Humiliatingly, the world’s superpower knocks at Iran’s door rather than vice versa.
America has only one basis for negotiating with Iran: accepting its regional dominance in place of Israel and Egypt. Such dominance must be supported by nuclear weapons—and Obama has reportedly agreed to Iran’s small nuclear arsenal. Regional dominance also means legitimacy for Hezbollah and Hamas, Iran’s long arms. Faced with Hezbollah’s democratic victory in Lebanon and Hamas’s in Gaza, Obama would rather legitimize and talk to them than try to defeat the terrorists.