October 1st, 2012
05:01 PM ET

U.S. says Iran currency woes show sanctions taking hold

By Jamie Crawford

A sharp drop on Monday in the value of Iran's currency shows that international financial pressure over Iran's disputed nuclear program is having an impact, the State Department said.

"The currency is plummeting and firms all over the world are refusing to do business with Iranian companies," agency spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

"So this speaks to the fact that we have said these are the most punishing sanctions we have ever been able to amass as an international community, and they are very important for trying to get Iran's attention on the important denuclearization work."

Iran's currency, the rial, plummeted to historic lows against the value of the dollar in open-market trading on Monday.

It has been in a distressed state since U.S. and European sanctions began to take hold earlier this year.

This comes amid a larger debate playing out in the United States and globally about whether the sanctions that target Iran's petroleum sector and its economy, will effectively change the calculus of the Iranian government and open the door to full-scale negotiations over its nuclear program, or whether a military strike against Iran's nuclear complex is the more suitable course.

"The sanctions are intended to maximize the pressure on the regime so that it will understand that the international community is not going to tolerate Iran with a nuclear weapon," Nuland said. "They have to make a choice."

Iran has said its nuclear intentions are peaceful.

Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said time was quickly running out to find a diplomatic solution to the impasse.

Netanyahu has said sanctions were not having a forceful enough impact on Iran's behavior and has stepped up pressure on the United States to draw a "red line" that Iran cannot cross if it wants to avoid war. The Obama administration has resisted Netanyahu's appeal.

Some analysts who follow the Iranian sanctions say the timetable for achieving their desired result may not add up.

"What's clear is that Iran's nuclear red line will occur long before Iran's economic cripple date – when the regime faces imminent economic collapse as a result of sanctions," Mark Dubowitz, who is with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told CNN.

"That is the uncomfortable conclusion that the Obama administration must face: Iranian nuclear physics is beating western economic pressure," he said.

While the sanctions are designed to cripple the Iranian regime financially, the United States says the Iranian people must understand the sanctions are not designed to punish them.

"We want the Iranian people as well to understand that this is a direct response to the choices that their government has made in the context of the international community offering them a diplomatic way out," Nuland said, "which they should take."

The five members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany, the so-called P5+1 group that has been negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program, met last week on the sidelines of the General Assembly. The talks have been stalled for months.

EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton will follow up by meeting with Saeed Jalili, Iran's senior nuclear negotiator, in the coming days, Nuland said, to decide whether another round of talks would be constructive.

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  4. Reza H

    wow, seems the knowledge of Americans are so limited regarding the Middle East.
    Fact 1 : the M.east can be divided into to alliances ; US,Arabia,Israel in one side and Iran-Syria in alliance with Russia and china in other side. Iran has a strong ties with Russia and China buys oil from Iran.
    Fact 2: any nuke or bombing in Iran will start the WW3, because China and Russia will come into play.
    Fact 3: Iranian Government is anti-Zionist, not anti-Jews. we have 50k Jews living in Iran in peace. It is against Zionist state, and not perusing killing Jewish people.
    Fact 4 : Any nuclear bomb in Neighboring countries will contaminate the area, Iran couldn't nuke Israel 'cause it's gonna affect environmental issues on Syria which is its friend.
    Fact 5: Russia uses Iran as a channel to send weapons to Syria to prevent the Regime change.
    Fact 6: US provides supply and weapons to terrorist groups such as PKK, MEK to undermine Iran.
    So basically it's a dirty politics btw US and Russia/China, but Iranian and Syrians are paying a high price in between 🙁

    Peace to all from Iran.

    October 14, 2012 at 1:47 am | Reply
  5. Kayla823

    Listen, we don't need to go bombing anyone and no body needs to come bombing us ( I mean America ). Iran's government ( and maybe the people, I don't know to much about them ) need some anger therapy. Stop hating everyone and put all your anger into bertter use. Why not try to make jobs and give people a little say in what's going on? Instead you want to destroy/ take over the world? Seriously Iran, this is not pinky and the brain......

    October 3, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  6. Aram

    no pealse, we live in Iran, dont kill us. we scare everyday of war, stop stop

    October 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • Unknown

      Don't be a coward

      October 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
      • Kayla823

        Dont be a dickwad

        October 4, 2012 at 12:20 am |
  7. tuffenoughalso

    Iran is prepared to outlast any sanctions in order to get the bomb. They know that once they get the bomb, their bargaining chips gain tremendous strength. Any penalty imposed is acceptable in order to get the bomb. Everybody but our dear UN and US administration get this fact. Israel is on it's own and should take the first strike necesary to stop Iran's bomb making plan. Once that plan is stopped, sanctions will begin to be unacceptable to Iranians. Then, and only then, will sanctions provide the influence necessary for change.

