Just As Nixon Went To China, Should Obama Go To Iran? -- Howard LaFranchi, Christian Science Monitor
World powers, and the US in particular, need a game-changer to move Iran to a cooperative stance concerning its nuclear program, a few analysts argue. Such an Obama overture to Iran is a provocative idea, they say, but the alternative may be military confrontation.
In the 34 years since its revolution, Iran has marked key gains in the Middle East and pursued a nuclear program that shows little signs of slowing, despite a barrage of Western economic sanctions. Is it time for the United States to switch course and make a Nixon-to-China move vis a vis the Islamic republic?
That provocative idea, at the center of a new book by two American experts on Iran, is raising eyebrows in Washington even as a new round of talks between world powers and Iran over Tehran’s advancing uranium-enrichment program began Tuesday.
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My Comment: Before President Nixon went to China his National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger first paved the way .... doing the necessary negotiation over arrangements, agreements, and understandings that eventually resulted in a rapprochement between China and the U.S.. In short .... these agreements and understandings were already completed before Nixon went to China .... his visit there was to only finalize and sign the agreement(s). What also helped Nixon was that the Chinese were eager for a rapprochement .... in short .... the timing was perfect.
In today's world Iran's leadership cannot see itself to be in a position of negotiating with someone that they have always called the 'Great Satan' .... it would undermine what has always been an important ideological position for them since the revolution. In addition .... let's face it .... President Obama is no Nixon (which many will probably argue is a good thing), but he also certainly does not have a Henry Kissinger on his staff.