The takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran led to an end to diplomatic relations with Iran nearly three decades ago. But now, even as the Bush administration talks about possible military action over Iran's possible nuclear weapons development program, the State Department may open a U.S. interests section there.
The Associated Press reports the section would be patterned after a similar one in Cuba.
This is an important first step toward opening dialogue with the Iranian regime. And it's an excellent gift to give the next president of the United States.
Clearly, talking to Iran is a much better option than a military strike. If it works, bloodshed can be averted. If not, the military option is still on the table.
For an administration not known for its diplomacy, this is an encouraging step indeed.