How Should Obama Deal With Iran?

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By Ben Cohen

Obama's pledge to embark on serious diplomatic efforts with Iran is a good reason to hope for a marked change in the status quo. The Bush administration has systematically ignored diplomacy in favor of brazen threats and overtly aggressive behavior, ruining any chance of meaningful compromise in the volatile region.

Check out 'The Real News' analysis of the debate in Washington - where a special presentation to
the Senate has outlined crucial American and Iranian points of view. There is a pretty interesting back and forth between Iranian scholar Farideh Farhi and Joseph Cirincion, the President of the Ploughshares Fund. Farhi puts Cirincion in his place, telling him American arrogance is not helpful in getting Iran to negotiate in good faith: