Reuters reported today that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the nuclear deal reached between world powers and Iran could lead to better relations between Tehran and Washington - if the United States apologized for past misbehavior.
In an interview with an Italian newspaper, Rouhani said,
"If [the United States] modify their policies, correct errors committed in these 37 years and apologize to the Iranian people, the situation will change and good things can happen."
Though this is a particularly galling demand from our long-standing enemy and the world's foremost state sponsor of terrorism, an apology from the White House may not be entirely out of the question. Remember, President Obama set out on an international apology tour as one of his first acts of office, during which he apologized for America on three separate continents. At the time, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that Obama's new attitude "changed the image of America around the world" and made the U.S. "safer and stronger."
The reality is that there has never been a time in recent history when America has been less respected by the world. Today not only does the Iranian leadership not fear or respect America – they demand an apology. And this is the regime to which we have opened the door to nuclear empowerment.
Ronn Torossian is a PR executive.