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Iran: Truth or Dare for Ahmadinejad
Posted By James Carafano On April 10, 2012 @ 11:01 am In Featured | Comments Disabled
According to press accounts , the Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that “Iran has enough funds to withstand a total embargo on its oil sales for two to three years.”
Cool! Let’s put him and his cronies to the test. Robust sanctions, in combination with other efforts to put the pressure on the boys in Tehran (such as shining a spotlight on the government’s abysmal human rights record), is the best means to foster internal regime change  in the country.
Ahmadinejad must think he is prepping for the summer Olympics to set the world record for blustering.
Blustering is apparently a prime instrument of Iranian foreign policy. Remember a short time ago when Iranian politicians threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz , a key waterway that carries about one-third of the world’s oil exports?
The real problem with Iran, however, is not the empty threats but a foreign policy bent on making serious trouble. Recent reports out of the Britain, for example, claim that Iran is helping fashion bombs to kill NATO soldiers  in Afghanistan. It has long been suspected that Tehran set up a pipeline for funneling powerful improvised explosive devises to kill coalition soldiers in Iraq.
Iran has also been also been singled out as one of the world’s most active state sponsors of terrorism .
And, by the way, the Iranians are suspected of having a program to develop the capacity to build nuclear weapons and the long-range missiles to put them on.
The U.S. needs a serious endgame  for the dangerous and deadly regime in Iran. Listening to Ahmadinejad’s rants isn’t it.
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 Image: http://blog.heritage.org/wp-content/uploads/Ahmadinejad-Venezuela-1-8-12.jpg
 press accounts: http://news.yahoo.com/iran-withstand-several-years-oil-blockade-ahmadinejad-095343225.html
 foster internal regime change: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2007/03/advancing-freedom-in-iran
 threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/01/24/us-iran-idUSTRE80N0YB20120124
 Iran is helping fashion bombs to kill NATO soldiers: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=475_1331475332
 most active state sponsors of terrorism: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2011/08/state_department_ira_1.php
 serious endgame: http://blog.heritage.org/2012/03/09/end-game-in-iran/
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