I MUST be missing something here: the USA, having unilaterally and – to date – alone withdrawn from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA ,the Lausanne Permanent Accord on Iran-nuclear), is instructing inter alia the world’s second-largest economy with the world’s largest (still, just) populace; and a large, developed economy with a population almost identical in size to Iran’s that is strategically situated where Europe segues into Asia and vice versa, to tear up (or, in Turkey’s case because it wasn’t a signatory, ignore) the JCPoA AND, in so doing, cause severe damage to these countries’ own economies, not to mention effectively bankrupting another signatory to the JCPoA, Iran, thereby turning some 80 million people into starving, seriously aggrieved potential refugees. Have I correctly understood the import of Pompeo’s announcement?
Logically, the US Diktat on Iranian oil imports should be able to be neutralised if any or all of China, Russia (another signatory to the JCPoA), Turkey and the other countries affected by this illegitimate attempted embargo simply turned round and said, ”Sorry, Mr. Pompeo, this is none of your business. Stick your imperial extra-territorialism where the sun doesn’t shine.”
One of the USA’s motives appears to be to elicit from Iran a reaction which could justify a military intervention by the USA and (perhaps..) its regional “allies”, resulting in untold death and destruction; and culminating in régime change. In the event of the Iranians’ not rising to this provocation but continuing to exercise restraint, however, it is entirely plausible – if shocking – that the pretext for military aggression will be arranged through (another) “false flag” incident or succession of incidents, which the infallible US intelligence services will trace immediately and beyond reasonable doubt to Tehran.
In the scheme of things, this is big deal: the crisis the USA has created could escalate quickly and lead to conflict, possibly extending beyond the region. There are some questions begging, to which the MSM everywhere should (but aren’t) urgently be seeking answers, “Cui bono?” being the most obvious such. And who DOES stand to benefit from a major regional or global war over Iran?
a) KSA: obvious economic benefits to its oil industry by stabilising a manufactured supply imbalance at higher prices; consolidates its position as dominant Middle Eastern producer; eliminates only serious rival for regional economic and political influence.
b) USA: economic benefits from crisis of its own creation as a major exporter of oil; US MIC – always benefits from wars fought by USA, irrespective of outcomes; conforms with the personal, evangelical beliefs of Pompeo, Pence, Bolton et al. concerning the ultimate destiny of humanity and the necessity to protect and preserve a Jewish colonial occupation of Palestine*.
c) Israel: eliminates political and military influence of Hezbollah in not one but two Northern neighbours, thereby paving the way for (further) territorial expansion and neutralising potentially hostile opposition to this; removes any potential, real or imagined, for the emergence of a second nuclear-armed power in the region; all, quite possibly, at the cost to it of not a single body-bag.
Any Biblical considerations aside, it is quite difficult to see how either a) or c) or even a combination of both, brings the USA direct benefits sufficient to justify another foreign war for the USA, with all its attendant popularity risks.
* Can’t someone tell these bastards that, as far as they’re concerned, all the Armageddon sh*t is exactly that – they’re already condemned to Hell for all eternity?