Iraq to Expel US Troops, Iran Cancels Nuclear Agreement

Mish

In response to a Trump-made mess in the Mideast, the Iraqi parliament told the US to remove its troops.

Yesterday, Trump assassinated Qasem Soleimani, Iran's military leader.

Ironically, Soleimani was on a peace mission in Iraq invited by the Iraq prime minister.

Following the assassination near the Baghdad airport, the Iraqi Parliament Voted unanimously to Expel U.S. Troops.

​Iraq’s parliament voted Sunday to expel U.S. troops from the country, after the killing of an Iranian general put the country at the centre of an escalating conflict between its two key allies.

The nonbinding resolution urges Prime Minister Adel-Abdul Mahdi to rescind the invitation for U.S. forces that Iraq called upon for help after Islamic State overran around one third of the country in 2014.

Lawmakers during and after the session chanted: “Out, out, occupier! No, no to America! No, no to Israel!”

In his address to parliament on Sunday, Mr. Abdul-Mahdi said he had been due to meet Gen. Soleimani at 8:30 a.m. on the morning he was killed as he left Baghdad International airport. Mr. Abdul-Mahdi said Gen. Soleimani was carrying Iran’s response to a message Iraq had conveyed on behalf of Saudi Arabia aimed at easing tensions between the two countries in the region.

Nonbinding Request

The request is allegedly nonbinding because the US installed a puppet government in Iraq with certain conditions pre-attached.

Trump Beats the War Drums

After illegally assassinating Soleimani , while on a peace mission no less, President Trump renewed threats to hit back at Iran “VERY FAST AND VERY HARD” in the event of further strikes targeting Americans or U.S. assets.

Warmonger fools like senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) piled on, pressuring Trump to 'Crush Iranian Economy' By Targeting Oil Refineries After Assassination

Hey, let's carry out an illegal assassination and then for good measure, in an undeclared war, follow up by blasting Iranian oil refineries.

Left Wing "Liberal Media" Cheers War and Assassinations

As I noted yesterday, the Left Wing "Liberal Media" Cheers War and Assassinations.

The list includes CNN, NBC, the WSJ, CNBC, and USA Today.

Iran to Scrap Nuclear Agreement

In response to the above events, Iran Shifts on a Landmark Nuclear Deal. Tehran said in a statement that its nuclear program would “have no limitations” on enriching uranium.

The statement said: “The Islamic Republic of Iran will end its final limitations in the nuclear deal, meaning the limitation in the number of centrifuges. Therefore Iran’s nuclear program will have no limitations in production including enrichment capacity and percentage and number of enriched uranium and research and expansion.”

But the government said Iran would continue its cooperation with International Atomic Agency and return to the nuclear deal if the sanctions against it were removed and Iran’s interests were guaranteed.

The nuclear agreement had ended many economic sanctions on Iran in return for its verifiable pledge to use nuclear power peacefully. The European parties to the deal, including Britain, France and Germany, had struggled to preserve the agreement amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran.

Iran’s statement Sunday did not include details about its enrichment ambitions. And the country did not say it was expelling the inspectors who monitor its nuclear program.

Huge Crowds Protest Assassination

It was difficult task but Trump managed to unite nearly all of Iran against the US.

Well done, mr. president.

Why does Iran Want Nukes?

Please ask yourself: Why might Iran want nukes?

No doubt some of you will conclude to attack Israel, but the real answer is to protect itself from US aggression.

Iran and North Korea can both see what the US did to Iraq. Only by having a credible threat can Iran protect itself from the likes of Trump.

Addendum - Not Just Trump

Bush, Cheney, Obama, Hillary, and Trump all have made serious major mistakes in the region.

Addendum Two - Every Reason to Hate the US

A friend replied ...

I read an article by an Israeli defense analyst several months ago who said that Iran would be stupid not to develop nuclear weapons. We knocked their government over before and put in place a puppet who abided by US oil interests. This started a chain of events including the hostage crisis in 1979.

The past two US administrations have sent this message to the world: Give up nuclear weapons and actively help identify those who are passing along nuclear secrets.

Libya did that and its leader was killed. ISIS and Al Qaeda now run the country. Lovely.

Be a proliferator like Pakistan and you are an ally. Develop nuclear weapons and missiles and threaten to fire them on Japan and the United States and the president is in love with you.

Addendum 3

Most Pertinent Thought of the Day

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (70)
Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

“The request is allegedly nonbinding because the US installed a puppet government in Iraq with certain conditions pre-attached.”

Is that the puppet government that refused to renew a Status of Forces (SOFA) agreement with the Obama Administration?

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Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

“It was difficult task but Trump managed to unite all of Iran against the US.”

What exactly does “all of” Iran mean? The mullahs and their theocratic bureaucracy?

