In negotiating with Iran, John Kerry and President Obama exemplify the principle of Herman Melville's Billy Budd: Avoid the perils of striking out by mastering the skills of reaching out.
Billy Budd kills because, tongue-tied by emotion, he can't express himself through speech.
Is America learning to avoid violence by mastering the art of talk?
Story from the New York Times, "A Foreign Policy Gamble by Obama at a Moment of Truth"
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