Where do we draw the line between incompetence and crimial negligence when a POTUS doesn't protect his country?
How many straws does it take to break the back of America. The current POTUS and our Secretary of State are either too stupid to detect brain functions, or they have both given signs of being anti-American.
Old story: We have sanctions against Iran with many countries around the world in agreement in an effort to get Iran to play nice in the sandbox and stop their attempt to make a nuclear weapon.
New story: China has been given a waiver and can continue to buy oil from Iran.
What?: It seems as though Tazmania and China have been re-flagging ships, as is Iran itself, and sneaking oil out of Iran and to countries who were supposed to be supporting sanctions.
Why?: So, why does the current administration reward a country that is proving to be sneaky, underhanded, and enabling Iran?
strong on Iran sanctions," said Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the chairman of
the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
"But actions speak louder than words, and today the Administration has
granted a free pass to Iran's biggest enabler, China," she said.
The administration, however, is probably "prepared to take that risk because
it would want to avoid a major diplomatic spat with Beijing" over the sanctions,
said Mark Dubowitz, the head of the non-profit group Foundation for Defense of
Democracies, which advocates tough sanctions on Iran.
Tension over sanctions had driven oil prices higher early this year, but the
impact has faded.
"The oil market has already priced this in as the assumption was that China
would be able to continue trading with Iran regardless," said Societe Generale's
global head of oil research, Michael Wittner.
Some Iranian ships have turned off tracking devices, according to oil market
sources, leaving open the question of whether China and other countries are
importing crude that has gone undetected.
"I think we basically witnessed a game of chicken between the U.S. and China
and the Obama administration flinched first," a Senate Republican aide said,
speaking on background.
To renew its exception six months from now China will have to prove without
doubt it has cut purchases from Iran, said Democratic Senator Robert Menendez,
who helped craft the sanctions law. "We will expect to see additional
significant reductions by China and other nations."