Strauss Center director quoted by Reuters

Democrat Barack Obama says he is willing to sit down with the Iranian leader. Republican John McCain calls that "reckless." The two candidates have sparred over whether U.S. presidents should meet with adversaries -- despite Washington's long history of talking to its enemies -- in a clash that could help define the foreign policy debate ahead of the November presidential election. James Lindsay, a former Clinton administration official now at the University of Texas, said there was "nothing unusual or out of line" in Obama's stance. "Was Richard Nixon weak because he went to China? Was Ronald Reagan weak because he met with Gorbachev? History says no," he said.

Obama and McCain Spar Over Talking to Enemies
(May 20)