So . . . Bill Richardson’s presidential campaign is way too not major for him to afford the best speechwriters, but unlike the other candidates he has some practical experience conducting diplpmacy. He’s managed to come up with this petition that doesn’t involve dropping an “all options are on the table” chest-pounding note into the mix:
I am joining Bill Richardson to send a clear message to the Bush administration that we will not tolerate ill-conceived and unauthorized aggression against Iran. It would be a mistake for the US to take military action in Iran before exhausting all diplomatic avenues. Tough, direct diplomacy backed by strong international alliances can work. This is exactly the strategy that worked in North Korea and it can work in Iran.
I demand this administration start direct diplomacy with Iran immediately and stop the irresponsible aggression.
This administration has stubbornly refused to pursue real, honest diplomacy in Iran and engage our allies around the world to help negotiate a solution. Instead, they are pursuing a strategy of non-negotiation and threats of possible US military action. We are clear and united – we want negotiations now and no unauthorized and unwarranted attacks in Iran.
This is, frankly, not so difficult; it just requires thinking about seven inches outside the box.