Barack Obama has often been criticized for saying that, were he elected president, he would have talks even with representative of governments hostile to the United States.
In last night debate, he explained why he holds that conviction: because the refusal of the United States presidents and high-level officials to engage their peers in certain other countries only serves to exacerbate the view that American consider themselves superior to all others (a view that, sadly, many Americans do entertain), and can and will be used by those who hold ill will towards us to fuel their hostile agendas.
To those who think the Obama is wrong, and all others are right, I recommend this article (via Jon Swift). And since Jon Swift can be a veritable goldmine of wit, read this other article while you are at it.
A good weekend to all!