Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A meeting with Castro?

Last night’s CNN/YouTube debate with Democratic candidates (transcript here) included this question: “Would you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?”

Senator Obama’s answer: “I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them -- which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration -- is ridiculous.”

Senator Clinton would not agree to make that promise, to avoid being “used for propaganda purposes.” But. she said, she would use “high-level presidential envoys to test the waters, to feel the way. But certainly, we're not going to just have our president meet with Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez and, you know, the president of North Korea, Iran and Syria until we know better what the way forward would be.”

1 comment:

leftside said...

Amazing to this observer how no one bats an eye at including Cuba and Venezuela in a list with Iran and North Korea. And apparently someone forgot to tell Hillary that Fidel is not the leader of Cuba. But I am impressed with Obama on the Cuba issue. He's also broken with the mainstream on funding for TV/Radio Marti.