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The EU sanctions approved last month (December 2012) are condemned by some of the most astute Middle East analysts as a sham, slowing but not stopping Iran’s nuclear work, and thus so ineffectual that they look more like a subterfuge to give Iran more time to achieve its goals, at which point Iran will have the bomb and sanctions will become irrelevant.
So now the only hope for truly crippling sanctions against Iran is the U.S. Congress. But Obama is secretly pressuring Congress to water down the belated, but hopefully still effective, measures to impose serious and hard-hitting economic sanctions on Iran, even though (or perhaps precisely because) the mere threat of these stiffer and more crippling sanctions seems to be working.
As ForeignPolicy.com explained:2
The current sanctions language at the center of the closed door debate is the amendment by Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), which passed the Senate by a rare 100-0 vote over the very public objections of top Obama administration officials. The amendment would direct the Obama administration to take punitive measures against foreign banks that do business with the CBI, but gives the administration more leeway to implement the sanctions than Kirk’s original language.
The administration urged Kirk and Menendez to come up with a compromise amendment but then came out against that very compromise last week, angering and alienating Menendez, who needs to be tough on the issue ahead of his re-election bid next year.
The Cable has obtained the administration’s private communications to the conferees spelling out the changes they want to the Kirk-Menendez amendment; they can be found here and here. Basically, the administration wants to delay the implementation of sanctions not related to oil purchases from 60 to 180 days, and wants to water down the severity of sanctions measures if and when they are put into effect (emphasis added).
But even as our president pressures Congress to make it easier for Iran to achieve its WMD goals, Iran claims that Obama has sent a secret message to the Iranian government in which he told them that he does not want to impose meaningful sanctions and that he respects Iran’s right to nuclear power. The mullahs made this message public in order to embarrass Obama and show their own just how powerful Iran is: even the leader of the free world cowers before Iranian threats.
According to the Fars News Agency, which is close to the Revolutionary Guards, the vice chairman of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission alleged that Swiss Ambassador Livia Leu Agosti informed Iranian officials that Obama recognizes Iran’s right of access to, and use of, nuclear technology. The Iranian Foreign Ministry disclosed that Iran had received this message through three different channels: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, handed a letter to her Iranian counterpart; the Swiss ambassador conveyed the same message in Tehran; while Iraqi President Jalal Talabani delivered the same message to Iranian officials in Baghdad. Obviously Obama really wants the mullahs to get his message.
In this secret missive, Obama explains to the Iranian government that the USA and Iran share mutual interests, that the USA will not take action against the Iranian Islamic regime, that he respects Iran’s right to nuclear power, and that he will not shut down the Iranian banks still operating in the West.
If the information disclosed by the Iranian government is correct, one must conclude that Obama is literally pandering to Iran, and agitating within his own government to place Iran’s state priorities ahead of America’s, despite his oath of office and despite the peril that awaits the Middle East and the free world if Iran achieves its WMD priorities.
During war time, this is treason.
1. Republican Study Committee (RSC): National Security Working Group, Congressman Tom Price (R-GA) & Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ), June 21, 2010. Special Policy Brief: President Obama’s “Crippling” Iran Sanctions: Rhetoric or Realism?
2. Foreign Policy, Jan 23, 2012, Josh Rogin, “Inside the conference negotiations on Iran sanctions”; and cf. also: http://atimetobetray.com/”; http://pjmedia.com143918903X; and http://empactamerica.org/.
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