    October 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
  8. Adam and Henry Balm

    Maybe my brother, H. Balm, and I, (A. Balm), ought to drop down and plant our mushrooms in Tehran, Iran...I believe that should resolve all the issues we have with Iran and their loyal terrorist organizational following...

    October 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
    • Saeed Jalili

      Typical Zionist response, yet fail to mention that while calling the Islamic Republic a terrorist state the Zionist state continues to deny our Palestinian brothers through their own form of terrorist activities; to long to cite on a useless CNN forum. We have a right to pursue harnessing electrical energy through the exploitation of the atom the same as any other nation. America's policy of catering to their Zionist masters continue. Jews control the extent of the world through their greed and muddy hands in everyone's pot so to speak.

      October 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
      • Unbeliever

        Film at 11...lol

        October 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  9. MS1234

    I think we should think along these lines to solve this: Iran is like the little brother who wants to play football with the older grown brothers. We should get them on a step-program. "first you must grow up", or "first you must join the UN", then "adopt human rights policies" or similar. If you look at it in their shoes, what would they be thinking/feeling like-how are they crossing their arms like, then apply our status, problem-solving and worldly experience to see how to actually solve it rather than simply cause and effect when it may be too late.

    October 3, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
    • A

      i AGREE

      October 3, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
      • bill

        That's silliy talk. Also, they are a founding member of the UN. They just need to behave or get the crap knocked out of them.

        October 7, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  10. Abdullah the Butcher

    Sanctions NEVER Work – They NEVER have and they NEVER will !! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH !!

    It's high-time Israel does to Iran what Israel has successfully done previously to both Iraq (June 7, 1981 – Osirak) and Syria (September 6, 2007 – Deir ez-Zor region) – TAKE OUT THE NUCLEAR REACTORS, ONCE AND FOR ALL !!

    Iran arming itself with nuclear weapons is like al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah or Islamic Jihad having nuclear weapons, and I am quite certain NO ONE HERE in the U.S.A. wants to see what al Qaeda can do with a nuclear warhead, especially here in the U.S.A.

    October 3, 2012 at 8:17 am | Reply
    • gene

      This is not Iraq nor Syria. They each had just one nuclear site. Iran has many sites that are 1,000 miles from Israel. The reply from Iran and it's proxies, would cause serious destruction in Israel. I think we have the time to use before taking the military option.

      October 3, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
  11. joelolo

    I disagree that sanctions are working. Yes the exchange rate for rial vs $ is getting higher, but look at this. My consideration is based on this evidence. This is from wiki showing the mobile phone penetration in Iran. Apparently, there is plenty of money there. Population: 70 million. Mobile: 80.85 million (end of 2012 est.);[21] 68 million (Sep. 2011)[22]; 35 million (early 2008)[23] and 4.3 million in 2004. Iran is among the first five countries which have had a growth rate of over 20% and the highest level of development in telecommunication.

    October 3, 2012 at 12:29 am | Reply
    • Jim


      "working" would mean there are signs that the government has changed it's mind about it's nuclear weapons ambitions.

      The reports are just liberal noise to distract from the truth and buy time for Iran to finish and test detonate....then the argument will be over.

      October 3, 2012 at 2:15 am | Reply
    • hannah007

      So because many people have phone the sanctions are working?? Iran has one of the largest youth population <30 years old. You are comparing apples and oranges. Phones are not the limiting factor here, phones have become a basic need in recent years and has nothing to do with how "well off" you are or not.

      October 3, 2012 at 10:02 am | Reply
    • gene

      WIKI? Really? This is what you base your data on? God help us all.

      October 3, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
  12. RBN

    We should let Iran have one of our nukes, complete with free shipping. Making glass if fun!

    October 3, 2012 at 12:11 am | Reply
    • fiftyfive55

      aint dat wut we did wit israel,give dem newks ?

      October 3, 2012 at 7:12 am | Reply
      • Albert E

        55, get a grip, hes talking about NUKING them and setting some trons loose on their turbines, NUMB Testicles.

        October 3, 2012 at 9:32 am |
  13. Matt

    I give you an example back in 2009 or 10 I can't recall but when a Cuban style naval blockade was proposed on Iran, what the Admin did was use sanctions to prevent shipping from docking at ports. Why because a blockade that we had proposed while being more effective and technically legal under UN sanctions to search vessels in relation to weapons. Hold them at sea until they are forced to birth at the nearest port due to fuel and food needs. It takes time to search ships, they could be stuck in the open ocean for months. It could cause war with Iran so can economic sanctions.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • Jim

      Those nuclear installations should be smoldering craters by now.
      What is taking so long?

      No one in their right mind could believe sanctions will have any affect except hardship on the average citizen.

      October 3, 2012 at 2:18 am | Reply
  14. Matt

    Plus the US sold them a lot of wheat which they are storing which will help keep the blue movement or a majority of them off the streets.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  15. Matt

    Iran is not Rhodesia. The problem being these chaps with the funny hats will go to war in the event of an economic collapse. That has always been the problem with economic sanctions, there are three outcomes a coup, which have to be by the regular armed services. In 2009 the chiefs refused stating it was too late. Second is the people rise up in 2009 there was not the demographic in the class structure to bring about a full uprising, this is termed the green movement of the class structure and the blue movement (working class). Thirdly they decide to go to war, or move ahead with the nuclear weapon to force a confrontation. So we can rule out number one, after 2009 and the response seen in Syria the population knows what happened in 2009/10 and how much worse it can get. So that leave the third option launch a war or build the bomb and bring one on. So one or two are only likely after three taking place.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  16. fiftyfive55

    All you folks in here calling for MORE military action in the mideast can go pound sand for all I care but quit asking Americans to do it,we're kinda busy right now and dont have the money for it.If Israel wants war,let THEM fight it.

    October 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Reply
    • Jose

      Exactly. Plus we don't have the money to fight another war anyway.

      October 3, 2012 at 9:14 am | Reply
  17. easyrhino

    Iran, unlike Israel, signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Signatories to the treaty have the right to nuclear energy. Nuclear energy requires a low level of enrichment, 5% or less.

    For exercising its legal rights under the treaty, Iran has been painted as a rouge criminal state and demonized.

    A nuclear weapon requires 95% enrichment. To get to 5% from scratch and then to 95% is a long drawn out process.

    When Iran announced that, in view of the sanctions imposed by the US, sanctions that affect medical supplies, Iran was going to enrich uranium to 20% in order to supply itself with medical isotopes, the Israeli allegations that this would lead to a bomb resulted in Iran saying that the Iranian government was content for France or some other country to supply their medical isotopes and would not pursue enrichment beyond energy requirements.

    The US and Russia were also mentioned as suppliers.

    According to the NY Times on September 29, 2011, “the Iranian president told the Washington Post and later, in basically the same terms, the New York Times: ‘if you [the United States and Europe] give us uranium grade 20 percent now, we will stop production.’”

    On Israel’s orders Washington vetoed the Iranian concession. Solving the problem is not what the Israeli government wants. The problem has to be kept alive so that it can be used to foment an attack on Iran.

    Israel is not an ally yo the USA or it's citizens, time to give them the boot and pull the plug on the $3,000,000,000 of US tax-payer dollars we give to them

    The Iranian nuke is one of those grand hoaxes, a lie designed to hide the real agenda.

    October 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      Ignorance... sheer ignorance... Israel does not want a war with Iran... They don't want the US to go to war with Iran either... do you know how stupid that is? They know if a conflict errupts they will be the ones having rockets exploding in their cities... their innocent people will be dying, not Americans... Israel cannot accept Iran getting a nuke because they have threatened to annihilate Israel... They have funded terrorists to attack Israel... and US Military personnel in Iraq as well... Anybody that thinks Israel is pulling the strings on the US is an ignorant Racist.

      October 2, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • Paul II

      If Iran's needs were strictly medical why would they hide the program for years? Why would they build huge fortified underground facilities? Iran has a nuclear weapons program. Its obvious to anyone without an agenda.

      October 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
      • Austin

        Apparently you haven't been keeping track of our intelligence agencies' reports. Iran is at least 10 years from having a weapons-grade nuclear bomb. But isn't the half of it; one also needs a guided delivery system to get the nuke to it's target. Iran, a 3rd-world country that cannot even refine enough of it's oil to make gasoline for it's own consumption, does NOT have such a delivery system. I was in the USAF Space Command, 21st Space Wing, and I can tell you without hesitation that Iran is not capable of deploying a nuke even if they had one.
        And you speak of people having agendas? Geez.

