All Obama cares about is the timing of all this and how it might affect his re-election campaign. Â He could care less if Iran goes nuclear or if Israel’s national security is in danger.
The administration claims economic sanctions are working in preventing Iran from making a nuclear weapon. Why, then, is Tehran apparently assembling a missile that can reach the U.S.? To carry TNT?
President Obama has described the waves of economic sanctions imposed on Islamofascist Iran as “the sort of pressure that will have a direct impact on the Iranian government.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last month claimed that “sanctions have been working,” making it “much more difficult for Iran to pursue its nuclear ambitions.”
Foundation for Defense of Democracies President Cliff May concedes that sanctions have done some good, but are far from enough. In a column last week, he noted Iran’s currency has lost half its value since December, inflation is officially over 20% and may really be twice that, and crude oil production is falling.
Plus, “Iran’s rulers have forfeited more than $60 billion in energy investment and $14 billion in annual oil sales,” with hundreds of billions of dollars in potential natural gas sales prevented.
Yet May adds that sanctions should be “just one weapon in an arsenal of policies aimed at weakening Iran’s fanatical rulers immediately and dislodging them eventually” â€” with material support of Iran’s grass-roots dissidents a vital ingredient absent from U.S. policy.
As the head of Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, Mohammad Nahavandian, told Reuters, “the sanctions have raised the cost of trade and economic transactions, but it has not managed to change Iran’s political behavior.”
And political behavior is the key point. These fanatic tyrants view material and economic pain differently than America and Europe. Obama’s insistence that intensified sanctions “will have a direct impact on the Iranian government” is sheer wishful thinking.