US Passes Strong Sanctions Against Iran

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  • Sat, Jun 26, 2010 - 03:43pm

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    US Passes Strong Sanctions Against Iran

For some reason, this news is being soft-pedaled domestically, although it’s getting big play overseas, as well it should. These sanctions remind me of Frank Roosevelt’s attempt to blockade Japanese energy imports, six months before the Pearl Harbor attack. Make no mistake — this legislation is a de facto declaration of war on Iran:

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration welcomed Congressional approval of sweeping Iran sanctions Friday, after months of reservations and negotiations over the legislation. The sanctions were approved by a 99-0 Senate vote and 408-8 tally in the House of Representatives.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pledged complete implementation of the measure, which was passed overwhelming [sic] by both chambers Thursday and now awaits only the president’s signature to become law.

As American enterprises are already forbidden from doing business with Iran, the bill sanctions those foreign companies that sell Iran gasoline or help develop its energy sector, and forces financial institutions to chose between using American banks or ones connected to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

The White House did not receive the wide exemptions it sought for “cooperating countries,” but did get waiver authority it could apply to specific companies from cooperating countries once they have been named and investigated.

Despite the waivers, the legislation still “by far the most comprehensive sanctions related to Iran” imposed by the Congress, according to co-author Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

http://www.jpost.com/ArtsAndCulture/Entertainment/Article.aspx?id=179558

It’s interesting to note the backdrop in which this bill was passed on Friday, June 25th:

It came the same day as the House passed a resolution calling for the immediate release of kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit, on the four-year anniversary of his abduction.

“We continue to offer our support to the family of Gilad Shalit and to the people of Israel,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement issued after the resolution was approved. “Congress stands united behind a future of peace and security for the Jewish state.”

All well and good, no doubt. But what about the peace and security of the American state? In my humble opinion, this provocative, overreaching piece of special-interest legislation pushes the U.S. dangerously closer to a war that it doesn’t need, can’t afford, and can’t win. A hopelessly energy import-dependent country like the U.S., kicking an Islamic oil producer in the teeth?

You’d think we might have learned something from Oil Shock II in 1979. Frown

  • Sat, Jun 26, 2010 - 04:24pm

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Here is the roll call vote in the House on Iran sanctions:

http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2010/roll394.xml

  • Sat, Jun 26, 2010 - 05:43pm

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Extension of unemployment benefits were denied, in a more than wink and nudge synchronized fashion by congress, too.  Was it on the same day, or just a day apart?   Hallmark moments for war profiteers,recruiters, AND Bengaminnetan- Yahoo, all at the same time!

  • Sat, Jun 26, 2010 - 06:57pm

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I’m sure the 12 (or how many ever it was) warships that went through the Panama Canal are headed to Iran for one reason and one reason only.

I suppose that 2 wars, one being longer than Vietnam from Bay of Tonkin to end and declaring a 3rd war will let our Moron -n- Chief win another Nobel Peace award.

Nobel Laureates are utter and absolute morons. Krugman especially. This world is an insane asylum.

  • Sat, Jun 26, 2010 - 07:31pm

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All well and good, no doubt. But what about the peace and security of the American state? In my humble opinion, this provocative, overreaching piece of special-interest legislation pushes the U.S. dangerously closer to a war that it doesn’t need, can’t afford, and can’t win. A hopelessly energy import-dependent country like the U.S., kicking an Islamic oil producer in the teeth?

Well said sir!  The government and the people are being overwhelmed in chaos.  Does anyone in Washington know we’re broke and the economy is collapsing already?  How can it help our national security to bankrupt the nation while inciting WW3?

Rahm Emanuel is taking full advantage of every crisis that can be created.  “He served for Israel defence against a possible Iraqi attack.  Accused afterwards of being a Tsahal officer and of being subjected to a double allegiance, Mr Emanuel pointed out that he had not served in the uniform. In fact, according to our information, he would be a member of Amal, Tsahal’s military intelligence service.”

It is entirely inappropriate for president Barry Soetoro’s (a.k.a. Barack Hussein Obama) chief of staff to have dual loyalties.  Would anyone notice if the chief of staff served in the Iranian military?

Report: Israel, US preparing for war with Iran

A flurry of news reports over the past week indicate that Israel and the US are readying for an imminent military strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

On Wednesday, Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency reported that about a week ago a squad of Israeli military aircraft landed at a military airstrip in Saudi Arabia, of all places. It was reported earlier this month that Saudi Arabia had agreed to let Israel pass through its airspace in order to strike Iran.

The Israeli aircraft reportedly landed at the airport in Tabuk in northwest Saudi Arabia, which according to the report will act as the central base of operations for the Israeli air campaign against Iran.

At the same time, Iran’s Press TV reported that a very large contingent of US ground forces had massed in neighboring Azerbaijan. The independent Azerbaijani news website Trend confirmed the report.

Those reports came just days after the Pentagon confirmed that an unusually large fleet of US warships had indeed passed through Egypt’s Suez Canal en route to the Persian Gulf. At least one Israeli warship reportedly joined the American armada.

If we attack, it will be for the benefit of Israel at a huge price to the already reeling American people.  Our leadership seems intent on committing national suicide.

Larry

  • Sat, Jun 26, 2010 - 07:52pm

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What’s very odd is the silence in the US mainstream press. The New York Times features perfunctory summaries of the House and Senate roll calls, but there is no corresponding news article:

http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/111/house/2/394

http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/111/senate/2/199

The Guardian in the UK has an article about the sanctions, but I didn’t notice anything in the other British dailies or the Canadian Globe ‘n Mail:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/25/us-imposes-tough-sanctions-iran

Partly this is explained by the news cycle — Friday afternoon is the ideal time to bury events, since reporters like to leave for the weekend just as everyone else does.

