Iran gobbles up U.S. wheat
March 20th, 2012
01:00 AM ET

Iran gobbles up U.S. wheat

By Tim Lister and Emily Smith CNN

Iran is buying American wheat for the first time in three years as it seeks to hedge against the growing impact of sanctions and weather-related crop shortages. Some 120,000 tonnes of hard red winter wheat grown in the Plains is on its way to the Islamic Republic, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The sale of another 60,000 tonnes has been finalized, according to trade sources, and Iran may ultimately buy some 400,000 tonnes of U.S. wheat this year.

The purchases are part of a massive effort by the Islamic Republic to build up its grain stockpiles amid growing difficulties in financing imports of everything from steel to palm oil. At the same time, Iranian companies are devising elaborate workarounds to find new markets for crude oil exports.

Exports of U.S. wheat to Iran are legal. U.S. and European sanctions against Iran exempt agricultural products. The major U.S. commodity traders - Bunge, Archer Daniels Midland and Cargill - won't comment on whether they were involved in the deals, but Cargill told CNN that it "does sell agricultural commodities to Iran as food is specifically excluded from the sanctions" implemented because of Iran's nuclear program.

"We take great care to ensure that these sales respect both the spirit and the letter of the law while trying to make sure that ordinary people are not deprived of basic foodstuffs," a Cargill spokeswoman said.

According to USDA figures, 1,564,000 tonnes of U.S. wheat were exported to Iran in 2008, when the country was suffering a drought, and 312,000 tonnes the following year. Iran has also bought smaller amounts of U.S. soybeans and corn.

Once again, analysts say dry weather is in part driving the sales.

"Iran's appetite is driven by drought, a desire to build up grain inventories and hedging against the future impact of sanctions," says Shelley Goldberg, director of global resources and commodities strategy at Roubini Global Economics. "Inventories were getting quite low last year."

State-owned and private Iranian companies are devising ways to overcome the shortage of hard currency, using barter, gold and currencies such as the Indian rupee and Russian rouble. Traders say it also appears that Iran's Central Bank has stepped in, making foreign exchange available to facilitate imports.

Iranian importers are also looking to Pakistan for several hundred thousand tonnes of rice and wheat this year as part of a complex barter deal. Pakistan has a wheat surplus.

A spokesman at Pakistan's Ministry of Water & Power, Tanveer Alam, told CNN Monday that Pakistan was planning to export one million tonnes of wheat in exchange for iron ore and fertilizer.

Such elaborate deals are making up for difficulties with more conventional trade relationships. "Even though wheat and agricultural products are not targeted by sanctions, there is a growing reluctance to do business with Iran. It's a case of bad karma,' says Goldberg.

In recent weeks, several cargoes of grain destined for Iranian ports have been diverted to other countries because of payment problems, according to commodity traders. U.S. and European sanctions against some 30 Iranian banks have produced what financial sources call a "chilling effect" - with banks and currency dealers less willing to provide letters of credit for Iranian imports and exports.

Over the weekend, Iran was further isolated from the global financial system when many of its banks designated by European sanctions were blocked from using SWIFT, the messaging system that supports international bank transfers. Those banks include Mellat, Post, Saderat and Sepah as well as the Iranian Central Bank.

Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz was quoted in Israeli media over the weekend as saying that cutting off SWIFT was a "dramatic step that is liable to bring about the collapse of Iran's economy."

Trading and banking sources contest that view, saying Iran has proved ingenious at circumventing sanctions and mitigating their effect. They said it is by regional standards a diversified and self-reliant economy.

The Islamic Republic is also finding new destinations for its crude oil, although analysts speculate that it often has to sell at a discount to market rates. Shipping sources say Iran is increasing deliveries to Asian customers - especially in China, South Korea and India - as the European Union prepares to ban all imports and Japan diversifies its sources of crude.

The European Union ban comes into effect from July 1. But that ban, agreed in January, might yet be revised to provide Iran a significant loophole.

Originally it covered Iranian crude carried on any ship insured in the European Union. More than 90% of the world's oil tankers are covered through insurance "clubs" in London. But one reinsurance source in London says he expects the proposed sanctions to be diluted when EU foreign ministers meet later this week to exempt ships that are owned outside the European Union even if insured there. This would make it easier to move Iranian crude.

India has lobbied for a revision of the sanctions regime and made it clear that it will only abide by U.N.-mandated measures.

Chinese shippers have already made it clear that they will continue to take Iranian crude and if necessary seek other sources of insurance. About one-fifth of Iran's crude exports go to China. Hong Kong media quoted a senior official of the China Shipping Development Co. as saying Friday that the Chinese government would take measures to ensure the volume of oil imports from Iran would not drop.

Even so, financial sanctions against Iran continue to complicate the country's trade.

In Gulf trading houses, the unofficial value of Iran's rial has declined by half over the past year. Currency exchange firms in the Gulf emirates are reluctant to trade in the rial for fear of being tainted by association with banks sanctioned by the United States and European Union.

CNN's Reza Sayah contributed to this report

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  12. "Lost in the forms."


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    March 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  13. Michael

    maybe we should charge them $5 per pound of grain like they charge us $5 per gallon of gasoline

    March 21, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
  14. whatever

    LET them have the GMO wheat, corn and soy beans. Read up on what gmo wheat is doing to our health. Everything from celiacs to diabetes. Look it up.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:58 am | Reply
    • JohnS

      haha wow does everybody have a different opinion. I do respect and enjoy them all but these things have been consumed for thousands of years and the avg life expectancy still seems to be climbing! Drink more beer!! Its good for the heart! Its the cheeseburgers you need to watch out for 🙂

      March 21, 2012 at 8:22 am | Reply
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  16. MM

    The USD is at its lowest and it is cheaper to buy US products. I don't think Iranians will starve if we refused to sell them wheat. They will buy it from other places and it will cost them a little more.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:37 am | Reply
  17. Carl

    Aren't we punishing countries that trade with Iran? Looks like we need to give ourselves a slap on the wrist.

    March 21, 2012 at 7:09 am | Reply
  18. Mahboob Ihsan

    US sending wheat to Iran and at the same time asking Pakistan not to import gas from Iran. What should we call it?

    March 21, 2012 at 5:46 am | Reply
    • student at SPBU , russia

      you can call it Double standards , may be the government of the US know that Iran can buy wheat from other countries , and and this can not be used as trump card in negotiations about Iran's nuclear project .

      February 8, 2013 at 6:38 am | Reply
  19. Mark

    Are you kidding me?? This is big business at work. Make a bushel of wheat the same value as a barrel of oil.

    March 21, 2012 at 5:42 am | Reply
    • Dawn

      Exactly right!

      March 21, 2012 at 6:37 am | Reply
    • Jim

      "Make a"...? Sounds like a true communist.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:23 am | Reply
  20. Albuquerque, Turkey

    I hate all Iranians.They stink and they eat smelly couscous for breakfast.Damn ragheads.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:55 am | Reply
    • Jeremy

      Glenn Beck doesn't sound so far fetched now eh? But here's what some of these responses are missing. The U.S. is in deficit to the underlining countries that will back Iran if it comes to bloodshed. Our promise to Israel to stand behind them and our conflicted interests with who we owe our trillions of dollars to... (Mostly China) ...will result in a choice of integrity (Israel against iran) or survival (our debt.)

      The U.S. is no longer the super power it once was. We import far more in manufactured goods than what's exported in raw resources. REMEMBER THIS. Next time you go to buy ANYTHING, look at where it was made. 9 out of 10 times it will not be U.S., If you're even that lucky. Much of why we're in the economic bind today. We produce nothing but agriculture on the world market in a competitive sense, and continue to borrow so that we can buy more imports. Over the years, we have only engineered one major thing: A large work force that is "free" to be taken over. Last time I checked, China (Iran's backer) Has the largest air force in the world.

      March 21, 2012 at 4:43 am | Reply
    • Yasmin

      Apparently you are very ignorant, couscous is not an Iranian food for breakfast. That is Lebanese, may be you should read a little bit before posting any comments

      March 21, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
  21. Albuquerque, Turkey

    I don't see why people seem to think the problem is religion.

    The whole worlds problems are growing economic inequality. When I protest against banks for being bailedout its called class warefare. When they reduce my wages and send my job overseas its called Freedom or Democracy.

    As for Iran im glad were trading with them create some type of common ground and maybe resolve other issues peacefully.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:43 am | Reply
    • Katie

      Okay... so, is the the job of American tax payers to make sure there's economic equality across the planet??? who's to say what's equal-our wonderful government??

      March 21, 2012 at 5:20 am | Reply
      • mardjan

        I think we are speaking of Iran. An extremely wealthy oil nation which has a budget surplus. I don't think they want anything from us except to leave them alone. The steps that have been taken on behalf of the american taxpayer are to bring it's "self reliant and diversified economy" to it's knees, with very little success.Trading wheat with Iran is a positive thing and should be encouraged. I think that Our government should rethink it's policy towards Iran, but you can never accuse the US government of having taken a step to ease the global inequality of income.

