Iranian MEK pay John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani; NBC’s Engel

Iranian MEK pay John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani; NBC’s Engel

John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani get paid by MEK terroristsKyle Drennen, MRC News Busters, May 07 2019:… Rudy Giuliani and John Bolton have spoken at gatherings sponsored by the  Iranian MEK . The MEK is a terrorist organization. The Iranian MEK gives you money to appear at these speeches, and you talk about regime change in Iran. And Bolton and Rudy Giuliani have both been deeply tied into the Iranian MEK . John Bolton, Rudy Giuliani get paid by MEK terrorists; NBC’s Engel .

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NBC’s Engel Accuses U.S. of Trying to ‘Provoke’ War With Iran

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Appearing on MSNBC Monday morning, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel repeatedly accused the Trump administration of trying to “provoke” Iran into some sort of conflict by sending an aircraft carrier group to the region. He and anchors for the liberal cable channel portrayed the U.S. as a bully getting in Iran’s face.

During the 9:00 a.m. ET hour, Engel told host Stephanie Ruhle: “Well, if you look at the political chess board, right? I think what you’re seeing here with this aircraft carrier is just one piece, and it’s quite a troubling picture when you look at it as a whole.” Ruhle urged him on: “Paint it.” Engel continued: “It seems like this administration is trying to paint Iran into a corner, maybe even provoke some sort of conflict with Iran.”

The reporter argued that the U.S. ship deployment was “a very provocative action” and “very threatening” to Iran. Ruhle interjected: “Isn’t that like me going one inch away from your face going, ‘Hit me. Come on, hit me’?” Engel agreed with her school-yard characterization: “More or less, yes.” He reiterated her comments: “…it’s putting your face one inch from Iran and saying, ‘I’m doing this so that if don’t hit me – or if you hit me, I can hit you right back.’”

Referring to increased U.S. economic sanctions against Iran, Engel worried: “You’ve just taken Iran’s ability to earn a living, support itself, by tightening these sanctions.”

Wrapping up the discussion, Ruhle fretted: “On a one to ten scale, you being someone who has covered the Middle East for years,  how concerned are you about the recent actions from our administration towards Iran, in terms of creating real conflict?” Engel replied by suggesting Trump would start a war for political benefit ahead of the 2020 election:

I think probably about a five at this stage. There’s a lot of time between now and the next elections, so just under two years we’re looking at. That’s enough time. That’s enough time to find some sort of provocation, go onto a conflict footing, which may have an impact on the political conversation in this country….it’s a troubling picture. I’d put it at a five, but we’ll see.

Appearing again in the 11:00 a.m. ET hour, Engel warned: “So then why is this aircraft group going there? Is it to deal with a specific threat?…Or is it for some other reason? Potentially to provoke Iran.” Fill-in host Yasmin Vossoughian eagerly seized on his comments: “Let’s go with that, let’s go with what you just brought up….this idea that this could be a provocation to provoke Iran, to have Iran walk in – sort of walk into a conflict.”

Engel began noting that Iranians were already seeing it that way, prompting Vossoughian to jump in: “That’s how they’re spinning it.” Engel objected to the term “spinning”: “They are perceiving it, I don’t know if they’re spinning it.” He then proclaimed:

…they think this is a trap that is being set for them. And they are not taking the bait….what they think is happening is that the United States is trying to pick some sort of fight, and is doing a provocative action, floating this flotilla right near Iran with the hopes, according to the Iranian interpretation, that it will incense them and start some kind of shooting conflict.

When the U.S. takes action against one of its enemies, and the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, the media still find a way to make Iran look like the victim.

Here is a full transcript of the May 6 exchange with Ruhle:

9:12 AM ET

STEPHANIE RUHLE: Now we need to head overseas. The U.S. sending an aircraft carrier, warships, and fighter jets to the Middle East as a, quote, “unmistakable message to Iran’s regime.” But so far the White House is not saying exactly what prompted the move. Here’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talking about it overnight on a flight to Finland.

MIKE POMPEO: It’s something we’ve been working on for a little while. It is absolutely the case that we’ve seen escalatory actions from the Iranians and it is equally the case we will hold the Iranians accountable for attacks on American interests.

RUHLE: Richard Engel, NBC’s chief foreign correspondent, my lucky day, joins me here in New York. Richard, I’m so glad you’re here because this means a lot. What exactly is the White House doing?

RICHARD ENGEL: Well, if you look at the political chess board, right? I think what you’re seeing here with this aircraft carrier is just one piece, and it’s quite a troubling picture when you look at it as a whole.

RUHLE: Paint it.

ENGEL: It seems like this administration is trying to paint Iran into a corner, maybe even provoke some sort of conflict with Iran. So take it one piece at a time. So you’re seeing this aircraft carrier floating near Iran. That’s a very provocative action. If you’re in Iran, that’s a very threatening thing. Then, why –

RUHLE: Isn’t that like me going one inch away from your face going, “Hit me. Come on, hit me”?

ENGEL: More or less, yes. And then, the reason the White House is saying it, and anonymous defense officials, is that they say this is to prevent Iran from carrying out an attack. So to go back to your analogy, it’s putting your face one inch from Iran and saying, “I’m doing this so that if don’t hit me – or if you hit me, I can hit you right back.”

Then look at another piece on the chess board. The U.S. just increased sanctions on Iran, tightened sanctions on Iran, denying Iran to really sell its oil around the world, threatening Turkey, India, China with sanctions if they do any business with Iran. So you’re floating this aircraft carrier in front with the threat that, “Should anything happen to American interests in the region, we’re gonna whack you.” You’ve just taken Iran’s ability to earn a living, support itself, by tightening these sanctions. Even though the rest of the world says that Iran is complying with the old nuclear deal.

