Tuesday, December 26, 2006

U.S. Financial Sanctions against “Axis of Evil” Working

Yet another article figures into the chess match that is the Middle East. The United States reported “the success” of financial sanctions against North Korea and Iran for their nuclear programs. The piece took the opportunity to dig the U.N. for its largely inadequate and ineffective financial sanctions against the two countries.

However, U.S. actions have worked swimmingly? The only tangible success to date is bringing North Korea back to the bargaining table. Meetings ended before Christmas with no agreement. As Iran has done nothing to back down from its nuclear enrichment program, it is difficult to see any impact.

So why would the U.S. brag at this stage? To show it “needs” no other strategies at this point. This helps get America off the hook after our ally Israel bombs Iran’s nuclear facilities. I can just see President Bush saying “we had no idea Israel would do this, our financial sanctions were working fine”. Yes, of course our clueless Commander in Chief had no idea…

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