“The U.S. very much wants to signal to Iran that even if Washington doesn’t have an appetite for war, we’re willing to support Israel, which does.” – Parsi
An agreement negotiated between the Biden administration and Iran to secure the release of five American citizens in exchange for five Iranian prisoners and $6 billion was deemed “unfavourable” by Donald Trump. However, it looks as if the deal has benefitted Trump in more ways than one, he is using the barbaric attack to bolster potential votes in his election campaign and worse, the U.S. has been given reason to point the finger at Iran for the barbaric attack in Israel and therefore an excuse to go to war with them.
Trump responded to the prisoner swap agreement and said that “the deal that did not result in an even-handed outcome” as Iran had asked Joe Biden to lift sanctions preventing the transfer of $6 billion in Iranian funds from South Korea to Qatar, a request to which Biden agreed to.
Trump issued a stark warning to America, urging them to prepare for “dire consequences.”
The $6 billion of Iran’s oil revenue, had been frozen in South Korea, and was to be transferred to bank accounts in Qatar and the funds to be monitored “to ensure Iran uses the money for goods” not currently under sanctions, reported the Financial Times (FT).
Sources involved in this process insisted they would be “strictly controlled” with no funds going to Iran, only humanitarian transactions, including food, medicine, agriculture, paid to third party vendors, transaction by transaction.”
Biden Gives into Blackmail
The prisoner swap was condemned by leading US Republicans as “a ransom payment and sanctions relief”, and columnist Daniel Johnson wrote in The Telegraph, who added;
“Biden will be “patting himself on the back” over this deal” and “while it will mean “giving an evil regime” $6 billion, the sum is from oil revenues sequestered under sanction laws, allowing the president to claim that his deal “won’t cost the US taxpayer a cent.
“But the reality is that Biden’s “murky prisoner swap” will only “damage American prestige, encourage the Iranians to take more Western hostages, and help fund the regime’s nuclear ambitions“. It was hoped that the prisoner swap would “help build a degree of trust that creates conditions for further discussions on Iran’s muscular nuclear programme“, said the Financial Times.
The Nuclear Agreement
Restrictions had previously been imposed on Iran under the Iran nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which went into effect in January 2016. This was a landmark accord reached between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and Germany—collectively known as the P5+1.
Under its terms, Iran agreed to dismantle much of its nuclear program and open its facilities to more extensive international inspections in exchange for billions of dollars worth of sanctions relief,” The UN Security Council could vote to continue sanctions relief, a “snapback” mechanism in the event of violations of the deal, effective for ten years.
In April 2020, the U.S wanted to snap back sanctions, despite withdrawing from the deal in 2018, meaning they could not unilaterally implement the “snapback” mechanism. Trump instead, imposed a wide range of unrelated U.S. sanctions on Iran restricting even multinational firms from transacting with sanctioned Iranian entities including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
Iran Resumed Nuclear Activities
Consequently, Iran resumed its nuclear activities enriching trace amounts of uranium to nearly weapons-grade levels, sparking international alarm. “Administration officials say they will launch a raft of new punitive measures” […] “some observers believe may be aimed at seeking to provoke a confrontation with Tehran in the run up to the US election. wrote the Guardian
The two countries sought to de-escalate tensions leading to proposals from Iran agreeing not to target Americans and to cap its uranium enrichment at 60% purity, a level below weapons grade. The U.S. was to refrain from imposing additional sanctions that “further strangle the economy.” Important to note, the U.S. reportedly was pushing Tehran to stop selling drones to Moscow, which Russian forces have used in the war against Ukraine.
The U.S. officials also warned further nuclear advances by Iran could make returning to the original deal impossible. In June 2023, reports emerged that Washington and Tehran were nearing an informal agreement that would have Iran limit uranium enrichment to 60 percent.
Obviously, tensions and obvious lack of trust that the US has for Iran make the thought of 6 billion dollars placed into Iran’s back pocket just a few weeks later, seem utterly ridiculous. Arguably, the news of a senile old POTUS practically gifting that amount of money to a perceived “enemy” who had a “muscular” nuclear programme, was useful in that it could be used to create fear among the people.
Trump proceeded to let the world know just how “unfavourable”the deal was and that it was negotiated by Iran in bad faith and gave the Iranian regime “too much in exchange for too little.”
It was “an embarrassment” to him as a citizen,” he said, according to BBC.
“It is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of this deal,” Trump stated. “The Iran deal is defective to its core.”
Did Trump use a mass mind control technique to alert the population to the possiblity that Iran was now in a better position to increase their nuclear programme? It sounds like “predictive programming” to me to incite fear and anticipate those “terrible things that would start to happen.”
As is Trump’s style, he infantalises the crowd and uses psychological conditioning wrapped up in a “good guy, bad guy” technique, with himself against Iran and himself against Biden who plays two parts in the MAGA pantomime, the daft old man and the bad guy that has made America a “laughing stock.” In this interactive pantomime, the crowd is right behind Trump and believe he is the cavalry ready to protect us all against the “bad guy.”
How America Gets to War
However, “They’ve been looking for an excuse to go to war with Iran for a LONG time” Has Trump not only just prepared the American people for this, but as the “good guy” has also got their support?
Question – “What is the “traditional way to get America into war?”
Please watch this important video clip from the X post below for the answer.
It would appear U.S. and Israel have collaborated to prepare for that event, and have conducted a growing number of military exercises in recent months that Israeli leaders say are designed to test potential attack plans with Iran
On January 16, 2021, just four days before Biden’s inauguration, Trump ordered the military to reassign Israel to CENTCOM, its Middle East combatant command. Historically, the U.S. military has rather counterintuitively kept Israel under its European Command, or EUCOM, in order to avoid tensions with Gulf Arab allies like Saudi Arabia. This was one of a volley of last-minute decisions by Trump designed to force the Biden administration to abandon diplomacy and adopt the framework of his “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran.
“For decades, DOD placed Israel in the European Command (EUCOM) AOR due to significant tensions between Israel and its neighbors in the Middle East,” a Congressional Research Service report about the move observed, noting that “improved Israeli ties with some Arab states may allow more open coordination to counter Iran.”
Trump’s order followed a December 2020 bill introduced by several Republican senators, including Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., to study the transfer of Israel to CENTCOM. “Tasking CENTCOM to serve as the primary U.S. defense coordinator with Israel instead of EUCOM would acknowledge the new political reality of the Middle East under the Abraham Accords,” Cotton said in a press release.
“Our bill requires a study of the potential transition, which could increase U.S.-Israel military cooperation with regional partners and help better secure the Middle East against threats like Iran.”
The Israel – U.S. military cooperation conducted their “largest joint military exercise” in history, just this January when six-thousand four hundred American and 1,500 Israeli troops participated in the training exercise, involving more than 140 aircraft, an aircraft carrier, and live fire exercises with over 180,000 pounds of live munitions.
The exercise, named Juniper Oak. was “not intended to be focused on any one single adversary or threat; it’s all about working together,” but Israeli officials made clear that the exercise was constructed to simulate a war with Iran insisted Pentagon press secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder.