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Obama 'Seriously Considering' Rescinding July 4th Invites for Iranians

12:59 PM, Jun 24, 2009 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
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All the folks who thought the Right was being unreasonable yesterday will suddenly decide that univiting the Iranians to a barbecue that would happen concurrent with their murdering of dissidents in the streets is the coolest, smartest, most measured response ever. Hey, today is a new day:

The Obama administration is seriously considering not extending invitations to Iranian diplomats for July 4 celebrations overseas, senior administration officials tell CNN.

The officials said intense discussions on the issue were taking place, but the final decision had not been made.

Late last month the State Department sent a cable to its embassies and consulates worldwide informing them they "may invite representatives from the government of Iran" to their July 4th celebrations.

The U.S. receptions marking Independence Day usually feature symbols of Americana, such as hot dogs, red-white-and-blue decorations and remarks by U.S. officials about America's founding fathers.

The Obama administration had decided to invite Iranians to the celebrations at overseas posts as part of President Obama's policy of engaging the Iranian regime.

Well, at least he's moving, even if he's behind the pace of common sense:

But officials said the violence against protesters that has ensued since the June 12 election has caused the administration to rethink the timing of such engagement.