The Obama campaign is up in arms about a section of President Bush’s recent speech in Israel to the members of the Knesset, that suggested Obama is foolish and naive regarding his position on Iran.
Bush calling someone else a fool always makes me giggle a bit.
In response, Senator Barack Obama issued a statement, calling it “a false political attack” and an “extraordinary politicization of foreign policy.”
What’s the problem?
Bush criticized Obama in his typical underhanded way, without mentioning him specifically by name.
He commented on Iran:
“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.”
Update George: Iran couldn’t polish Nazi Germany’s military shoes when it comes to being a world threat.
“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. 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.”
Who gives a shit what the worst President, in the history of this country, has to say about anything – especially foreign policy. Obama nailed it by including Nixon and Reagan in his response. Nixon negotiated with China, and Reagan negotiated with Russia. However, George Bush seems to have it implanted firmly in his feeble mind that Iran cannot be talked to. They wield more influence or pose a greater threat than Russia or China during the Cold War I suppose.
If any country can be talked to, it is Iran.
Because young Iranians are pro West, and the last thing they want is regional or global conflict with the U.S. Generations of Iranians have endured a failed theocratic state, and they are ripe for change. That change offers itself in the form of improved relations with the West.
Bush should consider this for five minutes before opening his mouth and accusing Barack Obama, who has the potential to be ten times the stateman Bush would ever hope to be, of being an appeaser and not ready for the presidency. Bush has been in on-the-job training for seven years, and still hasn’t gotten it right.
But in the end, what really frosted me about Bush’s comments, was his condescending attitude regarding matters that he himself cannot comprehend, or moreover solve.
This administration hasn’t even sniffed success anywhere with it’s foreign policy.
I say this to the President – before you level criticism at a potential Democratic candidate, you would do well to consider the ramifications of a your own failed foreign policy that has subsequently put this country in the position it is currently in. We are trapped in Iraq, disrespected globally, on the road to ruin economically due to failed energy policies, and in the weakest possible negotiating position with Iran.
Best for all involved Mr. President if you just kept your ignorant mouth shut, and faded into the sunset like all the other cowboys.