Diplomacy: No Valentines

The first Valentine from the U.S. came from Madeleine Albright a year and a half ago. After two decades of both countries' vilifying each other, the U.S. was now ready to explore "normal relations" with Iran, the Secretary of State announced. Since then, Washington has sent one warming signal after another. Officials dialed back Iran-baiting rhetoric and eased criticisms of European governments that had normalized relations with Tehran. The State Department even crossed Iran off its list of major narcotics producers and relaxed the U.S. trade ban.

Tehran's response? Chillier than a maiden with an unwanted suitor. "There has been very...

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