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Shocker: US ‘Softens’ Iran Sanction Plan

From the Wall Street Journal:

Iran’s launch of a Russian-built nuclear power plant will go ahead and is in no way linked to possible new sanctions over its alleged weapons program, Russia’s foreign ministry said Thursday.

U.S. Softens Sanction Plan Against Iran


MARCH 25, 2010

VIENNA—The U.S. has backed away from pursuing a number of tough measures against Iran in order to win support from Russia and China for a new United Nations Security Council resolution on sanctions, according to people familiar with the matter.

Among provisions removed from the original draft resolution the U.S. sent to key allies last month were sanctions aimed at choking off Tehran’s access to international banking services and capital markets, and closing international airspace and waters to Iran’s national air cargo and shipping lines, according to the individuals.

The U.S. and allies are trying to force Iran to rein in a nuclear program that they worry is aimed at developing atomic weapons. Tehran says its nuclear activities are peaceful. The U.K. and Germany, concerned that Russia and China would reject the resolution outright and preferring to turn up pressure on Iran gradually, persuaded U.S. officials to drop or soften several elements, including some of the document’s harshest provisions, the individuals said.

U.S. officials said they wouldn’t comment on the day-by-day negotiations taking place among the Security Council members. But they acknowledge that there has been a tension between seeking the strongest possible sanctions at the U.N. and still maintaining consensus among the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany, which are drafting the sanctions.

“We are seeking an appropriate resolution that puts significant pressure on the government,” State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Wednesday. “We continue to consult with various countries, and it’s our desire to maintain unanimity. It will be a strong united statement that Iran will have to pay attention to.”

The disclosure of weakened proposals came as U.S. officials sought to persuade Russia and China to back measures against Iran in a conference call on Wednesday among the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany, the first such meeting including China since mid-January.

Russia and China didn’t endorse a draft resolution, but signaled that they were open to further discussions, people familiar with the matter said. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax news service, “We are continuing the process of comparing the approaches of the parties and considering further options.” …

“International pressure will be backed by steps that are taken nationally,” Mr. Crowley said. “We are looking for sanctions that have bite.”

How hilarious.

We are the ones who are being bitten.

And by our close friends the Russians and Chinese.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 25th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

34 Responses to “Shocker: US ‘Softens’ Iran Sanction Plan”

  1. canary says:

    Obama & his anti-Jew companions don’t care about Iran getting weapons from these countries since Iran’s first target will be Israel. It’s like the Obama administration is egging on an attack against Israel.

  2. Right of the People says:

    The Won™ just doesn’t get it. He could kiss Ah’macrazydude’s butt at high noon in front of the White House and they still won’t back down. They’ve got nukes and with want to play with them. Kinda like short little guys driving huge pickup trucks, makes them feel powerful.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    The once mighty Great Satan bends over and kisses its’ own arse goodbye.

  4. bill says:

    Consider the possibilities of Iran with a bomb. Iran already has orbital lift capability. Think orbiting nuclear weapon. Next, it is far easier to de-orbit than it is to design and build ICBMs.

    And it is far easier to de-orbit over a continent than it is to hit a small country.

    Think USA and orbiting nuclear blackmail.

    • Mithrandir says:

      Yeah…so what? Perhaps the US government will lose some of its power, when other nations have the ability to rise up against it? God knows the American people don’t have the will or ability to do it. Iran is bad, but the U.S. gov’t is far worse and controls its people like slaves in a police state in which they now live. Wake up brother. . .

  5. Mithrandir says:

    At this point, the U.S. government is so hated, I am not sure who to root for anymore? It is enjoyable to see Hillary Clinton get slapped around by Russia, Iran, Israel, North Korea, and her own president! (and her own husband doesn’t think all that much of her either)

    She must be angry that every point she made in the primaries, Obama made a counter-point, then as president, enacted her points…D’oh!

    Iran flummoxes the U.S. government again….I am glad that there is at least 1 part of the planet that isn’t completely under the thumb of the U.S. government……it’s hilarious actually….

  6. BillK says:

    This coupled with the nuke talks with Russia have got to make Ahmadinejad a very happy camper these days.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      In deed!!

