Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, urged the US to at least attempt to enter into dialogue with Iranian leaders. “to the degree we are able to dialogue with them, find some mutual interests, there is a potential there for moving ahead together.” He was pessimistic anything would come of attempts to have a dialogue although he noted both Iran and the United States seek to have stability in Afghanistan and the Iranian government dislikes the Taliban. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made clear “there is a clear opportunity for the Iranians… to demonstrate some willingness to engage meaningfully with the international community.”
The real issue is how does the United States and other nations initiate the dialogue that must eventually occur. Perhaps, if the president apologized for the CIA overthrow of the Mossadegh government in the 1950s, it would indicate a willingness on the part of America to acknowledge it has made mistakes toward the government of Iran.