November 21st, 2011
11:36 AM ET

U.S. to join U.K. in new Iran sanctions

By Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty

The United States will name Iran, as well as its Central Bank, as a “primary money laundering concern,” on Monday but not place sanctions directly on the central bank, a senior Treasury Department official tells CNN.

The U.S. will also sanction a number of Iranian companies allegedly supporting Iran’s nuclear program, the senior Treasury Department official said.

The announcement comes on the same day Britain cut all financial ties with Iran over concerns about Iran's nuclear program, the first time it has ever cut an entire country's banking sector off from British finance, the British Treasury announced.  Canada also announced new sanctions.

The Treasury Department released a statement saying that Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be make remarks at 430p ET Monday to "outline new steps the United States is taking to increase pressure on Iran."

The actions come in response to a recent report by the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) which expressed serious concern over what it said was Iran’s continuing work on its nuclear program.

Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that Iran is probably less than a year away from being at a point that it will be too late to stop its nuclear program.

"It's true that it wouldn't take three years, probably three quarters, before no one can do anything practically about it because the Iranians are gradually, deliberately entering into what I call a zone of immunity, by widening the – the redundancy of their plan, making it spread over many more sides," Barak said on Fareed Zakaria GPS.

U.S. has been considering action against the Central Bank of Iran but officials became concerned that a full sanction could have a negative effect on the world economy because of the potential impact on oil prices.

This weekend, Elise Labott reported the US will impose fresh sanctions against Iran’s petrochemical industry, citing diplomatic sources.

A number of congressional members have been calling for sanctions against the central bank amidst questions about how much the current spate of sanctions are actually working.

soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. Airman

    Its time to drop the bombs. Me and my buddies are ready for orders and we want to drop our bombs this tims. Please Obama send the order and we will deliver the biggest motherf()ck ever delivered from one country to another with 70 million Iranians fried to a crisp and the Iranian landscape turned to glass. Lets deleiver to them a Merry Motherf()king Christmas. Fu()k You Abudinejad!!!!!

    November 23, 2011 at 8:41 am | Reply
  2. rafael

    All the arabs hate israel for the occupation, and devastation that they have done to the palestinian people. Like it or not israel, u have to give up the palestinian territories. Maybe then ALL of your neighbors won't want your desruction !!!!

    November 22, 2011 at 12:09 am | Reply
  3. rafael

    Enough with sanctions already ! They don't work. Didn't work on north korea. Won't work on iran. I think instead, maybe its time to drop the hammer on these guys. I personaly don't care if they attack israel. The US is hated because of them(and for what ?).

    November 22, 2011 at 12:02 am | Reply
  4. Paul Willson

    And if the US military doesn't get funded look for Mid east tocome a well its not our problem area. Anyway what can more sanctions do to Iran ? Unless France China and Russia back us up the sanctions will be pointless.

    November 21, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  5. usaf2

    Bla Bla Bla Israel.....Bla Bla Bla Feinsten...Bla Bla Bla Sherman and Berman of Department of State.....Bla Bla Bla David Cohen of Department of State....This is not a war between US and Iran ......it is so Obvious that this is a war between our Powrfullllll Jewish Politicians and Iran, Our Politicians should be worried about our own problems not their homecountry Israel.

    November 21, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Reply
    • Islam4fools

      Ours?

      I didn't know Palestine was a part of US!!! Also FYI Iran has been sponsoring terrorism against the US and UK for ages.

      November 21, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Reply
    • rick

      do you know the names of any other Jewish politicians that you can throw around to support your twisted views? what about the Muslim, catholic and protestant members of Congress and the State dept. It is your world view that the civilized people of the world are trying to survive. Your desire for martyrdom is clear and should be rewarded. be my guest

      November 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  6. Gen Patton

    If you think that Iran is going to actually use nukes, then you all need to wake-up. Stop drinking the media fed Koolaid!! It may surpirse you (or not)....that there is a very good chance they already have them.....maybe they didn't make them, but they have them. Either way, if they fire, there are so many nuclear war-heads aimed at their major cities that the entire country will be wiped off the map with minutes.....there is no logic in them using them now or EVER.

    November 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  7. Thomas Jefferson

    If the US would mind its own business, as I and President George Washington both recommended in the infancy of this once great republic, I doubt that Iran or any other country would be considered an existential threat to the US that many today claim.

    November 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • rick

      if we minded our own business, we would all be speaking german. you clearly are a spokesman for Iran. . stop with your propaganda, we know who and what you are.

      November 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Reply
    • rick

      you appear to be working late. what time is it in Tehran?

      November 21, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Reply
      • Thomas Jefferson

        Way to build a straw man and ignore the fact that the founding fathers were against the very foreign policy you support. Instead of dealing with consequences of an interventionist foreign policy don't you think it would be prudent to look at the root causes of hostilities against us? Your vitriol adds nothing to the discussion and undermines your credibility.

        Instead of attacking me why don't you use facts, logic and reason to try and persuade me why the advice of our founding fathers no longer applies and why we must support action against yet another country.

        November 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm |
  8. American Citizen

    Hillary and Obama messed up big time. They refuse to talk about it.. About 30 CIA were busted in Iran the other day. They are probably dead by now because Iran executes spies...
    The CIA agents were trying to escape. They made it to the ocean but thanks to Obama sending troops home.. The Submarines that were supposed to be on stand by for this type of rescue were not there. Hillary and Obama assured the CIA team that the rescue people are in place. They lied to the CIA agents. This is what they do not want you to know. One of the CIA agents called Hillary from his Satellite phone pleading for help and inquiring why is Hillary and Obama not helping... Hillary just quietly hung up the phone like it was no big deal. There was a Naval ship in the region that could have helped but Hillary claims she did not want military intervention.
    Allowing your people to die instead of rescuing them is a No No.. The American people are smart.. If Obama authorized the U.S. Naval ship to rescue the CIA agents the American people would have understood that you were just trying to save lives. But no Hillary told Obama no rescue... and then she walked away.
    Hillary and Obama need to resign because of incompetence, inept and for being UN-American.
    How could you just hang up the phone when someone is begging you to save their life? That is Cold Blooded.
    You will never hear this story from Obama or Hillary because they want to look good in the public eye.

