Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sharing American Values with Despots: Iranian Diplomats to Celebrate Freedom

Around the first of June we began hearing that the U.S. State Department had informed U.S. Embassies around the world that they could invite Iranian diplomats to the Embassy's Independent Day festivities.

Iranian Diplomats to Celebrate Freedom
When FOX News first reported that American Embassies had received a State Department "go-ahead" to issue the invitations, it was odd that the State Department spokesman "spoke on condition of anonymity." As the BBC pointed out, our Embassies have not hosted Iran since 1980. Enter Barack Obama and we want to share our American values with the very people who are brutally beating and killing their own people in the streets of Tehran today. 1980 marked the era of the Iran Hostage crisis, President Ronald Reagan and the first time a yellow ribbon was tied around an oak tree in support of missing Americans: 51 Americans taken prisoner from the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held for 444 days. President Ronald Reagan shut down all diplomatic relations with Iran until The Time of Obama. It is unclear how many invitations have been sent out, how many have been accepted and if the recipients will now be uninvited. Don't you know that our Embassy personnel are over-joyed to share American values, celebrate freedom and share their champagne and caviar with Iranian despots?

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