Iran’s wonderful behavior earns them lifting of sanctions already

posted at 8:31 am on January 16, 2016 by Jazz Shaw

It’s a great time to be Iran, it seems. You can launch ballistic missile tests, kidnap and imprison western journalists or take American sailors hostage with guns held to their heads and the President of the United States will… allow you to import civilian aircraft and export locally produced goods. The dust hadn’t even settled from the Secretary of State thanking Iran for the release of ten American sailors when the White House announced that some of the first sanctions on Tehran were being lifted. In this instance it’s a long standing ban on exporting civilian aircraft to them. (USA Today)

President Obama took another step toward implementing the Iran nuclear deal Friday, empowering the secretary of State to allow the export of civilian passenger aircraft to Iran…

In 2010, Congress granted Obama the authority to allow exports of goods, services, or technologies to Iran if he determines those sales “to be in the national interest.” On Friday, Obama delegated that authority to Secretary of State John Kerry through a presidential memorandum, a presidential directive similar to an executive order.

In a letter to Obama Friday, 13 Republican senators called for new sanctions on Iran for ballistic missile tests it conducted last year. “Iran’s belligerent actions have thus far gone unpunished,” said the letter, written by Sen. David Purdue, R-Ga.

In addition to importing aircraft, this concession will also allow them to resume the export of “certain carpets and rugs.” (Great news, home decorators!) Believe it or not, this is a separate deal from the sanctions which are in place over their nuclear program, but that’s on the way shortly as well.

“They have nearly completed their major nuclear steps, and that’s nothing to gloss over,” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said at a luncheon hosted by Bloomberg News Friday. “It’s a significant rollback in the Iranian program.”

Rhodes said that the IAEA certification will trigger what’s known as “Implementation Day.”

Implementation day! It almost sounds like a holiday, doesn’t it? (I wonder if government workers here will get the day off?) It’s certainly going to be a holiday in Iran, since they’re on the verge of getting precisely what they wanted despite remaining one of the chief bad actors on the international stage. But we haven’t quite reached that celebratory moment yet. How long will it take before the paperwork is finished? It’s probably just a matter of days. (CNN)

The International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to release its report Saturday assessing Iran’s compliance with an agreement with foreign powers, including the United States and the European Union.

And the IAEA’s report is expected to corroborate Iranian compliance.

Doing so would herald “Implementation Day,” the formal name for the start of the next phase in the agreement called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which was hammered out with Iran in July. The new “Day” will mean the first wave of economic relief for Iran.

This bizarre and “nuanced” handling of sanctions – whether we’re talking about Iran, North Korea or anyone else – underscores the feckless nature of dancing with one’s enemies. So we have some sanctions which are specifically tied to their nuclear program, some associated with their ballistic missiles and others aimed at human rights abuses. (There apparently aren’t any for kidnapping American sailors.) As long as we’re dicing up the pie this way we can cancel some sanctions while leaving others in place?

Not for nothing, but that’s a bit like saying, you’re still beating wife and you’ve started beating your children, but at least you stopped kicking your dog so here’s a cookie. If Iran actually does start making progress across the board and acting more like a responsible member of the world community I’m sure that some sanctions could (and should) be lifted as the situation improves. But it hasn’t even been a week since they had guns to the heads of our sailors and took possession of two of our naval vessels. We’re seriously turning around and rewarding them with rich new economic activities and billions of dollars in relief? The broad lifting of these sanctions not only makes us look weak, but has a wide ranging effect on the rest of the world. One aspect of this phenomenon was already seen this week as oil prices tanked further on the prospect of additional Iranian crude flooding the market.

Yes, it’s a great day indeed… to be an Iranian. Should we really expect any of our allies to put their faith in us today?

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Smart Power!
Is there still anyone who hasn’t figured out who’s side this guy is on?

Mimzey on January 16, 2016 at 8:42 AM

To think US citizens still think this [email protected] president is still so groovy. Puke worthy.

bernzright777 on January 16, 2016 at 8:43 AM

This traitorous Obamination will be remembered as the final nail in our coffin.

I knew it was bad when Billy Jeff gave the Norks the nuke, this is much much worse. The crazy Islamists will actually use them.

D-fusit on January 16, 2016 at 8:44 AM

It’s easy to do when the President of the United States is your bitch and the Secretary of State is your fluffer.

