Ron Paul Says US Genuinely Wants To ‘Starve’ Iranians

Mike Pompeo was being honest about US policy towards Iran according to former Congressman Ron Paul

Paul said Pompeo meant what he said last week when he stated that the new US sanctions imposed against Iran sought to “starve Iranian people” unless the Iranian leadership accepted US demands.

Press TV reports: The US Secretary of State’s recent threat to “starve” Iranian people through economic pressure was a rare instance of truthfulness in America’s foreign policy, prominent American thinker Ron Paul says.

Last week, the US secretary of state told BBC Persian that Iranian officials must listen to Washington “if they want their people to eat.”

The administration of US President Donald Trump announced on November 5 the re-imposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran’s banking and energy sectors with the aim of cutting off its oil sales and crucial exports. The bans had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The first round of the anti-Iran bans — which had been lifted under the accord — was re-imposed in August.

Pompeo also said in his interview that since the re-introduction of the sanctions, there was no sign yet that Iranian officials would return to the table for talks.

In the latest episode of his online show “Liberty Report,” Paul said the top US diplomat’s remarks were important because not often American leaders tend to reveal Washington’s true intentions.

“It’s not often that US government officials are honest when they talk about our foreign policy,” the former congressman and presidential candidate said in his weekly update video posted on Monday.

“The unprovoked 2003 attack on Iraq was called a liberation, the 2011 US-led destruction of Libya was a humanitarian intervention and so on,” he explained.

Referring to Pompeo’s last week remarks, where the US foreign secretary threatened the Iranian people with starvation, Paul said Pompeo meant that the new US sanctions imposed against Iran sought to “starve Iranian unless the Iranian leadership accepts US demands.”

“His statement also reveals the length to which the neocons are willing to go to get regime change in Iran,” Paul added.

He said Washington had in the past starved Iraqi children to death for political purposes and Pompeo more or less viewed the situation with Iran as the same.

Paul said the US only wanted Iran’s economy to crumble and it wouldn’t mind if a few million lives were lost in the process.

“How twisted is US foreign policy that Washington considers it normal to impose sanctions specifically designed to make life miserable or worse for civilians,” he asked.

He said the US had no reason to sanction Iran because Tehran was not threatening to starve millions of Americans or attack them.

A week after the tough new round of sanctions came into force Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton has also vowed to “squeeze” Iran “until the pips squeak”