Poking yet another thumb into the eye of U.S. relations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has chosen, of all people, a member of Iran's late 1970s terrorist group that seized the U.S. Embassy as its next United Nations ambassador.
Contrary to those who say the appointment of Hamid Aboutalebi poses another diplomatic debacle for Barack Obama, the president's course couldn't be more clear: The State Department must reject Mr. Aboutalebi's visa application.
Before serving as Iran's ambassador to Belgium and Italy, a much younger Aboutalebi participated in the U.S. Embassy siege in Tehran, where thugs held 52 Americans for 444 days. Among the hostages was Jerry Miele of Mt. Pleasant, who worked for the CIA.
Aboutalebi's lame excuse — that he acted merely as a translator and negotiator at the time — is meaningless to those who endured the siege and were never compensated.
No less disconcerting is that Mr. Rouhani, in his own twisted “diplomacy,” chose Aboutalebi for the U.N. post after reaching the so-called nuclear deal with the U.S. and five other nations.
The deal he advanced directly benefits Iran and was hailed by Iranians as a “coup.”
Apparently Mr. Rouhani isn't done rubbing the U.S. nose in the camel dung that passes as Iran's foreign policy. The United States should reciprocate by denying the visa application and informing Rouhani that the honeymoon's over.
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