And Obama administration officials repeatedly emphasized that the accord does not rely on the expectation of political change within Iran. So there are no illusions about that.
What we know, however, is that an Iran without a nuclear weapon is a very different country than Iran with one, and that a Middle East without a nuclear weapon is a safer Middle East. It was only after the June election of Hassan Rouhani, a self-described moderate, that American efforts to jumpstart serious talks with Iran on its nuclear program began to make progress, after seven years of futile attempts by both the Bush and Obama administrations.
In his campaign for the presidency, Obama advocated for direct engagement with Iran, and after he was elected, he engaged in both public and private diplomatic overtures toward Tehran—just as each of his predecessors, both Democratic and Republican, had done.
The administration also pursued quiet backchannel dialogue with Iran, a tactic that had produced some gains for the Bush administration during the period on Afghanistan. Obama sent several letters to Khamenei—a first for an American leader—and he authorized senior officials to engage in undisclosed talks with Iranian counterparts in and The existence of those meetings was revealed long before the signing, or selling, of the final nuclear deal, and their substance—according to participants—was not particularly consequential.
Obama reached out covertly to Rouhani, and several influential U. This backchannel was also widely reported long before the comprehensive agreement was finalized.
Secret diplomacy entails risks as well as rewards, and the covert talks with Tehran provoked some discomfort among U. The problem with this assertion is that Rhodes never says any such thing.
Nor do any of the other U. This proposition was first and most fully articulated by my former colleague Michael Doran, now a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, in a article for an obscure internet magazine that went viral. Or, as Ben Rhodes might say, spin.
Unfortunately, the Rhodes profile is simply too one-sided to provide a platform for that discussion. In their absence, it is an unfortunate irony that the White House master of spin—a man who unashamedly disdained the press corps—and one of his most hard-fought accomplishments have been undercut by shoddy journalism.
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