”

    average life expectancy is up about 20 years since 1980, poverty decreasing; education of women, particularly rural populations, has gone from 45% of their male counterparts, to about 90%, causing some to ask if iranian women are over educated; and i’m no economist, but i would assume that the strain of the iran-iraq war and various sanctions regimes has had some negative impact on growth. they pull this same shit with cuba, avoiding the comparison of what went on prior to the ‘revolution’. and why doesn’t pence compare the levels of ‘repression, terror and corruption’ in iran with that of SA?

    • Keith
      Keith
      February 15, 2019, 8:07 pm

      MARC B- “…and why doesn’t pence compare the levels of ‘repression, terror and corruption’ in iran with that of SA?”

      SA? How about USA? The current levels of imperial corruption make Caligula’s Rome seem almost puritanical by comparison.

  5. Pdxmuscle@comcast.net
    [email protected]
    February 15, 2019, 9:01 pm

    All Mike Pence needs to do to confront anti-Semitism is to look in the mirror.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      February 16, 2019, 6:57 am

      His speech in Poland accused Iran of desiring to holocaust Israel. Netanyahu’s speech demanded the EU states join him in making military war on Iran. The EU states did not buy all this; they like the Obama-led Iran Deal and noticed the US has no Plan B if steep Western solidarity economic and monetary sanctions does not result in a change of regime in Iran. The Palestinians boycotted the conference, saying there’s no reason to chat with the US since Trump already moved the US embassy and killed all its humanitarian aid to the Palestinian people. Jared Kushner said he will trot out the US plan for I-P peace after Israel’s elections, in April.

      The next world war will come out of this impasse.

      • marc b.
        marc b.
        February 16, 2019, 9:01 am

        I share your pessimism, but think that the threat of a hot war will cause a rupture between Europe and the US. As thoroughly compromised as the Germans are, they ignored the US on nordstream II. Can’t see them signing up for the apocalypse.

      • Misterioso
        Misterioso
        February 16, 2019, 10:44 am

        @marc b.

        Agreed!!

        Nor can I see America’s generals “signing up.”

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        February 17, 2019, 4:44 am

        German companies building the $11billion Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline have been warned that they may face sanctions from the United States if they continue the construction project. … The Nord Stream 2 pipeline is led by the Russian gas company Gazprom, which is also the sole shareholder in the pipeline. US leadership seems hell-bent on isolating itself from the rest of the world in behalf the tiny state of Israel. Russia, China, India, Iran are always circling, looking for ways to take advantage of the large mote in Uncle Sam’s eye. I wonder how this lack of symmetry will play out from a “balance of power” POV. What’s the neo-realism scenario? Maybe Mearsheimer has a good guess….I assume he would factor in Saudi Arabia & the Gulf oil statelets.

      • marc b.
        marc b.
        February 17, 2019, 8:54 am

        Some US analysts at the time of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan believed the Soviets intended to gain control of ME oil, and its flow to Europe and Japan. Implicit in that analysis is that the US influence in the region gave it a measure of control over Europe and Japan. That’s what the nordstream fuss is all about, not nasty Putin, the European shift east. I forget his name, but there was some French oil co. Executive who was advocating that shift who wound up dead on the tarmac at an airport in Moscow.

      • marc b.
        marc b.
        February 17, 2019, 8:57 am

        “A staunch defender of Russia and its energy policies amid the conflict in Ukraine, [Christophe] De Margerie told Reuters in a July interview that Europe should stop thinking about cutting its dependence on Russian gas and focus instead on making those deliveries safer.

        He said tensions between the west and Russia were pushing Moscow closer to China, as illustrated by a $400bn deal to supply Beijing with gas that was clinched in May.

        “Are we going to build a new Berlin Wall?” he said. “Russia is a partner and we shouldn’t waste time protecting ourselves from a neighbour … What we are looking to do is not to be too dependent on any country, no matter which. Not from Russia, which has saved us on numerous occasions.”’

  6. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    February 16, 2019, 8:44 am

    @amigo
    “.nursing a bottle of Arfur G and you are dicussing Pence.s possible sex habits with his manboy boss.”

    Hope I didn`t spoil your pint but having looked at various clips showing him looking on adoringly as his boss raves on I am really beginning to think that Pence may have found an even profound love love than “Mother”

  7. RayJosephCormier
    RayJosephCormier
    February 16, 2019, 8:48 am

    I don’t understand the Logic of presenting Trump’s Peace Plan to the Israelis-Palestinians-the World AFTER the Israeli election.

