The headline from ABC News: State Dept. Talks With Iran, N. Korea Look Like Obama Policy. They would have us believe that President Bush has been seeking counsel from junior Senator Barack Obama, and that he has had some radical shift in foreign policy.
The American Thinker has a great piece rebutting this argument authored by Ray Robison who points out that President Bush has consistently been tough with the Iranians. He sums it up as follows:
With no more nuclear threat from Saddam, against a US government that has raised the stakes on Iranian attempts to hide nuclear development, and faced with an international community that largely agrees with our president that Iran must not get nuclear weapons, it is possible that Iran has run out of options and might actually be looking for a peaceful way out. Because of Iran's recent history trust is out of the question. But there is no reason not to find out what they have to say. That's not weakness. It's negotiating from a position of strength.
It isn't as if President Bush himself flew to Tehran to meet with the mullahs and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as Obama has indicated he would do.