After our fantastic, multi-billion dollar election show that had the world transfixed/disgusted for two frigging years, the beat immediately goes on with Iran and the U.S. regime. The sanctions that have been placed on Iran are an Act of War and are hurting the normal citizens of Iran. The sanctions are causing suffering. They are killing people, estimates are that up to 6 million Iranians are suffering and dying from a lack of necessary cancer and other medications. That’s the purpose, hurt the people so they get restless and fight against their government and demand they give in to the demands of the Empire. The sanctions the Democratic Party President William Jefferson Clinton with his sidekick Secretary of State Madeleine “We think it was worth it” Albright placed on Iraq in the nineties are estimated to have caused the deaths of half a million Iraqi children alone. Then the United States of Empire illegally attacked Iraq, killed a million more and counting, created five million refugees, and sentenced generations to mutant babies and unimaginable poverty and fear.
11/08/12 - Obama administration places new sanctions on Iran
The Obama administration announced it has sanctioned four individuals and five entities for censorship, including jamming satellite broadcasts and blocking Internet access.
The State Department is telling us that Iran is abusing its own citizens so they must be punished by the United States of Freedom for All America. Forget about Iran supposedly developing nuclear weapons and that country being part of the Axis of Evil, now our government is going after Iran for how they treat their own people. The hypocrisy is astounding when you consider the United States of Humanitarianism doesn’t sanction Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and other countries that treat their citizens, or sub-citizens as in Israel’s case, much worse. The country that kills millions of people by waging wars for profit and power, has the largest prison population in the world and laws against liberty that make a mockery of its founding ideals is represented by fools and sociopaths.
“These actions underscore the administration’s ongoing commitment to hold Iranian government officials and entities responsible for the abuses carried out against their own citizens,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
“With the measures we are taking today, we draw the world’s attention to the scope of the regime’s insidious actions, which oppress its own people and violate Iran’s own laws and international obligations,” she said.
Here’s Neocon/Zionist Dennis Ross, he who has been calling for measured steps to be taken against Iran, a checklist if you will, before we bomb the shit out of the country. He has literally been saying the same thing for years.
“We will see some kind of significant diplomatic initiative by the president, by the Obama administration, on the nuclear issue with the Iranians,” Ross said during an event Thursday at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, where he is now a counselor – exploring the implications of Obama’s reelection for US Middle East Policy. No president is going to end up using force without having demonstrated unmistakably to the world and the American public that he’s exhausted all the possibilities for diplomatic negotiations,” Ross said.
He should know, he and his fellow PNACers documented that process years ago and Obama appears to be following it faithfully so far.
Some in Iran appear to be not taking kindly to our President’s continued deployment of Empire edicts.
“After all this pressure and crimes against the people of Iran, relations with America cannot be possible overnight and Americans should not think they can hold our nation ransom by coming to the negotiating table,” Sadeq Larijani, head of the Iranian judiciary, was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency.
“Four years ago, Obama... announced he would extend the hand of cooperation to Iran,” he said. “But he pursued a different path and imposed unprecedented sanctions and it is natural the Iranian people will never forget such crimes.”
Oh ya, I remember that. When Obama was trying to get elected in 2008 and he said a lot of stuff that he apparently changed his mind about after he got elected. Imagine that. McCain would have been different how?
06/02/2008 - McCain criticizes Obama, proposes Iranian sanctions at AIPAC
“He offered what has become a standard attack on Sen. Obama, D-Il., for what McCain calls a willingness to sit down with Iranian leaders unconditionally, a proposal from which Obama has backed away.
McCain said that instead of sitting down to talk with Iran, “we must create the real-world pressures that will peacefully but decisively change the path they are on.”
To that end, the presumptive Republican nominee proposed ramping up sanctions against the regime in Tehran, including financial sanctions against the Central Bank of Iran, which McCain said aids in Iranian terrorism proliferation. He also proposed sanctions on Iran’s ability to import refined petroleum.
He also criticized Obama for voting against a Congressional resolution to declare Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.”
07/09/2008 - Barack Obama calls for tougher Iran sanctions after missile tests.
“The US Democratic presidential candidate, Barack Obama, called for tighter sanctions on Iran today after it fired nine test missiles that were capable of hitting American and Israeli bases.
"Iran is a great threat. We have to make sure we are working with our allies to apply tightened pressure on Iran," the Illinois senator said.
03/13/09 - Obama Renews Iran Sanctions; Ahmadinejad Calls Them "Childish"
“Speaking to Congress Thursday, President Obama announced renewed U.S. sanctions on Iran, thus adhering to a precedent that began in 1995. Although the Obama administration is reviewing its policy towards Iran, not extending the sanctions would have constituted a major break with the past.”
02/10/2010 - Obama Administration Slaps New Sanctions on Iran’s Revolutionary Guard
"The Obama administration Wednesday slapped new sanctions on Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The Treasury Department banned US transactions with four companies and an individual affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard, as well as freezing any assets under US control."
07/01/2010 - Obama Signs Into Law Tighter Sanctions on Iran
“President Obama on Thursday signed into law new unilateral American sanctions on Iran that go beyond the penalties imposed by the United Nations last month as he tries to escalate the pressure on Tehran to halt its nuclear enrichment program.
The new law, passed by Congress on overwhelmingly bipartisan votes last week, tries to further restrict investment in Iran’s energy sector and cut off financing for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that oversees nuclear and missile programs. It also cracks down on federal contractors that do business with Iran.
“With these sanctions, along with others, we are striking at the heart of the Iranian government’s ability to fund and develop its nuclear program,” Mr. Obama said at a bill-signing ceremony in the East Room. “We’re showing the Iranian government that its actions have consequences. And if it persists, the pressure will continue to mount, and its isolation will continue to deepen.”
12/31/2011 - Obama signs Iran sanctions bill into law Iran insists its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes only
“US President Barack Obama has signed into law a major defence bill including tough new sanctions against Iran.
The law cuts off from the US financial system foreign firms that do business with Iran's central bank.
But Mr Obama stressed that he had concerns about parts of the legislation dealing with the handling of foreign terror suspects.
"The fact that I support this bill as a whole does not mean I agree with everything in it," Mr Obama said.
In recent weeks the US has introduced sanctions against Iran's financial sector, although it has stopped short of targeting the central bank outright.”
02/07/2012 - US hits Iran with new sanctions. US tightens sanctions on Iranian government and central bank, but Tehran dismisses measures as "psychological warfare".
“US President Barack Obama has tightened sanctions on Iran, including its central bank, seeking to increase pressure on the country's economy as a nuclear showdown intensifies.
Obama signed an executive order on Sunday that implements parts of a new sanctions regime passed by Congress late last year, allowing US institutions to freeze all property and interests of the Iranian government.”
08/01/2012 - Obama announces new Iran sanctions. Executive order used to unveil measures meant to force Islamic republic to meet its international nuclear obligations.
“Barack Obama has announced new US sanctions against foreign banks that help Iran sell its oil, saying the new measures will raise pressure on the Islamic Republic to meet its international nuclear obligations.
The new penalties by the US president were announced on Tuesday and would target China's Bank of Kunlun and Iraq's Elaf Islamic Bank.
In a statement, Obama said the sanctions made clear that the US would expose any financial institution that assists "the increasingly desperate Iranian regime" to access the international financial system."