“The only thing new in the world is the history you don’t know.” – President Harry Truman, Plain Speaking: An Oral Biography of Harry S. Truman (1974) by Merle Miller, pg. 26.
2-minute video: Two US Secretaries of State, Clinton and James Baker; Clinton cackling about war on Iran, and Baker lying about a threat from Iran with promise to “take them out” that “will be next year (2016):
3-minute video: Police, Military – Was your Oath sincere?
3-minute video: US imperialism 1900 – 2010:
This article series is among hundreds in alternative media that explain, document, and prove that the United States continuously engage in the viciously destructive policies of a rogue state, with a required and obvious citizen response to call for arrests of those .01% leaders of these crimes centering in war, money, and corporate media lies. The eleven parts of this series are also from my paper on teaching critical thinking skills to high school students in classes of US History, Government, and Economics.
- Introduction to define ‘rogue state’ as perfect match with US illegal Wars of Aggression, Crimes Against Humanity, dictatorial government
- The US violated ~600 treaties with Native Americans to steal Native American land. A treaty is signed by a US President, approved by 2/3 vote of the US Senate, and under Article VI of the US Constitution becomes US “supreme Law.” These ongoing “in your face” violations of “supreme Law” became the precedent to typical hypocritical and unlawful US policies of the present.
- US President Polk lied to Congress (with their approval) to initiate War of Aggression on Mexico. The result was the US illegally stealing 40% of Mexico in 1848. Congress opposed Abraham Lincoln’s crystal-clear explanation as a member of Congress that the Adams-Onís Treaty placed the so-called “border dispute” 400 miles within land forever promised to Mexico and forever promised as outside any US claim.
- The US violated our treaty with Hawaii and stole their country in 1898.
- The US reneged on promises of freedom after the Spanish American War to impose colonialism on the Philippines, and install US-friendly dictators in Cuba. US military slaughtered resisters, calling them yesterday’s version of “terrorists.”
- The US entered WW1 upon no national security threat to the US, and imprisoned the 3rd party presidential candidate for challenging “official reasons” for war.
- The CIA had several covert wars; perhaps most important in today’s context of war on Iran: “Operation Ajax” that overthrew Iran’s democracy and installed a US-friendly and brutal dictator. When that dictator was overthrown and Iran refused another, the US aided Iraq to unlawfully invade and attack Iran from 1980-1988; killing up to a million Iranians. If the US lied and acted twice to unlawfully overthrew Iran’s democracy within many of our own lifetimes, shouldn’t we assume first another lie-started unlawful war today?
- The Vietnam War followed US permission to cancel the election to unify the country. The US stopped democracy to keep a friendly government, and perhaps to have ongoing live weapons testing and development. War escalated with the Gulf of Tonkin incident, deliberate provocation to manipulate a false-flag event for “defensive” war.
- Perhaps most disturbing is the King Family civil suit that found the US government guilty in the assassination of Dr. King (and here). Corporate media, including our text publishers, omit this history. The King family’s conclusion is that Martin was assassinated to prevent his “Occupy DC” plan beginning for the summer of 1968 to end his version of today’s wars.
- We now know from Congressional reports that all “reasons” for war with Iraq were known to be false as they were told.
- The two “reasons” for war with Iran are as false as the “reasons” for war with Iraq: Iran never threatened Israel, and Iran’s nuclear energy and medicine programs are IAEA-verified as completely safe and lawful.
US illegal: History of rogue empire REQUIRING arrests in the present. US overthrew Iran’s democracy 1953-1979, armed Iraq to invade 1980-1988 killing a million Iranians, now lies for more war (7 of 11)
The focus of this article is to explore the vicious and unlawful history of US intervention in Iran’s government; from my brief: War with Iraq and Afghanistan, rhetoric for war with Iran:
In 1953, the United States CIA led by one of President Theodore Roosevelt’s grandsons, initiated a coup in Iran (Operation Ajax) to remove the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh. The Iranian government was understandably dissatisfied with the terms of its contract with the Anglo-Persian Oil Company that allowed British interests to claim 85% of the oil profit from Iran. Iran voted to nationalize the oil industry in 1951 after the British declined to renegotiate the terms. The US-led coup was successful, and the royal monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, became virtual dictator. Fearing popular reprisal, Pahlavi’s government was supported by the CIA in creating the Iranian SAVAK, a vicious secret police for the Shah’s dictatorial government. We can only assume that the oil revenue sharing agreement with the Shah was acceptable to the US and UK.
