Michael Totten

President Obama's letter to Ayatollah Khamenei

Barbara Slavin at _The Washington Times_ has a great story: that the Obama Administration sent a “letter”:http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/24/us-contacted-irans-ayatollah-before-election/?feat=home_cube_position1 to Iran’s theocratic dictator Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in May. The text is not yet available, but knowing Washington D.C. soon will be. (By the way, CNN has the same “story”:http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/06/24/iran.obama.letter/index.html but ungraciously does not source _The Washington Times_).
What was Iran’s response to the letter? Silence, until the Iranian people stood up against the theocracy’s tawdry practice of electoral theft. Then, with the sound of gun fire and breaking bones in the background, Ayatollah Khamenei derided the letter in his sermon on June 19, 2009.
The State Department also invited Iranian diplomats in countries where Iran and the U.S.A. have embassies to attend July 4 parties. The offer was a waste of time. The Iranians were never going to attend. Today, the State Department withdrew the “invitations”:http://raymankojast.blogspot.com/2009/06/us-rescinds-july-4-invites-for-iran.html. More Bud for everybody else, but a pointless charade in the interim.