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Roger L. Simon

Break out the Dodger Dogs, Mahmoud! Americans who spent the past week transfixed by the brutal shooting of Neda Soltan and related horrifying events in Iran may be astonished to learn the following:


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.”

It’s almost impossible to comment, except to note the article quoted is by Agence France Presse and we all know the wildly differing responses to the situation in Iran between French President Sarkozy and Barack Obama.

So, my “realist” friends at the State Department, continue with your “different path.” And don’t let the ghosts of murdered Iranian freedom fighters disturb your sleep. A few more words from Barack’s silver tongue and Ayatollah Khamenei will surely give up nuclear weapons. I mean it’s a wonder he hasn’t done it already.

And, Ian Kelly, here’s a new video to share with your friends and family on the Fourth. Think about it when you want to play “Let’s make a deal” with the Ayatollahs.

(via Michael Goldfarb and others)

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