By Cheryl K. Chumley, The Washington Times
For all the tough talk on the international front the United States has quietly been easing some of the financial restrictions on Iran, a new investigation reveals. But, as one source suggested, the talks may have backfired — and now the White House is feeling vulnerable.
The White House actually softened sanctions right after the new president took office, The Daily Beast reported. That’s quite a shift from what’s been making the rounds of global media in recent months — that the United States has been talking tough about the need for Iran to give up its nuclear weapons development dreams and allow inspectors free access to uranium-enrichment facilities, or else face more financial clamp-downs and sanctions.
But The Daily Beast’s investigation reveals that such talks may have been all for show — that the two leaders had actually reached consensus months ago, and that consensus included a U.S. loosening of sanctions.
“For five months, since Rouhani’s election, the United States has offered Iran two major forms of sanctions relief,” said Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a group with a close working relationship with Congress and the White House for Iranian matters, in The Daily Beast report.