        October 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
      • old golfer

        Hey Austin, is this the same intelligence organization that told us there were WMD in Iraq? Whatever, any reason to invade another country it seems.

        October 3, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • Are you real?

      Israel faced mortal threats in 3 wars, plus wars with Hamas and Hizbollah, and never even thought of using the nukes.
      IKhameni wants the nukes so that its shia islam can dominate the region, blackmail the west, and even have Hizbollah use a dirty nuke in Israel.

      October 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
    • Iran is not a threat

      Why does israel want to wage war so bad?????

      October 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm | Reply
      • Jim

        Iran has always been the largest supplier of terrorists world wide.
        Read some history.

        As for Israel, they are just a small part of this.
        If Iran is able to manufacture weapons grade nuclear materials, no one on earth will be safe from terrorists getting their hands on said materials.

        October 3, 2012 at 2:20 am |
    • Coop

      "The Iranian nuke is one of those grand hoaxes, a lie designed to hide the real agenda."

      which would be...um...an Iranian Nuke !?

      October 3, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  18. fiftyfive55

    The common bond between Israel,India,Red China,North Korea,Pakistan,Russia,America,Great Brittain,France is that they are ALL nuclear powers.Who did I miss ??? Why does Iran seem to be the one that is breaking the camel's back ?What agenda do THEY have that is any different than all the other mideast countries ? none. So why is everybody trying to start a nuclear war ? WHY ???

    October 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      Simple fiftyfive55 – All those you mention aside from North Korea and Pakistan have not declared they will annihilate another country. The question you asked has a simple answer, I will give you an analogy... a man in a crowd of people yelling and screaming about how he is going to kill somebody is just a maniac to most folks... not much of a threat, more or less a big talker that would be dealt with if he actually started throwing punches.... Now give that maniac a gun in a crowd of people... he becomes a significant threat... Same with Iran... they are not a threat to most around them right now... they're leaders talk about killing millions in Israel and lead and encourage their people to chant "death to America"... but most disregard this because they haven't the means to follow through... now give those psychopaths a nuke... and suddenly that maniac is a significant threat.

      October 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
      • fiftyfive55

        So now it's okay for Israel to draw lines and threaten Iran but turn about is not fair play ? Israel has been clamoring for war for quite awhile now and they want the U.S. to fight it,which to me is a big part of this mideast debaucle.

        October 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
      • Clinton

        Fiftyfive – There are differences between Israel and Iran that you apparently are unwilling to discern... Israel is and has been a close US ally... they have not created any wars in attempts to gain territory... they have a stable democracy that is a willing partner with much of the world... Iran on the other hand, funds terrorists that attack Israel, funds terrorists that attack the US... Israel has never stated that their goal is the annihilation of the Iranian people... IRAN HAS stated that they want to annihilate Israel... You're talking about a leader that has stated intentions of killing millions... and you just think that Israel and Iran are just one and the same... I'm sorry mr. Fiftyfive55, Apparently your age did not bring wisdom...

        October 2, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
      • Giuseppi

        Clinton, in reference to Israel you make some pretty outrageous claims: "They have not created any wars in attempts to gain territory... they have a stable democracy that is a willing partner with much of the world.."
        Sir, read 5 minutes of Israeli history and you will realize that the entire 20th century has been nothing but conflicts to gain more territory and to disenfranchise the Palestinians of their lands and rights. Read iran's history for the past 200 years and...lo and behold, they have not initiated a war. Turning the truth on its head aren't we now Clinton? I suppose your name is apt.
        And you make the claim that it is a stable democracy? It is becoming a nationalist quasi-corporatocracy with theocratic elements. The quality of the Israeli democracy is in fact quite similar to ours: a government of the corporations, run by the corporations, for the corporations: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/opinion/foreign-wealth-and-government.premium-1.467948
        Get your facts straight first and then maybe you'll start to scratch your way towards reality. Right now, you're so far off I can't help you.

        October 2, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • Iran is not a threat

      Thats a great question, why?

