More pressure on Iran in the works
December 13th, 2011
06:35 PM ET

More pressure on Iran in the works

By Elise Labott

It appears the international community will usher in the new year with new pressure points in the campaign against Iran's developing nuclear program.

Both the United States and the European Union are considering going after Iran's oil profits, which account for more than half of the regime's revenue, diplomats and U.S. officials said.  Profits from Iranian crude, U.S. officials and diplomats say, have offset the pain of increased American and European sanctions on Iran's financial sector and are the one thing still allowing Iran to pursue its nuclear ambitions.

The challenge, they say, is how to go after Iran's oil without causing a spike in worldwide oil prices.

The main target in the approach is Iran's Central Bank, which countries must deal with to buy petroleum. On Capitol Hill, Congress is pushing legislation that would prevent foreign financial institutions that do business with the Iranian Central Bank in Tehran from operating in or doing business with the United States.

At first, the Obama administration balked at the bill, concerned the measures could drive up oil prices and wreak havoc on jittery world markets. Officials were also mindful the move could backfire by increasing the value of Iranian oil sales, boosting the regime's coffers and allowing it to continue funding its nuclear program.

But the administration may now be willing to play ball, administration officials tell CNN, after adjustments were made to the legislation to provide President Obama with greater flexibility in implementing the law. Now, foreign central banks would be penalized only if they fail to reduce their purchases of Iranian oil in the face of alternative supplies. The president can also waive the sanctions on the basis of national security. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the administration is reviewing the legislation and consulting with Congress.

For its part, the European Union is looking at a ban on Iranian oil imports, an idea which Western diplomats say is gaining momentum.

Diplomats say the EU has generally been willing to take an economic and commercial hit by weaning itself off Iranian oil. The problem, they say, is that some EU members with shaky economies, like Greece, Spain and Italy, import a large share of their crude from Iran.

If implemented, the measure could be devastating to the Iranian regime. Europe, along with South Korea and Japan, account for 50% of Iranian oil exports. Both Japan and South Korea might be persuaded to abandon Iranian oil over concern about how their companies could be affected.

Finding alternate supplies will be key. As one Western diplomat put it, "If you can convince a country to turn away from Iran, the question is how that will affect supply. And there are as many views on this as there are people."

For now, diplomats say Saudi Arabia remains the alternative supplier of choice. Intense discussions are taking place with Saudi rulers about picking up the slack. Saudi Arabia's disdain for Iran (remember the famous WikiLeaks cable in which King Abdullah urged the United States to "cut the head off the snake") gives diplomats confidence Riyadh will step up.  There is also hope that increased production in Libya and Iraq over the next year will help compensate for the loss of Iranian oil.

Dennis Ross, who until recently was Obama's chief adviser on Iran, said it's all about timing and trying to keep oil prices stable. The administration, he said, wants to move gradually to avoid a sharp increase in oil prices.

"If you create a spike in the price of oil, they're still going to be able to benefit because they're selling oil," he told an audience Tuesday at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. "But if you can phase it in in a way that there is a reduction in the amount of oil that they can sell and it doesn't produce an increase in the prices, then they are suffering even greater pressure and suffering even greater loss."

In his first post-administration address, Ross said the greatest danger posed by a nuclear Iran would be the increased likelihood of a nuclear war in the Mideast.

Unlike the Cold War, where the United States and the Soviet Union had channels of communication, Ross said the complete lack of communication between Israel and Iran makes the potential for a dangerous miscalculation "enormous."

"You are not going to have a stable situation where anyone can feel that they are going to wait," he said. "If there is the slightest indication that Iran is changing its readiness, can Israel wait?"

Ross said that when Obama says he is committed to preventing Iran from going nuclear he means it, just like he made good on his promise to capture or kill Osama bin Laden. And that includes by military means.

"The administration prides itself on a certain reality that it does what it says," he said, adding that when Obama "says all options remain on the table, it doesn't mean that force is his first choice, but it means that that's an option that he intends to exercise."

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  1. YASMEEN

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    April 6, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  2. UnderPressure

    The only "pressure" towel heads understand is pressure waves from high explosives.

    December 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • Ahmadine

      We are trying to get back with our energy program that West cannot stand. Iraq was invaded illegally under the weapons of mass destruction idea that no one found weapons of mass destruction. U.S. killed "dictator" Saddam and then appointed another dictator right now. So U.S. could mind their own business. They do not like to see countries flourish. U.S. fuel other countries as well to rise up against Iran for no reason, this is called cradle jack fruit seeds using cats.

      December 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Reply
    • Ahmadine

      You must be careful what you said, Iran can shake the world or hold it still

      December 14, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Reply
      • Hahahahahahahahaha

        hahahahahahahahahaha!!!! No really!!! hahahahahahahahahaha.

        December 14, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
      • George

        Iranians need to be constantly reminded they are neither liked or welcome in the United States.

        December 26, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • Greedy Banker

      fake khazar jew wear bowl tags on their heads – they like to think it makes them semetic. Towel heads, bow tags, whatever . . . if it is a zionist . . . shoot it and kill it.

      December 14, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Reply
  3. MrHillter

    Should have let me continue. They were next.