Under the Eisenhower administration, the US cooperated with the Shah’s government for the development of Iranian nuclear energy through the “Atoms for Peace” program. President Ford agreed to US full cooperation to help Iran build about two dozen nuclear energy plants. When the Iranian people overthrew the Shah’s government in 1979, the US stopped cooperating. The US backed Iraq in their invasion of Iran in 1980 and throughout the war until 1988, killing ~ one million Iranians for the policy goal to establish a US-friendly Iranian government. The US provided Saddam Hussein with the chemical and biological weapons the W. Bush administration later used as justification for invading Iraq. Since 1979, the US has worked to prevent Iran having a nuclear energy program, even under the legal provisions of the NPT, and reneged on a multi-billion dollar contract to deliver nuclear fuel to Iran without refunding Iran’s money.
The previous three paragraphs are plain vanilla history in conservatively-known content. Neither our government’s political leaders from either party or our major media give the US public the context of history to evaluate the Bush/Obama administrations’ statements advocating war with Iran. Their use of the term “nuclear program” is misleading. We could also call it fraud, as it deliberately misinforms. Objectively, the US actions are in violation of NPT and the UN Charter in threatening war. Our mainstream media does not communicate these facts to the public.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Seymour Hersh, has reported since 2005 that government insiders have disclosed to him that the CIA is presently engaged in covert operations similar to 1953 to overthrow the Iranian government. Hersh, claiming inside White House sources, reported one idea from Vice President Dick Cheney was for the US Navy to build four or five boats that looked like Iranian Naval PT boats, man and arm them with US Navy Seals, then have the Navy Seals attack a US Navy ship off Iran’s coast. The incident would be filmed and used as propaganda to enflame US public opinion for war with Iran. Hersh is the reporter who insiders trusted to report the My Lai Massacre and its cover-up in the Vietnam War, and the Abu Ghraib Torture Scandal in the current Iraq war. Scott Ritter, US former weapons inspector and officer for US Marine Intelligence calls any covert planning and actions by their correct legal name: Acts of War. Ritter states the obvious: the US would never allow Iran to take these actions without calling them Acts of War.
Recently and disturbingly, was the US Air Force admission that they “mistakenly” transported six live nuclear warheads attached to ready-to-launch cruise missiles to the US military base that is the jump-off for US supplies to Middle East Operations. This could be a veiled threat of nuclear war against Iran rather than explained by the long chain of continuous “mistakes” required for such an event to occur. Nuclear weapons are protected by detailed protocol and lethal force; they go nowhere by mistake and had a 50 year perfect record for their handling.
We properly wonder why the Bush/Obama administrations are using Iran’s “nuclear program” as rhetoric linking Iran with atomic weapons, and the call for US war against Iran. In academic analysis, “why” is a subjective question that cannot be answered in full objective confidence. All we can do is discuss related facts to build broad-scale constructions of circumstances, and then construct hypotheses that match those facts. The hypothesis I invite you to embrace as containing all the facts is that current false propaganda is repetitive of recent history of US unlawful interest to control Iran’s resources.
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The two “reasons” for war with Iran are as false as the “reasons” for war with Iraq. Beware a false flag attack by the US or Israel to blame on Iran as pretext for another “defensive” war:
- Iran’s president never physically threatened Israel.
- All of Iran’s nuclear material is fully accounted for peaceful and legal use for energy and medicine.
4-minute video from 2008 as powerful evidence of a long history to incite unlawful war-murder of Iranians:
2-minute video of 2012 US Republican Party presidential candidate Mitt Romney lying to threaten Iran:
To repeat what hundreds of us in alternate media have been documenting for years, a criminal rogue US/Israel/UK .01% constantly renew threats of war on Iran, including US Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu lying to pretend Iran is hostile. The US .01% criminal threat of war continue a history of US lies and War Crimes on Iran that most Americans know aspects of, but do not see clearly and comprehensively apart from constant political spin.
These .01% “Big Lies” to war-murder Iranians may be more easily recognized, exposed, and ended through analogy; a story written from American perspective as victim of what conservative history reveals the US has done to Iran (full documentation also listed below).
First, some helpful history to establish that such unlawful Wars of Aggression began with lies is usual: the US has started 201 foreign armed attacks since WW2, causing the world’s peoples to conclude in polling that the US is indeed #1 as the most threatening nation to world peace.
These US-started armed attacks have killed ~30 million and counting; 90% of these deaths are innocent children, the elderly and ordinary working civilian women and men. These US armed attacks have war-murdered more than Hitler’s Nazis.
The most decorated US Marine general in his day warned all Americans of this fact of lie-started wars for .01% plunder, and W. Bush’s Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff, Karl Rove, chided Pulitzer-winning journalist, Ron Suskind, that government will continue with such actions to “create our own reality” no matter what anyone else might say.
