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Can somebody please strap Joe back into his chair? He is obviously off his rocker again! Scuttlebutt has it that desperation is starting to set in at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue; recent claims, such as those made by Joe Biden, make a person believe that the buzz is true.

Biden says the Bush administration was ‘the problem’ during early talks with Iran. It is his belief that the Bush Administration’s invasion of Iraq, in 2003, is the reason for the United States experiencing the isolation it did during the years following the invasion. What isolation? When France wussed out of it’s obligation to its ally, the USA?

Prior to Ahmadinejad arriving on the stage, discussions of lessening the sanctions on Iran were being conducted. Biden has his mix all talked up again! Somehow, or another, he wants people to think that Iran is really Iraq. Bush’s issues with France not wanting to get involved in the War in Iraq had nothing to do with the sanctions in Iran that surrounded their nuclear technology.  

Is ol’e Joe even aware that after Ahmadinejad was elected in 2005, he ignored the agreement with the EU3 that articulated Iran was to cease all attempts to enrich uranium?

Isn’t Joe Biden supposed to be some sort of foreign policy expert?

Does Biden know that the sanctions that he believes to have isolated and ostracized the U.S. from our friends, and weakened our stance among the world’s leaders, were not even implemented by George W Bush?

The sanctions that were put in place in 1979 were bolstered by Bill Clinton. It was Clinton who implemented executive orders 12957 & 12959 to strengthen the sanctions back in 1995. It was those sanctions that were rolled over, and into, the 1st Iran and Libya Sanction Act. The sanctions essentially banned investment and trade with Iran.

SEC. 3. DECLARATION OF POLICY declared . . . 

(a) POLICY WITH RESPECT TO IRAN- The Congress declares that it is the policy of the United States to deny Iran the ability to support acts of international terrorism and to fund the development and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them by limiting the development of Iran’s ability to explore for, extract, refine, or transport by pipeline petroleum resources of Iran.

(b) POLICY WITH RESPECT TO LIBYA- The Congress further declares that it is the policy of the United States to seek full compliance by Libya with its obligations under Resolutions 731, 748, and 883 of the Security Council of the United Nations, including ending all support for acts of international terrorism and efforts to develop or acquire weapons of mass destruction.

So how can he blame Bush for sanctions that were already in place? And more importantly how can he claim that the Obama Administration is responsible for the sanctions on Iraq? The Obama Administration wants to have its cake and eat it too.

This is no different from when they took credit for the stand down of our troops in Iraq. GWB arranged for the treaty that led to the exit before he left the White House, yet the Obama Administration tried to take credit.

The U.S. has had sanctions on Iran since the late 1970s. All Obama did was put the frosting on the cake. He didn’t implement all the other sanctions that kept Iran in check for the last umpteen years.

Another one of Biden’s claims is that they brought Russia and China on board. Yet, they are still buying oil from Iran! That is not exactly something to be tooting your horn about!

Does Joe not know that the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA), now the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), was passed in 1996? That was on Clinton’s watch; Bushwas not in the oval office then.

Does Joe not know that the ISA was extended for another 5 years in August of 2001?

Does Joe not know that the ISA was revised, renamed, and extended in September of 2006 after the sanctions against Libya were removed?

At a Rabbinical Assembly Convention in Atlanta, Biden declared:

“By going the extra diplomatic mile, presenting Iran with a clear choice, we demonstrated to the region and the world that Iran is the problem, not the United States,”

Do Biden and Obama honestly believe that the United States of America is at fault for the problems regarding Iran? Didn’t Ahmadinejad just threaten to shut down the Straits of Hormuz in order to cut off the world’s oil supply if Iran had sanctions levied against it? The guy is a lunatic.

If the aforementioned claims were not dumb enough, Biden goes on to say . . .

“When we took office, let me remind you, there was virtually no international pressure on Iran,” Biden continued. “We were the problem, we were diplomatically isolated in the world, in the region, in Europe. We were neither fully respected by our friends nor feared by our opponents. Today it is starkly, starkly different.”

Contrary to Biden’s claims, the extension, renaming, and restructuring of the ISLA’s sanctions were strong enough to inspire fear among businessmen who would otherwise trade with Iran. Both U.S. and non-U.S. businesses were encompassed in the ISA sanctions. Among other things, the sanctions enacted in the ISA denied assistance from the Bank of the United States regarding export and imports. Export licenses for companies violating the sanctions could be denied. Loans or credits from U.S. financial institutions could be denied. Primary dealers for U.S. government debt instruments could lose their designations. Trade Agent status in the United States could be revoked. Repository status for U.S. government funds could be revoked. U.S. government procurement opportunities could be barred. And full or partial bans on imports could be placed on companies that violated the ISA sanctions. Those are some pretty stiff penalties for trading with an enemy of the state.

Just as well, Biden had the audacity to state that we were not respected by our friends. Well, what Joe don’t know, or at least don’t want you to know, is that when H.R. 5877, the 2006 amendment to the Iran and Libya Sanctions Act of 1996 was extended, it was done so in a non-partisan fashion. The ISA was passed with sponsors that represented the Committee of Foreign Affairs, a long standing committee represented by 45 members from the U.S. House of Representatives. If their were objections from foreign countries to the extension of the sanctions they would have been voiced.

Along with the executive orders that Bill Clinton imposed due to Iran’s nuclear activity and sponsorship of terrorism, the extension was implemented in order to keep the powers in place that the original act authorized. All Bush did was maintain what was in the original act, if there were amendments, they were implemented in congress. 

Without question the 2006 extension was signed into law by President George W. Bush, but the amendment was sponsored by Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican Congresswoman from Florida, and it was cosponsored by Democratic Congressmen Gary Ackerman and Tom Lantos. Ackerman and Lantos, and Ros-Lehtinen for that matter, were all fellow members of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AKA International Relations Committee.)

Additionally, the extension was a bi-partisan effort; it was passed unanimously in the Senate, and by a show of hands in the House the day after it was introduced; an unusual feat.

Beyond that, as you can see below, the U.N. Security Council was actively impressing sanctions against Iran every six months.  Likewise, nearly all of the Democratic Party members of the U.S. Congress played a major role in extending the sanctions of the ISA, so how can he castigate Bush without castigating those members of Congress too? Biden is a FOOL, and has clearly lost his mind if that is what he thinks! To state that there were no international considerations or pressures, or that we were isolated and ostracized, is idiotic!