“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.’