My very clever and exceedingly humorous friend in the ether, Ran at Si Vis Pacem, points to my amateurish and downright “horrible” understanding of official U.S. protocol. I plead guilty. After my report on the attack of the British Embassy in Tehran, The Won issued official remarks. It’s easy to see where I went wrong, but explaining why I did not refer to the “English Embassy,” rather than the “British Embassy” is simply incomprehensible. Embarrassing.
Speaking to reporters during a meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, Obama said he expects “some sort of definitive action” by the Iranian government to hold rioters responsible for threatening embassy officials and damaging property.
“All of us, I think, are deeply disturbed by the crashing of the English Embassy,” Obama said. “That kind of behavior is not acceptable. And I strongly urge the Iranian government to hold those who are responsible to task.
“They have a responsibility to protect diplomatic outposts. That is a basic international obligation that all countries need to observe. And for rioters, essentially, to be able to overrun the embassy and set it on fire is an indication that the Iranian government is not taking its international obligations seriously.” Source: The Oval
I admit protocol isn’t my long suit, but neither is astute diplomacy Obama’s. Needing a “crashing” of the “English Embassy” in Tehran to confirm Iran’s hostility to all that is civilized, is nothing less than pitiful.