Ed Morrissey points out that the last thing that U.S. allies want is for America’s next President to change the common policy towards Iran and its nuclear program. Today Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations laid out quite clearly why that is precisely what Barack Obama will do:
Iran’s U.N. ambassador said on Monday that six world powers have never responded to Tehran’s proposal for negotiations without pre-conditions aimed at resolving its nuclear stand-off with the West.
Instead, Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Khazaee told a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, a small group of countries continued to insist that Iran halt its uranium enrichment program, a demand that he said violated international law.
“The 5+1 Group has yet to provide its response to Iran’s proposed package,” he said, referring to a proposal for talks delivered in May to the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany.
“The policy of few powers in insisting on suspension as a precondition for negotiations bears zero relation to realities and is an irrational and failed policy,” Khazaee said.
He said that instead of imposing economic penalties on Tehran, which has been hit with three rounds of U.N. sanctions, “a solution that is based on realities … should be pursued.”
Khazaee has reason to be optimistic. Barack Obama is leading in the polls, and was pretty clear that he favors talks with Iran on its nuclear ambitions without any preconditions. From the Obama-Biden website:
Obama supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions. Now is the time to pressure Iran directly to change their troubling behavior.
Obama may talk about pressure on Iran to change its behavior, but the Bush administration is providing that. According to Obama, the essential difference between his approach and that of John McCain is that he favors direct talks at the highest levels, with no preconditions. Fortunately for Iran, that’s what they want, as well.
It is opposed by U.S. allies, but if President Obama changes the policy they will likely have to follow suit. Iran will have taken a major step toward fracturing the unified front of its adversaries.
Or to put it more accurately, Barack Obama will have taken a major step toward fracturing the unified front.