    November 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • Deathstalker

      Is this a fact? How can we know this is afact or not. What you just talked about should be highly classified. So how and why do you know about it. Maybe what you say really did happen and I hope the CIA makes it out alive.

      November 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • Sid

      Tom Clancy, is that you? C'mon!

      November 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Reply
    • American Citizen

      This is so sad when your own people abandon you in your time of need... Just like Government officials bailed out Big bank, Wall Street and special interest groups and forget about ordinary Americans. I guess Americans are OK with this UN-American behavior... My prayers go out to the dead...

      November 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Reply
    • Hilarious Cliton

      Well maybe the CIA was acting without the approval of the elected government.

      November 21, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Reply
      • American Citizen

        If you really want to see a good movie... Go see, "Act of Valor" You tube has plenty of trailers... That movie will show the hard work it takes to Keep Americans free.. This is why Americans must not put up with Elected Officials who will double cross you....

        November 21, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
      • American Citizen

        If you see a baby running across the street without its parents permission would you or would you not try to save the baby's life? It is about doing the right thing.

        November 21, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
  9. bluemax77

    Sanctions – please..!! That nuclear horse is out of the stable and over the hill already...

    November 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  10. Thomas Jefferson

    Shouldn't we be asking ourselves why our relations with Iran are so strained when they have friendly and peaceful relations with some of our other trading partners? Is war really the only option? Think about the costs in lives and money. Think about the further destabilization of the mid east that would result from it. Think about the fact that Iran is in compliance with IAEA regulations and that it's only speculation that they may be developing a weapon. And mere speculation has riled the public into such a frenzy that people are shouting for preemptive war based on little evidence yet again. I guess war is okay for many as long as someone else does the fighting for them and it doesn't come to their shores.

    War should be the last option and under the law of our land must be declared by the Congress, not unilaterally by the executive branch. And as my protege James Madison once said about war:

    Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes; and armies, and debts, and taxes are the known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. In war, too, the discretionary power of the Executive is extended; its influence in dealing out offices, honors, and emoluments is multiplied; and all the means of seducing the minds, are added to those of subduing the force, of the people. . . . [There is also an] inequality of fortunes, and the opportunities of fraud, growing out of a state of war, and . . . degeneracy of manners and of morals. . . . No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. . . .

    November 21, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Reply
    • rick

      your quite erudite. you must have received your education in an american or british school. however, it is clear you are an Iranian shill and what you are spewing is Persian Piss

      November 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  11. Loyd

    Top 10 Reasons some people and politicians in the USA want to waste Iran:

    1) You're justa itchin for another war. hell yeah!!
    2) USA is Israel's beooooootch!
    3) Oil baby, oil (for raw, physical possesion of it)
    4) Iran started the Oil Bourse to sell oil in other currencies
    5) Might be a good distraction to the mindless sheeple of your country away from the collapsed economy, which is worse than europe
    6) Put more bases in the Middle East!
    7) Make other countries afraid of you!
    8) Get to test new weaponry!
    9) Good excuse to keep the "War on Terror" alive and well after all the terrorist bombings start up at home after you attack them
    10) No more assasination attempts by the Iranian government on Saudi ambassador's using mexican drug cartel members!

    Ok, so the last 4 or so things in my list were there more to simply complete the list but they are probably all valid!!! USA, give it up already! Stop being the wold's un-requested policeman! Someone will put you in your place sooner or later (hint, Russia, China.....)

    November 21, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Reply
    • danny

      Keep Iran from blowing up the rest of the world would be my first and only reason!

      November 21, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Reply
      • Thomas Jefferson

        And how would they do that?

        November 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
      • Sid

        That's why the world should attack the USA. You guys have thousands of nukes, and aren't afraid to use them on poor civilians, like you did twice in WW2.

        November 21, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  12. Ghost374

    yes, let's keep threatening an attack on Iran...
    That's sure to stop them from developing nukes.
    Why would anyone want a Nuke, when your neighbors are so friendly to you?

    November 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  13. Paul

    The American economy control its inflation because there is a demand in the world to buy oil, which is only sold in US Dollars through the NY Exchange or London exchange. If Someone starts selling oil in other currencies will affect the demand for US dollars and generate inflation in the US. Sadam Hussein traded in Euros and was attcked. Iran is doing the same. They created an oil bourse to sell oil in other currencies and generate an excess supply of Dollars. This is all about Oil. The nuclear issue, true or not , is nothing comparing to the attack to the Dollar. The pen is more powerful than weapons.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Reply
  14. MAKO 10

    The actual truth is no one knows for sure if Iran is building a nuclear weapon, but the fact that they not only now have the ability to and would indeed use it, is the scare. Iran can not be trusted and could easily be far into the making of a nuclear weapon. Many believe Iran is building a Nuclear weapon and they are much closer to success than we had originally thought! I think the time for NATO to support Isreal in an air-bombardment of Iran's Nuclear facilities. The US however must add two more carrier strike groups to the Persian Gulf. The world can not afford to sit back and wait this out any longer. Sanctions do nothing, and Iran should be first removed from the U.N. Iran is laughing at this and laughing all the way to their underground basements. They will show the world their capabilities if we don't act now. North Korea will continue to assist Iran and I truly believe will sell Iran or lease out one their ICBM's when the time comes. Bomb Iran and risk starting WWIII or don't and let Iran start WWIII on their own. I would choose to strike now ask questions later. Or option C Iranians start their own uprise and oust the Iranian Government, which would prove difficult.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Thomas Jefferson

      How do you know they would use it?

      November 21, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Reply
      • Devil's Advocate

        With all due respect Mr. President I would like to play devil's advocate. Let us use President Truman's logic. The use of nuclear weaponry will save countless lives at the expense of a few hundred thousand. The use of nuclearweaponry will put an end to a long standing and murderous conflict and usher in an era of peace and prosperity. If Iranian leadership were to come to believe these conditions existed the use of nuclear weapons would almost certainly be justified in their eyes. I won't even cloud the debate with the Iranian willingness to wage proxy wars. I do not however advance the arguement that the U.S. should take military action. That would make the Iranian leadership feel at least one of these conditions has been met.

