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March 04, 2010

US Backs Off Speedy Iran Sanctions Promised Israel

US backs off speedy Iran sanctions promised Israel

DEBKA file

Washington eased the threat of harsh sanctions hanging over Iran's head over its nuclear program at the very moment that it was beginning to take effect and Tehran was showing signs of stress. Tuesday March 2, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters on her plane to Buenos Aires:

"We are moving expeditiously and thoroughly in the Security Council, I can't give you an exact date, but I would assume some time in the next several months."

This abrupt reversal of US tactics on Iran's nuclear activities took place when Israeli defense minister Ehud Barak was hardly out the door from Washington after receiving assurances from administration officials that a new round of tough sanctions would be in place by the end of March, with or without the Security Council.

Clinton herself assured a Senate panel last week that stiff sanctions would be clamped down on Iran "in the next 30 to 60 days."

Clinton and defense secretary Robert Gates, when they talked to Barak last Thursday, Feb. 25, were so sure of that timeline that they fixed a date for the defense minister to return got Washington for the second time in a month after sanctions were in place.

Iranian sources add that the Islamic Republic's leaders were also convinced last week that the US and likeminded European governments had finally made up their minds to new sanctions in the space of a month. They read the reports leaked to the US media by administration sources about plans to freeze Iran's external banking connections and cripple Revolutionary Guards businesses, and heard that the White House and a number of staunch European Union governments was ready to go ahead and sidestep the slow-moving, hamstrung Security Council.

Tehran's anxiety brought Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad running to Damascus on Feb. 25 to pull his alliance together. Brandishing his fist, he warned that Iran would not knuckle under to sanctions and the Middle East stood at the threshold of a new war.

Iran's war preparations hinged on the assignment of operational tasks to its allies and proxies, including the leaders of eleven Palestinian terrorist organizations based in Syria and Lebanon, who were summoned to Tehran Saturday, Feb. 27. They were given their instructions and treated to the most vicious anti-Israel, anti-Semitic invective from Ahmadinejad heard anywhere since World War II.

In another threat, the deputy Revolutionary Guards commander Hossein Salami stressed Sunday, Feb. 28 that Iran controlled 50 percent of the world's fuel reserves and if sanctions were imposed, Europe would be very cold next winter.

The Obama administrations response to these threats has been to buckle.

Suddenly, Secretary Clinton announced sanctions would take a leisurely "several months," so easing Tehran's concerns and enabling its rulers to carry on its dash for a nuclear bomb, even after the new International Atomic Energy Agency director in Vienna Yukiya Amano noted that its peaceful nature could not be confirmed.

The American U-turn has left Israel high and dry with the Iranian nuclear threat looming ever closer.

To mark Washington's change of face, John Kerry, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee landed in Jerusalem this week, to be followed March 8 by Vice President Joe Biden. They are on hand to bulldoze the Obama administration's bid to keep Israel in what Kerry called "alignment" with Washington on the Iranian nuclear threat. They will first have to explain to prime minister Netanyahu and Barak how their previous "alignment "on speedy sanctions suddenly broke down and no effective international action is any longer in play to delay Iran's ambitions.


‘Beware Sweet-Talking Biden,' Says Caroline Glick

Barack Obama is sending Vice President Joe Biden to Israel next week because the president is afraid that the lack of trust in him by the Israeli public “will negatively influence American Jews who support Obama,” journalist and think-tank researcher Caroline Glick told Israeli National News.

Biden is preceding his junket with talks with key American Jewish leaders, and he will deliver a speech next week to Tel Aviv University students and lecturers. Glick said he and Kerry want to make sure that Israel and the United States are on the same page concerning Iran, meaning that a military attack on the Islamic Republic's nuclear sites is not on the table at this time.

Biden's positions on Iran are even more troubling. Over the past decade, since Iran's ballistic missile program and its nuclear program came into full view, Biden has distinguished himself both for his refusal to support tough U.S. diplomatic moves against Iran…. In 1998, Biden was one of only four senators to vote against the Iran Missile Proliferation Sanctions Act, a bill that punished foreign companies and other entities that sent Iran sensitive missile technology or expertise.”

The vice president also “was one of just a handful of senators who voted against a Senate resolution calling on the State Department to classify Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps a terrorist organization,” according to Glick.


Wild Thing's comment........

Not sure sweet talking is how I'd characterize The Biden.

Obama and Biden both are haters of Israel that's for sure.

I pray Israel and BiBi will do what they need to do and ignore Obama and band of treasonous jerks John Kerry and Biden.

....Thank you Darth for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at March 4, 2010 05:47 AM


I wonder when Israel will decide enough is enough with this sorry assed obama crew. Clinton and Kerry are about as bad as it gets for foreign relations. They both hate America and hate our allies. It seems like Israel will have to act soon or it will be severely weakened by America's inaction against Iran.

Posted by: TomR at March 4, 2010 09:59 AM

Obama's word is worth about as much as the word of Iran's Amanutjob or N. Korea's Ding Dong Jong. Absolutely nothing.

Posted by: Bob A at March 4, 2010 11:41 AM

"We are moving expeditiously and thoroughly in the Security Council, I can't give you an exact date, but I would assume some time in the next several months." That in a nutshell leaves the issue in the hands of the Islamic-Communist council and the rest of the world at their mercy.
Pull the freaking lanyard Bibi!!!

Posted by: Jack at March 4, 2010 03:43 PM

Again they are depending on the UN to do something constructive...Won't happen. They hate Israel more than obama does. Israel is on her own and will have to respond in kind just to survive. When they do lets hope the first bomb lands on Amanutjobs house.

Posted by: Mark at March 4, 2010 05:41 PM

Thank you everyone so much for your input.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 4, 2010 09:01 PM