White House relaxed Iran sanctions under pressure

Iran, August 2012 (Photo: Flickr/ Globovisión)

Writing in Commentary, Alana Goodman reports that the White House allowed cash transfers to Iran from non-profit groups for the purpose of earthquake relief – even though those transfers violate U.S. sanctions.

In her piece, Goodman draws from Josh Rogin in Foreign Policy‘s “The Cable”:

The Treasury Department issued a 45-day general license to allow officially registered NGOs to send up to $300,000 to Iran for humanitarian relief and reconstruction activities related to two Aug. 11 earthquakes that struck northern Iran and killed more than 250 people. Food and medicine aid is already exempted from sanctions against Iran. The George W. Bush administration took a similar action in 2003.

Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough explained on the White House blog that the Iranian government had refused to accept offers of official help for earthquake victims from the U.S. government, so the administration decided this was the best way to facilitate aid to the disaster area.


Author: Stand For Israel | August 24, 2012
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  • Gustavo
    August 27, 2012
    7:18 am
     

    LETS REMOVE OBAMA FOREVER.

    THEN WE NEED TO PLACE A REAL CHRISTIAN AT THE TOP FOR THE FUTURE OF OUR COUNTRY.

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  • Irene
    August 26, 2012
    4:27 am
     

    Obama is a double-minded man and cannot be trusted! This is insane. Iran wants our destruction and the destruction of Israel. And he sends them or tax dollars and they don’t want our help! He needs to go but what’s the alternative?

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  • Ralston
    August 26, 2012
    12:50 am
     

    You can thank the idiots that elected this man president. Take a good look, this is the head democrat. This is a perfect example of the kind of stuff he does on a daily basis. Why do you think he has begun to act like all the rest of the dictators around the world. He and the rest of the democrats have convinced themselves that the nation is exactly that dumb. You have seen nothing yet. If we as a nation, do not get him out of politics, forever, in November, this nation as we have known it, will be lost forever, both spiritually, politically, and physically, probably to some place like China, before he is through trying to totally destroy it. Look around you, we are racing down the same well trodden path, that so many other “has beens” have walked, to their demise, by letting these people in leadership positions get away with this madness. Wake up and unload him. True enough, we may not know what we are getting, but we do, for a fact, know what we have got now, and it has been a loser from the outset.

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  • David
    August 25, 2012
    7:25 pm
     

    Treason!! Betting and aiding the enemy.
    The enemy of Israel and the United States.

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  • Aliza
    August 25, 2012
    3:35 pm
     

    Profit or non-profit orgenization, Obama knows and his supporters know that if he’s not support the Iranian or the Arab coutries he will be responsible for not helping them.
    WAKE-UP OBAMA, YOU JUST WAISTED FOUR YEARS OF OUR TAX PAYER. It’s time for you to to take your family and go back to Chicago where you belong

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  • Ron
    August 25, 2012
    6:52 am
     

    It would appear that Obama cares more for those who hate us then Americans out of work.
    We can fix this in November.
    REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!

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  • Henry
    August 25, 2012
    3:02 am
     

    Top leaders all over the world will make stupid, dumb decisions. Its nothing but just one of the signs of the times. Decisions will be made to pave the way to a third World War.

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  • Mary
    August 25, 2012
    12:17 am
     

    Watch the movie 2016 Obama’s America. He knows Africa/Indonesia and his dream for American is a far cry from the true American Dream. He is an amateur, in over his head, bumbling.

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  • jeb
    August 24, 2012
    7:36 pm
     

    Obama is out of touch with the threat Islam poses to the world even with the overt anti-Christian atrocities occuring almost daily in Egypt by the Muslim Brotherhood against non-Muslims. He simply doesn’t have a moral base line to determine bewteen genuine right and wrong and takes the low road, socialist ideology that blames those who have for those who do not. To include entire cultures like America for achievement through its Judeo-christian values. On the one hand Obama may appear to be magnificient because he cares about earthquake victims suffering because the Ayatollah’s are marching backward to the dark ages. But this help is uncertain it makes non-muslims appear weak easy to use and in the end Obama is not defending American values but subjecting them to failed religious and other ideologies. The Iranian government doesn’t think America/Obama is giving them aid because we are compassionate people because of our version of the Judeo-Christian faith, they think they are moving us toward their definition of Christianity because we are afraid not to or should feel guilty for centuries of misbehaviour Obama apologizes for every where he goes.

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  • Adam
    August 24, 2012
    3:15 pm
     

    Sending aid or trading with any nation or organization that does not have Constitutional Statutes and Principles with Rights & Freedoms of Western Civilization minus capital punishment are committing Sedition.

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  • sandra
    August 24, 2012
    2:41 pm
     

    Truly a sorry state of affairs. Gods wrath will fall upon all nations that do not help Israel. Idiotic and beyond stupid for offering any help of any kind to iran (the obvious enemy of both Israel and U.S.)

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  • shirey
    August 24, 2012
    2:33 pm
     

    This was the humanitarian action to take. Innocent Iranians shouldn’t suffer because of their Gov’t stance on continuing nuclear ambitions

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  • dale
    August 24, 2012
    2:26 pm
     

    what do we as a nation expect from our leader if he told the truth just once it would be a miracle it just like his dream act be hind our back and now more aid for our enemy under the nonprofit

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  • Pazuzu
    August 24, 2012
    2:15 pm
     

    I sometimes wonder who’s running the show: Is it the U.S. or the UN? Have we lost our sovereignty to the UN, or maybe some foreign state or group and haven’t been told about it?

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  • Brigitte
    August 24, 2012
    2:01 pm
     

    I agree with both of you. Let’s kick Obama out. On the other hand I always say, “Let’s not underestimate the stupidity of the voters.” We only have to look at our educational system and the media.

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  • John
    August 24, 2012
    1:50 pm
     

    G-d help us if Obama gets re-elected.

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  • JIM
    August 24, 2012
    1:32 pm
     

    Amercia has always help the ones who hate us if they have a gun but no amao we sell them amao ,thats the reason we or in the shape that we are when it comes to world affairs a country wants to nuke us

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  • PeeWee
    August 24, 2012
    12:41 pm
     

    If one looks at what is happening, we get mad, frustrated, and puzzled. The things that happen are almost mystical in occurrence. For example the Dearborn, Michiganistan incident. The Muslims were allowed to banter and threaten peaceful protestors; at one point throwing rocks and bottles. The Police did nothing except antagonize the protestors, finally having them harrassed at the hands of the law. I could go on and on. The situations border on the paranormal, however, they are Biblical in nature.

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  • gus
    August 24, 2012
    12:03 pm
     

    What the heck is going on with the United States !? Are we that dumb!!! Were getting stupid every day!

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    • Tom
      August 24, 2012
      12:47 pm
       

      We’re not getting stupid, we’ve been there for a while. We’ve allowed our political class to do what they want without fear of reprisal. All Empire’s fail…the technology age just accelerates it.

      Reply to this comment »
    • She1don
      August 24, 2012
      1:19 pm
       

      Perhaps a token offering to a11eviate tensions
      in the Mideast so that no more bodies are counted.

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    • Roxana
      August 24, 2012
      1:22 pm
       

      Gus—OBAMA is what is happening to us.He thinks you and I are that dumb.Pray for his defeat in November.

      Reply to this comment »

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