Hillary Goes Weak-Kneed on Iran

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A squishy, misguided, weak-kneed liberalism has emerged in Hillary Clinton’s comments about the kind of sanctions that would work best in halting Iran’s nuclear program. Rather than take the one step that would really be effective — cutting off the flow of refined gasoline to Iran — she instead insists that we need to target the Iranian leadership with sanctions.

Her husband wisely rejected the same kind of advice in deciding on the sanctions to impose on Serbia during the Bosnia war, opting for broad-based economic sanctions to deter aggression. The sanctions were incredibly effective, and the mere threat of their re-imposition in 1996 was enough to bring Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic to his knees.

But now Hillary says sanctions must target Iran’s Revolutionary Guard “without contributing to the suffering of the ordinary (Iranians), who deserve better than what they currently are receiving.”

But the impotence of sanctions that do not go for the jugular is obvious, and the abysmal record of targeted sanctions aimed at Iranian leaders is enough to discredit the entire process. However, sanctions can be effective — immediately — if they strike at a nation’s most vulnerable point.

The House of Representatives approved a resolution at the end of December that imposed sanctions against Iran, banning any company from doing business in the United States if it supplied oil products to Iran. Co-sponsored and pushed by Illinois Republican Rep. Mark Kirk (who deserves support in his bid for a Senate seat), the measure has real teeth and is now pending before the Senate.

Hillary’s comment about avoiding sanctions that “contribute to the suffering” of the people of Iran can only be interpreted as a push-back against the sanctions that have passed the House.

This kind of weakness, on which criminal regimes like Iran’s thrive, is just the kind of impotence that liberal governments display.

From Munich to today, leaders have found it difficult to wage war against those who threaten world peace or even to impose serious sanctions against them. The argument is always the same: It will hurt ordinary people.

Well, so will atomic bombs.

Unless we inflict enough damage on Iran to force it to stop its weapons program, we are leaving Israel exposed and vulnerable to almost certain destruction.

Iran, despite having the second-largest deposits of oil in the world, lacks refining capacity and must import 40 percent of its gasoline. The threat of a cutoff is the ultimate weapon, short of force, to be used in compelling Iran to abide by the resolutions of the international community and refrain from producing nuclear weapons.

Hillary’s comment can only have brought a sigh of relief to the lips of the Iranian mullahs. It sends the clear signal that the Obama administration lacks the toughness to impose real sanctions and its disapproval can be safely disregarded in Tehran.

If gasoline imports were curtailed, the “ordinary” Iranians would blame their own government. They know that Iran has been isolated from the world by its own government, and surveys show this cutoff rankles the population mightily. They are very worried about getting the cold shoulder from the rest of the world and worry about the consequences for their already blighted and fragile economy.

A gasoline shortage can only stoke the fires of rebellion so brilliantly flaring forth on Iranian streets and can only bolster the courage of those who brave gunfire and police clubs to express their demands for liberty.

Hillary: Don’t go squishy on us now!

  • Anthony

    Are you listening to your self? You want people to die in Iran? Hillary is right. Gasoline sanctions will turn into another Iraq sanctions fiasco.

    Shame on frontpagemag for publishing such drivel.

  • Abraham Stubenhaus

    Dear Mr. Morris,
    SInce Hillary has a loud mouth and no guts, I am not at all surprised that she clearly eats whatever the Obama administration serves.
    Guess what what Mr. Morris?
    This makes me feel glad that she didn't win the Democratic primary. We would have had the same self destruction just like Mr. Obama's hatred of our country, with no guts to face problems head on.
    Thanks for removing doubts Hillary,
    Long Live the Massachusets Coming Upset!!!
    Abraham

  • John C. Davidson

    I am still appalled by Hillary's reaction to a question posed to her by someone she felt was beneath her elitist class.I believe that happened in Africa when she was still allowed to respond to questions from an audience.

    Maybe that race of superior intellects does exist.

  • USMCSniper

    PART I Hillary Rodham Clinton has never done anything of any signficance in her entire life and her inflated opinion of herself is downright laughable. If she had not married Bill Clinton and hung on his coat tails she would never be a New York Senator from Arkansas, and for damn sure she would never have been an also ran contender for the Democrat Party Presidental candidate nomination. She has absolutely zero foreign relations training or experience, and it is a travesty to have her as the Secretary of State of The United States of America.

