Wednesday, October 12, 2011

U.S. Response to Iran: Sanctions

The news broke yesterday that elements of Iran's government were planning to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the United States; attack the Saudi Embassy, and the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Attorney General Eric Holder, and FBI Director Robert Mueller detailed the thwarted operation to a shocked nation.

Now most agree this Iranian plot represents an act of war against the United States, but the real question after yesterday's press conference was what would the American response be to this blatant disregard of American borders and life by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

I was hoping the administration would at least announce a naval blockade of the Persian Gulf, or keeping over 10,000 American soldiers stationed in Iraq indefinitely, or something that would show the U.S. was serious about the seriousness of Iran's threat.

What did we get?

More sanctions.

That's right. After thirty-two months of seeking unsuccessful, and useless sanctions against the Iranians, our government's plan to punish the Iranians for plotting to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador on U.S. soil is to seek more useless economic sanctions. I feel like breaking down in tears for our country's incompetence.

Apparently, the plan is to further isolate Iran, which hasn't worked thus far, instead of punishing Iran, which hasn't been tried thus far.


What say you?

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