"We have heard this foolish delusion before," Bush said. "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 Barack Obama flipped out, responding:
"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."Ok, fine. Except Bush never actually mentioned Obama and if he and the rest of the vast left-wing attack machine hadn't decided that they recognized themselves in Bush's comments and then went nuts, GWB's comments would probably have only received a brief mention on the evening news instead of becoming the story du jour. And it is not a story one would think Obama wants getting a lot of attention as it highlights his inexperience in and embarrassing naivete about foreign policy.
My guess is that Obama was trying to set up his template for the election in which any criticism of him is immediately labelled an "unprecedented"and "vicious" attack and just the Republicans using the "politics of fear". (Hold me, Mommy. I'm scared.) The only problem here is that in bringing attention to this issue Obama has sent everybody running to his website to come up with this:
Diplomacy: Obama is the only major candidate who supports tough, direct presidential diplomacy with Iran without preconditions.
Now if you want to be generous and say that Iran is not a terrorist state (stop laughing!), alright but no one can say that they don't sponsor terrorism. So Obama wouldn't ever negotiate with terrorists but he's proud and happy to negotiate with their bankers. Oh. Then, it's ok, I guess.
There is no way Obama comes out of this looking good to the average Joe. Calling attention to it was a stupid thing to do.
But stupid and Obama are becoming synonymous lately. On May 13 he launched into the following meandering, fact-poor, verbal glider-looking-for-someplace-safe-to-land and not finding it:
And then there was the May 14 kerfuffle that led to this:
And let's not forget that Obama is apparently a mite confused on how many States there are:
And then, of course there was his abysmal performance in his last debate with Hillary and...well you get the point.
As I pointed out in a previous post Obama has far fewer accomplishments and far less experience that the much maligned Dan Quayle. He is simply not qualified to be President. And continued examples of the kind of ineptitude he showed today (and there will be continued examples) will just make that more and more clear to the American people.
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