U.S. slaps Revolutionary Guard, Quds Force with unilateral sanctions

posted at 10:48 pm on October 25, 2007 by Allahpundit

I said most of what I have to say on this subject three months ago when news first broke that it was in the works, but it’s the big story of the day so it shouldn’t pass unremarked upon. Initially it was thought that the entire Revolutionary Guard would be designated a terrorist organization; instead they limited that to the Quds Force and reserved nuclear-proliferator status for the IRGC. Follow the links in my old post to see the significance of this, or let Henry Paulson sum it up:

The sanctions recognize that financing for groups like the Revolutionary Guard have become closely entwined with Iran’s economy, making it difficult to disrupt the one without targeting the other.

The Revolutionary Guard “is so deeply entrenched in Iran’s economy, that it is increasingly likely that if you are doing business with Iran you are doing business with the IRGC,” Paulson said…

The overall impact, according to U.S. officials, will be to make a pariah of the most critical parts of Iran’s military and its defense and commercial industries.

I wrote about this once before in the context of the Palestinians but it bears noting anew that sanctions are, theoretically, an option favored by the left precisely because they don’t involve military force. “We have other levers of power besides the Army,” they’re forever reminding us. Which is true; Bush is using one of those levers now. Are they happy? Of course not. Hillary and Obama issued statements today cautiously endorsing the sanctions, which they have to do since they’re serious candidates who need votes from the center. The other, nutroots-approved candidates? Not so much:

Former Sen. John Edwards released a statement saying, “Today, George Bush and Dick Cheney again rattled the sabers in their march toward military action against Iran. The Bush Administration has been making plans to attack Iran for many months. At this critical moment, we need strong leadership against George Bush’s dangerous ‘preventive war’ policy, which makes force the first option, not the last.”

Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd echoed that sentiment.

“Unfortunately, the action taken by the administration today comes in the context of escalating rhetoric and drumbeat to military action against Iran,” he said in a statement. “I am deeply concerned that once again the president is opting for military action as a first resort.”

Not only do they want the military option off the table, they want the sanctions option off the table too. Which leaves us with the negotiation option, sans any stick to help make the carrot more appetizing. Could that option work? Judge for yourself. Here’s a little inside baseball on the new Iranian nuclear negotiator, who’s reported to be a diehard Ahmadinejad crony:

Mr. Jalili’s appointment may signal a clarification rather than a hardening of Iran’s policy. Mr. Larijani [his predecessor] pleaded with the Europeans for understanding and room to maneuver, and he avoided the fiery bombast of Mr. Ahmadinejad, according to several European officials who dealt with him. By contrast, they said, Mr. Jalili, as the Foreign Ministry official responsible for European and American affairs, did not pretend to try to negotiate, but tended to lecture with a sweet demeanor that belied his steely messages.

“He doesn’t listen or pretend to listen,” said one European official who has dealt with him. “It’s not a dialogue of the deaf. It’s a monologue of the deaf.”

The silver lining is that Larijani is popular with the Supreme Leader, Khamenei, and even among Ahmadinejad’s own nuttier-than-nutty base. News of his dismissal led the “conservatives” in the Iranian parliament to pass a measure of support for him, which apparently so worried Ahmadinejad that he cut short his trip to Armenia and came home to deal with it. The question at the moment is why Khamenei would have allowed him to replace Larijani with the new harder-line guy under those circumstances. One devious theory which thrills my Machiavellian heart is that Khamenei has it in for Ahmadinejad and is looking for a pretext to push him out; by letting him staff the all-important nuclear diplomacy team with his own goons, it gives Khamenei an excuse later to declare the negotiations a failure and to blame Ahmadinejad squarely for it. Which, again, means negotiations with Iran are totally pointless, at least until Khamenei makes his move. So much for the Edwards/Dodd approach, premised as it is upon the simple belief that anything, including letting a terrorist state build a nuclear weapon, is preferable to conflict.

Alas for them, not everyone agrees. Exit question: Why, oh why, does the new defense spending bill include an order for upgrading B2s to carry 30,000-lb. bunker busters?


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Why, oh why, does the new defense spending bill include an order for upgrading B2s to carry 30,000-lb. bunker busters?

