Guess who’s coming to dinner in Manhattan?

posted at 11:38 am on September 1, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The latest outrage at Turtle Bay had been Moammar Gaddafi’s plans to pitch a tent in New Jersey, plans that got canceled after the outrage over the release of Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi by the UK.  At least Gaddafi has diplomatic ties to the US, although that’s still a sore point for many here.  Now Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced that he will address the UN in New York this month, which should set off some fireworks — and not in celebration:

With weeks to go until a U.S. deadline for opening talks, a spokesman for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that he plans to travel to New York to give a speech during the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 23. The announcement came as international pressure continued to build for sanctions unless Iran is willing to negotiate over its nuclear program.

The visit will roughly coincide with a Sept. 15 deadline set by the White House for Iran to respond to an offer to open talks on the nuclear issue. It will be Ahmadinejad’s first visit to a Western country since the country’s June election, which was officially declared a landslide in his favor but which the opposition contends was stolen. The vote led to weeks of demonstrations, with dozens of protesters dying after security forces violently cracked down. President Obama condemned the violence but stopped short of siding with opposition demands that the election be annulled. …

U.N. officials confirmed Ahmadinejad’s attendance and said he will be accorded the same honors due any other head of state. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon recently took a step toward recognizing Ahmadinejad’s disputed electoral victory by sending him a customary diplomatic letter on the occasion of his inauguration.

U.S. officials said that the United States respects U.N. invitations to even the most controversial foreign dignitaries and that they assumed Ahmadinejad would have his visa approved for travel to the United States this time. But the prospects for direct talks with the Iranian leadership appeared dim in light of the violent post-election crackdown. In July, the United States disinvited Iranian diplomats from attending Fourth of July celebrations at American diplomatic missions and embassies.

The US respects UN invitations to legitimate leaders of nations even when we have no diplomatic relations with them.  However, the Obama administration would have grounds to refuse a visa to Ahmadinejad, given the nature of the election and the dispute among Iranians over its legitimacy.  Unfortunately, this administration doesn’t have that kind of imagination, and it has already all but endorsed Ahmadinejad.

As for the deadline on talks, the Iranians will take that as seriously as they have taken all the other threats.  Ahmadinejad didn’t pick this moment in a vacuum, after all.  The Iranians announced today that they will have a new offer for the permanent members of the UNSC and Germany and want to restart talks with the six nations, including the US.  They want to stall for more time, as they have no intention at all in shutting down their nuclear-weapons program, and the Ahmadinejad visit is nothing more than a diversion.


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However, the Obama administration would have grounds to refuse a visa to Ahmadinejad

Ain’t gonna happen anytime soon. We only mess with Visa’s for the Hondura’s.

Knucklehead on September 1, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Barry is going to mess up that crease in his pants with all of the kneeling.

Vashta.Nerada on September 1, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Mahmoud, tell that gay joke again.

whitetop on September 1, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Given Obama’s adoration for people such as Ahmadinejad and other dictators, he’ll probably offer him Blair House for his visit. Wouldn’t surprise me.

suzyk on September 1, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Ain’t gonna happen anytime soon. We only mess with Visa’s for the Hondura’s.

Knucklehead on September 1, 2009 at 11:40 AM

Beat me to that one.

Ahmadinejad views this as a way to spit in our face and get away with it. Get this filthy UN off of our soil!

WashJeff on September 1, 2009 at 11:45 AM

Barry is going to mess up that crease in his pants with all of the kneelingwee-wee’ing.

Vashta.Nerada on September 1, 2009 at 11:41 AM

FIFY

lyfsatrip on September 1, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Every time you guys talk about Gagdoggy “pitching a tent”, I think of this:

http://i148.photobucket.com/albums/s24/cuz631/JerseyGirls.jpg

Oh, well. I guess somebody’s gotta do it.

Doorgunner on September 1, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Cool! Maybe Barry and Michelle can zip up to New York and do a “Double-Date Night” with Mahmoud and Mrs. Mahmoud!! Maureen Dowd will need to wear a diaper for that one…

D2Boston on September 1, 2009 at 11:48 AM

We have some extra beds down at Gitmo….if there was a dinner party, the liberals would walk over each other to get a seat next to him…

right2bright on September 1, 2009 at 11:50 AM

This could be such a huge win for President Obama. A chance to speak up for the Iranian people, show he takes terrorism seriously and give him the upper hand in the all but inevitable ‘talks’.

