Somehow, despite three decades of fumbling, US Iran policy is striking a surprisingly resonant tone these days, balancing the need to engage with Iran on the nuclear issue while also maintaining pressure on the human rights front.
Spencer Ackerman notes Secretary of State Clinton’s forum last night at George Washington University:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the choice was not “either/or.” Citing the U.S. experience throughout the Cold War of “always press[ing]” the Soviet Union on human rights while talking “with them about reducing their nuclear arsenal,” Clinton said that “we’ve been very clear in supporting the legitimate aspirations of Iranian people and speaking out forcefully against irregularities of their electoral process.” The responsibility of statecraft is to support both U.S. interests and human rights, she said.

Apparently, someone in the top ranks of the Obama administration has been getting some pretty good advice

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