Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Finally, Some Good Economic News for Obama: Imports to Iran Nearly Double

Who knew the media wants to bury good economic news? We finally see an economic success story for Barack Obama and it passes with little notice.
Iran spent nearly twice as much on U.S. imports during President Barack Obama's first months in office as it did during the same period in 2008, showing that despite trade penalties and tense relations, the two countries are still doing business.

The U.S. exported $96 million in goods to Iran from January through April, according to an Associated Press analysis of U.S. government trade data compiled by the World Institute for Strategic Economic Research in Holyoke, Mass. U.S. exports to Iran totaled $51 million during the same period in 2008 and $27 million over those months in 2007.
Hmm. Maybe the Great Negotiator can lets his buddies know this aid may cease while schmoozing at the Fourth of July barbecue.

Of course most of this reportedly goes to humanitarian aid because we have a desperate need to make sure our enemies know we care about them even though they thirst for our destruction. Besides, it's not as if there's any accountability and we know those in actual need are receiving aid rather than the ruling elite.
In allowing exports of necessities such as grain and medical supplies, the U.S. has tried to send a message to the Iranian people that it is a friend to them and has no interest in punishing them for their government's policies. At the same time, by helping Iran feed and provide medical care to its population, Washington can't help but provide an unintentional benefit to the Tehran government.
Well, duh.

While business moves forward, more people are being massacred on the streets of Tehran.

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