Ye Olde Pulpit
All the US understands nowadays is ka-boom or the bully pulpit. 4 hours of talks with the Iranians and Chester Crocker did nothing but lecture. Maybe in a week he and Hassan Kazemi Qomi will actually talk. I'm not holding my breath. On the other hand, it could have been ye olde dogue and pony show for the US publick.
However, this was comforting: Premier al-Maliki (inasmuch as he'll last until the end of the week) declared that Iraq would not be used as a springboard for aggression aimed at neighboring states.