        March 21, 2012 at 5:30 am |
    • JohnS

      uhh because we have an extreme right too? haha boy don't we. For many on both sides the religious card is what we hold to perpetuate a hatred based on something we dont understand but have been taught to believe. Same God/Allah/Yaweh (sp) different prophets. Sheepish

      March 21, 2012 at 8:19 am | Reply
      • Paul Felix Schott

        The only one that will save you from hell and get you into heaven is our LORD GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

        John S Please Read St. John 14:6 in the Bible

        The Lord's Little Helper
        Paul Felix Schott

        March 21, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  22. Lazitoh

    When a sanctions is put on a nationa who suffers? The politicians or the masses?iran is going to war with Israeli but it is the us that is doing business with them why?tell us the truth you stronger nations.

    March 21, 2012 at 3:21 am | Reply
  23. John Wayne

    Food should never be used for bargining. If they need it and we have it to sell so be it.
    Just as books should never be burned, food should never be used to barter with especailly if a nation is starving.

    Show some compansion people

    March 21, 2012 at 2:52 am | Reply
  24. bread man

    ya so we are going to sell wheat to iran so iran can supply assad and troops with some and then give some more to north korea while the food for nuke thing gets flushed because of north korea testing its ICBM under the guise of space program.



    March 21, 2012 at 2:06 am | Reply
    • Brian

      Its not going to be from the morons running to take his place though.

      March 21, 2012 at 2:53 am | Reply
    • Paul Felix Schott

      IRAN ... The World is going to Renewable Energy with all the SUNLIGHT we get SOLAR Energy would be very easy to do hear. Do you think the rest of the world will see what we are really doing building more Reactors then we could ever use in a country this size?

      March 21, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  25. mamoud

    O yesss, panteees, wee do have HbeeOh in Iran. Top dollah!

    March 21, 2012 at 1:40 am | Reply
  26. Panties

    Do they have HBO in Iran?

    March 21, 2012 at 1:34 am | Reply
    • AddSumthin

      Here's something else they can gobble up: nuts.

      March 21, 2012 at 2:28 am | Reply
  27. Cheese Wonton

    The solution to the problem lies in part in ending Chinese and Russian support for Iran and it's nuclear program. How you ask? With the Congressional leadership from both parties behind you, tell both the Russians and the Chinese that any use of nuclear weapons by Iran will be considered a nuclear attack by Russia and China, and dealt with as such. The Chinese and Russians are playing a triangular game. Make them aware that if Iran does something foolish, then Russia and China loose everything. I would also make it clear that continued cordial relations depended on constraining Iran, and the US could restrict Chinese imports if they didn't care to cooperate.
    Of course they will howl in protest at first, but in time everyone will come to the bargaining table in earnest because the Russians and Chinese do not want to go up in smoke because some Iranian zealot lit the world on fire.

    March 21, 2012 at 1:31 am | Reply
    • Reality

      Threatening other nuclear weapon rich countries if they don't do what we want is insane.

      March 21, 2012 at 2:03 am | Reply
    • glennrobertg

      You really do want wwIII don't you. The only country that can destroy the US in less than two hours is Russia and you want to seriously threaten them? Let me move to Australia first! We need to leave Iran alone. They are not a threat to us.

      March 21, 2012 at 2:37 am | Reply
      • roy

        you are a wise man, you have brain in your head

        March 21, 2012 at 4:46 am |
      • Marissa

        Australia is not the problem. They are not a threat to anyone that I know of in anyway. Iran and North Korea are a threat to other countries. We are trying to be reasonable with them instead of risking lives. Iran and North Korea is our fear of probably making nuclear weapons. It takes one person to create chaos and create the effects of the beginning of a WW3. No one wants war and violence. If one country threatens to send nuclear missiles at another country. All of us are going to get involved in one shape or form. Think people!

        March 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • roy

      you are stupid

      March 21, 2012 at 4:44 am | Reply
    • J.R.

      Stupidity rears its ugly head.

      March 21, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply
  28. ruknutts

    perplexed,you are wrong ,we are not heartless,who elects the government? the people do, so if the people get angry enough what do you think they will do?? hmm must take a genius to figure that one out. The only country in the world that this does not apply to is the USA, people just aren't that smart in the USA, look at the Candidates running, lol what a bloody joke. Americans just DO NOT HAVE BOLAS ANYMORE AND HAVE NO VOICE!

    March 21, 2012 at 1:16 am | Reply
  29. mbjrp36

    I hope that one day we shall become a grain house to the world. George Washington.

    March 21, 2012 at 12:39 am | Reply
  30. mm

    Specially grown just for Iran! Emmm! Not so sure I would want to buy wheat from an enemy as you never know what kinds of experiments might be in the wheat.

    March 21, 2012 at 12:24 am | Reply
    • Guard1an

      When they figure it out, they will be too fat, lazy and stupid to get get off the couch. One of the many side effects is carpal tunnel syndrom as a result of pressing the tv remote too many times.

      March 21, 2012 at 2:14 am | Reply
  31. WTFO123

    I hope that wheat costs them $230 a barrel. I can walk to work, can they eat their oil?

    March 21, 2012 at 12:03 am | Reply
    • glennrobertg

      They will be glad to sell their oil on the world market. We are the ones causing the problem.

      March 21, 2012 at 2:41 am | Reply
      • J.R.

        Just don't get it, do you?

        March 21, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Brian

      Preach it!

      March 21, 2012 at 2:56 am | Reply
  32. Mohammad

    This world has rules. One rule is that those tthat hold the power make the rules (That is the US position right now). Another rule is that circumventing a rule is not breaking it (I don't care if the US wants to strave off countries. They will find a way around it). The third rule is that no nation will hold the power forever (US incuded); when they begin transgressing on other humans rights, they will lose power.

    March 21, 2012 at 12:03 am | Reply
  33. blaze562

    Iranians Chant death to America but we will take your wheat first and than death to America.
    Look at us feed the enemy. We will make Iran strong again while the Americans get weak.

    March 20, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  34. Paul

    Let them starve till they sggre to thr terms of the U.N.

    March 20, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Reply
    • "Lost in the forms."

      Paul, do you need to be so sick-minded.....? -/-...? Try opening up more, listen to josue's comment, it holds pritie well against opposition...

      March 21, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  35. Attila, The Hun

    No wonder sanctions don't work.

    March 20, 2012 at 11:25 pm | Reply
  36. Daph1

    I hope Iran says "Thank you".

    March 20, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Reply
    • Paul Felix Schott

      Oh i am sure they will it we put on all the food we send over there Sent from, your LORD GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST and the Nation That Stands United In GOD We Trust.

      The Lord's Little Helper
      Paul Felix Schott

      March 21, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  37. ram

    It's all coming to a point where there will be many changes in world customs.
    The Eu will suffer more than Iran.
    Some big companies in the EU and in the US will find loopholes and sometimes push the envelope to make that big dollar while other law=abiding ones suffer.
    Alternative sources will be discovered
    Alternative monetary exchange will be found and that includes weaning the world away from the us petro and trading dollars..this has already started. For Iran, Bartering is just the interlude before the change.
    All impediments thrown at the Iranian regime are also impediments for the rest of the world that want to do business and improve their lot.
    New insurance companies will be born, ripe for China to go into it. Will Britain suffer a little?
    A new system of international banking will emerge starting with non-aligned countries.
    Some countries, although working with the US and Europe still are thinking that this could happen to them and what then? Time will gradually wean them away from the mighty usa and europe.
    These sanctions hurt all countries. South Korean businesses went through hell in the last years. 2 years ago, it is alleged, Japan was scouring all empty barrels for LNG after the Iranian embargo. How long can they support the decaying european and american politicians and economy? The breaking point will be when Iran survives in grand style, and it will, and they will be left without 2 or 3 years of progress. But this is what the us wants. Keep back the progress of emerging economies since their's is in the dolldrums, they will be comparatively always better off.

    March 20, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Reply
    • JohnS

      I think I followed and agreed but wasnt sure about the last bit. If you could define

      "and they will be left without 2 or 3 years of progress. But this is what the us wants. Keep back the progress of emerging economies since their's is in the dolldrums, they will be comparatively always better off."

      Are you saying our intent is specifically to hold back other economies while we regain our own footing?

      I could agree with us doing that from a bully point. I sometimes wonder if the former USSR baled the cold war with the intent of re-emerging as an economic power. It was virtually a stand-off. They are far away economically but they have a pretty potent next door neighbor and seem to be pretty well aligned with Iran. By proxy we seem to be still fighting a cold war. The balance of powers very well could be shifting as you describe. Id almost guarantee it. We'd be doing ourselves a great favor cutting the defense budget and paying for healthcare and other RnD like Stem Cells and Energies. Make those type things our "currency"!!

      March 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm | Reply

    How could we be so effing stupid as to sell them what they need to circumvent the sanctions we placed on them for damn good reasons. What next? Will we help them with the guidance system for the Shihab V ICBM to reach America's east coast? I'm sure they would be willing to pay well for that, too.
    How dumb can we be?

    March 20, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Reply
    • JohnS

      For the same reason we had oil for food with iraq and numerous other programs in previous conflicts... Food relief to North Koreans.. Humanitarian reasons. The selling of subsistence is always allowed under sanctions.

      ICBMs on the east coast? Im quite certain that MAD seriously reduces the risk for that...

