After a major speech in Poland encouraging democracy, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton traveled Sunday to a country that has tossed bloggers in jail, held elections widely considered flawed and abolished term limits for its president.
But she took a notably cautious approach there on the issue of democratic reforms.
That's because the country is Azerbaijan, a key transit route for U.S. troops and supplies heading for Afghanistan.
There is far more to this meeting than talks about than transiting troops and supplies to Afghanistan here and improving US/Azerbaijani relations, and was notably absent from in this article.
Take a good look at the following map:
Azerbaijan borders Iran at Iran's northwest border, at the Caspian Sea.
Although consultation regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh regional conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan may have been the "good reason" for this meeting, the real reason may well be to find out what Azerbaijan is prepared to do - or not do - when the US and/or Israel attacks Iran.