The assassination of Iranian General Soleimani, on Iraqi territory, by the US government has created the threat of a new and devastating war in the Middle East.
US President Trump’s policy in the Persian Gulf is clearly failing. The drones that halved Saudi Arabia’s oil production capacity highlighted the fact that his key ally can neither win the war in Yemen, nor defend itself.
Simultaneous to the publication of Jack Straw’s book – ‘The English Job’ – there is an international embargo, orchestrated by the US, on the purchase of Iranian oil, and trade on most goods with Iran, plus in June the US President came within a hair’s breadth of launching missiles against Iran. This article sets out the role of British imperialism. Jack Straw’s book does not – leave it on the shelf.
US President Donald Trump is continuing his faltering campaign against the Iranian people. Having pulled back from a direct military attack on 21 June, he clearly feels the need for new tactics.
On 27 May, during his visit to Tokyo, US President Trump told reporters that Iran “has a chance to be a great country with the same leadership”. He added “I’m not looking to hurt Iran at all. I’m looking to have Iran say no nuclear weapons. No nuclear weapons for Iran and I think we will make a deal.” Given that just days before he had threatened to “end” Iran, this may seem a remarkable turnaround.
In recent weeks US President Trump has deepened his administration’s policy of applying “maximum pressure” upon the Iranian government and Iranian people.