Since Obama took offense to something the President said yesterday, all it did was resurrect the debate once again:
Would Obama meet with terrorist nations without preconditions?
Obama and his pundits are running around today claiming that Obama never said he would meet with Iran without preconditions and that the right and the President are just distorting what he said:
New York Times
Susan E. Rice, a former State Department and National Security Council official who is a foreign policy adviser to the Democratic candidate, said that “for political purposes, Senator Obama’s opponents on the right have distorted and reframed” his views. Mr. McCain and his surrogates have repeatedly stated that Mr. Obama would be willing to meet “unconditionally” with Mr. Ahmadinejad. But Dr. Rice said that this was not the case for Iran or any other so-called “rogue” state. Mr. Obama believes “that engagement at the presidential level, at the appropriate time and with the appropriate preparation, can be used to leverage the change we need,” Dr. Rice said. “But nobody said he would initiate contacts at the presidential level; that requires due preparation and advance work.”
Clearly Obama is stating today that there would be conditions to meeting with Iran, but check out the Barack Obama's presidential webpage:
Diplomacy: Obama is the only major candidate who supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions. Now is the time to pressure Iran directly to change their troubling behavior. Obama would offer the Iranian regime a choice. If Iran abandons its nuclear program and support for terrorism, we will offer incentives like membership in the World Trade Organization, economic investments, and a move toward normal diplomatic relations. If Iran continues its troubling behavior, we will step up our economic pressure and political isolation. Seeking this kind of comprehensive settlement with Iran is our best way to make progress.Just in case Obama's own webpage does not convince you that he would negotiate with the terrorist country Iran, here is a You Tube video where he claims "I would" negotiate with terrorist nations: