Reality bites: Hillary admits privately that diplomacy won't stop Iran

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates in a private meeting Monday that it is “very doubtful” a U.S. approach will convince Iran to relent, said a senior State Department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity under customary diplomatic rules…

Clinton’s comments suggest that even as U.S. officials weigh a diplomatic overture, they have begun looking ahead to the next stage in dealing with Iran. The remarks also indicate that the administration believes it may need to press ahead with the diplomatic and economic pressures begun by the Bush administration.