    December 14, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  4. TOny

    the number 1 problem in america..... People forgot how to think.... were so bathed in luxuries... we stop thinking... for a second think about our own country... were BULLIES... we've been stealing for years !. untill we all stand up... are graves will continue to be dug. united we dont stand. because no one wants to think anymore... just listen to what they here

    December 14, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Reply
    • popeye47

      I agree 100%. This country has become complacent and a bunch of obese people. They don't want to think,become informed or anything educational. Give me this or give me that. Our needs have become confused with our wants. Everyone wants a bigger house or bigger car. Americans use more of the planet's resources per capita than any other nation on earth. We waste more, eat more and complain more.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  5. Mladen Andrijasevic

    If CNN accepts links here are the links to the mentioned article and blog

    Deterrence is irrelevant
    http://www.jpost.com/Magazine/Opinion/Article.aspx?id=244996

    MAD is Dead
    http://www.madisdead.blogspot.com/

    December 14, 2011 at 10:20 am | Reply
    • Jim

      MistyXoXo Posted on Thanks for the post, Clarice. My doctor first cespusted that I might have arthritis, but the hand x-rays came back normal and that's when he considered Lupus. I hope you get through the winter without too much pain!

      April 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  6. Mladen Andrijasevic

    Unlike the Cold War, where the United States and the Soviet Union had channels of communication, Ross said the complete lack of communication between Israel and Iran makes the potential for a dangerous miscalculation "enormous."

    What nonsense! The danger is not in the “complete lack of communication” which is just the consequence of the real reason. The danger lies in that the doctrine of mutually assured destruction that worked well during the Cold War and prevented a nuclear war from starting between the United States and the Soviet Union is not applicable to Iran any more. To Iran MAD acts as an inducement, not a deterrent.

    In the Jerusalem Post article Deterrence is Irrelevant, Israel Kasnett wrote:

    “Iran is led by a group of irrational men who believe they can hurry the arrival of the Mahdi – the 12th Imam who, according to Shi’ite Islamic tradition, went missing in 874 CE and will return under conditions of global chaos. The Iranian leadership appears willing to sacrifice the population of its own country to achieve this goal.”

    For a detailed analysis of the real problem google MAD is Dead Bernard Lewis

    December 14, 2011 at 10:03 am | Reply
  7. joe d

    look and see who has lied us into reckless Mideast wars...the neojew neocons from top to bottom..you just can't trust them anymore.."Office of Special Plans"..look it up..these are the same scumbags who are tring to lie us into another war with Iran..http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_Special_Plans...all for the turd called israel..Americans or Israel first.
    I choose America...AIPAC/Israel=9/11

    December 14, 2011 at 9:03 am | Reply
  8. joe d

    "ignore the conspiracy theories", "ignore the old jewish canards" "your antisemetic waaah waahh waaah"does not wash anymore. Guess what people..it's mostly true.. and we "True Americans" are finally realizing that these people have been kickek out of evey country, persecuted for 1000000000's of years not because on their religion but becuase they have decimated every society that has excepted them...from country to country they go...stealing, coniving, undermining...the world has had it with these professional lying financial terrorists..Unfortunately the U.S. is their last fronteir and we are all feeling the effects of how AIPAC/Israel/israel first idiots have destroyed our once great country
    AIPAC/ISRAEL=9/11 GO RON PAUL2012!

    December 14, 2011 at 8:44 am | Reply
    • rick

      i tried but couldn't write down to your level. but as long as you support Ron paul, the sane people can rest easily. keep up the posts from the good "ole" USA . Your stupidity is profound.

      December 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Reply
  9. joe d

    ISRAEL THE WORST INVESTMENT IN U.S. HISTORY..Americans will realize the failed experiment called israel is just not worth it..what have these sniveling backstabbing cowards ever done for the U.S...nothiing, nada, zilch..ctickets chirping..becuse of israel we got 9/11..plain and simple AIPAC/ISRAEL AND THE TRAITORS THAT SUPPORT THEM=9/11

    RON PAUL 2012

    December 14, 2011 at 7:39 am | Reply
  10. MC99

    For all you Iran lovers who state that Iran was screwed by the US ask a Persian what he thinks. Prior to the '79 revolution Iran was ruled by Persians and not Arabs. Now it is a muslum run state not a republic like the US. A religous state is not much different than a dictatorship. Both see abuses, one because of ego and another because of extremeists and normally dictators are more benevolent.

    December 14, 2011 at 7:28 am | Reply
    • joe d

      save your bull turd..Americns helped the british overthow an democratically elected leader..all for oil..
      it's people like you that support ther terroist state of israel then cry like a biiiiiiiaaaatch when attacked like 9/11..
      It's called blowback to all you idiot Israel lovers out there..it's no different then when some thief from europe goes to Israel steals some land, bulldozes someones house then get blown up by a suicide bomber..don't cry about it biiiatches...you reap what you sew

      December 14, 2011 at 7:47 am | Reply
      • rick

        its reap what you 'sow" , not "sew", and thats how we know you are writing from gaza and not the US. so when you send one rocket and get back 100, remember that you reap what you "sow" and that is why the rest of the world has tired of your crying "oh, woe is me, everyone picks on us, the US, the US congress, the west, the zionists, the jews, the hindus, the eskimos. why oh why, oh woe is me"

        December 14, 2011 at 7:54 am |
    • joe d

      I'm writing from Gaza...HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH..nope . writing from the good ole U.S.A. not the Jew S A...
      I am 100% American with no dual citizenship/loyalty like most backsabbing zionists are...Dual citezinship. what a joke pushed on Americans, thanks to AIPAC owned congress who also puts Israel interests above our own...abolish dual citizenship and let's watch the rats scurry...American first "True Americans"

      December 14, 2011 at 8:11 am | Reply
  11. joe d

    RON PAUL 2012!!!

