"Without Preconditions"

Well, here is the moment of the debate so far. A very good question that draws out a very important difference in how Obama, Clinton and Edwards would conduct foreign policy and even set up their administration.

Stephen Sorta asks whether the Dems would meet with the leaders of Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, etc. "without preconditions" in the spirit of Sadat's gambit with Israel.

Said Obama: "I would."

Not Clinton."I will not promise to meet with the leaders of these countries during the first year. I think that it is not that you promise a meeting at that level ... I do not want to be used as a propoganda piece. Certainly, we're not going to have our president meet with [those leaders] without knowing what the way forward wll be."

A new approach versus executive experience. Encapsulated.