Condoleezza Rice is taking yet another stand against talking about the second most important foreign policy issue facing America with the people who could quite possibly improve the situation. She might discuss Iraq issues with her Iranian counterpart at a regional conference this week in Sharm El Sheik, she says. But U.S.-Iran relations are, of course, likely off the table.
“I would not rule it out,” Ms. Rice said on the CBS program “Face the Nation” today, referring to a possible meeting with Iranian representatives. “We will be there, not to talk about U.S.-Iranian issues, but to talk about Iraq, and how Iraq’s neighbors can help to stabilize Iraq. And I won’t rule it out.”
This reluctance continues to make no sense.