On Thursday in Israel President Bush described those (read Sen. Obama) who propose talking to Iran about Iraq as delusional. But on the very same day Bush’s own Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, said in The Washington Post that the U.S. should construct a combination of incentives and pressure to engage Iran, and may have missed earlier opportunities to begin a useful dialogue with Tehran: “We need to figure out a way to develop some leverage … and then sit down and talk with them.”
Of course, any reasonable person, even members of Bush’s cabinet such as Gates and probably Condoleezza Rice, understands that engaging Iraq and Syria in discussions could be productive. Talking is not appeasement.
We have tens of thousands of our finest young people coming home physically and mentally maimed from this nonsense. We need to find a way to extricate ourselves in a way that protects our interest. Of the three candidates left, only Sen. Obama seems to proffering sensible ideas to accomplish this.
Talking to Iran and Syria flat makes sense.