U.S. State Department to-do list:
1-Further U.S. interests.
450-Freeze Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ assets.
Why this move comes now is a puzzler. The question is: why, after much evidence that Iran has contributed to the deaths of U.S. servicemen in Iraq, hasn’t the economic screws been applied before? U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, complains of the Revolutionary Guards and their negative impact on U.S. operations in Iraq and this hadn’t been done? No wonder he was complaining.
The Bush administration announced sweeping new sanctions against Iran Thursday â€” the harshest since the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in 1979 â€” charging anew that Tehran supports terrorism in the Middle East, exports missiles and is engaging in a nuclear build up.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, said the moves against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, an element of its defense ministry and three of its largest banks are designed to punish Tehran for weapons proliferation and alleged support of terrorist organizations in Iraq and the Middle East.
The web of commercial ties between Iran and the Revolutionary Guards was explained.
Paulson said it is nearly impossible for overseas businesses or banks to “know one’s customer” in Iran and avoid unwittingly funding terrorism or other illicit activities.
Because of the Revolutionary Guard’s broad reach into business and other spheres, “it is increasingly likely that if you are doing business with Iran you are doing business with the IRGC,” Paulson said.