    • jobeth says:

      And don’t forget how happy Castro is about our new HC program.
      Seems he is making a lot of commies a group of happy campers for a multitude of reasons.

      “We are (5) days away from fundamentally transforming The United States of America” Obama.

      Who can say he didn’t warn us.

  7. tranquil.night says:

    Ever get the feeling at this point that Barack is just hellbent on doing as much as he can to cripple the country before we remove him or his puppet-masters do?

    Chugga chugga, here comes the powerful motorcade of US Influence, Wealth & Reputation, already bruised and down a couple humvees – and lo, what is that up ahead?

    Why, it’s a minefield of roadside bombs rigged to blow by our very own Commander in Chief!

    • proreason says:

      Ever get the feeling at this point that Barack is just hellbent on doing as much as he can to cripple the country before we remove him or his puppet-masters do?


      Got that feeling about March 1, 2008, when I learned that every associate he even had in his life, including mom, dad, gramps and grannie were communists.

    • jobeth says:

      Add to what both of you said, the disgusting treatment he gave Netanyahu along with his bowing to the Arabs, his treatment of the Brits, The WH trash door exit of the Dalai Lama
      and the trashing of the American economy, the confusing of long standing American societal norms (HC…private business take overs etc) and I can’t see how anyone would doubt he is trying to destroy us before he leaves.

      In the end, OBalmy hates Jews and loves the Arabs. Could it be more clear?

      And he is fully aware he is a one term president. He said so. He does have his whole four years though. And a lot can happen in the next 3 years.

      Even if we could impeach him and then oust him…we still get…Biden. And with the vicious way Pelosi works, we couldn’t be surprised that an “accident’ takes him out of the picture. Now THAT would be enough to leave the country over. Prez Pelosi? (((((shivers))))) Eewwwwww.

      Is there anyway we can “impeach” the whole democratic party (read that ‘progressive’)?
      Rhetoric Question.

      On a serious note on OBalmys insult to Netanyahu…I think Netanyahu is smart enough to understand that the problem is OBalmy and not Americans. I am so ashamed of Obalmy’s behavior.

      Thank God it IS Netanyahu in place. This is a smart man. A no nonsense man who defends his country in ways we can only admire right now. If it had been anyone else, more temperamental, it might very well spiral into a real break with a good ally. Netanyahu, I think knows to wait it out. I think he will hold OBalmy and not the American people responsible for OBalmy’s stupidity.

      BYW did anyone else hear Gibbs the other day, while speaking about him say his name in such a way as to make it come out sounding like “He’s a yahoo”.

      I’ll grant it is a name that could easily sound like that. But Gibbs put his emphasis on the end of the name and said that portion much clearer than the first. It was really clear and not just an innocent pronunciation. Even my husband who is pretty tone deaf about such things like, looked at me with raised eyebrows. This WH is disgusting.

    • proreason says:

      The Moron has staffed his state department with anti-Semites.

      But it should be no surprise to anybody.

      A lot of the funding for his “career” has come from Palestenian money men, and his Pakistani “room mates” in college were, no doubt, as virulently anti-semitic as 99% of that country.

      I expect that his number two priority is the destruction of Israel.

      We are seeing number one in play right now. The destruction of the country we know.

      I’m continually amazed that there are even some otherwise sane observors on the right who continue to deny it. I guess they just ignore the hundreds of clues, and focus on two facts. (1) 30K troops to Afghanistan, and (2) he didn’t pull the rug out from under Wall Street in year 1. Both of those actions, imho, are simply feints to cover his main activities and to keep the money rolling in until he attempts to seize the Treasury.

    • jobeth says:

      Pro, I was going add your point on his anti-semitism when I was interrupted by a neighbor, but you are SO right about that.

      99% of my anger comes from OBalmy’s actions…along with his minions.
      99% of my frustration comes from those you mentioned who just don’t see the obvious.

      I serious about that. I used to be just scared and worried about my BP over OBalmy. That was last year.
      I can now see the rights’s push back and action to combat OBalmy’s actions, so a lot of that has calmed a bit. At least a little.

