November 15, 2011 | Quote

Sharper Talk, if Not Action, on Iran

According to Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, which tracks sanctions against Iran, Europe accounts for 20 to 25 percent of Iran’s daily energy-export income. That share, he says, represents only five percent of Europe’s daily overall usage — an amount easy for the Europeans to replace, but not Iran.

Mr. Dubowitz complains that the “administration’s successes with sanctions come in slow motion. It’s in a sanctions sleepwalk, prioritizing process over short-term results. It’s as if it has gone into containment mode.”


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