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Amid the hysteria to start this week about the crazy reality of skewed poll truthers and the zingers Mitt's planning to hurl against President Obama during this Wednesday's debate, some important news is developing in the Islamic Republic of Iran.  To pull a quote from a Rick Gladstone NYT story tonight:

Iran’s already fragile currency, the rial, has fallen in value by about 40 percent over the past week, battered by a combination of potent Western sanctions over the disputed Iranian nuclear program and new anxieties among Iranians about their government’s economic stewardship, analysts said.
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Now this situation is still developing at a rapid pace, but what is becoming ever clear is that the approach to dealing with Iran's nuclear program through western imposed economic sanctions is having a profound effect.

To recap, in 2010 President Obama signed into law the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act of 2010. President Obama's remarks at the signing of the act into law on July 1, 2010:

Other nations are now acting alongside us -- nations like Australia, which announced new sanctions, including those against a major Iranian bank and Iran’s shipping company.  The European Union is moving ahead with additional strong measures against Iran’s financial, banking, insurance, transportation, and energy sectors, as well as Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.  Other countries, like Canada, have indicated they will also be taking action.  In other words, we are ratcheting up the pressure on the Iranian government for its failure to meet its obligations.
President Obama went on to say:
In short, with these sanctions -— along with others —- we are striking at the heart of the Iranian government’s ability to fund and develop its nuclear program.  We’re showing the Iranian government that its actions have consequences.  And if it persists, the pressure will continue to mount, and its isolation will continue to deepen.  There should be no doubt —- the United States and the international community are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Finally, even as we increase pressure on the Iranian government, we’re sending an unmistakable message that the United States stands with the Iranian people as they seek to exercise their universal rights.  This legislation imposes sanctions on individuals who commit serious human rights abuses.  And it exempts from our trade embargo technologies that allow the Iranian people to access information and communicate freely.  In Iran and around the world, the United States of America will continue to stand with those who seek justice and progress and the human rights and dignity of all people.

As many of you know, I am a former Republican, but one of the major things that began to turn me forever away from the party was the primal instinct to saber rattle and force our will upon the world with our arrogance and our bombs.  

I'm a firm supporter of diplomacy first and building multi-national coalitions to provide pressure against bad actors, and this is why I have become a progressive.

When I hear Mitt insist that we need to strongly threaten military actions against Iran, it reminds me of something that was said to me that has never escaped my thoughts:

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.

Allen Fire


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  •  Well said, Allenfire, well said (2+ / 0-)
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    207wickedgood, Larsstephens

    "I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality" Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by mindara on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 09:18:59 PM PDT

  •  When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die. (5+ / 0-)

    This!

    Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

    by rreabold on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 09:21:14 PM PDT

  •  Furthermore... (7+ / 0-)

    ...every military threat we make to Iran is a gift to the regime, who unfailingly use it to rally their people.  Bolton-Cheneyesque saber rattling is perfectly counterproductive.

  •  Surprised there are no other diaries on this topic (5+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, skod, Larsstephens, Smoh, terabthia2

    It seems like a big deal is developing which will be a key discussion in the 2nd debate.

  •  "it depends on what the goal is." (7+ / 0-)

    If the real goal is to prevent Iran building a nuclear weapon, Obama's doing exactly the right thing.

    If an additional real goal is to get the Iranian people pissed off at their regime, Obama's doing exactly the right thing also:  

    imagine what would happen to a US administration if suddenly the cost of foreign luxury goods here in the US went up by 50%.  "Honey, I was going to get you a Lexus for your birthday but those %$@#@!&& in Washington borked the currency and I can't afford it now!"   "Sorry, son, I can't buy you that game console you wanted..." Etc. There would be hell to pay.

    But if the goal is for politicians to make themselves look good and score "red meat" points, then Obama's coming in third, with Netanyahu in first place and Unfit Mitt running a close second.  Someone ought to tell that to Mitt so he can use it in the debate!

    "Minus two votes for the Republican" equals "plus one vote for the Democrat." Arithmetic doesn't care about their feelings either!

    by G2geek on Mon Oct 01, 2012 at 09:49:43 PM PDT

  •  Iranians are not uniquely stupid. (2+ / 0-)
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    truong son traveler, kurt

    It takes very little imagination to consider massive domestic inflation triggered by, say, China.  Are we going to cannibalize ourselves?  Turn against our leaders in such dire straits?  Or are we more likely to turn our hearts against the proximate cause of our suffering.

    I digress now from strategy and dwell on the human cost of this campaign.  It is the prerogative of people with much interest and little concern to categorize poverty as a means to an end.  From Malthus on to the neoliberal consensus that governs our daily lives we stand as some idol to the potential of our culture to subvert to necessity the necessary civilized elements of our own consciences.  Do we celebrate this victory only to celebrate the desperation of millions?  Do we take this as some minor propaganda victory to be...clutched here at home?

    There is nothing to be known of history but that children die.  

  •  Making the regular people suffer? (0+ / 0-)

    So...

    The way to handle Iran, who is accused of not complying with the NPT, is to cripple thier economy, make it harder for the Iranian people to do simple things, like buy grocery, and somehow this will persuade the Iranians not to build nuclear weapons they say they arent...and there is no proof...that they are building.

    Once, Richard Cheney said about the Lebanese...trying to justify the murder of civilians by the Israelis when they bombed an apartment block said 'they will remember who put those bombs in thier living room'...trying to imply that because Israel is 'persecuted' they have the 'right' to invade another country and bomb civilians.  Mr Cheney is right...the Lebanese, the Iraqis, the Afganis, the Pakistanis, the Indonesians, Vietnamese...and so on, remember who made them suffer...and now the west is adding Iran to that list.

    ...but of course 'they hate us because we are free' says Bush.

    Oaths and alleginaces only become valid after being tested in adverstity.

    by Nur Alia Chang on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 04:58:42 AM PDT

  •  Have to disagree with Obama here. This doesn't (0+ / 0-)

    strike at the heart of their nuclear program, it strikes at the heart of their economy. It may well damage their nuclear program but the collateral damage to whatever the iranian equivalent of joe and jane sixpack is will be massive.

    "I smoke. If this bothers anyone, I suggest you look around at the world in which we live and shut your fuckin' mouth." --- Bill Hicks

    by voroki on Tue Oct 02, 2012 at 06:31:31 AM PDT

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