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Takes on the World
Sasan Fayazmenash, Prof. Emeritus, Cal State Univ., Fresno
 Jeff Blankfort  Contact Contributor
May 9, 2018, 12:45 p.m.
We begin by discussing Sasan Fayazmenash's response to Trump's scripted departure from the JCPOA, his repetition of the mantra that Iran is the leading sponsor of state terror, pointing out the role of the Saudis and US, saying that Trump mixes truth with lies, e.g., Iran does support Hezbollah and Hamas, but it has never supported Al Qaeda or the Taliban and nearly went to war with the Taliban before 9/11.

He speaks about the importance of Trump having replaced McMaster and Tillerson with John Bolton and Mike Pompeo and elaborates on the history of Bolton's activities on Israel's behalf going back to the Iraq wars. He notes that Bolton had spoken before the MEK, the Mujahedeen Khalq, when it was listed as a terrorist organization and that Trump's new lawyer, Rudy Guiliani had done the same.

He points out that Netanyahu's “dog and pony show” a week ago designed to prove to the world that Iran was violating the JCPOA was intended for Trump and included nothing new and that much of appeared to be material taken from a computer allegedly discovered shortly after the beginning of the war on Iraq that purported to contain the plans for an Iran nuclear weapon, the story of which has since been discredited.

He then examines the likely effect of renewed sanctions, based on what had been in force earlier and the underplayed significance of secondary sanctions against countries and companies that attempt to do business with Iran, pointing to the apparent loss of a $16 billion contract with Boeing to replace Iran's aging passenger plane fleet announced this morning. The same sanctions would apply to efforts of Air Bus to get Iran's business because some of its parts are manufactured in the US.

What the Europeans who wish to do business with Iran will decide to do is open to question and even if they wish to seize the opportunities for trading with Tehran are appealing, if having to choose between the US and Iran, which will eventually be the case, they will inevitably be forced to genuflect to Washington.

If you think Obama was much better, tune in and also learn that the difference between US relations with North Korea and with Iran is not just because one has nuclear weapons and the other hasn't but because No. Korea is not on the map of Israel's targets.

Interviewed by Jeff Blankfort

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