Friday, November 07, 2014

Letter to Tehran

News of Obama's secret letter to Ayatollah Khamenei is like chucking raw meat at the right, but that is exactly the kind of thing that I want him to be doing.

Every country is complicated. It has multiple interests, some of which will align with this country's interests and some that will not. It makes total sense to talk to everyone and to work with whoever is willing to work with the U.S. on issues that will advance American interests. That is true even if the U.S. has serious issues with that country on other fronts. Bush's "you're either with us or against us" approach inevitably damaged the U.S.'s own ability to get things done.