Reporter's Note: President Obama talked even back during the election about the need to engage America’s enemies in dialogue. But we’ve seen few engagement rings so far.
Tom Foreman | Bio
Dear Mr. President,
After listening to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech this week at the United Nations, you must be having some doubts about your notions that we can talk with these folks. The principle concern has to be his starting place.
Let’s see if I have this right: He thinks Israel should be at worst annihilated, at best sawed off and floated out into the Mediterranean to sink. He thinks the Holocaust never happened. He fancies himself the very model of magnanimous man extending love, democracy, fairness and even-handed justice everywhere he turns. (Uh…about those riots…yeah, have to get back to you on that…) He thinks it imminently unreasonable that the world should question Iran’s nuclear program, and oh btw, other big nations have no business interfering in the Middle East, because after all, if they get into that game, what will the Iranian leaders do for fun? On top of which I think he pretty much sided with Kanye in that whole mess at the video awards.
See what I mean? How do you start a conversation with this guy about peace, or foreign relations, or anything else? He’s like the person who shows up when you are selling your house and offers you a hundred dollars. If you even start negotiating with him, you’ve already lost.
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