Time to swallow pride, listen to Iran

Just do it.

In the first official high-level talks with Iran in decades, the U.S. apparently managed to complain about Iran, while Iran’s representative suggested a constructive step forward: a regular trilateral group allowing the U.S., Iran, and Iraq to meet regularly and, with luck, hash out some security issues.

The U.S. is balking, for now. Iran’s foreign minister says he’s looking forward to more meetings, but “only if Washington admits its Middle East policy has not been successful.” Which, granted, can be hard for Bush but is a bit like admitting that it’s windyin the middle of a hurricane.

We’ve long since passed the point where national pride and Bush’s “messaging”  produced anything but, oh, a few score deaths per day. So do it.