Biden Weighs News Sanctions on Iran
One plan being drafted would choke off Iran’s swelling crude-oil sales to China, the country’s main client, through fresh sanctions targeting the shipping networks that help export an estimated one million barrels a day and bring critical revenue to Iran, the officials said.
The new steps would take place if nuclear talks fail, the officials said. The plan would involve the aggressive enforcement of current sanctions already banning dealings with Iran’s oil and shipping industry through new designations or legal actions, the officials said. In the past, the U.S. has, for instance, sanctioned the captain of a Syria-bound Iranian crude tanker and obtained the seizure of fuel cargoes Tehran was sending to Venezuela.
“There is not much left to sanction in Iran’s economy,” said one of the U.S. officials. “Iran’s oil sales to China is the prize.”
Iran’s nuclear program has made strides over the past year. According to estimates of European and U.S. officials, it could amass enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon within two to three months.
Sanction Don't Work
Repeat after me: Sanctions don't work; Sanctions don't work; Sanctions don't work.
Yet, Trump scrapped an agreement that was working for sanctions that don't. Trump's state and defense departments told Trump that Iran was honoring the nuclear accord Obama negotiated. Our allies said Iran was honoring the deal.
Trump said he could get a better deal via sanctions. Where is it?
The nuclear accord with Iran was the single major accomplishment of Obama, and Trump trashed it.
In response to the sanctions, Iran restarted its nuclear program. "According to estimates of European and U.S. officials, it could amass enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon within two to three months."
Q: Is Iran really close to being 2-3 months away from amassing enough material for a nuclear weapon?
A: Color me skeptical but it's difficult to know what to believe. We can see what officials want us to believe,
Q: Why are we now in this position?
A: Trump's sanctions
Q: If sanctions are the problem, what's the one thing that's not the solution?
Q: What is Biden proposing?
A: Sanctions, of course.
Q: What is left to sanction?
A: Not much, just China and China is getter better at avoiding things.
Q: Avoiding what things?
63 Consecutive Years of Sanction Failure on Cuba
For 63 years, the US has attempted to topple Cuba's government via sanction policy. It is the longest period of consecutive sanctions in the history of the world.
Q: What did we learn?
The US has sanctions on Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela.
Biden just scrapped sanctions on Russia and the EU on Gazprom natural gas pipeline from Russia to the EU.
Q: Why did Biden scrap the sanctions on Gazprom?
A: The pipeline was completed despite Trump's sanctions.
Instead of admitting the obvious failure, we quietly ended the sanctions.
Biden's Nuclear Accord Deal Strategy
Q: What is the strategy with Iran now?
A: Increase sanctions to get a deal.
Q: The same deal we had before Trump placed sanctions on Iran to get a better deal?
A: Our political leaders say need more sanctions now just to get back to the deal we already had.
Q: Why can't we just return to the previous deal?
A: Because it was working, silly! That means neither Democrats nor Republicans want it. Instead, we have to get there by sanctions.
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