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House, Senate agree on enhanced Iran sanctions

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Congressional negotiators have settled on a bill enhancing Iran sanctions, and President Barack Obama announced new sanctions targeting fronts for Iran.

“This bipartisan, bicameral Iran sanctions legislation strengthens current U.S. law by leaps and bounds,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a chief sponsor of the bill, said in a statement released after House and Senate negotiators finalized the legislation July 30.

“The bill sends a clear message to the Iranian regime that the U.S. is committed, through the use of sanctions, to preventing Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold.”

Obama administration officials likely will cite the enhanced sanctions bill, which was expected to pass both houses in its final version this week, in their efforts to persuade Israel not to take military action against Iran in the coming months.

On July 31, Obama also introduced new sanctions that target fronts for Iranian entities already subject to sanctions.

Singled out for citation were the Bank of Kunlun in China and Iraq’s Elaf Islamic Bank.

Separately, an Israel Project poll released July 31 found that eight in 10 Americans see Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program as a threat to the United States and its allies, with 39 percent seeing it as a “very big” threat and 41 percent seeing it as a moderate threat.

The July 18-19 poll of 800 likely voters, by Public Opinion Strategies, revealed that 78 percent of voters support tough sanctions against Iran. — jta


Posted by Frank
08/04/2012  at  06:51 AM
A nice gesture - and a complete sham

Obama knows that the “sanctions” have done nothing, nor will they do anything (not “one iota”) to slow down Iran obtaining nuclear weapons.

Obama and his proxies have done everything they can, publicly (and reportedly privately), to stop and delay Israel from taking military action to prevent a second Holocaust.  They have publicly warned and intimidated Israel to not take action, have publicly leaked secret information alerting Iran to possible military options and plans and covert operations, have withheld necessary weapons and munitions, after delaying and weakening any possible “sanctions” - attempted to divert public opinion away from supporting the necessary military action - by pretending that their “sanctions” might stop Iran. 

Obviously, Obama will never use his claimed phony “military option” to bomb Iran’s nukes, which will forever remains “on the table”.  His suggestion that he is willing if necessary to militarily attack Iran’s nukes is an obvious rhetorical ruse.  Are American Jews really so gullible (again and again) to be taken in by these lies?  Obama intends to contrive a way to allow Iran to obtain its nuclear weapons, under some fig-leaf of an “agreement”.  His strategy is to prevent Israel from taking its own military action before the election - because after the election, if Obama wins, he will have all the “flexibility” he needs to effectively prevent Israel from ever doing so. 

Since being elected, Obama has already repeatedly blatantly proven himself to be the most anti-Israel president in history.  With the coming election behind him he will have no further need to solicit the Jewish (or anyone else’s) vote.  Obama has repeatedly proven himself willing to throw even those closest to him (even his Grandmother) “under the bus”.  If re-elected he will have no compunction to fully and finally throw Israel, and American Jews who had any faith in him, under that same bus. 
As the saying goes, “fool me once …”.  We are now past counting.

If anyone has any doubts about Obama’s duplicity and enmity toward Israel, they should watch this video:

What is needed is a congressional resolution authorizing the “military option”, so that President Romney is assured of support when he actually uses it.

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