From the Washington Post:
LONDON -- President Barack Obama suggested that Iran may have some right to nuclear energy _ provided it proves by the end of the year that its aspirations are peaceful.I get the feeling that if Obama were an abused spouse, rather than President of the United States, he would regularly fall for the "Baby, I swear, it'll never happen again" line.
In a BBC interview broadcast Tuesday, he also restated plans to pursue direct diplomacy with Tehran to encourage it set aside any ambitions for nuclear weapons it might harbor.
Iran has insisted its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity. But the U.S. and other Western governments accuse Tehran of seeking atomic weapons.
"What I do believe is that Iran has legitimate energy concerns, legitimate aspirations," Obama said, adding that the international community also "has a very real interest" in preventing a nuclear arms race.
The president has indicated a willingness to seek deeper international sanctions against Tehran if it does not respond positively to U.S. attempts to open negotiations on its nuclear program. Obama has said Tehran has until the end of the year to show it wants to engage with Washington.
Apparently, Iran sent him a dozen roses and a big box of chocolates.
Didn't POTUS watch any ABC After School Specials when he was a kid? Doesn't he know that befriending bullies only gets you stuffed into a locker while your real friends-- you know, the ones you let down in Act Three-- continue having a grand ol' time playing RISK without you?
Obama is Scott Baio. England and Israel are Lance Kerwin and Kadeem Hardison.
I can only hope that at the end of this little playlet, Obama says, "I hope we're still buddies." Then England and Israel punch him in the arm and say, "Come on, let's go get some fries."