The most interesting op-ed of the last week, to my mind, was Reuel Marc Gerecht's extremely sane, and not naive, argument for trying to talk to Iran's leadership. He follows Bob Kagan in making this case. It speaks for itself. To me, it's infuriating that the US has somehow managed to lose the global p.r. war against the fundamentalist fruitcake, Ahmadinejad. Finding a way to regain the international high-ground - even though it may not make much difference with Putin - is a necessary precursor to any toughening of the rhetoric or military and economic pressure. That's why Obama's position makes a lot of sense. And not just to peacenik lefties.

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