    December 14, 2011 at 7:11 am | Reply
  12. joe d

    It has become to our realaztion that Israel is the worst investment in U.S. history..what a joke..the financial terrorists have done more damage to the U.S. and it's reputaion then all muslim terrorists combind..thank out traitors in congress and thank the traitors that support the rabid zionazis in israel..time to kick these greedy dirtbags to the curb

    December 14, 2011 at 7:11 am | Reply
    • rick

      you got the part about Muslim terrorists right. the rest of the article, not so much. If you ever try to pass yourself off as an English speaker in the future you should take an elementary english spelling class, but english is probably not taught in your madrassa

      December 14, 2011 at 7:20 am | Reply
      • joe d

        the truth hurts don't it leech...picking on my speliing and grammer...don't you have somthing better to do like stealing some land or bilking some old couple out of their life savings...you love israel so much pack your bagels and go move there..AIPAC/Israel=9/11

        December 14, 2011 at 7:31 am |
  13. joe d

    zionist jews dragging us down with them..what has this country become..shame on our traitors in congress. shame on the traitors that support them and the turdstain called israel

    December 14, 2011 at 7:05 am | Reply
    • rick

      writing from basement in gaza, palestinian Joe cries "boo hoo, its the jews , its the zionists Its the West, its the US Congress, , its everyone but us. now they are picking on Iran, our hezbollah armorers and making it harder for us to send rockets into Israel. Oh woe is me, why does the Us and the Uk, and the European Union, and the Hindus and everyone pick on us and Iran, oh, woe is me".

      December 14, 2011 at 7:15 am | Reply
      • joe d

        bernie madoff..is that you??

        December 14, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  14. Sirned

    I used to live in Iran. The language translation can come out wrong often times because words or phrases having different meanings in one country are translated with a different meaning in another country and tend to raise eyebrows. Just think of how we say crack a window. In England they would think we were going to break a window. The same understanding of Irans careless rant against Isreal sounds much worse in translation. Also keep in mind that common place exagerations used are often used in Iran as our politicians do here for political purposes.

    December 14, 2011 at 5:51 am | Reply
    • Ed

      Are you kidding or you think the rest of us are fools? Translation my @ss

      December 14, 2011 at 6:50 am | Reply
    • Dan

      You are not pointing out anything new Einstein.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:57 am | Reply
    • Greedy Banker

      More zionist crap!

      What U.S Congressman is sponsoring this latest legislation that Obama is now willing to "play ball" with? Does this legislator have dual israeli and U.S. citizenship????

      Come on, let's just get it over with and have WW3!! In the end there will be no more israel or zionism. It will be snuffed out. America will lose and be buried, a product of a once good idea, made sick by zionism's control of our congress.

      The world hates zionism. I hate zionism. All of isarLIES is guilty and they all will have a price to pay when they get nuked right after they nuke Iran. So, let's just do it!

      Yipppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! No more israel!!! Yippppppeeeeeeee! No more zionism or fake jews.

      Death to the nasty dirty evil khazars!!!!!

      December 14, 2011 at 6:58 am | Reply
      • rick

        you must be sharing a hut with JoeD crying "woe is me", its the jews fault for Syria, they attacked the arabs i 1948, 1967, 1973, we didnt do anything wrong , ever"

        December 14, 2011 at 7:57 am |
      • joe d

        this is coming from a guy living in a cardborad box pickinG his nose on some illegal outpost in the turdstain called israel...ISRAEL/AIPAC=9/11

        GO RON PAUL!!!!

        December 14, 2011 at 8:13 am |
      • rick

        A palestinian banker seeking the destruction of the US? terrific post. shows what you truly are thinking and why you remain in miserable refugee camps instead of coming out into the daylight

        December 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  15. Gool

    Americans are bunch of hypocrites. They can have thousands of nuclear bombs and actively pursuing more sophisticated ones, but other countries cannot. Get rid of your own stockpile before accusing and wanting to stop others from acquiring it.

    December 14, 2011 at 4:37 am | Reply
    • Paolo

      It's good to be King!

      December 14, 2011 at 6:03 am | Reply
      • Greedy Banker

        King of crap (caca, poo, nasty khazar – it's all the same)!

        December 14, 2011 at 7:00 am |
    • Mike D

      S.T.A.R.T.

      Look it up.

      December 14, 2011 at 6:26 am | Reply
    • TheFatherofLies

      We're allowed to build them. We have a © on the things.

      December 14, 2011 at 7:10 am | Reply
  16. Mike

    "If implemented, the measure could be devastating to the Iranian regime."

