Romney Vows ‘Crippling Sanctions’ on Iran

Faults Obama for Not Imposing More Sanctions Sooner

In a rare mention of foreign policy in the US presidential race, former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney, appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning vowed if elected to impose “crippling sanctions” against Iran.

Of course, President Obama has been taking the exact same position, adding ever more sanctions all the time, even as they have a growing deleterious effect on the US economy. Romney conceded that Obama is “finally” imposing the sort of sanctions he wants, but faults him for not doing so earlier.

The Obama Administration has been applying new sanctions lately several times a month, though earlier this year administration officials said that they believed the policy would eventually fail and lead to a war.

Both Romney and Obama seem fine with threatening war, and seem eager to impose more and more “crippling” sanctions on the Iranian economy, but as they have a bigger and bigger impact on the American economy, voters may find themselves asking both candidates exactly who they are crippling.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.