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.

What it sounds like when the leader of the free world speaks
Neda Agha-Soltan
  • If he had any cajones and any will and any courage, he would stand up for these oppressed people and remind Iran about what makes the USA the greatest nation in the world — our freedoms, our strength and our fire power, which we’re not afraid to use if pushed far enough. Unfortunately that’ll never happen with this wishy-washy apologist.

  • GarandFan

    Barry can relate to the mullahs. Probably bitching to Rahm about why he can’t just go over to Fox and tear their studio apart. And sic the army on the ‘teabaggers’.

  • Brett

    They’re gunning down people in the streets, and Obama is still planning on feeding them like it was a backyard picnic? Just when I thought he couldn’t be more reprehensible, he lowers the bar yet again. A goaddamn disgrace.

  • sarahconnor2

    Why are we making “symbolic gestures of good will” right now towards leaders who are murdering their citizens in the streets? Heck, let’s invite the leadership of Al Qaida while we’re at it.

  • Trajan

    And our press giving a world view from Obama’s
    nether sphincter. What happened to objectivity
    in reportage? Obama does not keep pulling
    inside straights unless he’s being fed the
    cards under the table. Here’s hoping the
    Marxist house of cards crumble….or we
    “dissenters” will be exiled to ……Palau.

  • MPR

    I have a menu idea…CROW!

  • MPR: “I have a menu idea…CROW!”

    Nah. Pulled pork sandwiches, ham steak, pork sausage, pickled pig’s-feet, and pork rings. And liquor…LOTS of liguor.

    But on a serious note…this represents a new low even for THIS reprehensible White House crew.

    Obama flat out DISGUSTS me!

  • MPR

    Justrand,
    I hope he disgusts more people than you and I. Namely the people that voted for him and his liberal, socialistic, anti-American agenda.

  • Considering how many diplomatic boners the White House has pulled so far, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if someone actually planned to have pork on the menu for a group of guests from a Muslim nation.

  • Trajan

    Anyone beside me notice what a goddamned liar
    this arrogant dude is?….over and over. But
    when you have Tom Brokaw as your lawn jockey,
    life is good.

  • Kristalnacht was November 9, 1938. The U.S. was NOT at war with Germany. Would it have been appropriate for Roosevelt to have every American embassy worldwide host Thanksgiving dinner for German diplomats that year??

    Obama continues to kick the Iranian people in the teeth for DARING to resist tyranny…and upset his grandstanding with Imadinnerjacket.

  • At one point, I thought Obama was an evil genius. I was clearly wrong. He is simply an evil idiot.
    http://www.rightklik.net/

  • Grace

    This is one story I hope the main stream media covers extensively!
    The average person needs to have it pointed out over and over how absolutely tone deaf this administration and the president are when it comes to foreign policy matters.

  • In Iran the demand for democracy is strong and broad… The regime in Tehran must heed the democratic demands of the Iranian people, or lose its last claim to legitimacy.
    George W. Bush 2003

    Ronald Reagan fought the cold war for eight years. The year he left office the Soviet Union began to crumble and fell. His successor was there willing to follow through and capitalize on that victory.

    George W. Bush fought the Axis of Evil for seven years. The year he left office one of the remaining two members of that Axis stood on the brink — will Obama stubbornly cling to his, “one world of rainbows and lollipops as long as we extend an open hand,” philosophy or will he grab the hard fought victory that has been presented to him?
    DKK

  • OMGWTFOBQ

  • What do you bet they all go for ice cream?

  • pibill

    The Steel Waffle!

  • Rich

    With luck, Obama will pick a present for them with his usual style and piss them off.

    Rich

  • iwogisdead

    Obama has walked a tightrope since the violence broke out in Iran . . .

    Not exactly the metaphor I’d use. More like, Obama has been curled up in a corner sucking his thumb since the violence broke out in Iran.

  • SillyPuddy

    Wow even the wackos are scratching there heads over this one, 17 posts without the resident troll patrol showing up.

  • Mark L

    Why are we making “symbolic gestures of good will” right now towards leaders who are murdering their citizens in the streets?

    Ah . . . maybe because it is symbolic of the attitudes of our President. Sums him out perfectly.

