The same Donald Trump who accused America’s spies of fabricating evidence of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) now expects America’s spies to fabricate evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear program.
The Guardian reports that the president has put pressure on intelligence analysts to give him an excuse to pull out of the 2015 nuclear deal.
Trump is legally required to certify to Congress every three months that Iran is meeting its obligations under the multilateral agreement. The next time will be in October.
If he declares Iran noncompliant, lawmakers would have sixty days to restore sanctions. Read more
By all accounts, Iran is complying with the 2015 multilateral agreement that curtailed its nuclear program. The country is giving full access to inspectors, who have found no violations.
The only person upset by this is Donald Trump.
The New York Times revealed earlier this month that the American president had only reluctantly certified Iran’s compliance with the deal.
Now the same newspaper reports that he has instructed his team to find a way to declare Iran noncompliant — whether it is or not.
Congress requires the president to certify every three months that Iran is meeting its obligations under the agreement. If Trump doesn’t, then lawmakers have sixty days to restore sanctions that were rescinded in 2015. Read more
The Future of the Middle East is Turkey, Iran and Islamic Socialism
It may not seem it, what with the Islamic State’s suicide bombers lashing out, Israeli soldiers shooting wounded Palestinians and the war in Yemen grinding on, but the Middle East’s broad new outlines are starting to show.
They appear in front of the Turkish tanks on their way to Raqqa; in the brightly-lit press conferences of the White House; in the ballot printing factories of Tehran and in the banks of Dubai.
They are both a return to history and step further into it. Nation states founded on the borders of great empires are reasserting themselves and the assault on neoliberal economics will give way to Islamist socialism. Read more