The times are changin’ and President Obama delivers on a promise. You might call it the end of a neoconservative foreign policy:
“But it also reflects a broader scaling-back of the use of American muscle, not least in the Middle East, as well as a willingness to deal with foreign governments as they are rather than to push for new leaders that better embody American values. “Regime change,” in Iran or even Syria, is out; cutting deals with former adversaries is in. ”
The Geneva deal is just part of what was happening. Beneath public scrutiny a secret back channel diplomacy has been underway for some time, according to reporting in the WSJ. This may help explain why France balked initially–seeing that the talks had been underway for much longer than they had imagined.