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Iran Officials Still Invited For July 4th

From Agence France-Pressee:

Iranian protesters burn U.S. flags during an anti-Britain protest in front of the British embassy in Tehran June 23, 2009.

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.

"We have made a strategic decision to engage on a number of fronts with Iran," Kelly said. "We tried many years of isolation, and we’re pursuing a different path now."

But he said it was not clear if Iranian diplomats had accepted the invitations.

The State Department has said that the invitations are largely a symbolic gesture of goodwill and that the July 4 barbecues were not intended to take up substantive policy matters…

Yes, we certainly must show Iran symbols of our ‘goodwill.’ Especially at this time.

After all, if we aren’t nice to these murderous thugs they might not stop their nuclear program, like we are asking them to.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Iran Officials Still Invited For July 4th”

  1. pdsand says:

    “We tried many years of isolation, and we’re pursuing a different path now.”

    It’s called surrender.

  2. jobeth says:

    “After all, if we aren’t nice to these murderous thugs they might not stop their nuclear program, like we are asking them to.”

    At last, your getting it Steve!. (sarc).

    All we have ever had to do is be nice to them and all other governments who hate us. See how well is is working?
    Notice as I have, how fast they all are smiling at us now…

    Wait…uhh, that might not be a smile….that,..that,.. could be an evil grin.

    Oh, well, we’ll just be nicer…that will work for sure.

    What’s that you have in your hands our dear friends? A gift? How nice! A swo…..(head falls to the floor)

    Ahh, just be nice…Yep! That always works with nuts!

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    C’mon down!! Kim Joc Itch is gonna provide the fireworks!!
    Help yourself to the BBQ and hotdogs.

  4. MinnesotaRush says:

    Yes. By all means.

    Let’s continue on with your “party” on July 4th that marks (in case you’ve forgotten o-blah-blah and the smartest woman in the world and gang) the celebration of the signing of our magnificent, well crafted, and much needed Declaration of Independence.

    For a moment, for just a moment, mr. o-blah-blah and the smartest woman in the world and gang, could you try to think of the symbolism surrounding that day and compare it up against this self serving and egotistical charade you’re serving up to the Iranian diplomats.

    Do you really think that for one minute your impressing the “Iranian diplomats”? … or, fooling them?

    Do you really think that you’ll simply invite them over to your little BBQ and everyone will finally kiss and make up and live happily ever after with each other AND their own people???

    Because if you do .. you really are entirely incompetent and inept. As Mr. Putin said, “naive fools”.

    Do you really comprehend what has been happening of late in Iran? Do you even truly care???

    Over the long haul, respective of what the day represents to most Americans and much of the world, it would seem to me that if you’re going to continue with your party plans .. you may wanna open the doors to the freedom fighters, the people who are starving for their freedom and liberty and crying out for it .. ‘stead of those “Iranian diplomats” who are just as much charlatans as you and your gang.

    o-blah-blah .. you are sickenly driven to apologize to (seemingly) the world for America and its’ history and have become expert at it. The most long standing beacon of liberty and freedom in the world!

    How will you ever be able to (spite of your proficiency at it) make an apology to those people in Iran who are doing no more than crying out for their freedom .. their liberty .. while you entertain the very folks that are oppressing them and even killing them???

    o-blah-blah .. you are overlooking and destroying a golden opportunity to signal the freedom loving people of Iran that we do hope for their freedoms and do want to productively engage with them sooner or later; all while you pander to those that stifle freedom and have NO real intentions of changing their ways at all. You are a fool and are spreading the seeds of further resentments towards America.

    Someday .. and hopefully soon .. a true American leader .. a genuine American President .. may have to extend an olive branch .. a sincere pledge of hope, change, encouragement, and support to those oppressed people of Iran; and an apology for YOUR oversight and naivete’!!!

  5. texaspsue says:

    Unbelievable! Why would the Obama Admin. pick our precious/patriotic Holiday as the day to entertain Dictators? I am outraged. Has everyone in DC lost their mind?????????

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      It would seem the answer to that question would be obvious.

      But if not:

      1) Blammo hates this country. The country that gave his mother shelter, that raised him, educated him and gave him every opportunity to succeed. In fact, it worked so well he’s the MFWIC

      2) He’s a misanthrope. His hatred of others is a direct reflection of his hatred of self. That deep-down bile that he feels when he meets someone like Joe the plumber who busts his ass to have something and can truly claim himself a success, whereas Blammo is a paper suit.

      3) His idea to bring dictators here is in direct proportion to his wanting to give all of the US the finger. Nothing more, nothing less. Like if a street gang stole a successful businessman’s car and then kept driving by his place of work to show off.

      He is truly dysfunctional. Angry. But what he fails to realize is most of that anger is because of his own insecurity and lack of accomplishment. He doesn’t like himself and overcompensates as all of his type do.

      I believe he’s unaware that his claim to be a “president of transparency” is true, but not the way he thinks it is.

      Most savvy people are not impressed by his “articulate” nature and “politeness”. Stalin was that way too when he felt it was warranted. Hitler loved dogs.

      Fewer people will be fooled by this ass-for-a-hat over time. And the crust is beginning to crack.

    • proreason says:

      “his wanting to give all of the US the finger”

      that’s the heart of it.

      He’s pissed off because his father abandoned him. His mother abandoned him. And his grandparents wished he would go away.

      So he learned to play the game, realized at some point that his mixed racial/cultural/religious background was an asset in looney America, and discovered to his delight that the loonie Left is bursting with people as angry as he is over nothing.

      Now he gets to punish the world.

  6. Reality Bytes says:

    The Iranians always bring the best fireworks. Fireworks translated is “Son” & “Daughter”.

  7. canary says:

    Obama’s #3 VBBF must be good in bed. This is a disgrace to the entire world. If AHmadman
    comes, the American people need to hold a nationwide protest. The signs should have Obama
    Mug with a Hitler’s mustache on them. The 4th of July is our country’s independance, and it will be a dark day if that Ahamadman treads with the other madman on America’s birthday.
    Obama just wants to know how AHmadman rigged the election so they can

  8. AmericanIPA says:

    A repressive, murdering theocratic regime deserves diplomacy and America’s biggest terror threat are the far right lunatics at home. Welcome to the budding United Socialist States of America. And what better time to tell Americans that the tradition of freedom’s defender are coming to an end than on our nation’s independence day?

  9. JulieJ says:

    Things to do (by Obama): kill another fly; eat more ice cream; plant another HuffPo blogger to ask me another softball question; eat hot dogs with terrorist lovers from Iran! Just another average day in between curing cancer and getting the lame to walk.

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