    When she applied for officer candidacy for the JAG program after she graduated from Yale she was rejected by the Department of the Navy "as unfit for an officer candidate" because of her fellow traveler activities with CPUSA members and SDS activities at Yale. her thick glasses as the reason for rejection an outright lie.

    Professor Tommy "The Commie" Emerson also got her the internship as the personal law clerk to Robert Truehaft, the head of the CA CPUSA and the Chief Counsel for the entire Communist Party USA. She not only worked for but also lived with the Trueafts, who were card carrying Communists.

  • USMCSniper

    PART II Edward Kennedy's lawyer who was a friend of Robert Truehaft and also her Yale Mentor Professor Tommie the Commie Emerson got her the job on the Watergate committee staff, for and she was outrightly fired by general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, (Jerry Zeifman) for lying,outragreous behavior (tantrum tirades in meetings), unethical conduct, and serious Constitutional law violations. Frank Polk and Jerry Zeifman both said that had she as a lawyer, submitted such false briefs to a court she would have been disbarred.

    She failed her Washington DC Bar Exam at least once, so she got a job through Bill Clinton at the University of Arkansas who was already on the faculty at University of Arkansas. She wrote her Arkansas Bar Exam on site at the University of Arkansas under very suspicious conditions and passed it. One wonders how much on the up-and-up this was?

  • USMCSniper

    PART III She only got her job at the Rose Law Firm as a political favor to Bill Clinton when he became Attorney General of Arkansas. And she only was made a partner in the Rose Law Firm as another political favor to Bill Clinton when he became the Governer of Arkansas. Her job there was funneling money through illegal loans through Edward Hubble for political purposes. All the records of her activities at the Rose Law Firm have been burned at her direction!

    Her political appointments to corporate board positions at Tysons Food, Wal Mart and other organizations where she really did nothing but collect monies were always for political favors owed her husband, both when he was Governer and later as President, and ex-President.

  • Harold Allen

    Anthony!are you sick enough to believe the drivel you are putting out???The only way to stop Iran is the tough choice way.Cut thier gas , meds and food supplies and the people themselves will solve the problem. they are tired of the lifestyle imposed on them by thier leaders.Harold , Milton Fl.

  • USMCSniper

    PART IV She doesn't write her own books – and her editing is skimming at best, she has ghost writers like Barbara Feinman and then she stiffs them by not paying them in full even when she gets multi million dollar advances.____Oh yes, the debacle she ran for Universal Healthcare in BillClinton's first term was not only a disaster, but, had she not been the first lady she would be in a penitenuary for deliberate misappropriation of government funds in the millions.____Her integrity is zero, as she lies constantly, like being born in 1947 and claiming she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary who climbed Everest in 1953 and was not knighted until 1955

  • USMCSniper

    PART V ….and the Bosinia I was under sniper fire whopper, on and on and on.

    She is also a criminal, in that she stole artifacts from the Whitehouse in 2001 and only returned them because she was caught, had her staff recieve bags of money in 1996 from the Chinese Red Army agent Johnny Cheung (who was convicted) for disclosing classified secret technology, Whitewater, Cattlegate, Travelofficegate, 900 FBI files at the Whitehouse, lying under oath to a Grand jury, etc…

    Foreign policy is a disaster waiting to happen under the failure Hillary Rodham Clinton

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  • Patrick

    Great pic of Clinton, she looks more like a Grimsby fishwife every day.
    When will they learn that the party is over.
    Attempting to browbeat others into blackmailing China won’t halt the devastating slide into the end of Empire syndrome, just for how long do you think the Government could hold the world to ransom before one or two of the BRIC countries decides enough is enough and decides to destroy the dollar completely.
    The Iranian oil bourse was a calculated weapon better than all the military technology the USA has to offer.
    One could offer up metaphorical comparisons like the Luddites and of course the foolish mythical story of the King trying to hold back the tide and digging your heels in when it’s all too late does tend to make one look rather foolish.
    To go out in a blaze of glory is a foolish option and clinging to past glories doesn’t halt natural decline which is where I came in with Hilarys pic.