Thursday, May 15, 2008


Bush speaking in Israel.
ABC News' Ed O'Keefe Reports: The Obama campaign is taking issue with a comment President Bush made while speaking to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel's statehood.

"Some seem to believe we should negotiate with terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along," the President said to the country's legislative body, "We have heard this foolish delusion before. As Nazi tanks crossed into Poland in 1939, an American senator declared: 'Lord, if only I could have talked to Hitler, all of this might have been avoided.' We have an obligation to call this what it is –- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history."

I heard this comment on NPR and my first thought was Bush was talking about Europe.
In a statement, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., shot across the bow: "It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 6Oth anniversary of Israel's independence to launch a false political attack.

Only a cheap two-bit politician would use Israel's birth to knock a humble man such as myself, albeit between the lines.
It is time to turn the page on eight years of policies that have strengthened Iran and failed to secure America or our ally Israel.

So let me use the event of Israel's birth to knock a fellow politician by name.
Instead of tough talk and no action, we need to do what Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan did and use all elements of American power -- including tough, principled, and direct diplomacy - to pressure countries like Iran and Syria.

Tough talk in no action? That is Bush alright. Saddam still in power after all these years, Khaddafi building a WMD program, and attack after attack on U.S. soil.
George Bush knows that I have never supported engagement with terrorists, and the President's extraordinary politicization of foreign policy and the politics of fear do nothing to secure the American people or our stalwart ally Israel."

Maybe that is why Bush didn't name you as an appeaser. Maybe he meant someone else. Maybe your own words and actions implicate you instead.

1 comment:

E said...

Yeah. Bush has done pretty much what he said (to great applause) he would do, yet has been so savaged that McCain must run as far as he can from him and both chambers of Congress are going to go solidly Democrat. Talkers get lauded and doers get punished, except by history.

I heard the speech on the way in to work this morning. The only thing tougher than hearing Bush deliver a speech is hearing translators deliver long introductory remarks. Wait, hearing McCain deliver a speech might be worse.

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