The Trump administration is readying new sanctions against the nation of Iran, in moves that will assuredly put even more Iranians into poverty if they are enacted.
The White House is looking at targeting more than a dozen banks that are currently doing business in Iran and completely isolating the Iranian financial sector from the rest of the world. Loss of oil revenues and deprivation of trade opportunities caused by already existing sanctions has already put the Iranian economy in a perilous position.
As of right now, President Donald Trump has not approved the proposed new sanctions. It is believed that this measure would make it more difficult to re-implement Obama’s controversial 2015 Iran deal, which President Trump negated shortly after assuming the Oval Office.
Liberty Conservative News has reported on the aggressive posturing of the Trump administration against Iran, which included the drone assassination of Commander Qassim Soleimani in January:
“While most in the Republican Party are cheering on the recent escalation by the Trump administration with Iran, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is a lone voice expressing skepticism with the hostilities.
Iranian military commander Qassim Soleimani was killed with a drone strike outside of a Baghdad airport on Thursday. Paul is worried that serious blowback could result from the attack, making non-interventionist foreign policy in the Middle East untenable.
“The question remains whether the assassination of Soleimani will expand the war to endanger the lives of every American soldier or diplomat in the Middle East?” Paul wrote in a Twitter post.
Paul is also worried about the dubious constitutionality of the strike, which was performed without an explicit declaration from Congress.
“A declaration of war is the highest and most awful exercise of sovereignty . . . such a vast and tremendous power ought not to be confided to the perilous exercise of one single man,” Paul wrote, echoing the sentiments of Henry Clay from an iconic speech that he made in 1847.
“A war without a Congressional declaration is a recipe for feckless intermittent eruptions of violence w/ no clear mission for our soldiers,” he added.
He compared the elimination of Soleimani to the destruction of former Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein by U.S. forces, which was alleged to bring stability to the region but ended up backfiring spectacularly.
“President Trump viscerally understands that the toppling of Saddam Hussein made Iran stronger,” Paul said.
“Soleimani, like Hussein, was an evil man who ordered the killing of Americans. Yet, the question remains, whether his death will lead to more instability in the Middle East or less,” he added.”
President Trump seems like he wants to bring the troops home and fight the military-industrial complex but undermines his own foreign policy with these belligerent maneuvers against Iran.