Crippling, Crushing, and Suffocating Iran

Senator Joe Lieberman, but must instead “marshal the economic, political, and if necessary [its] military power” against the “fanatical regime.” Representative Gary Ackerman declared that crippling sanctions weren’t strong enough, insisting that the world must impose “suffocating” sanctions on Iran – and even then, he said, “success in this effort is unlikely” and that Iran would “have a nuclear weapon in less than two years.” Representative Dan Burton of Indiana upped the ante, nearly foaming at the mouth while saying that the military people he talks to say that Iran could have The Bomb within one year, adding ominously: “We have to do whatever is necessary to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons.” Representative Brad Sherman of California denounced those who want to impose mere targeted sanctions on Iranian wrongdoers, declaring: “Smart sanctions are dumb.” We need, he said, “absolutely crippling sanctions.” And Representative Ed Royce thundered that the United States and its allies must impose “crushing” sanctions, then added: “Even crushing sanctions might not do the job.”

Noting that most of the speakers were either rabid, right-wing Republicans or militantly pro-AIPAC Democrats, I went over to Representative Barney Frank as the left the room. Is there any way to stop this runaway train? I asked. “No,” he said. And he’s glad. Frank argues that the bill, which as written will compel the president to impose sanctions on friend and foe alike who sell gasolin… >>>

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