      Now I worry about my BP over the blind, deaf and dumb stupid a** Pollyannas who can’t or won’t see what he is up to.

      I have a lot of hope now. (Not OBalmy’s type of hope!). Real hope, for my country and countrymen. I am seeing those who can make a difference at the DC level doing what it takes now. We need MUCH MUCH more of this but we are making some progress to kill the “progressive’ movement. Well, maybe not kill, but at least make it impotent for a few years (I pray anyway)

      I have no doubt your prediction that the destruction of Israel is next. Without a doubt. Clear as a bell. And how the blind, deaf and dumb, don’t see it is mind boggling!

      I have a button somewhere that says “Stupid People Shouldn’t Breed”. How true.

    • proreason says:

      VDH has been a foot dragger about calling a spade a spade, but this article today comes about as close as anyone I’ve read to saying what we all know…..which in a nutshell is

      “he is a dangerous radical marxist who will lie about anything to destroy this country internally, and radically change our decades-old positions in foreign affair.” (my words not VDH’s)


      The article is all about connecting the dots.

      My conclusion is indisputable to anybody but damned fools.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Good discussion, my thoughts:

      “Both of those actions, imho, are simply feints to cover his main activities and to keep the money rolling in until he attempts to seize the Treasury.”

      Bingo Pro, and I think this strategy is what Rahm was conveying those ‘effing retards’ at the Left’s base didn’t understand. The Big Lie.

      VDH’s editorial is a nice “catch up” read for people who’ve missed the most egregious offenses of the past year and still think the Right’s charges are hyperbolic.

      Where people (myself included) keep letting their guard down is in thinking that the White House and the media literally won’t play this shell game with any issue, on any scale, and for any reason so long as it to further serves whatever hidden radical motive they’re executing. Without a doubt Alinsky’s playbook is their Necronomicon of power.

      Using VDH’s “connect the dots” lens, the biggest Conservative talking points regarding the fiscal and personal impact of ObamaCare seem to center more around the 2012-2014 era (the 90% Debt:GDP level, etc); I believe this is irrelevant. Krauthammer is right: a VAT is necessary for any hope of keeping us soluble even if only a couple years. Tie that together with the rest of the tax/regulation burden about to slam business and I’d say that we’re about to see the largest exodus of private wealth from the country ever – if there were any place for it to go. Once that card falls, the rest of the dominos will go with it.

      Point is just like Social Security we’ll be at the threshhold of default much, much sooner than expected, as tax-rolls are going to come in gravely short of projections (they always do in liberal budgets). So then come the defense cuts, the seizures, and the final nail in the coffin.

      In conclusion, November is ballgame.

    • proreason says:

      November is ballgame

      Exactly. If we don’t take the House back, the country will go socialist without recourse after November. And it’s not going to be a walk-in-the-park kind of socialism, either. This guy is mad as a viper at people like us. He is taking sadistic pleasure at rubbing our noses in it. Gates is the primary mouthpice for that, but the moron slips up a few times a week himself, and lets his level of vitriol slip out. As Rush spotted from minute 1, the Moron is mad as a hornet because his mommy didn’t love him, and he’s gonna get back at the world or die trying. He’s sticking to the plan until he’s blown out of the saddle.

      And there will be plenty of places for private wealth to flee to. There always will be. Not for peons with a couple of hundred grand. People with 20, 30 million and up will find safe havens. The rest will lose it all in short order. When the capital goes, the jobs go. The descent of the serfs will be rapid.

  8. Right of the People says:

    Maybe if Netanyahu gets POed enough he could have the Mossad arrange a little accident for Barry, Bumbling Joe and the Botox Beech.

    Just fantasizing.

    Seriously, I’m beginning to think that the reason he picked Bumbling Joe was as assassination insurance.

    What’s worse, someone intent on destroying the country from the inside or someone whose just purely incompetent? It’s a toss up.

    • jobeth says:

      I also think that he did NOT want someone savvy enough to give him trouble when he was implementing his plans.

      Biden is a dufus. I don’t think he is an evil progressive…he’s just a stupid one.

