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3:12 PM, Jun 24, 2009 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
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From today's briefing:

The White House has rescinded its invitation to Iran diplomats to attend its July 4 festivities.

None of them RSVP'd, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said. But, he added, "I don't think it's surprising that nobody's signed up to come given the events of the past days," Gibbs said. "Those invitations will no longer be extended." (2:30 p.m.)

The heavy-handed response of Iranian security services to the continuing protests has forced the Obama administration to change course, but some of us already knew how profoundly vile that regime was. It didn't take a girl being murdered in cold blood and bleeding from her mouth and nose for most Americans to understand how repressive and dangerous the "Islamic Republic" really is. The hot dog diplomacy was a symbol of this administration's naive faith in the power of diplomacy and in their own power of persuasion. So there is some small consolation in seeing Barack Obama and his supporters mugged by reality. Now let them deal with the Iranian regime as it really is -- a ruthless military dictatorship that sponsors anti-American terrorism around the world and is in desperate pursuit of a nuclear weapon. You might have to negotiate with such a regime, but you don't invite them over for a game of cornhole.