And of course, passing these sanctions on Friday gave the US another stick to bring to the negotiating table in Toronto.

My sense is that the new Iran sanctions are a very big deal. European companies which supply technology, materials or financial services to Iran could be banned from access to US correspondent banks and US dollar transactions. This is an amazingly aggressive, perhaps unprecedented, exercise in unilateral extraterritoriality of U.S. law.

If that were ALL it was, I suspect the media jungle would have come alive with the cries of press pundits, swinging excitedly from tree to tree. The eerie silence tells me that something else is going on. Perhaps a secret ultimatum to Iran, or a mission countdown ticking secretly.

It’s the dogs that didn’t bark which worry me. And that gold closed just below a record high on Friday. Something just don’t seem right. Surprised

  • Sat, Jun 26, 2010 - 08:13pm

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Report: Israel, US preparing for war with Iran

On Wednesday, Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency reported that about a week ago a squad of Israeli military aircraft landed at a military airstrip in Saudi Arabia, of all places. It was reported earlier this month that Saudi Arabia had agreed to let Israel pass through its airspace in order to strike Iran.

The Israeli aircraft reportedly landed at the airport in Tabuk in northwest Saudi Arabia, which according to the report will act as the central base of operations for the Israeli air campaign against Iran.

At the same time, Iran’s Press TV reported that a very large contingent of US ground forces had massed in neighboring Azerbaijan. The independent Azerbaijani news website Trend confirmed the report.

Those reports came just days after the Pentagon confirmed that an unusually large fleet of US warships had indeed passed through Egypt’s Suez Canal en route to the Persian Gulf. At least one Israeli warship reportedly joined the American armada.

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Although it’s difficult to see on this map, Tabuk in Saudi Arabia is directly south of Jordan, colored in green. Tabuk is not much closer to Iran than Israel is.

The only advantage I could imagine from pre-positioning aircraft in Tabuk is the ability to strike Iran without crossing any other national airspace, other than Saudi Arabia’s.

Azerbaijan is colored brown, just above northwest Iran on the west shore of the Caspian Sea.

Saudi Arabia is no friend of Iran, viewing it as a potential source of revolutionary foment among the restive Saudi people. But, allowing Saudi Arabia to be used as the base for an Israeli attack on a fellow Muslim country could well provoke a revolution itself.

If Saudi Arabia’s senile rulers agreed to such a demented plan, they’re as crazy as our deluded overlords. Surprised

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[quote]The penalties on providing gasoline or refining equipment and services to Iran might hurt suppliers such as China Petroleum & Chemical Corp….The gasoline supply gap may shrink. Iran aims to be self- sufficient in gasoline production within two years as upgrades to refineries are completed, Deputy Petroleum Minister Shahnazi Zadeh said last month.[/quote]

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-06-24/iran-gasoline-banking-sanctions-approved-by-congress.html

[quote]Oil traders and oil industry analysts say Iran will have little trouble finding other gasoline supplies in the Persian Gulf, where a black market in fuel-products thrives, even if Washington passes measures that would penalize firms or individuals with business in the U.S. that supply gasoline to Iran.[/quote]

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704198004575310982786011098.html?mod=fox_australian

Generally one can find this kind of news in the business, if not mainline US press. Although as machinehead points out this is tantamount to a declaration of war I don’t expect anything to happen unless Iran is attacked or the US fleet in the Gulf starts interdicting refined gasoline supplies, but that would involve China which would be to neither country’s advantage.

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Russia now says Iran sanctions ban S-300 missiles

(AP) – Jun 11, 2010

MOSCOW — The new U.N. sanctions prevent Russia from delivering S-300 air-defense missiles to Iran, a Kremlin official said Friday, in a reversal of the position announced by Russia’s Foreign Ministry the day before

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jwgjCj_5_J7wBULdtaiWmKFgtj1QD9G990401

China-Iran— June 25, Asia Times Online:

Given China’s stance, it seems previously good China-Iran relations have been challenged, as Iran’s top nuclear official Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization and the country’s vice president, lashed out at Beijing. He said, “It’s [China] showing a behavior that will certainly influence the Islamic world and the minds of Muslims … It will slowly lose its respectable position in the Muslim world and will wake up when it’s too late.”

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/China/LF25Ad02.html

It’s interesting what is happening here. Under the phony pretext of international security, Iran is being isolated. Through an arms embargo it’s citizens are left vulnerable, open to attack. Without the Russian S-33 defence missiles, can they retaliate against Israel in a meaningful way? I don’t think so. They likely won’t have the ability to hit Israelis where they live. The war zone will be confined to the air, ground and sea in the immediate vicinity of Iran. Saudi Arabia could be vulnerable, but they’re pretty well defended, so not likely.   It’s profoundly ironic that Israel, a non-disclosing nuclear power is not being condemned for lying about it’s own nuclear weapons, not forced to disclose.  You have to wonder what’s in it for Russia and China; why the compliance with UN?  They seem to be allowing themselves to be coerced into going along with the UN charade against Iran, a country with no nuclear weapons. So far Obomba has won a Nobel prize, seemingly for beating war drums and increasing military spending. What does he get if he gets the U.S. involved in this expansion of the wars in the Middle East? How is he any different than Bush 1 or 2? The sell-out is  Bush 3 with slicker propanda machinery.

 

  • Sun, Jun 27, 2010 - 12:46am

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Is there a text of the sanctions somewhere?  I think the devil may be in the details here.  If gasoline exporters are forced to choose between Iran and the US, war is certain.  I’d like to see a copy of the text though.  If the sanctions are as they seem, I cannot understand why this isn’t front-page news all over the world.  

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