No matter what's said, the United States hears what it imagines, which is usually called an auditory hallucination. Now, generally, one has to have ingested some type of hallucinogenic drug for that to happen. But, with the United States government, that drug is its own foreign policy, a dangerous addiction, to be certain. Have a look here at what our friend SecState John Kerry has to say about Iran. Now, Kerry is telling us Iran is "defying" the U.S., as if Iran is some errant schoolboy boldly refusing to follow directions in class. First off, the U.S. needs to quickly abandon the mistaken belief that it can say "Jump!" and every nation in the world should ask "How high?" The U.S. does not get to decide everything for other countries. I mean, just take a look at this country. Do you see perfection and wisdom arising from this muddled amalgam of extreme violence, cesspit morality, and economic catastrophe? How thinks this country it has any room to decide the courses of other nations not making these self-destructive mistakes themselves? Another thing is, Iran is not "defying" the United States. Iran merely said that they're not going to rubber-stamp the destructive foreign policy decisions in the Middle East just because a nuclear energy program agreement has been reached. What's wrong with that? Iran is just saying that such an agreement does not mean Iran agrees with everything the U.S. does or might do over there. Don't forget, they're sitting right next door to one of America's biggest foreign policy blunders in United States history: Iraq. Unlike the United States, Iran learns from history. Recommended:Nuclear deal ruined Israeli plot against Iran: ZarifThis is not " defying U. S. policy, it is saying they do not agree with many U. S. foreign policies in the region and might oppose them. What ' s wrong with that? This is Iran ' s backyard. If Iran was over in Mexico doing this or that thing, you can bet the United States would have had a collective meltdown in outrage. So why is it so difficult to understand that Iran doesn ' t necessarily want to back U. S. policies in the region which often end up in human rights disasters? Such as the Iraq War, for one, and the ham - handed attempt to topple Assad in Syria. Iran is saying that an agreement doesn ' t mean they just gave the U. S. a membership card to the Decide Our Fate Club. Iran retains autonomy of its own interests, and rightfully so. Really, a three - year - old can understand this. Sharing a toy on the playground doesn ' t mean little Uncle Sammy then OWNS the playground. But with the United States government, you give them an inch and they not only take 100 miles, but then say they deserve that 100 miles and you better not speak one word about it. Yeah, this is the U. S. government we all know and love. This is how it ended up with the American Southwest after the Mexican - American War. The U. S. basically wants chaos in the Middle East so it has excuses to step in there militarily and purloin regions it wants via installing dictators, kings, and despots friendly to the United States. If Warwick was " The Kingmaker " during the Wars of the Roses, the United States is " The Kingmaker " of the 21st century. So, when you read the news, you have to read between the lines. Iran isn ' t " defying " anybody. Iran is looking after its own national security and regional interests and the U. S. falsely says that is some ridiculous act of " defiance ". I have a great deal of respect for Iran for standing up to the U. S. government bully. Good for them! The U. S. needs to be blocked and opposed more often. It is the U. S. who is the greatest threat to world peace at this time. Who ' s been behind most of the wars for the past two decades, either directly or indirectly? I tend to think more " defiance " against U. S. policies will go a lot farther to bringing world peace than going along with them.By Jack Perry, first published in Whatsupic on 22 July 2015.