In an interview with Muslim Press, political commentator Catherine Shakdam said she thinks “Trump is likely the most dangerous man to have ever graced the corridors of power.”

“It may be time for the international community to wake up and realize that the only enemy here is the United States of America,” she remarked.

Here’s the full transcript of the interview:

Muslim Press: In his UN General Assembly speech, U.S. president Donald Trump said: “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.” What’s the significance of this statement? How is Trump affecting the world?

Catherine Shakdam: Context here is important. By allies U.S. President Donald Trump is really referring to Israel. It is rather clear today that Washington’s seat of power has sold to Tel Aviv’s agenda to the extent that a U.S. president is willing to serve not his people’s interests but that of a foreign nation on account its lobbyists hold too many cards to be refused.

In that regard I think it is fair to say that the United States of America has sold out its sovereign rights and thus no longer acts an independent state.

There is great irony in Mr. Trump’s reference to patience and restraint when he is calling for the annihilation of North Korea to a nuclear holocaust. To use the floor of the United Nations General Assembly to deliver such a violent and belligerent address and then argue reason and fairness is beyond hypocritical - I would personally argue that it epitomizes America’s psychosis.

For well over a decade America’s sole existence has revolved around its ever-expanding, all-encompassing military complex. War has defined the way that the U.S. sees the world and interacts with world. It should therefore come to no surprise that Washington has become a grand military despot. No other country has waged more wars across the world since the end of WW2 then the United States of America. No nations has had more blood on its hands either … from military interventionism, to the institutionalization of torture, regime change, drone campaigns, and of course its support of both religious and ethnic cleansing, there are no crimes the U.S. has not committed.

President Trump is a nuclear weapon onto itself since he holds within his hands the fate of millions. With one swoop of the hand this one head of state could plunge the world into darkness. With one call, Washington could shatter nations to the point of extinction.

I’d say Mr. Trump is likely the most dangerous man to have ever graced the corridors of power.

MP: Trump also criticized the Islamic Republic and the Iran nuclear deal, describing the international agreement as “the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” What’s your take on this? Is the U.S. president pursuing another conflict in the Middle East?

Catherine Shakdam: President Trump’s position vis-à-vis Iran and the nuclear deal needs to be looked at from an Israeli perspective. The U.S. President is merely acting Tel Aviv mouthpiece here … no real surprise there. Benyamin Netanyahu always made clear that he would do everything in his power to fail the deal and return Iran to a dark corner. Trump’s position is the result of months of lobbying, maneuvering and political leaning. If anything Mr. Trump exposed Washington’s real loyalty, and in that regard I would say that it is progress.

Trump’s temper tantrum exposed Israel lobby in Washington in the most blatant of fashion. What remains to be determined is Americans’ ability to regain control over their future and their sovereignty.

It is very difficult to comment on Mr. Trump’s assessment of the nuclear deal since his narrative is based on fiction and not reality. He asserts that the U.S. made a bad deal but he never elaborated on the how and the why. It is not enough to assert an alleged truth, one needs to give it context.

America’s narrative towards Iran is fallacious, dishonest and prejudiced to the point of criminality.

As far as a military conflict goes, I’m hoping Mr. Trump is not foolish enough to imagine his military capable of engaging the Islamic Republic of Iran. It would be a grave tactical mistake to underestimate Iran’s military power.

Iran is a superpower in its own right – one does not simply challenge such a nation.

If you consider that Saudi Arabia and its grand coalition of war could not erode the resolve of Yemen’s Resistance movement, Washington ought to carefully consider its position towards Iran.

MP: Ms. Shakdam, you have stated that “America does in fact pose a threat to global security in that we potentially have a mad man sitting on very real nuclear codes.” How should the world, in your opinion, respond to such threat?

Catherine Shakdam: It may be time for the international community to wake up and realize that the only enemy here is the United States of America. How many wars does the U.S. need to wage for the world to finally grasp that America is indeed the problem?

How many lives will have to be sacrificed to America’s pyre for our world institutions to act according to the rule of law?

Maybe we ought to consider sanctions … the U.S. seems rather fond of sanctions and so it would only be fair to return the favor.

But America is only the tip of the iceberg here, the real danger sits in Tel Aviv. America is acting a mercenary to Tel Aviv’s agenda. I’m not sure nations grasp that reality.

MP: Following Trump’s speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted that he had “never heard a bolder or more courageous speech” in his time at the UN. How would you respond to that?

Catherine Shakdam: Why should we be surprised? Israel was given what it craves most - the chance to wage war to the one power that has always stood against its tyranny: Iran. Israel’s very existence demands that its detractors be silenced forever - such is the nature of fascism.

MP: Is the world facing, as Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro says, a “new Hitler”?

Catherine Shakdam: While the comparison is bound to raise a few eyebrows given the connotations it carries, I would tend to agree. Hitler was responsible for the death of millions of people on the basis of a sectarian agenda, and the U.S. is well on its way … And though Washington may not be openly calling for a genocide, it certainly is supporting nations which are indeed engaged in such activities - Saudi Arabia comes to mind of course.


Catherine Shakdam is a political analyst, writer and commentator for the Middle East with a special focus on radical movements and Yemen. A regular pundit on RT and other networks, her work has appeared in major publications such as MintPress, RT, Press TV, the Foreign Policy Journal, Mehr News, the Guardian, Middle East Eye, the Middle East Monitor and many others. The Director of Programs at the Shafaqna Institute for Middle Eastern Studies, Catherine is also the co-founder of Veritas Consulting. In 2015 her research on Yemen was quoted and used by the UNSC in a resolution on Yemen Looted Funds. She is the author of Arabia’s Rising - Under The Banner Of The First Imam.