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Kudos to the president, who looks like he’s ready to do the right thing about Iran:

President Bush’s endorsement of a plan to end the nuclear standoff with Iran by giving the Islamic republic nuclear fuel for civilian use under close monitoring has left some of his supporters baffled.

One cause for the chagrin is that the proposal, which is backed by Russia, essentially adopts a strategy advocated by Mr. Bush’s Democratic opponent in the 2004 election, Senator Kerry of Massachusetts.

Well, yes, this was John Kerry’s strategy in 2004, and he was roundly ridiculed for it at the time, but who cares? Everyone should continue advocating craven appeasement of Iran until it actually starts happening. As I’ve said before, there’s no reason not to try an offer like this. At worst, the Iranians reject it (they’re wavering now) and everyone goes to Plan B or C or D or whatever we’re up to. At best, war is averted.

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