    How UN-Democratic! The US has already eliminated ALL financial aid to the Palestinians so they just shut up and accept Trump’s Plan. There has been no reported pressure put on Israel for anything, just leaked rumors.

    He denies the Israelis any basis for informed voting on their government that will have to go along with the US Peace?

    There should be much greater pressure by the Public and the Press, to have the details of Trump’s Plan known and understood before the Israeli Election.
    The Devil is in the details!

    Will it bring a genuine Peace or War-Armageddon?

    What you are increasingly reading and seeing in the Secular, non-religious, Main Stream Media Today, the pictures and possibilities they propagate, are the Revelation of this Biblical Vision of a Future Time that has Finally Arrived.

    And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. (false beliefs about God in Judaism, Christianity & Islam. Written some 500 years before Islam, the 3rd arm from the Jewish religious record appeared)

    For they are the spirits of DEVILS, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth (1%, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Senators, CEOs, and other Idols of the People) and of the whole world, (the rest of Humanity) to gather them to the Battle of that Great Day of God Almighty. (the war is already underway Today between Judaism, Christianity and Islam, leading to the climax of that Great Day)

    Behold, I come as a thief. (when you least expect it)

    Blessed is he that watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.
    And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon.
    Revelation 16:13-16

    Armageddon was derived from Har Megiddo, located in Judea and Samaria of occupied Palestine 2000 years ago.
    Israel as a kingdom disappeared some 800 years before Jesus walked in that area during the occupation.
    Har Megiddo/Armageddon still exists as a physical place in this material world, but is now under the control of temporal Israel re-created from the Bible after an absence of some 2800 years.

    After all those years, the occupation of Judea and Samaria in Palestine is still an unresolved, violent, open wound in the Middle East and this material world.
    American Zionist Christians want to see Armageddon come. They praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

    It’s the DEVIL’s work, not God’s Will according to ALL Christian Bibles! The Christian Mission is to resist the Devil and prevent Armageddon.

    If that’s what the People want, they will have it if they don’t wake up and find their Voice.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      February 16, 2019, 9:38 pm

      “American Zionist Christians want to see Armageddon come. … The Christian Mission is to resist the Devil and prevent Armageddon.”

      They are a bit late. The battle of Armageddon was fought in 1918. The British Empire forces won.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Megiddo_(1918)

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 17, 2019, 12:38 pm

        “The battle of Armageddon was fought in 1918. The British Empire forces won. “

        Now, that’s what I call muscular Christianity!

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        February 17, 2019, 7:23 pm

        Since a large chunk of the forces were Indian Army, I suspect muscular Hinduism, Sikhism, and Islam played a role as well.

        (With more Islam from the Arab forces under Feisal.)

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        February 18, 2019, 11:14 am

        Ii Chronicles 35 refers to what many believe, though the account in the Book of Kings is rather different, was the First Battle of Megiddo in 609 BCE, when the Egyptians won and the Judahite King Josiah was mortally wounded. These events were problematic in that Josiah is recorded as a king under God’s protection. The Christian author of Revelation 16 decided that a second appearance of the place in history was needed and thus had Kings assemble at ‘the place called in Hebrew Armageddon’ – though I don’t think that there is Hebrew authority for ‘Har Megiddo’, the hill or strongpoint of Megiddo. But the magnificently forbidding sounding name caught on. This is an early attempt to show that arc of the universe bending back into its right shape.

  8. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    February 16, 2019, 12:56 pm

    @amigo
    Grab another Guinness:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6rQqMbPGV0&feature=youtu.be

    I wonder if Pence`s passion would wane somewhat if he could see the real DT ?

    • amigo
      amigo
      February 16, 2019, 5:03 pm

      0ssinev , great idea buy could you put it differently.

      Grab Another Guinness (GAG) doesn,t make for good advertising.

      But that image of the real trump should make even Pence GAG.

  9. amigo
    amigo
    February 16, 2019, 4:54 pm

    “”America is stronger than ever before and America is leading on the world stage once again,” Pence said, listing what he described as U.S. foreign policy successes from Afghanistan to North Korea.”

    This , as Germany, France ,UK ,Russia,China and others are implementing systems to bypass US sanctions against European nations who don,t play ball with Israel,s BBF.