But he won’t take advantage of Ahmadinejad’s desire to step on U.S. soil.

BadgerHawk on September 1, 2009 at 11:50 AM

can’t wait for the picture of Obama bowing to the persian king…

right4life on September 1, 2009 at 11:50 AM

Finally Obama gets to apologize to Ahmadinejad in person….

albill on September 1, 2009 at 11:52 AM

However, the Obama administration would have grounds to refuse a visa to Ahmadinejad, given the nature of the election and the dispute among Iranians over its legitimacy. Unfortunately, this administration doesn’t have that kind of imagination, and it has already all but endorsed Ahmadinejad.

Not cluelessness, on the other side.

rbj on September 1, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Monsieur Ahmandinejad, your table is ready:

http://z.hubpages.com/u/1202423_f520.jpg

Doorgunner on September 1, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Last Fall I was in NYC and had a couple hours to kill so I took the UN tour. I nearly choked when the guide informed us that we could only go into certain parts of the building because the UN was a “working organization.”

highhopes on September 1, 2009 at 11:55 AM

It is way past time for the US to get out of the UN and the UN out of the US.

fourdeucer on September 1, 2009 at 11:58 AM

What a terrible pickle.

Now Obama’s State Department in not sure whether to release Sheik Omar Abd Rahman to Gaddafi or Ahmadinejad.

FreakyBoy on September 1, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Perhaps Obama could get Moammar Gaddafi, Kim Jung Il, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad together as a foursome and hold an Axis of Evil golf outing.

highhopes on September 1, 2009 at 11:58 AM

highhopes on September 1, 2009 at 11:55 AM

Working on how to teach 5 yr olds to masturbate so as to keep AIDs cases down. What a great organization. *rolls eyes*

becki51758 on September 1, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Oooh, I wonder what they’ll have for the White House BBQ?

Geronimo on September 1, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Mahmoud, tell that gay joke again.

whitetop on September 1, 2009 at 11:44 AM

LOL

shick on September 1, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Cant wait for more protests in NYC over this bum being there.

becki51758 on September 1, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Perhaps Obama could get Moammar Gaddafi, Kim Jung Il, and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad together as a foursome and hold an Axis of Evil golf outing.

highhopes on September 1, 2009 at 11:58 AM

LOL. That would be awesome. But only if the Chinless Wonder from Syria was the caddy.

Seriously, y’all, it ain’t a normal day at the UN unless the Jews are blamed for something… This is SOP, isn’t it?

mjk on September 1, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Sure would suck if a bunch of students held him for 444 days. Yep, that would suck.

clement on September 1, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Cant wait for more protests in NYC over this bum being there.

becki51758 on September 1, 2009 at 12:00 PM

Don’t hold your breath. Seriously, now that the ONE’s in charge, I doubt that protesting even this jerk would be considered acceptable.

mjk on September 1, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Oooh, I wonder what they’ll have for the White House BBQ?

Geronimo on September 1, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Ribs, pork chops and hot dogs.

Knucklehead on September 1, 2009 at 12:03 PM

We should get out of the UN and get the UN out of the US.

la.rt.wngr on September 1, 2009 at 12:03 PM

Barry offered up his mansion in Chicago as a crash pad for the visiting dignitary.

“You can use my Hooka, but clean it out when your done”

portlandon on September 1, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Doorgunner on September 1, 2009 at 11:55 AM

LOL

becki51758 on September 1, 2009 at 12:05 PM

What a terrible pickle.

Now Obama’s State Department in not sure whether to release Sheik Omar Abd Rahman to Gaddafi or Ahmadinejad.

FreakyBoy on September 1, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Too funny.

Doorgunner on September 1, 2009 at 12:06 PM

Doorgunner on September 1, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Great pics and pretty damn funny! LOL again!

becki51758 on September 1, 2009 at 12:07 PM

How about “No Iranian aircraft in US air space”?

Make the little monkey change planes.

mojo on September 1, 2009 at 12:07 PM

Barry is going to mess up that crease in his pants with all of the kneeling.

Vashta.Nerada on September 1, 2009 at 11:41 AM

Man shorts with a Members jacket.

