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The Bush administration agreed to talk to Iranian officials about the future of Iraq after a nearly three-decade break in diplomatic ties between the two countries. These talks to could open a valuable channel of communication between the two governments.


President Bush should look at this like President Nixon did when he traveled to Beijing, China in 1972. At the conclusion of his trip, the United States and the People's Republic of China Governments issued the Shanghai Communiqué, a statement of their foreign policy views. The statement enabled the U.S. and China to temporarily set aside the "crucial question obstructing the normalization of relations" - Taiwan - and to open trade and other contacts.


President Bush and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hold the keys to the success or failure of this initiative. They can either help or hinder the future of Iraq. A favorable outcome would make both leaders look like winners to their people and brings soldiers back home to loved ones.

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