    Complete bunk. The oil market is globalized. Stopping consumption of one source in one place only spurs consumption elsewhere. In actuality, this measure will simply shift the Iranian product into markets less US-friendly, and bolster anti-western alliances and partnerships. This does nothing to impede the Iranian nuclear program (they've got the Russians helping them for crying out loud), it only adds misery to the danger.

    December 14, 2011 at 3:32 am | Reply
  17. Lee

    I find it amazing. Even if Iran is trying to go nuclear who are we to say no? Frankly if I were the leader of Iran, I'd be trying to build a nuclear weapon ASAP since it is the only thing that will prevent the West, (U.S., NATO, Israel) from attacking it. When we have these same sanction against other nuclear countries such as India, Pakistan, Israel then and only then would I support sanctions against Iran. Let's face it, we're still po'd because they overthrew the dictator we installed for them.

    December 14, 2011 at 3:15 am | Reply
    • rick

      who is "we" , Lee? the US? the European Union? the Arab league? almost everyone in the world except you and your friends in Tehran and Gaza?

      December 14, 2011 at 7:24 am | Reply
  18. anti-zionist

    It's ok to hate Muslims because Jews say so.

    December 14, 2011 at 2:53 am | Reply
    • RadioResearch

      Nonsense! It wasn't Jews or Christians who knocked down the Twin Towers or who are performing suicide attacks and waging Jihad against the Western World. No, people hate Muslims because their "religion of peace" is a complete hoax and they have perpetrated some of the worst crimes against humanity. I wish I didn't have to put it this way, but there are still too many people out there who believe otherwise. When these radicals settle down and behave like rational human beings, then perhaps the hatred of them will also subside, and they can be taken off of the protected species list in so many countries and be handled just like any other group with a murderous bent!

      December 14, 2011 at 6:13 am | Reply
      • Greedy Banker

        I hate zionists and fake khazar jews!!

        Please China nuke israel soon!!

        December 14, 2011 at 7:01 am |
      • Greedy Banker

        The zionist fake khazar jews are responsible for 9-11 – israel is nor our friends – Remember the U.S.S. Liberty, Jonathan Pollard and the crummy zionist in American with dual israeli and u.s. citizenships – they are loyal to the dirty evil zionists in israel and are traitors to America.

        Everyone of them should be shot and jailed.

        END ALL SUPPORT TO THE DIRTY EVIL zionists in israelies!!

        The whole world hates israel – also zionism = racism!!!

        December 14, 2011 at 7:09 am |
      • joe d

        no. it was our onesided support for the turdstain called israel that has brought Americans terror and financial destruction..I knew this day was coming..it was just a matter of time..israeli/jewa are not hated becusae of there religion they are hated because thay are a bunch of self-seving, backstabbing, sniveling cowards that have committed genicide with our help..time to throw AIPAC congress to the curb..Israel is the worst investment in U.S. history..it is a failed experiment..like frankenstien

        December 14, 2011 at 7:18 am |
    • rick

      I love this post. It is the classic Muslim/Palestinian mantra: " Oh, woe is me, everyone hates us because of the Jews, Nothing we did of course, its not because we kill athletes, send rockets, attack the US with suicide bombers, Woe is me, they hate us because the Zionists tell them to, the US and the UK hates us even though we are so gentle, the Hindus hate us, the West hates us, why? what did we do? oh, woe is me. what is wrong with wanting to throw the Jews into the sea?" this poster isnt even aware of how tired this rhetoric is!

      December 14, 2011 at 7:32 am | Reply
      • joe d

        sorry your "ignore the conspiracy theories", "ignore the old jewish canards" does not wah anymore. Guess what people..it's mostly true.. and we "True Americans" are fially realizing that these people have been kickek out of evey country, persecuted for 1000000000's of years not because on their religion but becuase they have decimated every society that excepted them...from country to country they go...stealing, coniving, undermining...the world has had it with these profesional lying financial terrorists..Unfortunately the U.S. is their last fronteir and we are all feeling the effects of how AIPAC/Israel/israel first idiots have destroyed our once great country
        AIPAC/ISRAEL=9/11 GO RON PAUL2012!

        December 14, 2011 at 8:42 am |
  19. NoGr8rH8r

    Know what we did when Mr. Manicotti wouldn't give us back our Nerf football after it landed in his yard? Let's do the same thing to Iran !!!! This time, we'll double up on the toilet paper !

    December 14, 2011 at 2:40 am | Reply
  20. Jannai

    America is the root of all terror. America has invaded sixty countries since world war 2. America invaded Iraq in 2003 and killed 1,000,000+ innocent Iraqi people and displaced 5,000,000+ Iraqi.
    In 1953 America overthrow Iran's democratic government and installed dictator.
    Now America is a failed state with huge debt. America's public debt will be 23 trillion by 2015.

    December 14, 2011 at 2:29 am | Reply
    • Louis

      It's good to be The King !!

      December 14, 2011 at 3:34 am | Reply
    • joe d

      king of crap....

      December 14, 2011 at 7:19 am | Reply
  21. MG.

