TALKING TO IRAN….If yesterday’s news that an American diplomat would fly to Geneva this weekend to attend a meeting with Iran caused John Bolton to set his mustache on fire, what do you think this news is going to do?

The US plans to establish a diplomatic presence in Tehran for the first time in 30 years as part of a remarkable turnaround in policy by President George Bush.

The Guardian has learned that an announcement will be made in the next month to establish a US interests section — a halfway house to setting up a full embassy. The move will see US diplomats stationed in the country.

Unnamed “officials” had previously insisted that yesterday’s agreement to attend the Geneva meeting was a “one-time decision,” but if the Guardian is right, that was just a smokescreen. Apparently President Bush is thinking about his legacy more and more these days.

In any case, kudos to Bush if this is true. It’s hard not to believe that this move was at least partly motivated by the tit-for-tat Israeli and Iranian military exercises recently, but if that’s what it takes, then that’s what it takes. Better late than never.

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