Obama, as a Democrat presidential candidate in July 2008, called for tougher sanctions on Iran. The Ahmadinejad regime had launched nine test missile capable of hitting Israel and the Strait of Hormuz through which 40% of the world's oil supply is shipped and Obama was assuring the world he would be tough.
"Iran is a great threat. We have to make sure we are working with our allies to apply tightened pressure on Iran."Then Senator Obama declared that should he be elected president, more direct diplomacy warnings of much tougher economic sanctions would be combined.
"I think what this underscores is the need for us to create a kind of policy that is putting the burden on Iran to change behaviour, and frankly we just have not been able to do that over the last several years."As far back as 2007, Obama introduced the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act of 2007, in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate along with Reps. Barney Frank and Tom Lantos. The Act empowered Americans to apply pressure on Iran by creating lists of entities with business investments in Iran. Obama said of the bill,
"The Iranian government uses the billions of dollars it earns from its oil and gas industry to build its nuclear program and to fund terrorist groups that export its militaristic and radical ideology to Iraq and throughout the Middle East. Pressuring companies to cut their financial ties with Iran is critical to ensuring that sanctions have their intended result. All Americans can play a role in pressuring companies to cut their ties with the Iranian regime, a state sponsor of terror that is a threat to our allies in the region and international security, as a means of convincing Iran to fundamentally change its policies."Geostrategy Direct, Feb 18, 2009 edition, via Gateway Pundit, is reporting that since Obama has received the keys to the White House, he is dropping all sanctions against Iran and will embrace the Tehran regime, i.e., surrender to Iran.
A few days ago, Israel held an election that could change the political climate in the Mideast. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barack, believes he has seen the change and it's coming from Washington, D.C., Israeli officials said.
The United States has abandoned its policy of sanctioning companies that aid Iran's nuclear and missile program, they said.
The officials said the new Obama administration of has decided to end sanctions against Iranian government agencies or companies that aid Teheran's missile and nuclear program. The officials said Israel has been informed of the new U.S. policy.
"We were told that sanctions do not help the new U.S. policy of dialogue with Iran," an official said.
Obama decided to end sanctions against Iran after determining that the U.S. measures had failed to block Teheran's missile or nuclear weapons program, officials said. Under the administration of former President George Bush, the United States accelerated sanctions on Iran in 2008.
A U.S. defense source said the White House would no longer enforce sanctions imposed by the Bush administration. The source said the decision has already been relayed to Iran.
"The administration has abandoned sanctions entirely," the U.S. source said. "It is a completely new ballgame."
Similarly, Obama has decided on a new U.S. ambassador to Syria and is expected to lift sanctions against a nation charged with aiding Al Qaida in Iraq and secretly building a nuclear reactor with North Korean assistance.
The sources said the Obama administration was expected to suspend U.S. sanctions on Syria's military and energy programs.
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