Barack Hussein Obama issued another Executive Order on Tuesday that just pushes the country closer to another war in the Middle East. This EO will tighten sanctions on Iran because of its nuclear enrichment program. The White House is claiming that this latest measure is Placing "unprecedented pressure on Iran's economy."

Obama signed the Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 23012 in August into law. The new executive order merely puts the framework in place to implement the sanctions. The Secretary of State and the Secretary of Treasury are to enforce the EO.

The executive order will:

  • New sanctions fall under Iran Threat Reduction Act of 2012
  • New sanctions close loopholes on the existing sanctions against Iran
  • Adds penalties for those companies who aid Iran’s business sectors
  • Punishes parent companies of subsidiaries that violate sanctions

The problem with this is that is is putting no pressure on Iran. As I reported the other day, Iran continues to trade with China and India, selling their oil to them through a bartered system. So these sanctions are only going to hurt us in the end. If you missed the article on the issue of the petrodollar, you can read it here.

The entire Iran nuclear issue is to detract away from the domestic issues we are facing currently. No evidence has come forth that presents them as being close to a nuclear weapon. In an earlier article I presented history in which we have been hearing about them having a nuke for nearly two decades and yet there has been no substantive evidence provided that they do have on or are close to one. When countries are close to nukes they test fire them. Here are recent examples: India and Pakistan in 1998 and North Korea in 2009.

National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement:

It builds on the sanctions that have been imposed on the Iranian government, and provides for additional sanctions on activities related to Iran's energy and financial sectors, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, support for terrorism and activities related to human rights abuses by Iran and Syria, among other things.

“The onus is on Iran to abide by its international obligations with respect to its nuclear program," he continued. "If the Iranian government continues its defiance, there should be no doubt that the United States and our partners will continue to tighten our sanctions and impose increasing consequences."

The Hill reports,

Those targeted include anyone who works in Iran's petroleum sectors or provides goods, services, infrastructure, or technology to Iran's oil and natural gas sector, those who insure or re-insure investments in Iran's oil sector and those who transport refined petroleum to Iran. It also targets Iranian and Syrian officials involved in human-rights abuses.

This law also tries to stop Iran from repatriating revenue from oil, to further destabilize its currency and make more sanctions mandatory.

In the presidential race, GOP nominee Mitt Romney has said that Obama is too soft on Iran. During an interview on Face the Nation, Romney said:

I can assure you if I'm president, the Iranians will have no question but that I will be willing to take military action if necessary to prevent them from becoming a nuclear threat to the world. I don't believe at this stage, therefore, if I'm president that we need to have a war powers approval or special authorization for military force. The president has that capacity now. I understand that some in the Senate for instance have written letters to the president indicating you should know that a containment strategy is unacceptable. We cannot survive a course of action which would include a nuclear Iran we must be willing to take any and all actions.

Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who was the only GOP candidate who called for friendly dealing with Iran and not imposing sanctions on them, responded to the latest executive order, calling it "terrible" for the U.S. and its allies.

"I voted against them and I think they're terrible and I think it's going to hurt the people who are trying to overthrow [President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad. People, when they're attacked from the outside and made to hurt, become more nationalistic," Paul said on Fox News's "On the Record" Monday night.

Paul told Fox News that he believes decades of sanctions imposed on Cuba have "backfired" against the United States.

"People who don't like my foreign policy say, 'Oh, he's an isolationist.' People who put on sanctions are the isolationists," the presidential hopeful said.

When Paul was pressed on what he would do about Iran he responded, "I think what we should do is let Israel deal with it. They have hundreds of nuclear missiles. They took care of Iraq's nuclear power plant back in the '80s. I defended them for it. This idea that we have to automatically go to war and start a war against Iran, it's crazy."

The next presidential debate is set to take place on Tuesday, October 16 in Hempstead, New York and then on October 22 we'll hear from Obama and Romney in Florida in a strictly foreign policy debate.

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