James A. Baker III…strongly suggested that the White House enter direct talks with countries it had so far kept at arm’s length, including Iran and Syria. “I believe in talking to your enemies,” he said in an interview on the ABC News program “This Week,” noting that he made 15 trips to Damascus, the Syrian capital, while serving Mr. Bush’s father as secretary of state. “It’s got to be hard-nosed, it’s got to be determined,” Mr. Baker said. “You don’t give away anything, but in my view, it’s not appeasement to talk to your enemies.
No, it’s commonsense.