As we all observe, the US/UK/Israel .01% continuously scream for even more war in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Gaza, Ukraine, Russia, wherever ISIS or Khorasans might be, and wherever else. All of these armed attacks are OBVIOUSLY Emperor’s New Clothes-unlawful from the two treaties won by all our families’ sacrifices from two world wars. These war-murders are supported by other former imperial-power-crazed governments and the agency they created after their last world war: the UN.
US rhetoric of being “heartbroken” for 276 African girls, or caring for 426 dead Syrian children are psychopathic pretense because the US reneges on every promise to end poverty that would save one million children from gruesomely slow and painful deaths every month (20,000 – 30,000 daily). I witnessed both parties’ “leaderships” only and always lie and dishonor their promises to end poverty as a lobbyist with RESULTS over two World Summits with heads of state.
Since 9/11, US reneged promises to end poverty have killed over 100 million children, twice the number of children enrolled in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade in the US.
Since the .01%’s reneged promises from just 1998, the total deaths from preventable poverty is conservatively greater than from all wars, revolutions, murders, accidents, and suicides in the 20th and 21st centuries. These poverty-murders of children refute any .01% claim to care about human quality of life.
Since the 1990 World Summit for Children where the promise to end poverty was (again) sincerely pledged, total deaths from poverty eclipse all the above categories of death in all known human history.
Consensus among leading organizations is that ending poverty would require an investment from developed nations of just 0.7% of their GNI (gross national income), with a total 10-year cost of between $1 trillion and $3 trillion. Current US wars since 9/11 have a long-term cost now between $4 trillion and $6 trillion. This means that the US alone could have ended global poverty just since 9/11 for half the cost for their wars (also for perspective, 11 days of ongoing war cost would pay all tuition for US public college students).
In addition, the .01% hide $21 trillion to $32 trillion in offshore tax havens, with the top seven US banks hiding over $10 trillion.
An analogy to see the facts clearly:
Once upon a time in 1953, the CIA (China Intelligence Agency) overthrew the US Eisenhower administration, installing a vicious dictator, Dick Tator, who lorded over us until we finally deposed him in 1979. Ike had been elected in our democracy, and had the brass to demand renegotiation of oil contracts to increase American share of oil profits above the 15% we were receiving for our own oil. The Chinese helped develop the Texas oil fields from their occupation during the last world war. Ike’s threat of nationalizing US oil fields “inspired” China for their CIA-staged Operation Ajax to end US democracy. They put Ike in prison until 1956, and then under house arrest until his death.
The CIA-installed puppet, “President” Tator, was welcome in Beijing, with the Chinese people not perceiving the irony and hypocrisy of their Cold War for “freedom and democracy” while supporting a dictator destroying democracy in our country. The CIA helped train Dick Tator’s secret service, who imprisoned and executed hundreds of thousands of Americans who opposed Tator’s dicts in any way. When Tator developed cancer and fled the US in 1979, he received medical treatment in China. The new US government demanded extradition back to the US for mass murder against his own citizens. China refused.
In protest, Americans stormed the Chinese embassy in Washington DC, taking 53 hostages. China demanded their immediate release; but with refusal to extradite Tator to stand trial, the US refused. The US de facto leader, minister Billy Bible (who Tator exiled in 1964) said China had no right to complain, as they held our entire nation hostage since 1953. Americans rallied behind Bible, and the motto he developed while in exile: “We’ll be back. This regime will be terminated.”
China imposed economic sanctions on the US and then supported their puppet-dictator in Mexico, Señor Saddam, to invade the US in 1980. Behind-the-scenes negotiations led to the hostages’ release in January, 1981 (a devious story in itself), but China escalated their support of Mexico in their invasion. They didn’t lift a finger for international law to stop Mexico’s War of Aggression against us.
Over a million Americans were killed in the war until 1988.
Along with Chinese attacks destroying US oil platforms and installations in the Gulf of Mexico in 1988, China also shot down American commercial airliner 655, flying in American airspace, killing all 293 on board. China’s vice-president said he would never apologize for China, no matter what the facts were.
In 1990, China invaded Mexico but kept their dictator in power. China imposed harsh sanctions on Mexico, resulting in about a million civilian deaths, mostly children. Their secretary of state said the deaths of children were “regrettable but worth the cost.”
They invaded again in 2003 for “regime change” after Mexico began accepting other currencies than China’s for oil export. This followed China’s 2001 invasion of Canada and occupation.
Americans realized we were surrounded by China and feared the worst, as history had demonstrated. We were right.
