Congress to Obama: Punish Iranians!

by | Jul 5, 2013

The House Foreign Affairs Committee plays hide and go seek with Iran’s imaginary nuclear weapons programs this week, demonstrating the utter futility in hoping for any sort of foreign policy intelligence coming from the “People’s Branch” of government. As Professor Rozeff points out in a recent LRC blog post, all but one member of the House Foreign Relations Committee signed a letter “urging President Obama to increase the pressure on Iran to dismantle its nuclear weapons programs.”

The letter reads in part:

“Our diplomatic goal must be to reach a negotiated settlement in which Iran agrees to verifiably dismantle its nuclear weapons program. For this outcome to be realized, Iran must face intensifying pressure. This means the full implementation of current sanctions available to your administration, and further legislative steps to close loopholes and broaden our sanction’s reach.”

What that means is “we demand you put even more sanctions on the Iranian people to punish them for having a government with whom we disagree.” And the justification for demanding additional sanctions is a nuclear weapons program that even the US intelligence community does not believe exists.

Instead of finding a way to deal with the Iranian government in a straightforward and honest manner, Congress continues in its counter-productive, heavy-handed interventionism.


  • Daniel McAdams

    Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and co-Producer/co-Host, Ron Paul Liberty Report. Daniel served as the foreign affairs, civil liberties, and defense/intel policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, MD (R-Texas) from 2001 until Dr. Paul’s retirement at the end of 2012. From 1993-1999 he worked as a journalist based in Budapest, Hungary, and traveled through the former communist bloc as a human rights monitor and election observer.

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