It is clear that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has
“ulterior motives” in expressing his desire to travel to Iran and be
interviewed by Iranian news media, according to American
political analyst Keith Preston.
On Thursday, July 25, Pompeo said he was willing to go to Iran for talks amid tensions between Tehran and Washington.
Asked if he would be willing to go to Tehran, Pompeo said in an interview with Bloomberg TV, “Sure. If that’s the call, I’d happily go there… I would welcome the chance to speak directly to the Iranian people.”
Some independent observers have said that Pompeo is actually not very
interested in speaking with the Iranian people, but actually is
concerned by the way Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is
presenting Iran’s case on the American media to the US public.
They say Pompeo wants to counter Zarif by pushing the idea of
travelling to Tehran and speaking to the Iranian media which has
suffered several restrictions in the United States. Washington has also
pressured social media giants to block Iranian media channels on YouTube
Preston said that Pompeo “thinks it’s an opportunity to score some propaganda points.”
US Secretary of State
Mike Pompeo’s upcoming trip to the Middle East is yet another attempt by
the United States to shore up support for anti-Iran projects it has
long been running with help from its “Zionist and Saudi” allies in the
region, an American analyst says.
Pompeo will fly to the Middle East on Tuesday, stopping first in Kuwait before heading to Israel and Lebanon.
Keith Preston, director of Attackthesystem.com, said Washington was
trying to strengthen the alliance between the US, Saudi Arabia and
Israel — what he referred to as the “Atlanticist-Zionist-Wahhabi”
alliance– in order to push back against Iran, which is the main force
keeping them from taking full control of the region.
Saudi Arabia and some other Arab governments in the Persian Gulf
region “have a common objective in opposing the influence of Iran in the
“Obviously Iran is the primary bulwark against the greater Israel,
against Israeli expansionism and of course, the (Persian) Gulf states
have wanted to expand the region a well and at this point they see Iran
as the primary obstacle to that,” he added.
That is how those countries have been running all sorts of plots such
as financing Daesh and other Takfiri groups to take out Syria, their
other rival in the region, the analyst argued.
“So once again, there is a convergence between the interests of the
Gulf monarchies, between the Israelis and between the Americans in
trying to eliminate any kind of political autonomy that nay Middle
Eastern nation might have,” he added.
The reason, according to Preston, is “because the Americans, the
Saudis and Israeli have been largely successful in destroying many other
nations in the region.”
Pompeo made a similar trip to the region in January to try to forge a
unified Arab front against Iran, a dream that has brought together even
Saudi Arabia and Israel.
Pompeo’s main objective in the tour was laying the groundwork for the
Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA), a concept similar to an Arab
NATO. Trump first floated the idea of forging MESA during his visit to
Saudi Arabia in 2017.
The US hosted an anti-Iran summit last month in Warsaw, Poland.
However, US efforts to build pressure against Iran faced a setback after
ministers from several European Union members opted out of the summit.