New US Regime Like the Former One
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman
On all things China, Russia, Iran, and other nations free from US control, imperial Biden/Harris policies continue largely unchanged.
Chances for improved relations with nations on the US target list for regime change are virtually nil.
US hot wars continue in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.
A so-called Afghan Study Group is staffed by an array of US militarists hostile to world peace, stability, and cooperative relations with other countries.
Established by Congress in December 2019, it's tasked with "consider(ing) the implications of a peace settlement, or the failure to reach a settlement, on US policy, resources, and commitments in Afghanistan."
On February 3, it called for delaying withdrawal of Pentagon forces from the country, falsely claiming that Taliban officials haven't met US conditions.
Its conclusion is all about continuing Washington's longest modern war in perpetuity — against a nation threatening no one.
Non-intervention in the internal affairs of other nations is a core international law principle.
The UN Charter "prohibits the threat or use of force and calls on all members to respect the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of other States."
At least twice since the 1980s, most recently in 2005, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled as follows:
"(T)he principle of non-intervention prohibits a State 'to intervene, directly or indirectly, with or without armed force, in support of an internal opposition in another State.' "
The US long ago abandoned the rule of law, operating by its own rules exclusively.
US troops unlawfully occupy Syria and Iraq with no signs of leaving.
Syria's UN envoy Bashar al-Assad call for the Biden/Harris regime to cease "aggression and occupation, plundering the wealth of my country, (and) withdraw its occupying forces" fell on deaf ears in Washington.
Despite demands by Iraqi officials for US forces to cease occupying their country, it continues endlessly.
Since Bush/Cheney preemptively attacked Yemen in October 2001 — days after launching aggression on Afghanistan — a permanent state of US war continues in both countries.
Nearly two decades of conflict in Yemen created the world's severest humanitarian crisis with no end of it in prospect.
In late January, retired US army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis — currently a Defense Priorities think tank senior fellow — called for the Biden regime to end Trump's discredited maximum pressure on Iran.
He urged Biden to withdraw US forces from Iraq and Syria and rejoin the JCPOA with no pre-conditions.
As long as unwanted US forces occupy Middle East countries, a destabilizing permanent state of war will continue, making a bad situation worse the longer they remain.
No evidence suggests that their presence in Syria and Iraq — along with special forces in Yemen — increases US security.
Strong evidence reveals Washington's failed Middle East agenda.
On Wednesday, Iranian President Rouhani called on Biden/Harris to rejoin the JCPOA that Trump abandoned, calling his unacceptable action "cyclic insanity," adding:
"(N)obody will be added to the JCPOA."
"The 4+1 may become 5+1 once again (if the US rejoins the deal), but nobody else would be added, and it won't become 5+2."
World public opinion and cool-headed US politicians know that if Biden returns to the JCPOA as adopted by Security Council Res. 2231 in 2015, its action will contribute to regional peace and stability, Rouhani stressed.
Trump's unilateral/unlawful abandonment of the landmark agreement more greatly destabilized the Middle East than already.
On Tuesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif the following:
Biden/Harris "should return to (JCPOA) compliance. Iran will then immediately reverse remedial measures."
He called for the US to immediately lift illegally imposed Trump regime sanctions as a good faith first step.
Measures taken by Iran "are fully reversible (in short order) upon full compliance" with their obligations by the US and E3 countries.
Otherwise, Iranian relations with the US and E3 countries will remain stalemated.
At his February 3 press conference, State Department spokesman Ned Price covered a range of issues.
Scant little good news is overwhelmed by a permanent US state of war by hot and/or other means against numerous invented enemies.
Extending New START with Russia is a positive step, Price saying:
Legal procedures for extending the last remaining nuclear arms treaty between both countries were completed.
Arms Control director Daryl Kimball welcomed the news, saying:
"Maintaining New START and its verification system will enhance US and global security, curtail dangerous nuclear arms racing, and create the potential for more ambitious steps to reduce the nuclear danger and move us closer to a world without nuclear weapons."
"New START extension should be just the beginning and not the end of US and Russian nuclear disarmament diplomacy."
"Both countries have a special responsibility and a national interest in reducing and eventually eliminating their bloated, costly, and deadly nuclear stockpiles, which are by far the largest among the world's nine nuclear-armed actors."
In January, Tony Blinken called Russia's Nord Stream II gas pipeline to supply Germany and other European countries with readily available/lost-cost natural gas a "bad idea (sic)," adding:
The Biden regime will use "every persuasive tool" to convince Germany and other EU countries to abandon the project.
On Wednesday, Price called Nord Stream 2 and Russia's TurkStream gas pipeline a way for the Kremlin to "increase (its) leverage over allies and partners, and they undermine transatlantic security (sic)," adding:
"The United States will continue to work with our allies and our partners to ensure Europe has a reliable, diversified energy supply that does not undermine collective security (sic)."
Low-cost Russian gas is around 30% cheaper than US liquified natural gas (LNG) — why it's highly valued by Germany and other EU countries.
Nord Stream II is on track for completion in the coming weeks or months despite all-out US efforts to block it.
Price falsely accused Iran of "distancing itself from the JCPOA in very profound ways (sic)" — polar opposite reality.
By abandoning the landmark agreement in May 2018, the Trump regime flagrantly breached SC Res. 2231 that's binding international law.
As long as Biden remains in noncompliance, US relations with Iran will be stalemated.
A state of US war on Iran by other means continues with no end of it in prospect.
Claiming Iranian uranium enrichment to 20% purity and other steps taken moves the country closer to nuclear weapons development ignores the country's longstanding position on these weapons.
Its leadership abhors and banned their development, urging their elimination everywhere.
No evidence suggests that Iran seeks these WMDs it could have developed and produced long ago if wished to go in this direction.
Iran prioritizes peace, stability and cooperative relations with other countries, confrontation with none.
Its geopolitical agenda is polar opposite US war on humanity at home and abroad.
Its nuclear agenda with no military component complies with its international obligations.
While the US remains hostile to China by both right wings of its war party, Price said Biden supports a one-China policy as agreed on by Washington and Beijing decades earlier.
On Afghanistan, Price said the Biden regime is reviewing the US/Taliban agreement.
It includes assessing "whether the Taliban are fulfilling their commitments to cut ties with terrorist groups, to reduce violence, and to engage in meaningful negotiations with the Afghan Government and other stakeholders."
"At this time, no decisions about our force posture have been made."
After nearly two decades of US aggression and unlawful occupation of the country, no evidence suggests an end to Washington's longest ever modern-day war.
On Venezuela — the hemisphere's leading social democracy — Price falsely called democratically elected and reelected Nicolas Maduro "a dictator (sic)," adding:
"There is no doubt about that (sic)."
His hostile remarks and support for widely reviled/former National Assembly member Guaido as Venezuelan president — a figure with no legitimacy — shows continued US war on the Bolivarian Republic by other means under Biden.
Whenever transition of power occurs in the US — by fair or foul means — dirty business as usual continuity remains unchanged.
That's the disturbing state of things in the US.
The prospect of worsening conditions ahead is much greater than any chance for improvement — domestically and abroad.
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