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Obama, Iran, and Timing

In the U.S. political context, Obama is a master of timing. When it comes to diplomacy, less so. By restating Iran’s right to nuclear power he not only ensured that the United States would negotiate any safeguards from a weakened position, but he also gave Pres. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a huge victory just ten days before the Iranian election.

Michael Rubin is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Civil-Military Relations, and a senior editor of the Middle East Quarterly.

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