For a while last week, Iranian Blogistan, facebook, etc was set ablaze with this particular video of a former madam now upgraded to some pretty fancy shmancy position inside foreign policy circles:
Iranian students in the US will finally have multiple entry visas, like the rest of humanity!
Halleluja! The Iranians shouted out with glee. And for all the right reasons. Iranian students, being the kick a** terrorists that we are, are only eligible for single entry visas to the US. If they ever decide to exit the country to visit their homeland (or anywhere else for that matter), they will have to reapply for a student visa. While some take that chance, the majority, knowing that the state of visas for Iranians is highly dependent on a bunch of seven-year-old stormtroopers on steroids, choose not to take that risk.
While not understanding why they even choose the United States in the first place, I have watched my friends’ anguish, sadness and longing as they are virtually trapped away from home. So this piece of news is astounding, and long overdue.
HIP, HIP HORAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
…………………. Before you start the celebrations however, listen to the madam again.
This new law only applies to those in the “nontehnical, nonsensitive” fields.
I think I read somewhere that over 70% of Iranian students in the US are in engineering and related fields.
Is that “tehnical” or non? “Sensitive” or none? An “electrical engineer” can be doing “sensitive” research, no? Who is going to determine that?
If you have more information on this, please let me know. But thus far, this seems like the typical Obama approach: pretend or talk about “yes we can”, talk about doing something significant … while not really doing anything significant at all. I could pull out the stats, most Iranian students in the US are in fields that can be considered “technical or sensitive”. Surely the bogus president (or his even more bogus advisers) know the stats better than you or I?
What we’ve been able to understand with my friends, is that first of all, those with a visa in the US already, need to leave the country to reapply. Then, the “sensitivity” or “tehnicality” of their field is left to the mercy of another moron (aka immigration officer). So unless you are going to the US to study mural painting or culinary arts, you’re still up in the air [hint: you could always look north or west on the map!] .
Then again, what if you want to use your cooking skills to feed a bunch of terrorists? Will that be considered “sensitive”? Or paint the harrowing death chambers of an ugly terrorist with a mile long beard?
But hey, as you’re painting his malodorous, repugnant cave that smells of sweat and rose water, sing out “yes we can” … you might actually convince yourself to believe it.