Change (in tone) you can believe in?

Today we learned that Iran’s nuclear program is farther advanced than we thought and they said.  Thug dictators would lie?  Nooooo.  But here’s what is surprising to me about the whole thing.  President Obama is boldly speaking out against the Iranian government, which they are verbally rejecting.

From the Associated Press:

President Barack Obama declared Friday that Iran is speeding down a path to confrontation and demanded that Tehran quickly “come clean” on all nuclear efforts and open a newly revealed secret site for close international inspection. He said he would not rule out military action if the Iranians refuse.

“Iran is on notice that when we meet with them on Oct. 1 they are going to have to come clean and they are going to have to make a choice” between international isolation and giving up any aspirations to becoming a nuclear power, he said. If they refuse to give ground, they will stay on “a path that is going to lead to confrontation.”

Whoa, what happened to the tone here?  I thought we were supposed to sit down and talk with our enemies and have a rational discussion about them wanting us dead.  This kind of rhetoric will only make them more angry at us.  From later in the story:

Unbowed, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said his country had done nothing wrong and Obama would regret his accusations.

You see that?  The Iranian “President” is really ticked off at us now!  And it’s because of Obama accusing them of things and telling them how they should act, just like Bush did before him.  Oh no!

Ok, sarcasm over.  Seriously, what happened here?  I thought there was a standard set, a new tone of “niceness” from the White House.  Granted, he did demonstrate a willingness to apologize for America defending itself and being so prosperous at the UN this week.  And yes, the Iranians are building nuclear weapons that they say without apology they want to use on Israel.  But I thought Obama said the United States was no better than any other nation, and if we have nuclear weapons, why can’t they?  So what if they will use them to annihilate an entire country or two?  I know, I know, I said I was done with sarcasm.  It’s just tough with this Administration running things.  So many of their positions are built on sand, and if they build long enough, this nation will suffer from the inevitable crash.