If we respect Iran, we can be friends.
“I think [U.S.] policymakers need to understand that Iran thinks that ‘This is our time; we need to be recognized for the great nation that we are.’ And if we could find a way to grant Iran that recognition — to say, ‘We accept the Islamic Revolution, we see and in some ways admire the things that you’ve done in the years since the Revolution, and we’d like to bring you into the framework family of international security. But you have to provide reassurances. And we for our part will provide mutual reassurances,’ I think if that dialogue could happen it would be of great benefit to both sides. This is Iran’s moment. They should seize that moment, and the United States should be prepared to talk if they are prepared.”
Source: "The Left's Fear of American Power," The Limbaugh Letter, October 2006, page 3.