Consider this for a moment. Do we have any commonality of interest or foreign-policy goals with Iran? Clearly we don't want to engage in a military confrontation, but we certainly need to employ the most severe economic and policy sanctions that we can short of military force. A nuclear weapon equipped Iran is a frightening concept.
Iran continues to pursue development of nuclear weapons. They continue to publicly announce their goal of total destruction of Israel. They continued to supply weapons of terror to rogue nations and jihadist movements throughout the middle east. The strongest possible action seems to be in order.
The Senate of the United States, controlled by the Democrats, supportive of the president, votes 94-0 in favor of strong sanctions against Iran. Does the president offer his thanks to the Senate? Hardly.
President Seeks Thick Pad of Sanction Waivers
In case you missed them here are some selected excerpts from that news item:
The new sanctions too broadly punish companies that supply materials, such as certain metals, that could be used in Iran's nuclear, military, or ballistic missile programs, the White House worries.Or what about reporting to Congress? Can the Intel folks handle this little task?
Finally, the White House doesn't want to implement the part of the new legislation that would require reports to Congress on the thousands of boats that dock at Iranian ports and the dozens of Iranian planes that make stops at airports around the world. Those reporting requirements "will impose serious time burdens on the Intelligence Community and sanctions officers," the White House said in the e-mail.One has to wonder how serious the president is regarding the imposition of sanctions to compel Iran to join the community of nations and act like a civilized country.