A Simmering Witches' Brew?

(CBS)
Baghdad-based CBS News correspondent Allen Pizzey just filed a Reporter's Notebook reviewing some of the dynamic of diplomacy -- or lack thereof -- that leads up to this weekend's regional conference on Iraq in Istanbul.

Here's a taste:

Diplomacy, it has been famously written, is the art of telling someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the journey. The regional conference on Iraq in Istanbul this weekend is an example of how the Bush administration's predilection for replacing that art with a bludgeon can come back to haunt.

The meeting was supposed to be another step along the way in the development of Iraq's economy and place in the region. Instead, it will be dominated by the struggle between the Kurdish Worker's Party (PKK) and Turkey.

Keeping that simmering witches' brew from boiling out of its pot will be a major part of U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's job, made all the harder by the fact that among the players who could be useful is the one participant Washington consistently tries to keep out of the mix, Iran.

Just click here to mosey on over to our Reporter's Notebook section to read the rest of Pizzey's report.