Bush Likens Democrats Who Support Negotiation With “Terrorists and Radicals” To Nazi Appeasers

Here is what he said:

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.

And here is where he said it: In a speech at the Israeli Knesset.

When the Dixie Chicks told a concert audience in London that they were ashamed to be from the same state as Pres. Bush, they were flagellated for their disloyalty — they had criticized their country’s government in a foreign country! What do we call it when the president of the United States does the same? Will Bunch calls it “political treason“:

I’ve seen a lot of sad things in American politics in my lifetime — the resignation of a president who became a national disgrace after he oversaw a campaign of break-ins and cover-ups, another who circumvented the Constitution to trade arms for hostages, and yet is now hailed as national hero. And those paled to what we have seen in the last seven years — flagrant disregard for the Constitution, the launching of a “pre-emptive” war on false pretenses, and discussions about torture and other shocking abuses inside the White House inner sanctum.

But now it’s come to this: A new low that I never imagined was even possible.

President Bush went on foreign soil today, and committed what I consider an act of political treason: Comparing the candidate of the U.S. opposition party to appeasers of Nazi Germany — in the very nation that was carved out from the horrific calamity of the Holocaust. Bush’s bizarre and beyond-appropriate detour into American presidential politics took place in the middle of what should have been an occasion for joy: A speech to Israeli’s Knesset to honor that nation’s 60th birthday.

The White House is shocked to the very core to learn that Barack Obama took Pres. Bush’s remarks as meant for him and other Democratic leaders who support his views on talking to our enemies:

ABC News’ White House troops point out that the President has made similar statements in the past and Bush did not specifically cite Obama by name, though he did reference Sen. William Borah’s immortal reaction upon hearing that Hitler had invaded Poland and begun World War II, something he has not highlighted in the past.

“(The President) has said similar things before,” a White House official told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz. “But it is in reference to a number of people, think Carter, others who have engaged in this or suggested it.”

White House spokesperson Dana Perino was asked if Bush’s line was a slam against Obama and she insisted, “It is not.”

“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,” Perino added, though the White House is keenly aware of how such statements might play during a heated political season and has steadfastly avoided commenting on the 2008 race.

However, according to CNN’s Political Ticker, “… White House aides privately acknowledged the remarks were aimed at the presidential candidate and others in his party. Former President Jimmy Carter has called for talks with Hamas.”

Obama’s response was what you might expect it to be when the president attacks his own opposition party’s leadership, in the middle of a national election campaign, in a foreign country:

“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,” Obama said in a statement his aides distributed. “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.

Actually, that’s rather mild, considering the provocation. Joe Biden made up for it, though:

“This is bullshit, this is malarkey. This is outrageous, for the president of the United States to go to a foreign country, to sit in the Knesset … and make this kind of ridiculous statement.”

[…]

“He is the guy who has weakened us,” he said. “He has increased the number of terrorists in the world. It is his policies that have produced this vulnerability that the U.S. has. It’s his [own] intelligence community [that] has pointed this out, not me.”

Biden noted that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have both suggested that the United States ought to find a way to talk more with its enemies.

It’s good to know that Sen. Joe Lieberman, the traditional observant Orthodox Jew, shares Pres. Bush’s opinion that terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah are the moral equivalents of Nazi Germany, and that a political position that advocates talking to our enemies is as heinous as exterminating an entire people. Lieberman and Bush might want to brush up on their history, too, because as it happens, the U.S. government and individuals working with and for the U.S. government did negotiate with Nazi officials in order to save Jewish lives. And if Franklin Delano Roosevelt had ordered such efforts to be made before January, 1944 — like maybe in 1942, when confirmed reports of the deportations and mass murder first came to the State Department’s attention — and if FDR and the State Department had not obstructed and sabotaged the WRB’s efforts at almost every turn, hundreds of thousands more, if not millions, could have been saved. As it was, 200,000 Hungarian Jews who would almost certainly have ended up in Hitler’s ovens survived the war — all because a small number of very courageous and righteous individuals were willing to talk to the enemy so that innocent human beings might live.

Much more on Bush’s speech and the reaction to it at Memeorandum.

4 Responses to “Bush Likens Democrats Who Support Negotiation With “Terrorists and Radicals” To Nazi Appeasers”

  1. Good post, but just so you know, I’ll be stepping on your toes. Sorry Kathy, I’m too far into it to pull back now!

  2. Kathy says:

    I saw that you said that in the post that’s on top now, but I didn’t know what it meant? How are you stepping on my toes? Because you wrote about Bush, too?

  3. Chief says:

    Kathy,

    BZ

  4. Kathy says:

    BZ?

    There’s a lot I’m not understanding today.

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