  • James H

    I would keep the invitations in place if only to cultivate relationships between people on the ground, as it were, in the American foreign service and its Iranian equivalent. In the context of the current events in Iran, it’s important to remember that the opposition is primarily calling not for full-scale revolution, but rather for reform within the current Islamic Republic system. Ergo, the same diplomats would likely staff Iranian embassies regardless of the outcome of the election.

    Still, it doesn’t really look that good to be doing this …

  • Hank

    I’m speechless.

    But then, that is one way to silence the opposition.

  • Sherri

    Not only are they killing their own people, but they’re charging the families a ‘bullet fee’. I’m now to the point where I get physically ill anytime I see this incompetent diva on tv.

  • Upset Old Guy

    Here’s an idea! How about giving our Iranian “guests” a cd of Hal Holbrook reading the Declaration of Independence. Sounds about up “Bama’s ally, and maybe Hal’s reciting of “….life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” will annoy the mullahs.

    Seriously, tone deaf? Inept? Impotent? I’m having trouble finding the right description of Obama’s idea of foreign policy. But I am reminded of Jimmy Carter, so I’ll go with impotent for now.

  • Zelsdorf Ragshaft III

    Funny, in an area where the President has the most authority, this office holder has not only the least experience he has the least knowledge and ability. Obama does not understand the significance of the 4th of July because in his view, that was the beginning of the mistake he sees America to be. If you do not believe in something, when it began holds no importance.

  • Adrian Browne

    From FoxNews:

    “Over 150 Hours of Nixon Tapes to Be Released”

    Looks like it’s time to revisit the painful episode in our history known as Watergate.
    depp=true
    notiz=Here’s your shovel.

  • SER

    Wow! Even the leftist like Adrian know that you have to go to FoxNews to get real news.

  • ODA315

    A hotdog serving hotdogs

  • Mr.Browne,
    Stay on topic.

  • Rich

    AB reminds me of Rush’s Snerdly.

  • dee73

    MMM,MMM,MMM…. a new American tradition now serving goat kabobs!!!

    I hope we are in charge of the fireworks display, cuz I don’t want to be around for Iran’s version! Kaboom!!

  • bryanD

    “Wow! Even the leftist like Adrian know that you have to go to FoxNews to get real news.”
    28. Posted by SER

    Comedic potential is exponentionally greater on Fox News Channel in the wake of an effective Obama press conference. For example, Krauthammer looked as if he swallowed a fly as the “all-star panel” returned post-presser.

    To be fair, Fox’s competition, MSNBC, is unwatchable from noon til 4pm due the anchorship of that yenta now married to the ex-Fed chairman (Mr. Bubble?).

    As for FNC being “real news”, Fox has resorted to inserting Suzanne Somers and Charlie Daniels as political commentaters. At least I’ve not heard Hannity dub them “legends” as Huckabee is always doing (though he does call them “all-stars”), but RedEye seepage and pop synergy marches apace. Also, the busy, goofy Fox picture-in-picture viewing format (with two (2) “news” scrolls and four (4) “news” screens is NOT serious or real, like O’Reilly’s spring break segmaents.

    “AB reminds me of Rush’s Snerdly.”
    31. Posted by Rich

    There have been (at my last count) three Snerdlys. The first long-time Snerdly somehow insulted El Rushbo backstage and was eaten. The second was hired and fired. A third was given a nom de radio that didn’t “take”, whether the rechristened Snerdly is the same person or not, I don’t know. If the present Snerdly survived through the Oxycontin storyline he must be a diplomatic ballerina.

    Of course, Rush could have been just talking to himself the whole time, a’la The Buttoned-Down Mind of Bob Newhart, since The Snerdlys are never miked, and when I used to do certain intoxicants, I might verbalize Notes To Self meself.

  • James Cloninger

    There have been (at my last count) three Snerdlys. The first long-time Snerdly somehow insulted El Rushbo backstage and was eaten. The second was hired and fired. A third was given a nom de radio that didn’t “take”, whether the rechristened Snerdly is the same person or not, I don’t know. If the present Snerdly survived through the Oxycontin storyline he must be a diplomatic ballerina.

    You really are stupid, aren’t you?

    James Golden has been “Bo Snerdly” for the past 20 years. There has been no other.

  • James Cloninger

    since The Snerdlys are never miked

    Wrong again, as Golden had several 4-5 minute spots during the campaign, designated the Official Criticizer of Barack Obama: “certified black enough to criticize”

    (James Golden is black, fyi)