But in case Russia and China do not accept it, the U.S. is working a parallel diplomatic track outside the U.N., Bolton said.So if Iran responds by "easing off the gas pedal" and gas prices go up to $10.00, would that be an act of war on their part, justifying a retaliatory (and possibly nuclear) airstrike?
Under U.S. terrorism laws, Washington could ramp up its own sanctions, including financial constraints on Tehran and interception of missile and nuclear materials en route to Iran, Bolton said, and the U.S. is encouraging other countries to follow suit. "You don't need Security Council authority to impose sanctions, just as we have," he said.
The U.S. has had broad restrictions on almost all trade with Iran since 1987. Exceptions include the import of dried fruits and nuts, caviar and carpets. In addition, U.S. companies can obtain licenses to do limited trade in agriculture and medicine. The United States also initiated the Proliferation Security Initiative, involving a coalition of countries that have agreed to intercept shipments of materials to Iran that could be used for weapons of mass destruction.
That's why it's so important to keep reminding the public what's at stake in the congressional elections this fall. Timid measures won't do. We need to have at least some degree of oversight over these maniacs for the final two years of the Bush administration.