Obama is Making Ordinary Iranians Suffer So He Can Get Reelected

John Glaser, January 25, 2012

There was a long list of sanctions already imposed on Iran before this latest round from the U.S., and now that Obama’s diplomats have been successful in pressuring the European Union to ban the import of Iranian crude oil and block trade in other markets like precious metals, the Iranian people are suffering.

In this piece at CNN, entitled “Sanctions take toll on ordinary Iranians,” its clear that these measures are impoverishing the people instead of having any effect on the Iranian government. Jobs are being lost because the oil sector is weakened, rampant inflation (caused by sanctions targeted on the central bank) have pushed the price of meat and milk up 50 percent. In response, Iran has “increased bank interest rates” and plans to “restrict sales of foreign currency, hoping to halt a spiraling currency crisis after new Western sanctions accelerated a dash for dollars by Iranians worried about their economic future.”

“People are buying less because the prices have gone up,” Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari said. “That affects the shopkeepers. It’s a vicious cycle.” An Iranian interviewed for the piece says, “People are hungry and this is why crime has gone up.” Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian-American Council and author of A Single Roll of the Dice: Obama’s Diplomacy with Iran, told CNN, “The government always has the ability to circumvent sanctions and shift the burden onto the population.”

What’s notable is that the Obama administration definitely knows that sanctions are hurting the population and are unlikely to effect the policies of Tehran (which, to recap, are to develop nuclear power, as is their right, and to signal to their antagonistic adversaries that they’re technologically capable of getting nuclear weapons without actually developing them). So why impose them?

Listening to congressional supporters of sanctions, you’d think the sole reason is a sadistic urge to harm innocent Iranians. As one of the top supporters of sanctions, Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), said, “Critics [of the sanctions] argued that these measures will hurt the Iranian people.  Quite frankly, we need to do just that.” Or take Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY): “The goal … is to inflict crippling, unendurable economic pain over there. Iran’s banking sector — especially its central bank — needs to become the financial equivalent of Chernobyl: radioactive, dangerous and most of all, empty.”

The administration’s view, at least as reported, is more nuanced. An initial version of a Washington Post article this month reported an anonymous U.S. official claiming that the purpose of the sanctions is regime change. The Post later revised the report, supposedly clarifying that the official said the purpose was to “create hate and discontent at the street level so that the Iranian leaders realize that they need to change their ways.” But as I said, they know that’s very unlikely to happen. They’re doing it anyways, I suspect, to satisfy pressures from Israel, AIPAC, and Congress and avoid Obama being painted as a wussy. This is an election year, after all.

Making ordinary people suffer and struggle for jobs and for food so that one can protect one’s political capital isn’t the most evil thing in the world, but it’s pretty high up on the list.




33 Responses to “Obama is Making Ordinary Iranians Suffer So He Can Get Reelected”

  1. The Iranians can change their "regime" a thousand times and as long as the Banksters/Globalists don't totally control it, there will be the same propaganda to "free" the people of Iran from their "horrible regime".

    But wait, there's more…Oh noes!! Iran might someday develop a nuclear bomb!!! *begin foaming at the mouth now*

    Not only is this a non-issue, but Eisenhower built the very reactor which British FM William Hague is going into hysterics about. Atoms for Peace program, remember that? Besides, what good are Pakistan's nukes doing them? The country is overrun by NGO's and intelligence apparatchik.

    Point at North Korea and get hysterical. *begin hysterics at this point*

    Their nukes are as useless to them as the Pakistani's. Leviathan's problem is access and isolation there, certainly not nukes. These are the guys that collapsed the Soviet Union with monster military spending, manipulating the price of oil, and sucking them into America's Jihad in Afghanistan. Where do you think people like Gulbuddin Hekmatyar came from?

    It's all about controlling every aspect of Iran and the region it inhabits. Anything less than that will be met with warfare of every imaginable variety. Besides, the Iranian people are tough, resolute, and very patient. They have put up with the west's terrorism for a long, long time. Teheran's No First Strike Policy isn't going anywhere, either. They have already endured every misery and hardship thrown at them; including invasion, occupation, theft of their resources, and starvation. You might even say they've prospered in some ways and are actively engaged within BRICS in the drive to kill the PetroDollar once and for all. There's nothing that can be done to Iran short of outright extirpation and genocide that will cause them to bow to the Globalist Agenda. They are only "isolated" from America and Europe.

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  3. Even if iran completely dropped its nuclear energy program today, these sanctions would remain in place……

    we are criminals. these politicians in theory represent us

  4. Except for his core constituencies (blacks, govt. bureaucrats, homosexuals, the military-industrial complex), Obama has made all Americans suffer, along with millions of Pakistanis, Afghans and Iraqis. Why should the Iranians be any different?

