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US State Department Hints At Iran Overthrow: Are We Witnessing The Early Stages Of Regime Change?

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The US State Department has issued a formal condemnation of the Iranian government following two days of economic protests centering in a handful of cities, calling the regime “a rogue state whose chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos” while announcing support for protesters. It fits a familiar script which seems to roll out when anyone protests for any reason in a country considered an enemy of the United States (whether over economic grievances or full on calling for government overthrow).

Map via The Daily Mail

The statement by spokesperson Heather Nauert, released late on Friday, further comes very close to calling for regime change in Iran when it asserts the following:

On June 14, 2017, Secretary Tillerson testified to Congress that he supports “those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of government.Those elements are there, certainly as we know.”The Secretary today repeats his deep support for the Iranian people.

Though most current reports strongly suggest protests are being driven fundamentally by economic grievances, the US has already framed this week’s events inside Iran as revolutionary in nature and as aiming for “transition of government”. On Friday evening White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted the following statement:

Reports of peaceful protests by Iranian citizens fed up with the regime’s corruption and its squandering of the nation’s wealth to fund terrorism abroad. The Iranian government should respect their people’s rights including their right to express themselves. The world is watching.

The media is already promoting a regime change narrative

As we noted during our initial coverage of Thursday’s protests, Israeli as well as Iranian opposition media commentators (and of course pundits in the US mainstream) have generally appeared giddy with excitement at the prospect that protests could spread inside Iran, potentially culminating in society-wide resistance and possible change in government. It goes without saying that Iran has been enemy #1 for the United States and Israel since the Islamic Revolution and embassy hostage crisis beginning in 1979.

Consider for example this major Israeli international broadcast network, which in an English language interview segment covering the very beginnings of (relatively small and limited) protests Thursday quickly linked the Tehran government with use of chemical weapons in Syria, supporting the “biggest butcher in this region Bashar al-Assad”, and facilitating the killing of civilians:

Simultaneously the resident “expert” presents the protesters as condemning these things while yearning for freedom and democracy. He can barely contain himself while repeating “It’s spontaneous! It’s spontaneous!… and could be more spontaneous! …it inspires people to go out more! …Because it’s spontaneous these two are combustible mixtures”:

Other tweets and statements from the generally pro regime-change media and the experts which frequent their panels seem very eager to prematurely cast this as a ‘revolution’:

…And notably (just above) the Saudi royal family owned Al-Arabiya is presenting the Iran protests in terms of women’s rights.

Are we witnessing regime change agents hijacking economic protests?

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Further to this point, the always excellent Moon of Alabama blog explores the possibility that what we are witnessing is the beginning of a covert regime change operation in Iran, similar the story of the war in Syria.


56 Comments on "US State Department Hints At Iran Overthrow: Are We Witnessing The Early Stages Of Regime Change?"

  1. tahoe1780 on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 5:05 pm

    The same MO

  2. joe on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 11:12 pm 

    Yeah, we’ve seen this movie before. The ‘protests’ are bout as ‘spontaneous’ as a bus load of thugs from operation Ajax.'%C3%A9tat

    You can fool some of the people all the time, you can fool all the people some of the time but you can’t fool all the people all the time.
    This must be called operation ‘its obvious what’s we are trying to do’.

  3. Cloggie on Mon, 1st Jan 2018 11:44 pm 

    They did it in Syria, Libya, Hong Kong and Ukraine, so why not Iran:

    “US blamed for Tehran unrest”

    The IS is behaving like the COMINTERN in the thirties by trying to subvert every regima that is not yet a US vassal.

    On the Dutch news yesterday reports about coherent groups of 300 men, popping up out of the blue in Iranian cities, who begin to shout anti-government slogans.

  4. Davy on Tue, 2nd Jan 2018 4:47 am 

    “300 men, popping up out of the blue in Iranian cities, who begin to shout anti-government slogans.”

    Likely true nederlander but are you going to argue Iran is not ripe for protest? BTW, where is your link referencing your statement? You are an extremist peddling a hate agenda. Your comments need to be properly referenced to be believable.

  5. Cloggie on Tue, 2nd Jan 2018 11:28 am

    Bolton says that regime change should be the goal.

    (It IS the goal)

    Time to make it clear to the US elite that they will be dragged to Nuremberg 2.0 after WW3 and will get a fair trail and next executed.

    After they instigated the murder of 500,000 Syrians they now go ahead with Iran in the same fashion.

    Is this going to work? Of course not. The regime in Tehran can county on Russia, China and Turkey. And the EU absolutely does not back regime change.

    You are an extremist peddling a hate agenda.

    It is absolutely true that I hate Washington with passion, for good reason. You are liar-fundamentalist, who lies about everything, from WW2, to 911, to Ukraine, to Syria, to who runs your country. You are a hardcore imperialist and it is time that the world unites to stop gangsters like you. The hard way.

    Got it?

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