A few weeks ago, the U.S. government failed to get the UN Security Council to extend the international arms embargo on Iran.

According to ZeroHedge, the arms embargo is expected to expire on October 18.

On September 15, 2020 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised to never let Iran obtain Chinese and Russian weapons. However, Pompeo did not make it clear how he plans on achieving this.

Pompeo declared:

We will act in this manner. We will prevent Iran from acquiring Chinese tanks and Russian air defense systems, and after that, selling weapons to Hezbollah undermines the efforts of French President Emmanuel Macron in Lebanon.

Washington has been alone in its decision to impose so-called “snapback” sanctions on Iran back in late August. The funny thing is that the snapback option is only available to those participating in the JCPOA, which the U.S. government withdrew from in May 2018.

In the meantime, there has been talk about Russia providing Iran its advanced S-400 anti-air defense system, which the Trump administration might treat as an act of war.

Iran has been back in the news due to allegations of Iranian actors plotting to assassinate the U.S. ambassador to South Africa as a way to get revenge for the killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani.

Trump responded on Twitter by saying that any hostile action taken by Iran would be met with an American response “1,000 times greater in magnitude!”

Unfortunately, Trump is being gaslit by the most hawkish members of his government and media forces who crave never-ending military conflict.

Neoconservatives in his administration only serve the purpose of diverting Trump’s attention from his America First agenda and reward their cronies in the military-industrial complex. The defense industry has a never-ending desire for getting into military ventures and will do everything possible to subvert even the most nationalist of governments.

Trump can stop subversive, neocon elements in their tracks by continuing to push for America First foreign policy figures such as Douglas Macgregor. Trump correctly nominated Macgregor as the ambassador to Germany. But to sufficiently cleanse his administration of neocon influence, Trump must have dozens of Douglas Macgregors in his administration.

As they say, personnel is policy.