During the past seven years the Bush administration has been engaged in a nonstop campaign to deride, threaten, and denounce the government of Iran even to the extent of warning about possible military attacks. Suddenly, President Bush has switched his view point and decided that Barack Obama’s plan to engage in discussions with Iran is an intelligent idea. The president approved the highest level American diplomatic contact with Iran since the 1970s. He is sending an envoy this weekend to discuss issues with Iranian representatives. The British newspaper, The Independent, also suggests, “the rapprochement includes plans by the US to post diplomats in Tehran for the first time since the Islamic revolution in the form of a US interests section– a move halfway to setting up an embassy– subject to approval by the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”
This is not good news for the candidacy of John McCain since the president apparently is now supporting Barack Obama’s view that negotiation with terrorists is needed. William Burns, the third in line at the STate Department, will travel with the EU’s foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, to Geneva to talk to Iran’s main nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili.
Bush’s change of heart came after a Rand Corporation report bluntly told the president, “if Iran’s facilities were to be bombed, public support for any retaliation its government took would like to be widespread. Attacks on iran proper would generate a great deal of ill-will and, in our view, would be unlikely to change Iranian policy.” Administration sources said Burns would not be allowed to conduct separate talks with the Iranians.
Who knows, perhaps George Bush has decided appeasement is the best policy in the Middle East. Or, is George Bush revealing he is really a closet supporter of Barack Obama?