The authority to declare war

The tactics of Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo -we are better than that.

Remember the Bay of Pigs? Probably not, but you can look it up because history has just repeated.

The current equivalent which mirrors the intent of the US-sponsored Cuban exiles that sought to reverse Fidel Castro's Cuban Revolution is MEK, an Iranian dissident group formally designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization -until Rudy Giuliani helped get the outfit off the terror list.

MEK is the Farsi acronym for People's Mojahedin of Iran. Needless to say, they also sound like another version of Oliver North's freedom fighters, and that is the context of the current struggle between Iran and the US.

"I'm one of those people who's convinced there has to be regime change in Iran,' Giuliani said. He called Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei an 'irrational actor' and Soleimani's 'destruction' a good thing."

MEK hailed the killing of Soleimani as a major victory and a step towards the removal of the Iranian regime. Needless to say, that expectation was not realized because the uprising which was supposed to lead to that result never happened. Remember the Bay of Pigs? That effort to trigger an American-backed war also failed.

John Bolton is a longtime MEK ally, and his current desire to "inform" the Senate at Trump's impeachment hearing was probably linked to the killing of Soleimani.

Bolton thought that provocative air attacks against Iran were a prelude to regime change and he was invariably looking for a forum to praise Ayatollah Trump, but the war he was itching to trigger never happened.

Does he still want to testify?

When Trump authorized the strike that killed Iran's top general, Qassem Soleimani, Giuliani jubilantly said, Soleimani was "directly responsible for killing some of my MEK people. We don't like him very much." If Bolton wants to deliver the very same message to the Senate, he should.

In the 1980s, the MEK served as a private militia fighting for Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War. Today, it has a different paymaster: the group is believed to be funded, in the millions of dollars, by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In Washington, D.C., as in Paris, France, the MEK pays tens of thousands of dollars in speaking fees to US officials. Bolton, in particular, is a long-time paid supporter of the MEK, reportedly receiving as much as $180,000 for his appearances at the group's events.

Is that what he wants to tell the Senate?

MEK is so awash with cash that it doesn't just pay the speakers; it buys the audience, too. Those young Poles and Czechs who traveled to hear Giuliani's speech on June 30 came not out of fascination with Trump's lawyer but for the free weekend in Paris they were offered. The only thing the MEK's money can't buy is popular support among Iranians.

The MEK goes back a long way. Founded in the early 1960s, it was the first opposition group to take up arms against the repressive regime of the Shah. Its ideology was based on a blend of Marxism and Islamism, and the group enjoyed widespread support inside Iran in the 1970s. But a series of missteps saw its popularity dramatically dwindle. After the Shah was deposed, the group's rivalry with Ayatollah Khomeini came to a head not long after the MEK opposed Khomeini's decision to release the fifty-two American embassy staff held hostage by Iran, and instead, called for their execution. In fact, only a few years earlier, as part of a campaign targeting the Shah's regime, the MEK assassinated three US Army colonels and three US contractors, in addition to bombing the facilities of several US companies.

US hawks have no problem with the MEK's terrorist capacities because the group's utility is clear. NBC reported that Israel's spy agency, the Mossad, relied on MEK operatives to assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists during Iran and Israel's secret dirty war between 2010 and 2012.

Clearly, Trump was viewed to be the best hope of this opposition group in exile and the failure to dictate the political reality in Iran, or to eliminate the threat of the Iranian regime is clearly longstanding rather than the imminent danger the Trump regime fraudulently identifies.

Lindsey Graham said "it was magical" when he was asked about the intelligence that lead to the death of Soleimani, and that is not at all surprising because Republicans believe in Fairy Tales. Their "regime change" chants have failed to change Iran's regime and it is time for them to stop starting wars through the pretense that they are merely trying to stop them.

MEK-linked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, used the media in effort to generate support for a war agains Iran. He insisted that Iran's regime was definitively to blame for attacks on Saudi oil production facilities for which Tehran-backed Houthi rebels had taken credit. According to Pompeo, the attacks, which hit an oilfield and a production facility, "could not have come from the Houthis. It's crazy for anyone to assert that they did," Pompeo said on CBS's "Face the Nation." "This was an act of war. ... This was a state-on-state act of war."

There is no mystery behind the consequence of Mike Pompeo's deliberate policy of escalating tensions with Iran, targeting its economy and supporting Iranian opposition groups. MEK's greatest friends and allies had the ear of the president and the war party in Washington engaged acts of war in effort to change the regime in Iran without going to Congress, to obtain the required, legal right.

Vice President, Mike Pense tried to justify the targeted killing of General Qassem Soleimaniof by saying, "there was a compelling case of an imminent threat" and he should be impeached for that lie.

Tit for tat failed to resolve anything and it is now time to develop diplomatic ties which are necessary and essential for the purpose of finding alternative solutions to war. Illegal, cold war methodology will never lead to anything beyond hot, mutually destructive war and that is not acceptable.

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