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Just How 'Normal' Is Trump's Iran Policy

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, when he was CIA director, testifying on Capitol Hill. The Iran nuclear deal was in near terminal condition even before President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. As CIA chief and Iran hawk Mike Pompeo later took the helm at State, the Trump administration then weighed whether to withdraw from the agreement earlier. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

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It’s not often that U.S. government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy. The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a "liberation."

The 2011 U.S.-led destruction of Libya was a "humanitarian intervention." And so on.

So, in a way, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was refreshingly honest last week when, speaking about newly-imposed US sanctions, he told the BBC that the Iranian leadership "has to make a decision that they want their people to eat."

It was an honest admission that new U.S. sanctions are designed to starve Iranians unless the Iranian leadership accepts U.S. demands.

His statement also reveals the lengths to which the neocons are willing to go to get their "regime change" in Iran. Just like then-U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said it was "worth it" that half a million Iraqi children died because of our sanctions on that country, Pompeo is letting us know that a few million dead Iranians is also “worth it” if the government in Tehran can be overthrown.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has demanded that Iran "act like a normal country" or the U.S. would continue its pressure until Iran’s economy crumbles. How twisted is U.S. foreign policy that Washington, D.C. considers it "normal" to impose sanctions specifically designed to make life miserable — or worse — for civilians!

Is it normal to threaten millions of people with starvation if their leaders refuse to bow down to U.S. demands? Is the neoconservative obsession with regime change "normal" behavior?

Is training and arming al-Qaida in Syria to overthrow Assad "normal" behavior? If so, then perhaps Washington’s neocons have a point. As Iran is not imposing sanctions, is not invading its neighbors, is not threatening to starve millions of Americans unless Washington is "regime-changed," perhaps Iran is not acting "normally."

So what is normal?

The continued Saudi genocide in Yemen does not bother Washington a bit. In fact, Saudi aggression in Yemen is viewed as just another opportunity to strike out at Iran. By making phony claims that Yemen’s Houthis are "Iran-backed," the U.S. government justifies literally handing the Saudis the bombs to drop on Yemeni school busses while claiming it is fighting Iranian-backed terrorism! Is that "normal"?

Millions of Yemenis face starvation after three years of Saudi attacks have destroyed the economy and a Saudi blockade prohibits aid from reaching the suffering victims, but Secretary Pompeo recently blamed Yemeni starvation on, you guessed it: Iran!

And in a shocking display of cynicism, the U.S. government is reportedly considering listing Yemen’s Houthis as a "terrorist" organization for the "crime" of fighting back against Saudi (and U.S.) aggression.

Labeling the Yemeni resistance a "terrorist" organization would effectively "legalize" the ongoing Saudi destruction of Yemen, as it could be justified as just another battle in the "war on terror."

It would also falsely identify the real culprits in the Yemen tragedy as Iran, which is repeatedly and falsely called the "number one sponsor of terrorism" by Pompeo and the rest of the Trump administration neocons.

So yes, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told one wicked truth last week. But before he demands that countries like Iran start acting "normal" or face starvation, perhaps he should look in the mirror.

Are Pompeo and the neocons "normal"? I don’t think so.

This article first appeared on the Ron Paul Institute website.

Ron Paul is a physician, author, and former Republican congressman. Paul also is a two-time Republican presidential candidate, and the presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party in the 1988 U.S. presidential election. His latest book is “Swords into Plowshares." For more of Ron Paul's reports, Go Here Now.

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