May 15, 2008


Bush Charges ‘Appeasement’ in Knesset Speech (WSJ: Washington Wire, 5/15/08)

Bush said: “The fight against terror and extremism is the defining challenge of our time. .. 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.”

Obama says Bush falsely accuses him of appeasement (AP, 5/15/08)
Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama accused President Bush on Thursday of launching a "false political attack" with a comment about appeasing terrorists and radicals.

It's telling, maybe even dispositive, that when Mr. Obama hears appeasement of terrorists he assumes the speaker means him.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 15, 2008 10:34 AM

Jimmy Carter's party is whining and kvetching about the "outrageousness" of Bush's "political attack", blah blah blah. And demanding apologies.

At this point, if Democrats are NOT demanding apologies, then obviously the GOP ain't doing it's job.

Which it ain't.

Posted by: Andrew X at May 15, 2008 11:27 AM

Let's be real. Of course he was hinting first and foremost at Obama without saying his name. As if Bush offhandedly mentioned some obscure quote from an obscure Senator that even the mostly informed have never heard of?

It's just deeeeeeeelightful that Obama took the bait though.

Posted by: Matt Cohen at May 15, 2008 4:56 PM

Effendi Obama is going to have to explain why he would have left the other Hussein, Saddam, in power to go on feeding human beings into log chippers and murdering whole villages of women and children with his poison gas.

If McCain won't run the pictures of the killeng fields in his ads, there are plenty of people who will.

We all know what the response will be: that it "isn't fair--boo-hoo." Well, STFB.

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 15, 2008 6:26 PM

Come on boys, that was obviously meant to be interpreted as refering to Obama while giving Bush plausible deniability that it wasn't. Why else would Bush reference some obscure quote from an obscure US SENATOR.

Having said that, it's terrific that Obama and the Democrats took the bait.

Posted by: Matt Cohen at May 15, 2008 11:22 PM

No, No, No. Obama will not appease. He is not like that shrimp Chamberlain or the peanut farmer. He is a therapist, a genius, a conciliator, a healer - all rolled into one. He will empathize with all the bad guys and they will stop killing Americans.

It is frightening to think that probably 90% of his voters think that way. Or that they just don't care.

Of course, the bad guys can keep on killing Israelis. And their own people. In Darfur, Zimbabwe, Iran, Burma, China, Tibet, and everywhere else.

Posted by: ratbert at May 16, 2008 12:24 AM

If the shoe fits ...

Posted by: erp at May 16, 2008 7:38 AM

My more-liberal-than-I wife brought up the speech yesterday at dinner, and I said that Obama supporters were livid that Bush had accused him of being an appeaser. She said they must be crazy, since she didn't think it was directed at Obama at all. This was a standard Bush "standing up to terrorists" speech, as far as she was conerned.

The politically attuned can see the jab, but for the general public this "Bush dissed Obama!" dog won't hunt.

Posted by: BrianOfAtlanta at May 16, 2008 7:59 AM