Negotiate With Iran!
Five former U. S. Secretaries of State have recommended negotiations with Iran to resolve the various issues between that country and ours, particularly Iran’s nuclear development program:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Five former U.S. secretaries of state said on Monday the next American administration should talk to Iran, a foe President George W. Bush has generally shunned as part of an “axis of evil.”
Engaging Iran is important because Washington’s military options against Tehran are unsatisfactory, said the diplomats, who worked for Republican and Democratic administrations.
The five — Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright, Warren Christopher, James Baker and Henry Kissinger — all said they favored talking to Iran as part of a strategy to stop Tehran’s development of a nuclear weapons program.
Presumably, they mean talks at a somewhat higher level. There were low-level talks between Iran and the U. S. on at least three occasions in 2007, I believe about Iraq.
Since I’ve favored just this course of action for some years now, I don’t disagree. But I did notice that of the five four had opportunities while they were actually serving to do what they’re advocating now and didn’t do so. Did they advocate this course of action while they were in office? Why didn’t they do so publicly? Have conditions changed over the last couple of years that make it more favorable to negotiate with Iran now than then?