        November 21, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
      • rick

        why would we doubt your desire for martyrdom after you have said you want to wipe out another nation because their religion is different than yours?

        November 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
      • Thomas Jefferson

        I don't believe Truman's logic applies to this situation. when truman was president we were the only nation possessing a weapon. There was no threat of mutually assure destruction. If Iran ever decided to use one the retaliation would be swift and severe as they are surrounded by thousands of weapons. They know this. It is the reason they would do nothing, just as the soviets did nothing and just as north korea does nothing.

        I don't believe the US can afford another war. And I don't believe that iran is the threat many would have us believe. Our own CIA said as recently as 06 that they are not pursuing a weapon and the IAEA is only speculating that they might be trying to obtain one. I think we should learn from the conflict with iraq. How many people believed that they had wmd's and that we had to intervene?

        November 21, 2011 at 9:38 pm |
    • Thomas Jefferson

      How many wars has iran started in the last century? And where is the proof that they are close to getting a bomb? Please provide evidence so i can educate myself.

      November 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      I agree with Jefferson here. MAKO, you're out to lunch buddy.

      November 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  15. Reza

    hahahah Sanctions will do nothing, you American losers! Why don't you worry about your huge debt, and stop trying to muscle other countries around. China and Russia will light you up if you touch Iran!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • InForAPenny

      Neither China or Russia will do any such thing. They have not intervened in anything we have done militarily.

      November 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Reply
      • astutemind

        That's because the other countries we invaded were not as significantly in their interests as Iran is. Russia already said that if Israel attacked Iran unprovoked it would be a grave mistake.

        November 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
      • 561boi

        u must aint heard of the korean war buddy

        November 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  16. jwrj

    iran is not stable enough or responsible enough to make or keep nukes i think war is sure to happen iran is unstable and poses a direct threat to our allies god help us

    November 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • astutemind

      And you are certainly not stable enough to make such a comment especially given the fact that Iran has demonstrated remarkable restraint and has not attacked another country unprovoked in centuries even after having unprovoked acts of war committed against them from as far back as 1953. That screams stability. Israel on the other hand goes around attacking its neighbors unprovoked. The FACTS don't support your rhetoric. Your rhetoric supports your rhetoric.

      You have no case.

      November 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Reply
      • rick

        do you really believe that Israel has attacked its neighbors without provocation. You must have studied world history in a madrass. who attacked who in 1948, 1967, 1973 and oh by the way who won those wars?

        November 21, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
      • Mycology

        a lot of israel blaming and jew blaming going on here...

        November 21, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
  17. High Flight

    We've got an arsenal that'll make Nagasaki look like a firecracker on the Fourth of July, and they know it. Nobody wants that end. Everyone loses a fight like that, and we know it. They know that we know, we know that they know we know... and now we're in the land of international diplomacy. The trouble with sanctions is that it hurts the people, governments don't feel a thing. Both sides just blame each other for the misery. We're all cellies on this planet, we either get used to it and work together to break free or get it on and send the world to hell. Either way, be done with these charades. We don't have time for this nonsense.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Reply
    • Rob

      Iran wants nucs for one reason and one reason only and that is blow away Israel...........thay depise the country,
      better think again Iran........that is Gods country

      November 21, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Reply
      • Gen Patton

        That is an idiotic statement.....Israel has nukes too...Iran fires, Israel fires complete devastation and everyone dies. There is no logic in them using them now or ever.

        November 21, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
      • Mycology

        Patton, the point is, once the first nuke is launched, EVERYONE loses, It does not matter that the attacker would then be destroyed...

        this Mutually-Assured-Destruction logic only works with SANE individuals that value life

        Islam has made it clear: They do not value life, they value death and their 72 virgins, they are willing to die if it means nuking the infidels, whether that is NYC, London, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Beijing, New Delhi, I dont care – I dont want to see anyone nuked, not Baghdad, Tehran, Mecca, Cairo, Damascus,

        Iran cannot be trusted not to use nukes, or to give them to terror networks that they operate which exist over the entire planet (hezbollah).

        "MAD" does not apply to the iranian nuke equation.

        November 21, 2011 at 9:52 pm |
  18. Paul

    Iran has been attacking the US Dollar. They started a Oil Bourse to trade oil in other currencies. If they do that It can be really bad for the American economy. This is the real bomb. Do some research on Iranian Oil Bourse and petrodollars. The nuclear issue is just a smoke wall to hide the financial issues.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Reply
    • Myles

      true you know who else tried to trade oil in another currency (the euro). It was Iraq! and a mire 16 months later thier goverment was overthrown. a little bit of research would change alot of minds. No suprise to me if nobody actully knew this. Or the fact that all countires trade oil in dollars, without exception. And if you dont think thats a big deal then you need to do more research then the rest of us!

      November 21, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • rick

      if Iran is attacking the US dollar, why cant the US retaliate in kind with economic sanctions? what's good for the goose is good for the gander

      November 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  19. Willie 12345

    No more Twinkies for the Mullahs !! That will teach them.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  20. Luckyjack

    Fock Israel!

    November 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Reply
    • Viracocha

      Anybody care to guess why Israel refuses to allow UN inspectors to take a look at their own nuclear program? Anyone? It would seem like a double-standard to suggest that Israel gets a free pass in all of this, correct?

      November 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Reply
      • rick

        duh...when did israel threaten to wipe out a neighbor? can you see the difference? are you blinded by your anti israel pathology. stop typing for a minute and try to think this through

        November 21, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
      • Mycology

        Israel gets a free pass because they were NEVER A MEMBER OF THE NPT.

        Get it? Try and get it through your jew blaming skull, Israel, Pakistan, and India, all can have nukes, and no one can tell them otherwise, because they were never members of the NPT.

        The fact that you jew haters are only bothered by Israel having nukes gives away your hate.

        Israel also has been attacked multiple times, by enemies who are attempting to genocide the jewish people. Israel has not stated they wish to destroy anyone, they wish to live in peace. Iran has attacked numerous places in the world through its proxy terror network Hezbollah, they promise to destroy other nations in the world community, and they ARE a signatory to the NPT yet they do not comply with it.