      Its probably pretty debatable that the Iranians are any more hostile to us than the Pakistanis.. The Pakis I predominantly muslim country posses the capability already. They could hide Bin Laden for what 8 years? They guard their weapons with their very lives to keep this from happening..


      March 20, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Reply
    • asabry

      The Mullah regime has no integrity, deception is the name of the game, Islam is built on these foundations..

      March 20, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Reply
      • JohnS

        you wouldn't really know that unless you were a muslim.. It is the only religion with a single interpretation. We Christians have the option to choose the interpretation of the bible. We can be Catholic we can be Baptist we can be Lutheran.. The only rift in the Muslim faith is the ascendency of leadership. Specifically Sunni or Shiite in the middle east. Does it not appear strange that the middle east is in turmoil since the World Wars because imperial powers chose to further divide them by putting minority Shiite govt in Syria over a majority Sunni population? or previously a Sunni Gov in Iraq over a majority Shiite population? how is that explained? Self serving.. The Iranians chose to depose our puppet Shah 30 years ago and they really are the only govt in the region ruled by their majority. A TRUE DEMOCRACY. and they do not persecute their Christian populations.... Really..

        March 20, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
      • ton

        I strongly disagree with your statement. Islam is a noble religion

        March 21, 2012 at 12:17 am |
  39. debra galleahawk

    Wow Revelations 6:6
    how famaliar does this sound
    Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!"
    hmmmm ???

    March 20, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Reply
    • JohnS

      Gosh Id ask you to define what that means to you but.. OK IM asking but make it short! No parroting

      March 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Reply
      • RedState

        You are correct that in terms of Dogma there is only one interpretation in Islam however leaving aside the 5 tenets of Islam, in practices there are many schools of practice and culturally nuanced differences among muslims, apart from the Shia & Sunni divide. Ofcourse, just as there is ignorance and chauvanism among the US populace, it is true for practicing muslims, and just as their is reason and inclusiveness among the populace of the United States of America, so too in the global populace of muslims worldwide. Although I commend you for not indulging in the pig sticking, from your post it seems that you are seeing "Muslims", but seeing them as the "Other". People are people, they need food, shelter, a future for their children, and governments are governments, ignoring the former and amassing power to feed itself. Muslims are not different from Christians in base core values and needs, to believe otherwise is delusional and self destructive in the end.

        March 20, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
    • JohnS

      just cuz u didnt reply.. its simply a biblical description of the value of a days work wheat being the currency of the times.

      the implication that the wine and oil not be disturbed was to do with conservation of scarce resources. Olives for oil grapes for wine. Fairly scarce in the desert

      The sky is not falling

      March 20, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  40. Texas Pete

    I know christians who have done terrible, terrible things to other people yet they still attempt to tell me how to live my life.

    March 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Reply
    • Cheese Wonton

      That's what Christians are for.

      March 21, 2012 at 1:26 am | Reply
      • Paul Felix Schott

        No it is the Bible that tell all on Earth how to live if they want to go to Heaven and Not Hell.
        All Christian will tell you that.

        The Lord's Little Helper
        Paul Felix Schott

        March 21, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  41. keb carerra

    Give the wheat away to those who deserve it ,North Korea .

    March 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
    • Last of the Jedi

      How about taking care of our own house before feeding the terrorists?

      March 21, 2012 at 12:58 am | Reply
      • Paul Felix Schott

        More then 45 million Americans are on Government Food Stamps in this country this year 2012. And that
        Number is only going up every year. Why on Earth would anyone sell out your country men? Food supplies around the World are running short and things are not going to get any better.

        The Lord's Little Helper
        Paul Felix Schott

        March 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  42. shamus

    ya dont think holding food from them would hurt??so what,,its legal to sell wheat to Iran,,,,don't mean you have to,,put the squeeze on them.

    March 20, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Reply
    • JohnS

      If I could withhold food from Ahmadinejad or however u spell his name id be all for it... If that were the only way.. and if the only issue was him treating people like crap in his own country. Thats not the case. Its to feed people who arent a part of this..

      But my point on the Iran is whats the problem with MAD? Mutual Assured destruction is the ONLY way to peace in this region... They have a right in my opinion same as Israel or us or anyone else... Lets quit putting into danger american lives in this region.

      March 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply
      • Dirk

        Let us pit our Nuclear Weapons against Iran's or Let Israel do it. That would be fun or would it just be stupid? I give it less than 6 months before Israel or the US bombs Iran. If we do it I doubt we will stop at just the Nuclear sites and we will have plenty of reasons why even if they are made up. 1 carrier group could defeat Iran's Navy in a day and probably a significant portion of there military within 1 to 2 months.

        March 21, 2012 at 3:02 am |
  43. JohnS

    What is wrong with people in general that they are so clouded by the bs.. Christians did our savior really pick and choose who he broke bread with and fed? They are human beings... and why do we defend a religion/country that persecuted our savior? Never made sense to me... Live and let live and let the sinner, in this case whoever bombs who first suffer the guilt. Ive lived in many countries around the world. Where does the myth come from that they hate us or laugh at us? Live there dont just visit the pretty places because thats where u will find a hint of disdain from americans because many go there and abuse their hospitality.. We're so twisted...

    March 20, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
    • aj

      I'm an atheist and I'm sure Jesus would have broke bread with me too. That's the kind of guy he was.

      It's just ironic how "the great Satan" is keeping that whole country alive right now.

      March 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Reply
    • Felix

      Jesus was a JEW
      PETER was a JEW
      PAUL was a JEW
      MARY was a JEW

      And 1/2 the people who wrote the bible were JEWS

      And it was the ROMANS who nailed your savior to the cross.

      Go do your searches on GOOGLE (jewish owned), listen to music (jewish produced), comment on youtube (jewish owned) and chat on facebook (jewish owned)

      March 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Reply
      • ton

        And so another idiotic comment about Jews...

        March 21, 2012 at 12:20 am |
      • ruknutts

        who owns America? I think you have the correct answer.

        March 21, 2012 at 12:37 am |
      • Last of the Jedi

        Hey professor, Pilate the roman govenor asked the jews who to save.They chose barabas.They said to crucify Jesus.The Romans would have let him go.

        March 21, 2012 at 1:05 am |
  44. Rude

    I would buy an electric car just to piss off this fool from Iran

    March 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  45. sanjosemike

    I had to read the above article to learn the latest definition of insanity.

    March 20, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  46. streetheat

    We stand at the ready to bomb the daylights out of Iran. We cry sanctions sanctions sanctions. Then we turn around and sell them wheat. Go figure. How about we keep that wheat feed our own hungry and give Iran the chaff!

    March 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Sounds like these companies are trying to help our enemies – what is the punishment for such traitors?

      March 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
      • ajk68

        Selling Iran food was specifically exempted by our government. How does do this then make these companies traitors? They are taking prudent steps to avoid a humanitarian crisis.

        I am not one for playing softball with foreign dictators, but I think we would have a lot more sway with the people in Iran if we brought Western culture there in subtle ways. We should make them more dependent on us for their way of life than we are on the rest of the Middle East for our way of life.

        Sometimes the best economic weapon is to give them exactly what they want, until they can't live without it.

        March 20, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
      • JohnS

        yeah exactly what makes them our enemy anyway? 1979? they might have crossed the line but I dunno we propped the shah there for how many years? Yeah he brought his people into the 20th century... He was an american puppet..

        March 20, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
  47. wavejump1100

    the USA should get together with canada,mexico, brazi,l austrailia and other large food producing countries and form a cartel like OPEC. we could call it FPEC. we could vote on food production quantities just like they do with oil to keep the price as high as possible. they dont want to produce oil for export we dont grow food for export. we can find alternative energy sources but i would like to see these hostile arab countries find alternative food sources.

    March 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      FPFC should be OFEC (Organization of Food Exporting Countries) The P in OPEC stands for petroleum not O for oil, at lease some basic research before you post.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
      • Dave

        How about the Food Underwriters Country Klub

        March 20, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
    • Guard1an

      Actually there has been an effort by a few oil producing states to purchase fertile agricultural land throughout the world...

      March 21, 2012 at 2:29 am | Reply
  48. MartyinLA

    Ok CNN, you need to keep people from posting loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong diatribes.

    March 20, 2012 at 8:26 pm | Reply
    • Enlightened jeffersonian

      AMEN, MartyinLA

      March 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
  49. debra galleahawk

    The funny thing about blogs
    people want to get the last word in
    but the last word will be from the LORD himself

    isaiah 41:4Isaiah 41:4 Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD–with the first of them and with the last–I am he."
    Isaiah 44:6 "This is what the LORD says–Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.
    and for those who mock God and HIS word
    or the fact there is no GOD
    Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

    The Fulfillment of the Promise

    Hebrews 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

    Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

    May God be with you All
    Jesus is coming for his Bride without spot or blemish
    are you Ready ??

    March 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • inewt

      yes dear, jesus is coming for his bride, but you know in this day and age, and even back in his own time, jesus is more likely to marry another dude.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Reply
    • Facts

      There is no God.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
      • Last of the Jedi

        prove it

        March 21, 2012 at 1:07 am |
      • Paul Felix Schott

        Read the Bible all of it then get back to us. i am sure you do know how to read.
        Open you mind and your heart while it still is beating in your chest. It is the spirit of our Lord that lets all live or die.
        May our Lord GOD help and Guide all the lost that seek him.

        The Lord's Little Helper
        Paul Felix Schott

        March 21, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • Krakalakin

      Funny, the billions of buddhists, sihks, muslims, hindus, sun worshippers and people with plates in their lower lips have no idea what you're talking about, and your idle threats of your god's vengeance and judgement have no meaning outside your own group of mass delusion....keep living the dream by all means though....enjoy....

      March 20, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply
      • Last of the Jedi

        Fool only at deaths end will you understand.

        March 21, 2012 at 1:08 am |
    • ajk68

      @Debra: You do more work to discredit the Lord than you can imagine. You come off as a crazy person. This allows atheists and secular humanists to persist in their feeling of superiority. Please think about how you are being perceived – it is an act of charity to do so.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
      • Bachelors Fridge

        well done ajk

        March 21, 2012 at 12:06 am |
      • Paul Felix Schott

        That is what the lost and wicked said about Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
        ajk68 there is still time to save your self go to heaven not hell, seek our Lord.
        and stop doing the devil's work.

        The Lord's Little Helper
        Paul Felix Schott

        March 21, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • ruknutts

      Science will prove God is an E.T. Please people don't be so gullible.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:42 am | Reply
  50. AE2352


    March 20, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Reply
    • debra galleahawk

      Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

      The Fulfillment of the Promise

      Hebrews 10:16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

      Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) 16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

      March 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Reply
      • inewt

        meaningless words.

        Pee wee Herman said it better, "Meka leka hi meka hiney ho!"

        March 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm |

        And the author of these verses were? Definitely is not Divine. That's right, a Jew authored it. FIgures.

        March 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
  51. debra galleahawk

    When one observes President Obama’s unwillingness to accommodate America’s four-century long religious conscience protection through his attempts to require Catholics to go against their own doctrines and beliefs, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Catholic. But that characterization would not be correct. Although he has recently singled out Catholics, he has equally targeted traditional Protestant beliefs over the past four years.

    So since he has attacked Catholics and Protestants, one is tempted to say that he is anti-Christian. But that, too, would be inaccurate. He has been equally disrespectful in his appalling treatment of religious Jews in general and Israel in particular. So perhaps the most accurate description of his antipathy toward Catholics, Protestants, religious Jews, and the Jewish nation would be to characterize him as anti-biblical.

    And then when his hostility toward biblical people of faith is contrasted with his preferential treatment of Muslims and Muslim nations, it further strengthens the accuracy of the anti-biblical descriptor. In fact, there have been numerous clearly documented times when his pro-Islam positions have been the cause of his anti-biblical actions.

    Listed below in chronological order are (1) numerous records of his attacks on biblical persons or organizations; (2) examples of the hostility toward Biblical faith that have become evident in the past three years in the Obama-led military; (3) a listing of his open attacks on biblical values; and finally (4) a listing of numerous incidents of his preferential deference for Islam’s activities and positions, including letting his Islamic advisors guide and influence his hostility toward people of biblical faith.

    1. Acts of hostility toward people of biblical faith:

    •April 2008 – Obama speaks disrespectfully of Christians, saying they “cling to guns or religion” and have an “antipathy to people who aren’t like them.”
    •February 2009 – Obama announces plans to revoke conscience protection for health workers who refuse to participate in medical activities that go against their beliefs, and fully implements the plan in February 2011.
    •April 2009 – When speaking at Georgetown University, Obama orders that a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered when he is making his speech.
    •May 2009 – Obama declines to host services for the National Prayer Day (a day established by federal law) at the White House.
    •April 2009 – In a deliberate act of disrespect, Obama nominated three pro-abortion ambassadors to the Vatican; of course, the pro-life Vatican rejected all three.
    •October 19, 2010 – Obama begins deliberately omitting the phrase about “the Creator” when quoting the Declaration of Independence – an omission he has made on no less than seven occasions.
    •November 2010 – Obama misquotes the National Motto, saying it is “E pluribus unum” rather than “In God We Trust” as established by federal law.
    •January 2011 – After a federal law was passed to transfer a WWI Memorial in the Mojave Desert to private ownership, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled that the cross in the memorial could continue to stand, but the Obama administration refused to allow the land to be transferred as required by law, and refused to allow the cross to be re-erected as ordered by the Court.
    •February 2011 – Although he filled posts in the State Department, for more than two years Obama did not fill the post of religious freedom ambassador, an official that works against religious persecution across the world; he filled it only after heavy pressure from the public and from Congress.
    •April 2011 – For the first time in American history, Obama urges passage of a non-discrimination law that does not contain hiring protections for religious groups, forcing religious organizations to hire according to federal mandates without regard to the dictates of their own faith, thus eliminating conscience protection in hiring.
    •August 2011 – The Obama administration releases its new health care rules that override religious conscience protections for medical workers in the areas of abortion and contraception.
    •November 2011 – Obama opposes inclusion of President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous D-Day Prayer in the WWII Memorial.
    •November 2011 – Unlike previous presidents, Obama studiously avoids any religious references in his Thanksgiving speech.
    •December 2011 – The Obama administration denigrates other countries’ religious beliefs as an obstacle to radical homosexual rights.
    •January 2012 – The Obama administration argues that the First Amendment provides no protection for churches and synagogues in hiring their pastors and rabbis.
    •February 2012 – The Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion.
    2. Acts of hostility from the Obama-led military toward people of biblical faith:

    •June 2011 – The Department of Veterans Affairs forbids references to God and Jesus during burial ceremonies at Houston National Cemetery.
    •August 2011 – The Air Force stops teaching the Just War theory to officers in California because the course is taught by chaplains and is based on a philosophy introduced by St. Augustine in the third century – a theory long taught by civilized nations across the world (except America).
    •September 2011 – Air Force Chief of Staff prohibits commanders from notifying airmen of programs and services available to them from chaplains.
    •September 2011 – The Army issues guidelines for Walter Reed Medical Center stipulating that “No religious items (i.e. Bibles, reading materials and/or facts) are allowed to be given away or used during a visit.”
    •November 2011 – The Air Force Academy rescinds support for Operation Christmas Child, a program to send holiday gifts to impoverished children across the world, because the program is run by a Christian charity.
    •November 2011 – The Air Force Academy pays $80,000 to add a Stonehenge-like worship center for pagans, druids, witches and Wiccans.
    •February 2012 – The US Military Academy at West Point disinvites three star Army general and decorated war hero Lieutenant General William G. (“Jerry”) Boykin (retired) from speaking at an event because he is an outspoken Christian.
    •February 2012 – The Air Force removes “God” from the patch of Rapid Capabilities Office (the word on the patch was in Latin: Dei).
    •February 2012 – The Army orders Catholic chaplains not to read a letter to parishioners that their archbishop asked them to read.
    3. Acts of hostility toward biblical values:

    •January 2009 – Obama lifts restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, forcing taxpayers to fund pro-abortion groups that either promote or perform abortions in other nations.
    •January 2009 – President Obama’s nominee for deputy secretary of state asserts that American taxpayers are required to pay for abortions and that limits on abortion funding are unconstitutional.
    •March 2009 – The Obama administration shut out pro-life groups from attending a White House-sponsored health care summit.
    •March 2009 – Obama orders taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.
    •March 2009 – Obama gave $50 million for the UNFPA, the UN population agency that promotes abortion and works closely with Chinese population control officials who use forced abortions and involuntary sterilizations.
    •May 2009 – The White House budget eliminates all funding for abstinence-only education and replaces it with “comprehensive” sexual education, repeatedly proven to increase teen pregnancies and abortions. He continues the deletion in subsequent budgets.
    •May 2009 – Obama officials assemble a terrorism dictionary calling pro-life advocates violent and charging that they use racism in their “criminal” activities.
    •July 2009 – The Obama administration illegally extends federal benefits to same-sex partners of Foreign Service and Executive Branch employees, in direction violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
    •September 16, 2009 – The Obama administration appoints as EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, who asserts that society should “not tolerate” any “private beliefs,” including religious beliefs, if they may negatively affect homosexual “equality.”
    •July 2010 – The Obama administration uses federal funds in violation of federal law to get Kenya to change its constitution to include abortion.
    •August 2010 – The Obama administration Cuts funding for 176 abstinence education programs.
    •September 2010 – The Obama administration tells researchers to ignore a judge’s decision striking down federal funding for embryonic stem cell research.
    •February 2011 – Obama directs the Justice Department to stop defending the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
    •March 2011 – The Obama administration refuses to investigate videos showing Planned Parenthood helping alleged sex traffickers get abortions for victimized underage girls.
    •July 2011 – Obama allows homosexuals to serve openly in the military, reversing a policy originally instituted by George Washington in March 1778.
    •September 2011 – The Pentagon directs that military chaplains may perform same-sex marriages at military facilities in violation of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
    •October 2011 – The Obama administration eliminates federal grants to the US Conference of Catholic Bishops for their extensive programs that aid victims of human trafficking because the Catholic Church is anti-abortion.
    4. Acts of preferentialism for Islam:

