Please, Mr. President, Keep Talking

While it may be overstating things a bit to say that the Democratic party has a serious unity problem right now, it is not an overstatement to recognize that, temporary or permanent, fractures have been formed.

There are plenty of reasons for this, two great candidates, both of whom having done a fabulous job of forming emotional bonds with their supporters, not the least of which.  But another, perhaps lesser, contributing factor has definitely played a part.

Has anyone else noticed that Bush has been quiet lately?  That’s to say, he may have actually been laying low, or it may be that the bickering between the two factions of the Democratic party have drowned out all other news in the realm of politics.  I believe it’s been a mixture of both.

But the fact that Bush has not had a high profile in headlines lately has definitely contributed to a kind of hate vacuum; over the past seven and a half years, Bush has generated a groundswell of unrest, particularly among Democrats, and then he just kind of disappeared.

So when Bush chooses to rear his head to remind us just exactly why he is so hated, that can only help the Democrats.  Yes, uniting in the name of outright loathing can be a solution.

And boy oh boy did he provide one:

President Bush launched a sharp but veiled attack Thursday on Sen. Barack Obama and other Democrats, suggesting they favor “appeasement” of terrorists in the same way some Western leaders appeased Hitler in the run-up to World War II.

The president did not name Obama or any other Democrat, but 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.

“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,” Bush said at Israel’s 60th anniversary celebration in Jerusalem.

“We have heard this foolish delusion before,” Bush said in remarks to Israel’s parliament, the 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.”

He did it.  He played the most heinous card in politics–the Nazi card.  More reviled than the gender card, more disgusting than the race card (both of which, in their own right, are extremely ugly), comes the accusation of behavior bordering on Nazi appeasement.

This is so ridiculous it is hard to know where to start.

Let’s begin with Hypocrisy, shall we?  For instance, I hardly think that George W. Bush has much room to liken others to Nazi appeasement, not when his family is known to have had business dealings with the same German companies that funded Hitler’s rise to power.  Even AFTER the US jumped into World War II.  Indeed, such information remains relevant today, not because one should believe that the Bushies are still funding Nazis, but because it shows a pattern of business dealings with unsavory types that persists to this day.

In fact, it is worth further noting that if anyone is guilty of appeasement, it might just happen to be the same people who helped fund and support Osama bin Laden in a proxy war against Russia in Afghanistan, and Saddam Hussein in a proxy war with Iran in Iraq.

I’m just saying.

And then there’s just the outright lying to Bush’s screed.  Like the inference that Obama has claimed he will negotiate with terrorists–never going to happen.  Even though John McCain has taken great pleasure in calling Obama Hamas’ chosen candidate, Obama has, as with every other terrorist organization, refused to talk to them or treat them as anything but a terrorist organization.

Much like Bush mangled Kerry’s approach to a “global test” and his belief that terrorism should be dealt with such that it becomes a “nuisance” again, he has taken what is a nuanced and different approach that may actually get some results.  He has said he would talk to foreign dictators, heads of state, mind you, not heads of terrorist organizations, and while there is disagreement, that is a valid tact to take.  Because acting like three-year-olds and refusing to talk to anyone we disagree with simply isn’t working.

It hasn’t talked Kim Jong Il off the ledge, it hasn’t slowed Iran down with its nuclear ambitions (granted much of these nuclear ambitions are drummed up, as in drumbeat to war), and it didn’t even work in regards to Fidel Castro… our policy of not talking to Cuba was a stunning success that resulted in the dictator handing power over to his brother after DECADES of uninterrupted rule.

Way to go!

Nor has Bush made us any safer, which is the key here.  The threat of global terrorism is as high as its ever been, and thanks to the failed policies of this administration, everyone KNOWS about it.  Prior to September 11th, Terrorism was not something that was on everyone’s mind, and that was exactly as it should be.  Terrorism SHOULD be a nuisance because when it is nothing more than a nuisance, it is ineffective.

You want to talk about emboldening the enemy, make them feel as though they are actually succeeding, which is exactly what the past six years has been about.  Before Bush’s cataclysmic dealing with the September 11th attacks, terrorists were nothing, they had no sway on how Americans went about their business, and they had no sway in our politics.  Now, Terrorism is frequently a key issue in elections, and the mere use of fear based politics, or Terrror Management Theory has proven significant enough to swing an election, a la 2004.

Shorter, rail all he wants, BUSH FAILED!  He continues to fail.  Have the terrorists won?  Can’t say, but the fact that they are now a prominent fixture in OUR national debate is a major coup for them, and a direct repudiation of Bush’s anti-terrorism policies.

But on a totally different level, this is a sad day in this country.  A day when its leader traveled to a foreign land to attack people who serve in the same government that he does, to accuse them of treason in everything but in name.  And he does this from the precarious perch of incompetence, and criminal negligence.  This is a president who could very rightly be brought up for WAR CRIMES, and he has the GALL to accuse the Democratic party of wishing to cohort with enemies.


Yes, John McCain, yes Joe Lieberman, tie yourselves irrevocably to this man.  Guilt by association?  You have just thrown your lot in with a traitor.  And for what?  To paint Obama as a Jew hater?  Even though Obama is outstripping McCain in the Jewish vote two to one, there is simply no excuse for this.

But, please, Mr. President, keep going.  Keep talking.  The more you open that trap of yours, and the more McCain and Lieberman sit on the sidelines nodding their heads like happily panting lap dogs, the easier our job will be come the fall.

Keep talking.

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