        Big differences, which are obvious to someone who is not obsessed with Israel / Jews.

        November 21, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  21. Viracocha

    All this talk about Iran's nukes is just that, talk. Nevermind that in 2009 the IAEA and all 16 US intelligence agencies were in unanimous agreement that Iran is only enriching uranium for power plants and nuclear medicine. The source of the blather is really Kish Island, where Iran has successfully established the world's only oil commodities exchange that does not use the US Dollar. You see, there's only two other places i=on the planet where you can sell oil - New York and London - and in both places the US Dollar is the default currency for the oil trade. Iran gave the world another option, and this is what has the power brokers in the US and UK in a tizzy. Since using currency as a reason for going after Iran wouldn't get anybody's support, they figure they could use nuclear ambiguity to frighten uninformed masses, pretty much the same way they played on the fear of the big-military conservatives in order to rally support for invading Iraq.

    November 21, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Reply
    • Sean

      Yes, it has nothing to do with Iran’s open aggression toward its neighbors and threats to wipe a country of the map solely because it exists.

      November 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Reply
      • Patrick A.

        keep repeating the Same garbage printed in the JEWISH owned media.
        Just last week after that explosion in Iran,Israel former leader stated that he wish that More explosion come towards Iran.

        November 21, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  22. Kerry

    Oh yeah....this is really going to frighten Iran into complying. Iran will be the cause of Armageddon. That are that crazy. China and Russia will sit back and let it happen because they are that obtuse.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Reply
    • Viracocha

      Iran is many things, but they're not stupid.

      November 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Reply
      • rick

        I didnt think Persians were stupid either until they failed to correct the statements of their "president" that the Holocaust didnt occur. Now i'm not so sure.

        November 21, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  23. someone

    I say we take Iran out ASAP , and we need to have nukes rdy to fly at china and moscow if they send one plane to help Iran ..

    November 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • swich

      Great plan. No more than a few million dead if we are lucky.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Reply
      • Sean

        Hardly a dent in 7 billion.

        November 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  24. us1776

    Sanctions do not work against religious fanatics.

    They have a mental disease. No amount of sanction will help here.

    .

    November 21, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Reply
    • James

      I agree, look at the religious fanaticism in the GOP, they won't budge or negotiate with anything.

      November 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  25. Greg

    These sanctions mean War. The question is NOT whether the US can afford it (of course we CANT afford it), the REAL question is whether non-western bloc nations such as China, Russia, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Brazil, and Turkey will get involved and if so, can a planet such as ours afford another WORLD WAR? The last time we had a World War we violated Galactical Laws....I support peace at all cost, please don't let the universe down.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • swich

      Greg, we haven't even started bombing Syria yet. We will start killing Iranian people in due time. Let the rulers of the empire work according to their schedule.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  26. ajgorm

    Ok so lets say we all work it out and every country can sell bonds and have austerity it still wont work sooner or later the axis of evil will resurface..TO THE RIGHT-> audiose.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Reply
  27. ajgorm

    The brits need to chill big time. How cold can it get in Britain !

    November 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Reply
  28. ajgorm

    What the pure races have not figured out it dont matter what you call yourselves your all birds of the same feather. You either learn to live together or learn to live by the sword till you do.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  29. john1

    it is all about israel

    November 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      Of course it is, but you won;t hear a mention of that in the news.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Reply
      • toad

        and not oil?

        November 21, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
      • rick

        are you and John sharing a pipe of something or is it just an irrational bigoted position that you are espousing?

        November 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Hobie

      Yep. American Evangelicals need the Jews sitting on that land so that the wonderful end of the world can finally come (Doomsday cult, no?). And the Islamists conveniently hate the Jews, in part, for the fatal poisoning of Muhammad by a Jewish woman.

      The world must awaken from the long, slow nightmare of religion.

      November 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  30. midllefinger

    Big bad wulf US needs pipsqueak UK to help bail it out of Iran mess. What a lot of BS!!!

    November 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  31. Thomas Jefferson

    Of course I do not want them in possession of a weapon but the fact remains that they are in compliance with international law and are allowed to develop uranium for energy purposes. So is it worth going to war with another country at a time when the US economy is in shambles when their is little evidence that they are even developing a bomb? North Korea has one. Am i supposed to believe that their leader is more stable than Iran's? The soviets had thousands of them pointed at us yet nothing happened because they knew what the consequences would be. Iran is not that stupid. They do not want war with the US.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Reply
    • total non sense

      Iran is that stupid, but Islam (and muslims) are that stupid....... how come it is so hard to understant that danger that Iran is for the entire planet?

      November 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Reply
      • Thomas Jefferson

        How come you advocates of yet another war can provide no evidence that iran is developing a bomb nor prove that they are in violation if international atomic laws and regulations? Our country is broke and our politicians are driving us towards yet another boondoggle in the mid east. Is this all really necessary? I'm hearing the same arguments made for going into iraq. Where is the evidence? Please provide it so I can educate myself.

        November 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
      • midllefinger

        because the US is MORE STUPID than Iran and needs to be NUKED by these maniacs before it lifts its middlefinger to do a fackin thing about it!

        November 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
      • Thomas Jefferson

        What do you think the consequences would be for them in that scenario? You really think they are that crazy? And shouldn't we have evidence that they are in fact developing a weapon rahter than speculate? Kim Jong is not the most stable guy and his country has bombs yet they are not doing anything. I guess Iran is just that much crazier?

        November 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
      • swich

        Tell me how many nations has Iran bombed or invaded in the last 15 years?.... 0
        Now how many has America? I lost count soemwhere around 5 or 6.

