” The Obama administration began softening sanctions on Iran after the election of Iran’s new president in June, months before the current round of nuclear talks in Geneva or the historic phone call between the two leaders in September.
While those negotiations now appear on the verge of a breakthrough the key condition for Iran—relief from crippling sanctions—began quietly and modestly five months ago.
A review of Treasury Department notices reveals that the U.S. government has all but stopped the financial blacklisting of entities and people that help Iran evade international sanctions since the election of its president, Hassan Rouhani, in June.
In this cat and mouse game, the Treasury Department in recent years has routinely designated new entities as violators of sanctions, forcing Iran to adjust in turn. In the six weeks prior to the Iranian elections in June, the Treasury Department issued seven notices of designations of sanctions violators that included more than 100 new people, companies, aircraft, and sea vessels.
Since June 14, however, when Rouhani was elected, the Treasury Department has only issued two designation notices that have identified six people and four companies as violating the Iran sanctions.
When an entity is designated as a sanctions violator it can be catastrophic. Banks and other investors almost never take the risk of doing business with the people and companies on a Treasury blacklist because of the potential reputational harm and the prospect they could lose access to U.S. financial markets.”
Against the wishes of Israel , our allies and even a rare bipartisan Congress Obama has eased Iran’s way back into the world markets . These are the acts of a dictator/king , not a duly elected president .
” “For five months, since Rouhani’s election, the United States has offered Iran two major forms of sanctions relief,” Dubowitz said. “First there’s been a significant slowdown in the pace of designations while the Iranians are proliferating the number of front companies and cutouts to bust sanctions.”
The second kind of relief Dubowitz said the White House had offered Iran was through its opposition to new Iran sanctions legislation supported by both parties in Congress.”
Another huge stab in the back to the one democratic government in the mideast , one that just makes war with Iran that much more likely . The march of Obama’s “smart diplomacy” continues to leave disbelieving allies in it’s wake . It will take decades for future administrations to repair the damage done to our standing amongst our allies and the world and we are supposed to believe that Bush was the idiot ?
A comparison to Judas would seem appropriate but only a Christian would be offended by that and , all professions of faith aside , it is extremely difficult to see him as a Christian given his support for the FSA/Al Qaeda as they massacre followers of Christ in Syria , his silence on the continuous slaughter of Christians throughout Egypt , Africa and southeast Asia and his rush to free Iran from the bonds of sanctions even as they rush headlong towards their stated goal of driving Israel into the sea .