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U.S. trade with Iran flourished under Bush

"U.S. exports to Iran grew more than tenfold during President Bush's years in office," reports Sharon Theimer of the Associated Press. The AP's analysis of U.S. trade data revealed a wide variety of items being shipped to Iran - from bull semen to military rifles. Efforts by the U.S. government to limit trade with Iran seem largely uncoordinated. "The Securities and Exchange Commission sought to shine a light on companies active in Iran but stopped after business groups complained. The Treasury Department allowed some companies and individuals suspected of illegal trading with Iran to escape punishment. Yet the Bush administration also has collected millions of dollars in fines from trade-rule violators and pressed Congress without success to pass laws to strengthen enforcement."

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