Ali Wyne is right to suggest patience before jumping to a conclusion over how President Obama’s foreign policy will be remembered (“Weak foreign policy?” Op-ed, April 27). For example, something that has received little attention is the progress in nuclear talks with Iran. This success has come despite all the loose talk and naysaying by cynical forces with their own agendas hoping the talks would fail.
The most important and salient fact is that both the president of the United States and the president of Iran are committed to finding a way forward. They know that it is in the national security interests of their countries to make sure that the talks succeed.
With continued negotiations in good faith and mutual respect, rapprochement is certainly achievable, and would bring an end to more than 30 years of estrangement. Furthermore, an agreement on the nuclear issue could also lead to common ground on regional issues that matter both to the United States and Iran. How would history remember the president’s foreign policy then?
The writer is a former staff member of the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations committees.