By Akbar Montaser for Veterans Today
There is much anxiety about the U.S. agenda for the Middle East, particularly concerning Iran.
On January 10th, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, outlined his ideas for America’s stand in the Middle East in an address to the attendees at American University in Cairo. He stated that the time of “self-inflicted American shame is over.”
He also suggested that the U.S. would follow a more activist course, effectively contradicting President Trump’s judgment to remove troops from Syria. This was the second time; the Secretary violated his pledge to the President. On July 30, 2018, the President stated that he is willing to talk to Iran without preconditions. Bizarrely, Mr. Pompeo then promptly declared 12 requirements for the Iranian government to meet before the U.S. would talk to them. He seems to prefer listening to the Israeli Prime Minister instead of the President.
In contrast to the 12 conditions to be met by Iran, his remedy for the Middle East was devoid of details, except for propping up relations with Arab tyrants faithful to Washington. Instead, the Secretary shallowly portrayed a spectacle of a Middle East kicked into turmoil by President Barack Obama as if his predecessor was and are as innocent as Christ. In his infinite wisdom, he professed the U.S. would rescue the dictators simply by defeating a country that has an elected government, Iran. Since the Revolution in 1979, Iran has had 12 elections. Only one election, voting for President Ahmadinejad for a second term, has been considered by millions of Iranians as a deception. During his presidency, President Ahmadinejad was on the watch list by the Supreme Leader, the Revolutionary Guard, and traditionalists in parliament over allegations of fraud.
Secretary Pompeo advanced a strategy of confinement of Iranian power, asking for partners in the area to effectively “quarantine” the country. His statements sounded as if Iran is an epidemic that has broken out, leaving a section of the Middle East cordoned off under bondage with those stuck on the inside fighting for their lives! He promised to oust the last Iranian “boot” from Syria. However, he offered no plan to realize an end for the support of ISIS by its founders and funders.
To those who know American foreign policy, this Administration, similar to prior ones, supports any evil Israel projects. The difference is President Trump is molding America’s Israel strategy into wholly unconditional support!
After the President surprisingly and rightly announced the pullout from Syria, the Israeli Prime Minister promised he would increase actions against Iran. In fact, today,
Israel aims to draw the U.S. into war with Iran for doing additional bombing now that the President has made clear his intention to withdraw forces from Syria! Israel is losing one of its allies, ISIS! Have the pretending Muslims, ISIS, ever attacked Israel?
The Secretary also alleged that the former President lacked a “fundamental” understanding of the Middle East and miscalculated the resolve and “viciousness of radical Islamism,” neglecting Wahhabism, promoted mainly by Saudi Arabia and UAE, was the ideology that created ISIS as the instrument of horror.
Deep inside, Secretary Pompeo knows his nine-nation tour of the region is ludicrous. This is particularly the case because the National Security Adviser, Mr. John R. Bolton, visited the Middle East to console panicky allies on the withdrawal from Syria. Interestingly, the Wall Street Journal reported last week that President Trump’s National Security Council, headed by Mr. Bolton, asked the Pentagon to provide the White House with military options to strike Iran last year, causing concern at the Pentagon and State Department.
Now, much to the surprise of the Israeli PM, the presidential announcement last month that U.S. forces would withdraw from Syria in 30 days produced a diplomatic muddle for the Secretary, Mr. Bolton, neocons, the so-called “progressive” liberals, such as the foolish Secretary Clinton, and the US pretending allies. Secretary Mattis resigned in protest. Good riddance! The General has over 7,000 books in his library, but he has not read them to learn from the past. History will show if the President honors his words, his decision to withdraw from Syria and Afghanistan would be his most significant decision in foreign policy through his presidency thus far. He is right that the U.S. interference in Syrian affairs was misguided on day one. There were and are ample good reasons for the U.S. to leave Syria. It is in the interests of average Americans, saving lives and keeping the money to build infrastructure, for example, in this nation.
Defeating ISIS will be fully realized eventually with the aid of Russia, Turkey, and Iran. The sooner the U.S. departs the Middle East the better for all parties, including Israel! Israel would be finally compelled to negotiate with the Palestinians. Peace would arrive for Israeli and Palestinian citizens by the formation of the State of a Palestinian after 70 years. This would be one of the greatest achievements in enhancing the security of the US and Israel, aside from all countries in the Middle East.
Along with Mr. Bolton, the Secretary left the Administration’s agenda muddier than he found it. Mr. Bolton received backing from the Israeli PM in Jerusalem to iron out provisions that would make U.S. withdrawal impossible! In other words, Americans must work harder, paying more taxes, so the U.S. government can misuse the money in needless military adventures, not for Americans, but only for Israelis.
