Obama advisor Samantha Power explains:
For years, conventional wisdom in Washington has said that the United States cannot talk to its adversaries because it would reward them. Here is the result:
- The United States has not talked directly to Iran at a high level, and they have continued to build their nuclear weapons program, wreak havoc in Iraq, and support terror.
- The United States has not talked directly to Syria at a high level, and they have continued to meddle in Lebanon and support terror.
- The United States did not talk to North Korea for years, and they were able to produce enough material for six to eight more nuclear bombs.
That said, Obama isn't necessarily right, either. The real debate, as opposed to the one playing on TV, about meeting with our enemies concerns two things: (1) Whether a presidential candidate should meet with our enemies himself or send an envoy, and (2) Whether he should set preconditions for the meeting.
What do you think?