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For some foes the chat, some the cold shoulder

As Senators Barack Obama and John McCain continue their bickering about whether the next president should talk to Iran, the Fidel Castro example poses the utmost tantalizing “what if?” question: What if Mr. Eisenhower had made nice with Mr. Castro on his maiden trip to Washington? Or, more precisely, could the United States have avoided 50 years of enmity — including a brush with nuclear annihilation — if Mr. Eisenhower had just given the young revolutionary a big hug?

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