    "more pressure on Iran is in the works", which translated means, that Obama is probably going to try using harsh language on them! ...people here in the U.S. don't listen to him, why should the Iranians? ...LOL

    December 14, 2011 at 2:26 am | Reply
    • bettyboop33

      Right, just like Osama Bin Laden wasnt listening to President Obama & he is reaping the benefits of that choice.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:46 am | Reply
  22. svann

    If you buy oil from a corporation or from a broker how do you know where the oil originated?

    December 14, 2011 at 1:03 am | Reply
  23. Chris, Austin

    There is always going to be some highly complex global set of excuses why gasoline in the US continues to be outrageously expensive. If we stopped worrying about where oil comes from, and stopped "sanctions" against oil-producing countries (which have yet to accomplish ANYthing in all of history), if we got gasoline in the US back to, maybe $1.50 a gallon, our economic growth would go through the roof. Then, perhaps, we wouldn't have to cut a trillion dollars from the military. Go ahead, pile on with your excuses about growth and rising population and demand. I don't believe a word of it. Saudi Arabia alone has plenty of excess capacity. They like the price of crude right where it is. So does everyone else, apparently.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:57 am | Reply
  24. joey.s

    Time to bring them to the table and give an ultimatum, either you pull down your pants and let the UN do their job or we will nuke you.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:54 am | Reply
  25. mfx3

    Now's the time to force their hand. Throw the book at them and either put an end to them diplomatically or force action on their part that will result in their demise militarily.

    December 14, 2011 at 12:43 am | Reply
    • Greedy Banker

      Throw fire on the zionists first – a nuclear fire!

      December 14, 2011 at 7:10 am | Reply
      • rick

        JoeD, greedy banker and ron paul. do you think ron paul agrees to be part of this unholy triumverate?

        December 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
  26. dbc

    "They took my drone and I put up a parking lot. Do wop wap do wap."

    December 14, 2011 at 12:26 am | Reply
  27. FlopFlipper

    More sanctions won't devastate Iran. They'll just find another ready and willing buyer in Russia and China.

    Any sanctions that aren't countersigned by Russia and China are completely worthless and in fact counter productive, because such a sanction drives the relationship between Iran, China and Russia closer together and farther from the US.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Reply
    • mfx3

      But it also puts more of a financial burden on those countries, making Iran a very expensive pet project. I say go for it, let China and Russia waste their money and resources on Iran and then take them all down a notch. You know, like they've done to us in Iraq and Afghanistan.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:45 am | Reply
      • Marianne

        That's what you get for Googling up some late-night mid-podcasting takeout. Google knows all.Imagine what the Great G would gssgeut if you were to ask it for Tea. Earl Grey. Hot.' ?

        April 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  28. Heisenberg

    We are "choosy" because Iran is a true extremist country.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Reply
    • pockets

      Have you ever seen the shopping malls and condo's in Teheran, Unreal in the cleaniness department. Why is it the news media keep showing pictures of people riding donkeys in these countries. They are ultra modern. Its the progaganda machine at work.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Reply
      • wordsdontmatter

        sad to say but if their is ever a nuclear attack in Middle East, I fear Israel will be the one to do it. scary but they have proven to be very aggressive and can't take any losses and if they felt threatened, falsely or for real, i am afraid they will do it before Iran or anyone else ever would. We should sanction them 😉

        December 14, 2011 at 12:23 am |
  29. whaa?

    The good people of Venezuela are rejoicing

    December 13, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Reply
    • Jan

      I like the Bobby Rude build on the outside with his failmy. Really adds to the heel character turn for any wrestler, but only now do I finally see them doing it. I hope he is champ till 2012.

      April 7, 2012 at 12:25 am | Reply
  30. Kevininvancouver

    Why? Let them live as they want. Let us not be reactionary.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Reply
  31. Panjshir

    i dunno what is happening with us citizens why no one is saying anything after their gavornoment is telling lie after another lie. i am from afghanistan i have suffer much from taliban and alqaida. it was us and isi of pakistan with the funding of saudi arabia that made taliban. after september 2011 attach american got another chance to destory taliban and alqaida from their routs but they kept feeding them like wild dogs now taliban and alqaida is 10 times stronger then before. it is not iran who the world must be running after it is saudi arabia and pakistan. iran has an history and respect for humanity dont be fool from ur media and tv.. iran wont arm any country if usa and isreal let them live their own lifes.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Reply
    • whaa?

      The difference is Iran is dumb enough to publicly declare their ambitions to wipe other nations off the planet.

      North Korea as a country is starving, just as North Korea as a people is starving. Resolution will come.

      If Saudi Arabia wants to wipe other countries off the map at least they are smart enough not to tell anybody.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Reply
      • whaa?

        Sorry... the Pakistanis only seem to have a problem with Punjab India, and they are both nuclear armed already, no worries there. (See: USA vs USSR 1970 – 1990)

        December 13, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
      • mullah dadullah

        israel is not a country,nor a nation.they are european thugs hijacking old people's history and maintaining american millitary base in occupied palestine,which is staging area for amerivan criminal enterprises in the middle east.