      Clinton on the other hand would have been a REAL problem for OBalmy even though she is just as evil as he is. She however wants the power and “glory”. She would have been a mole in his WH. Between her and Bill, they could have and would have undermined him from within. That’s why he put her where she is. He can get her out of the country and out from underfoot anytime he needs to. He was expected to reward her with something…This “rewarded her” without having her snooping around to muck up his plans.

      Even though I think Biden is a dufus…I surely don’t want him as prez. He is no match for OBalmy’s commie progressive buds. And Pelosi is not worth even talking about. Her middle name is Evil (last name is Botox)

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I noted that after the election, jobeth. You’re 100% correct. He had to disable the Hitlery machine somehow and the only way to do that was to send her on her 120 nation tour. Very little she can do if she’s gone all the time and those things that she likes to do “personally” on a vindictive political level, she would have to delegate to one of her criminals. I can’t say for certain but I’m pretty sure any “operative” she ever had connections with is also marginalized and kept on a very short leash, if they are in government at all.

      In one regard, it’s a very good thing. However, in its place we have the O-hole and his merry band of tricksters. They are definitely annoying enough but Hitlery’s camp would’ve been ten times the problem this one is. O-boy’s amateurish activities will get polished as the years progress but not so’s anyone would notice. They will be more of a “coat of paint over rotten wood” type of thing.

    • proreason says:

      I don’t think the Hildabeast or Biden would be worse than the Moron. It’s not even close.

      The beast would govern like Bubba. No doubt she would veer left, but she doesn’t have the anger and idealogical commitment that the Moron has. She had a pleasant childhood and a successful life. Yes, she has had to endure Bubba, but she chose him and she is probably a lesbian anyway. Like Bubba, she would have tacked to the middle.

      Biden is certainly a doofas, but I can’t see any way that he would cram the wishes of the Moron’s nutjob foot soldiers on the nation. Biden is an amiable clown. He doesn’t have the hatred in him to do it. He probably even likes America.

      The problem with the kinglette is the combination of intense hatred and idealogical commitment, and the fact that he is controlled by America haters like Ayers and Soros. No amount of disagreement affects him. He’s going to screw whitey or die trying.

  9. canary says:

    This is Obama’s murder by proxy plan. He would love for Iran to blow up Israel and make his agenda easier to accomplish. Think about it. The terrorists hate America for be friends with Israel. The way Obama’s ROE are getting our soldiers killed, his smiling cheering call-out at the tribal meeting moments after he learned of our soldiers at Ft. Hood. The abuse that middle-eastern countries do to their own people is just a tribal thing. It’s just the way it is.

    Plus, look at the shale oil Israel sits on.

    We do not run or dictate to the world. Sure the government is corrupt. There is corruption within every profession in place to aid people. Preachers, politicians, lawyers, medical, teachers, ….But this country is still the best country in the world. It doesn’t mean I don’t envision Americans pioneering some far off place or Texas succeeding from the USA asking for settlers to make it a country, with a wall around it.

    But, America did not have 9/11 coming as so many liberals have quipped.
    America & UK have shown other countries to lesson their poverty, build wells, but liberals think we are to continue to provide aid to these countries who hate us. No more. No more abuse from other countries.

    The Budget Committee today said we would be 10 Trillion dollars in debt within the next decade.

    • jobeth says:

      “Sure the government is corrupt”

      Canary, I understand completely what you are saying and agree with you on most of it, however I would say the corruption is in the individuals who are in government rather than the actual government.

      True this may seem like semantics but the government itself is laid out well…so long we stay with the founders intentions. And stop letting those with vile intentions operate without the voter watching their every move. We need to STAY awake…from here on in. We know it CAN happen here now.

      Its the people we have elected who have created such monster corruption within a basically good government model. THEY are the corruption.

      We must never take any kind of corruption lightly…. I know it is for the moment…but we can’t shrug it off as a given.

      Thankfully, because its the people in office and not the government itself, that is corrupt that gives us hope for the future. If it was the government we would have NO hope what so ever.

