Iran

Trump Imposes New Sanctions on Iran, Receives Military Options

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump has not ordered a military attack on Iran, at least not yet, but what the Trump regime has done today is the next closest thing.

Speaking to reporters at the White House this morning, Trump and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that they will impose sanctions on Iran's central bank.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in the Oval that the national bank was Tehran’s last source of funds.

“This is very big,” Mnuchin said. “We’ve now cut off all source of funds to iran.”

Trump did not immediately elaborate on the sanctions, which he also called the “highest sanctions ever imposed on a country.” [...]

The president’s remarks at the White House came two days after he announced via Twitter that he had instructed Mnuchin “to substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!”

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported this morning that the Pentagon will present Trump with a range of military options that include targets inside Iran.

In a White House meeting, the Republican president will be presented with a list of potential airstrike targets inside Iran, among other possible responses, and he will be warned that military action against the Islamic Republic could escalate into war, according to U.S. officials familiar with the discussions who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

I don't mean to beat a dead horse, but John Bolton is gone and this is still happening because it all started with Trump.

The seeds of what's happening now were planted on the day that Trump unilaterally withdrew from the nuclear peace deal negotiated by the Obama administration. The implications of that deal were far greater than just containing a nascent nuclear weapons program. The deal diffused tension between Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabi; tension that began flaring out of control after Trump withdrew and reimposed sanctions on Iran.

For their own reasons, most of them political, Israeli and Saudi leaders opposed President Obama's peace deal and aggressively lobbied Trump to withdraw from it. And they got what they wanted.

It's remarkable how much good will you can burn through in just a few years of Republican governance. The surface of Venus ain't got shit on the GOP.

  • Trump wants a war. He’s learned that the voters in the US are dumb enough to never oust a wartime president, so he thinks that a war will keep him in office. And if he can keep the active war going long enough, he can even get past the 22nd amendment.

  • muselet

    … [H]e will be warned that military action against the Islamic Republic could escalate into war.…

    No foolin’?

    Applying yet more sanctions will probably cause Iran to become more belligerent. Military action would make that a near certainty. No nation—certainly no regional superpower like Iran—would fail to respond aggressively to provocations like this.

    Madness. Sheer madness.

    –alopecia

    • Tony Lavely

      “No nation—certainly no regional superpower like Iran—would fail to respond aggressively to provocations like this.”
      That’s a feature, not a bug.
      Like, he wants it to happen. Who’da thought *that*?