Truth comes out: sobering effects of Obama’s Iran policy

Iranian Oil Exports Soar as Sanctions Collapse

Iran to get ‘well more than $20 billion’ in sanctions relief

BY: Adam Kredo | Free Beacon — February 14, 2014 11:29 am

Iranian oil exports soared in January, hitting new highs just months after the United States consented to billions of dollars in economic sanctions relief under the interim nuclear deal.

Exports of Iranian crude oil jumped to 1.32 million barrels, up from December’s high of 1.06 million barrels, according to data from the International Energy Agency.

The spike in exports—mainly to Japan, China, and India—has helped Iran’s once-ailing economy stabilize and decrease inflation.

Iranian oil exports have steadily risen since negotiations with the West restored confidence in Tehran’s economy. The increase runs counter to a promise by the Obama administration that “Iran’s oil exports will remain steady at their current level of around 1 million barrels per day.”

http://freebeacon.com/iranian-oil-exports-soar-under-sanctions-collapse/

Back up to 2012

Sanctions on Iran: Is there a limit to their effect on Iran’s oil production?

By Daniel J. Graeber, Guest blogger / October 2, 2012 | Christian Science Monitor

OPEC figures show a general decline in Iran’s crude oil production after Iran was hit with economic sanctions this summer, according to OilPrice.com. But has the effect of the sanctions on Iran’s oil production reached a limit?

The Iranian oil sector may be lagging because of declining revenue needed to keep the domestic sector afloat. The country was hit with economic sanctions during the summer amid growing concerns over its nuclear ambitions and OPEC figures show a general decline in crude oil production from the Islamic republic. U.S. energy statistics, meanwhile, predict Iran’s crude oil production should fall more than 20 percent compared to last year’s figures. From the Iranian perspective, however, all is well for No. 3 among OPEC nations.

Iranian Oil Minister Rostam Qasemi said neither crude oil sales nor production is impacted by sanctions imposed by Western governments. The U.S. and European governments during the summer targeted the country’s energy sector as punishment for transparency issues with nuclear research.

More at CSMonitor.com

By the way, in 2012 when Iran’s production declined OPEC’s production rose.

Obama in his 2014 SOTU address:

“The sanctions that we put in place helped make this opportunity possible. But let me be clear: if this Congress sends me a new sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these talks, I will veto it.”

But how about the “talks” derailing sanctions?

“For the sake of our national security, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeed.”

Its a bit contradictory, like his policies for the US: his political success is failure for the US economy. The question is what diplomatic success looks like to Obama?

So , in a swoop of months, Obama has undone the effects of the sanctions. It’s the ‘carrots with no stick’ Iran policy.

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ACA full-throttle, Iran sanctions not so fast… delay, delay

White House Dividing Pro-Israel Leaders on Nuclear Iran

White House calling for delay in action on new sanctions

BY: Adam Kredo | Free Beacon
November 4, 2013 1:59 pm

Pro-Israel leaders on Monday expressed alarm over what they characterized as the Obama administration’s efforts to sow division among Jewish leaders in order to advance a policy that they say would permit Iran to cross the nuclear threshold.

Rifts emerged between the leaders of four top Jewish groups over the weekend following an “intense” meeting last week with National Security Adviser Susan Rice and other top officials at the White House, according to several insiders.

The Obama administration sought to enlist the pro-Israel leaders in their fight to delay Congress from passing a new round of Iran sanctions for at least two months as the West engages Tehran with nuclear talks.

Most of those present at the meeting quietly objected to such a delay. However, the administration’s allies soon began leaking information about a so-called “moratorium” on new sanctions efforts.

“Leaders of four major Jewish organizations have indicated to the Obama administration that they will have a 60-day moratorium during which they will refrain from conducting any public campaign urging Congress to strengthen U.S. sanctions against Iran,” the liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported late Friday.

The Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman also confirmed reports of a communal “time out” on Saturday, prompting a pitched response from others present in the meeting.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said in a rare public statement on Saturday that it would not back down from its push for new sanctions.

“AIPAC continues to support congressional action to adopt legislation to further strengthen sanctions, and there will absolutely be no pause, delay or moratorium in our efforts,” AIPAC president Michael Kassen said in the statement.

“Until Iran suspends its enrichment program, additional sanctions are vital for diplomacy to succeed,” said Kassen, who noted that “diplomatic talks have been made possible because of the strong sanctions passed by Congress and implemented by the administration.”

The American Jewish Committee also denied reports that they had agreed to advocate a delay of new sanctions.

The public dispute between typically united pro-Israel groups led some insiders to criticize the White House for “trying to divide the Jewish community” in an attempt to “undermine congressional support for a new round of sanctions,” according to one senior Senate aide involved in the sanctions debate.

“The message we heard from the White House is clear—we don’t care if Israel lives or dies, we just want to cut a deal,” a senior Jewish official involved in Iran sanctions efforts said on Monday. “Another way to read the AIPAC statement is: ‘Go F yourselves.’” [emphasis mine]

Christians United for Israel (CUFI) executive director David Brog said that the administration is “making a terrible mistake” by pushing to delay new sanctions.
“The Obama administration is making a terrible mistake in opposing increased sanctions on Iran,” Brog said to the Free Beacon. “The pro-Israel community should know better than to be a party to this blunder.” …/

More at: http://freebeacon.com/white-house-dividing-pro-israel-leaders-on-nuclear-iran/

Really, is it any wonder that there are these problems with Valerie Jarrett in the cockpit calling the shots in Obama’s ear? “Go __ yourselves” is a blunt, grammatically correct description. Obama sowing division? My Casablanca face is wearing thin.

Judge Finds Manhattan Skyscraper Owned by Iranian Front

by IPT News • Sep 17, 2013

    The United States government may be about to take possession of a Manhattan skyscraper worth more than $500 million after a federal judge found its owners knowingly served as fronts for the Iranian government.

    The order granting what prosecutors describe as “the largest real property forfeiture” came after five years of litigation, the New York Daily News reports. If the order is upheld in an anticipated appeal, the government could sell the property and give some of the proceeds to victims of terrorist attacks, including the 1983 Beirut Marine barracks bombing and the 9/11 attacks.

    The Alavi Foundation owns 60 percent of the 36-story 650 Fifth Ave. building in midtown Manhattan. The rest is held by the U.K.-based Assa Company, Limited. But U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest ruled that there is “uncontroverted record evidence, [proving] Assa was (and is) a front for Bank Melli, and thus a front for the Government of Iran” to shield its U.S.-based assets.

    The U.S Treasury Department designated Bank Melli in 2007 as part of a package of economic sanctions aimed at slowing Iran’s nuclear weapons program. Bank Melli, Treasury wrote at the time, “has facilitated the purchase of sensitive materials utilized by Iran’s nuclear and missile industry…”

    Attorneys for the Alavi Foundation argued that it is not clear that their clients knew about Assa’s control by the Iranian government. Forrest dismissed that theory as “implausible” given the established connections among the owners. “No rational juror could believe in such extraordinary amnesia; many of the same Alavi board members who were indisputably involved in the creation of Assa as a front for Bank Melli in 1989 remained with, or returned to positions with, Alavi after the [orders prohibiting business dealings with Iran] were instituted in 1995.”

    Victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorist attacks have secured billions of dollars in civil judgments against the Islamic Republic for financing and providing other assistance to the killers. Little of those damages have been collected, however, as victims often find themselves fighting the U.S. government in their attempts to seize Iranian assets in the United States. It is unclear whether the government’s success in New York could pry open the gates for those victims to complete their quest for justice.