As a result of that drone being shot down, Donald Trump has ordered more sanctions against the Iranians.
President Trump struck back Monday at Iran by issuing “hard-hitting” financial sanctions against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his associates.
“Today’s action follows a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks including shooting down a U.S. drone,” the president said in the Oval Office, calling Khamenei “responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime.”
Trump said the sanctions “will deny the supreme leader and the supreme leader’s office and those closely affiliated with him and the office access to key financial resources and support.” Speaking to reporters in the White House briefing room Monday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions “lock up literally billions of dollars more of assets.”
“Along with that action today, we are also announcing specific actions targeting those responsible for recent activities,” Mnuchin said, adding that the president has instructed him to sanction Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif “later this week.”
The Treasury Department, in a news release, said “any foreign financial institution that knowingly facilitates a significant financial transaction for entities designated under this Executive Order could be cut off from the U.S. financial system.”
The only good thing I can say about this is that at least it wasn’t a military strike. But why are we implementing sanctions against Iran to begin with? Why are we so hostile to them? What did they ever do to us? There’s never any clear explanation outside of pundits and talking heads rambling incoherently about how they are evil and sponsors of global terrorism. But this rhetoric is never backed up by any clear examples.
This entire fiasco is clearly about defending the interests of Israel and Saudi Arabia. They’re the only ones who really stand to benefit from this increasingly aggressive posture. The Iranians would actually be a natural ally of ours if our government would only stop doing the bidding of the Zionists.