Obama Will Meet with Leader of Iran (TBD)
12:13 AM, May 20, 2008 • By MICHAEL GOLDFARB
Obama advisor Susan Rice serves up the nuance to Wolf Blitzer:
Translation: Ahmadinejad may not be the leader of Iran when Obama is president, in which case Obama isn't going to travel all the way to Tehran just to make a social call on a Holocaust denier. But, if there is some more reasonable tyrant with whom Obama can meet, then the "tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions" is on for sure.
Essentially, it depends on what your definition of the word "leader" is, because if you read his original pledge carefully, nowhere did Obama promise to meet with the current leader of Iran. Rather, as Rice now explains for us, Obama hasn't yet "named who that leader will be."
And for the record, Ahmadinejad's current term runs through August 2009. He is expected to seek "reelection," unless Obama appoints someone more acceptable in his stead.