I’m shocked, shocked, the guy who likes to incite chants of “death to America” didn’t immediately grovel at The One’s feet and make nice after he received the letter. Obama’s losing his touch, I guess…
From the Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: U.S. contacted Iran’s ayatollah before election
Prior to this month’s disputed presidential election in Iran, the Obama administration sent a letter to the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, calling for an improvement in relations, according to interviews and the leader himself.
Ayatollah Khamenei confirmed the letter toward the end of a lengthy sermon last week, in which he accused the United States of fomenting protests in his country in the aftermath of the disputed June 12 presidential election.
U.S. officials declined to discuss the letter on Tuesday, a day in which President Obama gave his strongest condemnation yet of the Iranian crackdown against protesters.
An Iranian with knowledge of the overture, however, told The Washington Times that the letter was sent between May 4 and May 10 and laid out the prospect of “cooperation in regional and bilateral relations” and a resolution of the dispute over Iran’s nuclear program.
Btw, Obama’s “strongest condemnation yet” didn’t include the rescinding of an invitation to Iranian diplomats to attend July 4th parties at U.S. embassies around the world. As Allahpundit put it:
A gesture of solidarity per our two nations’ shared interest in life, liberty, and shooting women in the heart on the street, I guess.
Ridiculous, isn’t it?