WASHINGTON The United States is moving to a point of confrontation and crisis with Iran, according to retired US General Wesley Clark. A warning that Iran has been a target of US intentions issued more than a decade ago appears to be moving closer to realization.
US President Donald Trump and his hawkish foreign policy advisers such as John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have been stepping up pressure against Iranians in the wake of Trumps withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
Trump has also tightened economic sanctions against Tehran and blacklisted the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).
Trump has said he does not want to go to war with Iran, but has also threatened to use military force against the country.
On Sunday he threatened to destroy Iran if the Islamic Republic attacked its interests.
His most recent tweet appears to be a shift in tone just days after he said he was interested in diplomacy and wanted to avoid war.
If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again! he tweeted.
Clark, the retired 4-star US Army general and Supreme Allied Commander of NATO during the 1999 War on Yugoslavia, said in the 2007 interview that the purpose of the 9/11 attack was to take out the governments of seven countries in five years. These seven countries were Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Yemen, and Iran.
The interview serves as a reminder regarding the diabolical timeline of the American Empires hegemonic project. All of these countries have been directly or indirectly been the object of US aggression.
Following are excerpts of General Clarks interview with Amy Goodman, the host of Democracy Now! — an hour-long American TV, radio and internet news program hosted by Goodman and Juan González.