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Bush Proves Yet Again He Just Doesn't Get It

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After a foreign policy that has resulted in more enemies instead of fewer, Bush actually has the gall to suggest that talking with some of the more high level foes is akin to appeasing Hitler.

Seriously?

“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,” said Bush, in what White House aides privately acknowledged was a reference to calls by Obama and other Democrats for the U.S. president to sit down for talks with leaders like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

“We have heard this foolish delusion before,” Bush said in remarks to the Israeli Knesset. “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.”

Because fighting pre-emptive wars and spending hundreds of billions of dollars has worked out so well and made us so much safer…

And by the way, just because you attempt to engage in diplomacy doesn’t mean that it leads to appeasement. But I can see how Bush would think that given he has really only engaged in diplomacy with North Korea. And since they were the only ones, that sent the signal that if a nation has nuclear capabilities, we’ll talk to them.

Yeah, great strategy…way to use our leverage effectively.

Obviously, Obama has a response…

“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 then responded that Bush wasn’t talking about Obama…

“I understand that when you are running for office sometimes you think the world revolves around you. That is not always true and it is not true in this case.”

Okay, so Bush was talking about somebody else who proposed a diplomatic policy shift that doesn’t align with either Hillary Clinton or John McCain, right?

Let’s see, who else is there…hmm…

Also, remember this passage from the first blockquote? “[…]White House aides privately acknowledged was a reference to calls by Obama[…]”

Moving on…