Friday, May 10, 2019

More from 'Nukin' Futz News -Trump to Iran: "Call Me"

US President Donald Trump (C) speaks during event on ending surprise
 medical billing at the White House in Washington, DC,
 on May 9, 2019. (AFP photo)

Folks, we're obviously in the End Times with the Trump Presidency.  Here's the latest from this morning's "media".  Please read the two snippets below and I will have some mercifully brief comments to follow:

‘What I’d like to see with Iran, I’d like to see them call me’: Trump

from Iran's PressTV

Iran’s envoy to the UN has rejected President Donald Trump's call for new negotiations with Tehran, saying Trump's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal signals that he may "renege again" on any future talks.

"All of a sudden he decided to leave the negotiating table. What is the guarantee that he will not renege again on the future talks between Iran and the United States?" said Majid Takht Ravanchi in an interview with the MSNBC TV network Thursday.

The Iranian envoy stressed that Trump had "torn up" the deal despite the fact that it was a multilateral nuclear accord signed by world powers and backed by the UN Security Council.

"The president [Trump] just said that what he wants from Iran is to not have nuclear weapons, apparently he hasn't read the 14 reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) saying that Iran has been upholding all its obligations based on the JCPOA nuclear deal," Takht Ravanchi added.

The UN envoy's comments came after the US president called for negotiations with Iran earlier on Thursday amid escalating tensions over the administration’s increasingly hawkish policy towards the Islamic Republic...."

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Greencrow says:  Juan Cole is a university professor/longtime blogger with some gonnections to the CIA. I stopped reading him regularly years ago due to his bias/dysinfo, but here's a good analysis of the latest Trump fu*k up.


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Trump, hostage to Bolton and Pompeo, Pleads with Iran to call and Rescue Him


Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Julian Borger at The Guardian reports that Trump gave an impromptu news conference on Thursday in which he urged Iran to call him, as though he was being held hostage by John Bolton and Mike Pompeo and was signalling that Iran should rescue him.

I happened to see the bizarre performance live, and it reminded me of the old infinite monkey theorem, which holds that if an infinite number of monkeys typed randomly at keyboards for long enough, they would eventually type out the complete works of Shakespeare. The only problem is that in the real world, the universe might expire from heat death before any of the monkeys can actually produce that text.

A Trump speech is like large numbers of monkeys hitting random keys, and if you get an occasional coherent passage, it seems like an accident.
A reporter asked Trump about National Security Adviser John Bolton’s hawkish statements and actions toward Iran and Trump replied, “John .. has strong views on things, but that’s OK. I actually temper John, which is pretty amazing, isn’t it?”

Even Trump got the joke about how seldom he seems to be the adult in the room.

But Trump also recognized that relations with Iran were at a nadir and that military conflict could break out.

The Washington Post had reported that Trump is unhappy with Bolton’s interventionism in Venezuela and complained that Bolton was trying to drag him into a war. Bolton had told Trump last week that the Venezuelan opposition could easily pull of a coup against President Nicolas Maduro. When that move failed, as the officer corps remained with the president,
Trump concluded that Maduro is a “tough cookie.”

Then Trump actually said that Iran should call him.

Earlier his administration had rejected further talks with Iran unless it first withdrew from Syria and jumped through 12 such hoops. Typical for Trump, he threw his own policy out of the window on a whim, though to be fair it was a stupid policy.

Trump maintained that the reason Iran had not called him is that former secretary of state John Kerry still talks to current foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and had discouraged Iran from calling Trump. Trump then called for Kerry to be prosecuted under the Logan Act, which forbids US civilians from engaging in diplomacy with foreign powers.
Kerry’s office issued a statement to CNN saying “Everything President Trump said today is simply wrong, end of story. He’s wrong about the facts, wrong about the law, and sadly he’s been wrong about how to use diplomacy to keep America safe.”

Iran’s ambassador to the UN predictably pointed out that Iran had been negotiating with the US and had achieved a treaty on mothballing most of its nuclear enrichment program, and Trump was the one who breached that treaty.

Understandably, Iran wants to know what guarantee it has that if it were to reach a new deal with Trump, Trump wouldn’t just breach that one, too.
Iran is not going to call Trump and save him from the maniacal John Bolton, who allegedly was pressed on Trump by sinister casino mogul Sheldon Adelson as the one “ask” for his campaign contributions.
The frequent about-faces and erratic pronouncements of Trump are enough to discourage anyone from engaging in diplomacy with him, much less a proud country like Iran that feels the US has repeatedly intervened in its affairs, even to the point of overthrowing its government in 1953.
Trump is stuck.
Worse, we’re stuck with Trump at the helm of the foreign policy of the world’s sole superpower. He actually casually talked about war with Iran. God help us.
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Greencrow says:  Once again, it is apparent that the wheels are coming off the Trump Presidency Bus.  Unfortunately, the bus is a centipede. Until the next time, s'long from "Nuckin Futz Newz".

3 comments:

Reading between the lines said...

And a happy Mothers Day to all the mothers out there , tomorrow May 12 ,2019 .

greencrow said...

Hi RBTL:

Yes, tomorrow is a day to remember Mothers, and what they bring to the table of life...unconditional love.

gc

BuelahMan said...

This was so easily seen BEFORE he was elected. Glaringly obvious.