May 23, 2008

HECK, IF SENATOR OBAMA HAD BEEN PRESIDENT...:

Obama to 'Post': I'll back Syria talks (HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, 5/23/08, Jerusalem Post)

Leading Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told The Jerusalem Post that he would fully back Israel's peace talks with Syria and criticized efforts to block such engagement. [...]

The Bush administration, though, has suggested that Syria is not serious about taking the steps necessary for peace - pointing to its ongoing support for terrorism and growing ties with Iran - and that high-profile talks only boost a rogue regime.

The president made that point forcefully in a speech before the Knesset during his trip to Israel last week to celebrate the state's 60th birthday, sparking a political row in the US.

"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," Bush said, calling it a "false comfort of appeasement."


...Saddam would still be feeding Kurds and Shi'ites into shredders. At some point we have to accept that he just doesn't care what dictators do to their people as long as they talk to him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 23, 2008 10:56 AM
Comments

I'm pretty certain that part of what Obama would talk to those dictators about would be treating their own citizens better.

Posted by: Brandon at May 23, 2008 1:18 PM

And I'm pretty certain those dictators would be laughing at Obama's naivety when he skulked out of the meeting having gained nothing while giving a public relations boost to the dictator.

Posted by: Patrick H at May 23, 2008 1:35 PM

I still haven't decided if this is "better" than the old paleocon shrugging of the shoulders at Shi'a shredding...

Posted by: Benny at May 23, 2008 2:12 PM

It's the same. The far Right is the Left.

Posted by: oj at May 23, 2008 3:25 PM
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