WarpartySerf
WarpartySerf

One Party In America : The War Party Of The Rich .... Ex Democrat BillionaireTrump, Ex Republican Billionaire Bloomberg, Ex Republican Warren , etc etc etc.

Get the picture ? All hold hands now for War ... Demopublicans and Republicrats alike ( as they've always been). Ask Ron Paul

Latkes
Latkes

US foreign wars have been a disaster at least since WWI. Perhaps it's time to leave the Middle East completely.

Zardoz
Zardoz

What’s all this negativism? It’s time to come together to Support The Troops that are going to be dying for... well I don’t know what, but on our behalf.... and gather behind our dear leader, President Trump, forever may he reign!

This impeachment nonsense needs to stop right now, as a house divided cannot stand. If you don’t support President Trump, you support the mullahs in Iran!

Matrix
Matrix

Mish,

Your TDS is showing.

Mish
Mish

Editor

"Mish, Your TDS is showing."

No Matrix, Yours Is!

Scooot
Scooot

Golds come off it’s opening highs. Now at $1575, I wonder how stocks will do this week.

Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture

Right on the money as usual Mish.

michiganmoon
michiganmoon

Yes, Trump created a bigger mess than he cleaned up with this drone strike.

Irondoor
Irondoor

Yes, General Soleimani always was a man of peace. In fact he has a 20 year history of it. It is rumored that his next stop was Jerusalem to apologize for the Mullah’s threats of “Death to Israel”. All puppy dogs and rainbows,

This “peace message” BS can only remind us of Neville Chamberlain on his return from a meeting with Herr Hitler. Waving a piece of paper and declaring that he had the little man’s promise that if only Britain would acquiesce to Germany’s seizure of various pieces of sovereign countries, he would refrain from further adventures.

Russia and China are happy to use Iran as their attack dog and reap the cheap benefits. For Russia, it’s about control of their Syrian bases and freedom to build pipelines for natural gas sales. For China, access to deeply discounted oil from Iran and a base on the Arabian Sea or the Gulf.

Iran is the nexus of all the evils now being perpetrated in many parts of the world. Every thinking person knows this. Soleimani was the architect of the death and destruction carried out by Iran’s proxies. Trump has decided that the world is better off without him and now hopefully he can develop a plan in conjunction with Saudi and Israel to destroy the Shia power center. We can only hope and pray that they are successful.

lol
lol

Amazing how Trump and Obama are alike,2 Amateurs and Chief,Obama with his drone strikes slaughtering thousands now Trump,sellout will live to regret this ,only banana republics or miltary juntas pull this chit.Even Maduro got more class than Trump's sorry ass.

Mish
Mish

Editor

Nice strawman there Irondoor.

No one believes "Soleimani always was a man of peace" And the fact is Iran has every reason to despise the US, and only idiots fail to see it.

Of course the "hitler card" is portrayed, and once again people do not understand what Iran said and how it was translated. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2006/jun/14/post155

By the way, when has Iran invaded another country? Oh, about 300 years ago.

The comparison to Hitler is damn idiotic (at best)

Anda
Anda

“General Qassem Suleimani posed a threat to all our interests and was responsible for a pattern of disruptive, destabilising behaviour in the region.

Given the leading role he has played in actions that have led to the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians and western personnel, we will not lament his death" Johnson

Which sort of avoids addressing the legitimacy of the US action, but also witholds any clear commitment to it.

Tengen
Tengen

We have no intention of leaving Iraq, so we're going to either ignore this vote or come up with an excuse (a lie, possibly a false flag) for staying. All of the Q-tards crowing about 4D chess will be sorely disappointed very soon.

Trump has gone full neocon after resisting overtures to attack Iran for a few years. The reason why this happened isn't important at the moment. For now, people need to realize the gravity of this situation and acknowledge that there will be war with Iran, plus major escalation in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.

Trump voters should be extremely reluctant to support this war. After all, if this is what they wanted, why didn't they choose Jeb or Rubio (or Hillary) in 2016? They could have had war with Iran years ago!

Greggg
Greggg

History bears witness that Iraq throwing the US out of their country is equivalent of a homeowner throwing a serial killer out of his household. We need Putin back in the area to keep the peace but the last time he intevened in Syria, they could only stay for 4 months. https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2020/01/04/putins-hour-is-at-hand/

Sechel
Sechel

If the goal was a non-nuclear iran and a contained iran if not a reformed one then that goal is a complete failure. even if you are a fan of trump its simply no possible to call trump's policy a success. we're in a worse position , not a better one since ripping up the iran nuclear agreement. and while i was leaning toward supporting trump i taking out saleimani i'm backing off a bit after thinking about it. I fail to see how trump has degraded any iranian ability to do harm. this isn't like israel taking out an iraqi or syrian reactor that would need to be rebuilt. a new iranian general took over moments later and are just as capable of doing what they did before. add to that the u.k. has stopped training iraqi soldiers and the parliament just voted to expel u.s. troops. is this winning?

