PULSE NIGHTCLUB . Interim memorial opens to the public : ‘In a statement, the onePULSE Foundation said they hope the temporary place will “give families, survivors, first responders and the thousands of people who come each year a space to pay their respects and reflect.”
Washington (CNN)US Vice President Mike Pence warned North Korea that it could end up like Libya if it fails to make a nuclear deal with Washington. “There was some talk about the Libyan model last week, and you know, as the President made clear, this will …
Mike Pompeo’s speech on Iran policy this morning at the Heritage Foundation was even more unmoored from reality than I expected. The speech consisted mainly of rattling off Washington’s usual complaints against Iran, threatening Iran with sanctions, and then making a laundry list of demands that Iran would never conceivably agree to. Pompeo was effectively issuing an ultimatum to Iran with his declarations of what they “must” do, and the ultimatum is so extensive and unreasonable that we have to assume that the administration intends for it to be rejected. As I said earlier today, it is obviously a pretext for escalation and conflict. Emma Ashford had a similar reaction:
Pompeo's wishlist for Iran is massively unrealistic.
The only thing he's not asking for is Iran to rename itself the Former Yugoslav Republic of Iran.
— Emma Ashford (@EmmaMAshford) May 21, 2018
Pompeo’s speech has been billed variously as “plan B” following the president’s decision to renege on the nuclear deal or as a “new strategy” for Iran, but there doesn’t appear to be much of a plan or strategy beyond inflicting punishment on the Iranian government and people for punishment’s sake. Suzanne Maloney sees it as a prelude to pushing for regime change:
Pompeo has not outlined a strategy, but rather a grab bag of wishful thinking that can only be interpreted as a call for regime change in Iran.
— Suzanne Maloney (@MaloneySuzanne) May 21, 2018
There is no connection between the administration’s actions and its desired goals, and there doesn’t appear to be any connection between its goals and U.S. national interests. Israel and the Gulf states will be pleased with what Pompeo had to say, since it is the sort of mindless confrontation with Iran that they have been urging the U.S. to pursue for years, but the U.S. is unlikely to find much support for this reckless and aggressive Iran policy elsewhere in the world.
The EU must work harder to preserve its oil trade with Iran following the United States’ withdrawal from 2015 international nuclear pact, Iran’s foreign minister told the EU’s energy chief on Sunday. Miguel Arias Canete, European Commissioner for energy and climate, said the Iranian government want the EU to consider making direct euro-denominated payments for Iranian oil to Iran’s central bank with a view to avoiding the US financial system altogether.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday that European efforts to save the nuclear deal after the exit of the United States were not sufficient. “The cascade of decisions by EU companies to end their activities in Iran makes things much more complicated,” Zarif told reporters.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will present a “diplomatic road map” on Monday for pursuing a “new security architecture” for dealing with Tehran after pulling out of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal. Pompeo will deliver remarks at The Heritage …
Remember when the only alternative to the Iran nuclear deal was war? In the summer of 2015, with Congress debating whether to vote on nixing the recently negotiated Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, Barack Obama gave a speech at American University invoking that dire dilemma. Just “stating a fact,” he said: The choice we face is ultimately between diplomacy or some form of war.
After leaving the Iran nuclear deal, Washington wants to move forward by offering to build a “coalition” to counter the multiple “threats” posed by the Tehran regime – but Europeans intent on saving the accord may thwart that effort. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday will unveil a new “diplomatic road map” for Iran – how America plans to “address the totality of Iran’s threats,” according to the State Department’s director of policy planning, Brian Hook.
Pity French President Emmanuel Macron. When he returned to France from his visit to Washington, he caught holy hell. Not only are the French irate that their president came home emptyhanded on matters like the Obama-Iran nuclear deal, the Paris Climate …
Iran said Saturday it would wait to see whether Europe produces tangible results in overcoming US sanctions before it decides whether to stay in the nuclear deal, as a top EU official visited Tehran to present plans for maintaining trade ties.”The ball is in the court of…