On Friday Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed that if Iran does not comply with international ultimatums about their nuclear program “significant additional sanctions” would follow. Speaking to a group of soldiers Gates had this to say:
There are no good options in Iran,” he said, in response to a query from a soldier about the likelihood of such a development. “One of the things that weighs on me is that if we have learned anything from Iraq over the past six years, [it] is the inherent unpredictability of war.
What troubles me is that the Obama administration (the change presidency) has options on the table to target Iran’s military and political elite, however, Gates has cautioned that the sanctions could have an impact on ordinary citizens. Sanctions do nothing to hurt another countries government, the only people to get hurt are the people. These governments are good at labeling the sanctions as an act of a desperate antagonist. Instead of trading, and practicing peaceful relations with other nations the United States government seems bent on continuing a policy that does not work. Secretary of State Clinton called the sanctions “crippling”. And crippling indeed they will be, but not to the Iranian government.