Sechel
Sechel

Mish you are right about why Iran wants Nukes. It's the same reason North Korea wants them Both countries believe it gives them immunity from being taken out by the U.S.

Facts only
Facts only

Look, it's like this....If I live in a neighborhood where the guy down the street (the US) constantly bullies everyone around because he has guns. Why in the hell wouldn't I do everything in my power to get a gun. Now imagine the bully tries to tell everyone else that they cant have a gun. Iran has every right to retaliate against this assassination.

Sechel
Sechel

What's Trump's goal here? I consider myself reasonably intelligent, but all i see are tactics and reactions on the part of the United States. If anything we're further away from a non-nuclear Iran

Aaaal
Aaaal

Don't forget what we did to Libya after Qaddafi decided to comply with US demands. The country went from model nation to the trash heap. Kim Jong Eun is smart not to give up his nukes. He doesn't want to be ass raped & murdered by the US figuratively & literally like Qaddafi.

bradw2k
bradw2k

"but the real answer is to protect itself from US aggression."

Iran can't be as big of a regional bully as they want to be without nukes. Tehran is a true aggressor which doesn't respect the individual rights of its own citizens, let alone its neighbors. Kind of like Saddam's government. Whether or not you think the US should have gone into Iraq, or anywhere else in the middle east (I do not), "aggression" is not the right word for smashing a despotic regime. That is NY Times-speak.

Jojo
Jojo

Ali Arouzi @aliarouzi At Solemani’s funeral procession in Mashad one of the organisers called on all Iranian to donate $1 each in order to gather an $80million bounty on President Trumps head. Jan 5, 2020 https://twitter.com/aliarouzi/status/1213789412653457408

thimk
thimk

oh great another anti American martyr . Leave Iraq asap , remove as much offensive infrastructure as possible . The mighty Iranian generals death will serve purpose and meaning . every good poker player folds .

Carl_R
Carl_R

Given that the US Public School system made a conscious choice to omit the teaching of history between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Crusades, it is not surprising that Americans in general are unable to fathom the historical context for what we are seeing. Few people I have ever met can even tell me one thing that happened during that time period.

Snow_Dog
Snow_Dog

“Lawmakers during and after the session chanted: “Out, out, occupier! No, no to America! No, no to Israel!”

Ah, yes, the beloved member lawmakers of the Iraqi Parliament. Allow me to edit in hopes of clarifying what they really mean :

“Out, out, Sunni citizens! No, no, to you, Baathist! No, no, Iraq for you!”

FloydVanPeter
FloydVanPeter

Soleimani led Iran's projection of force, mostly via proxies, to the rest of the world. So much so for peace mission.

That said, I'm curious about the logic leading to killing Soleimani at this point. One can surmise it is in retaliation of the attack on the Saudi oil installations or the attack on US interests in Iraq.

It is believable that Soleimani attacked US interest for many years. Suppose it is believable, then why now?

Herkie
Herkie

Just one quick question for those that are defending Trump here, what would you have said and done if it was 2012 and Obama did the same thing? Sorry. What was I thinking, you could never be honest about that could you?

Iran is evil and their general got exactly what he deserved, but the legality of the killing and the consequences to follow make me ask was it worth it?

crazyworld
crazyworld

TIME TO WAKE-UP The question is not if Iran want or does not want nukes, because they already have a small number of nukes ready to test. Mossad know that. The technological progress in IRAN have been exponential since the war with Irak. They now produce themselves all their arms (some are quite sophisticated like their 2000 km range precision guided missiles) and munitions.

The centrifugal devices have not stop running for 15 years now and already in 2013 the Atomic agency Controllers found evidence of past test bearing on the special explosives devices triggering the nuclear bombs explosion.

All what Trump, their allies (Israel, Saudis) and the US foreign politic promoters (industrial-armement deep-state billionaires) are doing now is to prepare and justify to the world a severe bombing of Iran in order to annihilate their modern military assets especially the ones hidden underground.

You must understand that the game is very dangerous. if they declare their real intentions and Iran believe they will do it, within a few hours the least would be that all Sunni crude oil refineries and fields in the Gulf could be destroyed by Iran ( The "Houtis drones" attack on Saudi facilities were a starter) That would be a preemptive revenge from Iran in such case as their quite sophisticated missiles would be lost anyway.

stillCJ
stillCJ

Editor

This is wonderful! Iraq wants US troops to leave, so now Trump can over-rule the swamp warmongers and bring the boys home. I'm all for letting the muslims fight each other without the US being involved.


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