Reconciliations

Grilling Hot Dogs with Iran

Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer--or at least invite them to your BBQ. That’s what the United States has done with Iran, with the State Department encouraging its embassies to reach out to Iranians to join the party on Independence Day. The U.S. hasn’t had relations with Iran since 1979—and Hillary Clinton has condemned the nation since taking office—but this new move by the Obama administration shows increased efforts to reach out to Tehran. Said one official: “It is another way of saying we are not putting barriers in the way of communicating. It is another way of signaling that there is an opportunity that should not be wasted.” Failing all else, after a few hot dogs, Obama will surely have Iran right where he wants it.