Its a constant battle

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It’s a constant battle not to fall victim to complete and unrelenting cynicism about this President and his Administration. Here’s a perfect example of where the president is saying all the right things, yet I catch myself rolling my eyes in disbelief:

U.S. President George W. Bush personally signed off on a visa allowing former Iranian president Mohammed Khatami to visit the United States because he wanted to hear his views, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday.

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“I was interested to hear what he had to say,” Bush told the Wall Street Journal in an interview. “I’m interested in learning more about the Iranian government, how they think, what people think within the government.”

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“My hope is that diplomacy will work in convincing the Iranians to give up their nuclear weapons ambitions. And in order for diplomacy to work, it’s important to hear voices other than Ahmadinejad’s,” Bush added.

Part of me says, hopeful sign! The other side of me laughs darkly.

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David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.
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