Aggressive Personal Diplomacy

In a Wednesday interview, Barack Obama explained his plans for Iran if elected President, again showing the gap between his and Hillary’s policy ideas.

Obama said he wants “aggressive personal diplomacy,” which he hopes will prevent Iran from getting involved in Iraq and eliminate the need for an Iranian regime change by force. Iran’s fears right now, Obama explained, stem from the Bush Administration’s threats and policies.

Unlike Clinton, Obama believes in diplomatic conversation. What a nice change of pace from just airstriking a threatening country!

“We are willing to talk about certain assurances in the context of them showing some good faith. I think it is important for us to send a signal that we are not hellbent on regime change, just for the sake of regime change, but expect changes in behavior. And there are both carrots and there are sticks available to them for those changes in behavior.”

Achieving a better relationship with Iran and preventing them from supporting Shiite militants could dramatically affect America’s ability to pull troops out of Iraq. Read the rest of the article for more on Obama’s plans for leaving Iraq.

Obama Envisions New Iran Approach – [New York Times]

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