        December 13, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
      • wordsdontmatter

        saying something and meaning it are two very different things.. other cultures (i lived in spain 6 years) are more emotional and use words in a different way and verbal threats than in the states. We tend to have a cultural ideal that you always should do what u say, and take offense at words directed at us etc..

        wordsdontmatter.. and sometimes weaker people only have words but they become a strength when the opponent emotionally or foolishly gives them power and reacts back...

        havent you ever got mad or know someone who tells a friend or loved one in anger..they hope they will die or whatever.. besides washington says a lot to us and many different things to others.. our foreign policy is like the mafia and we let them do too much... when washington leaves US border they transform to something near evil... while we are left holding the bag..the people.

        open ur eyes.. we do not need are these troops everywhere in the name of freaking national security. its international security.. and it is driven by private and special interest not domestic or our interest.

        then they play silly games giving us false choices when we could have much better ones... post 9/11 the move to the diatribe of a "WAR" on terror.. has so hyped this crap up that the avg person who never said these words says it all the time.. its disgusting and after a decade i do not want to be talking like this and have a FP that creates more problems for us than it solves for the next 30 years. sadly the kids growing up now are going to think this is reality and they will be even more warmongering or terrorist crazed.. its counterproductive and there is more to life to focus on.

        heck we could have found a cure for cancer which kills more than terrorist if we focused that much energy on it..if it was really in public interest..

        December 14, 2011 at 12:30 am |
    • Harry Tank

      "iran has an history and respect for humanity dont be fool from ur media and tv."

      HAHAHAHHA – That's a goodin'. Please post more humor.

      December 14, 2011 at 12:39 am | Reply
      • matt2

        Of course they do. At least they don't fool you and just try to build their own country. Our sociopath leaders can not see a country ruled without them and did their best to stop them with any means. They never threatened Israel, whatever they said so far is a prophecy that all christians and all jews believe on that. But Israeli warmongers's plan to attack Iran is always in the news.

        The one who said our presidents' friend (Saudis family) did not say anything against Israel should be nothing more than a regular american who knows nothing more than drinking and partying and helping war criminals by being stupid. Look at the history of Israeli-Arab wars. And of course it was more like a joke. Who can believe that Americans who where totally controlling Saudis oil (the only source of Saudis income) did not give permission.

        Wake up people... wake up! before it is too late.

        December 14, 2011 at 3:03 am |
    • Roberto

      Can I get unemployment?NO .you have to have had a job and lost it trguohh no fault of your own to draw unemployment.there are also numerous other criteria which include that you have a significant tie to the workforce, have earnings in the past 5 quarters and those earnings are high enough to qualify. the job you lost must have been covered by unemployment insurance etcetera .

      April 7, 2012 at 1:12 am | Reply
  32. Deryk Houston

    It seems that the US will not be happy until it forces Iran to abandon inspections and simply go for broke. Let's face it ......they don;t even want Iran to have control over it's own fuel cycle. No one else would give up their right to maintain control over their fuel cycle and yet the west demands this from Iran. Yes..even if Iran simply wants it for civilian purposes. The west wants full domination. It will accept nothing less. This will lead to catastrophic results and the west will have to absorb the mess. Why are we doing this? Why do we allow our leaders to play chess with our future? This will lead to war.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Reply
    • whaa?

      because the Iranian government has this strange habit of expressing the desire to wipe other nations, cultures, and peoples, off the planet.

      December 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Reply
      • wordsdontmatter

        a simple history lesson from 1953 to 1979 would clearly show you Iran has a right and reason to not trust washington or the states... "we" or wash totally screwed them and the CIA overthrew a democratically elected and popular govt simply because DR mossedegh wanted to nationalise the oil from Britain who gained rights in past imperialism there. Truman turned down the CIAs plot with MI6 but dulles said wait until next year as his bro would be in white house; so dulles bros then convinced new president in 1956 Eisenhower to do it. they freaking overthrew the govt, put the shah in place who became progressively more aggressive and it led to the 1979 iranian revolution. that is why among other things when Eisenhower left office he gave his famous speech in 1961 warning us , the people, that the greatest threat to our future is the growing military industrial security complex... look it up and watch it, as its old and in black and white and quite ominous when u watch it in context. most Americans we are ignorant of the world, and even our own history.. i assure you those in office are not.. if u were iran, u would feel justified in not trusting us . iran was one of our best allies then too and totally trusted us and even Truman was trying to help them and give advice and then they got betrayed worse than a wife cheating on u.. once MI6 and CIA were successful began the new company BP in Iran. You must view all iran's actions NOW under the islamic revolution as they never forget and maintain a living memory while we forget everything every 4 years here.. us being offended and mad at them with UK calling them aggresive is like your cheating ex wife who was with your best friend and both of them calling you a dick...for being mad and hoping they die.

        December 14, 2011 at 12:39 am |
      • wordsdontmatter

        typo 1953 dulles bros talked Eisenhower into it in first few months of his presidency... as MI6 lied and with CIA help convinced him of a potential communist plot from dr mos govt which was admittedly untrue.. heck Israel trained the SAVAK who tortured women and people as secret police under the shah for people who refused to accept his legitimacy.

        beyond that the military guy who arrested Dr mossedegh in the coup was killed finally in 1979 revolution..

        they have a reasonable beef made worse by our ignorance and wash and Uk obstinance..

        December 14, 2011 at 12:42 am |
      • matt2

        No oppressor will survive long enough. It does not matter if somebody said that or not. It does not even need outside action. It is just a nature of human history.

