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Entries in iran (31)

Monday
Jun242019

Tensions Rising with the Iranians

The U.S. has had a tortured relationship with the Iranians for a very long time.  It doesn't help that the U.S. and the Brits helped to overthrow a democratically elected Iranian leader in favor of a puppet whom they liked more. It rarely gets much better after that.  

The Cold War continued to separate the two for years thereafter. Then in the 80's, the U.S. shot down an Iranian domestic airplane killing more than 300 civilians.  Consider what the Americans would have done if the Iranians did something similar?

A few years ago, 10 U.S.l sailors were taken captive for straying into Iranians waters. Of course, the Iranians aren't Lilly-white either.  They have supported dictators and terrorist groups in their own right throughout the world and continued to create instability in Iraq and elsewhere.  

They came to a nuclear agreement alongside the Brits, the French, the Germans, the Russians and the Chinese. Then Trump withdrew from the agreement and reimposed sanctions and things have been unraveling ever since. Now, two oil tankers have been hit and the Iranians have shot down a U.S. $100 million drone.

Where are we going now.  I will appear on AM950 6/21. Hope you can catch it.  

Friday
Aug172018

What Happens When the U.S. Continually Cedes Its Role in the World

 

 

Friday
Aug172018

If you help blow a country to pieces and then walk away, what happens?

The war in Syria has raged for years and years now.  The estimates include almost half a million dead and some twelve million displaced both internally and externally.  The Europeans have certainly seen a lot of these refugees but consider what the Jordanians and others have had to deal with. 

The Americans and the Russians continue to grapple with what is happening. They are both now claiming that they want the Iranians out and the media has bit on this.  Frankly, it is ridiculous.  The Iranians are deeply entrenched in the country economically and militarily and have been for decades and decades.  

Further, the Americans are starting to cut funding for the rebuiding. Its extraordinary when we continue to make the same mistakes over and over again.  We have don't this same thing everywhere.  We come in and blow a country to pieces and then walk away leaving it to its own devices with the guarantee that what is left is the perfect cauldron but continued unrest within the country and a staging group for future attacks worldwide.

I appear on I24 International News to discuss.

Wednesday
May092018

[Iranian Press TV] May 9th: Tensions Rise Between Israel and Iran after Trump Decision

Tuesday
May012018

[I24 International News] April 30th: Netanyahu had an Audience of One, Trump.

I appear on I24 International News on April 30th. Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu just went on the offensive regarding the Iranians and the Nuclear Deal signed by the U.S., the Brits, French, Russians and Chinese. Netanyahu just claimed that he had a ton of new evidence that proved the Iranians were lying and that President Trump shouldn't renew the Nuclear Deal.  Of course, this has been Bibi's argument all along so there is no real shock there.

This is going to be a fun and complex conversation.  There are a lot of moving parts and there is a lot of debate going on in Israel about this issue too.

Monday
Apr232018

[Press TV Iran] April 22nd: Another Kabul Bombing with Lots of Blame to Go Around

I appear on Press TV Iran to talk about the latest bombing in Kabul as the elections approach. ISIS has taken responsibility for this and a recent series of attacks that have left scores dead across Afghanistan. This certainly isn't new and combine that with ongoing attacks by the Taliban and Afghanistan certainly continues to spin out of control. Further, Afghanistan's neighbors including Pakistan and Iran continue to watch with interest. The US too continues to play an almost passive role, supporting the government that some see as illegitimate while failing to provide enough support to make a difference.

This will be an intereting conversation.  

Tuesday
Jan022018

[RT America ] January 2nd: Iran Grapples with Demonstrations

Iran has been struggling to address demonstrations that have stretched into their sixth day and counting.  The people by the tens of thousand in various cities across the country have multiple demands, everything from economic reform to defiance of Iran's Islamic leadership itself. 

President Hassan Rouhani has generally been tied to the reformers but that doesn't necessarily mean that he is safe. The power of Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei along with the Revolutionary Guard is another power base in itself.  These groups are generally working in concert but what is important to watch is whether they will continue to do so.

This is a complex issue that absolutely will not fit onto a bumper sticker.  This should be interesting.

Friday
Dec012017

[I24 International News] November 30th: Russians Expanding Influence

I appear on I24 International News on November 30th. Okay, I have to tell you the truth. This was one of the most enjoyable segments I have done in a really long time. Essentially, the Russians through Russian FM Medvedev and the Egyptians have agreed to share airspace. While this may not seem like a huge deal, it is. It essentially give the Russians enormous latitude to operate in the region.  There have been credible reports that Russian Special Ops troops were operating on the western border of Egypt as recently as March of this year.  Combine these two and it shows just how closely the countries are beginning to cooperate. Understand, Egypt was one of the closest allies the Americans had in the region.  Now?  Who knows.

Combine the relationship with the Russian agreements with the Turks, the Iranians, the Iraqis and what you start to see is like nothing the West has ever seen before. I'm not even talking about the Russians support of Asaad and Syria.  That piece is beyond extraordinary.  Frankly, with the vacuum created by the current U.S. Administration in the region, the Russians are moving in and filling the gap in a big way.  

I was able to talk about history, borders, interests, cold war politics, hot war politics and Putin and Trump. Bring it on.  So so cool.

Tuesday
Oct242017

[Press TV Tehran] October 24th: Jack Talks Delays in Kurdistan Elections and the Treaty of Versailles

I appear on Press TV Tehran on October 24th.  The Iraqi Kurdistan parliament has voted to delay elections by eight months.  There were as lot of countries watching what was happening out of Erbil. Its clear that Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria, and the U.S. is not interested in seeing an independent Kurdistan and it potentially threatens that borders of those existing countries and could also create some short term instability on the region.  Let's face it, the fear is a domino effect in which one move could force another, could force another, etc.  is a very real one where we have seen a lot of instability in the last several decades. 

The problem is that millions of Kurds were disenfranchised and marginalized when the Europeans arbitrarily cut the Middle East up into its current scheme at the Treaty of Versailles in 1919.  At the point, millions of Kurds were placed into Iraq, with millions more placed in Iran, Turkey, Syria and even the Southern Republicans.  The net result was a guarantee that none of those Kurdish groups would have a majority voice.

This will be a fun conversation.