In early June, the United Nations “leveled its fourth round of sanctions against Iran’s nuclear program,” which were hailed by President Obama as “the toughest sanctions ever faced by the Iranian government.” Yesterday, Obama signed into law “unilateral American sanctions on Iran that go beyond the penalties imposed by the United Nations last month.” The new U.S. sanctions “further restrict investment in Iran’s energy sector and cut off financing for the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps” while cracking down “on federal contractors that do business with Iran.”
“We’re showing the Iranian government that its actions have consequences,” said Obama at the signing last night. Around the time that Obama was signing the law though, Sen. Scott Brown claimed on a right-wing Massachusetts radio show that the president refused to follow through on holding the Iranian government accountable with sanctions:
CARR: What do you think of this guy who stepped forward from the Justice Department, who was basically forced out by Eric Holder, the current Attorney General. And he says that they won’t, they won’t go after the New Black Panther Party in Philadelphia even though, I mean, they didn’t even respond to the charges against them. The DOJ as you know had already won this civil case against them. And he says it’s just — and again, he’s a former high-ranking Justice Department official. He says this is just a case of racial politics by Holder and Obama.
BROWN: Well any time you have people breaking the law or influencing elections or really doing things that are inappropriate, you know, there should be repercussions. And there needs to be consistency. That’s kind of the problem with, with what I’m saying. The fact that they’re not making decisions. And if they make a decision, they don’t stick by it. For example, with Iran. You know, “we’re going to have sanctions! If you guys don’t do this by this date, you’re in trouble!” Ok, the date comes we don’t do anything. You know, “we’re going to have more sanctions, if you don’t do this, you know, you’re going to be in trouble.” And so, you need to, you need to stick to your guns and make sure you follow through and that’s not happening.
This isn’t the first time that Brown has launched an attack on the administration without the facts at hand. In his first press conference as a U.S. senator earlier this year, Brown declared that the “stimulus bill didn’t create one new job” and “Massachusetts has not created one new job.” In the quarter before Brown made those comments, the stimulus was estimated to have saved or created nearly 600,000 jobs. Vice President Biden’s spokesman Jay Carney told Fox News that “the Recovery Act has saved or created 53,000 total jobs in Massachusetts.”