Sunday, November 10, 2013

What Do Sanctions Matter?

... if the Treasury department is not going to enforce them. While Congress eyes new sanctions, what is the point of voting on new sanctions in the civil servants within the administration are going to lighten the load? Sanctions have created strain in Iran with massive inflation and decreased oil exports. Why would the Obama admin pull back? As the commentary in the Daily Beast link states, he walked into a "Persian nuclear bazaar to haggle with the masters of negotiation and has had his head handed to him". 

If methods are working and pressure mounts, keep the squeeze on until you get what you want (Mafia 101). Once you have loosened the boot from their neck, the weaker party can breathe. You make them as weak as possible to concede as much as possible as quickly as possible before your efforts hurt them more. Their best alternative to your deal cannot be a situation with lighter sanctions. Their best alternative should be the horrible situation your sanctions put them in with the credible threat of more.

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