Secretary of State Rice is considering opening a US passport Visa office in Tehran, Iran.
We have no embassy in that country, and haven’t had one since the Iranians seized our embassy, and took American hostages, almost 30 years ago.
Last I was in Tehran, a few years ago, the embassy compound had been turned into a military camp. Sloppy peasant soldiers walked the brown clay walls around the huge compound. An anti-CIA book store for tourists was at the main gates.
So here is Iran trying to build a nuclear weapon, maybe to use on Israel and the West, and here is the quote from Ms. Rice with her reasons for possibly opening a Visa office in Tehran, like the one the US has in Havana:
“We want more Iranians visiting the United States. We want the efforts that we have engaged in to have Iranian artists in the United States and American sports people in Iran. We are determined to find ways to reach out to the Iranian people.” Iranian artists?
A US Visa office for Iranians already exists in Dubai but Secretary Rice said it is difficult for some Iranians to get there.
If they find it hard to get to Dubai they’ll find it even harder to get to New York or Los Angeles.
None of this has apparently been decided but is the subject of internal State Department noodling, so to speak.
And no one can “noodle” like the State Department.