(Yeah, well… The time for polite references towards our elected officials has long since passed. Respect is earned and contempt fills the vacuum).

turfmann on January 16, 2016 at 8:44 AM

Persian rugs for all my friends!……i thought china invented persian rugs

jaywemm on January 16, 2016 at 8:48 AM

More like Treason Day.

rbj on January 16, 2016 at 8:51 AM

i thought china invented persian rugs

Stop disrupting my attempts at being clever with facts.

Jazz Shaw on January 16, 2016 at 8:56 AM

Great day for pro-Islam, anti-American Obama and his horde of treasonous supporters.

darwin on January 16, 2016 at 8:57 AM

Alahu Akbar!
– White House Press Secretary
Josh “Baghdad Bob” Earnest

Magicjava on January 16, 2016 at 8:58 AM

Treason is not a new path for Lt. For Life John F. Kerry.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 16, 2016 at 9:07 AM

What western oil drilling and services companies would work with the islamo lunatics to help them drill for their oil and optimize their production?

Look at Venezuela after Chavez screwed the drilling and service companies when he seized all their equipment and assets and refused to pay them, and when he did pay it was in Venezuelan currency not dollars.

You think those same companies are willing to jump into Iran? Why bother when you can keep working for the Arabs who will actually pay their bills? What westerner would go work in Iran?

elowe on January 16, 2016 at 9:08 AM

President Barack Rosenberg Obama.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 16, 2016 at 9:09 AM

Of some note would be the real possibility that the action plan together with the time and path of the Riverine craft was via a mole/spy/leak enabled into Irans hands.
That has to be the only way this happened.
No way both boats crapped out same time.
No way there was no air cover or back up ships or other means to escape.

100% a set up to transfer the tech on this craft to “Islam”.

Bottom line we Americans by allowing these low life hate American commie Democrats to rule over US All only because not enough of U S get off our butts and vote.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 16, 2016 at 9:21 AM

Couldn’t have lifted the sanctions at a better time; oil near $30 per barrel and Wisconsin about to go nuclear. Can’t wait ’til Bubble Boy puts sanctions on the people of Wisconsin.

vnvet on January 16, 2016 at 9:24 AM

OT:

The Tea Party is alive and well

SC Tea Party convention LIVE stream

celt on January 16, 2016 at 9:25 AM

370 Days

02 Hours 40 Minutes 50 Seconds… too long!

Pain Train on January 16, 2016 at 9:19 AM

bernzright777 on January 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Trump to speak at 4:30pm today:

SC Tea Party convention LIVE stream

celt on January 16, 2016 at 9:33 AM

This is all UTTERLY INSANE.
And it appears that nobody is willing or able to stop these traitors.

justltl on January 16, 2016 at 9:34 AM

The Obamites love the smell of capitulation in the morning.

steveracer on January 16, 2016 at 9:38 AM

I see it’s advertised as a prisoner swap. Wouldn’t you know?

I wouldn’t want Kerry or Obama negotiating on my behalf to buy a small Persian rug, let alone anything involving actual human beings.

Drained Brain on January 16, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Iran releases the four.

That must be the trade.

They get the tech from the riverine craft and the hands up don’t shoot video.

We get the four.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 16, 2016 at 9:43 AM

We’ll get to the prisoner release today but it won’t make the 10 o’clock slot. Need to sort through this for a bit.

Jazz Shaw on January 16, 2016 at 9:46 AM

All proceeding as planned! With NO opposition party even willing to publicly object, it is a total waste of time to even complain. The GOPe is totally content with this.

And yet many wonder about the rise of President Trump!!!!

winston on January 16, 2016 at 9:48 AM

I can only hope the damage this regime can still impose is limited during their final year.

celt on January 16, 2016 at 9:49 AM

Isn’t this a good thing? We’re normalizing relations with them.

Obama is playing the long game.

nonpartisan on January 16, 2016 at 9:50 AM

Obama is a traitor to all man kind.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 16, 2016 at 9:57 AM

nonpartisan on January 16, 2016 at 9:50 AM

The only bigger azzhole than your boy king is YOU.

BeachBum on January 16, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Jazz is obviously set in his ways, but for some others out there: implementing an agreement is normal and proper.

corona79 on January 16, 2016 at 10:01 AM

I still am getting conflicting information.,Did they return the boats or did they keep them?

Cleombrotus on January 16, 2016 at 10:06 AM

Should we really expect any of our allies to put their faith in us today?

Nope, not at all. And this is part of Obama’s dismantling of America. Sigh.