      October 2, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  19. Clinton

    Iran is on a suicide mission over their internal pride. Iranians believe down to their core that they are the most important civilization that ever existed. They believe strongly in Persian superiority... Unfortunately for them, Persians haven't been superior in any way since ancient times... They are playing a dangerous game that has no potential for positive outcome... Their best case scenario will leave their country looking a lot like North Korea, isolated, poor, people starving and only a small number of nations willing to deal with them. Most other scenarios will result in War, a war that will leave them decimated and leaderless. The Israeli's will in fact strike first if they feel the Iranians can in fact build a bomb... The Israeli's, the United States and other nations (Probably all of NATO) will strike against Iran if they do build a bomb... and the result will be much more devestating... Iran absolutely will not win this fight... They are outmatched in every concievable way. The question is, are there any Iranians willing to stop this before it's too late? Time will tell, but based on the road they've started down, things aren't looking good. Iran is too prideful, it's people are too prideful to admit that they are outmatched.... Sad really, Many innocent people will likely die because of this. All we can do is sit and watch.

    October 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
    • fiftyfive55

      Reading what you stated leads me to believe that basically its the Israelis threatening to start a nuclear war if Iran achieves armaments the same as the Israelis have . So from what you say,it s Iran being hassled by outsiders who are trying to dictate policy in that country,well fair play would be to disarm all nukes in the mideast as a sign of good faith to Iran,leveling the playing field.isnt this what politically correct people scream about constantly ?

      October 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
      • Clinton

        fiftyfive55 – your viewpoint is naive, you're disregarding the fact that Iran wants to destroy Israel... This is not even debated... Their leadership has "Vowed" to destroy Israel, they are funding terrorists to attack Israel and have been for many years.. They fund Hezbollah and Hamas, two well known terrorist groups that attack Israel with regularity... So far they have not had the means to destroy Israel... they have not had the ability to do much against Israel militarily. with a nuke... they could in fact destroy Israel... Iran has also spent the last 30-40 years encouraging hate against Americans.. they promote rallies and have their people chant death to America after Friday prayers every week for 30 years....There is substantial evidence that Iran funded and supplied Iraqi insurgents that have killed US servicemen and women. I was in Iraq, I have seen this, they are the ones that provided the Insurgents with EFP's to kill us... Now, given that Iran wants to kill both Israelis and Americans... Why on Earth do you think Israel or the United States is willing to allow Iran to buld a bomb?

        October 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
      • Common Sense

        The Israelis did not threaten to wipe another nation of the face of the Earth. A nuclear Iran is a situation that must be avoided at all cost.

        October 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
      • fiftyfive55

        @clinton-you could switch the names Iran and Israel in your arguement and it would be the same statement , there will never,ever be peace in the mideast,you know it,I know it and the rest of the world knows it. I for one have listened to mideast rhetoric for 50 years now and it never changes.If we leave right now,they'll have to put up or shut up.

        October 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
      • Clinton

        Again fiftyfive55 – you're not listening, if you really believe that Israel and Iran have acted the same... i honestly don't know what to say, you're failing to analyze the situation correctly... Israel didn't threaten to annihilate an entire country... Israel doesn't fund terrorists... Israel is a true Democracy and has shown signs of agression towards its neighbors... Israel has only ever defended itself... Iran is a dictatorship with a religious extremist owning much of the power... Their dictator has vowed to destroy Israel and funds terrorists that have killed Israelis and Americans... Iran without nukes is a ruthless dictatorship that murders through proxy using terrorists... With nukes they are a destablizing factor in the Middle East... they could carry out their attack on Israel... Or... simply by having nukes they could instigate a nuclear arms race in the middle east... then you have even more psycho dictatorships with nukes... you're not thinking clearly, you're wanting this to be a simple problem and trying to avoid the fact that there is a bad guy in this... and no it's not the Iranian people... but it is their leadership.

        October 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
      • PD

        How do you get that his comments are about Israel starting a nuclear war? And then a good faith sign to Iran? Disarm because they'd like that? Are you completely stupid or just an iraninan or muslim jihadist?

        October 2, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • Jose

      And we a U.S. citizens, need to stand up and say, no we will not get involved in another overseas adventure. If we get in a war with Iran, it will be the dumbest move we ever made. Remember how Iraq was going to be a cake walk, and we were going to be treated as liberators. We cannot afford another war period. We are broke.

      October 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
      • old golfer

        Good post and I agree. However, there is that little matter of ME oil, which is why we are there. As to debt, we are about to the stick a fork in us stage. Over 16 trillion and counting. Going to get real interesting the upcoming few years.

        October 3, 2012 at 11:00 am |
    • Jason Robertson III

      Iran has never said they wanted to annihilate Israel. Their President said it would disappear from the pages of time (akin to the USSR). Hamas and Hezbollah are not terrorist organizations. They are freedom fighters. Israel is an occupying force and not a democracy.

