Sanctions on Iran can work, despite GOP campaign rhetoric
- N RECENT weeks, Republican presidential contenders have repeatedly attacked President Obama for being soft on Iran. Mitt Romney criticized Obama for his failure to put â€ścrippling sanctionsâ€™â€™ in place to take out Iranâ€™s suspicious nuclear program. Not to be out-hawked, Rick Santorum crowed on a Sunday talk show that if he were president, heâ€™d announce airstrikes against Iranâ€™s nuclear facilities.These political attacks are likely to get more heated as tensions with Iran rise. On Monday, Iranian television announced that an Iranian-American had been sentenced to death for â€śspying.â€™â€™ Yesterday, Iran blamed the United States and Israel for a mysterious explosion that killed a nuclear scientist in Tehran.