Why Not Talk?

A missive from Tehran stirs a call for direct negotiations over Iran's nukes. Here's why the U.S. isn't tempted

George W. Bush likes his briefings short and concise, so it was somewhat unusual when the President requested some particularly verbose reading material aboard Air Force One last week. Rather than peruse another dry policy paper, Bush was more interested in a rambling 18-page polemic that, among other things, argued that U.S. policies do not comport with Christian values. It came from an unlikely correspondent: Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose incendiary statements and nuclear ambitions have raised alarm around the world--and may yet draw the U.S. to the precipice of war.

Nearly three decades had passed since the leaders of Iran...

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