(This post also appears at The Race for Iran.)
Jay Solomon reports that Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry is considering what would be the highest-level American visit to Tehran in thirty years.
The White House has endorsed such a trip.
This is a good idea – and an opportunity to stem the slide toward sanctions and ongoing antagonism that the Obama administration’s “engagement” policy appears headed.
But, of course, the key is not merely whether Senator Kerry goes to Iran but what message he delivers.
The message should be that the United States is ready to enter into comprehensive negotiations with the Islamic Republic that go beyond the nuclear issue and address all of the major bilateral issues along the lines of the ‘Grand Bargain‘ laid out by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett last year.
— Ben Katcher