Well yes but as we all know there is the posturing and there is the real diplomacy behind the scenes.
If I was President Ahmadinejad knowing that I needed to keep the radicals onside I would be treading very carefully indeed until I understood what America really meant behind the rhetoric.
I think the approach by Obama is broadly right.
Any thought of winning a conflict using conventional weapons or cold war tactics surely died with the failures of recent experience. A working peace based on some sort of mutual respect must be the way forward and America has more than just a few bridges to build in that area.