        November 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
      • marty

        a little history to the ill informed (you). In over 100 years Iran has attacked no one. NO ONE. They have been invaded and attacked on numerous occasion. During WWI, they were invaded by Britain. In WWII they were invaded again by Britain and the Soviets. After the British installed Mossadegh, he privatized the country's oil and BP (British Petroleum) was created. Immeidately thereafter the US through a CIA backed coup overthrew Mossadegh and installed the puppet regime of the Shah of Iran. He tortured and killed hundreds of thousands of Iranians under the guidance of the US through the Savak Secret service, who were well known for their expertise in torture. When the 1979 Revolution occurred, the Shah ran off to the US where he died at Cancer at Sloan Memorial Kettering hospital. Immediately thereafter, with the help of the British and the USA and Israel, Saddam Hussein was supplied with Gas and chemical weapons and killed hundreds of thousands more Iranians over an 8 year period. Maybe if you weren't so brainwashed by the Zionist owned media in the USA, you might have a clue. If I were pointing a nuclear waepon at you, like Israel is pointing at Iran, what would you do? Why is it alright for the Israeli's or for that matter, any country, to have a nuclear weapon and not Iraq. I agree they shouldn't have oone, but I don't think anyone should. If a country wants a nuclear power plant to make electricty, it should be carefully monitored (including ours) so we don't see another Fulushima por Chernobyl happen. There's your history lesson. I'll send you the bill. PS. You're a dick.

        November 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Kelly

      International law requires Iran to full disclosure and transparency which is something Iran is excellent at avoiding. That's how this whole mess started. Iran is concealing its program and now we're calling their bluff.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Reply
      • Thomas Jefferson

        Provide proof please. Under international law, new facilities must be reported 6 months before they become operational. Iran was not in violation of that. The west simply made it seem like a secret facility even though it was still under construction and would take years to become operational.

        November 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • raptor57

      i am sure everybody is a winner, no body is a loser in that pathogenic mind of yours, but please do some research on shia islam and then tell us the world is safe !!

      November 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Reply
      • Thomas Jefferson

        We should not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy. Iran has no beef with Chile. Why is that?

        November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
    • rick

      them? you mean you. cut the crap. your positions are taken directly from the Iranian handbook on obfuscation [ look it up]

      November 21, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  32. Umm

    I'm going to go ahead and say it...
    If I were Iran I would be trying to get nuclear weapons also. Israel has their's. The mighty US has their's. How the hell else am I to protect myself. I'm not saying Iran is a beacon of freedom, but I also don't blame them for trying. If the US didn't have them already we wouldn't be the super-power we are, and I know well enough that if we didn't have them we'd say "FU, we are going to get them whether anyone else likes it or not."
    I'm tired of the "do as we say, not as we do" crap.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Reply
    • total non sense

      Iran is a ENEMY ISLAMIC COUNTRY, it must be cripple and not allowed to possess any nuke thech or signifiant military.

      Iran is a enemy of menkind and must be DESTROYED at all cost. it is the only path to peace.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Reply
      • Umm

        Enemy of everyone? Oh, well gosh, I wish someone would have told me sooner. Seems like the problem's solved then. The entire world needs to take Iran out. Does the rest of the world know yet? We should let them know.

        November 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
      • raptor57

        the only way to peace (according to islam ) is the destruction of mankind !!

        November 21, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
      • Noel

        Your name says it all!!

        November 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
    • Skompton

      Iran hides not that they will blow up Israel once they have the capability to. They do not hide they fact they will blow Israel off the face of the earth. They do not hid the fact they they will wage war with the Western world...Ummmm....the world is safer without Iran having nuclear power.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Reply
      • Umm

        Oh sorry, I didn't realise that I said that the world would be safer if Iran had them. Typo I guess.

        November 21, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
    • rick

      the last time i looked the only theology promoting martyrdom is radical islam. US citizens dont expect virgins in their lives, at anytime, especially not as a reward for blowing up women and children who dont agree with their world view.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Reply
    • rick

      as pointed out by others, the US, UK, Israel , in fact the rest of the world , even North Korea , are not threatening to wipe out another country. should we consider these threats as "idle" threats? why? It sounds like you are a spokesman for those in Iran who can talk the talk but are afraid to walk the walk.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Reply
      • Thomas Jefferson

        and Iran is threatening to wipe someone out?

        November 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
  33. Jason

    "Terrorists" are ill with an evil mentality that this world is dominated by greed and excess. So are Americans. We have a Dr. that specializes in birth, and he we are ready to see America reborn under his watch.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • ajgorm

      WoW how prophetic of you quite good I would say..Obsession and greed were here before America so you might remove a branch but not the root. The root cause will never leave it is beyond your shovels reach.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  34. Socrates

    Iran expected to face new sanctions from Canada, U.S. and Great Britain !Great! We can't allow any country in the Middle East to have nuclear weapons. That area is too volatile. Next will be Israel, a country that has more than 300 nuclear weapons.
    Although no official statistics exist, it has been estimated that Israel possesses 75-400 nuclear weapons, including thermonuclear weapons in the megaton range. Delivery mechanisms include Jericho intercontinental ballistic missiles, with a range of 11,500 km.[ Additionally, Israel is believed to have an offshore nuclear second-strike capability, using submarine launched nuclear-capable cruise missiles. The Israeli government maintains a policy of deliberate ambiguity on whether it has nuclear weapons, saying only that it would not be the first to "introduce nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Former International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Mohamed ElBaradei regarded Israel as a state possessing nuclear weapons. Much of what is known about Israel's nuclear program comes from revelations in 1986 by Mordechai Vanunu, a technician at the Negev Nuclear Research Center in Dimona, who served an 18-year jail sentence as a result. Israel has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but supports establishment of a Middle East Zone free of weapons of mass destruccion.
    Israel is believed to have developed an offensive biological warfare capability.[2] Israel is not a signatory to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC).[15] It is assumed that the Israel Institute for Biological Research in Ness Ziona develops vaccines and antidotes for chemical and biological warfare.[16] While Israel is not known to be producing biological weapons currently, there remains speculation that Israel's ability to start production and dissemination, if necessary, remains active.

    November 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
    • ajgorm

      Yeah right blow up Iran and watch the refugee crisis unfold right into Israel then into America... ..Israel and the rest need to get along .Period !

      November 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Reply
    • total non sense

      This exacly why all of Iran's Nuclear/miilitary installations must be completly destroyed. Iran belong in the stonesage and need to be keep there. no country rulled by islam (and with proven terrorist link) can bee allowed to have any of nuke tech. the future of the planet depend on it.

