Senate, including Rand Paul, vote to increase Iran Sanctions
I saw on tumblr that the Senate voted to increase Iran sanctions today with a 94-0 vote. Six Senators abstained from voting and, although I’ve already written-off Bad Guy Rand Paul, I was hoping that he was one of those six that actually had a brain.
Rand Paul voted in favor of increasing Iranian sanctions.
So, today, November 30th, 2012, Rand Paul has voted for increasing sanctions on Iran for the second time (yup, he voted for them the first time, too) and he’s also sponsored Feinstein’s amendment to retain Authorized Use of Military Force and Indefinite Detention in the NDAA.
The Iran sanctions are doing nothing more than starving and hurting the people of Iran, and our government is proud of it.
More on the sanctions from Reuters:
The new package builds on existing U.S. sanctions but keeps exemptions for countries that have made significant cuts to their purchases of Iranian crude oil. Senators voted 94-0 to make the new sanctions part of an annual defense policy bill.
Iran’s currency has plunged this year as its oil exports were slashed by U.S. and European sanctions aimed at pressuring the country’s leadership to stop pursuing nuclear weapons.
Iransays its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes. The United Nations’ nuclear chief said on Thursday his agency has made no progress in its year-long push to investigate whether Iran has worked on developing an atomic bomb.
“We must be clear to the Iranians that toughing it out and waiting it out is not an option, that it will only get worse,” Democratic Senator Robert Menendez said.
The new sanctions also include measures aimed at stopping the flow of gold from Turkey to Iran.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, a powerful pro-Israel lobby group, endorsed the measures, which they said would close a loophole in existing laws.
“In an effort to circumvent international sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran, some purchasers of Iranian oil and natural gas have been using gold and other precious metals to pay for petroleum products,” AIPAC leaders said in a letter to senators ahead of the vote, urging support for the bill.
Whether an expansion of sanctions can actually slow or stop Tehran’s nuclear program is uncertain.
Can we also get the idea out there that Russia and China are in no way threats to our country?! China needs us for our trade and debt and Russia is nowhere near as powerful as it was during the Cold War. The U.S. is not under threat from Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, etc. They either don’t have the capability to attack us or don’t have the desire. These are huge misconceptions!
I agree on North Korea. But Iran is an economic and logistical threat. Why?
Trade Routes and Drug Trafficking:
Opium production in Afghanistan has spiked since the US took out the Taliban because the Taliban had suppressed opium farming in the region. Both production and prices have skyrocketed.
Afghans have various ways of moving the product and one of those ways is through Iran. And Iran isn’t very happy about this. In fact, they are furious. If you don’t know, opium use is a major problem in Russia, China and Iran (coincidence?) America profits vastly from this in two ways, #1, we profit immensely from drug trafficking and #2 we weaken the social fabric of other nations who we view as a threat.
Then there is the geographical location of Iran and how it’s a gateway to Pakistan and India from The M&E and Africa. Iran is a goldmine for pipeline builders. It happens to be very wealthy in terms of oil and it also happens to have access to the sea, the Middle East and Asia and is a quick ship ride away from Africa. Just look at this pipeline map and you’ll know why American Oil is salivating at the thought of controlling Iran’s government.
Oil & The US Dollar’s Strength:
Which brings us to Oil.
Iran has oil and they want to stop selling it in US Dollars. More over they want to sell it to Russia and China in alternative currencies like Gold and Yuan. Why does this bother us? Because if oil isn’t sold in Dollars, the Petrodollar becomes obsolete and the Federal Reserve no long profits from thin air on every single oil and trade transaction on the planet. Yes, this is true. This is how our Foreign Policy is dictated. Not on “terrorists” or on bomb threats or war ships, but on how a countries actions impact the value of our dollar.
Watch this: The Petrodollar & War Machine
How does the reserve currency work? Countries only trade in Dollars so they are forced to always keep dollars in reserve for exchange or to essentially purchase dollars from us to use in trade. The US and the Federal Reserve profit from simply existing and being the (forced) choice of other nations. We get some nations, like OPEC nations, to agree to this by providing them will endless military protection and also giving the royal families of the region billions in kick-backs. Once you have an essential good like oil on the dollar system, others will be forced to follow. Since countries hold and tangle their own currency with the dollar, the value of the dollar still remains important. A loss in value of the dollar means that a country lost value in the reserves that they hold. So long as the dollar is stable, countries don’t worry. But if the dollar’s value becomes unstable, due to high debt, low income or a loss in confidence, countries will begin to move off the dollar. That’s what we are seeing now.
We didn’t go into Iraq because of WMDs, we went in because Saddam wanted to sell oil in Euros instead of dollars. This happened in 2000, we had plans to invade as early as 1999.
We didn’t go into Libya to “free the oppressed” people. We went in because Muammar al-Gaddafi championed the idea of a United States of Africa, with it’s own central bank and it’s own reserve currency. This would remove all dollar-based trade transactions and replace it with their own currency.
Now we want to go into Iran because they won’t cooperate and they want to also move off the Dollar and trade oil in other currency formats.
China has been building up their military, buying gold, holding less dollars and less US debt, buying oil, buying up Africa and making alliances with all the other top countries, sans America. They are doing everything conceivable to tell us that they no longer want to associate with us and in fact, they want to surpass us and replace us.
I think I’ve gone in to enough detail on my tumblr and there’s more than enough information on the web to back this up.
We’ve been in a proxy war with Russia for over 6 decades. Nothing has really changed. Russia plays nice on the surface but goes on with their ways. They have jumped aboard with China. Ask yourself which country has been more vocal than opposing the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran? Then Google which country supplied weapons and supplies to the opposition in all of those countries.
It’s very, very simple. Russia isn’t over the idea of being a superpower. They still view themselves as strong and capable and they are. Russia covers a lot of land, is very rich in natural resources, capable of going fully independent and surviving. They also have a lot of human capital.
Again, a simple Google search on Russian military practices, BRICS, Russia’s gold standard or any quote from Putin is right at your fingertips. And Russia is the one country you never, ever, want to go to war with. Ever heard of the “Russian winter”?
Joe Biden (via nirmchimpsky)
The only reason I like Joe Biden is because he’s brutally honest. He tells us that the middle class has been buried for the last 4 years. He let’s us know that President Obama is planning on increasing taxes by a trillion dollars.
I’m just waiting to hear what good ol’ Joe has to tell us next.