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30 March, 2018

Regime Change, Partition, and “Sunnistan”: John Bolton’s Vision for a New Middle East

Bolton is likely to push for the creation of a new sectarian state out of Syrian and Iraqi territory, now that the groundwork has been laid and the path largely cleared to building a “new Middle East.” Iran is currently the only country in the region with the potential to foil that plan.

by Whitney Webb

Part 4 - ‘Donald Trump may have just effectively declared war on Iran’

The announcement that John Bolton – perhaps the best known advocate for war with Iran in American politics – would soon replace H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser received mixed reactions within the United States and, as MintPress recently noted, great praise from Israel.

However, news that Bolton would soon have a key role in the Trump administration caused panic among Iranians and Iranian-Americans as well as anti-war advocates.

In response to Bolton’s appointment, Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council, issued a statement, warning: “Donald Trump may have just effectively declared war on Iran. With the appointment of John Bolton, and nomination of Mike Pompeo at State, Trump is clearly putting together a war cabinet.

However, regime change in Iran through war is just a stepping stone in Bolton’s plan to create a “new Middle East” by redrawing the borders of both Iraq and Syria and ending all possible obstacles — like an independent Iran — to fundamentally changing the region’s balance of power.

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