If the Bush administration was serious about its proclaimed desire to engage Iran directly through diplomacy, then the requested precondition of Iran suspending its uranium-enrichment activities first should have been viewed as a potential outcome of the negotiations, and not their precondition.
All in the know, especially the Bush administration, understands that the Iranians will not bow to this precondition else the Bush administration would never have tabled it. This latest slight of hand is all and only about sucker punching us, the homeland populace, into providing a modicum of confused support for this visionary war of the Neo Cons and their crooked menagerie of friends, backers, and crisis opportunists.
Congratulations to Condoleezza Rice for creating the impression of giving in to pressure for talks and diplomacy over the brute force that in fact has long ago been, and remains, the administration's only design.
And thank you to all the intrepid regulars of Western mainstream media that reliably spun a tale of a patient administration going to extraordinary lengths to work for peaceful endings in a synthetic conflict. On the US domestic front, Iran now appears to be the incurable incalcitrant when in fact this latest gambit is just the last scam of the Bush administration's pretexting their pending attack on Iran.
The psy-war has been on you so the Bush administration can have their hard-war on Iran. Nothing really new about that. Did it before with Iraq and they've done it all again.