SNUB­BING FRIENDS

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - / Bruce Tins­ley

“The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has of­fered to talk to Amer­ica’s en­e­mies across the globe, es­pe­cially in the Mid­dle East. So far, though, the of­fer has few tak­ers,” New York Post colum­nist Amir Ta­heri writes.

“Iran has called for ‘sub­stan­tial changes in U.S. for­eign pol­icy” as a pre­con­di­tion for talks. Syria wants the U.S. to shut down the U.N. in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mur­der of Le­banese ex-Premier Rafiq Hariri and in­sists on re­viv­ing its dom­i­na­tion of Le­banon be­fore ‘sub­stan­tive talks’ with Wash­ing­ton. The Tal­iban in­sists on ‘the com­plete with­drawal of for­eign troops’ from Afghanistan be­fore it will con­sider talks,” Mr. Ta­heri said.

“Well, if your en­e­mies won’t talk to you, why not talk to your friends? But this is pre­cisely what the new ad­min­is­tra­tion doesn’t want to do — for that would look like con­tin­u­ing the Bush ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ‘failed poli­cies.’

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