Tuesday, June 23, 2009

President 'Hot Dog' and the art of diplomacy

The Obama administration declared earlier this month that, for the first time in nearly 30 years, it would ask US embassies around the world to invite Iranian diplomats to their July 4 barbecue celebrations, "which generally feature speeches about American values, fireworks, and, of course, hot dogs and hamburgers."

As I noted in my previous post, State Department spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters on Monday that the invitation was still standing, despite the recent crackdown on Iranian protesters. And, apparently the president's "barbecue" diplomacy seems to be having the desired effect.

Here's proof:
Iran's security forces have arrested five European spies, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Monday.

"According to the dispatched reports, two German, one British and two French spies have been arrested during the unrest in Tehran on Saturday," the Iranian Fars news agency said without elaborating on the details...

Spy accusations is a tactic routinely used by the Iranian regime when it wants to intimidate and to silence its critics.

Nevertheless, there's been no reports of any Americans being arrested on charges of espionage [since Roxana Saberi's arrest], which means the president's "barbecue" diplomacy is indeed working.

But sadly, I must confess that any glimmer of hope I had once had about the eventual collapse of the Iranian regime [including the fake, phony Mir Hussein Mousavi] has slowly dissipated.

I suppose it was a bit naive of me to even contemplate that the Iranian people would somehow manage to overthrow this ruthless regime, especially when the leader of the free world has shown that he is unwilling to throw his support behind them.

In truth, President Obama has repeatedly said that "democracy building" is not one of his major priorities. And that position was clearly evident when he refused to support the Iranian protesters.

Hence, I now believe that the Mullocracy is here to stay and that the Obama administration and the Iranian regime will be eating hot dogs together for quite some time to come.......

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