Beginning in 2003, China escalated rhetoric that the US, a non-nuclear power, was developing nuclear weapons in secret locations and that we were a government run by religious zealots (perhaps true, yes). The US began selling Texas oil exports for currency other than China’s in fear of devaluation of the Yuan from their government’s extensive borrowing and increased debt. In 2005 the US president delivered a speech in defense of Palestinian rights. He used the exact same phrase as our revolutionary hero, Billy Bible: “Palestine will be back. The Israeli regime will be terminated.”
China snapped. Their political leaders and press claimed that the US is threatening to wipe Israel off the face of the earth. Israel demanded the US be tried for crimes against humanity, said we were threatening another Holocaust (despite our large Jewish population), and requested our expulsion from the UN. China and Israel began to participate in war games. They openly discuss war with the US, including the use of nuclear weapons on the US with “first strike” use. This is all in blatant violation of the UN Charter to keep peaceful relations.
A second line of China-Israeli propaganda is over US pursuit of nuclear energy. China was in contract with the US and fully supported US nuclear energy when their puppet-President Tator was in charge, but after the 1979 revolution they reneged on all contracts, never refunding billions we paid for equipment. Both China and Israel state a military strike against the US is “on the table.”
The US tries to distinguish our legal nuclear energy development that allows full inspections from IAEA from illegal nuclear weapons. It doesn’t matter that IAEA confirms all US nuclear material is fully accounted for in legal energy and medicine use. It does not matter that all the facts support that the US is fully within our legal rights for nuclear energy and to save lives with medical isotopes.
China and their controlled media relentlessly use the ambiguous phrasing of the US “nuclear program,” and broadcast fear of what might happen if we develop a nuclear weapon. China ignores and won’t discuss the terms of the Non-Proliferation Treaty where the US is allowed to develop nuclear energy, choosing to conflate nuclear energy and nuclear weapons in the minds of their citizens. Chinese news programs show the world a new 30,000 pound bomb to penetrate US underground targets.
While “officially” China says Christianity is a respectable religion, their media stoke fears that Christian extremists are in charge of the US. Many Chinese view Christians with fear, thinking we want to convert the world because we think any other religion leads to hell. They point to the Crusades, hundreds of year of religious wars, and the Spanish Inquisition as evidence that Christianity is a religion that has been and can again be extremely violent. They say Americans are brutal and dishonest as a culture; citing genocide against American Natives and constant treaty violation to steal their land, and Americans lying their way into a war to steal half of Mexico. They say Americans are so unstable we had a civil war because so many of us wanted slavery and were willing to kill for it.
They say that the US has always been a place of violence, and Americans are a violent people.
They publish government papers citing US human rights abuses; never mentioning their own (jumping back to reality, consider this).
Many of their media pundits explain that Chinese troops cannot leave Mexico and Canada because Christian extremists will take over and it’ll be a safe-haven for Christian terrorists committed to get to China and kill their civilians in terrorist attacks.
One of China’s top reporters with a history of documenting Chinese war crimes and broke the torture scandal against Mexican detainees reports China is actively engaged with their CIA to overthrow our government again.
China also insists their “Surge” in Mexico has decreased Mexican terrorism, but they accuse Americans and the US government of covertly aiding Mexican and Palestinian “terrorists.” They spin their invasion that Mexico and the world is better off, and China will increase troop presence in Canada during 2009 to defeat the “Maple Leaf” terrorist cells, who are a threat to Chinese national security. They increasingly use drone attacks against Canada and across the sea-border into northern Scotland, an apparently ungovernable part of the UK, a nuclear power.
The Chinese public is increasing aware of the facts, using the Internet and alternative media for communication. The Chinese government threatens to close the Internet for “national security” needs, should they arise.
As of 2016, the US has not yet been attacked by China and/or Israel, but the drums of war continue to beat against us, accompanied by China’s slick “mainstream media.” We hope and pray that the Chinese public and the world will understand that Americans don’t want war with anyone.
We want cooperation, dignity, justice under law, and freedom.
Because all of China’s political leaders (except one who is attacked and marginalized in their media) repeat the lie that Billy Bible’s phrase means a threat to Israel, that we want to somehow commit suicide by attacking a nation without cause that has over 400 nuclear weapons and the world’s most sophisticated hardware to deliver them, and this lie is SO EASILY refuted, we know that China’s president and henchmen do not want peace under the law with us. This is so evil, and should be apparent after the reasons China gave to invade Mexico and Canada were exposed by their own government documentation as known lies as they were being told.
And China wonders why so many of us turn to religion for solace.
After a million civilian deaths from China’s invasion of Mexico we know our fate will be similar if they attack us.
May God help us all.