Jazz is obviously set in his ways, but for some others out there: implementing an agreement is normal and proper.

corona79 on January 16, 2016 at 10:01 AM

Wow. That is ignoring the fact that they are arguably committing acts of war against our sailors, the fact that the agreement was about the worst thing ever put on paper (and that includes the Twilight novels) and the fact that they are acting in the worst possible “faith’ in terms of keeping their side of the agreement.

The agreement never should have been written. We gave up everything and received nothing in return. Just like Cuba, Iraq, Libya and many others, it is Obama’s retreat on years/decades of US foreign policy which hurts/kills our allies and helps/emboldens our enemies.

However, now that it is written, Iran’s actions should have the US tearing up the agreement. But Obama will never do this because in his mind, his “legacy”, i.e. the destruction of America, is more important than anything else.

Theophile on January 16, 2016 at 10:12 AM

Iran just released the WaPo reporter. No doubt jug ears will take full credit.

bernzright777 on January 16, 2016 at 10:13 AM

…We’re normalizing relations with them.

noforeskin on January 16, 2016 at 9:50 AM

…yes numbnuts…it’s like the ladies of New Years Eve in Cologne, Germany claiming they had consensual sexual relations….with a horde of towelheads…

JugEarsButtHurt on January 16, 2016 at 10:16 AM

If anything demonstrates the rank and file Right’s restraint and respect for the rule of law and the maintenance of public order it’s this president’s tenure in office.

If the situation was reversed and a Conservative administration had been as dead set on and as effective at implementing what the Left would consider hard right executive actions some lunatic Lefty would have already tried something…and you know it.

Cleombrotus on January 16, 2016 at 10:18 AM

The whole scenario with the sailors seemed a bit too convenient for me. I’m sure it was set-up to make Iran look good. No doubt, the sailors had no idea they were pawns in the deception.

Barack, Kerry, Mrs. Clinton, McConnell and the rest of the timid GOP and many more should be hanging from the cherry trees in D.C. for treason.

SouthernGent on January 16, 2016 at 10:20 AM

Persian rugs for all my friends!……i thought china invented persian rugs

jaywemm on January 16, 2016 at 8:48 AM

You mean ‘oriental rugs‘… it’s not known for sure where they were invented, but some of the earliest known fragments have been found in western China (the very earliest example known to date was found in southern Siberia, not far from China)… jus’ sayin’

DarkCurrent on January 16, 2016 at 10:29 AM

“I understand that (Secretary of State) John Kerry has indicated, look, when he got word, he and Ash Carter called the Iranians to help take care of our Navy guys, because they had some mechanical problems,” [Rep. Louie] Gohmert said.

Oops.

frost_ on January 16, 2016 at 10:34 AM

At least we are going to get four of our citizens back. Again, apparently we gave more than we got but apparently we have too much.

Cindy Munford on January 16, 2016 at 10:34 AM

Semi-OT:

FB post this day:

Franklin Graham
38 mins ·
We have just received word that Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Iran for his Christian faith, has been released along with the other three Americans who were held there. I praise God for answered prayer and thank all of you who have prayed faithfully for his release!

pambi on January 16, 2016 at 10:36 AM

The sock is a hoot. So the normal is
“You can launch ballistic missile tests, kidnap and imprison western journalists or take American sailors hostage with guns held to their heads and the President of the United States will…”

CWforFreedom on January 16, 2016 at 10:57 AM

At least we are going to get four of our citizens back. Again, apparently we gave more than we got but apparently we have too much.

Cindy Munford on January 16, 2016 at 10:34 AM

The just-up WaPo article describes in more detail what we apparently gave:

Iran will release Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and three other detained Iranian Americans on Saturday in exchange for at least six people imprisoned or charged in the United States…

…In return, the United States was scheduled to release at least six people charged with violating sanctions against Iran, the Iranians said…

…The state-run Islamic Republic News Agency, quoting Jaafari, said the agreement also includes a provision under which the United States will no longer pursue the extradition of 14 Iranians alleged to have been involved in trafficking arms to Iran…

…Not included in the deal was Siamak Namazi, a Dubai-based oil company executive who had promoted closer U.S.-Iranian ties. He was arrested in October while visiting a friend in Tehran. In addition, the fate of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in March 2007 during a visit to Iran’s Kish Island, remains unknown…

Who got the better deal, I ask rhetorically? The rug dealers love it when suckers like Obama and Kerry stop by their stall.

