The fantasy is that sanctions halt economies. The reality is that enforcement requires tedious bookkeeping, painstaking forensic work, and the ability to stay a step ahead of experienced middlemen.
Nevermind the finer points of the bargain being struck with Iran. Here’s why the entire premise is faulty—and dangerous.
Why the idea that economic and social pressure can keep Hezbollah in check is deeply flawed
Top Treasury official devised U.S. sanctions against Iran and Russia
Minnesota Republican Michele Bachmann thinks so
Says she has no ‘illusions’ about Iran, laying potential 2016 groundwork
A wrinkle in the nuclear deal emerges, plus advice from Billy Joel
Reuters reports Ayatollah Ali Khamenei runs a $95 billion empire
Plus Israeli researches study Bedouin sign language, and more in the news
Russia reportedly makes an offer that would be difficult to refuse
New sanctions to come if mid-month nuclear meeting doesn’t bear fruit
Tankers with millions of gallons unsold oil remain parked in the Gulf
President addresses Boston memorial, anti-Semites push conspiracy theories
Plus new Israeli government to be sworn in today
Plus will conscription keep Yesh Atid out of the government?
Plus the Treasury Department warns about Iran avoiding sanctions
Plus with Syrian conflict in mind, Israel plans a fence in the Golan Heights
Plus a new round of sanctions against Iran take hold
Plus Lena Dunham, Margaret Sullivan, and David Axelrod
IRGC leader tells international community to ‘eat my shorts’
Plus Franz Kafka’s unpublished work will go to Jerusalem
Plus Syrian refugee toll could rise as high as 700,000
Plus, will the Camp David Accords be altered?
Plus the Obama/Dennis Ross split that never was