It's difficult to know how revolutionary a new leader will be. Is that smile just a pleasant first impression? Or is this really a case of 'what you see is what you get?'
Some in Congress want to impose additional punitive sanctions on Iran. These are unnecessary and could scuttle the diplomatic process and strengthen Iranian hardliners. The proven strategy now is to offer partial relief from sanctions as an incentive to encourage Iranian concessions.
Assessments of meetings today between Iran and the IAEA were optimistic, with IAEA officials planning to head to Tehran Nov. 11 to finalize a deal on inspections of key sites.