The Gulf Message to Iran

No more business as usual

"It's absurd. It's ridiculous. It's hard to believe." With those words, Senator Robert Dole of Kansas last week voiced his indignation over the news that the U.S. imported some $700 million in Iranian oil during the summer. In response, the minority leader sponsored a bill to ban all imports from Iran, which passed the Senate the next day, 98 to 0. Said Dole: "It's time to end this absurdity."

In fact, the Senate resolution is unlikely to do that, since it is attached to a defense-appropriations bill President Reagan has promised to veto because it places restrictions on his Strategic Defense...

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