Sunday, January 11, 2009

Obama Wants "Respect" For Iran

In an interview this morning on ABC's This Week, President-elect Obama called for "a new emphasis on respect and a new willingness on being willing to talk."

Perhaps respect is a given for Obama where he comes from but where I come from to get respect you have to give it.

What respect has Iran, either through President Ahmadinejad or the Mullahs, given their own people never mind the international community?

If Ahmadinejad and the Mullahs initiated a glasnost like set of reforms then there might be a basis for a set of direct, one on one discussions. But as it stands now, President-elect Obama has effectively legitimized President Ahmadinejad's vow to destroy Israel and has sent signals he will do nothing to stand in the way of Iran's nuclear ambitions. Job well done.

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