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'President Obama Is Not Even Leading from Behind on Iran'

1:40 PM, Nov 23, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Washington Post has a hard-hitting editorial on the Obama administration's "half-measures" on Iran:

THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION pledged that Iran would suffer painful consequences forplotting to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington and for refusing to freeze its nuclear program. Key European allies and Congress — not to mention Israel — are ready for decisive action. But on Monday the administration unveiled another series of half-steps. Sanctions were toughened on Iran’s oil industry, but there was no move to block its exports. The Iranian banking system was designated “a primary money laundering concern,” a step U.S. officials said could prompt banks and companies around the world to cease doing business with the country. But the administration declined to directly sanction the central bank.

The result is that President Obama is not even leading from behind on Iran; he is simply behind....

The administration’s slowness to embrace crippling sanctions is one of several persistent flaws in its Iran policy. Another is its continued insistence on the possibility of “engagement” with a regime that has repeatedly rejected it while plotting murder in Washington....

By now it should be obvious that only regime change will stop the Iranian nuclear program. 

Whole thing here.

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