The Severity of Obama’s Sanctions Crusade Against Iran Keeps Increasing

October 30, 2014

According to White House estimates that sanctions on Iran’s crude oil exports cost the people some $5 billion per month, the sanctions were intended to rob the country of over $250 billion in revenue since additional sanctions were imposed nearly three years ago.

At that time, the U.S. president and the Democrats and Republicans in congress used the Big Lie that Iran is building “weapons of mass destruction” as an excuse to interfere again in the world’s crude oil market on behalf of U.S. multinationals. A law enacted by congress endorsed U.S. financial penalties against foreign buyers of Iranian crude oil.  

Such controls on the exports of a weaker country violate the sovereignty of the target country and all of its trading partners.  

U.S. controls over Iran’s oil exports provide U.S. multinationals with an immediate and obvious advantage, especially since Iran is the fourth largest oil producer in the world.  

Other punitive sanctions on Iran were already in place before Obama, along with the House and Senate, dramatically increased sanctions beginning in 2012.  Today, U.S. sanctions on Iran are developing into an all-out blockade. The White House boasts that current U.S. sanctions are “virtually grinding the Iranian economy to a halt.”

Not just Obama, but all past U.S. presidents since the Iranian revolution have called Iran’s independence a threat to U.S. “national security interests” of this kind. 

The Iranian revolution in 1979 was a severe blow against U.S. imperialism. The U.S. government saw the fall of the U.S.-puppet Shah Reza Pahlavi not only as a loss of the vast oil wealth of Iran and a loyal regional policeman but also as a dangerous inspiration to the peoples throughout the region to rise in struggle against U.S. domination and local reactionary regimes. Ever since, the U.S. has been determined to overthrow the new Iranian regime and reassert its domination over the country.

The Carter administration, which supported the Shah to the end, reacted to the Iranian revolution by attempting a failed coup d’etat and invasion of the country and instituting a wide array of economic sanctions. In the “Carter Doctrine,” the U.S. again declared that it considered the entire Persian Gulf as part of the “vital interests of the United States,” and that the U.S. was prepared to use military force to protect these interests. Carter initiated the Rapid Deployment Force and began strengthening U.S. military bases in the region in order to replace the loss of Iran with the direct presence of U.S. troops.

In hopes of removing the Iranian government or at least undermining the country’s strength, U.S. imperialism supported Iraq’s invasion of Iran in 1980. The U.S. sent sophisticated weaponry to build up Saddam Hussein’s army and also provided billions in economic credits during the war. 

In 1991, when the growth of Iraq’s regional power was perceived as a potential threat to U.S. domination, the Bush administration launched the first Gulf war to assert its domination over Iraq and further project its military power.

After the first U.S. war against Iraq, the U.S. adopted the policy of “dual containment” aimed against both Iraq and Iran. The U.S. strategy has been based firstly on plans to undermine the strength of these countries in order to prevent them from becoming regional power centers outside of the U.S. orbit of control and ultimately on plans to overthrow the regimes and recolonize both countries.

Under the policy of dual containment, the U.S. stepped up its propaganda war against Iran, initiating the themes heard today.

Today, Iran is one of the countries listed as a target of U.S.-imperialism’s doctrine which states that the U.S. president will launch war at any time against any country he deems may become a threat at any point in the future. This doctrine amounts to a declaration of war against the world; it is a virtual blank check endorsed by the Democratic and Republican parties.  Gaining control over Iran and its huge oil resources is part of U.S. imperialism’s grand strategy for recolonizing the entire Middle East.