Khalilzad revealed to NEWSWEEK that he has received explicit permission from Bush to begin a diplomatic dialogue with Iran, which has meddled politically in Iraq. "I've been authorized by the president to engage the Iranians as I engaged them in Afghanistan directly," says Khalilzad. "There will be meetings, and that's also a departure and an adjustment. "
Some may simply say bah, that's no big deal, but it is. Iran and America have practically had No relations at all for about 20 years (counting the Iran-contra scandal that is) Because of that relation gap America has never dared to talk with Iran directly over its nuclear issue! Clinton tried to close the gap but it was the end of his term.
Khalilzad is the American ambassador to Iraq!