Throughout the Presidential campaign, Barack Obama has promised to raise our standing in the world. Though many doubt his foreign policy credentials, Senator Obama clearly believes that he will be able to make the United States a "respected" nation again, including among Middle Eastern countries that hate our guts.
To do so, President-Elect Obama has promised non-conditional sit-downs with Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea. As asked by many before me, how in the world would he get tyrannical dictators to come to our side on issues? Is he that good with words? More importantly, how can he sit with, let's say, Iran and not have the Iranian government turn it into a massive propoganda victory? Can President Obama really help our foreign policy by sitting down with murderous and/or crazy dictators without preconditions? I think the answer is clear.