Say, *WHAT*?!?

Ernie Lane ernielane at VERIZON.NET
Wed Jun 3 07:29:28 MDT 2009

Steven Laib wrote:
> He thinks he can overpower them with his personality.  Unfortunately, 
> they are personality proof.  Authoritarian dictators always are. 

Obama's own personal ratings are high, but the numbers for his policies 
are very low.  This dichotomy can't last.  It's like a pimple about to 

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> *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 Cover*
> *Breaking from <>*
>     *Obama Invites Iran to July 4th Parties*
> Tuesday, 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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