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No Hot Dogs For Iran

It took almost two weeks of brutalizing their own people, but the invitation for Iranian diplomats to attend Fourth of July parties at U.S. Embassies around the world has finally been rescinded. Of course this was done about a day after President Obama gave this mealy-mouthed answer to a question on the subject:

Q: Are Iranian diplomats still welcome at the embassy on the Fourth of July, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think as you’re aware, Major, we don’t have formal diplomatic relations with — we don’t have formal diplomatic relations with Iran. I think that we have said that if Iran chooses a path that abides by international norms and principles, then we are interested in healing some of the wounds of 30 years, in terms of U.S.-Iranian relations. But that is a choice that the Iranians are going to have to make.

For those of you who need a translator, the answer was “yes”. Today the answer is “no”.

I’m glad they’ve awakened up there to the reality of what is happening in Iran and finally made some sort of move, no matter how trivial or symbolic, to show their disapproval. But it has taken unrelenting pressure to get them to move off of their “engagement at any cost” policy.  In the case of 4th of July celebrations, it would have been a travesty to have representatives of the present brutal regime present.  Ed Morrissey asks what they’d have been present for anyway:

Besides, what Independence Day values would the Iranian regime want to celebrate with us? Freedom of speech? Freedom of religion? The freedom to peaceably assemble or petition government for a redress of grievances?

Obama rather arrogantly reminded us that “only I am President of the United States”. But as former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger reminded Obama, that means he represents the people of the United States when he speaks and in the case of the Iranian violence, he hasn’t represented them very well at all.


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10 Responses to No Hot Dogs For Iran

  • It seems to me that they “rescinded” the invitations after the Iranians told them where they could stick them.  I believe that the official explanation was that the invitations “were not extended.”  Embarrassing, from start to finish.
    Obama was right about one thing- it turned out to be a decision for the Iranians to make.

  • The fact that The Clown™ allowed this length of time to go before rescinding this ridiculous invitation shows not only that he is a naïve doofus in the mold of Jimmy Carter, but that he is a dangerous fool so out of his element that he endangers the American people.

    Actually, Dick Cheney is wrong. The Clown™ hasn’t made us less safe; he has actually made us the targets for the world’s nutjobs who The Clown™ believes that if you just talk to them, they will be our friend.

    Just ask Neville Chamberlain how that policy went.

  • Waiting with baited breath for Erb’s spin on this…

  • Once again Obama voted “Present” but the difference between voting “Present” in the Illinois State Legislature and President is there is consequence to his non-action. As James said, “He has actually made us the targets for the world’s nutjobs.”

    It took the world almost two years for the world to determine that Carter was an empty suit and start pushing real buttons against the US. I believe we won’t got the advantage of a two year wait for Obama to be pushed hard. The pushing made to date by the world’s “nutjobs” have been mere nudges.

  • it’s nice that the new el presidente del statos unidos can speak in complete sentences.  pedro has not seen that in ochos anos.
    jimbo, did you just compare iran to nazi germany?  hee-hee.  jimmy you really are one deranged mofo.   someone put another dab of hairball med on that boyo before it kills him!

    • Complete sentences are much more effective, Pedro, when they actually say something. Celebrating complete sentences with no substance is a bit like appreciating the bottle without the tequila.

  • Trying to change the subject, huh? So desperate so soon?
    Well, you’ve got good reason to be. You’ll be spending the next four years trying to distract attention from the entire executive branch. I don’t envy you.

  • Obama’s philosophy of policy and governance is that he carefully crafts a pose calculated to make him look good, and then strikes the pose and holds it until the flashbulbs stop. So when the decorative backdrop behind him changes without advance notice (that decorative backdrop is what some of us naive rubes call “the universe other than Barack Obama”), renders his pose obsolete, and leaves him looking ridiculous, his instinct is not to dignify that kind of foolishness with much of a response. He’s a Very Important Man, don’t you know? He’s busy posing here. No fair introducing distractions!
    Seriously. Obama likes making Big Plans and he likes looking important. He’s not interested in responding to reality. Most of us know that “no plan survives contact with the enemy”, but he doesn’t.  These protesters, who do they think they are? They think it’s all about them! But it’s not! It’s all about Barack Obama!
    Obama floundered around after Sarah Palin erupted last fall, too. We have a president who takes more than a week to react to anything unexpected. That’s very, very slow.
    The Obama campaign did eventually neutralize Palin, but they got damn lucky — it was a media problem, and they had virtually the entire media helping them out without being asked. And Palin turned out to be a lot more vulnerable than she first appeared. The point is merely that it took more than a week to move on from childish resentment over having a problem, to actually dealing with the problem. And the less compelling Palin turned out to be in blue states, the less excuse they had for floundering. The President is supposed to pull his socks up and deal with problems, not sulk because they landed on his plate. Don’t want to deal with major and urgent problems? Stay home in Chicago and collect your bribes.

  • Now come on, gentlemen. President Obama being “outraged” and “appalled” is “perfectly consistent” with his past stance of two days ago. We just need someone with real intellectual firepower to draw it out for us. Someone like Erb — he’s got all kinds of degrees in fields with practical applications.

    I know this is in line with Obama’s plan to not “have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran”. I mean, I don’t know how exactly, but I’m just glad we now have an ‘intellectual’ president instead of a braying idiot like Bush.

    Because this one knows all sorts of obscure meanings of words like ‘foil’ — ones that aren’t even in the dictionary! I mean, I knew foil meant “anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing’s good qualities; ‘pretty girls like plain friends as foils'”. But, certainly Obama didn’t mean to say that the U.S. is the “plain friend” to Iran’s “pretty girl”… and that Iran’s regime looks better by comparison. Because he’s just so smart, that he knows alternate meanings to words as of yet undiscovered by conventional lexicographers.

  • He probably meant – Architecture. A curvilinear, often lobelike figure or space formed between the cusps of intersecting arcs, found especially in Gothic tracery and Moorish ornament.
    So, he didn’t want the US to be a lobe like figure or space formed between the cusps of intersecting arcs for forces inside Iran.  Clearly he was concerned that structurally we might not be able to withstand the stresses or something.