      November 21, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Reply
      • Thomas Jefferson

        Pakinstan has nukes. So does north korea.

        November 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • rick

      to argue that since a country already has nuclear weapons therefore every other country should have them is to argue that Somalia, Jamaica, and Easter Island should have them also. the idea of non proliferation is to reduce and eventually rid the world of these weapons and not enable every tin horn theologian to obtain them so he can martyr his whole country. Your argument fails from the weight of its ludicrousness

      November 21, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Reply
      • Thomas Jefferson

        Well fortunately there is little evidence to show that they are even developing them. If there is then please provide me with links so that i can educate myself. Also, my point is that many regimes unfriendly to us have them and do nothing because they know what the consequences would be. So i am wary of our country going into another war when i think it can be averted at no cost to us.

        November 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  35. ajgorm

    Could you ever imagine a Brit asking before they take ? You need a NWO because your BROKE !

    November 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  36. rad666

    Big deal. Iran still has Russia and China to do business with.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  37. dontbehater

    Our country has become a paper tiger. We look mighty and super but we can't do anything about "hostile" nations like N. Korea, Iran, China, and the oversize yapping chuhuahua Chavez in Venezuela who keep insulting our country. UN security counsel is a joke, kind of like our congress, divided in 1/2 and never agreeing on anything. What will the useless sanction do when Iran do most of their trades w/Russia, China?

    November 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  38. Thomas Jefferson

    To those in support of sanctions and potentially another war i ask you how substantial is the evidence that Iran is developing weapons right now rather than energy? I can't find anything saying that they are in violation of international atomic energy regulations.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • ajgorm

      Listen TJ they have taken us over without firing a shot now what do we do ?

      November 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm | Reply
      • Thomas Jefferson

        I don't understand what you mean. They are half way around the world and many other countries have nuclear bombs. Mutually Assured Destruction is a strong deterrent. Plus I can't find any evidence that they are not in compliance with international regulations. If you have this info please provide me with links so that I can educate myself.

        November 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
      • ajgorm

        Flip a coin heads or tails ?

        November 21, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
      • ajgorm

        You are Thomas Jefferson and you do know what firing a shot means ehh ?

        November 21, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
    • ajgorm

      What they failed to tell you TJ is why do they want to have what we have so we go broke before they do..uhuh ! ...

      November 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Reply
    • rick

      your research skills need sharpening. read the latest reports of the IAEC [ which you can find under "international atomic Energy commission"]

      November 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Reply
    • rick

      as an apologist, you have failed. your arguments are too pat and obviously prepared by your ministry of propaganda. better start writing under a different pseudonym

      November 21, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  39. Brathead

    All Iran is looking for a reason to go to war with us. They have blatent disregard for us simply because we are the US and I feel that they fuel the fire in the middle east about hatred of the US.. It's a shame the people of Iran and all of the other middle eastern countries have to be lied to on how bad of a society the US is. If any of the people of those countries can read this, just because we live in the US doesn't mean that we agree with everything that our governemtn does. That is part of what makes our country a great place to live. We can speak out against our goverment and not fear prosecution, toture or death.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Reply
    • Thomas Jefferson

      Where is the evidence that they are developing weapons and not energy? Fact is they are in compliance with all international regulations and the US is still imposing sanctions on them. No one wants war with the US. That is crazy talk.

      November 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
      • Political Porn

        Actually, they are in violation of International law. Considering that they're acting against the UN and actually acquiring material and supplies to build its nuclear program. Why would we want a country who is as defiant as Iran with a nuclear bomb. Better yet, why would we want a nuclear Iran, one who believe the holocaust never happened and one who would like to see a WHOLE COUNTRY (Isreal) blown off the map? This is not same ploy Bush ran to go into Iraq...Iran actually poses a threat.

        November 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
      • Thomas Jefferson

        Political Porn,

        Please provide evidence for your claim that they are in violation of law. Countries are allowed to develop uranium for energy under international law. You do know that don't you? The new IAEA report simply says they may possibly have a "military dimension" to their program. And that they would like to see further evidence to dispel this concern that they have. But inspectors are still being allowed into the country.

        November 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm |
      • Thomas Jefferson

        Of course I do not want them in possession of a weapon but the fact remains that they are in compliance with international law and are allowed to develop uranium for energy purposes. So is it worth going to war with another country at a time when the US economy is in shambles when their is little evidence that they are even developing a bomb? North Korea has one. Am i supposed to believe that their leader is more stable than Iran's? The soviets had thousands of them pointed at us yet nothing happened because they knew what the consequences would be. Iran is not that stupid. They do not want war with the US.

        November 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
      • ajgorm

        Who would of believed Pearl Harbor would be BOMBED ! or that we would drop the BOMB ! shet happens..

        November 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  40. ajgorm

    They want to procure every resource in America they will go after our national parks next. We are alien slaves.They steal our resources from our fields and mines while in transport. as we do the work for them. Liberal slaves ! LOL...

    November 21, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  41. ajgorm

    Israel has nukes if they get taken over by a mad rush of a million rebels led by Hilary and BO what can they do but surrender..Then they have nukes. NK can sell them and Pakistan has them ..ARE WE THERE YET !

    November 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  42. neil

    sanctions
    sanctions
    sanctions
    sanctions

    That is all we can do while they develop, aim and fire at us

    November 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm | Reply
    • Buzk

      Said the zionist who wants the "US" to fight Israel's war.

      November 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Reply
      • rick

        actually its the US, UK, France and most of the civilized world that wants Israel to fight Iran for them. are you by any chance dyslexic and read backwards?

        November 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
    • SB

      Paranoid? Israel already has nuclear weapons. Seems everyone forgot.

      November 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  43. sam

    HAHA like that will hurt them..Oh yea OK

    November 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  44. ajgorm

    The Brits think they are above the euro but then dont want to leave the euro but then dont want the euro but then again want the euro as they side with America against their own.. We been hijacked by the DO NOTHINGS..Time to close our borders become neutral and kick out the UN !