Interestingly, the Secretary later stated that when the U.S. abandons, “chaos follows.” Again, his assertion contradicts the President announcement! For 17 years, the people of the Middle East have tried to push away American “ideas” for democracy. Still, these “ideas” will not leave them alone, and eventually, end up messing up their lives. The U.S. government required permission from the Israeli PM to depart from the Middle East! The President must decide how to convert the military-industrial complex to enterprises to better the world. If this is done, the new industries would be making more money!
Amusingly, the Secretary opined “America is a force for good in the Middle East”! However, he chastised President Obama for having stated in Cairo ten years ago that American revulsion and rage after the 9/11 attack “led us to act contrary to our ideals,” an allusion to the use of torture. The Secretary defends the existence of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and torture. Deplorably, he also faulted President Obama for closing secret prisons. The former President also demanded that all interrogators obey anti-torture laws! America was not a force for good in the Middle East when using torture. The Congress and White House created millions of diehard foes for the average Americans.
The Secretary must read the full text of Osama bin Laden’s ‘letter to America.’ The letter first surfaced on the Internet in Arabic and was later translated and distributed by Islamists in Britain. He presented two critical questions for Americans. The first one was “Why are we fighting and opposing you?” His second inquiry affirmed, “What are we calling you to, and what do we want from you?”. His first response was we are fighting you “Because you attacked us and continue to attack us. You attacked us in Palestine, Palestine, which has sunk under military occupation for more than 80 years. The British handed over Palestine, with your help and your support, to the Jews, who have occupied it for more than 50 years; years overflowing with oppression, tyranny, crimes, killing, expulsion, destruction, and devastation. The creation and continuation of Israel is one of the greatest crimes, and you are the leaders of its criminals. And of course there is no need to explain and prove the degree of American support for Israel. The creation of Israel is a crime which must be erased. Each and every person whose hands have become polluted in the contribution towards this crime must pay its price, and pay for it heavily.”
The Secretary made another bizarre statement. He said, “Countries increasingly understand that we must confront the Ayatollahs, not coddle them.” The Iranian Foreign Minister, Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, fittingly replied, “Whenever/wherever the U.S. interferes, chaos, repression, and resentment follow, …….“The day Iran mimics U.S. clients, is the day hell freezes over.”
President Obama finally learned to negotiate with the Iranians and do so with utmost respect. He finally found no amount of sanctions will ever cause Iranians to rise against their governments they elected several times despite its flaws. Counter to the prevailing wisdom, economic pressure and covert cyber-attacks on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program did not bring Iranians to the negotiation table. If the Secretary and Israeli American “representatives” deem otherwise, they do not know current Iran. Importantly, if Iran wanted an atom bomb, it could realize it, with or without war.
The Supreme Leader and his circle had the awareness to recognize nuclear weapons constitute threats to the national security of Iran, not safety. It is time for the U.S., along with other nuclear powers, to use diplomacy for nuclear disarmament.
Listening to the Secretary’s speeches in the Middle East is like hearing someone from Mars. By going to Mars one day, perhaps we can better understand him on earth! Going to Mars is challenging. I prefer Antarctica! It is heaven in contrast to Mars. In his mind, maybe the Secretary resides in Antarctica with a frozen brain! The Harvard education has not melted his “genius” to make reasonable statements about Iran.
Because of Israel, and only for the sake of Israel, Secretary Pompeo and his cohort in and out of the Trump Administration have an exceptional fixation with Iran. The Secretary and his cronies often mix perception with its evil double: mania. While resolve is our strength to hold our ground while seeking our ends, obsession, is an ailing attachment to the fraud of stealing national resources of the people of Middle East through Israel! The time is right to wake up from their siesta for the sake of the people of this country and serve them as patriots rather than outright traitors. Is not it farcical to realize that Mr. Pompeo serves as a local church deacon and teaches Sunday school while believing in torture? The Secretary told a church gathering in 2014 that Christians must “know that Jesus Christ, as our savior, is truly the only solution for our world” Was Christ a believer in torture and jailing innocents in Gitmo for life and without trial?
The unconditional support of the U.S. government for Israel has damaged America to an unbelievable extent. It is not debatable our supposed “allies” in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Israel are the original investors of the beasts who have false conceptions of Islam. These countries have been ferrying the brutes to Iraq, Syria, Libya, and other Middle Eastern nations committing war crimes. Jordan has been a coconspirator providing training bases for the criminals. The U.S. government, without the consent of the average Americans, has been essentially affording air cover for ISIS for one and a half year initially, calling them moderates! This was at the time a Nobel Prize Peace winner was in the White House!
