My faith that the American people are generally more sensible than our leaders remains strong:
Sixty-two percent (62%) of U.S. voters say Iran should be required to stop developing its nuclear weapons capabilities before a meeting is allowed between the Iranian president and the president of the United States, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey.
This finding is up six points – from 56% – in late January just after President Obama signaled a willingness to talk to his Iranian counterpart without preconditions. A year ago, 59% agreed with the Bush administration position that Iran must stop its nuclear weapons program before direct talks were possible.
Just 23% of voters now say a meeting between the two presidents should go ahead without any preconditions, and 15% are not sure.
Really, this is where Obama lost me last year. The first time Obama promised to meet with Iran, Cuba, etc., “without preconditions” was in a debate with Hillary Clinton and the other candidates, and it was obvious that he misspoke. But rather than backtrack or issue a “restatement” or any of the other many things politicians do to admit they’re wrong without admitting they were wrong, Obama solidified his position.
And that’s when it became all-too-clear that this guy had a lot more ego than sense. Let’s hope now that the election is behind him, the President can back off from his silly, stubborn mistake.