We have to do something with that money since we aren’t going to spend it on upper-middle class children’s health care. duh!

Weight of Glory on October 25, 2007 at 10:55 PM

Oh! Heck yeah! first comment. eat it!

Weight of Glory on October 25, 2007 at 10:55 PM

I’m honestly sickened (yet, unsurprised) that the Dem candidates for POTUS would not support this latest action by the Bush administration. It’s curious how they always manage to come out in favor of the most lunatic schools of thought in the liberal camp, just to make sure they’re still pandering to their base. Goes to show exactly the type of “leaders” they will make if they actually get the job they’re shooting for. Why can’t they just be Americans first, and then Democratic candidates for POTUS second? I think I would have more respect for them if they did.

thedecider on October 25, 2007 at 11:16 PM

So here’s the challenge……

When it comes to public debate, how do we seperate the wheat from the chaff? Those that understand the international game called diplomacy from those that view this as nothing more than saber rattling. Any suggestions?

highhopes on October 25, 2007 at 11:16 PM

those 30thousand pounders are bada##

trailortrash on October 25, 2007 at 11:34 PM

Why, oh why, does the new defense spending bill include an order for upgrading B2s to carry 30,000-lb. bunker busters?

Oh that, not to worry: Dick Cheney is building an new swimming pool.

bnelson44 on October 25, 2007 at 11:41 PM

“first option” “first resort”?

These lying bastids know that’s b.s. If it were true, we wouldn’t be talkin’ about sanctions, we’d be talkin’ about the massive airraid that took place last night.

Friggin’ dhimmirats, at least pretent to tell the truth once in a while.

Tony737 on October 25, 2007 at 11:44 PM

Here is who was listed:

Today, the Department of State designated under Executive Order 13382 two key Iranian entities of proliferation concern: the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL). Additionally, the Department of the Treasury designated for proliferation activities under E.O. 13382 nine IRGC-affiliated entities and five IRGC-affiliated individuals as derivatives of the IRGC, Iran’s state-owned Banks Melli and Mellat, and three individuals affiliated with Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO).

The Treasury Department also designated the IRGC-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) under E.O. 13224 for providing material support to the Taliban and other terrorist organizations, and Iran’s state-owned Bank Saderat as a terrorist financier.

bnelson44 on October 25, 2007 at 11:46 PM

Why did it take 3 monmths to finally happen!? Oh, I forgot who we were talking about. God forbid if we were invade with a Democrat in office, it would take months to debate whether or not to use force to defend our own soil, even though the War Powers Act allows the President to do this without congress’s consent for limited duration.

El Guapo on October 25, 2007 at 11:50 PM

Why did it take 3 monmths to finally happen!?

I think they were trying to get something through the UN and Russia blocked it.

bnelson44 on October 25, 2007 at 11:51 PM

But then again a Democratic President would probably just welcome our “more civilized” invaders, or Blame that on Bush too.

El Guapo on October 25, 2007 at 11:52 PM

bnelson44bnelson44

Why in God’s name, or atheists’ reasoning, are we still using and paying dues to the UN?!?!?! Didnt we learn our lesson at the end of WW2 with Russia? hence the forming of NATO, which has a much better track record.

Is this a democrat’s legislation to keep us in the UN?

El Guapo on October 25, 2007 at 11:55 PM

I cant wait to go home on leave. I intend to visit my congressman’s office, and ask him specifically, or have his page/intern/whatever relay to him after i put them on the spot by asking, “why are we still funding an organization (the UN) that has been nothing but a problem since its inception and has done nothing right since, and has actually committed war crimes in Africa?”

El Guapo on October 25, 2007 at 11:58 PM

Welcome to Olympic badminton:
Serve and volley.

In one of Jack London’s books, “Call of the North”, perhaps; sorry I don’t remember exactly. It was a long time ago. He describes a dog fight between sled dogs, and a wolf. The dogs spent a lot of time posturing, snarling, dancing around. The wolf didn’t bother with the preliminaries, instead it went right for the throat of the nearest dog. That thought has stuck with me all my life, along with the Boy Scout motto, “Be Prepared”.

