Thursday, May 15, 2008

Obama, Democrats, and a Guilty Conscience

President George Bush said:
"Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the 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 I could only have talked to Hitler, all 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."
Senator Barack Obama responded in a statement:
"It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence to launch a false political attack.... 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."
Sounds to me the Senator has a guilty conscience.

There are people on both sides of the aisle who have advocated talking with our enemies without strings attached. In the President's speech, Obama was never mentioned. In fact, he didn't mention by name any living politician or statesman in relation to appeasement. He could have been speaking of a hypothetical individual for all we really know.

Bush could have been talking about Carter. Just two weeks ago, former Pres. Jimmy Carter travelled to the Middle East to confer with our enemies. He returned with the announcement, "Peace in our time." OK, that was Neville Chamberlain. What Carter said was, "Hamas indicated... that if Israel is willing to have a mutual ceasefire and a renunciation of violence in Gaza and in the West Bank, they will accept it, and as a first step they would even accept just limiting that to Gaza."

That's not substantially different from what Chamberlain said. Chamberlain just said it better. However, Chamberlain was the head of government and could talk to a potential enemy (England and Germany were not yet at war.) Carter, on the other hand, despite his addled desires, is no longer the head of a government and the US has a law called the Logan Act that makes private citizen diplomacy a federal crime. We ought to use the Act once in awhile.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


dcat said...

I didn't get past the first part of this before I blew a gasket!

"Some seem to believe that we should negotiate with the terrorists and radicals, as if some ingenious argument will persuade them they have been wrong all along.

OT: just do it Ted! Make us happy and just do it!!! I give you my permission now GO!

Indigo Red said...

A worthwhile request, but only one that Ted can grant. If he weren't SOOOOOO big, I'd offer him a ride down by the sea in my PT Cruiser.

USpace said...

The terrorist monkey can not be negotiated with. The only reason to maybe talk to Ahmadamadmonkey in say maybe Switzerland is to provoke him by debating his ideology and criticizing his hatred. Force him to say lots of stupid and insane things which would be widely publicized thus educating more people to his ideology's insanity. This, I am quite sure, Obama would never do.

Ouch, Obama and the poor little Dems were hit a little too close to home by what GW said. It's one of the best things Bush has ever said. Bravo! And he didn't even have to mention the Dhimmicrats or any body's name.

So sure, then he folded in Saudi Arabia, but what he said in Israel almost makes that OK.
absurd thought -
God of the Universe says
appease the appeasers

don't embarrass them
by calling them appeasers

absurd thought -
God of the Universe said
have a sit down with Hitler

he should have been sweet-talked
he had goodness within

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