    November 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  45. Thomas Jefferson

    Who has links to articles showing that Iran is in fact trying to develop nuclear weapons and not nuclear power? Where is there evidence of this? Also, where is the evidence that they have not been in compliance with IAEA rules and regulations and that they are not allowing UN inspectors into the country? Our own CIA has said that they are not developing nuclear weapons. Do you people really believe that Iran does not know what the consequences would be if they ever used one?

    Has the whole iraq fiasco taught us nothing?

    November 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • ajgorm

      I would ask if a bear wipes his donkey with a rabbit fur but I wont..Who dropped the first bomb then the second and third ..the dominoe effect cant be stopped can it ?

      November 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Reply
      • Thomas Jefferson

        How many weapons did the soviets have pointed at us? is Iran less stable than North Korea which now has one? Fact is that Iran has been in compliance with IAEA and NPT requirements. Everything about them developing a bomb is pure speculation. And even if they had one they know what would happen if they used it. How many does the US have? How many does Israel have?

        November 21, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Sam Crow

      Why don't you go there and find out for us. You can be greeted with much hospitality at the Iran/Iraq border. Just go hike by it and you will be setup with accommodation for your whole trip. Please report back when you return....if you return.

      November 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Reply
      • Thomas Jefferson

        Because I am not qualified and am not a UN inspector. But there are inspectors who do go there. I'm simply making the point that we should know all the facts before making a rash decision and not buy into war propoganda again which could lead to another conflict and cost lives and treasure. I ask again, where is the hard evidence that they are developing weapons? If there is none then why are there so many advocating war or sanctions?

        November 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
  46. ajgorm

    read it and weep try some of your own medicine for a change !

    November 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • Bellic

      Their own medicine? When have they ever sanctioned us? Never. You sir, are an rtard, and need to just go away forever. Don't post a comment when you have no idea what you are talking about. mooron

      November 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
      • ajgorm

        I have read your history do you live in a BOX ?

        November 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm |
    • ajgorm

      Fish on ! I caught a big one here. Just a matter of time..No really my appologies for out smarting you..Using some sad remarks gives brits reason to show their superiority. I love the way you dot your eyes and cross your tees as you have been told to do ..BUT my point is .. To be liberal is not a sin..

      November 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  47. ajgorm

    The Brits dont have much besides america to keep them in business we cant keep supporting their materialistic give me attitudes forever. Obeday they will need to use their own resources and that means taking from the rich...I say dump the brit NWO agenda and save america. The brits need to join the euro and the rest of the EU and stop being the evil step child using America to do their dirty deeds done dirt cheap. Britain would sell us to save themselves..

    November 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Reply
  48. Thomas Jefferson

    Also, I have not seen a report claiming that Iran is not allowing IAEA or UN nuclear inspectors into the country. Please post this evidence if you have it.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Reply
  49. THE END IS HERE

    WAKE UP, THE US WILL NOT SANCTION THE CENTRAL BANK BECAUSE OF OIL PRICES AND THE ECONOMY, BUT THEY WILL LET IRAN AQUIRE A NUCLEAR BOMB. THEY ALREADY HAVE ONE. WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT TO THE INFIDELS, MONEY OR WAR? SAVING LIVES OR KILLING THEM. BUSH KILLED THOUSANDS, NOW OBAMA WILL ALLOW ISREAL TO BE "WIPED OFF THE MAP" YOU PEOPLE SHOULD GET YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR REAR END CAUSE THE ONLY THING YOUR GONNA REMEMBER IS.............POOOOOOOFFFFFFFFFFFF!

    November 21, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Reply
    • Kilo19

      I assure you Israel won't be wiped off the map. They can more than handle Iran.

      November 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • thetruth

      I bet your one of those people who thinks the world is going to come to an end soon too, hahahha

      November 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  50. Sarge

    We can thank our so-called "friends" the Russians for helping Iran with their nuclear facilities to begin with. Once the Soviet Union collapsed, there was a fear that any one of their many nuclear weapons could fall into the wrong hands. But they seem to be just fine handing out the entire technology to the highest bidder. They've been playing against us since forever. Offering their hand in peace but handing out goods in backdoor deals to unsavory nations that we have to go in and clean up.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Reply
    • SB

      That sounds strangely familiar...hmmm

      November 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Reply
    • Sam Crow

      Russia will always be that "backstabbing" friend you can never trust. Same for China. Neither have integrity, none what so ever.

      November 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  51. AL

    This is a joke, sanctions have never worked. Leaders like the one in Iran only know one way to surrender their cause, and that is when they are in a casket.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Reply
    • LostinSpace1

      Don't worry, Obama will cut and paste Irans information and replace it on the "stern" letter of warning he sends to North Korea when they act up!!! I

      November 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  52. SB

    Last count, we still had over 5,000 nuclear weapons. We need to stockpile 5,000 just in case we have to destroy Jupiter.

    November 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  53. danial54

    Drop a nuke on the plants, then ask them how they like the stuff. No country should have that crap available to them. It is a world poison.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • LostinSpace1

      Did you seriously think about your post before you typed it? Drop a nuke of them and see how they like it, and in the same comment said "No country should have that crap available to them. It is a world poison." LOL, okay, so if no country should have it available to them......who's going to drop the nuke on them?

      November 21, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Reply
    • Davidr

      "Drop a nuke on the plants, then ask them how they like the stuff. No country should have that crap available to them." Hmmm. What you really mean is, no country other than the US...

      November 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  54. Buzk

    More dirty work for Israel.
    Another war for Israel.
    60+ years of misery and manipulation
    and counting...

    November 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm | Reply
  55. 46thPres

    Sanctions are as effective as the US Congress.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • LostinSpace1

      Nice!!!!! LOL and true, careful, they will be coming for you now 🙂

      November 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  56. Hoofleau

    Of course they will. To think that we actually fought the British to gain our own country's freedom during the American Revolution. Now America is skipping hand in hand with the UK to occupy, dominate, and invoke unwanted ideals in other sovereign nations. Shades of "Braveheart". Iran is next, but I assure you, it will be the toughest and will last for a very, very long time. Have you got deep pockets America?

