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Obama Trumps Aipac, Romney, Republicans on yet more Iranian sanctions  

Franklin Lamb

Beirut

According to the Obama Presidential campaign issues staff, temporarily operating out of the Democratic National Committee HQ at 430 South Capitol Street, SE in Washington DC, Team Obama scored an electoral coup again rival Mitt Romney this week by moving fast to pull the rug from Romney's hoped for advantage from his obsequious Israel trip. That visit, which ranks among the all-time most groveling led to   even Zionist media outlets including the New York Times and Washington Post dissing Mitt's trip as "un-presidential".

Obama operative James Carville boasted this week   that "Romney & Co. ain't ready for no major league Presidential campaigning and we're gonna keep whupping em real bad   til November 6th. "

  "Slick Jimmy" as Mr. Carville is fondly known back home in Big Easy bars along Bourbon Street as well as some of his associates are explaining why:

The Republican National Committee, now essentially part of the Romney campaign even though it is supposed to stay neutral until the party chooses its nominees at the August 27-30 Tampa, Florida Republican Convention had worked for   over a month with AIPAC and Florida   Republican Congresswoman Ileana   Ros-Lehtinen to help deliver pro-Israel votes and cash to Romney.

The plan was to cap off Romney's Israel trip with another round of sanctions against Iran which he would promote at a major photo op while bashing Syria in the process. This was to be acheived via yet another law, this time H. R. 1905 named by AIPAC as   The Iran Threat Reduction and Syria Human Rights Act of 2012.

It was last December the Iran Threat Reduction Act draft law on the House side heaped more sanctions on Iran. The problem was that the White House was then tepid and US Senate Foreign Relation Committee Chair, John Kerry (D-Mass) did not cooperate as he continues to work to launch a diplomatic initiative with Tehran on behalf of Obama.  

The current AIPAC version has emerged from Israel lobby dominated House-Senate negotiations and it includes the most flagrant layers of sanctions ever enacted to undermine the economy of any country. Congressman Ron Paul rose to speak in strong opposition to H.R. 1905 on 8/1/12 labeling it a "declaration of war against Iran even though Iran has no nuclear weapons program".    And so it is.

  H.R. 1905 sponsor and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) was almost giddy as she promised to deliver Florida to Romney and gushed: "This bipartisan, bicameral Iran sanctions legislation strengthens current U.S. law by leaps and bounds and it updates and expands U.S. sanctions, and counters Iran's efforts to evade them. The bill sends a clear message to the Iranian mullahs that the U.S. is committed, through the use of sanctions, to preventing Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold."   She reminded the media that Romney told Israeli officials in Jerusalem that the Obama administration was not doing enough to stop Iran's nuclear program and that:   "Essentially president Obama is doing nothing!"

H.R. 1905 is a catch all frenzied election year gimmick that lumps together legislative initiatives of all sorts in order to corral votes for Romney immediately after his Israel trip which left little doubt that Israeli leaders believe that Israel will have less leverage to squeeze the US to take on yet another big military action if Obama is re-elected than if Romney wins.

H.R. 1905:

-     Puts virtually all of Iran's energy, financial, and transportation sectors under U.S. sanction. Companies conducting business with Iran in these sectors face losing access to U.S. markets;

-   Applies harsh sanctions designed to prevent Iran from repatriating any proceeds from its oil sales, thus depriving Iran of 80 percent of its hard currency earnings and half of the funds to support its national budget for education, health, food subsidies and other needed public purposes;

-   Places more tough sanctions on the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) and Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC);

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