Now that their top military commander and the brains behind Iranian based terrorism has been eliminated on the world stage, Iran is once again feeling the wrath of The Don. Two members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet announced on Friday the measures the United States is taking to ensure the safety and security of the country and her interests in the face of Iranian threats.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin detailed new sanctions on Iran at the White House Friday morning — the response President Donald Trump chose after backing away from further military conflict after Iran fired missiles at U.S. forces following his order to kill Iran’s top commander, Qassem Soleimani.
Mnuchin said the administration was committed “to stop the Iranian regime’s global terrorist activities.”
Pompeo said the sanctions target eight senior Iranian officials and were designed, as he put it, “to strike at the heart of Iran’s internal security apparatus.”
He said the sanctions would hit “other leaders close to the ayatollah” and would “deny the regime the resources to carry out its destructive foreign policy,” saying they would cost Iran “billions in revenue.”
It sounds like the Iranians were not willing to negotiate for a cease-fire on the terrorism front, so President Trump is looking to change their behavior in another way: he’s going to bankrupt them, and he’s not afraid of laying sanctions on additional nations to make it happen.
“Sanctions now touch every part of the Iranian economy and are unlikely to have any further impact,” Ryan Fayhee, a former senior Justice Department prosecutor who handled sanctions cases, told ABC News, suggesting instead that only secondary sanctions — targeting foreign businesses from Russia or China, for example — would have additional impact now.
We don’t have to bomb anyone into the stone age anymore. Money talks. President Trump is getting cash to speak very effectively.