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Iran sanctions bill blocked in U.S. Senate
Washington Post ^ | May 17, 2012 | Joby Warrick

Posted on 05/19/2012 9:46:09 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

A Senate bill intended to tighten economic sanctions against Iran was blocked Thursday by Senate Republicans who said they were holding out for an even tougher measure that included an explicit threat of a U.S. military strike if Iran refuses to curb its nuclear ambitions.

The surprise opposition to the sanctions bill -- which was endorsed by a Senate committee two months ago with bipartisan support -- left in doubt the fate of Democrat-backed legislation that sought to close loopholes and crack down on international banks that help Iran sell its oil to overseas customers...

Republican resistance to the measure visibly irked Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), who accused GOP leaders of trying to score political points by raising last-minute objections to a bill that has been in the works since March. Republicans claimed they had not had enough time to study the bill.

"This has been a classic example of rope-a-dope," Reid complained in remarks to the Senate chamber after the measure was put on hold. "Two months ago, I came to the Senate floor and said we need to pass the sanctions immediately. . . . I have been working the last two months trying to get this done."

Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services committee, told the Senate that the bill did not go far enough in warning Iran of the consequences of its alleged march toward nuclear-weapons capability. Iran has consistently said its program is entirely peaceful. Nuclear talks between Iran and six world powers are set to begin Wednesday in Baghdad.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; US: Nevada; US: South Carolina; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iran; ndaa; ndaaa; nevada; southcarolina; waronterror
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1 posted on 05/19/2012 9:46:14 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Reid calls it Rope-A-Dope, and, hey, if the shoe fits...


2 posted on 05/19/2012 9:47:33 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

The sanctions amount to little. They are not dependent on USA stuff.


3 posted on 05/19/2012 9:58:19 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SunkenCiv
"This has been a classic example of rope-a-dope," Reid complained in remarks to the Senate chamber after the measure was put on hold. "Two months ago, I came to the Senate floor and said we need to pass the sanctions immediately. . . . I have been working the last two months trying to get this done."

Harry, all you have to do is stick to the tactics you used to get a quick and effective budget passed in the senate.

4 posted on 05/19/2012 10:01:34 AM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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partisan media shills / Zero’s water carriers / media wing of the DNC:

Heading Into Talks With Iran, U.S. Sees Hopeful Signs
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/19/world/middleeast/officials-see-promising-signs-for-iran-nuclear-talks.html

and yet...

At Camp David, Obama calls Iranian nuclear program a ‘grave concern’ for U.S., allies
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/at-camp-david-obama-calls-iranian-nuclear-program-a-grave-concern-for-us-allies/2012/05/19/gIQAjxcwaU_story.html

...so, their golden boy is covered either way.


5 posted on 05/19/2012 10:04:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv
The Republicans are getting smart, sanctions will have zero effect on Iran, while putting at risk financial transactions of people the Rats don't like.

More laws to use against anyone.

A thousand advanced bunker busters falling on Iran and the the destruction of their port, on the other hand, would get their attention, while leaving American producers free of red tape.

6 posted on 05/19/2012 10:38:02 AM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it and the law is what WE say it is.)
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