With what’s happening in Iran right now, President Obama has elected to take a wait-and-see attitude when it comes to an official opinion. You know, he’s got the “on one hand; but on the other hand” thing pretty well down. He wants to take a different approach, and the State Department is inviting Iran’s diplomats to a July 4th barbecue.
From the AP last night. Note that the Iranians have not RSVPd to the event… yet.
US says hot dog diplomacy still on with Iran
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States said Monday its invitations were still standing for Iranian diplomats to attend July 4 celebrations at US embassies despite the crackdown on opposition supporters.
President Barack Obama’s administration said earlier this month it would invite Iran to US embassy barbecues for the national holiday for the first time since the two nations severed relations following the 1979 Islamic revolution.
“There’s no thought to rescinding the invitations to Iranian diplomats,” State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters.
AJStrata sums up the feelings of many, and I’m thinking this is one of the stories that may come to knock the Obama administration down a few more pegs.
What the hell is this? Slaughter a few hundred people and let’s sit back and wine and dine. If this happens, if we invite the modern day version of Hitler and Stalin to celebrate our nation’s birth, I think that will be the last 4th of July I will ever be able to stomach.
All the fallen heroes who rose up against British oppression, who carved out this country from the wilderness, who defended this country for over 200 years must be puking in their graves to see us partying with the likes of the Iranian Regime.
This is a game changer for me with Obama (and Secretary/Senator/First Lady Clinton). I had been giving him mixed results overall because he did not cut and run in Iraq or Afghanistan, has kept up the surgical strikes against al Qaeda in Pakistan, held the NSA-FISA reforms in place. He is trashing the economy and failing miserably there, but I was willing to give him some kudos on national defense and international issues.
Until now. I just cannot fathom the thinking here. Ahmedinejad and Khamenei, not to mention their thugs, must be ecstatic. They just got the green light from the Obama administration, who basically said “do what you must, see you in a few weeks to party!”.
Others quickly on it…