When asked why he or she has changed position on a matter of national importance, why don’t we ever hear: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of LITTLE MINDS.“
Where might our nation be had George W. Bush reconsidered our relationship with Iran in the days immediately following September 11, 2001, when a moderate Iranian president (Khatami) may have received political collateral, enabling sweeping philosophical change, in opening dialogue with a hurting yet furious United States who looked for a fight on Iran’s eastern and western borders.
We would bring democracy to those nations on the eastern and western borders with assistance in the east by a military dictatorship armed with nuclear weapons (a situation we claim to abhor). All the while, a moderate, democratically elected president watched from the middle.
The possibility for dialogue existed prior to 9/11. The need for dialogue existed before and after. But maybe I’m just naïve.