Last year’s framework agreement between the US and Iran regarding Iran’s rights to nuclear technology marks the end of a 36-year cold war which the US directed towards Iran following the overthrow of the US-puppet Shah by Iranian revolutionaries in 1979.
Despite rabid Congressional Republican opposition, it appears that President Obama, in his lame duck swan song, has set his sights on US foreign policy as the area in which he intends to leave his mark. The results have been palpable.
Last month Obama announced the normalization of relations with Cuba. He refused to meet Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, then refused to call him to congratulate him on his re-election.
Last week, the Saudis and their fellow Gulf Cooperation Council sheikdoms, launched attacks on Yemen after their puppet President Hadi was overthrown by nationalist Houthis, who are mortal enemies of Saudi-backed al Qaeda terrorists operating in Yemen.
The same day they launched the attack, Saudi Prince Alaweed bin Talal – Citigroup insider and #2 shareholder of Fox News – lashed out at the Obama Administration for talking peace with Iran. Although the US is said to be providing some logistics and intelligence, the attacks on Yemen seem driven by the GCC nations, along with Britain and Israel.
Most significantly, the US/British “special relationship” is on the rocks of late, on a wide range of issues from a proposed decrease in UK military spending to Britain’s involvement in the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank.
Since Saudi Arabia, the other GCC nations (Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain & Oman) and Israel are all constructs of British imperialism, the recent shifting of alliances in the Middle East points to an even larger shift in US/British relations.
It seems Obama has tired of the age-old British MI6 penchant for creating Islamic extremists to do their dirty work in all corners of the world. The Saudis and Qatar have recently taken the lead in this effort, creating ISIS to attack Libya, Syria and now Iraq.
Meanwhile Iraq has condemned the Saudi-led strikes on Yemen and has moved much closer to Tehran. This was cemented through their joint military campaign against ISIS, which has enjoyed much success of late.
While much of the Western media continues to oversimplify Middle East political moves in terms of a Sunni/Shia rift, there are much larger issues at play.
Iran and Syria have deeply nationalist economies where the state owns the central bank, oil, mining and other assets. Libya under Qadafi was run in the same manner. Hezbollah seeks similar policies in Lebanon, as do the Houthis in Yemen.
On the other hand the GCC nations are well-privatized economies controlled by single-family monarchs beholden to the City of London. So is Jordan. Egypt, Turkey, Pakistan and Israel all follow similar neo-liberal economic policies. Their complicity with the GCC in attacking Yemen is historical and to be expected.
The nuclear agreement between the US and Iran may well be a watershed event which marks a significant shift in US foreign policy around the world.
Up next: US Secretary of State John Kerry meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
Dean Henderson is the author of five books: Big Oil & Their Bankers in the Persian Gulf: Four Horsemen, Eight Families & Their Global Intelligence, Narcotics & Terror Network, The Grateful Unrich: Revolution in 50 Countries,Das Kartell der Federal Reserve, Stickin’ it to the Matrix & The Federal Reserve Cartel. You can subscribe free to his weekly Left Hook column @www.hendersonlefthook.wordpress.com