Oh come on. Just yesterday, President Obama specifically stated that it would be up to the Iranian diplomats if they showed up to July 4th celebrations at United States embassies around the world. In about 24 hours, they change their mind.
Excluding consideration of the current developments in Iran, I can understand that maybe the State Department and the Obama administration was going to use these events to open another door towards diplomacy with Iran.
My bet is the Iranians were not going to show up, but diplomats will now need to find other plans for Independence Day.
The White House announced Wednesday that it has rescinded the invitations made to Iranian diplomats who may want to barbecue and watch fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.
“As you all know many weeks ago the administration extended an invitation to celebrate the freedom that this country enjoys. not surprisingly based on what we see in Tehran, no one has RSVP’d,” said White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs.
“Understand that July 4th allows us to celebrate the freedom and liberty that we enjoy. I don’t think it’s surprising that no one has signed up to come given the events of the last few days. Those invitations will be no longer extended.
What changed between yesterday at 12:30 p.m. ET and today? Sweet goodness…
The Obama administration collectively wet their finger, stuck it in the air and changed their mind since they totally missed the concept.