If the new diplomatic initiative now endorsed by both President
The speech represented the most serious U.S. public outreach to resolve disputes with Iran since the 1979 revolution. It was a particularly stark contrast with the secret (and disastrous) arms-for-hostage swap under the Reagan administration in the mid-1980s.
Obama clearly sought balance. His overture acknowledged past American attempts to manipulate Iranian politics, notably the
But Obama also pointed out the many transgressions by the revolutionary regime, including seizing
By empowering Secretary of State
So it could be a game-changer.