Sunday, September 16, 2012

Illusions of Iranian Sanctions Threatens Israel

The Illusion of Iranian Sanctions

 The Obama Administration minions made the rounds on the sunday morning news programs. I caught a few minutes of Ambassador Rice on Meet the Press trying her best to make the Obama-Media narrative fit the facts on the ground in Iran.  The line that stood out to me is the 'crippling sanctions' that Obama has in place in Iran. She then cites a 1 percent reduction in a statistic. The sanction talking points are uttered without question, not that David Gregory or Andrea Mitchell are capable or actual journalists. If they were capable or honest, they might ask about exemptions and the possible failure of the sanctions.

No Gregory and Mitchell were still to feeling smug and satisfied attacking Mitt Romney on his statement given in regards to the Egypt Embassy protest that they applied to the preplanned attack at the Libyan consulate.

I have followed the exemptions to Iran's largest customers with interest. Media Links and a video will explain it in as much detail as you would like.  It is clear, sanctions have as many holes as Ambassador Rice's statements for this administration.

  Contentions Exemptions Are the Rule on Iran Sanctions

 President Obama’s apologists continue to trumpet the notion that his reliance on diplomacy and sanctions is the best route to stopping Iran’s drive to obtain nuclear weapons. Though the partial oil embargo is making the lives of ordinary Iranians a bit more difficult, the sanctions are so riddled with holes that they are not proving much of a deterrent to the Iranian oil industry’s plans for foreign ventures let alone being enough to force Tehran to give up its nuclear ambition. As the Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month, the West’s “crippling sanctions” are not stopping an Iranian energy company from making a bid on a French oil refinery.
And In Conclusion of this piece in Commentary Magazine

 All of this illustrates that diplomacy and sanctions are proving to be a dead end that will do nothing to stop Iran. Though the administration is determined to kick the can down the road until after November — and is even applauded by some purveyors of mainstream opinion for doing so — if the United States is serious about dealing with this threat, either the loopholes in sanctions must be sealed up or Washington is going to have to start talking more about the use of force.

Links showing scope and scale.

 Vitol, the world's largest oil trader, trades Iranian fuel oil, skirting sanctions Wed Sep 26, 2012 

SINGAPORE/BEIJING, Sept 26 - Vitol, the world's largest oil trader, is buying and selling Iranian fuel oil, undermining Western efforts to choke the flow of petrodollars to Tehran and put pressure on Iran's suspected nuclear weapons program.

Vitol last month bought 2 million barrels of fuel oil, used for power generation, from Iran and offered it to Chinese traders, Reuters established in interviews with 10 oil trading, industry and shipping sources in Southeast Asia, China and the Middle East.

The Swiss-based firm issued a statement saying Vitol Group is in compliance with all international laws on trade with Iran.   2012-09-15 06:52:34
 U.S. extends exemption to 11 nations from Iran sanctions 

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The United States said on Friday that it would extend exemptions from sanctions to Japan and 10 European countries on account of their reduced purchase of Iranian crude oil.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she would report to Congress that the exception to sanctions will apply to the financial institutions based in Japan, Belgium, Britain, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain for a renewable period of 180 days.

These countries first got the immunity in March from an American law adopted late last year to deny access to U.S. financial market foreign banks whose governments buy Iran's oil.
Bolivian Ship Violates Iran Sanctions
The law aimed to up pressure on the Islamic republic to force it to suspend its uranium enrichment activities, which Washington and its allies suspect are part of the efforts to make nuclear weapons.


SINGAPORE | Fri Sep 14, 2012 9:40am EDT

Japan set to win extended waiver of U.S. sanctions on Iran oil   

June 28th, 2012
China, Singapore to be exempted from Iran sanctions 

 By Indira A.R. Lakshmanan on June 12, 2012
U.S. Exempts India, South Korea From Iran Oil Sanctions  

US exempts 11 states from Iran sanctions

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