Say, *WHAT*?!?

Steven Laib stevenlaib at SBCGLOBAL.NET
Wed Jun 3 06:19:51 MDT 2009

He thinks he can overpower them with his personality.  Unfortunately, they are personality proof.  Authoritarian dictators always are.  


From: John A. Quayle <blueoval57 at VERIZON.NET>
Sent: Tuesday, June 2, 2009 11:58:13 PM
Subject: Say, *WHAT*?!?

[Is this fool nuts, or am I?!? - JAQ:]

Inside CoverBreaking from 

Obama Invites Iran to July 4th PartiesTuesday, June 2, 2009 7:25 AM

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- In a new overture to Iran, the Obama administration has authorized U.S. embassies around the world to invite Iranian officials to Independence Day parties they host on or around July 4. 

A State Department cable sent to all U.S. embassies and consulates Friday said U.S. diplomats could ask their Iranian counterparts to attend the festivities, which generally feature speeches about American values, fireworks, and, of course, hot dogs and hamburgers. 

The posts "may invite representatives from the government of Iran" to the events, a State Department official said Tuesday, quoting from the document. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an internal communication. 

It was not clear how many embassies and consulates would invite Iranian diplomats to the July 4 parties or whether any Iranians would accept the invitations. 

The cable was first reported by The New York Times. 

The move comes amid the administration's ongoing efforts to engage Iran in variety of venues, including formal diplomatic meetings over its nuclear program, violence in Iraq and the situation in Afghanistan. 

But Iran has given mixed responses to the overtures, which began early in the administration when President Barack Obama recorded a videotaped greeting to the Iranian people and its leaders for their new year. 

Since then, the administration announced that it would be a full participant with Iranian officials in six-nation talks aimed at getting Iran to address concerns about its suspect nuclear program. The U.S. and others accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons. 

Iran maintains it is interested only in a civilian atomic energy program and has refused to accept a package of incentives the U.S. and its partners offered to get it to stop enriching uranium, which can produce the fuel for a nuclear weapon. 

In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corp. made public Tuesday, Obama said it is in the world's interest, and Iran's interest, "to set aside ambitions for a nuclear weapon." 

Obama also said that, although he didn't want to put "artificial timetables" on diplomacy with Tehran, "we do want to make sure that, by the end of this year, we've actually seen a serious process move forward. And I think that we can measure whether or not the Iranians are serious." 

The president said in the interview he believes Iran is more likely to become an "extraordinarily powerful and prosperous country" if it abandons any nuclear weapons ambitions. 

The United States also ensured that Iran was invited and attended an international conference on Afghanistan at which Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke and an Iranian official had a brief exchange with a senior American diplomat. 

During that meeting in The Hague, U.S. delegates passed an informal note to Iranian officials seeking information about three Americans then missing or detained in Iran. 

Last month, Iran released one of the Americans, Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, who was tried and convicted of spying for the United States. 

Obama and other U.S. officials have said they do not expect to see much movement from Iran until after the country holds presidential elections in the middle of the month but have sketched a rough deadline of the fall by which they hope to see positive responses to their overtures. 

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