    •May 2009 – While Obama does not host any National Day of Prayer event at the White House, he does host White House Iftar dinners in honor of Ramadan.
    •April 2010 – Christian leader Franklin Graham is disinvited from the Pentagon’s National Day of Prayer Event because of complaints from the Muslim community.
    •April 2010 – The Obama administration requires rewriting of government documents and a change in administration vocabulary to remove terms that are deemed offensive to Muslims, including jihad, jihadists, terrorists, radical Islamic, etc.
    •August 2010 – Obama speaks with great praise of Islam and condescendingly of Christianity.
    •August 2010 – Obama went to great lengths to speak out on multiple occasions on behalf of building an Islamic mosque at Ground Zero, while at the same time he was silent about a Christian church being denied permission to rebuild at that location.
    •2010 – While every White House traditionally issues hundreds of official proclamations and statements on numerous occasions, this White House avoids traditional biblical holidays and events but regularly recognizes major Muslim holidays, as evidenced by its 2010 statements on Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, Hajj, and Eid al-Adha.
    •October 2011 – Obama’s Muslim advisers block Middle Eastern Christians’ access to the White House.
    •February 2012 – The Obama administration makes effulgent apologies for Korans being burned by the U. S. military, but when Bibles were burned by the military, numerous reasons were offered why it was the right thing to do.
    Many of these actions are literally unprecedented – this is the first time they have happened in four centuries of American history. The hostility of President Obama toward biblical faith and values is without equal from any previous American president.

    and they think Obamma loves God ??

    March 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      IS this all copy/paste? The facts are indeed intriguing and point to the obvious conclusion you made. IF this is your work and research, then kudos to you and I respect you for being diligent and thorough. I definitely agree with you.

      If this is NOT your work, how dare you re-produce it without at the very least giving credit to the researcher/writer.

      March 20, 2012 at 8:04 pm | Reply
      • David Matthias

        Good call Dan, looks like a clear case of copy and paste. No thoughts... just copy/paste... and repeat

        March 21, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • MartyinLA

      Debra, you are nothing more than an American version of the Taliban. Go pray for yourself, you and your type make me sick.

      March 20, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Reply
    • wavejump1100

      our government is supposed to have a strict separation of church and state. why is it ok to include your beliefs in government but not the beliefs of others? its not. thats why religion needs to be separate from government. you may think jesus is lord and savoir but not everyone does. dont force your religion on otherts.

      March 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Reply
      • ajk68

        You have the separation of church and state all wrong (for one, it's not mentioned in the Constitution as such). Also, it has never been interpreted as strict (in either direction). The 1st Amendment provides that the government will not establish a state religion and that it will not give preference to any one religion. That does not mean that morality cannot be the basis for laws and the belief in a creator the basis for rights. In fact these elements of religion can be deduced from philosophy – as was done commonly up to the mid 19th century (and even till today – as the validity of the arguments has not changed).

        The test for the applicability of moral norms is whether they correspond to right reason. It is universally agreed that murder is wrong. Right thinking individuals view drug use as wrong. Morality is all around us; to argue it cannot be a basis for public policy is foolish.

        With regard to rights...if they are not given by a creator, then one must come up with some other basis for them. Ultimately, these other attempts all boil down to rights being something given by man (either a king, a government, a dictator, what have you). As such, these are not true rights in that the grantor can rescind them. Rights, as something pertaining to the essence of a being, cannot belong to something that evolves. It doesn't make sense to argue that at some point in evolution that rights started to flow, without cause, from the essence of the being. (This is not to say evolution did not happen, just that certain aspects of the essence of humanity cannot be generated by evolution).

        March 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • inewt

      my dear, you have too much time on your hands and no sense how to use it.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
    • Krakalakin

      Come on, Obama is an intellectual....he's an atheist, you need to find a new hobby....or a good therapist....

      March 20, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
    • ruknutts

      Its because Obama knows God is a E.T

      March 21, 2012 at 12:45 am | Reply
  52. jamesnyc

    BTW Why does the publish button say "Publicar"? Someone not know English anymore?

    March 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      It's been that way for awhile now, but I was a bit miffed and confused the first time I saw it too. I figured it would have been corrected by now... woops.

      March 20, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  53. jamesnyc

    What spinelessness. If you are going to have an impact on their attitudes you have to hit them in the bread basket. Embargos should be on EVERYTHING.

    March 20, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • inewt

      indeed. we should start with an embargo on debra galleahawk

      March 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  54. debra galleahawk

    I am from the USA , and i am so ashamed to see who sits in the Whitehouse not because hes a black man or hes half muslim , cuase HE wont Acknolege God , yet he shakes hands with the PM of Israel and says " I have your back " Ok that is down right scary when you think of what hes doing .. Obamma is really shaking hands with Satan , he wants what He wants when he wants it it all about money power and greed , its not about people , they are dying by the thousands and you hear " oh im so sorry "

    God has made his prophetic promise to the World its in the WORD
    there will be a war like none other , bloodshed like we never have seen before
    and No man will STOP it !
    i think sometimes God allows the shaking , these floods and earthqqukes for a really good reason
    to WAKE people UP !
    the strange thing is its takes trauma like the 911 towers to fall before they cry out to GOD
    our world is about to SEE HE is REAL
    and HE is Tired of all the hate , lies , sin , and murder
    HE about to wrap it up

    Im not afraid i know Jesus is my savior
    and even when the bombs fall and we watch our world crumble into the sea
    those who know Jesus as savior will stand on the rock !
    as the rest will fall like sand !

    not even your i pod will save you
    or facebook will comfort you
    all your techology will be gone
    who do you really trust
    things that will vanish or the ONE that can give you Eternal Life
    you have 2 choices
    sit on the fence and wait
    or get your heart right with GOD now
    cause we might not see a tomorrow

    Debra G

    March 20, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • MartyinLA

      Debra. you made your hollier than thou point, now go away.

      March 20, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Reply
    • inewt

      Debbie, Debbie, Debbie, you are a racist.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:18 pm | Reply
    • ruknutts

      God is an E.T
      go do some real authentic research and the truth will show its self to you.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:47 am | Reply
    • Mel

      Debra G. Stay on your knees! It will pay off some day! Your reverence means nothing! You are a fool and dolt to believe as you do, but probably get alomg great with those in your church with the same mind controlling leader.

      March 21, 2012 at 9:03 am | Reply
      • Paul Felix Schott

        The day will come soon enough when all on Earth will be down praying to our LORD GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.

        This is sad that many he will say i know you not. When that day comes many will be sorry.

        The Lord's Little Helper
        Paul Felix Schott

        This still is the Nation that Stands United In GOD We Trust not the wicked.
        Blessed is all that do the work of our LORD GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST and Reading the Bible to all.

        March 21, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
      • Mel

        Paul Felix Shitt: Go get a life, read a non fiction book, not like your bible, which is a story written hundreds of years after the fact. It is people like you that are ruining this country with you limited vision and lack of compassion for anyone who does not share your belief.

        March 21, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  55. Lori Muir

    Well that's one way to win a war without fighting it... GLUTEN.... I could expand here, but I may be typing into tomorrow on this subject. I never knew a grain could cause so much pain, be warned Iran... gluten is not your friend.

    March 20, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  56. GetRealLV

    Need to raise the price about 800%

    March 20, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Reply
    • Last of the Jedi


      March 21, 2012 at 1:17 am | Reply
    • Paul Felix Schott

      This year 2012 more than 100 million will suffer from Malnutrition and Dehydration. Many will die!
      Over 45 million Americans are on Government Food Stamps in this country this year 2012. And that
      Number is only going up. Why on Earth would anyone sell out your country men? Because of a few wicked Leaders on Earth many Suffer and millions of Children live in pain from Malnutrition and lack of clean drinking water. While their leaders live a life of a rich wicked king. One wicked Leader long ago said Let them all eat cake?
      It is sad that many follow in the foot steps of the LOST.

      The Lord's Little Helper
      Paul Felix Schott

      March 21, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Reply
  57. Paul Felix Schott

    DO NOT TRUST A ONE OF THEM EVER. TRUST IN OUR LORD GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. The best counsel on all of Earth is the Bible. Tell all to read it daily.
    The next time you vote do not vote for a promise vote a man that will tell the
    world his LORD and Savior is JESUS CHRIST, and that he will serve him family then Country.
    And will tell all this on a Bible the truth of what was and is to come from are Lord GOD.
    Read the Bible and tell the lost to do so to. The Bible the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
    So help you GOD He will send his Son to Judge all.

    The Lord's Little Helper
    Paul Felix Schott

    March 20, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • rjc

      religious zealots like you ruined this country.

      March 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
      • Mel

        You are spot on!

        March 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
      • Dan

        I'd like to remind (or inform you if the shoe fits) that it was for religious purposes (the freedom to practice in peace) that our country founded. You need to be more tolerant. If an Islamic person started writing, most of ya'll wouldn't say diddly doo. But a person writes about Christianity, and they immediately become targeted. What the holy heck is going on here.

        Talk about hypocrisy. Are there extremes to both sides, of course... but we have the Constitutional right to practice religion and have the freedom to speak of it without persecution from our government.