Drained Brain on January 16, 2016 at 10:59 AM

Where is McConnell did he have a stroke and I have not heard from him since the 2014 election!. What a worthless fool.

garydt on January 16, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Did Obama swap the remaining prisoners at Guantanamo???

albill on January 16, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Should we really expect any of our allies to put their faith in us today?

I don’t have any faith in our current gov so don’t know why our allies should.

deepdiver on January 16, 2016 at 11:07 AM

IF the Iranians were Republicans, Obama would give them their $150 billion in increments of $1 billion per year.

Once again, the administration loses a negotiation by FINALLY getting 4 Americans out of Iran in a swap for a bunch of theirs in the U.S. You can’t even begin to calculate how inept this administration is.

bflat879 on January 16, 2016 at 11:13 AM

“Iran’s belligerent actions have thus far gone unpunished,” said the letter, written by Sen. David Purdue, R-Ga.

“Unpunished”? How about richly rewarded.

Bizarro World continues. Obama should be wearing a goatee.

jnelchef on January 16, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Did Obama swap the remaining prisoners at Guantanamo???

albill on January 16, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Obama’s doing just fine by lying that high-risk prisoners are low-risk prisoners:

The Terrorists Freed by Obama

The president has misled the American people about the detainees released from Guantanamo: Dozens are jihadists ready to kill.

Drained Brain on January 16, 2016 at 11:18 AM

Isn’t this a good thing? We’re normalizing relations with them.

Obama is playing the long game.

nonpartisan on January 16, 2016 at 9:50 AM

Making a deal with the devil, is not normalizing relations.

Yes Obama is playing the long game, some future president will be forced to deal with a nuclear Iran.

antipc on January 16, 2016 at 11:27 AM

This should collapse what’s left of the oil market. People look at the price at the pump and think it’s wonderful. The stock market collapse and the deflationary pressures aren’t on their radar —yet.

claudius on January 16, 2016 at 11:28 AM

Buzzard world continues. Obama should be wearing a goatee.
jnelchef on January 16, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Black bow tie.

Cleombrotus on January 16, 2016 at 11:30 AM

Did Obama swap the remaining prisoners at Guantanamo???

albill on January 16, 2016 at 11:06 AM

Obama’s doing just fine by lying that high-risk prisoners are low-risk prisoners:

The Terrorists Freed by Obama

The president has misled the American people about the detainees released from Guantanamo: Dozens are jihadists ready to kill.

Drained Brain on January 16, 2016 at 11:18 AM

$150 BILLION = 30 pieces of silver in today’s currency

fossten on January 16, 2016 at 11:44 AM

claudius on January 16, 2016 at 11:28 AM

Time to spend some quality time in the books of Ezekiel, Zechariah, Zephaniah, and Daniel.

This administration has done more to help set up that part of the world to mirror those conditions like it’s nobody’s business.

Cleombrotus on January 16, 2016 at 11:52 AM

This picture makes my blood boil…

And anyone who’s blood doesn’t boil in patriotic rage over this “achievement” of Imam Hussein is a Traitor to the Republic.

ConstantineXI on January 16, 2016 at 2:21 PM

ConstantineXI on January 16, 2016 at 2:21 PM

Keep your cool. You don’t rule the earth anymore.

DarkCurrent on January 16, 2016 at 3:02 PM

Two more Movies, on Irans threats:
———————————-

Heritage Foundation upcoming moviie!
=====================================

About 33 Minutes
Protecting America in the New Missile Age
*****************************************

33 Minutes:

Protecting America in the New Missile Age is a one-hour documentary produced by The Heritage Foundation that tells the story of the very real threat foreign enemies pose to every one of us. The truth is brutal – no matter where on Earth a missile is launched from it would take 33 Minutes or less to hit the U.S. target it was programmed to destroy.

http://33-minutes.com/33-minutes/

canopfor on January 23, 2011 at 3:50 AM

Upcoming movie on Iran.

First (50,000) gets an Online viewing,
omly need your e-mail to get in!!
====================================

http://www.iraniumthemovie.com/

canopfor on January 23, 2011 at 3:54 AM

canopfor on January 16, 2016 at 10:07 PM

canopfor on January 16, 2016 at 10:10 PM

Keep your cool. You don’t rule the earth anymore.

DarkCurrent on January 16, 2016 at 3:02 PM

ah, footbinding class ended early

Younggod on January 17, 2016 at 8:52 AM

ah, footbinding class ended early

Younggod on January 17, 2016 at 8:52 AM

I guess ‘enslave Africans for economic growth’ class is over now?

DarkCurrent on January 18, 2016 at 4:22 PM