        December 14, 2011 at 3:06 am |
    • rick

      written with a script provided by the Iranian minister of propaganda from their office in Tehran.

      December 14, 2011 at 7:36 am | Reply
  33. whaa?

    MY FELLOW AMERICANS

    What part of this do you have a problem with?

    This amounts to an economic blockade of Iran by just about every country that matters except China and Russia.

    This also will produce a precedent and covenant for dealing with extremist countries who rely on oil to fund the madness.

    That leaves North Korea and rope around that neck will eventually work.

    This is a non-violent tool that will produce regime change in Iran.

    Iran is the next domino to fall (once Syria plays out). The good muslims of the middle east are tired of the bs.

    Support them.

    Imagine what these countires could do with massive oil revenues put to good use.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Reply
    • whaa?

      Bob McPrejudice,

      Nice take.

      December 13, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Reply
    • whaa?

      p.s.

      If I read this correctly, Russian and Chinese companies doing business in the US would feel the pain as well.

      Strangle the money supply that feeds the snake, kill it from starvation.

      Much better alternative to war, cut the head off.

      December 13, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Reply
    • wordsdontmatter

      get real russia and china are big factors in why it wont work and if u read the article spain, italy are big buyers of iran oil. the EU crisis is going to even make this more of an imperative. not everyone wants to bow to US ' demands and needs all the time esp when its private interest and special interest no our domestic interest or spain or italy or their interest... they have long relationship with Iran and know history and as well people get tired of getting bullied and badgered by US. We do not even get much oil from that region only about 20% for the states..

      and the economic crisis fraud is on its way back to states really soon.. so u should worry about sanctioning wash and controlling our FP and shoring up our lives as u are in for a SHOCK soon.. i will be in brazil 2015... good luck

      December 14, 2011 at 12:48 am | Reply
  34. Realist

    The U.S. Congress is owned by Israel. Ron and Rand Paul might just be the only decent people in that cesspit of traitors. Americans need to take their country back before these insane zionazi's get us vaporized.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Reply
    • whaa?

      nobody is doing any vaporizing but us. (arrogant, but true)

      And anyone who doesn't realize the capacity our military has to vaporize things better take another look at reailty.

      December 13, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Reply
    • joe d

      GO RON PAUL 2012!!

      December 14, 2011 at 7:22 am | Reply
      • Ron Paul

        please Joe D, dont use my name anymore. you are nuts

        December 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm |
    • rick

      cassandra chu aka CCHU aka mohammad now posting as "realist": again the muslim/palestinian mantra: its the jews and the zionists that are at fault, oh woe is me, why does everyone pick on us poor peaceful palestinians/"

      December 14, 2011 at 7:39 am | Reply
      • joe d

        coming from an idiot that supports scum that has beeen kicked out almost every country on the planet...buddy, your not hated because of your religion, your'e hated becuase of you thieving backstabbing sniveling and sneaky ways..Sorry Pollard, madoff...whoever

        AIPAC/ISRAEL=9/11..GO RON PAUL 2012

        December 14, 2011 at 8:20 am |
    • Ron Paul

      please dont use my name in conjunction with your nutty posts

      December 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Reply
  35. RA16897089

    What ever happend to those Iranian War ships that were suppose to sail over here and harrass our shore lines? To much of a temptation to defect by the boat load?

    December 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  36. Steve

    Saudi Arabia, the bation of Democracy. They be-headed a woman for "whichcraft". Obviously they fear witches.
    Let's send over some more drones.
    The Chinese can use all the Iranian oil. The Iranians are confident, they have two superpowers behind them.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  37. So what big deal

    so amyjean and oblamo can keep each other in power if they start something.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Reply
  38. huh1

    What a dumb idea. Does the US government think Iran won't simply find some other buyers for their oil?

    December 13, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Reply
  39. OY88

    I find it extremely sad and ironic that your name/headline reads "True American" and yet you can't even write a complete sentence.

    "I wish our goverment fix issues at home and let us prosper"

    Your missing a auxiliary verb like "would".
    Example: "I wish our government WOULD fix issues at home and let us prosper"

    ...People who dont even take the time to re-read a comment for basics like sentence structure are ridiculous. How are you going to prove to other readers that you have a valid point and that your an educated person when you cant even write a complete sentence?

    December 13, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Reply
    • Jason

      And you're using "your" when you should be using "you're".

      December 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Reply
      • OY88

        I wrote a complete sentence. I never promised impeccable grammar, just a complete sentence was all I was asking for.
        I will also say that at least my mistake was a common one that most people do when commenting....like writing their/there or your/you're or were, we're.
        The fucking point is that you could at least read my sentence and understand the point I was trying to make without having to fill in the blanks. 🙂

        December 13, 2011 at 10:42 pm |
    • davisnet

      You might want to think and re-read your own posts before attempting to school someone on their grammar and spelling. Not only did you use the word "your" incorrectly but you also missed the period at the end of your example sentence. Another mistake was in the sentence "Your missing a auxiliary verb like "would"" where your "a' should be "an".

      The first post made one mistake but yet you made three. I guess you're the sad and ironic poster and not the one you accused...

