Forget sending a letter, Barack Obama has gone straight to video tape for Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This is so over the top that it smacks of desperation and therefore puts us in a weakened position. From Fox News:
President Barack Obama told Iran’s people and leaders that the United States wants to engage with their country and end decades of strained relationship, but not unless their officials stop making threats.
Obama on Friday released a video message with Farsi subtitles that urged the two countries to resolve their long-standing differences. His video was timed to the festival of Nowruz, which means “new day.” It marks the arrival of spring and is a major holiday in Iran.
“So in this season of new beginnings I would like to speak clearly to Iran’s leaders,” Obama said in the video. “We have serious differences that have grown over time. My administration is now committed to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues before us, and to pursuing constructive ties among the United States, Iran and the international community.”
Obama has signaled a willingness to speak directly with Iran about its nuclear program and hostility toward Israel, a key U.S. ally. At his inauguration last month, the president said his administration would reach out to rival states, declaring “we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”
It’s been a rough start for Obama.
That is the understatement of the year.
The video places Ahmadinejad in a position of strength, allowing him the to opportunity to dismiss and downplay the video. Meanwhile, Iran continues is march toward nuclear armament. Iran should be on the defensive; instead, we are.