The US plans to establish a diplomatic presence in Tehran for the first time in 30 years as part of a remarkable turnaround in policy by President George Bush.Unnamed "officials" insisted that yesterday's decision to attend the Geneva meeting was a "one-time decision," but if the Guardian is right, that was just a smokescreen. Apparently President Bush is thinking about his legacy more and more these days.
The Guardian has learned that an announcement will be made in the next month to establish a US interests section — a halfway house to setting up a full embassy. The move will see US diplomats stationed in the country.
In any case, kudos to Bush if this is true. It's hard not to believe that this move was at least partly motivated by the tit-for-tat Israeli and Iranian military exercises recently, but if that's what it takes, then that's what it takes. Better late than never.