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White House opposed new Iran sanctions
foreignpolicy.com ^ | Friday, November 30, 2012 - 3:15 PM | Josh Rogin

Posted on 11/30/2012 3:18:44 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

The White House announced its opposition to a new round of Iran sanctions that the Senate unanimously approved Friday, in the latest instance of Congress pushing for more aggressive punitive measures on Iran than the administration deems prudent.

On Thursday, Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced the amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, which the Senate passed 94-0. The new legislative language would blacklist Iran's energy, port, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors, while also placing new restrictions on Iran's ability to get insurance for all these industries. The legislation would also vastly expand U.S. support for human rights inside Iran and impose new sanctions on Iranians who divert humanitarian assistance from its intended purpose.

"The window is closing. The time for the waiting game is over," Menendez said on the Senate floor Thursday night. "Yes, our sanctions are having a demonstrable effect on the Iranian economy, but Iran is still working just as hard to develop nuclear weapons."

But the White House told several Senate offices Thursday evening that the administration was opposed to the amendment. National Security Spokesman Tommy Vietor sent The Cable the administration's official position, explaining the White House's view the sanctions aren't needed and aren't helpful at this time.

"As we focus with our partners on effectively implementing these efforts, we believe additional authorities now threaten to undercut these efforts," he said. "We also have concerns with some of the formulations as currently drafted in the text and want to work through them with our congressional partners to make the law more effective and consistent with the current sanctions law to ensure we don't undercut our success to date."

(Excerpt) Read more at thecable.foreignpolicy.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; US: Illinois; US: New Jersey; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: illinois; iran; israel; markkirk; newjersey; robertmenendez; tommyvietor; waronterror

1 posted on 11/30/2012 3:18:53 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Marine_Uncle; TigersEye; onyx; Grampa Dave; justa-hairyape; GeronL; SunkenCiv; blam
H/T to the Drudge Report.

Valerie must of objected.

2 posted on 11/30/2012 3:21:47 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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the White House's view the sanctions aren't needed and aren't helpful at this time.

So much for getting serious....

3 posted on 11/30/2012 3:24:17 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
That was 0bunghole's big campaign talking point that they had put 'crippling sanctions' on Iran. Just more lies.

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We don't support Israeli attack, US tells Iran

0bama sent a letter to Tehran assuring them that the U.S. will do nothing to help Israel.

4 posted on 11/30/2012 3:28:57 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Susan Rice probably objected. Check out her history (responsible for Africa at the time of the Kenya bombing...by AQ...which she tried not to admit.).


5 posted on 11/30/2012 3:31:47 PM PST by livius
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6 posted on 11/30/2012 3:34:46 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Of course they did. Its “Death to America” all day long at this White House. We need to recognize the fact that the mullahs couldn’t have found a better way to undermine the USA than the methods this White House is playing with.


7 posted on 11/30/2012 3:37:19 PM PST by BillyBonebrake
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Your probably 100% correct. But. The voters insisted she be able to rule for another four years.


8 posted on 11/30/2012 3:40:49 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (I'm going John Galt.... But. Honor must be earned.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Dear God. What a deadly, serious mess.
I loathe every obama voter.


9 posted on 11/30/2012 4:02:48 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

islamist is as islamist does.


10 posted on 11/30/2012 4:24:15 PM PST by onedoug
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To: BillyBonebrake

See the book by David Horowitz’s book “Unholy Alliance” for a description of the crowd that sponsored Obama all the way back....


11 posted on 11/30/2012 4:31:21 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ((The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Obama’s remarks during his debates with Romney will provide a rich source of lies for the next 4 years.

In other news...Obama announced that he was going to give out a lot more free cell phones and make everybody happy, and the lovely First Lady ,Michelle, announced the exciting details of her upcoming December shopping trip to Paris. (sarc)


12 posted on 11/30/2012 4:33:50 PM PST by Avid Coug
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Sanctions for Iran are bad

Sanctions on the US wealth creators is good.


13 posted on 11/30/2012 7:49:24 PM PST by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

They’re still stupidly hoping to hold direct talks with the IRI, and don’t want new sanctions to get in the way.

Idiots


14 posted on 11/30/2012 9:20:27 PM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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They’re still stupidly hoping to hold direct talks with the IRI, and don’t want new sanctions to get in the way. Idiots

I can't help but think that Obama and his handlers want Iran to use a nuke on Israel - it would a crisis that they would leverage to consolidate/solidify dictatorial powers over the People.

15 posted on 12/01/2012 4:28:07 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Good to see Mark Kirk is back on the job.


16 posted on 12/01/2012 4:35:10 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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Thanks Ernest.
17 posted on 12/01/2012 6:51:45 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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I grok that.


18 posted on 12/01/2012 6:56:57 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Bought and paid for — not that book, the White House.


19 posted on 12/01/2012 7:01:56 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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