How Iraq has cost us
Before U.S.-Iranian relations deteriorated further, Iran made some conciliatory approaches to the Bush administration. In May 2003, Tehran offered to rein in Hezbollah, cooperate against al-Qaida and open its nuclear program for inspection, but was reportedly rebuffed at the insistence of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney.
Post Iraq invasion, the Iranians, certainly cowed watching their neighbor so easily overwhelmed, wanted to talk, to ease the relationship, to reconcile. They were the supplicants.
Now, with the US in an Iraqi quagmire, the US is forced to go to Iran to ask for help with the Iranians defining the terms.