The Hill reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a group of Iranian American political activists that the U.S. government is not pursuing regime change in Iran via direct military intervention.
According to an Axios report, Pompeo met with 15 Iranian leaders last Monday at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel.
Some of the sources present at the meeting claimed that Pompeo was asked multiple times “If regime change does not occur internally what is the endgame?”
Pompeo responded that the Trump administration is “careful not to use the language of regime change” and that the Trump administration has no plans for intervening military in Iran. When asked about the option of using a coup to usher in regime change, Pompeo joked that he would not tell the attendees even if he had that information on hand, which got a few laughs in the audience.
Pompeo remained vague about the Trump administration’s plans concerning Iran. According to Axios, Pompeo said “our best interest is a non-revolutionary set of leaders leading Iran.”
The Secretary of State also told the group that “there are no guarantees” that U.S. sanctions would keep the Iranian people from being negatively affected.
This is represents a small victory for the America First Movement.
Liberty Conservative News reported on the Trump Administration’s labeling of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization.
This move caused great concern among the non-interventionist segments of the America First movement.
However, this latest announcement from Pompeo seems like a step in the right direction for the time being.
Now the Trump administration can focus 100% of its efforts on the immigrations, the issue that remains the #1 priority for GOP voters in the 2020 elections.
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Did Bernie Sanders Just Endorse a Neocon Regime Change Foreign Policy?
Is Bernie Sanders the anti-war candidate that many non-interventionists are making him out to be?
Journalists Jacob Crosse and Barry Grey presented some interesting observations about Sanders’ foreign policy views.
Sanders criticized the assassination of Iranian General Qassem Suleimani in January and also stressed his opposition to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
During the Iowa presidential debate, Sanders loudly boasted, “I not only voted against that war, I helped lead the effort against that war.”
However, Sanders changed his tune when chatting with the New York Times.
The answers the Sanders campaign gave the Times showed its flexibility when it comes to foreign policy.
In other words, the Sanders campaign signaled to the military and intelligence apparatus that Sanders won’t present a threat to their interests and may actually carry out their interventionist agenda.
One question in the survey that the Times sent the Sanders campaign stuck out above the rest.
The third survey question asked, “Would you consider military force to pre-empt an Iranian or North Korean nuclear or missile test?”
The Sanders campaign responded, “Yes.”
Based on this response, Sanders’ is signaling that he’s willing to continue Bush-era policies of “preemptive war.”
Like Obama, Sanders’ opposition to the Iraq War was a matter of politics rather than a principled opposition to regime change wars.
His campaign was also asked, “Would you consider military force for a humanitarian intervention?”
Sanders responded, “Yes.”
Some of the wars that the U.S. carried out in the name of “human rights” have been the Bosnian war and the bombing of Serbia in the 1990s along with the aerial campaign against Libya in 2011 and the Civil War launched in Syria.
All in all, Sanders’ pro-peace/non-interventionist image is at best window dressing.
Under a Sanders presidency, the interventionist status quo will likely stay in place.
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