Then another chess piece. Look at the timing. This come right after the Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu got reelected by the skin of his teeth. And the Saudis would like this and the Saudis are very close to the Trump administration. Bolton is an Iran hawk, who was giving speeches for the MEK –

RUHLE: Okay, stay on this for a moment. Help me understand John Bolton as he relates to Iran.

ENGEL: So there are several Iran hawks, people in this administration who have for years been speaking about, been advocating for a hard line against Iran, if not direct violence against Iran and regime change in Iran. Rudy Giuliani has been one of them. John Bolton has been another. And they have spoken at gatherings sponsored by the MEK. The MEK used to be a terrorist organization, it was taken off the terrorist list. Iran certainly considers it a terrorist organization. And you go to these speeches, generally the MEK gives you money to appear at these speeches, and you talk about regime change in Iran. And Bolton and Rudy Giuliani have both been deeply tied into the MEK, and both have said that they don’t – have not disclosed how much they’ve ever taken in financial remunerations from the group.

RUHLE: On a one to ten scale, you being someone who has covered the Middle East for years,  how concerned are you about the recent actions from our administration towards Iran, in terms of creating real conflict?

ENGEL: I think probably about a five at this stage. There’s a lot of time between now and the next elections, so just under two years we’re looking at. That’s enough time. That’s enough time to find some sort of provocation, go onto a conflict footing, which may have an impact on the political conversation in this country. But if you look at this administration, which is so close to President Trump personally, so close to Israel, so close to Saudi Arabia, Bolton and others in the inner circle, this warship going there, tightening sanctions on Iran even though the rest of the region – the rest of the world said Iran didn’t do it, it’s a troubling picture. I’d put it at a five, but we’ll see.

RUHLE: Putting it at a five, a troubling picture. Again, we’re so fortunate that the expert is here, Richard Engel.

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Bolton haunted by MEK associationCNS News, April 29 2019:… Bolton haunted by Iranian MEK association.  Zarif also brought up Bolton’s past associations with the exiled Iranian opposition group National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)/Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK). The group was a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization until delisted by the Obama State Department in 2012, citing its renunciation of violence and “the absence of confirmed acts of terrorism by the MEK for more than a decade.” It counts some high-profile Republican and Democratic figures among its supporters. The Iranian MEK 

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Bolton Says He’s Had ‘a Pretty Good Week’ After Iran, North Korea, Cuba Slam Him

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CNSNews.com) – U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton on Sunday rejected accusations by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif that he and a small cabal of Mideast hawks were pushing President Trump into a conflict with Iran. He also joked that he was having “a pretty good week” after verbal attacks by the regimes in Tehran, Pyongyang and Havana.

Bolton was speaking on Fox News Sunday about Zarif’s claim, made on the program and in several other appearances in recent days, that Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, and the crown princes of Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Mohammed bin Salman and Mohammed bin Zayed, were goading Trump to war. (Zarif dubbed the four the “B team,” based on the letter “b” in their names.)

“Foreign Minister Zarif says you’re part of the ‘B team,’” said host Chris Wallace. “A small group of leaders – you in the U.S., others in the Middle East, Bibi Netanyahu, Bin Salman, Bin Zayed – who are working to try to steer President Trump into a conflict with Iran. Your response?”

“Well, he also said in another interview he wished he were working with the ‘A team,’” began Bolton with a smile. “You know, in the past few days the North Koreans have also called me ‘dim-sighted,’ the Cubans have said I’m a ‘pathological liar.’ I’d say I’ve had a pretty good week.”

(North Korea’s foreign minister last weekend called Bolton “dim-sighted” for saying in an interview Pyongyang needs to give a “real indication” of its readiness to give up nuclear weapons before Trump will meet with Kim Jong Un for a third summit. Days later Cuba’s foreign minister described Bolton as a “pathological liar” over allegations of Cuban troops propping up Venezuela’s Maduro regime.)

Bolton disputed that he was fomenting a conflict with the Iranian regime, saying the president’s policy on Iran, one of “maximum pressure” to compel a change of behavior, had been clear well before he joined the administration a year ago.

In his interview with Wallace, Zarif accused Bolton and the others of having “shown an interest in dragging the United States into a conflict,” and said he does not believe that is what Trump wants, having run “on a campaign promise of not bringing the United States into another war.”

Bolton described Zarif’s interview as a “carefully-prepared propaganda script” designed to “sow disinformation into the American body politic.”

Zarif also brought up Bolton’s past associations with the exiled Iranian opposition group National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)/Mujahideen-e Khalq (MEK).

The group was a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization until delisted by the Obama State Department in 2012, citing its renunciation of violence and “the absence of confirmed acts of terrorism by the MEK for more than a decade.” It counts some high-profile Republican and Democratic figures among its supporters.

Zarif said Bolton had told the group at a rally “that he would celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, in Tehran with that terrorist organization.”

(At an NCRI rally in Paris in 2017, Bolton said it should be U.S. policy to ensure that the regime in Tehran does “not last until its 40th birthday” – that is, 2019.)

Zarif said Bolton had made the same comment since becoming national security advisor.

In fact, since taking up the post, Bolton has stressed repeatedly that “regime change” in Iran is not this administration’s policy.

“You know who took the MEK off the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations?” Bolton said, when asked by Wallace about Zarif’s remarks. “Hillary Clinton, that well-known right-wing Republican.”

“Don’t you want to see regime change?” Wallace pressed. “Isn’t that the only way to get an Iran that isn’t a threat to the neighborhood?”

Bolton replied that the Iranian people “deserve a better government, there’s absolutely no doubt about it.”

“The trouble is, it’s not just a theological dictatorship, it’s a military dictatorship too,” he continued. “That’s a very difficult circumstance. We’ll see what happens as the economic pressure continues to grow.”

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