      I thank God everyday for those wonderful old men of yesterday who set us up for success even in the face of this commie progressive take over we face now.

    • canary says:

      JoeBeth, I was just responding to Mithrander, that while there may be corruption in the US government. The US isn’t going around threatening to wipe any country off the face of the earth, as Iran is threatening the U.S. & Israel, all in the name of allah. Iran’s leaders have always been nuclear trigger happy, and threatening to nuke, so why believe their nuclear energy
      is for peaceful reasons, when they are consistently threatening us.
      Hillary’s statement that if Iran nukes Israel, we will go after Iran is a little late, and I don’t believe the U.S. with Obama’s crowd running it would lift a finger to help Israel. Obama has lived among haters of Jews, and leopards seldom change their spots.

    • jobeth says:

      Canary, you couldn’t be more on target when you said:

      “I don’t believe the U.S. with Obama’s crowd running it would lift a finger to help Israel. Obama has lived among haters of Jews, and leopards seldom change their spots.”

      The way he treated Netanyahu this past week was about as shameful as it gets.

      We have a good ally in Israel. It really bothers me that OBalmy is giving them the back of his hand. There has been no reason for him to act this way…except he is an adolescent anti-semitic.
      November and then 2012 can’t come fast enough to suit me.

      Sorry if I misunderstood you on corruption. I’m noted for that sometimes… :-D

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Regardless of how he personally feels about Jews and/or Israel, his JOB is to respect the tenets of the people of the US who largely support Israel.

      His selfishness vs. statesmanship is perhaps what irks me more than anything. His whole attitude that “Dis be MY house now, yo, you be gettin’ yo feets off dem tables now”.

      It’s this particular style and flavor of arrogance that he KNOWS gets on people’s nerves and he likes it. Just like the little turd that he is.

      I hope I live long enough to see him either run off of US soil forever, or thrown in a jail cell for a very long time.

    • proreason says:

      It’s this particular style and flavor of arrogance that he KNOWS gets on people’s nerves and he likes it. Just like the little turd that he is.

      Spot on Rusty.

      That’s how I know it’s not just idealogical.

      It’s vindictive.

      Rush saw it on day 1. There’s a huge revenge element to everything he does.

      This is what happens when a country allows itself to be conned by a person abandoned by both mother and father, and who was also an embarrassment to the people who supplied the house when he grew up; in this case, his grandparents.

      Our prisons are filled with violent criminals with similar backgrounds.

      That’s why I’m not convinced by a long-shot that he lacks a violent nature. Other than an eagerness to lie with every word that comes out of his mouth, his defining characteristic is an ability to disguise his true intents, throughout his life. He has a lot of self control. But I won’t be surprised to see a volcanic explosion of violence from this guy, either when he thinks he can get away with it, or when the volcano reaches the point where he can no longer contain it. For example, when he is defeated in November, and it becomes clear in 2011 that the country is massively rejecting him and his malicious plans, look for a moment when Krakatoa erupts. They may have to haul him away in a strait-jacket.

    • jobeth says:

      “I hope I live long enough to see him either run off of US soil forever, or thrown in a jail cell for a very long time.”

      Ahhh, something to dream for. It would do my heart good to see either one of those options.

    • proreason says:

      And so people don’t accuse me of making crap up, consider:

      – the willful snub of the UK, our longest and strongest allies (remove Churchill bust and other insults)
      – the recent willful insulting of Netanyahu
      – “I won”
      – “we strike back twice as hard”
      – “not going to listen to people who caused the problem”
      – “I welcome that challenge”
      – “bitter clingers”
      – not 100 words without dissing President Bush
      – “they don’t have a plan” even though dozens were provided
      – the gloating over every victory
      – the dimunation of opponents, including McCain, and particularly Palin
      – Gates, 10 times a day

      And thousands of other examples.

      President Bush and his predecessors never said anything, even one time, like this criminal and his minions say on a daily basis.

      The Moron is a mean, petty, vindictive, and juvenile bully. It’s undeniable.

      And mean, petty, vindictive and juvenile bullies have a tendency to get meaner and more vindictive when they don’t get their way.

