Obama blocking more sanctions on Iran?

posted at 12:14 pm on July 3, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama said that he didn’t want to “meddle” in the Iranian crisis, but now it looks like he’s finally taking sides.  Unfortunately, it’s the wrong side.  Haaretz reports that Obama has attempted to block an expansion of sanctions on the Iranian mullahs among the G-8 nations (via Yid with Lid):

The United States is opposed to enacting a new set of financial sanctions against Iran that are due to be discussed in the G8 summit next week, diplomatic officials in New York reported Friday.

According to officials, sanctions against Iran are expected to top the G8’s agenda. Sources are also predicting a pointed debate between the heads of the industrialized nations over an appropriate response to Iranian authorities’ suppression of reformist demonstrations in Iran led by Mir Hossein Mousavi and other Iranian opposition leaders.

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi hinted in a newspaper interview earlier in the week that the G8 is due to decide on new financial sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Berlusconi disclosed that he had spoken with the heads of the G8 nations and has discussed such steps with them.

According to the Italian prime minister, “the general leaning [among G8 leaders] is toward sanctions.”

However, diplomatic sources in New York reported that American officials are working behind the scenes to prevent new sanctions from being imposed against Iran.

Why?  Why would the Obama administration oppose using sanctions as a diplomatic and economic device to put pressure on the Iranian mullahs to reform?  They are telling other G-8 diplomats that they feel the sanctions will “backfire”, driving Iran away from the negotiating table, where Obama thinks we can talk Iran out of their nuclear weapons.

In other words, the fantasy continues.  While the rest of the world wants to get tough on Iran, creating more internal pressure on the mullahs by increasing their isolation, Obama wants to allow them to suffer no consequences at all for their oppression and to strip the opposition of a legitimate issue — that the mullahs have made Iran a pariah nation.  Why?  Because Obama thinks that he can reason with the non-rational actors in Tehran, who want nuclear weapons for both regional hegemony and the power to wipe Israel off the map, a goal that their mouthpiece has repeatedly and publicly stated as a national interest of the mullahcracy.

At least the administration has realized that direct talks are now dead, according to the Haaretz report.  Too bad Obama doesn’t understand that the problem in Iran isn’t the nukes, but the radical Islamist tyrants with their hands on the button.

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Oh, good Lord Almighty !
And there’s no BETTER country to run to !!

pambi on July 3, 2009 at 3:08 PM

And there’s no BETTER country to run to !!

pambi on July 3, 2009 at 3:08 PM

“No BETTER country to run to”… yet.

If American citizens don’t wake up and realize that there’s more important things than Saturday afternoon BBQs, American Idol, and playing Wii … you’ll see that changing really quick.

If there’s a Tea Party within 100 miles of where you live and you’re skipping it, you’re part of the problem.

Gregor on July 3, 2009 at 3:49 PM

I’ve been having a difficult time deciding whether this president of ours is an idiot or just malevolent. I’ve finally concluded he’s a malevolent idiot.

SailorDave on July 3, 2009 at 4:21 PM

Obama is such an embarrassment. Really he is.

Terrye on July 3, 2009 at 4:35 PM

If Obama is so certain, his diplomacy will work….then I challenge him to go to Iran, WITHOUT secret service, or any kind of security.

He wouldn’t take one step off the plane, without being shackled, and arrested, as a meddler. Idiot!

capejasmine on July 3, 2009 at 5:29 PM

At first I felt like I was in that strange Star Trek alternate universe where good is bad and bad is good.

Now it is more like a car crash you see about to happen — you know it’s dangerous, you are close enough that might actually get hurt and you can’t do anything about it, but you simply can’t take your eyes off of it.

I just hope it ends up being a Car-b-que and not a tanker truck filled with propane!

LifeTrek on July 3, 2009 at 5:49 PM

I say “give Iran Washington, DC.” Just give it to them, and all that reside there. They’re going to take it anyway.

Griz on July 3, 2009 at 7:51 PM

As I opined in an earlier post regarding North Korea, Obama is intent to proving that “dialogue” will succeed where “cowboy diplomacy” failed. If means keeping the mullah-cracy in power to prove it, then so be it. You see, this realpolitik.

What is the difference between previous US administrations keeping the Shah in power and Obama keeping the mullahs in power both of whom used repressive means to stay in power (the mullahs even more so ruthlessly)? Both the Shah and current regime were/are hated by a significant (majority?) portion of the the population. If one claims that supporting the Shah was morally wrong then why isn’t also morally wrong to support the mullah-cracy?

md on July 3, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Your Nukes for Peace deal in action. What happenned to that pre-election letter. I hear the Saudis and some others are getting some secret offers lately……

Reality Check on July 3, 2009 at 11:37 PM

Mahmoud needs more rope, Obama will sell it to him.

Many protesters for freedom still need to be hanged.

Barry only wants to help.

profitsbeard on July 4, 2009 at 12:23 AM

What country am I living in? The U.S. is now going hard on Israel, easy on Iran, and trying to help Chavez and Castro reinstitute a Chavez wanna-be in Honduras!

After Obama went sensible on Iraq and Afghanistan and somewhat so on indefinite detentions and Gitmo, I thought maybe our foreign policy wouldn’t turn out so bad, or at least for a little while. Now Obama’s got 3 in a row wrong.

I can’t figure out why NO ONE is sticking up for the government in Honduras that is lawfully following its own constitution and has the support of the entire government (except the would-be dicatator president).

But if Obama is really trying to head off sanctions on Iran at the first point in time when we have a chance to make headway with them, I … I … I’m flabbergasted.

willamettevalley on July 4, 2009 at 1:41 AM