#Obama's Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, has signaled that this is precisely the tact she will take.
Barack Obama will pursue tough, direct diplomacy without preconditions to end the threat from Iran:
Obama and Biden will present the Iranian regime with a clear choice. If Iran abandons its nuclear program and support for terrorism, they would offer incentives like membership in the World Trade Organization. If Iran continues its troubling behavior, Obama and Biden will step up our economic pressure and political isolation.
President Barack Obama's administration will engage in "direct diplomacy" with Iran, new U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice said Monday. But Rice warned that Iran must meet U.N. Security Council demands to suspend uranium enrichment before any talks on its nuclear program.Iran does far more than still consider the US the Great Satan. Iran funds and support proxy armies in Hamas and Hizbullah, engages in support of the insurgency in Iraq, has sent weapons and equipment to Iraqi insurgents that have resulted in the deaths of US soldiers, including EFPs (explosively formed projectiles that can be particularly destructive), and whose regime has never been fully held accountable for engaging in the invasion of US soil in 1979's embassy takeover.
"The dialogue and diplomacy must go hand in hand with a very firm message from the United States and the international community that Iran needs to meet its obligations as defined by the Security Council," she said.
Iran still considers the U.S. the "Great Satan" but said last week it was "ready for new approaches by the United States."
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thinks that Iran has to engage in meaningful relations with the rest of the world.
Iran is currently believed to be within a year of having enough nuclear materials for a weapon. Iran continues working on its nuclear program, bringing more centrifuges online that speed the process of enriching uranium to weapons grade. It does so in facilities built underground so as to avoid detection and air attack. The IAEA is powerless to stop this, and Iran laughs at any attempt to thwart its nuclear ambitions.
It pursues its strategy based not only on thwarting the ambitions of rival Arab and Islamic regimes in the region, but as part of a religious obligation to bring about apocalyptic visions and jihad. Ignoring the religious implications and outlook of the Iranian regime can and will have catastrophic results, and yet that is what the diplomats are about to do yet again.
Obama is basically stating that we must ignore the missile tests and announcements of new weapons systems (those that aren't fudged by the Iranians to show that they're further along on their technologies than they actually are). He is stating that we must ignore the boisterous calls to destroy Israel. He is saying we must ignore the calls to jihad and work towards peace.
It's a dangerous policy, and one that will have disastrous consequences, not only for the US, but for the entire region.
It comes at a time when President Obama has previously stated that he would cut unproven missile defense systems; the very kinds of systems that would be needed as Iran works on its longer range missile systems and delivery systems for the weapons it produces. It comes as Obama seemingly apologizes to the Arab world for actions taken by past administrations, and yet doesn't call for the Arab and Muslim world to bring the jihadis to justice, to moderate their calls for Israel's destruction, or otherwise bring an end to the rampant misogyny, anti-homosexual policies (including executing gays by hanging), stoning women who are seen with men who are not related to them, executing children, or any of the other barbaric practices that are commonly found throughout the Islamist dominated countries.
Instead, Obama apologizes for bringing the opportunity for freedom from all those barbaric practices to the 50 million people who live in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Gateway Pundit has it just right. The freedom movement is dead. Obama killed it the moment he appeared on Arab television.