    America leading on he world stage again.

    FFS .what are these people smoking.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      February 17, 2019, 5:05 am

      Maybe weed grown in John Bolton’s backyard?

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 18, 2019, 11:45 am

        Please, don’t libel bud.

  10. Marnie
    Marnie
    February 17, 2019, 6:58 am

    Pompeo “The Europeans are wedded to the JCPOA.” Uh, yes, because it makes sense and the iranians have kept to it. Who knows for how long though, as netanyahu is shaking his dick their way, threatening, egging on the sovereign country he’s got a hardon to bomb and has had since the 1990s – his balls must be as blue as his hair.

    I’m pretty sure if the JCPOA had been the brainchild of a republican, there wouldn’t be the addle-brain conversation by Pompeo, but with Bolton on board, a war has to happen somewhere. (There’s a number of places to choose from but my guess is Venezuela). Because the man-baby known as the POTUS #45 can’t make policy, only destroy the policies created by others, we have this situation.

  11. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb
    February 17, 2019, 10:51 am

    Really scary and worrisome to see the kind of people who want to run our world. They don’t know their heads from their other ends.

  12. James Canning
    James Canning
    February 17, 2019, 11:59 am

    Is Mike Pence merely a grossly ignorant blowhard? Or a willing stooge of warmongers who falsely claim Iran wants to kill Jews for the sake of killing them? In fact, Iran has made clear many times that it is willing to accept Israel if Israel makes a deal with the Palestinians acceptable to the Palestinians.

  13. Ossinev
    Ossinev
    February 17, 2019, 2:20 pm

    @Marnie
    “Who knows for how long though, as netanyahu is shaking his dick their way, threatening, egging on the sovereign country he’s got a hardon to bomb and has had since the 1990s – his balls must be as blue as his hair”

    Have recently watched the movie “Shock and Awe”. Not the greatest but certainly a further “eye opener” about the manufactured fictional ” intelligence” used to justify the Iraq war. The film outlines the role of two journalists in exposing the bare faced lies behind the warmongering propaganda.
    Interestingly no direct reference to Israeli`s role but early on in the film (sorry haven`t got the exact timeline) there is talk by one of the journalists` sources of Israelis breezing into US Intelligence HQ`s without passes / ID`sw of any kind. Not followed through in terms of Zioland`s role in prompting if not orchestrating the war but a definite wink wink say no more as to the importance of that role. Surprised that even this little reference got past the AIPAC censors.

    The lets go to war with “evil” Iran has the appearance of a Version 2 “WMD” threat to the planet and indeed the entire universe but there are distinct differences. 1) The Zios led by the Yahoo are blatantly and overtly pushing for this.2)There is no post 9/11 scenario.3) The Europeans having been fooled over Iraq will simply not go along this time 4) Dimwit Donald has as one of his “platforms” disengagement from remote wars and bringing US troops and military resources back home from the Middle East not sending them off to war again.

    No Bolton or no Bolton Zioland will be faced with doing it`s own thing and the Yahoo needing to prove his warmongering credentials pre-election will have to find a softer target than Iran and as much as they would no doubt love to do it they can`t really carpet bomb Cambodia style Lebanon or Syria.

  14. Marnie
    Marnie
    February 17, 2019, 11:25 pm

    ‘No Bolton or no Bolton Zioland will be faced with doing it`s own thing and the Yahoo needing to prove his warmongering credentials pre-election will have to find a softer target than Iran and as much as they would no doubt love to do it they can`t really carpet bomb Cambodia style Lebanon or Syria.’

    Man-baby in the white house got a soupcon of the power of his office, with or without congressional approval, when he did his little bombing mission in Syria back in ’17 I think. And the MSN (Bryan?) describing the ‘beauty’ of the video. It really makes me nauseous when I hear men, but mostly Man-baby in the white house, sexualizing everything from a flag to a wall and next will he will be full of braggadicio about the ‘big, strong, beautiful’ troops he’ll send into Venezuela with Elliot Abrams at the helm, to arm and train the militia that will be raised to rape and murder their fellow citizens. After that, which Man-baby will declare a ‘beautiful victory’, he’ll have a real taste for it, maybe even up to the appetites of Bolton and Netanyahooo. Personally the one to watch is Kushner – he’s got the death stare of a great white shark and has to be one of the biggest creeps in the cabinet.

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