Despite any issues, the attempt by President Obama to reach out to Iran was still a success. Even if you take the harshest interpretation of the harshest Iranian response, you can feel coming through in the words that even the hard-line among the Iranians have a fair amount of hope for a new relationship.
Secretary Hillary Clinton's State Department should spend some time thinking about what to do about this real or perceived privilege gap and how it will play into some of the administration's more complex diplomatic initiatives. It's fine to believe your country is the best in the world. It's important to remember, however, that most people in the world are patriotic and think that their country is the best and most righteous. It is a problem to have that cute belief influence diplomatic initiatives and it's important not to convey a difference in privilege and past prejudices during negotiations and attempts to reach out to countries with whom we have had troubled relations. It's even better if we can work to eliminate the privileged air and lack of fairness in everything we do as a nation.
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