BobMbx on September 1, 2009 at 12:10 PM

OT:

Obama is going to take indoctrinating our school children upon himself. For those of you who have PreK-6th graders might want to read this.
http://www.docstoc.com/docs/10582301/President-Obama’s-Address-to-Students-Across-America-September-8-2009

milwife88 on September 1, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Wonder if they’ll let Ahmadinejad’s plane do a low-leve buzz over downtown Manhattan on the way into JFK, like Air Force One did a few months ago?

(What will be more interesting is the N.Y. intellectuals’ reaction to the visit. While said a few un-PC things at Columbia two years ago, there was much fawning because he hated Bush as much as they did. Now, you’d think even the most clueless elite would be able to figure out that anything offensive Ahmadinejad or Quaddafi does while in New York that is not going to make Obama look good, and he’ll need to distance himself from them as much as possible. But I’d say the odds are better than 50-50 the anti-Israeli wing of Obama’s foreign policy staff isn’t going to let that happen.)

jon1979 on September 1, 2009 at 12:15 PM

And the 4% Jewish approval dissipates into this air……… why not just nab this despot, soak him in hog’s blood and ignite?

Ris4victory on September 1, 2009 at 12:15 PM

What’s the over under on DinnerJacket bringing Abdel Baset Ali al-Megrahi with him?

- The Cat

MirCat on September 1, 2009 at 12:29 PM

I have absolutely no problem with Iranian leader coming to the UN to make a speech. Every time this guy gets up and talks he illustrates to his own people, and the world at large, that he is an idiot.

lexhamfox on September 1, 2009 at 12:36 PM

He’s very welcome this time. Barack Obama is President. Who’s not welcome is me.

JiangxiDad on September 1, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Now that he has result in embarrassing Libya’s leader on the world stage; the usefulness of the bomber is no longer what it once was. Voila! He is suddenly ‘very sick’. And you can be assured there will no objective autopsy to determine why he suddenly got so sick.

michaelo on September 1, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Perhaps Chairman Maobama can host another ‘Beer Summit.’ The first one accomplished so much. He and Sheriff Joe can sit down in the yard with Mahmoud and the Americans held hostage in Iran for 444 days. Maybe they can play some Pictionary or Jenga.

Tom_OC on September 1, 2009 at 12:45 PM

michaelo on September 1, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Oh yeah, he looks real sick. When’s the last time you saw someone in the hospital, who’s real sick, hooked up to machines…………

and wearing their glasses?

Knucklehead on September 1, 2009 at 12:51 PM

You know, it would be quite unfortunate if some “Unidentified Youths” happened to get their hands on Imadinnerjacket’s travel plans from the airport to the UN and then staged a protest in support of the Iranian Green Revolution which “mysteriously turned violent”, killing the dictato… I mean, duly elected President of Iran in the mayhem.

Yes, that would be VERY “Unfortunate”.

;)

wearyman on September 1, 2009 at 12:54 PM

milwife88 on September 1, 2009 at 12:11 PM

I hate to break it to you but the public schools are nothing but socialist indoctrination centers and have been for some time. I’m less offended by the concept of the filthy liar speaking in this format than the activities listed on the link you provided. Not a bit of critical thinking involved as children are forced to answer what they can do to help the President.

highhopes on September 1, 2009 at 1:01 PM

Once and for all quit the UN and kick it out of this country.

Jeff from WI on September 1, 2009 at 1:02 PM

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Natty Dreadlock Nutty A-jad

Christien on September 1, 2009 at 1:03 PM

Voila! He is suddenly ‘very sick’. And you can be assured there will no objective autopsy to determine why he suddenly got so sick.

michaelo on September 1, 2009 at 12:43 PM

McCaskill and much of the Scottish government needs to go as a result of this oil for terrorists deal. As much for the BS about this only being a humanitarian measure as anything else.

highhopes on September 1, 2009 at 1:03 PM

If things keep going as they are, we will not have to worrry about using torture to procure intelligence information on terrorists. Half of them will be our allies.

IlikedAUH2O on September 1, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Kaddafi’s NJ tent was a distraction from the real outrage here. As the boss reminded folks, the mastermind of PAF103 air piracy and mass murder should NOT be allowed anywhere near NYC airspace.

The Brother Leader of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriyaholds no public office or title. If Foggy Bottom can restrict Libya’s NJ residence to “Ambassadorial use only“, surely they can restrict this nobody from US airspace. Let the Libyan Navy drop him off, if they dare.

FLASHBACK 1989: JFK Intn’l is where Kaddafi’s mass-murdered Lockerbie corpses were forklifted in cardboard boxes for their families to retrieve from airport livestock storage.

