Friday, October 13, 2017

Pat Lang — Who Wrote Trump's Decertification Speech Part 1

The US again shows itself unable to keep its agreements. Who is going to make agreements with a country like that?

Sic Semper Tyrannis
Who Wrote Trump's Decertification Speech Part 1
Col. W. Patrick Lang, US Army (ret.)
At the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lang was the Defense Intelligence Officer (DIO) for the Middle East, South Asia and counter-terrorism, and later, the first Director of the Defense Humint Service. At the DIA, he was a member of the Defense Senior Executive Service. He participated in the drafting of National Intelligence Estimates. From 1992 to 1994, all the U.S. military attachés worldwide reported to him. During that period, he also briefed President George H. W. Bush at the White House, as he had during Operation Desert Storm.
He was also the head of intelligence analysis for the Middle East for seven or eight years at that institution. He was the head of all the Middle East and South Asia analysis in DIA for counter-terrorism for seven years. For his service in the DIA, Lang received the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive. — Wikipedia 
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But the Trump administration made it clear that it wants to leave the 2015 accord intact, at least for now. Trump’s decision to decertify the nuclear deal will not withdraw the United States from the agreement, but he will attempt to persuade the US Congress to approve some separate measures to toughen US policy toward Iran.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he did not believe decertifying the agreement would scuttle it, as many congressional leaders and senior diplomatic, military and national security advisers considered the deal worth preserving if possible. It is entirely possible that Congress will choose to do nothing, leaving the terms of the agreement unchallenged.
Trump also plans to give the US Treasury Department broad authority to impose economic sanctions against the IRGC, in response to what Washington calls its efforts to destabilize and undermine its opponents in the Middle East.
Trump Announces New “Strategy” On Iran. US Designates IRGC As Terrorist Group

Trump’s hardline remarks drew praise from Israel, Iran’s arch-foe, but was criticized by European allies.

The move by Trump was part of his “America First” approach to international agreements which has led him to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord and the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks.

His Iran strategy angered Tehran and put Washington at odds with other signatories of the accord such as Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union, some of which have benefited economically on renewed trade with Iran.
Trump strikes blow at Iran nuclear deal in major U.S. policy shift
Steve Holland, Yara Bayoumy

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