Marc Ambinder: A debater's trick: answering a charge that was not leveled.
But I do not believe that we can make conditions for the opening of negotiations. We ought, however, to be very clear about the content of negotiations and work it out with other countries and with our own government.
That was Dr. Henry Kissinger, interviewed by CNN special correspondent Frank Sesno on the 20th of September. Dr. Kissinger was referring to negotiations with Iran....
Kissinger responded last night to an assertion that Obama had not made:
Senator McCain is right. I would not recommend the next President of the United States engage in talks with Iran at the Presidential level. My views on this issue are entirely compatible with the views of my friend Senator John McCain. We do not agree on everything, but we do agree that any negotiations with Iran must be geared to reality.
If Kissinger's views on Iran are "entirely compatible" with John McCain's -- an indirect invocation of the transitive principle -- and if Kissinger's September 20th interview with Frank Senso accurately renders his views, then it seems as if there is very little daylight between Barack Obama and John McCain on how and when to negotiate with Iran.