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‘The President of Cool seems emotionally disconnected from events in Tehran.’

Expect to hear a lot about hot dogs and Iranian diplomats in the coming days.

AFP summarizes: “The United States said Monday its invitations were still standing for Iranian diplomats to attend July 4 celebrations at US embassies despite the crackdown on opposition supporters.” Hot Air calls it “sickening,” and various righty bloggers are nudging ABC News’s Jake Tapper to ask about it at Tuesday’s White House press briefing. A lot of the mainstream chin-pulling foreign-policy voices have been insisting that Obama’s low-key approach to the Iran protests is right, although E. J. Dionne’s Monday column declaring that it is “impossible anytime soon to resume diplomacy as if nothing had happened” should be seen as something of a warning shot.

This morning, Richard Cohen echoed Dionne’s theme — after 600 words of how right Obama is to play it cool, he contradicts his central argument: “If McCain, Graham and others have a valid complaint, it is not with Obama’s words but with his music. The President of Cool seems emotionally disconnected from events in Tehran — not unconcerned but not particularly upset, either. This is a quality that will cost Obama plenty in coming years. He can acknowledge your pain, but he cannot feel it.”

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