        March 20, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
      • Last of the Jedi

        The shroud of the darkside has fallen.

        March 21, 2012 at 1:19 am |
    • Mel

      You and your ilk are the other half of the problem! Muslims & Christians have been killing each other for hundreds of years, in the name of their god and holy book. All of which are false. Like the golden idols of the pharohs, the burning of the witches, dark ages, etc, etc., etc., there will be no peace on this earth until you both are gone!

      March 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
      • "Lost in the forms."


        I'm not here to defend an idol, or a pharaoh, keep that in mind. I'm also not here to defend the twisted means of religious persecution deemed 'ok'. BUT if you even try to defend the destruction of those who know and weild magic in general, *ALCHEMY INCLUDED.*, rather than to look into detail and examine their cases, seeing if they should be put away in such a wicked manner, than you ARE wrong. For the time will, and I mean will, not now *of course?* when such things will come. There are two sides of this coin, and you cannot put it away entirely without examination.

        March 21, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • IA

      You should be committed

      March 20, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
    • toysax

      Jesus? He was a jew of aramiac descent.. the same as Arabs..waving banners and shouting hossanah isnt going to end the craziness we see evwery day in the news... If that were the case.. it would have ended long ago..... /we need more centered intelligent reasoned people... to make better decisions.. and move us through this muck back to the place we used to know!

      March 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • inewt

      I trust in christ. He was a do-nothing, he is a do-nothing and always will be so. That is what I trust in and He won't disappoint me.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • debra galleahawk

      God bless you Paul spoken in truth !
      they want to believe hes all about the people
      but they have blinders on their eyes

      i can only pray he opens his heart to the Lord , thats all the Christian can do
      Yup im a Holy Roller at least my foundation is on the Rock
      not the sinking sand
      and i stand with Gods People

      they dont want to hear the truth Paul
      remember Jesus said in Matthew " if you come to them with the gospel and they wont accpt it
      you wipe the dust off your shoes and walk away as a testimony
      i need not to keep repeating my self
      the Ark is bulit the Flood is coming , and they laugh and say there is no flood coming "
      untill the ark doors were shut and the flood coevered the world ,. as they clutched to the sides of the ark yelling "let me in i was wrong please im drowning " but it was too late
      I admire you Brother Paul
      Dont stop telling them about Jesus
      or blowing the Shofar !! War is coming !!and Jesus right behind it !!

      March 20, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Reply
      • Paul Felix Schott

        May our Lord GOD help and Guide all the lost that seek him.
        The day will come soon enough when all on Earth will pray and to many are Lord GOD will say I Know you not.
        This will be sad for all of them, help save your love ones while there still is time.
        The Lord will Look after all that do so.
        The Lord's Little Helper
        Paul Felix Schott

        March 21, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  58. mujib

    Any time you can start the war,but how you stop it ,how much cost!!!! Iran is not our threat ,This is Israel
    business let them handle them self..

    March 20, 2012 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  59. reader10

    Treat them like N. Korea.

    March 20, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  60. Paul Felix Schott

    All on Earth need to look to find peace not WAR.
    Some will sell their soul for money all the money in the world will not buy their way into heaven.
    This year 2012 more than 100 million will suffer from Malnutrition and Dehydration. Many will die!
    Over 45 million Americans are on Government Food Stamps in this country this year 2012. And that
    Number is only going up. Why on Earth would anyone sell out your country men? For those with
    blinders on. There is A World Food Shortage Crisis going on, and it will not get any better
    with time. It is time to help all in are Lord Name Jesus Christ.

    United We Stand In GOD We Trust
    All on earth need to seek are Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
    Help others not try to kill them.

    The Lord's Little Helper.
    Some will sell their soul for money all the money in the world will not buy their way into heaven.
    This year 2012 more than 100 million will suffer from Malnutrition and Dehydration. Many will die!
    Over 45 million Americans are on Government Food Stamps in this country this year 2012. And that
    Number is only going up. Why on Earth would anyone sell out your country men? For those with
    blinders on. There is A World Food Shortage Crisis going on, and it will not get any better
    with time. It is time to help all in are Lord Name Jesus Christ.

    United We Stand In GOD We Trust
    All on earth need to seek are Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
    Help others not try to kill them.

    The Lord's Little Helper.

    March 20, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply
    • GetRealLV

      Here we go with the "God" fallacy...I knew that would pop is another perverse version of this same BS that causes this region to perpetually turmoil.....wake up!

      March 20, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Reply
      • Dan

        Have you seen our US currency lately? I'd like to remind you "In God We Trust" is found there. Remember what our country was founded upon and without that, you'd most likely NOT be speaking American English. You could even have been a Nazi... you never know what could have happened...

        Let's not undo history, hmm?

        March 20, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
      • Dan

        PS- if that phrase on our currency offends you, I'd be happy to take it off of your hands. Just let me know.

        March 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • inewt

      The lord's little helper is less skilled than Santa's little helper. Mother's little helper is a more promising option.

      March 20, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
      • Paul Felix Schott

        inewt I will pray for your soul it is not my wish that any one go to hell.
        All on Earth should look to help others not try to tear them down put down the comic books and open a Bible just once and read the Lord will open the eyes of all that seek HIM.

        The Lord's Little Helper
        Paul Felix Schott

        March 21, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • ruknutts

      get real with your wishful thinking, there will never be peace on earth. Also God is an E.T and it will be proven in the near future, this could only happen because of the technology we have today and many discoveries as of late. I think many will feel stupid for not looking into the bible for themselves and doing some real research , but instead believing what there pastors and priests have brainwashed into their minds. Your pastors are of an old school , dumb! The answers will come soon. Sorry to be the one that told you this, go on sunday and ask your pastor about it and I am sure he will give you a comforting

      March 21, 2012 at 12:56 am | Reply
  61. American

    Food for oil a fair trade.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  62. gerrick

    how is it we have sanctions against Iran, but then sell them wheat? That is inane and imbecilic.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  63. fed up

    How stupid stupid stupid. No wonder foreign governments look at us as idiots, because that's what we are. Where's the sanctions the US put against Iran? While we pay 2 to 3 dollars for a loaf of bread, Iran who's building a nuclear bomb, is being fed by America.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Reply
    • Marissa

      Iran doesn't need America's sanctions. They could of easily found another country to give them sanctions. I hope you know America is watching for Iran making sure they are not making nuclear out of anything. If America had evidence that Iran is making nuclear of anything such as nuclear weapons while we give them sanctions. America will stop sending sanctions to Iran and North Korea.

      March 21, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
      • Marissa

        I mean giving them food. Not sanctions. Excuse my ignorance.

        March 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  64. Jim38462

    They rattle their saber and cause oil price instability that we suffer for.

    We need to shake that wheat bag out there in front of them then.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:28 pm | Reply
    • IA

      The only ones rattling sabres is you and your Zionist masters.

      March 20, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
      • toysax

        Ziomist masters/ If that were the case.. they would have, and cold have, nuked every arab country they felt like.. they havent... they wont.... give the same 50 nukes to religious zealots? watch what THEYDA DO!

        March 20, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  65. Tortfeasor

    Iran's stocking up for the nuclear winter...

    March 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  66. Nigeria FBI.

    Its a good move, b/cos most common citizen in iran dont even support their govt in secret, so the burden should be reduce on them.
    God bless Nigeria, Amen.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  67. Paul Felix Schott

    If you think the wicked want peace read this then go look at some of their web sites!

    There is a video on official Hamas TV that calls for Allah to all kill Jews, Christians,
    Communists and any of their supporters they can find. This video asks Allah to "count
    them and kill them to the last one, and don't leave even one."

    Hamas TV. You will have Air mail incoming very soon. It is Very Sad you do not want
    peace and ask for WAR.

    If you think or believed that Israel-Iran relations will improve or Iran with The
    Persecution of Christians World Wide.

    Just read this

    Iranian President Mohammad Khatami,
    called Israel an
    "illegal state and a "parasite,"

    The Iranian Chief of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps,
    "The IRGC"
    Mohammad Ali Jafari
    said "Israel was within the reach of Iranian missiles".
    IRGC is listed by the U.S. Government and our CIA as a terrorist organization.
    With many ties to an assassination campaigns in the
    1980s and early 1990s with paid mercenaries from many countries
    that targeted many opponents, and rigged elections.

    December 2000
    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei he has called Israel many things even went as far as to say it is a
    "cancerous tumor" that should be removed from the region.
    "Act Of War" against Israel.

    JULY 2008
    Iran's foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki said "that Israel was
    not capable of an attack".

    JULY 2008
    Ahmadinejad.....he said, "The Iranian nation never recognized Israel
    and will never ever recognize it.

    Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei he stated, "It is incorrect, irrational,
    pointless and nonsense to say that we are friends of Israeli people...
    we are on a collision course with the occupiers of Palestine and the
    occupiers are the Zionist regime. This is the position of our regime,
    our revolution and our people."

    February 7, 2010, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said
    "the destruction of Israel was assured" According to the daily newspaper Teheran Times.
    Another "Act Of War" against Israel.

