Today’s Washington Post has an excellent analysis of the Administration’s approach to the Iran problem but it neglects one important preliminary. Rice, Bush and Cheney must give up once and for all the business of calling Iran’s and North Korea’s leaders “terrorists”. It must not continue to compose useless lists of “states that harbor terrorists”. It must abandon the nonsensical phrase “axis of evil” even if the term is deserved. Quite simply, this is not the way to conduct diplomacy. It is ridiculous to insult Ahmadinejad and then say, “Wanna negotiate?”.

Since the U.S. likes to put conditions upon Iran as a precursor to formal talks, it seems to me that Iran should return the favor and demand an end to insults as a condition of talks.