THE IRAN OVERTURE. Yesterday, Kevin Drum mentioned a Washington Post article recounting the contents of a secret 2003 letter to the United States from Iranian officials putting a huge slew of issues on the table for direct negotiation (nukes, recognition of Israel, etc.). Drum notes that the Post buried the article. I'll just note, again, that if anyone hasn't yet read Gareth Porter's comprehensive feature story in the June Prospect, "Burnt Offering" -- Porter, like the Post, got his hands on a copy of the actual 2003 letter -- they really, really should.

--Sam Rosenfeld