Condoleezza Rice has announced that the US is willing to enter into direct talks with Iran, and the press is trumpeting it as a major shift in policy. Well, um, it would be, if it were. But Rice says Iran first has to suspend its uranium enrichment and reprocessing programs, or else no talks! So, if I understand this right, we're happy to negotiate directly with Iran in an effort to convince Iran to suspend its nucelar program... but only if Iran first promises that it will suspend its nuclear program.
Not much of a policy shift.