  5. I'm kind of starting to look at this a little differently. Yea, its Obama's fault and all but how is it that the US government has the power to forcce all the other nations to embargo Iran? Why does the rest of the world keep following our idiot government off a cliff? It's high time the other nations put an end to Washington's insane policy of using sanctions to force other countries to do what Wshington wants them to. Clearly America considers itself to be the one world government the rest of the nations need to stand up to Washington and put an end to its dominance.

  6. The last decade saw any pretense of economic and security independence on Europe's part basically abandoned. European governments' internal correspondence are wide open to U.S. intelligence-gathering, and their security and policing apparatus largely answers to Washington in the final analysis despite still nominally answering to their elected national governments. Those governments simply do not have any practical ability to refuse Washington.

    (The outrage over that public back-rub Merkle got from GWB was mostly because it made what what everyone already full well knew far too obvious too politely ignore.)

  7. So it comes full circle. Long ago, and in what seems a galaxy far far away, there were those rumors about a cynical deal to let certain "hostages" stew for a particular candidate. Now remind me what country they were dealing with? Fast forward and we have yet another clown willing to make millions suffer so as to put a shine on his turd of a legacy.

  8. When I read somewhere that India and China may be buying all their oil in gold instead of petrodollars I threw my hands up in the air and shouted "hallelujah". That, in my mind, is the smartest move I've seen in many a year, next to the Brazil/Turkey diplomacy. It could in fact be the best thing this world has ever seen… the return to a gold standard and sound money. On the flip side of our counterfeit coin you have the US / Saudis etc. going ape. A threat of this magnitude will surely bring out the long knives.

  9. Indeed, I saw that as well from debkafile, I'm still waiting to confirm this as fact, as all parties involved are holding their payment mechanisms for Iranian oil as top secret currently. This will accelerate the slide of the world reserve petrodollar and the surging of gold to the stratosphere. They already have to dig more than 2 miles underground in S Africa for gold. This is what Soros, Stansberry, and many others have been warning about. Get ready for America's Winter of Discontent. It is coming. The only remaining question: Is Obama going to pull the trigger on WWIII hoping for a "Short Victorious War" to prop the dying system?

  10. [...] measures aren’t only harming the EU economies, they are impoverishing the Iranian people. Jobs are being lost because the oil sector is weakened and rampant inflation caused by sanctions [...]

  11. [...] measures aren’t only harming the EU economies, they are impoverishing the Iranian people. Jobs are being lost because the oil sector is weakened and rampant inflation caused by sanctions [...]

  12. [...] measures aren’t only harming the EU economies, they are impoverishing the Iranian people. Jobs are being lost because the oil sector is weakened and rampant inflation caused by sanctions [...]

  13. [...] The sanctions imposed on Iran by the U.S., and the EU embargo on Iranian oil, are aimed at stopping Tehran from enriching uranium, although it is their right under international law. Despite the fact that the U.S. intelligence community believes the Iranian nuclear program is entirely civilian in nature, Congress and the Obama administration have taken threatening postures for political purposes. [...]

  14. Wrong. I am none of the above, and I will vote for Obama.

  15. Why, because you support his policy of murdering women and children by drones? Or is that just something you hold your nose over? http://www.salon.com/2011/12/31/progressives_and_

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  17. [...] consensus that Iran has not yet chosen to have a nuclear weapons program, the United States has heaped a crippling set of sanctions on Iran, partially to satisfy Israeli concerns and pressure. This is unlikely to have any effect on Iranian nuclear policy and has already had [...]

  18. [...] consensus that Iran has not yet chosen to have a nuclear weapons program, the United States has heaped a crippling set of sanctions on Iran, partially to satisfy Israeli concerns and pressure. This is unlikely to have any effect on Iranian nuclear policy and has already had [...]

  19. [...] the near consensus that Iran is not building a nuclear weapon, the United States has heaped a crippling set of sanctions on Iran, partially to satisfy Israeli concerns and pressure. This is unlikely to have any effect on Iranian nuclear policy and has already had [...]

  20. [...] Despite the near consensus that Iran is not building a nuclear weapon, the United States has heaped a crippling set of sanctions on Iran, partially to satisfy Israeli concerns and pressure. This is unlikely to have any effect on Iranian nuclear policy and has already had [...]

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  22. [...] this is while the administration is decidedly against war with Iran (preferring instead to cripple the Iranian economy and support proxy terrorism against Iranian civilians). Think of the onslaught of propaganda [...]

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  24. [...] U.S.-led sanctions against Iran are already unprecedented in their scale and have already begun to cripple the economy, fuel inflation, interrupt trade flows, cut off supplies of food, and destabilize oil markets. Columbia University [...]

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