May 15, 2008

Bit Dog Barks

In Israel, President Bush mentioned in a speech that:

"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," the President said to the country's legislative body, "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."

Though not mentioned by President Bush, Barack Obama howled in protest:

"It is sad that President Bush would use a speech to the Knesset on the 6Oth anniversary of Israel's independence to launch a false political attack. It is time to turn the page on eight years of policies that have strengthened Iran and failed to secure America or our ally Israel. Instead of tough talk and no action, we need to do what Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan did and use all elements of American power -- including tough, principled, and direct diplomacy - to pressure countries like Iran and Syria. 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."

The White House went on to state that they were not talking about Obama, but as the saying goes, "it's the bit dog that barks loudest." Barack Obama recognized his own weakness in Bush's speech, even though Bush never mentioned him.

Perhaps we'd all find Barack's stance against meeting with terrorists a lot more sincere if he wasn't friends with several, kicking off his political career at their house.

Update: Heh. Obama, sweetie, calm down.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 15, 2008 10:01 AM

Obama either has no idea of why any other country would listen to any "tough, principled diplomacy" without telling him to stuff it. And, when murderous thugs in Iran, Venezuala, etc. tell him to stuff it, what are his options? Yep, just like Chamberlain--feed some more innocents and friends to the monsters in the vain hope they will be appeased.

The other explanation is more depressing. Obama thinks WE are the monster and thugs like Iran, Syria are the good guys. Nice pick, Dems.

Posted by: iconoclast at May 15, 2008 10:08 AM

Shoe .. meet foot.

Posted by: Neo at May 15, 2008 11:03 AM

Obamas rush to deny allegations that were never made reveals his guilty conscious.

Posted by: grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr at May 15, 2008 11:08 AM

Is Obama like not the biggest drama queen going? "It's sad.." boohoo - no crybabies for President.

Posted by: Bandit at May 15, 2008 11:26 AM

Again W manages just the right note. Is this the blind pig with the occassional truffle? I don't think so. Of course he was talking about Barry but not Barry merely. The simple sad truth is that Obamesque vapid summitteering is regarded as the height of urbane good sense in many of our fellow citizens and elected officials. They really think that all our troubles are because the world dislikes Bush and his so-called arrogance. Like Barry though, I suspect that when they see this principle actually applied or hear it's precepts forthrightly expressed they will instinctively understand just how dangerous, foolish and cliche'd such a policy is. W is attempting to give them this opportunity. Obammy whiffed it.

Posted by: megapotamus at May 15, 2008 11:49 AM

so, if not obama, who might W have been referring to and why in Israel on the anniversary of its founding as a nation? Who, exactly, might those "Some" be?

Posted by: po at May 15, 2008 11:51 AM
so, if not obama, who might W have been referring to and why in Israel on the anniversary of its founding as a nation? Who, exactly, might those "Some" be?

We could easily start with Jimmy Carter, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Howard Dean, but it would probably take a lot less time if we just made a blanket statement covering most (but not all) Democrats on the national level.

Obama is just one symptom of the appeasement disease.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at May 15, 2008 12:00 PM

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at May 15, 2008 12:00 PM

Don't forget Rockefeller telegraphing our War plans to a great friends the Syrians before the war or the Democrats in congress who let terror connected pay for their trip to Iraq.

Posted by: Slipknot at May 15, 2008 12:09 PM

Odd that Obama would mention Reagan and Iran in the same paragraph .. does Obama have “a cake and a Bible” ready ?

Ollie North .. Obama's office is trying to reach you.

Posted by: Neo at May 15, 2008 12:32 PM

Or Jack Murtha's promising a "slow bleed" to turn American opinion against our occupation of Iraq.

Posted by: James at May 15, 2008 12:34 PM

The truly sad thing is that if the president had spent the last seven years talking like this consistantly, putting his enemies on the defensive and making them explain their own words, his party and his projects might not now be on the verge of total destruction.

Too little, too late.

And the fact that you could easily add Condi Rice and George W. Bush to the list of those who would cheerfully appease terrorists (State Department foreign aid to the Palestinian "nation", anybody? How about another Condi-organized "Peace" conference where the Israelis have to enter through a seperate door?) doesn't help.

Posted by: DaveP. at May 15, 2008 12:35 PM

Agree almost completely. However... no way, no how was President Bush's Knesset "address" run past the State Dept. And that sir, makes it delicious.

That money quote? "We have an obligation to call this what it is –- the false comfort of appeasement, which has been repeatedly discredited by history."

Ever see the South Park episode about "the brown noise." Well, Bush found it. Upon the last word in that Bush's quote, every State Department employee and Democrat in office collectively shat their pants.

Posted by: Lamontyoubigdummy at May 15, 2008 01:41 PM

The media idiots cannot even get the speech right. Tucker Carlson said that Bush's invoking of 'Hitler' and comparing someone to hHitker was beyond the pale!

Posted by: davod at May 15, 2008 04:01 PM

Fred Sanford: With respect, I considered the venue... and then remembered the Bush White House pressuring Israel to stop its offensive against Hezbollah a couple of years ago, and pressuring Israel again to accept the presence of United Nations "monitors" possibly the single worst strategic defeat Isreal has ever suffered, as now Hezbollah and Hamas have a big, bright blue shield to hide behind and Isreal can't do anything about it without making its European diplomatic situation even worse.
That pressure may have come with State's advice and backing, but in the end the buck stopped with Bush.

Posted by: DaveP. at May 15, 2008 04:16 PM

With Obama at the helm history will indeed repeat itself. The US will be Jonnhy come Lately's again if another conflict erupts. Just like WWI and WWII. Democratic isolationist policy's accomplish nothing other than reducing the US further in the eyes of her allies.

Posted by: Bart at May 15, 2008 05:22 PM

The irony is, if Obama and his campaign had kept their collective mouths shut, the President's comments would probably have disappeared from the news and people's memories very quickly. By raising a big stink, the Obamamaniacs have made the President's comments much more memorable.

Sensitive ego + guilty conscience = bad news for a politician.

Posted by: C-C-G at May 15, 2008 10:47 PM

Another Obama whopper revealed

Posted by: Neo at May 16, 2008 07:37 AM

Gotta love it.

If Bush gave a speech about drug dealers, would you [Obama] release a statement saying, "how DARE you insult me!"? Of course not; you're aren't a drug dealer. So if you really aren't an appeaser, you shouldn't have willingly identified yourself with that group.
Posted by: C-C-G at May 16, 2008 07:04 PM

Well, of course Bush wasn't referring to Obama in the speech to the Knesset. There was no mention of 'Hussein' or 'bitter' or 'elistist'. I'm quite sure this Knesset member actually was referring to Obama when he stated:

"It was an embarrassing speech, a collection of slogans that somebody wrote for him in order to be nice to Israel, or what he thinks is Israel, and to steer well clear of anything concrete," said Israeli lawmaker Yossi Beilin, a key architect of the Oslo peace accords.

"It's a shame and a scandal, in my opinion."

Posted by: tontocal at May 17, 2008 10:16 PM