Iran Should Tread With CautionMarch 21, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Posted in American politics | Leave a comment
Dismissing Obama’s friendly overtures is not a good idea. Obama is positioning himself to have the upper moral hand. By being nice and open to the Iranians, he can then go back to the American people and say, “I tried.” If the time comes for military action, most Americans will not be against the action because Obama actually did try to be nice first. And maybe Iran knows this, that most Americans will eventually want war with them, so they’re not going to play around at all. But if there is an opening for dialogue and peace, I would take a few steps in that direction and see what bridge is being built. Iran’s leaders can also do the same as Obama and go to the Iranians and say, “I tried, too, but America just wants war.”
It pays to take actionable diplomatic steps with few negative consequences.