Sen Barack Obama said last week that he would commit to meeting leaders of nations such as Cuba, Iran, and North Korea, as a gesture of goodwill and without preconditions. Sen Hillary Clinton criticized him as "irresponsible and frankly naive."
Obama today tried to turn her own words on her, saying that her vote to authorize the Iraq war amidst a war frenzy, without asking about conditions for removing the troops, was similarly irresponsible.
He has a point, but for people of faith, there's another issue at stake. Jesus never turned anyone away. Turn the other cheek, he said. Obama said that the policy of freezing out other nations was a Bush/Cheney policy, one that was leading the country down the wrong road.
My bet is that Jesus would have us meet with the leaders of "enemy" nations. We don't have to like one another. But we if this world is not to go to pot, we have to trust one another, and to do that, we need to start talking first. Jesus showed us how not to freeze others out.
Clinton has turned very hawkish of late, and I'm not sure I'd trust her to run the nation.