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s chief of staff, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei,
    said "that if Israel attacked Iran it would be destroyed within a week"

    Iranian Funding of the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah
    A mural in Tehran, Iran. The mural depicts the emblem of Lebanon's Hezbollah,
    and quotes the founder of The Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, saying:
    "Israel must be destroyed."
    Another "Act Of War" against them.

    Iran has been for years supplying weapons and political support to Hamas an
    organization that is committed to the destruction of Israel by Jihad According
    to Mahmoud Abbas, President of the Palestinian National Authority, "Hamas is funded
    By Iran.
    It has claimed it has been financed by peace loving donations, but the donations
    they get are nothing at all like what it receives from Iran for its
    Wicked Deeds and acts. All the Big Bankers of the World can see this.
    Another "Act Of War" against Israel.

    Iran is also supplying another enemy of Israel, the well know terrorist organization
    Hezbollah with more then what you would call just a substantial amount of financial
    support and weapons, explosives and training of how to use them and political,
    diplomatic, and organizational aid while persuading Hezbollah to take wicked actions
    against Israel. Hezbollah's 1985 manifesto listed its four main goals as "Israel's
    final departure from Lebanon as a prelude to its final obliteration" According to
    reports released in February 2010, Hezbollah has received $400 million dollars from
    Iran. That the World knows about.
    Another Clear "Act Of War" against Israel.

    October 11, 2011 the CIA AND THE FBI Of the United States Of America stopped a
    terrorist plot by the Iranian Government Leaders that included (bombing the Israeli
    "as well as Saudi"
    Embassies in Washington, DC and Buenos Aires).
    All Nations involved do claim this as
    An "Act Of War" against them.

    Can you carry a Bible in Iran without them trying to kill you.
    Devil at war with GOD.

    Israel Will Strike Iran, British Intelligence is now saying.

    The 43rd President George W. Bush’s National Security Adviser and Chief Foreign Policy
    Adviser Stephen Hadley is now Warning the world. That there clearly exists a very high
    risk to say the least that Iran and the United States very soon will most likely end up
    in a military conflict. As the deterioration of views and political relations between
    Iran and many other countries as Iran Leader acts more like a little kid. Making all
    the Middle East more unstable.

    With growing reports out of Israel that an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities is likely,
    former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Ron Kessler of Newsmax's in an one
    on one interview that she has no doubts in her mind that Israel will take the necessary
    actions to stop Iran's mullahs from making or getting Nuclear Weapons. Condoleezza Rice
    has a book, Called "No Higher Honor" A Memoir of My Years in Washington," reveals her
    insights into the war against Al-Qaida, what really happened in Iraq, and the real rising
    threat of Iran.
    From her work as the National Security Adviser with President George W. Bush in his first
    term before succeeding Colin Powell to become Secretary of State in his second term.

    May our Lord Jesus Christ and GOD the Father that is in Heaven,
    Guide and Watch over us.

    In this time of TRIBULATION, Strengthen your Faith, and encourage
    all to pray for their souls. The strong in the word of our Lord will Now
    Help the World and be the disciples of our Lord's Word.

    United We Will Always Stand That
    In GOD We Trust
    True Patriots

    The Lord's Little Helper
    Paul Felix Schott

    Further diligence is required stay on your guard and watch. The LORD’s Amy will come soon enough.

    GOD Bless You and Your Love ones
    Give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ every day.

    Luke 21:20-22

    IRAN ... The World is going to Renewable Energy with all the SUNLIGHT we get SOLAR Energy would be very easy to do hear. Do you think the rest of the world will see what we are really doing building more Reactors then we could ever use in a country this size?

    March 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Reply
    • debra galleahawk

      I agree with Paul 100% this is not going to get worse
      the president is living in the "Titanic " and things buy smoothing , sweet talking Iran it will be ok
      The World is getting more and more violent and evil
      and so with it the Govenrments included our beloved USA
      it has turned its back on GOD since 1962 when they took God and prayer out of classrooms
      and will continue , Obamma is the Captian of America and thinks his ship wont sink he thinks he has all the money and power to stop the Aggression world wide , and with him even putting sanctions on Iran WOW ! he created a worse hornets nest
      the sirens are blowing in the distance ( yet he plunges face first into the Iceburg .. he has set his house on the Sand not the Rock of Jesus Christ and hes is about to see the titanic sink ! The Enemy rages and shoves a fist at the World , its not the people its the EVIL that Satan is unleashing .. The only thing that can stop this is the Return of Jesus Christ ! People need to get ready and get serious "do you want to live in the world love the world and whats in it and loose your own soul cause when this ship SINKS ! its going to sink deep ! do you want to be on the lifeboat of Jesus or yelling " help save me " as the ship is going down !! WAKE up America ! there is only one life boat for the Titanic its Jesus Christ !

      March 20, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Reply
      • debra galleahawk

        (correction in my first comment ITS GOING TO GET WORSE !!

        March 20, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
      • Paul Felix Schott

        DO NOT TRUST A ONE OF THEM EVER. TRUST IN OUR LORD GOD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. The best counsel on all of Earth is the Bible. Tell all to read it daily.
        The next time you vote do not vote for a promise vote a man that will tell the
        world his LORD and Savior is JESUS CHRIST, and that he will serve him family then Country.
        And will tell all this on a Bible the truth of what was and is to come from are Lord GOD.
        Read the Bible and tell the lost to do so to. The Bible the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
        So help you GOD He will send his Son to Judge all.

        May our Lord Jesus Christ and GOD the Father that is in Heaven,
        Guide and Watch over us.

        In this time of TRIBULATION, Strengthen your Faith, and encourage
        all to Pray for their souls. The strong in the word of our Lord will Now
        Help the World and be the disciples of our Lord's Word. It is time to
        gather the lost sheep while you can and there still is so little time.

        The Governments of all Nations need to read.
        John 14:6 Jesus said ..........

        United We Will Always Stand That
        In GOD We Trust
        True Patriots

        The Lord's Little Helper
        Paul Felix Schott

        Debra Galleahawk May are Lord Keep you and your love ones from the wicked and bless you all the days of your life.

        March 20, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
      • MartyinLA

        Debra – go away.

        March 20, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
      • inewt

        "the Titanic its Jesus Christ"

        indeed an over-hyped sinking ship that never stood a chance

        March 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
      • "Lost in the forms."

        Debra Galleahawk,

        watch FMA. (Full Metal Alchemist.)
        I had a dream while back that correlates what you are talking about... I'm afraid for your worst... I'm honest, no matter how far you'd want to take my words.

        March 21, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  68. Paul Felix Schott

    We need Leaders that put GOD then Family then Country in that order for with out GOD and Family NONE will have A Country.
    Miss led Middle Easterners have threatened to kill and take measures against Christians sounds like bullying bad boys. That their Mother and Father never showed them right from wrong. All the good on Earth want peace Not War. If you cannot have your way you are going to hurt someone this sounds like a mad men to most of the world.

    If someone really cares for them, give them a Bible with red letter print. That is a red letter edition words that were spoken by are Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. With a Pray for them the lost maybe they will be saved, and not go to hell.

    Remember for over a Thousand years you have taken you life at risk from the
    wicked for carrying a Bible. They have burned the Bible in public many times they have cut off the head of anyone carrying one many a times. They have bombed many a Christian Church, Killing many.

    The Persecution of Christians in the Middle East has gone on for over two thousand years.

    The Leaders of many Christian groups have criticizes Muslim leaders and Leaders of governments for failing to intervene after series of deadly attacks on Christians and their Churches in many countries around the World, each Christmas.

    Killing at least 35 Christians Christmas day Church, Nigerian 2011. Killing over 20 Christians New Year's Eve mass Egypt 2011. 50 killed Christians at a Catholic Cathedral
    Baghdad 2010. Over 200 injured Christians Imbaba region by Cairo 2011. The list goes on
    and on and has for many years now. Have you for got so easy many American's like Paul Marshall Johnson, Jr. that was kidnapped and then beheaded in Saudi Arabia in 2004. While thousands gathered and prayed for the wicked to let him go, Till all heard the sound coming from THE PATRIOTIC TRUMPET PLAYER, Monica D. Key Lindbergh playing taps.

    How many Muslim Churches have been attacked or bombed while they are in there
    church by Christians? Answer 0

    The World wants Peace not more wars.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Reply
    • sdboschick

      YOU KNOW! 9/11 was not Muslims fault. Those men did not hijack a plane they hijacked a religion.

      All your misconceptions gravitate hate

      March 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
    • sdboschick

      9/11 killed muslims too. There where muslims in the twin towers on 9/11 who died among christians,jews, blacks, whites, latino, philapeano, WHATEVER.

      Also Muslims follow the teachings of the bible and the torah HOWEVER do not take it as a full truth because it has ben tainted by the hands of man. What about the koran you mite ask. Well I challenge you to try and pursue a better piece of writing and prove it wrong. The bible speaks of another prophet coming, in MECCA. Yeah how you like that?

      ~White Christian Girlie

      March 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
      • ruknutts

        who took out terrorist insurance out on the towers just before 9/11 the jews. look into it. Who really caused 9/11??