      December 13, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Reply
    • CaliMafia

      OMG, it's the invasion of the English majors

      December 14, 2011 at 12:39 am | Reply
  40. bob mcneil

    AIPAC will not rest until the world's economy is in the tanks ...
    and all this only for Israel's benefits...
    Just to keep Israel the only superpower in the middle east...

    When will American public wake up ????

    December 13, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Reply
    • popeye47

      AIPAC and Israel own the USA. Before Israel gained nationhood, the thugs were some ot the worst terrorist. Read about The King David bombing in 1946. Also the killing of usa crewman on USS Liberty, and The Lavon Affair. And others. Now they want to start a war with Iran. If our leaders go along with it, they all should be hung. Especially after the IRAQ WMD debacle.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Reply
      • eg

        yes to both

        December 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
      • rick

        "our leaders". who are these leaders you are referring to? its amazing that posters posing as Americans lack even fundamental knowledge of proper spelling and syntax. Your leaders obviously live in Gaza and "woe is me, is the jews fault" remains your mantra even after rejected by anyone with a brain

        December 14, 2011 at 7:48 am |
    • Chris386

      I see the Israel bashers are up late tonight. Then again when you're 35 years old and live in your parents basement there's not much else to do except post your garbage.

      December 14, 2011 at 2:50 am | Reply
      • joe d

        and your probably sitting in a wooden crate on some illegal settlement in israel picking you nose wondering how your going to steal some more land from the paleatineans...israel the worst investment in U.S. history..Israeli/jews the most dutrustful people on earth..the true terrorists..the financial terrorists AIPAC/israel=9/11

        December 14, 2011 at 7:26 am |
      • Kurt

        Per ora, a parte il teaser che mrsota poco o nulla, possiamo giudicare solo la grafica dagli screen..b , dire che non ben realizzata non ha molto senso. Se gli sviluppatori puntano su una base grafica a "cartoon" poco importa, quello che conta che sia realizzata bene! E qui, secondo me, di atmosfera(come dice galilee) e grafica "tetra" ce n' abbastanza..secondo me pi che soddisfacente

        April 4, 2012 at 2:37 am |
      • Augusto

        Ragazzi ma state parlando senza ooingzicne di causa, ormai il gioco completo e verr rilasciato in europa il 19 di questo mese e se volete dei video andate su youtube. Un gioco per essere rilasciato in Europa dev'essere pur per forza multi5.

        April 6, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
    • rick

      americans have awakened to the deviousness of the palestinian mantra of "woe is me, all our problems are caused by the West, the US, Israel, the Zionists, the Jews, the Hindus, etc" as a result of the continued tired rhetoric contained in posts like yours. we thank you for proving our point>

      December 14, 2011 at 7:43 am | Reply
      • joe d

        I think berie madoff said the same thing after bilking billions from his investors

        December 14, 2011 at 7:49 am |
    • rick

      and the palestinian apologists keep on spewing their paranoid bile. The Palestinian mantra continues: "woe is me"

      December 14, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Reply
  41. True American

    North korea can have Nuclear weapon, so does Isreal, India, pakistan, US, France, but Iran cannot have and we have being calling up everyone to put pressure.

    I wish our goverment fix issues at home and let us prosper

    December 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Reply
    • a well-wisher

      so true. why is the us gov't so hypocritical and choosy on who can and who cant have nukes? besides, its a war in the mid east, not in america. if we just left all those countries to battle it out and stopped sending them billions of $, we could us that money to further research alternative energy sources here in america. once thats done, who gives a sh@t if iran has oil or not?

      December 13, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Reply
      • davisnet

        When was the last time we gave Iran billions for anything other than the purchase of oil? As soon as you and the rest of the world are ready to give up the internal combustion engine we will. Until then it will be the same as usual. That means no more planes, trains, or automobiles. It also means your gardener will raise his rates when he has to give up his powered lawnmower for a push mower. If you managed to catch the gist of this article the whole point was that we ARE trying to stop the flow of money into Iran. The problem is the consumption of Iranian oil is minor compared to all the other countries who buy from them (as the article states). Our goal is to put pressure on those countries so they stop buying from them also. Once that happens Iran is finished.

        December 13, 2011 at 11:10 pm |
      • Jimh77

        Well-wisher, if it was that simple, it would have been done many years ago. As we are now a Global Community forf the most part with a few exceptions like Iran who is a spoiled child at the moment that needs to be spanked and to learn how to get along with the rest of the Community. Cutting off their funding is the very best way to make a change. Much better than dropping thousands of tons of bombs, destroying infrustructure and killing of innocent lives. Until they can behave with the rest of the world, they need to be punished for their past actions and wants of destroying other parts of the community.

        December 13, 2011 at 11:24 pm |
    • rick

      "our government"?? you mean Hamas?

      December 14, 2011 at 7:44 am | Reply
      • Rick is a Troll

        Do not feed the trolls, they get paid per post.

        December 14, 2011 at 10:59 am |
      • rick

        brilliant post. considering the source, it's a compliment

        December 14, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • rick

      "we", that is Americans are prospering in comparison from where you apparently are writing from, Gaza? the Palestinian mantra, still crying "woe is me, its the jews, the zionists, the West, everyone but us that prevents us from prospering"

      December 14, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Reply

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