Two giant U.S. business groups – the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Association of Manufacturers – ran ads in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post protesting sanctions against Russia. These are not do-good political groups … they are conservative, hard-nosed pro-business groups.
The New York Times reports today:
American business groups have objected to unilateral sanctions, arguing that they would only hurt domestic businesses while their European competitors swooped in.
The National Association of Manufacturers said it “is disappointed that the U.S. is fundamentally extending sanctions in increasingly unilateral ways that will undermine U.S. commercial engagement and reduce the effectiveness of the measures imposed.”
Zero Hedge notes that the sanctions don’t seem to have hurt Russia much:
[The U.S. has] underperformed Russia by almost 20% since unleashing the first set of sanctions and sell recommendations ….
U.S. News and World Report pointed out in April:
Sanctioning Russia’s energy sector is a bad idea that will only marginally hurt Russia ….
Russia is the world’s third largest oil producer, and U.S. or E.U. sanctions against Russia will dramatically lower the global supply, thus raising global prices.
Bloomberg also reports that American power plants are “desperately” turning to Russia for their coal.
The Wall Street Journal reports that – according to a new study – sanctions against Iran cost the U.S. as much as $175.3 billion in lost export opportunities over 18 years…
Once again we are faced with the question of whether the US government is controlled by idiots or by traitors. The technocrats that the politicians consult on such issues are college educated professionals. They are lobbied by or “retired from” transnational corporations which have already moved most of their investments elsewhere. What do you think?