Jill Stein on U.S. Foreign Policy
Could A “Tyrannical Regime” Happen Here?

Arash Norouzi
The Mossadegh Project
| November 16, 2016                         
[Updated October 16, 2017]

Jill Stein Blasts U.S. Foreign Policy, 1953 Coup in Iran

While 1,255,968 votes was a fair showing for an outsider third-party candidate, Dr. Jill Stein’s second campaign for President in a row as the Green Party nominee was, to nobody’s surprise, unsuccessful. What did come as a shock to many is the triumph of the new President-elect, Donald J. Trump.

The morning after the election, Stein issued a “call to action” to her supporters “as we grieve together”. She wrote of the severe disenfranchisement of the American voter, a symptom of “democracy on life-support”, and called for the abolishment of the Electoral College. And, she added ominously, “We must revive American democracy, if we are to stop our descent into authoritarianism.”

"It Can’t Happen Here" (1935) book by Sinclair Lewis Americans are accustomed to the idea of foreign countries—be they in Africa, Asia, Latin America or Europe—being in the grip of oppressive or fascist regimes, but domestically, it’s more of an alien concept. The scenario has been foreshadowed before, such as in George Orwell’s classic 1984, Elia Kazan’s 1957 film A Face in the Crowd or Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 novel It Can’t Happen Here. Well, evidently it can happen here, and part of the reason may be rooted in its often Orwellian foreign policy doctrines.

One thing is for certain, paranoia proved to be a major factor in this election. Many Americans remain scared of the ‘other’ — immigrants, Muslims, minorities, an exotically named biracial President with a fake birth certificate who founded ISIS... Like standing water and mosquitos, it was the perfect breeding ground for strongman demagoguery. How else to explain the success of Trump’s fear and hate-based populism?

Jill Stein’s progressive agenda was far more idealistic, and hence, totally out of the mainstream. She repeatedly condemns U.S. “wars for oil”, says its foreign policy is based on “economic and military domination”, brands the likes of Hillary Clinton as a “corporatist hawk”, and claims Saudi Arabia, not Iran is the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism. “We have no desire to “obliterate” Iran (as called for by Secretary Clinton)”, says Stein, who supports the Iran nuclear deal, “nor would we engage in belligerent rhetoric toward Iran, as Mr. Trump has done.”

Jill Stein on Iran

Dr. Stein was also one of three 2016 candidates to bring up the subject of the U.S.-sponsored 1953 coup which crushed all hope of democracy in Iran, America’s cherished enemy. Everyone is familiar with the long term effects of that decision.

Events such as these, distant in time and space as they are, have helped produce the conditions under which the U.S. now finds itself. Having imposed its will on foreign lands for generations — backing certain tyrants when it felt like it, fighting them when they were no longer useful — this self proclaimed beacon of freedom and liberty is beginning to experience just a small taste of what millions of others have known as ‘normal’ all their lives.

Response to Trump’s Iran Deal Speech
October 13, 2017

Jill Stein reacted to Pres. Trump’s vow to decertify Iran’s compliance with the Iran Deal (JCPOA) in a series of tweets (quoted below), including this reference to the 1953 coup.

Jill Stein on Iran

• With attack on Iran deal, Trump makes it clear his foreign policy is now about sacrificing US interests to appease Saudi & Israeli hawks.
• Entire world says Iran is complying with the deal. Those who say it isn't? The same warmongers who lied us into Iraq. #NoMoreWar
• Going back on the Iran deal won't just worsen Mideast conflict. It makes US leaders look like liars & con artists.
• With US breaking word on Iran deal, even longtime allies in Europe denouncing misleadership. World now sees US as a rogue nation.
• CIA overthrew Iran's democracy in '53 & installed a brutal dictator. Iran & other nations don't want war, they want US to leave them alone.
• Now it's up to US to make Congress salvage the deal keeping Iran nuke-free. We the people won't stand for another deadly arms race!

The American Herald Tribune Interview
Springfield, Illinois — February 29, 2016

“We need to go back to the drawing board on our relationship to the Middle East,” Stein said, “Our foreign policy has had catastrophic consequences; it’s based on economic and military domination rather than human rights and diplomacy.”

Stein cited the Iranian-US relationship as a perfect example of the failures of American diplomacy.

“Why did we develop conflict with the Iranians in the first place?” she asked. “It’s a glaring example of the disaster of regime change, sixty years later.”

Stein was referring to the US-backed overthrow of the democratically elected Mohammed Mosaddegh, a reformer who began nationalizing the country’s oil industry. That action, argued Stein, paved the way for his government’s eventual toppling by the CIA.

“We overthrew Mossadegh and substituted the shah. That resulted in a tyrannical regime, which was then overthrown [by people].”

Article was published March 4, 2016

Expanding the Debate on Democracy Now!
San Rafael, California — October 23, 2012

...[I]t’s very clear that there is blowback going on now across the Middle East, not only the unrest directed at the Libyan embassy, likewise at the embassies really across the Middle East, including in Egypt. We’re seeing in Afghanistan our soldiers are being shot at by the police forces that they are supposed to be training in Afghanistan. We’re seeing in Pakistan that 75% of Pakistanis actually identify the United States now as their enemy, not as their supporter or their ally. And, you know, in many ways, we’re seeing a very ill-conceived, irresponsible and immoral war policy come back to haunt us, where United States foreign policies have been based, unfortunately, on brute military force and wars for oil.

Under my administration, we will have a foreign policy based on international law and human rights and the use of diplomacy. And instead of fighting wars for oil, we will be leading—as America, we will be leading the fight to put an end to climate change. In Afghanistan and Iraq, we have spent about five trillion dollars. We have seen thousands and thousands of American lives lost, hundreds of thousands of civilian lives lost, about a trillion dollars a year being spent on a massive, bloated military-industrial-security budget. Instead, we need to cut that military budget, rightsize it to year 2000 levels, and build true security here at home, bringing our war dollars home.

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