You know…Obama likes to talk….and has committed to talks without preconditions with Iran….
Apparently other enemies, borderline enemies, and rogues have been listening and they like his approach on “talking to friends and foe alike”:
On Wednesday, the day after Obama’s election, Medvedev threatened to move short-range missiles to Russia’s borders with NATO allies even as the U.S. offered new proposals on nuclear arms reductions as well as missile defense. Allowing Russian observers at planned missile defense sites in Poland and the Czech Republic were among them, U.S. officials said………..
………(On Saturday) A Kremlin statement said Obama and Medvedev “expressed the determination to create constructive and positive interaction for the good of global stability and development” and agreed that their countries had a common responsibility to address “serious problems of a global nature.”
To that end, according to the Kremlin statement, Medvedev and Obama believe an “early bilateral meeting” should be arranged.
Under the outgoing U.S. President George Bush, the United States refused to talk to Hamas.
“It’s a big change — political and psychological — and it is noteworthy and I congratulate President Obama,” Meshaal said in the interview with Sky News website from the Syrian capital Damascus.
“But as a result of the election and the change, he should know he has duties to the United States and in the whole world and in hotspots, especially in the Middle East.”
“…we are ready for dialogue with President Obama and with the new American administration with an open mind, on the basis that the American administration respects our rights and our options,” Meshaal told Sky.
Of course, Obama will get right on it in scheduling that little sit down…remember Obama said during the campaing that Hamas (and Hezbollah) have legitimate claims:
The U.S. needs a foreign policy that “looks at the root causes of problems and dangers.” Obama compared Hezbollah to Hamas. Both need to be compelled to understand that “they’re going down a blind alley with violence that weakens their legitimate claims.”
And then, of course, there is this lecture, in letter form, from Ahmadinejad of Iran on Thursday:
“I congratulate you on being able to attract the majority of votes of the participants of the election,” Ahmadinejad said in a message carried by the official.
“I hope you make the most of the chance of service and leave a good name by preferring people’s real interests and justice to the insatiable demands of a selfish and indecent minority,” he said.
“You are generally expected to make a fast and clear response to the demands for basic… change in US domestic and foreign policy, which all people in the world and Americans want on top of your agenda,” he told Obama.
Unfortunately happy speeches on “hope” and “change” and proclamations for talking without preconditions will now need to be replaced with some solid foreign policy….I “hope” Obama breaks his campaign promises on his approach to Iran, Iraq, terrorists, depleting weapons systems……I’m pulling for him, but I don’t have a lot of confidence in his foreign policy. We shall see.
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