MISSOURI, August 16, 2017 — Economic and political sanctions against another country are actions taken before a war, and after words have been spoken. Sanctions against North Korea (PRNK) have not worked.
President Clinton provided aid to PRNK totaling more than $4 billion in energy aid over 10 years. In return, North Korea was expected to disband and dismantle its nuclear weapons program. He trusted, as too many naive U.S. politicians have, that if we treated PRNK decently it would stop their nuclear ambitions. It did not.
A war with either PRNK or Iran, another dangerous state with nuclear ambitions, would be a disaster. The death toll would be in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions. It would impact other Asian countries and create economic chaos around the world. There would not be enough medical facilities and medical staff to take care of the wounded.
What are the sanctions the U.S. and its allies have raised against Iran in their attempt to work toward a peaceful, nonnuclear world?
- Prohibit Iran from buying several categories of heavy weapons, including attack helicopters and missiles;
- Carry out inspections of cargo shipments to and from Iran, at both seaports and airports;
- Block financial transactions and ban the licensing of Iranian banks if they suspect a link to nuclear activities;
- Target a number of individuals—including senior nuclear officials—and companies with asset freezes and travel bans.
Seemingly unconcerned with Iran’s pursuit of Middle-Eastern dominance, President Obama gave them billions of dollars to use however they wish. It was so much cash they delivered it under the cover of night in bales.
Secrecy is counterproductive to implementing sanctions. The Obama administration tried to pull a billion dollar blanket over American’s head.
There are very few examples over the last 25 to 30 years where sanctions have actually succeeded. Sanctions have a poor track record in terms of their impact on a country’s economy.
They tend to punish ordinary people and enrich leaders.
This is a very dangerous time in our country. The American people do not want any type of war. We are weary of the 17-year war in Afghanistan. Do we want to start another?
The Trump haters should stop with their childish games and work with the Trump administration to ensure that Iran and North Korea don’t acquire long-range nuclear capabilities, threaten their neighbors, or achieve regional dominance. Even the Trump haters can recognize the dangers of failure. Let the press do their job and report the facts—just the facts.
However, that’s a time and place I am from.
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