Or perhaps China’s own law enforcement and/or military to arrest their lying psychopathic War Criminal “leaders” is the real help that we need.
- I wrote a brief that began circulating among Congress in 2007. This published version was framed for high school seniors: War with Iraq and Afghanistan, rhetoric for war with Iran
- Casualties: US Wars of Aggression: cost in money and lives, Antiwar’s casualties, and Unknown News.
- Iraq WMD evidence: lies, dictatorship, and evil. Part 2
- US overthrew Iran’s democracy 1953-1979, armed Iraq to invade 1980-1988: now…?
- Are US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan well-intended mistakes? What we now know from the evidence
- US war laws explained, why Afghanistan and Iraq wars are unlawful, how to end them
- What Iran’s president said about Israel, and how US War Criminal 1% lie for war
- Iran’s Nuclear Program: Iran truthful, in treaty compliance; US/Israel lying, in treaty violation
- WMD treaty violations and inspection refusal for biological, nuclear, chemical weapons. Iran? No, US
- If the US was attacked by a criminal empire: analogy to confront US-Iran history
- 9/11 killed 1, injured 2 if US was a city of 100,000. US wars: CRIMINAL response
- Analogy: US wars on Iraq, Iran as US criminal gangster “business”
- US war history in 2 minutes: arrest US War Criminals to stop war on Iran
- UK Chilcot inquiry and British lies to attack Iran: Blair admits “legal” basis for Iraq war an Orwellian lie; psychopathic monster then threatens Iran
- Why Occupy? A government/economics teacher explains.
- Occupy This: US History exposes the 1%’s crimes then and now (6-part series)
Note: I make all factual assertions as a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History, with all economics factual claims receiving zero refutation since I began writing in 2008 among Advanced Placement Macroeconomics teachers on our discussion board, public audiences of these articles, and international conferences. I invite readers to empower their civic voices with the strongest comprehensive facts most important to building a brighter future. I challenge professionals, academics, and citizens to add their voices for the benefit of all Earth’s inhabitants.
Carl Herman is a National Board Certified Teacher of US Government, Economics, and History; also credentialed in Mathematics. He worked with both US political parties over 18 years and two UN Summits with the citizen’s lobby, RESULTS, for US domestic and foreign policy to end poverty. He can be reached at Carl_Herman@post.harvard.edu
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endnotes (with common encyclopedic links for additional general backgrounds):
 Democracy Now: http://www.democracynow.org/2003/8/25/50_years_after_the_cias_first , Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Iranian_Oil_Company .
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 Federation of American Scientists. Pike J. Ministry of Security: SAVAK. Jan. 16, 2000: http://www.fas.org/irp/world/iran/savak/index.html ,Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAVAK .
 World Nuclear University. President Eisenhower’s speech to the UN General Assembly. Dec. 8, 1953: http://world-nuclear-university.org/html/atoms_for_peace/ , Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_program_of_Iran .
 Iran Chamber Society. King, J. Arming Iraq: A Chronology of US Involvement. March, 2003: http://www.iranchamber.com/history/articles/arming_iraq.php , Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_iraq_war .
 Antiwar. Prather, G. ElBaradei Isn’t Perfect. Dec. 27, 2005: http://www.antiwar.com/prather/?articleid=8308 , and background: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_program_of_Iran#After_the_1979_Revolution .
 Legal Dictionary: http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/fraud , Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraud .
 Foley, B. “Limiting War by Process: Congress, the UN and Iran. Jurist Legal News and Research. May 25, 2006. http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/forumy/2006/05/limiting-war-by-process-congress-un.php .
 Hersh, S. Preparing the Battlefield: The Bush Administration Steps up its Secret Moves Against Iran. July 7, 2008: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/07/07/080707fa_fact_hersh and interviews on Preparing the Battlefield: http://www.911blogger.com/node/16388 , http://therealnews.com/t/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=1812.
 Prison Planet. Watson, S. Media blackout on Cheney Iran false flag story. Aug. 2, 2008: http://www.prisonplanet.com/media-blackout-on-cheney-iran-false-flag-story.html .
 Truthdig.com. Ritter, S. Acts of war. July 29, 2008: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20080729_acts_of_war/ .
 Analyses: Project Camelot. Carter, J. What Really Happened at Minot AFB. : http://www.projectcamelot.org/jack_carter.html , Information Liberation. Lindorff, D. The Air Force Report on the Minot-Barksdale Nuclear Missile Flight. Nov. 2, 2007: http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=24191 , and Rense. Twietmeyer, T. Missteps in the Bunker: Damage Control? Sept. 25, 2007: http://www.rense.com/general78/dmge.htm ..