It’s a small, but important, first step. It’s important to remember, during the next few years, that we’re the ones that started off the chill in our relationship with Iran. When the CIA overthrows a country’s democratically-elected government and replaces it with an authoritarian regime that tortured, killed, and arrested thousands, it’s understandable that said country might be a bit pissed-off at us for the next few decades. That doesn’t excuse the hostage-taking at the embassy back in the day, but it does at least put it into some perspective: we put a brutal dictator in charge of millions of people, and later said millions tormented a few dozen for a bit more than a year.
Now can I dare hope that our next step is to actually talk with Cuba?