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I hear they plan on serving Hebrew National hot dogs. I hope everyone saw Major Garrett bitch slap 0 at the press conf. yesterday. It was priceless.

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Iran: Apart from rhetoric, the U.S. has yet to take a firm stand against the Iran's brutal oppression of its own people. For a start, how about rescinding the invitation to Iran's diplomats to attend our 4th of July celebrations?

President Obama deserves credit for finally toughening his language against the Iranian regime on Tuesday after its brutal crackdown on the millions of average Iranians who took to the streets to protest a stolen election.

"Those who stand up for justice are always on the right side of history," Obama said. The entire world, he added, was "appalled and outraged" at Iran's crushing of dissent.

Ringing words, and true. But he weakened the power of his own rhetoric by invoking, not once but twice, his "respect" for the sovereignty of the "Islamic Republic of Iran."

Respect? For a government that likely just stole an election, and that routinely flouts international law to develop a nuclear weapon? For the same government that brutally murdered Neda Agha Soltan, whose tragic last moments alive were viewed by millions on YouTube?

Sorry, but Iran's regime deserves no respect. They've been emboldened to go after their own people by what they perceive as U.S. softening toward them.

To show Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime we aren't patsies, we should stop talking and start acting. A good first step: Disinvite Iran's diplomats from our 4th of July celebrations.

Asking Iran's diplomats to attend our national day at U.S. embassies around the world was a mistake in the first place. Letting representatives of a terrorist-supporting regime eat halal hot dogs and drink soda as guests of the American people would dishonor our nation — and all those who fought and died to preserve our freedoms.

We see it as the moral equivalent of inviting Hitler's ambassadors to our Fourth back in 1939. Lest you think that's an exaggeration, please remember: Ahmadinejad has repeatedly threatened to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth.

Fact is, the fundamentalist mullahs in charge in Iran are paranoid medievalists, untouched by any gentling modern sensibility and entirely out of touch with the drift of human rights and freedom over the last, say, 200 years.

They don't see the "unclenched fist" that's been offered to them as what it is: an act of generous goodwill from a far stronger foe. No, they see it as weakness from a leader who really doesn't understand the depth of their hatred of us and our way of life.
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Obama has handled U.S. response to a fraudulent Iranian election perfectly. Given our meddling past, we need to opine, but not incite, to speak, but not act. But don't mind me, I'm just a small government libertarian type who views the trappings of empire as the antithesis of such sanity.

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the trappings of empire as the antithesis of such sanity.
I like that line. Empire, while necessary, is not sane.
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Obama's Iran policy has been brilliant.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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^Premature. Brilliancy can only be achieved after results are realized. All he has achieved so far is another notch lower on the weakness scale.
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Yes, "brilliant" seems a bit much. I'd opt for suitably subtle.

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^Premature. Brilliancy can only be achieved after results are realized. All he has achieved so far is another notch lower on the weakness scale.
I recall back in my hearty partyin' days, it was easy to assess how bad some cat was, by how loud he was. Almost invariably, the louder, the weaker. It was the quiet, confident ones you didn't f**k with, the blow-hards were easy pickins. And almost every fight I've either watched or fought, was won by the less inebriated combatant. Teddy Roosevelt was a bright lad.

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There is a difference between perceived weakness and actual.
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Iran is not a danger to the US (at the moment), just like Iraq. North Korea has stated that it would attack us if we kept buttering shit up against them. hmmm what do we do?
Attack Syria, that's it...
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