Thursday, May 15, 2008

Wasn’t About Obama. Was it?

Maybe you’ve read the New York Times article about President Bush’s comments in Israel that many take as a veiled attack against Senator Obama. Comments that have generated considerable controversy on the hill.

Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, called Mr. Bush’s remarks “reckless and irresponsible.”
Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said Mr. Bush had behaved in a manner “beneath the dignity of the office of president.”
Illinois Representative Rahm Emanuel, chairman of the House Democratic caucus, accused Mr. Bush of violating the unwritten rule against playing politics overseas.
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama’s rival in the Democratic race, said that “President Bush’s comparison of any Democrat to Nazi appeasers is offensive and outrageous, especially in the light of his failures in foreign policy. This is the kind of statement that has no place in any presidential address.”
And, finally, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Joe Biden, of Delaware, angrily said: “This is bulls--t. This is malarkey. This is outrageous. Outrageous for the President of the United States to go to a foreign country, sit in the Knesset... and make this kind of ridiculous statement.”


Following is an excerpted quote from Mr. Bush’s speech:

There are good and decent people who cannot fathom the darkness in these men and try to explain away their words. It’s natural, but it is deadly wrong. As witnesses to evil in the past, we carry a solemn responsibility to take these words seriously. Jews and Americans have seen the consequences of disregarding the words of leaders who espouse hatred. And that is a mistake the world must not repeat in the 21st century.

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.

And, as Norbit’s ex-wife might ask, “How you doin?”

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