        March 21, 2012 at 1:04 am |
      • Mel

        ruknutts. Yes, you are nuts and very stupid and bigoted. There is always insurance on this type of property! Tp this day, you can't walk into a comercial building that has not insurance, so unless you can show where the insurance was boosted by billions of dollars to cover the loss of life and property, you should keep your mouth shut so people don't know how truly dumb you are.

        Your bias and ignorance is amazing, must be a muslim/Saudi lover as the Saudi's in this country were flown out by G.W. Bush, when his puppet master grounded virtually every airliner in the country. Only ones flying were the Saudi's.

        If you hate the jews so much, stop using all of the medicines, electronics etc. that they are "responsible" for inventing!

        March 21, 2012 at 8:36 am |
      • "Lost in the forms."

        "9/11 killed muslims too. There where muslims in the twin towers on 9/11 who died among christians,jews, blacks, whites, latino, philapeano, WHATEVER."

        Thank you, I mean it, thank you for posting that.

        March 21, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • debra galleahawk

      Our president that claims to know Jesus ?? yet allows abortion , and wont allow fdrs prayer in the White house ??
      Yet everyone thinks hes a good guy , that hes for peace and hes all about everyone getting along , all the while he shakes hands with Evil . no not the people of Iran its Satan !! there are even Christians in Iran that know this is going to happen i spoke to one child she was only 7 years old , her daddy was muslim and converted to Christian and she gave he rlife to Jesus
      are you aware those babies cant sing above a whisper about Jesus loves me ? if the neighbors here them and report them they could be thrown in prison ,,, she was asked " are you scared of war and bombs " she answered " no cause i know i will be with my jesus and i can then sing as LOUD as i want im not afraid of death i will be in heaven with Jesus " there is this little thing that only her heart wants to sing above a whisper about Jesus and you have radical muslims killing and torturing them for it .

      We in America are are brainwashed with our ipads or texting our face book our children are down right spoiled
      they cry for a x box , the irananian (Christian children cry to sing above a whisper !
      In the Book of Daniel it says that men would run two and fro and knowledge would increase these are also signs of the Return Of Christ ... yet they act like the Days of Noah and laugh at a old man that built a boat out of gopher wood ... untill the flood came
      The world is convulsing , puking , shaking and moaning , earthqukes , tornadoes in hawaii! and rain and bad cyxclones in Austrlaia , floods cant people see it ... they just bow their heads and text away the hours on facbook not even looking where they walk ! Jesus said " if my people who have been called by my name would humble themselves and pray , seek my face turn from their wicked ways then i would hear from heaven heal their land and forgive their sins ...... but they still turn their heads and are stearing head first into the icy waters headed for the iceburg! REALITY will kick in i hope to God
      cause there WILL be a war like we have never seen .
      and except for the days be shortened no Flesh would be saved
      you want a answer to all this mess in the world , it wont be Obamma , the White house the Civil Defense or the Armies
      its JESUS CHRIST !!

      March 20, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
      • ruknutts

        The world is just doing what it has always done,natural process, don't make it all about religion. Get real!

        March 21, 2012 at 1:06 am |
  69. davey

    eat your oill dogs.

    March 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Reply
    • sdboschick

      Why do you hate?

      March 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • sdboschick

      People are more than numbers. Why would you hate when love is just easier. Your ignorance leads me to assume you really just need a hug. Whether you like it or not I am your sister. Tell me to go back to where I came from BOY we both come from Adam and Eve.

      ~White Christian girlie

      March 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
      • countriboi

        Well no, I came from Bud and Alice.

        March 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
  70. sdboschick

    March 20, 2012 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  71. Sam

    America's bread basket to the likes of Iran ought to fetch $100 a bushel C.O.D., no World Bank credit card account. CASH.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  72. Joe124

    Now they can trade the wheat for some fuel rods from North Korea.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Reply
  73. Paul Felix Schott

    All on Earth need to look to find peace not WAR.
    Some will sell their soul for money all the money in the world will not buy their way into heaven.
    This year 2012 more than 100 million will suffer from Malnutrition and Dehydration. Many will die!
    Over 45 million Americans are on Government Food Stamps in this country this year 2012. And that
    Number is only going up. Why on Earth would anyone sell out your country men? For those with
    blinders on. There is A World Food Shortage Crisis going on, and it will not get any better
    with time. It is time to help all in are Lord Name Jesus Christ.

    United We Stand In GOD We Trust
    All on earth need to seek are Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
    Help others not try to kill them.

    The Lord's Little Helper.
    Paul Felix Schott.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  74. Paul Felix Schott

    Some will sell their soul for money all the money in the world will not buy their way into heaven.
    This year 2012 more than 100 million will suffer from Malnutrition and Dehydration. Many will die!
    Over 45 million Americans are on Government Food Stamps in this country this year 2012. And that
    Number is only going up. Why on Earth would anyone sell out your country men? For those with
    blinders on. There is A World Food Shortage Crisis going on, and it will not get any better
    with time.

    United We Stand In GOD We Trust

    The Lord's Little Helper.
    Paul Felix Schott.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  75. Ken

    Starve them.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  76. Jason S

    Is there any way we can poison the wheat?

    March 20, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
    • TruthHurts

      Not quickly enough

      March 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
  77. zoosphere

    which has more power? It's not very clear.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  78. guest123456

    anyone surprised at this??

    March 20, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • cmf4100

      no not surprised, just disappointed that our fellow countrymen would sell their product to this country.

      March 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
      • Perplexed

        What is wrong with you people? I understand the regime and extremists of this country are atrocious....but have you any clue what the common citizen thinks, feels and suffers? They are people like you and I...ones that have 0 say in what wars are fought, what weapons are developed, and a great deal of what actually happens in the government (you don''re american corporations do).....

        Heartless heartless people you are.

        March 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
      • TruthHurts

        Let them starve, they'll be eating Uranium cake soon enough

        March 20, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
      • Droc

        @perplexed not enough people like you in the world. way to think on a global community level.

        March 20, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
      • Stand Up


        If the majority are poor, innocent bystanders, then maybe its time for them to stand up and take back thier own country. If the people they hate (and yes many of them hate us) didnt feed thier bellies, maybe they would get off thier asses and take a stand. I don't want war, but I am sick of people acting as if we inherently owe other countries 'tribute' because 'some' of the citizenry are ok....

        March 20, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
      • Perplexed

        @stand up

        Who said anything about owing? This isn't charity work people, this is commerce. We are making money selling it to these people. My point had nothing to do with that.

        They hate us in the same way that we hate them...and I use the terms broadly, as it's not even the entire population of either country. We hate because our governments present propaganda in a manner which harbors hate. Try talking to Iranians, either Iranian-Americans, or someone that actually lives there. They are not that different from you and I....none of us in this world's astonishing how much propaganda has worked on the world....

        March 20, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
      • Perplexed

        @Stand Up

        and yes...I am ALL about them standing up and taking their country back. They tried, very recently, and it ended very poorly. They've made more attempts to get their country back than we have to get ours....and we do need to get our country back from the corporations that control our politicians....we have NO room to talk about who runs our country and taking a stand....

        March 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  79. jt_flyer

    the world will require more food in the next 40 years than it consumed the last 8,000 years. The US exported record levels to China and around the world. Farm equipment manufacturers can not keep up with the demand for equipment. Chances are property values in your community have dropped – except for farm land. Food will be the oil of the future. Let's get used to stories like this.

    March 20, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  80. dudley0415

    Imagine the general population doesn't know about this? Eating bread made from the wheat of the great satan?

    Probably because of the shortage of Russian wheat.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  81. jt_flyer

    "Commerce with all nations. Alliance with none" Thomas Jefferson

    March 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Reply
  82. josue

    we sell u foo u sell us oil barrels at a discount!

    March 20, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  83. FlyingScud

    Often reading most people's comments in these sections are amusing than the article itself. However, I wanted to comment some the obvious ignorance and uneducated comments thrown around by some of the individuals above.

    First and foremost; A countries political party and regime most often is not the best representation of that nations culture, people, traditions and way of life. Clearly this is evident of some of the less than intelligent comments above which does not represent majority of the well informed american citizens.

    Secondly for those of you who have not lived through a war, embraced your family during an air strike to run for shelters or first hand seen foreign boots march down your streets, stop, reflect on those realities before advocating war. The best impression of majority of above comments is that most seem to think WAR is what you see and experience on video games in your living room. Perhaps those who little about war should talk to their fellow immigrants from some of those countries or soldiers who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan who still have fresh images in their minds.

    Any kind of war and any kind of invasion is often dreamt up by the few who have personal and political interest at stake- sadly it is then paid for and fought by many who have very little to do with actual interest that started the conflict- often chasing an ideological myth. Muslim or Jew, Christian or Buddhist are people just like the next person. Non deserve to be threatened or feel in danger because of the other who has more or lives in a wealthier country or so on...

    If you all fee that you live in the world best country be it United States, UK, Israel or timbuktu then at least act based on your true cultural believes, portray an image to the world here that you care and stop war mongering- especially if called on YOU will not be the person who answers the call of duty to go and back your rhetoric and chest thumping.

    Couch soldiers are nothing but cowards who hide behind their computers, behind closed doors shouting foul while they don't pullout their thumbs to free their hands in actually doing something that improves another persons life.

    March 20, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
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