JFK is the LAST place Kaddafi should be permitted to set foot. The very idea is yet another agonizing injury to the victims’ families grief.

Of course, now that the NJ tent non-controversy has defanged the legitimate outrage, Kaddafi will be “safelytucked away in a NYC luxury hotel before he triumphantly seizes the spotlight at the Parliament of Thugs– which (naturally) was the plan all along.

The question remains: Will the mainstream media play along? Will Kaddafi’s NYC trip slip to page B14? Will Foggy Bottom’s Potomac 2-step snooker Americans into welcoming yet another monster to our shores?

/stay tuned for more terrorist Kabuki theatre

Terp Mole on September 1, 2009 at 1:28 PM

Got to hand it to Mahmoud, he’s got the stalling tactics down to a fine art. Oh that we had someone at least as smart in the White House. Unfortunately, we have people who only think they’re smart.

GarandFan on September 1, 2009 at 1:44 PM

Barry is going to mess up that crease wee wee in his pants with all of the kneeling.

Vashta.Nerada on September 1, 2009 at 11:41 AM

FIFY

atheling on September 1, 2009 at 1:51 PM

A must read on this subject by Thomas Sowell.

kirkill on September 1, 2009 at 2:01 PM

It’s such a shame that Mahmoud will be missing Obama’s Ramadan dinner. I’m still waiting for Obama to announce that he will begin fasting since it’s such a point of conversation for the White House.

Buy Danish on September 1, 2009 at 2:05 PM

With all the talk of ‘torture’ in the USA, by the CIA, I wonder why, instead of a drill sounding off in the ears of vicious AQ terrorists, that the interrogators didn’t play pig sounds? That might have loosened more tongues than a bug in a bag. But had that been done, Holder would have sicced his feds on those creative CIA employees.

eaglewingz08 on September 1, 2009 at 2:07 PM

Maybe someone from the UN can take him to a men’s shop and buy the guy a tie.

ppaint on September 1, 2009 at 2:07 PM

highhopes on September 1, 2009 at 1:01 PM

You are right about that. I just wish I had a child in one of those grades. I would love to sit in on the speech and hear what he has to say.
Right now he is on tv again talking about covering your mouth when you sneeze. (talking about H1N1 outbreak..aka our next crisis). This guy has no shame and has no problem talking to the American people like they are idiots.

milwife88 on September 1, 2009 at 2:15 PM

does he like sushi ?

runner on September 1, 2009 at 2:17 PM

Maybe Mahmoud the baby rapist will get Meghan McCain to be his tour guide around New York.

Percy_Peabody on September 1, 2009 at 2:33 PM

If I raised small goats anywhere in the NYC vicinity, I’d be scared that A-jad might get out to try and find some companionship.

Yes, I went there.

PimFortuynsGhost on September 1, 2009 at 2:52 PM

Buy Danish on September 1, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Didn’t just everyone assure us that he was a Christian? People were ridiculed for suggesting otherwise. The trolls around here went bonkers on the subject, as I recall.

That rumor was lumped with the birther issue. Conservatives called us birthers fools. Liberals had their whole family laughing at me.

Now I had just convinced myself that it was all tinfoil hat nonsense and this stuff comes out.

I would rather be wrong than discover that one of the greatest nations in history has tremendous problems and is sliding downhill.

Now let us assume that he is a Christian aping Muslim traditions. He will bring peace to the world and conquer with love. Why, some General just contradicted former Vice President Cheney on intelligence gathering.

IlikedAUH2O on September 1, 2009 at 3:03 PM

Some suggestions for A’Jad while he visits US :

1. Bunk with Gaddhafi @ Farrahkhan’s mansion
2. Make an appearance on The View and kiss MegMac
3. Have Khalidi arrange an address to the Congress this
time, and ask Obama to repeal Don’d Ask Don’t Tell
4. Record a “Muslims for Obama-care” commercial to be used by HCAN
5. Host a Ramadan-Iftar party in Jeremiah Wright’s “Church” and invite all Dems in Congress and SCOTUS for dinner . Dress code : All women will wear burqas, no exceptions. No bare arms. None

macncheez on September 1, 2009 at 6:48 PM

This is no diversion. This visit is a slap in the face to all Americans. Their “new nuclear proposal” is dead on the heels of this speech.

elclynn on September 1, 2009 at 9:48 PM