White House aides are acknowledging that this was a reference to the fact that Sen. Obama and other Democrats have publicly said that it would be ok for the U.S. President to meet with leaders like the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.Bush and his supporters criticize Obama for his willingness to talk to Iran. Funny, Bush's own Defense Secretary said yesterday the US needs to sit down and talk with Iran, and appease them with incentives:
"We need to figure out a way to develop some leverage . . . and then sit down and talk with them. 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." -- Robert Gates, US Secretary of Defense
Let's see, where has Bush's brand of cowboy diplomacy got us?
- The US was attacked on 9/11 after Bush ignored a string of dire and insistent warnings (he then went on vacation for a month)
- After Bush vowed to capture bin Laden, 6 months later he said he was "truly not that concerned about him" and ... even after cornering bin Laden at Tora Bora, he was allowed to escape.
- Bush invaded Iraq based on lies, supported by a mass propaganda effort, and in a botched plan, didn't provide for securing Iraq's borders. Now there is a quagmire. A situation that the former top commander in Iraq, Gen Sanchez called: "a nightmare with no end in sight."
- Al Qaeda has strengthened and a gov't report lambasted the Bush Adminitration for having no plan to do anything about it and stated because of this incompetence, another attack could be expected.
- Iran has become emboldened and belligerent. The Middle East has become increasingly destabilized. Who knows what this could hold for future oil prices and the US economy.