Skip to comments.US Shuts Down Vatican Embassy After Striking Deal with Iran
Posted on 11/27/2013 8:44:49 AM PST by Kaslin
What would you do next if you had successfully brokered a Neville Chamberlin style deal with a rogue state that wants to annihilate America and her Middle East allies? Well. . . Youd downgrade diplomatic ties with the Vatican, of course. At least, thats what you would do if you were working in the Obama White House. The White House has recently announced that they will shut down the US Embassy to the Holy See, and relocate it to a safer location on the grounds of the American Embassy in Italy.
Officially, the US is explaining the relocation effort as a security measure in reaction to the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi. . . Because, ya know, those crazy Vatican Catholics are a naturally militant bunch. Heaven forbid someone makes an anti-Christian movie! Whoa, the whole place could erupt into a deadly string of mass prayers and forgiveness! (Ahem Sarcasm.)
The decision on part of the US Administration to move the American Embassy is being interpreted by many as a slap in the face to the Vatican. At the very least, it is likely to produce a tension that will lead to a deterioration of US/ Vatican communication and cooperation.
Adding to the suspicion that Americas decision is primarily political, and not based in security concerns, is the fact that the current Embassy has state of the art security. According to former US Ambassador James Nicholson, the current location is highly secure, and pivotal to continuing relations with the Holy See.
Besides: Were talking about the US Embassy. . . In Vatican City. Its not as if were discussing an un-fortified compound in the heart of a Libyan war-zone. (Cough*Benghazi*Cough) Heres a solution: add a couple more Marines, and maybe borrow the Pope-Mobile for high profile visitors.
Suggesting that Obama is intentionally downgrading US/ Vatican ties due to some resentment toward Catholic policy would almost seem too petty to contemplate; until it is put into a broader perspective. The Holy See has proven, throughout the years, to be a monumental asset in world affairs. Our relationship with the Vatican aids in humanitarian missions, peace brokerage, and international trade with governments of all religious affiliations.
According to Nicholson, This is anything but a good time to diminish the stature of this post. To diminish the stature of this post is to diminish its influence. In an age where Obamas allies in the Middle East include Taliban rebels and Al Qaida operatives, the timing seems even more precarious. When Iran feels emboldened on the world stage, when Israel feels threatened, and when Christians are finding the Middle East to be an ever-increasingly dangerous corner of the world, one would think the US Government would be bolstering its relationship with Gods emissary.
But. . . Maybe thats the problem. Perhaps Obama is just a bit upset that the Catholic world headquarters hasnt yet offered universal contraception to its female members. Or perhaps hes a little unnerved about their use of the word Christmas. Or, maybe, hes just feeling a bit irritated that the Pope consults God every day, rather than the White House.
Whatever the reason, the end result is the same: A sizeable devolution of US/ Vatican ties. Not to mention a marginal political fallout here at home. After all, Christians are less than pleased with the details of Obamacare, the repeal of dont ask dont tell, and the White Houses general disregard for religious liberty. So What the heck? Go ahead and insult the Pope while youre at it.
Furthermore, the move illustrates our Presidents perspective on right and wrong when it comes to world events. It says something about the Administrations world view when they champion an Iranian Nuclear deal that lifts sanction and emboldens our enemies the very same week they withdraw diplomatic ties from the Vatican.
At least When Neville Chamberlin was trotting around Europe declaring peace in our time, he was primarily naïve. Thats not necessarily the case with our current leader of appeasement.
Of course, then again, maybe the President is just trying to be fair. Maybe he didnt want Israel to feel like the only religious sovereign-state to be snubbed by the US this week.
US Embassy in Rome is a fortress of walls, cameras and barriers. A huge place. All US Embassies in Europe are fortresses. Unique and indeed foreign compared with other diplomatic missions.
There’s just no end to the petty in-your-face liberal hate that boils inside this guy.
Why would a Muslim country have an embassy at the Vatican? Hussein Soetoro’s decision makes perfect sense.
America's allies and friends are now Obama's enemies!
Well, perhaps the USCCB will think to stop pushing for amnesty now seeing how the Obama administration really DOESN’T have the best interests of the church in mind
Nah. Naïveté reigns in the minds of those who grew up in Mexico and in union democrat households
I wish they’d read the catechism though
I thought they were just floating this and now it’s a done deal, WTH? So much for the most transparent administration ever. This thug seriously is ruing our reputation in the non-Islamic world. And the media scum had the nerve to say it was W who was ruining our reputation.
I wonder if there is anyone who works for the government, this administration, who has a conscience or true moral values?
a) Weakens AmericaI have yet to have anyone raise a single substantive counter example in several years of posting this.
b) Distances America's allies
c) Strengthens America's enemies
d) Serves Islam
e) Harms Israel
Or some combination of the above.
Satans minion just doing what minions do
Ping for later
obama is a muslime and Americans are STILL in denial.
I don’t think that I am the only one who is convinced that he is the Anti Christ
Or if not, he’ll do...
Absolutely brilliant, Barry. You are such an immature putz.
[ obama is a muslime the Anti- Christ and Americans are STILL in denial.
No No No
obama is an Anti- Christ and Americans are STILL in denial.
There are many anti-christs. not just one, they have gone by many names in the past such as Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, etc...
Really Fixed it for you
Why would a Muslim country have an embassy at the Vatican? Hussein Soetoros decision makes perfect sense.
Sounds like closing the embassy in the Vatican was PART of the agreement with Iran, I wouldn’t be surprised at all about this...
I don’t think he is the antichrist but a forerunner of the antichrist. Imagine how good ANYONE would seem following him, enough to fool even more than he fooled.