I guess that approach is no longer acceptable. Instead we have inverted the “Speak softly, carry a big stick” idea by practicing “Speak loudly, and remind everyone of the big stick you have at home in the closet.”.

rockhauler on October 25, 2007 at 11:58 PM

bnelson44

Drudge links this but the article says nothing about the UN or Russia.

http://apnews.myway.com/article/20071025/D8SG9N880.html

El Guapo on October 26, 2007 at 12:04 AM

rockhauler That is a good point. But to go back in the 1990′s as proof, the Dems did not prepare, and they are notorious for complacency, history is the biggest tattle-tale. We had an Imam warn us about Bin Laden and Clinton’s State Dept blew it off.

El Guapo on October 26, 2007 at 12:08 AM

El Guapo,

The AP article says, “The United States pressures U.S. and European banks to do no business with Iranian banks, ….”

But this is a unilateral action after a long delay. That may indicate a lot of diplomacy under the bridge. Not sure how many countries, when push comes to shove, care about alienating Iran Iran’s oil.

bnelson44 on October 26, 2007 at 12:14 AM

I like to speak loudly and carry a big gun- out in the open. Sometimes the show of force is necessary when regular talking won’t work. And that is even in our Rules of Engagement.

But then again, Iraq who gave Iran such a hard time was overrun by us in how long (twice)? You’d think Iran would realize they stand no real military chance against us.

El Guapo on October 26, 2007 at 12:16 AM

rockhauler That is a good point. But to go back in the 1990’s as proof, the Dems did not prepare, and they are notorious for complacency, history is the biggest tattle-tale. We had an Imam warn us about Bin Laden and Clinton’s State Dept blew it off.

El Guapo on October 26, 2007 at 12:08 AM

It’s really very simple, democrats think everything is negotiable, Republicans know that you cant negotiate once you have surrendered.

doriangrey on October 26, 2007 at 12:19 AM

We wouldn’t have to care about Iran’s oil if we were allowed to drill our own, another Clinton rejected bill that would have us driving on our own oil/gas by now. So for all you “War for Oil” morons, you can blame Clinton.

El Guapo on October 26, 2007 at 12:20 AM

I like to speak loudly and carry a big gun- out in the open. Sometimes the show of force is necessary when regular talking won’t work. And that is even in our Rules of Engagement.

But then again, Iraq who gave Iran such a hard time was overrun by us in how long (twice)? You’d think Iran would realize they stand no real military chance against us.

El Guapo on October 26, 2007 at 12:16 AM

You forget, the imbeciles in Iran think Allah has their back and will not let them lose to infidels.

doriangrey on October 26, 2007 at 12:21 AM

Look at this crap, this site asks if you would convert to Islam to stop the war on terror, since that is what terrorists want. But there is only one vote option, “yes”. Before you go there, it is the Daily Kos. So if you dont want to give them traffic, and any credit or feeling of increased popularity, dont go. I just thought it was interesting, from http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com

El Guapo on October 26, 2007 at 12:25 AM

That is right doriangrey. During my deployment (just got back about a month ago) we had a truck stuck in the sand. And after we put 6 airmen behind it to push it out, a local said something like (and in descent english), “you see, that truck got out because allah willed it out, allah’s blessings are with today.”

El Guapo on October 26, 2007 at 12:28 AM

I, too, like turtles.

hillbillyjim on October 26, 2007 at 12:33 AM

The question now becomes:

Are you a turtlophobe, or are you going to adopt a pride of turtles?

hillbillyjim on October 26, 2007 at 12:36 AM

I would rather adopt a pride of angy lions to devour anyone trying to change our country to respect Sharia but restrict all other religions.

El Guapo on October 26, 2007 at 12:41 AM

Once we get that Feddidederal Approval of our turtle reclamationization, then we’ll confastibulate the rest of the world.—-Confuciussssssssssss shucks it’s me Hillary.

hillbillyjim on October 26, 2007 at 12:42 AM

I would rather adopt a pride of angy lions to devour anyone trying to change our country to respect Sharia but restrict all other religions.

