Saturday, December 1, 2012

Rand Paul Votes in Favor of More Sanctions Against Iran: Including Iran's Use of Gold for Payments

The U.S. Senate unanimously approved new economic sanctions Friday aimed at further crippling Iran's energy, shipping and port sectors, a year after Congress passed tough restrictions against Tehran.

The so-called Menendez,amendment, tacked onto a sweeping defense spending bill being debated by the chamber, passed 94-0 and should sail through the House of Representatives, reports AFP.

Building on the U.S. sanctions passed last year, the new amendment would designate Iran's energy, port, shipping and ship-building sectors as “entities of proliferation” because they “support and fund Iran's proliferation activities.”

Under the new rules, the United States would sanction anyone selling or supplying certain commodities to Iran -- including graphite, aluminum, steel, and some industrial software.

Despite tough U.S. and European sanctions, Tehran has been able to bypass certain restrictions by accepting payment in forms like gold for certain exports.

The Menendez amendment targets such circumventions by seeking to prevent Iran's central bank from receiving payment in precious metals.

Ron Paul has warned against sanctions:

Sanctions were the first step in our wars against Iraq and Libya and now more sanctions planned against Syria and Iran are leading down the same destructive path, he has warned.

Here is very insightful commentary from Ron Paul denouncing Iran sanctions in 2010:

(HT Dan Cotter)


  1. Watch the Rand Paul apologists make up more excuses in Three...Two...One...

  2. Don't let Rand destroy his father's gains.

  3. @ Guest

    There's no way Rand could destroy his father's name. We're all individuals. The people in the liberty movement are wising up to the fact that Rand is another empty suit. He sounds better to most liberty minded individuals but as time rolls on he'll continue to expose himself more as a tool of the Republican Party.

  4. "AIPAC, the pro-Israel lobby in Washington, praised the amendment"

    There's the real story, hidden at the bottom of the article. Whatever Israel wants, Israel gets. No exceptions.

  5. Another Act of War against Iran by another sellout 'wolf in sheepskin clothing' politician.......Rand needs to be taken to the woodshed immediately.

  6. Did the House vote to declare war on Iran, and I somehow missed it? I thought Rand advocated no act of war by the USG without Congressional authorization....

    1. As if congressional authorization makes it okay.

    2. No, it does not. But hypocrisy is still hypocrisy.

  7. where all of his defenders on this one ?