“Dear Ali…Please please don’t be mad at me…”
Obama’s outreach to Iran has so far met only with contempt and new demands from the mullahs. It’s the familiar pattern of appeasement: the oppressor sees the appeaser’s weakness and is emboldened to take advantage of him further. And how does the appeaser react? With more appeasement.
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is leaning toward making a major diplomatic overture to Iran before the country’s presidential elections in June. This initiative could come in the form of a letter from President Obama to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to two senior European diplomats who have met in recent weeks with key State Department officials crafting a new US policy toward Iran.
The letter would be aimed at initiating talks over the Iranian nuclear program and Iran’s role in neighboring Iraq and Afghanistan, the diplomats said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.
It would be the first formal communication between an American president and Iran’s leadership since Washington cut diplomatic ties with Tehran following the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
State Department officials yesterday declined to comment on their plans for changing Iran policy until they complete an ongoing review.
But on Monday, State Department acting spokesman Robert Wood told reporters: “We have offered our hand to the government of Iran, and we hope to be able to engage this government on a whole range of issues. But a lot of it’s going to depend on Iran and its willingness to engage and its willingness to change its behavior in a number of areas where we have concern.”…
Good luck with that.