    November 21, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Reply
    • rick

      deeper pockets than Iran

      November 21, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • Hoofleau is a bum right on Rick

      It's all in the name.

      November 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • JOH

      Not when China and Russia are backing Iran; America's deep pockets don't mean much. Sanctions on Iran should never be taken lightly and we shouldn't push them around. The only reason there is real tension is because of Israel. Piss of Iran, Russia and China will engage in WWIII.

      November 21, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Reply
      • rick

        always Israel's fault is it? pretty simplistic view of world politics. take a pill and lie down. maybe you will feel better and think straighter.

        November 21, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
      • Sam Crow

        aint gonna happen.

        November 21, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
      • Tazz

        I say bring it on to both of them

        November 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • Christopher Kaiser

      I completely agree, Hoofleau. The simple fact of the matter is that the same trick is being played on the consciousness of the American people as was done with Iraq not too long ago. Don't be so thick. This "CNN Security Clearance" page looks like a child's toy, as well. Just saying. The Project for a New American Century, which was a neo-conservative think tank back in the late 1990's, had a list of countries that they wanted to go in to. Iraq, Afghanistan, and Iran were all on the list. They said that "absent some catalyzing event, like a new pearl harbor" it would be extremely difficult to go into these countries. This isn't to say that the military/industrial complex is politically aligned to the "left or the "right". Not at all. That division is an illusion that is propped up by seemingly important issues like gay marriage. Don't be so thick! 😦

      November 21, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Reply
      • Keith

        Saudi Arabia is a brutal and corrupt dictatorship. Their people hate the government. Soon, there will be a civil war and the House of Saud will fall. The Wahabi Muslims will gain control and break all the Aramco leases on the grounds they were dirty deals with a corrupt government will cut-off the supply of light sweet crude. Iran and Iraq are our strategic reserves.
        Gulf War I was to shut-down production in Iraq to protect our reserve supply. When the U.N. inspectors said there were no WMDs we went in again with GW II. This was to keep the price of Oil up to keep the Saud family in-charge.

        November 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Kilo19

      Occupy? Occupy what? What in the hell would we want to occupy Iran?

      November 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Reply
      • SB

        Why did we occupy Iraq...oh yes, that preventative war. Because Saddam had "WMD." He was part of the evil terrorist agenda. He tried to aquire yellow-cake. He was supporting al-Qaeda.
        We starved Iraq with sanctions, and painted ourselves as "liberators" of the starvation we helped cause.
        Oil. Oil is why.

        November 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • Sam Crow

      LOL, Tough, Iran. Dude, really? We walked through Iraq in 4 weeks TWICE. Iran had a war for 8 years with Iraq and lost millions of soldiers. We will walk through Iran in 4 weeks or less too. Iran has like 12 navy boats. WOW.....>This major factor is this. If we go there to rebuild your nation, then we have a problem. Yes we would be there for a long time, but full out war, not rebuilding, and not "make a new govt' for you nit wits, we would be done in weeks and it would be easy. But you keep drinking Amhjadnutsack juice.

      November 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  57. benfreidmouth

    DE JA VU all over again. First Iraq and now Iran.

    At the end of all this another claim of WMD lie is going to be made and a war started? How gullible can we be??

    Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on ME!

    November 21, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • JOH

      It's not deja vu in this situation... Iran's threat for WMD is very real. They've been the ONE country that has been researching and engineering with nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons for a LONG time. The Iranian leaders also vowed to take out Israel. Not that it matters to me... but get the facts straight. Iran isn't some country like Iraq. Iran is a middle-east powerhouse.

      Their claim for Iran having nuclear weapons COULD be credible only because of what Iran's stance is with nuclear energy. However, the reason why we should avoid war with Iran is because if we ever attack Iran; Russia and China will attack us and thus begins the WWIII. Same goes for attacking North Korea, who also has WMD (aka nuclear bombs).

      November 21, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Reply
      • rick

        russia and china are not going to war with the US over Iran. They are not going to use their nuclear weapons to protect the Iranian theocracy. Since Hiroshima and Nagasaki , not to mention Cuba, nuclear weapons have been off the table, see e.g. korea, Vietnam, etc. your hysterical rants are not adding anything to an intelligent assessment of the available sanctions for Iran's ignoring the nuclear non proliferation treaty

        November 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm |
      • Thomas Jefferson

        Who has links to articles showing that Iran is in fact trying to develop nuclear weapons and not nuclear power? Where is there evidence of this? Also, where is the evidence that they have not been in compliance with IAEA rules and regulations? Our own CIA has said that they are not pursuing nuclear weapons. Do you people really believe that Iran does not know what the consequences would be if they ever used one?

        November 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
      • SB

        That's the same bull we got served last time. It was pretty believable then too.

        November 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • Kilo19

      You hould research a bit before making a statement like that. Iraq DID have nuclear facilites in the early 80's, and Israel took them out. Iran will have it's own, and Israel will once again either take them out, or start a war. This isn't mustard gas plants they're building, it's nuke all the way. Hopefully we won't have to do anything as Israel should be able to handle on it's own.

      November 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Reply
      • astutemind

        Iran is not Iraq in the 80's and the world given the economy is in no position to tolerate and illegal and unprovoked Israeli attack on another country. Try again.

        November 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  58. holdem

    "officials are afraid that full sanctions will hurt oil prices" Are you serious? I'll pay $20 a gallon to wipe Iran off the face of the earth.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • Hoofleau

      You probably still have a full time job and haven't been affected by the economy to make a statement like that. Plus you are probably a Republican for Romney. The last thing we need is another war.

      November 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Reply
      • rick

        war is probably inevitable if Iran and its theocracy does obtain nuclear weapons. might be better to take action now and not wait until its too late

        November 21, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
    • holdem

      I refuse to feel guilty for having money but you should feel some guilt for using your unemployment as a reason to not address issues with a hostile regime.

      November 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • astutemind

      You could pay with your life for all I care. What you would pay is of no importance to me.

      November 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  59. Daddy2010

    Sanction the debt super committee.

    November 21, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Reply
    • Hoofleau

      Fire them all!

      November 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Reply

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