We need to know this enemy better. Everything we hear is second-hand. Whether in a business negotiation or a bid to prevent a nuclear catastrophe, there's no substitute for sitting down face to face with the other guy and talking.
Talking to someone doesn't mean you can't kill him later; on the contrary, it lets you better judge how to slip in the knife.
That is but one reason, he gives several others. While, all are intriguing, one thing he fails to consider is, we do not have a lot of bargaining power. We do not do business with Iran, like Europe does. They have the economic leverage, all we have is military leverage.
That fact alone, will beg these questions:
1. What will they want from us in talks?
2. Will they talk in good faith or will they use this as another stall tactic?
3. Will they be sizing us up, as Peters suggest we do?
But Peters does make some good points, worthy of some additional thought and consideration. Give this one a read.