Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Wonder what Thomas Jefferson would think of inviting Iranian diplomats to our birthday party?
We really love Thomas Jefferson in this blog.
Thomas Jefferson was 32 years old when he wrote The Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Jefferson went on to be our 3rd president.
Jefferson coincidentally died on July 4, 1826, or the 50th anniversary of the document that made him famous. (John Adams, the other big player in the signing of the declaration died on that day too!
We remember Jefferson for composing the most important words in US history:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government"
What side do you think that Thomas Jefferson would take in Iran?
A corrupt repressive regime?
Or people demanding their freedom?
Pres BO got a question at today's press conference.
It was a simple question: Are we still inviting Iranian diplomats to our July 4th party?
"State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said on Monday that Iranian diplomats are still welcome to attend Fourth of July parties at U.S. embassies around the world:
"There's no thought to rescinding the invitations to Iranian diplomats," Kelly said.
"We have made a strategic decision to engage on a number of fronts with Iran.
And -- and we tried many years of isolation, and we're pursuing a different path now.""
So the Iranians are coming!
Has anybody in this White House thought about the potential PR blunder of this invitation?
It was a stupid idea before the Iranian election.
It is a dumber idea now!
We get the impression that Iran's demonstrations have spoiled Pres BO's obsession with "talking" to the country's leadership.
Now we read this: U.S. Contacted Iran Supreme Leader Before Election!
According to media reports, Pres BO sent a message calling for better US-Iran relations.
Again, doesn't the Obama White House understand the PR blunder of sitting down with people who have brutally cracked down on their population.
I agree with Mark Davis: Why Iranian protests paralyze Obama!
Mark is right. The demonstrators spoiled BO's chance to "charm" Iran into cancelling their nuclear program.