      October 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
    • Shawn

      Wow. What does it have to do with persian culture. 2/3 of Iran's population weren't born when these backwards retards took over their country, as a matter of fact U.S was very much involved in bringing the Shah down. Iranian people have gone into the streets and protested by millions on 2009, 2010, 2011 and so on and the regime thugs opened fire on the crowd (real bullets). None of the so called human rights organizations did anything about it. They did not even show it on TV. So do not dare to insult persian culture because these retard mullas do not represent the persian culture, Cyrus the great does. 95 percent of people in Iran despise this regime, and I know it because I'm iranian and persian. And for your information only 51 percent of Iran's population are persian, the rest are turks, kurds, baloochs and so on.

      October 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Reply
  20. George Patton

    By next summer, you will see the Iranian Khamenei with his cronies on the run, trying to SAVE his ass from Israeli missiles.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:50 am | Reply
    • old golfer

      You do realize that missals can go in both directions don't you?

      October 3, 2012 at 11:03 am | Reply
  21. JerseyJeff

    This should be a feature story.
    Combine Iranian conservatives and the Ayatolla trading the economic and social future of young Iranians (who are the majority of the population) for a nuclear weapons program and mix that with suppressing the opposition and the liberals that is the recipe for revolution. Social disorder, at this rate of economic decline, is the bigger enemy than economic collapse.

    October 2, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • Paul II

      I agree. I'd like to see Obama be out front in support of the Iranian opposition.

      October 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  22. rachni

    Has the President announced victory with Iran yet? He said Al Qaeda was beaten so Iran must be next to fold.

    October 2, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • John

      You're thinking of Bush and that moronic "Mission Accomplished" fiasco.

      October 2, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
      • Jose

        No he is thinking of that moron, Obama. Running around making victory laps a couple of weeks ago. Claiming he defeated Al 'Quaida.

        October 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Reed Richards

      Please cite your source! Where can we find the President claiming victory for anything except the Presidency 4 years ago? I'll wait.......... Tell us his exact words and where we can find them? I'll be checking back ocassionally to see your answer. Thank You. You and the fellow below are lying scu* bags...

      October 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  23. Maas

    Chinese coin is pegged to the dollar. So selling oil to China is getting the Iranians dollars that is getting worth more and more and more in their own country. And that is the countries main way to make money. While indeed, companies who want to import goods start hitting a brick wall.

    So in short. We're killing local businesses who have nothing to do with the government, while making their government rich. Seems yet again a policy that is such a fail.

    October 2, 2012 at 6:02 am | Reply
  24. HiDest

    Are they still enriching?? If yes, then it is not working...

    October 1, 2012 at 10:46 pm | Reply
  25. saeed

    funny iran should nuke ireland yea nuke those red haired apes of ireland nuke dublin and belfast.

    October 1, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Reply
    • Clinton

      Funny because? Because there would no longer be an Iran if that happened? If Iran was not only capable of building a bomb but actually used it... The Nuclear powers in the world would end Iran's existence... all Iranians would be destroyed... there would be no more Iranians... their entire civilization would die.

      October 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Reply
      • saeed

        what a long answear.

        October 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  26. I wipe my @ss with Old Glory

    Oh! That's nice. Guess there's no need to nuke them, then.

    October 1, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Reply
    • BillnTed

      I think we should nuke them anyway.

      October 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
      • joe alex

        how ignorant can 1 be....nuke them anyways?
        stupid republicans...ahhhh

        October 1, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
      • Travis

        Gee BillnTed, you sound like another mindless, bloodthirsty, hateful Tea Partier. Is that all you ignoramuses ever think about? Kill, kill and kill! No wonder they call ours a sick society with people like you living in it! Such ignorant should be outlawed!

        October 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
      • George Patton

        Mark my words, by next summer, Israel will bomb the S!HIT out of Iran. The RED LINE is drawn.

        October 2, 2012 at 11:46 am |
      • Infantry08

        Mindless and blood thirsty? I'm no Tea Partier, just and Iraq war vet and I say why not? I've seen first had what Iranian funding of terroist groups means for Americans, and mark my words a nuclear Iran means nuclear terrorist organazations hell bent on carrying out their jihad against America. If you have never served in the front lines of this war than hold your tounge because you have no idea the pure hatred these people have for us. It is not in check they would rather staughter your children while you watch simply because your an American. If you dont believe me than you have never been blown up while handing out food to children at a school...I have.

        October 2, 2012 at 6:49 pm |

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