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Monday, December 05, 2011

A Fool On Parade

Someone let Joe Biden out of his room.  As a result, he's made his way to Turkey, where he's proceeding to be every bit the Joe Biden we find so amusing here at home.  Guess what he said to the Turks about our policy toward its worrisome neighbor to the east, Iran, and about the sanctions that we imposed a few generations ago, sanctions that get ratcheted up around each election cycle:
"Are the sanctions sufficient to fundamentally alter their behavior? The jury is still out on that.” But in the meantime, he added, the effect of the sanctions “has constrained the field on which they operate, it has reduced their influence in the region, and it has, at a minimum, apparently, caused significant discussion internally.” [source] [emphasis mine]
Say what?  Our policy toward Iran has produced discussion?  And crazy Joe finds that to be something to tout?

Is there any evidence - Biden Bluster aside - that any of Barack Obama's sanctions have had any measurable impact, other than significant discussion in the men's room in Tehran, on Iran's effort to become a nuclear power?

For the record, George W. Bush declared to the nation in 2002 that Iran would not have nuclear weapons.  The means by which he went about preventing it?  Sanctions.

Bill Clinton, too, instituted sanctions.

As did George H.W. Bush.

In fact, the implementation of sanctions intended to alter Iran's destructive course go all the way back to Jimmy Carter days (though, it can be said, he also deployed a military option, albeit a failed one, God bless him).

And what have any of those efforts produced in the way of positive results?  Well, they got Bill Clinton reelected.  And they got George W. Bush off the hook.  And the threat of implementation made our current president, when he was trying to convince us that a community organizer could be the leader of the free world, look like he had something of a clue.

Oh, and they have given the Iranians something to talk about at the urinal.


Meanwhile, work on the bomb that is going to wipe Israel off the map continues apace.

When that horrific day dawns and Tel Aviv is turned to sand, expect ... more sanctions.