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Trade With Iran Doubles Under Obama

From an unfazed Associated Press:

Iran buying more from US in spite of tensions

By Sharon Theimer, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Iran spent nearly twice as much on U.S. imports during President Barack Obama’s first months in office as it did during the same period in 2008, showing that despite trade penalties and tense relations, the two countries are still doing business.

The U.S. exported $96 million in goods to Iran from January through April, according to an Associated Press analysis of U.S. government trade data compiled by the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research in Holyoke, Mass. U.S. exports to Iran totaled $51 million during the same period in 2008 and $27 million over those months in 2007.

Soybeans, wheat and medical supplies — all considered humanitarian items exempt from U.S. trade sanctions — are among the top exports this year…

Several countries have been more than willing to do business with Iran. Those exporting more than $1 billion in goods to Iran last year included China, $8 billion; Germany, $5.7 billion; Italy, $3.2 billion; France, $2.6 billion; and Japan, $1.9 billion.

That compares with about $747 million in exports to Iran by Britain, $689 million by Belgium, about $685 million by Spain and $683 million by the U.S…

This year, besides medical and dental supplies and agricultural products such as grain and bull semen, U.S. exports to Iran included about $154,000 worth of dead horses, pigs and related products, possibly for bone meal; $87,000 worth of household and toilet articles; about $25,000 in instant print film; $8,790 in newspapers; and about $2,800 in books. The sanctions exempt certain cultural items.

The publicly available government trade data doesn’t identify exporters or say exactly what they shipped. The AP requested that information under the Freedom of Information Act in 2005 and still is waiting for the Treasury Department to provide it.

Yes, those sanctions really work, don’t they?

No wonder the Mullahs of Iran are so afraid of offending the US and the rest of the world with their nuclear program and stealing of elections.

Maybe Mr. Obama will get really tough and dis-invite Iranian diplomats to our Fourth Of July parties.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 21st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “Trade With Iran Doubles Under Obama”

  1. caligirl9 says:

    Um , dead horses?

    Horse slaughter is banned in the United States.

    So the only thing I can think of is the United States is re-importing dead horses that may well have come from the U.S and were sent to their deaths in Canada or Mexico. (Unless these dead horses came from rendering/tallow works plants which is where deceased dairy cows go, for example, if they died before they could be sent to slaughter or were euthanized.)

    I’m not a PETA-type, but I an anti-slaughter of horses. The registration associations of some overproduced breeds, namely thoroughbreds, quarter horses, paints, Arabians need to send a message that fewer horses need to be produced.
    Let Iran grow and eat their own damn horses. (And let France and Germany and Japan produce their own horses, too.)

    This is the subject of a whole ‘nother message board (and yes one exists).

  2. bronzeprofessor says:

    Didn’t the Huffington Post express outrage in 2008 about how much Bush was dealing with Iran? Anybody here keep up with the HuffPo (I don’t have time.) Are they outraged now? Every once in a while they do surprise me and behave in a principled way by critiquing Obama.

  3. tranquil.night says:

    BHO meddles too much.

    • canary says:

      You’re getting it now. Obama’s nose get’s browner and browner up his #3 BBF bottom pit.

      Hundreds of millions of people prayed for Iran today. The powerful Holy Spirit of God went global around the entire earth. No teleprompter was needed.

  4. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    “$8,790 in newspapers”

    Which interestingly corresponds to the NY Times gross revenues for 2009.

  5. canary says:

    The Vicious Baushka: They Make Bombs out of Horses, Don’t They? Horse Swarm June 6

    (strange a friend was telling me she reading a book about Islam and that they are using horse’s for suicide bombers. I can not imagine us shipping dead horses and pigs do to decay, the cost, yet alone keeping them on ice. Muslims don’t eat pork. So, I found the above article and site, and shows a photo of dead suicide horse. Just a week ago, I saw on news that Iraq’s were doing a new sport of racing horses. And I thought how nice. Also, found an article on pigs and a link to using pigs for terrorist bombing attacks in pipes. Even found an article that terrorists are putting people they kill inside the bodies of pigs, as demeaning gesture I guess.

    Gaza gunmen use booby-trapped horses against IDF

    Initial probe reveals cell believed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda arrived with trucks, horses loaded with explosive devices, may have planned to kidnap soldier
    .. crossing in the Gaza Strip revealed that the gunmen, believed to be affiliated with al-Qaeda, arrived at the crossing with several trucks and at least five horses loaded with explosive devices and mines.

    About 10 to 12 terrorists took the horses off the truck and began planting the devices near the fence. At this stage, they were spotted by an IDF force…
    The troops fired back, and the terrorists tried to escape and return the horses into the truck.
    full article and photo

    The Jerusalim News IBA graphic vidio of dead muslims and blown up horse.


    Then from the National Terror Alert June 20th, 2009 using pigs for attacks

    (scroll down to June 9th report)
    A pig is a device used by pipe contractors to clean or detect weaknesses in pipelines used for oil and gas, water or sewage. The device gets its name not only because of the acronym for pipeline inspection gauge but because it makes a squealing sound while traveling through a pipeline. Pigs come in various sizes and can travel remotely at high speeds. Contractors routinely use pigs in maintaining their pipelines.

    U.S. security experts believe terrorists are capable of using pigs to infiltrate the pipeline networks in the United States and create havoc and destruction. -end

    But, don’t forget! Part of Obama’s stimulous package money was to study the odor of pigs. Pig’s themselves are clean, flealess animals that don’t smell.
    It’s irrational to transport dead horses and pigs.

    • canary says:

      And Chicago’s connection with the Hamas. We are aware of Obama’s party of a PLO leader from the University where Obama and Bill Ayers taught. And the Chicago chapters in Obama’s book dreams. His best friend a former gangbanger turned activist muslim. Obama’s continuous studying of muslim Malcome X, his discovering Rev Wright’s church who hate the Jews, and the anti-Jew muslim papers Obama would buy.
      In the Book Fast Facts of Islam, by John Ankerberg & John Weldon 2001, pg 128, I noticed an excerpt
      “….militant Islamic groups officially described as international terrorist organizations – Hezbollah, HAMAS, Palestine Islamic Jihad, ..are operating quietly within the borders of the U.S., Many are on the run, but are also regrouping and restrategizing, (HAMAS militants’ surveillnace operations against prominent Jewish people in the Chicago area is only one of scores of known incidents.) Central Intelligence Agency director George Tenet has said such terrorists ” are expanding their networks, improving their skills and sophistication and working to stage more spectacular attacks.”…”
      of course we have a new CIA director.

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