According to the March 20, 2018 report in Forbes, “2.77 million service members have served on 5.4 million deployments since 9/11, losing blood and else, for the sake of Israel. Are there any benefits from these endless wars for average Americans? Each year, nearly 8,000 American veterans from the wars of Iraq and Afghanistan commit suicide. According to the Census Bureau, 40 million to 45 million Americans in 2017 were thought to be living under the federal poverty level. This is while countless Americans do not have essential social services, are homeless and sick. Appallingly, these wars are for the sake of an Apartheid nation! The Israeli system of racial segregation is in many cases worse than the ones South Africa executed and implemented by several acts and other laws. The legislation tried to standardize ethnic bigotry and the dominance by Jews over persons of other faiths. Most of these acts were passed after the creation of Israel, and they were and are worse than those that were enacted in South Africa.
Interestingly, the Secretary and Mr. Bolton are either oblivious of history or prefer to adhere to the history lessons Israeli government and neocons teach them. Palestine has been governed by many groups, counting, alphabetically, the Arabs, Assyrians, Babylonians, Crusaders, Egyptians, Fatimids, Greeks, Islamists, Mamelukes, Persians, Romans, and Seljuk Turks. Israel was built on the back of Palestinians through ethnic cleansing. Palestinians made no crimes against Jews during Holocaust.
In my letter to President Obama on April 17, 2015, I quoted President John Adams who held “Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people.” Given the requirements of an educated public, any democratic nation is to endure as a capable, honest society. The Secretary, Mr. Bolton, and the like have not been educated in history. Regrettably, these individuals mislead Americans through the Israeli linked six major media.
I close this article by quoting the following statement from the preface of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass first published on July 4, 1885. Whitman was an American lyricist, writer, and journalist. A humanist, he was a hero of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, joining both views in his works. Whitman is amid the most prominent poets in the American literature. He is often called the patriarch of free verse. The world master said,
“This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.”
The greatest American President, Abraham Lincoln said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. We shall not perish from the Earth by having a government of the people, by the people, for the people.” He continued, “I am a slow walker, but I never walk back.”
And I add, “Americans did not fight for independence from Britain only to lose it to Israel!”
Akbar Montaser is Professor Emeritus, The George Washington University (Washington, DC) where he taught and conducted research for 32 years (1981-2012). He also served as a Program Director in the Division of Materials Research at the National Science Foundation for nine years. Born in Esfahan, Iran, he received his BS degree from Shiraz University in 1969 and his Ph.D. in 1974 from Michigan State University. As a postdoctoral fellow, he investigated high-temperature plasmas at the Ames Laboratory, a major US Department of Energy Federal Laboratory, located on the site of Iowa State University (ISU). He taught and conducted research as the faculty at Sharif University of Technology (Iran) from 1975-1979. After the 1979 Revolution, he immigrated to the US. For two years, he was a Research Professor at the Ames Laboratory – ISU before joining the faculty at GWU in 1981.
Professor Montaser is globally acclaimed as one of the top three experts in plasma spectrometry for trace, ultratrace, isotopic, and speciation analysis of materials, such as nuclear wastes and semiconductor materials. The US Department of Energy, several federal and state agencies, and instrument manufacturers strongly backed his research for over 30 years. His expertise is centered on fundamental studies, modeling, simulation of plasmas and aerosol systems, development of smart plasmas and smart aerosols, instrument design, and the applications of aerospace, mechanical, electrical engineering, theoretical astronomy, and optics to the chemistry and the physics of novel plasmas.
Professor Montaser and his team are the authors of over 500 articles and presentations in diverse areas such as chemistry, medical sciences, forensic science, and engineering. His discoveries have graced the Cover Pages of several scientific Journals.
Professor Montaser is the co-author/co-editor of six significant books that are famed as the “Bible” of the field. The books have been translated into, for example, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. His three new books on plasma mass spectrometry are due for publication in 2018 and 2019. The techniques described in these comprehensive volumes have revolutionized the practice of analysis and led to the development of new devices, such as cell phones, high-speed laptop computers, and other high-storage devices.
Currently, Professor Montaser serves globally as a consultant in areas such as intellectual property, development of novel chemical instrumentation, hand-held laboratories, and invention of innovative and transformative techniques for chemical analysis of nanomaterials, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, food, nuclear substances, biological, environmental, geological, petroleum, forensic, and works of art. These studies not only address current challenging problems, but they are vital for tackling likely difficulties that could arise in the future.