Can the US bring about ‘regime change’ in Iran?

President Trump’s administration appears set to wage economic war against Iran in order to bring about “regime change.”

The pattern would be the economic war the U.S. government has waged against Venezuela, which has crashed that country’s economy and created desperate poverty.

Top members of the Trump administration have long been committed to overthrowing the Iranian government.  But they’re not going to get the American public and Congress to support war with Iran.

What’s left is covert warfare, subsidizing dissidents and rebels in Iran, and economic warfare, using U.S. financial power to punish businesses that do business with Iran.

Because most international trade is done in U.S. dollars, and because most transactions in dollars go through U.S. banks, the U.S. government is in a position to do great damage to businesses and business owners that displease it.

This comes at a price, though.  Each time the U.S. government forces foreign governments and businesses to sacrifice their own interest to do its bidding, it brings the day closer when foreigners unite to set up an alternative international financial system that doesn’t use the U.S. dollar or U.S. banks.   That is the ultimate goal of China, aided by Russia.

Russian-American blogger Dmitry Orlov pointed out another aspect of the Iran deal.  Under the agreement, the U.S. government is obligated to return the more than $100 billion in Iranian assets that were seized after the 1979 revolution—plus interest.

Current Iranian law forbids Iranians to own dollars.  So they’d sell their dollars for Iranian ryals, which would depress the dollar on international financial markets.

None of this is of any benefit to we the American people.

LINKS

“Iran Is Completely Different. This US-Led Regime Change Will Work Out Just Fine” by Caitlin Johnstone.

As They Always Do, Sanctions Harm Iran’s People Rather Than the Regime by Daniel Larison for The American Conservative.

Let’s (not) make a deal by Dr. D for Automatic Earth.

The US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal because it’s too broke by Dmitry Orlov for ClubOrlov.

Western Media Shorthand on Venezuela Conveys and Conceals So Much by Joe Emersberger for FAIR.

 

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2 Responses to “Can the US bring about ‘regime change’ in Iran?”

  1. 61chrissterry Says:

    Reblogged this on 61chrissterry and commented:
    This is playing with fire and what could occur.

    The West have interfered in Arabic situations for a number of years being Iraq, Syria, Lybia and others, when the Government of the day that the West did not wish to be there, all hell was let loose as the West does not understand Arabic politics, interference can create worse situations.

    Then interfering with ecconomics, the Dollar may be powerful, but if it is used for political purposes, there could well be qa move to a more convenient currency to replacethe Dollar for ecconomic trade.

    In any of these instances and there may be others, what could be the outcomes and the results may not be benefical for America.

    Is the current Korean situation the result of Trump or is Kim Jong-un playing a long game, and is using Trump for their own ends.

    Trump is a naive novice in politics and believes bluster will achieve all he wishes, but political situations are not similar to Boardroom conflicts, allthough it may appear to be.

    We wwill have to wait and see in all these aspects, but if it all turns out as disasters it may be not only the end for Trump, but the World as we know it, from which there may be no return and life will not be the same, that is, if there is still life.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. whungerford Says:

    We accomplished regime change in Iran once before in 1953 with unintended consequences.

    Liked by 1 person

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