How exactly does Bush explain his speech when his own defense secretary’s opinions seems to place him in the “appeasement” camp with Obama?

Here’s what Gates said…

The United States should construct a combination of incentives and pressure to engage Iran, and may have missed earlier opportunities to begin a useful dialogue with Tehran, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday.

“We need to figure out a way to develop some leverage . . . and then sit down and talk with them,” Gates said. “If there is going to be a discussion, then they need something, too. We can’t go to a discussion and be completely the demander, with them not feeling that they need anything from us.”

Note the emphasis…”sit down and talk with them.”

If Obama wins in the fall, maybe he should look to Robert Gates for his defense secretary. It’d be like a big appeasement sundae with extra appease sprinkles on top.

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