Oh yeah?

hillbillyjim on October 26, 2007 at 12:44 AM

This probably won’t cheer anyone up, but it is a good read, and he is probably right on:

Who’s Afraid of an Iranian Bomb?
The long and short of it.

By Victor Davis Hanson

http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=ZWViNWY1ZDcwODAzZDc0NmM5NGVhYWMyMzdlNmU3MWE=

bnelson44 on October 26, 2007 at 12:48 AM

I’m gonna confastibulatethe World
.

hillbillyjim on October 26, 2007 at 12:49 AM

It seems simple to me:

These guys have told us they are coming for us.

They have been coming for us for a while now.

Therefore, it isn’t a huge leap of faith to believe that these guys are coming for us NOW.

hillbillyjim on October 26, 2007 at 12:53 AM

hillbillyjim YAH! And I am putting up Christmas decorations on the outside of my home, as usual, at the end of next month. I hope every Muslim in my area is offended by it so I can say:

“If I were in Saudi Arabia, I would expect Ramadan celebrations (hopefully without explosions), so how can you move to a nonmuslim country, knowing it is a nonmuslim country, and have the audacity to act surprised let alone get upset about nonmuslim holidays? Doesn’t that make you the intolerant one?”

El Guapo on October 26, 2007 at 12:56 AM

hillbillyjim Isn’t that what Hitler did as well? And we still were slow to react.

El Guapo on October 26, 2007 at 12:57 AM

You are way too clever for me.

hillbillyjim on October 26, 2007 at 1:23 AM

Tell the truth: How many of you are still going ” a PRIDE of WHAT DID HE SAY?”

Turtles indeed.

hillbillyjim on October 26, 2007 at 1:26 AM

“If I were in Saudi Arabia, I would expect Ramadan celebrations (hopefully without explosions), so how can you move to a nonmuslim country, knowing it is a nonmuslim country, and have the audacity to act surprised let alone get upset about nonmuslim holidays? Doesn’t that make you the intolerant one?”

El Guapo on October 26, 2007 at 12:56 AM

Oh come now, you know its not possible to celebrate Ramadan without blowing up a few infidels and apostates……

doriangrey on October 26, 2007 at 1:45 AM

Tell the truth: How many of you are still going ” a PRIDE of WHAT DID HE SAY?”

Turtles indeed.

hillbillyjim on October 26, 2007 at 1:26 AM

Yea, I know I really ought to change the channel away from the Discovery channel once in a while……On the other hand there is always the History Channel or the Military channel…. :p

doriangrey on October 26, 2007 at 1:48 AM

We wouldn’t have to care about Iran’s oil if we were allowed to drill our own, another Clinton rejected bill that would have us driving on our own oil/gas by now. So for all you “War for Oil” morons, you can blame Clinton.

El Guapo on October 26, 2007 at 12:20 AM

I think a five dollar per gallon federal surtax on gasoline would help… imposed only on state politicians that have prohibited offshore drilling in their waters. I think those turkeys would jump all over themselves repealing those laws.

Texas Nick 77 on October 26, 2007 at 4:53 AM

doriangrey on October 26, 2007 at 1:45 AM

If anybody wants to go over to Saudi in late December to put out Christmas decorations (manger scenes, not christmas trees), I’m in.

El Guapo on October 26, 2007 at 12:28 AM

So if everything is from Allah, why did he give the Bomb to Jews first, and make his own ignorant Islamofascist idiots people wait 50 years for it?

/laughing

Wanderlust on October 26, 2007 at 5:02 AM

Exit question: Why, oh why, does the new defense spending bill include an order for upgrading B2s to carry 30,000-lb. bunker busters?

An idea whose time has come.

Jaibones on October 26, 2007 at 7:58 AM

Next slaps going to really hurt

EricPWJohnson on October 26, 2007 at 8:47 AM

Iranians threaten to fight back

“An Iranian organization (Hizballah’s Friends) declares every American a “terrorist” after Washington unveils a new package of extra-tough sanctions Thursday.” (Yeah, it’s from Debka)

JiangxiDad on October 26, 2007 at 8:59 AM

Edwards and Dodd with those statements might as well be working for the Iranian Foreign Ministry

CP on October 26, 2007 at 9:38 AM