    • jobeth says:


      “President Bush and his predecessors never said anything, even one time, like this criminal and his minions say on a daily basis.”

      I believe one of the reasons (besides trying to sluff off all responsibility for all the O’s mistakes and their results) he keeps up the continual jabs at Bush is he SOOOO WANTS to bait Bush into a tit for tat. He now has the bully pulpit and the MSM so he is confident he would win.

      Bush…smart & classy man that he is, just won’t bite. So the O just keeps jabbing. And it WILL just get meaner and meaner as you said.

      Ever been in and argument with someone who won’t engage? That can really get to the one who wants the fight.

      With OBalmy’s adolescent personality…Bush’s silence has GOT to be eating him alive!

      Bush is smart. He is fully aware, history will come down on his side and soon OBalmy will fall flat on his face as the worst US prez in history. You go GWB.

  10. pamypo says:

    This is what gutless leadership does for you.

  11. canary says:

    Obama lived with muslims most his life, former ones, new ones, Gibbs recently saying he wants to follow up with his CAIRO speech (followed by muslim’s slaughtering more this year than ever) he needs to get with some scholars that can show he is performing and setting into motion more of the signs that
    that leads to destruction. Do no harm to Jesus’s birthplace Israel.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Canary I worry that he is already amongst those who understand it and furthermore seek it. My evidence is the “shining city upon a hill” analogy, popularized first by John Winthrop to the Masachusettes Bay Colonists in 1630:

      The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken… we shall be made a story and a by-word throughout the world. We shall open the mouths of enemies to speak evil of the ways of God… We shall shame the faces of many of God’s worthy servants, and cause their prayers to be turned into curses upon us til we be consumed out of the good land whither we are a-going

      That analogy, directly from Christ’s Sermon on the Mount, encompasses so much of what has come to define this idea of American Exceptionalism. Kennedy used it:

      “Today the eyes of all people are truly upon us—and our governments, in every branch, at every level, national, state and local, must be as a city upon a hill — constructed and inhabited by men aware of their great trust and their great responsibilities… We are committing ourselves to tasks of statecraft no less awesome than that of governing the Massachusetts Bay Colony, beset as it was then by terror without and disorder within. History will not judge our endeavors—and a government cannot be selected—merely on the basis of color or creed or even party affiliation. Neither will competence and loyalty and stature, while essential to the utmost, suffice in times such as these. For of those to whom much is given, much is required.”

      Then of course, Reagan:

      “I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace, a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it and see it still.”

      And finally Rush at CPAC 2009:

      “Ronald Reagan used to speak of a shining city on a hill. Barack Obama portrays America as a soup kitchen in some dark night in a corner of America that’s very obscure. He’s constantly telling the American people that bad times are ahead, worst times are ahead. And it’s troubling, because this is the United States of America. Anybody ever ask… how did this happen? How did the United States of America become the world’s lone super power, the world’s economic engine, the most prosperous opportunity for an advanced lifestyle that humanity has ever known? How did this happen? And why pray tell does the President of the United States want to destroy it? It saddens me.”

      We musn’t forget David Murrin on CNBC last Wednesday: “It’s the sum of all the Christian empires for nearly 900 years. And America is the last one. And when the last one changes and declines, which it’s in, it will be very rapid, it’s the end of the whole system.”

      Everything the left has done – corrupting institutions, corrupting culture, corrupting children, corrupting government – has all been directed at deflating and defeating not just America, but the Judeo-Christian ethos that guides Western society.

      This Israel strategy is all too unsurprising. We’re talking about an ideological coaltion that has turned apocalyptic obsession into a multi-billion dollar cross-platform industry where any crisis can be manufactured to scare people into giving up their freedom.

  12. jobeth says:

    Canary…you said “Do no harm to Jesus’s birthplace Israel.” Spot on. He better start worrying a bit. Problem is…if he keeps it up he will bring some of that curse down on our nation…not that he gives a flip.

    “In the Book of Genesis, Chapter 12, Verse 1-3, we see what God says about His response to how people treat Israel:

    “And I will bless those that bless you and curse the one who curses you. And in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.”


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