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DELHI, India — During his U.S. presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised that he would be prepared to meet with so-called rogue rulers like Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran or Kim Jong Il of North Korea in the interests of peace.

Now in power, he apparently has realized that there are bigger issues at stake, so no such meetings have yet taken place, and even a chance encounter and book present from Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez caused consternation. Yes, one can understand that the United States does not want to give the rogues a propaganda coup without being assured of something substantial in return.

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