Obama-que Still On For Iran

Nothing says freedom like a wiener:

From 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.

Obama has walked a tightrope since the violence broke out in Iran, urging the Islamic regime to end its repression of protests but insisting he will not let Tehran’s leaders cast the United States as a bogeyman.

People are dying in the streets of Iran protesting rigged elections and brutal treatment by the heavy-handed regime.

It’s bad enough President Obama has not responded with a more stern tone toward this reality. He has chosen to take a path of least resistance, despite the fact the United States is already being blamed for fomenting dissent among the revolutionaries of Iran.

Rational thought would dictate a proper and just response. At the very least, Obama should call off his invitation to allow American personnel to dine with representatives of the Iranian regime.

This one most celebrated day of freedom our country has to offer, will be besmirched by purposefully ignoring the outright brutality that we, as Americans, deem inhumane and barbaric.

Think about this: We will invite representatives of the Iranian regime, whose goal is to repress the freedom of its own citizenry, to join and sully the celebration of our own hard fought freedom.

There are no words to describe the full measure of hypocrisy regarding this gesture.

Hot dog diplomacy.

Better not serve pork.

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Neda Agha-Soltan