Obama's Iran error

In the Wikileaks documents about diplomacy and Iran in the NY Times there is this:


When Mr. Obama took office, many allies feared that his offers of engagement would make him appear weak to the Iranians. But the cables show how Mr. Obama’s aides quickly countered those worries by rolling out a plan to encircle Iran with economic sanctions and antimissile defenses. In essence, the administration expected its outreach to fail, but believed that it had to make a bona fide attempt in order to build support for tougher measures.

But the proceeding paragraphs of cables about Iran show that Israel and its Arab neighbors already believed action was needed to stop Iran and there was no need to go through the motions as Obama was doing. In fact he probably made matters worse.
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