Hostility is a factor that will always play into global affairs. The least that the leader of this country could do is try to appease leaders of other nations through diplomatic means. While it isn't guaranteed to stop hostilities toward America, it is worth trying instead of automatically going to war with these countries.
I believe that it makes sense morally and philosophically for the President of the United States to do everything in his power to resolve hostility with diplomacy, wherever and whenever possible. And, opening talks with those nations that are hostile is the first step toward peaceful resolution.
Opening up talks with an openly hostile nation should never be seen as wrong from a moral or philosophical point-of-view. The primary ways to change a nation from hostile to friendly are through military-intervention or diplomacy. Military-intervention is extremely expensive in both monetary expense and lives. If military-intervention is not desired then usually the only other option is diplomacy. A President refusing to talk to a nation simply because it is openly hostile is more of a moral or philosophical issue then one who embraces talks. Refusing to talk just shows an intention to keep things openly hostile without any desire to change it.
It is morally and philosophically proper for the President of the United States to open up dialogue with hostile nations because the most effective and peaceful solution to whatever conflict exists between said nation and the United States is communication, where the two countries exchange their ideas and points of view, thus gaining a better understanding of why the conflict exists in the first place. While diplomatic strategy must be taken into account before engaging in dialogue, simply refusing to speak to the heads of hostile nations for the sake of holding one's ground is in fact the morally irresponsible course of action.
Just because a country is currently hostile to the United States, it does not mean that, at some point in time, the attitude could change. The only way that we can get this opportunity is to continue to try to have talks with these nations. Eventually, at some point in time, we can come to terms, if the right ruler will be in control.
The President must be willing to talk to nations that are openly hostile to the U.S. Peace is made with your enemies, not with your friends. Diplomacy must always be the first recourse, when there are problems between nations. Ignoring problems isn't going to make them go away. If we are not willing to talk to countries we disagree with, how will our problems ever be solved?
I believe that if a country is openly hostile to the United States, then the only way to possibly eliminate the problem is for the President to open up talks with that country. There may be some type of miscommunication or minor unresolved issue that may be able to be dealt with.
War is a failure of government and one of the worst that there is. The best way to get along is to trade, countries that are trading partners rarely go to war and the best way to become such partners is to communicate. Not only that but by initiating overtures of diplomacy we can maintain the high ground that is part of what makes this country the best on this earth.
Simply put, there is no better way to bring about change than with open communication. If there are any issues that are causing the hostility other than moral or religious reasons, such as border or oil disputes, then communication is the best way to bring about peaceful resolution towards that hostility expressed toward the United States.
While many think that the President of the United States should not open up talks with hostile nations as it shows weakness, I feel that opening up talks does no harm. If we cannot reason with hostile nations through peaceful conversation we have lost nothing but if we are able to reach an agreement that helps both nations accomplish their goals without war then the U.S. will be able to gain both from the lives that are not lost and the financial savings of avoiding war.
The President should not open up talks with countries that are openly hostile towards us because it makes us look weak. We should be standing up to those countries and letting them know that we will not be intimidated. If we work with them, it sends the wrong message to them and other countries. It makes our country look like we are vulnerable and will overlook faults in the name of political dealings.