Thursday, May 15, 2008

Bush compares diplomacy to Nazi appeasement

Bush in Israel compares talking with terrorists with appeasing Nazis. Clearly a shot at Obama. CNN reports:
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?
  • 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.

Question: with this record, is Bush in a position to criticize someone else's foreign policy?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


Two points.

Bush the dumber, in one of his first pronouncements from the throne, back in 2000 said that Israel and the Palestinians would have to work their own stuff out; that the U.S. was not going to be in the "nation building" bidneth. It's been my contention for a long time that we could pretty much set that date as the beginning of the current mess.

Also, Bush accuses others of appeasement while he kisses the ass of the Zionist (not the Israeli's) movement both here and abroad?

But, of course, he wouldn't know irony if it mugged him and took
his wallet.