- (Iran's new president, Hasan Rouhani, is leadings the country's delegation at the annual U.N. General Assembly in New York.)
And that cuddly curmudgeon Newt Gingrich says the POTUS, any US Pres., should only meet with a head of state if there is an agreement to sign, or a treaty to ok. A extemporaneous meet-up would not meet that standard.
Newt, the historian, surely recalls the JFK and Khrushchev meeting in Vienna in Summer 1961.
There was little to originally agree to, except a possible Laos neutrality agreement.
Otherwise, Kh. ranted to the young new POTUS , giving a long tirade on how communism would "bury" capitalism; and how he would sign a separate agreement with East Germany/East Berlin that would block the West from access to W. Berlin.
After a day of the rambling tirade, JFK had to get a shot from Dr. Feelgood; a concoction of speed and vitamins.
After two days, JFK put a hat on over his face, sat down, and told James Reston,NYT, how it was the worse two days of his life.
Well, that wouldn't happen with Obama and Rouhani....different time, different personalities.
So what would be wrong with meeting informally?
It would not require a duel press meet after the meeting, but would signal a potential break threw in bringing Iran back into the international community.
Iran is hurting, economically, with the hard-hitting sanctions.
Rouhani, with the apparent concurrence of the Allotaha, seems to want a new beginning in relationships.
Israel is opposed; and the Israeli lobby in DC is very influential.
Is Rouhani lying in saying Iran does not want a nuke military weapon?
Can Israel, alone, conduct a quick strike on Iran's nuke facilities, as it did in Syria a couple of years ago?
It would not be the same walk in the park for Israel.
Diplomacy is the path to follow; peace is the goal that is necessary.