WASHINGTON — The United States on Wednesday expressed disappointment with Iran’s refusal to issue visas for an American badminton team and said it did not bode well for possible similar outreach programs in the future.
As the Obama administration continues with a broad review of U.S. policy on Iran that may include the appointment of a special envoy and direct contacts with Iranian officials, the State Department said Tehran’s batdown of what some have termed “shuttlecock diplomacy” was troubling.
Oh my God…that is just too funny.Barack Obama wants to tame all of Persia and command them to abandon their pursuit of the mighty A-bomb and he can’t even arrange a game of badminton.
Oh how embarrassing.This has the makings of an international incident.
“This is a very unfortunate situation,” State Department spokesman Robert Wood told reporters, adding that the U.S. had not received any official notification of the reason for the visa refusal. He noted that both President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton remained committed to engaging with Iran under the proper circumstances.
Maybe they should try to arrange a nice game of Battleship instead.Military force is all they understand.
Hillary: Oh sh(t…you sunk my destroyer.
Will this signal a coming chill to our once friendly relations with Iran and discourage Obama from reaching across the globe?Apparently not.
“It’s not a good sign,” Wood said. “You know, as the secretary and others have said, when the Iranians unclench that fist, there will be a hand waiting to greet them.”
Uh hoh geez….what a dork.Oh yeah…that’s it Bob.All this time the Iranians didn’t know that we really wanted to be their friend.Once they realize that we can put all that wanting to destroy Israel and building nukes thing behind us.After all…Europe thinks it’s a good idea.We all know how well Europe deals with dictators.
“More wine with your crepes Herr Kapitan”
“The readiness of the new administration to reach out to Iran was explicitly welcomed by all,” German Foreign Ministry spokesman Jens Ploetner said after the session among officials from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States. “We hope that this outstretched hand will not be seen as a sign of weakness in Tehran.”
Weakness may not be the right word.Foolishness fits better.
Iran has no desire for peace with the United States if it means abandoning the nuclear program about which they know that Barack Obama won’t do a damn thing.Part of Ahmadinejad’s clout in the Middle East is the way he stands up to and challenges the United States.
The machismo of a Muslim would make a Mexican bull fighter look like an extra in Cabaret.He doesn’t give a rat’s ass about diplomacy and will only try to embarrass a rookie President.
If 130,000 troops next door and two or three Aircraft carrier battle groups parked off his coast couldn’t soften him up then I don’t think an FTD friendship bouquet will either.
Barack needs to stop being so mushy with Iran.It’s embarrassing and this visa thing was a deliberate snub to let Obama know he won’t tell Iran what to do.
He said the badminton team, which had traveled to Dubai to pick up the visas, would return to the United States. He could not say whether the State Department would follow through on plans to issue visas for the Iranian national badminton team to come to the United States in July.
The two countries have not had diplomatic relations since the Islamic Revolution and hostage-taking at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.
Oh yeah that’ll teach them.We won’t let their badminton team come here…(snicker).That will show them our steely resolve.Iran knew the team was coming and let them travel all the way to Dubai before they smoked them just to rub it in.It takes a long time to travel to the Middle East.A simple phone call could have saved a lot of trouble if someone actually cared.
It could have been an innocent oversight I suppose.Maybe they just had a lot on their minds….like launching a rocket into space.It’s distracting.
“We were told our visas had been approved and were asked to secure them in Dubai,” said the organization’s chief executive officer Dan Cloppas. “It’s unfortunate that we will not be able to compete and sincerely hope we will be extended another invitation in the near future.”
Don’t hold your breath buddy.
Face it Dan…you got hosed.