“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. 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,” the president said.Obama, Clinton and most of the Democratic rank and file dogpiled on Bush's statement claiming he was politicizing while attacking Obama's foreign policy plan for Iran. They claimed Bush's policies were ineffective and they even feigned moral outrage at being compared to Nazi appeasers.
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino without having heard Obama or Clinton offered a very good perspective on the situation.
“I understand when you are running for office sometimes you think the world revolves around you. That is not always true and it is not true in this case. The president is president regardless of an election cycle and he is going to be president of the United States through January 20, 2009,” Perino said.And if things couldn't get stranger, Howard Dean called on John McCain to denounce Bush's statements. instead McCain questioned Obama's approach to foreign policy:
“We are not going to change policy based on the ‘08 election. We are not going to stop talking about the ideals of the United States because there is an ‘08 election. They can fight it out over there but this is not new policy."
“I think Barack Obama needs to sit down and explain why he wants to talk with a man who is the head of a government that is a state sponsor of terror, that is responsible for the killing of brave young Americans, who wants to wipe Israel off the map, denies the Holocaust. That is what I think that Senator Obama ought to explain to the American people,” he said while on a bus to the airport.So The Dems feel Bush was attacking Democrats in general and Obama specifically. I particularly like Howard Deans "Well if you were really presidential material John McCain, you'd denouce what Bush said" approch. Who does he think he is? The Dems never fail to amuse.
“It is a serious error on the part of Senator Obama that shows naiveté and inexperience and lack of judgment to say that he wants to sit down across the table from an individual who leads a country who says that Israel is a stinking corpse, that is dedicated to the extinction of Israel. My question is what does he want to talk about?”
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