I suppose nothing should amaze these days; but after responding to the Korean nuclear and missile tests with a barrage of strong adjectives -- and even a few nasty adverbs, plus a serious threat to get the UN Security Council to do the same - Barack Obama now turns his softer side toward the mad mullahs of Iran and proposes to woo their favor with good old-fashioned American hot dogs, as noted under a large-size headline in this morning's New York Times by Mark Landler:
A New Iran Overture, With Hot Dogs
Having sent the Iranian people a video greeting on their New Year, President Obama is now inviting them to help celebrate a quintessentially American holiday, the Fourth of July.
Last Friday, the State Department sent a cable to its embassies and consulates around the world notifying them that "they may invite representatives from the government of Iran" to their Independence Day celebrations - annual receptions that typically feature hot dogs, red-white-and-blue bunting and some perfunctory remarks about the founding fathers.
"The authorization to issue the invitations was disclosed by a senior State Department official on the eve of a three-day visit to Latin America by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton," reports the Times, and the apparent purpose of this nonsense, it says is that, "Even as the United States reaches out to Tehran, it is trying to reclaim American influence in Latin America, where Iran has made inroads while the United States has been waging wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."
So to put things in perspective, the Iranian government, which has rebuffed US reproaches and sanctions over its programs to develop nuclear weapons, long range missiles, wipe out Israel, and establish at least some degree of hegemony of the Missile East and even parts of Latin America, will be courted by Obama and his minions through hot dogs (we hope they'll be all beef and unaccompanied by beer), bunting and speeches at embassies and consulates abroad celebrating America's Independence Day.
Will wonders never cease?